December 15, 2013 in City, Idaho

Huckleberries: Domino’s Pizza offer doesn’t make the grade

By The Spokesman-Review
 

That flier from Domino’s Pizza seeking teachers to deliver pizzas and serve as customer reps part time received mixed reviews in the Coeur d’Alene High teachers’ lounge last week.

Coeur d’Alene Domino’s wants teachers who like to make extra money delivering pizza after school while “driving around listening to their favorite music.”

On Facebook, one Coeur d’Alene High teacher posted a photo of the flier and commented: “The owner of the Dominos is a former school board trustee (Jim Hightower). I appreciate what he is doing, but I find it sad that professionals, many with a master’s (degree), are likely considering doing this.”

Other teachers weren’t as appreciative, noting under the Facebook post that they didn’t have sufficient time at night to deliver pizzas and grade papers. One commenter feared that parents might blame a teacher delivery person for messing up an order because he or she didn’t like their kid. One commenter offered a consensus opinion that it’s a sorry state of affairs in Idaho that teachers have to moonlight to make ends meet.

I’m outtahere

The Coeur d’Alene Press lost a subscriber as a result of its aggressive coverage of the Coeur d’Alene mayoral race: losing candidate Mary Souza, who had submitted an op-ed column telling of a coffee she’d had with winner Steve Widmyer.

Souza objected to the negative comments her column attracted from the Press Online’s “fiercely negative attack commenters.”

Souza, of course, is known for her unrelenting print and social media criticism of city and community leaders, especially Mayor Sandi Bloem. After being fired as a city planner by Bloem, Souza gained prominence via her Coeur d’Alene Press column. The weekly exposure boosted Souza’s profile and set the stage for a serious run for mayor.

In a recent newsletter, Mary said she hasn’t missed the Press since she quit her subscription. She’s likely to find out that she needs the local media more than the media now need her.

Huckleberries

Poet’s Corner: “A gastronomic achievement/nothing short of spectacular,/with ramifications/cardiovascular” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Pizza Supreme”) … Publisher Trish Gannon of the River Journal did what any country girl would last week when she faced subzero temperatures at Clark Fork. She invited her chickens into the house – but not for supper. Trish laments that none of her feathered friends were house-trained. But all survived the cold snap … Trustee Christa Hazel of the Coeur d’Alene School Board isn’t saying what she whispered into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ear at the fundraiser for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter … Poll: 82 percent of my Huckleberries Online blog readers oppose adoption of that radical resolution sent to county commissioners by the tea party-dominated county GOP Central Committee – you know, the unconstitutional one that would grant the sheriff authority to reject federal gun laws he thought were illegal … TeeHee-shirt message spotted on a man by Jim Faucher at the Kroc Center: “A woman’s place is in the house … in the senate … and in the oval office.”

Parting shot

That guy in the dirty ski jacket, baggy pants, crooked beanie and a week’s worth of beard stubble wasn’t laughing at the unlucky motorist nabbed by a Coeur d’Alene cop near Outback Steakhouse last week.

Pedestrian Nic Casey was listening to his iPod as he walked home along Northwest Boulevard. As Nic approached the flashing patrol lights, the song on his iPod was Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.”

The line Nic was hearing goes: “Lemme hear you say, ‘Fight the power,’ We’ve got to fight the powers that be.” Nic said he started laughing out loud because the music fit the situation to a tee. He considered raising his fist to the driver in a show of solidarity.

But common sense prevailed.

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