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John Goedde ‘Dear Neighbor’ Letter

Just when I was starting to grumble more about the weather than the Idaho Legislature, I received a two-page letter from my state senator, John Goedde. In it, Goedde underline a couple of things, including the statement: "Total General Fund appropriations for Public Education (K-12) saw a modest increase of about 1% from the previous year." Also, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, mentions the, ahem, "measureable impact" that educators, administrators, and other interested persons had on proposals to reform education. (And you thought that the legislators didn't listen at all? Tsk. Tsk.) You have to read pretty hard between the lines to sense any of the devastation to public education wrought by the 2011 Legislature that looms ahead like Titantic's iceberg. You can read the letter to "dear neighbor" here.

Question: What do you think of Goedde's letter?

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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