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Let’s start where we can agree. Slashing tires and spray painting a pickup truck are flat out wrong. That also goes for planning to confront the elderly mother of an elected official. Here’s where you might not agree with me. I’m not prepared to conclude that these unacceptable acts of vandalism and goonery are all related to politics. And I’m dismayed at those who have rushed to that judgment, for political gain. Amidst a bitter fight over his education reform plan, state schools superintendent Tom Luna has reported both of the above incidents to Nampa police. Now, let’s let the police do their jobs. Meanwhile, I’m going to be sympathetic, but open-minded. Luna is right. Family and personal property should be off-limits, even in heated debate. If these incidents were motivated by politics, then it embodies politics at its ugliest. But we’re still in “if-then” mode/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you agree with Kevin that Luna, Gov. Butch Otter, and other education “reform” allies should let the cops do their work in this vandalism case before blaming the IEA for inciting the act?
Idaho Republican Party State Chairman Norm Semanko, pictured, issued the following statement in response to the recent incidents of harassment toward Superintendent Luna: “This is what happens when you step out and fight against the status quo. As Idahoans we cannot let these scare tactics win,” said Semanko. “The Students Come First plan has obviously touched a nerve and rightly so. We know the opposition’s rhetoric and misinformation has gotten us to this point today, and we cannot let these hostile tactics win in the end. We must do what’s right for Idaho students”/AP, via Betsy Russell's Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Is it just me or is Luna, with gale wind help from Gov. Butch Otter and GOP chairman Norm Semanko, trying to make himself out to be the victim here? Gracious, I once had all four tires of my car slashed at Flathead High in Kalispell, Mont., during a barbershop quartet concert. Now I wonder if you the school union thugs from the Flathead Valley were mad at something I'd written.
A pick-up truck that belongs to to Idaho Department of Education Superintendent Tom Luna is shown outside his Nampa home Tuesday. Vandals slashed two tires and spray-painted the truck of Luna, as the furor over his proposed education reforms appeared to grow uglier. Hearings on the education reforms were expected to continue Tuesday in the Idaho Senate, where the legislation was introduced earlier this month and is now being reworked amid opposition from teachers, parents and some lawmakers. Story by Patrick Orr/Statesman here. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)
Question: Luna blames the attack on “union thuggery” (Idaho Education Association), despite the clear condemnation of this event by IEA representatives. Should he have made that claim without evidence?
On his Facebook wall, Shea Andersen, former spokesman for gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred, laments that he sold the pickup that he'd owned since he bought it new in 1994. Writes Shea: “Hard to get my head around all the things that truk and I have been through together. It must be a uniquely American experience, to become verklempt over a car. Henry, you were my great ole pick-em-up truck. I will miss you.” How about you?
Question: Have you ever had to sell or dump a vehicle that had become more than a means of transportation?