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Stickman: Tourists Bug Me

Stickman: Money doesn't always equal good. I hate them in a sense. I love the winter months, when no one is around. This time of year, they all come out of the woodwork and want to look good. I call them 'fancy dancers', it's all for show and how much they have. This town has become a rich man's environment and will continue to do so. I doubt many locals like this time of year. I sure don't. Many say growth is progress, but I strongly disagree. I will take the Coeur d' Alene of the late 80's and early 90's over what we have today. Of course it was a depressed town and people were struggling, but what we have today is far different from what I envisioned when I first moved here. I still love it here and always will, but I surely don't like where it's heading.

Question: What do you think of tourist season in North Idaho? And/or: Do you prefer 21st century Coeur d'Alene to the 1980s/1990s version?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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