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Mary: How Dare They Scowl

I've come to the conclusion that the glass is always 9/10ths empty for Mary Souza of Seems Mary was riding on that massive Ground Force truck, provided by Ron Nilson, with other local Tea Party Patriots during the 2011 Coeur d'Alene Fourth of July Parade. She sez that the entry was greeted with cheers and standing O's all along the route. I didn't see that in my section of 7th & Sherman. Nor did I see doing what Mary describes in her latest newsletter here: " ... why ... would a small handful of parade goers, sprinkled along the route, think it important to scowl at us and give us a big “thumbs down”?  It’s fine if they don’t agree with smaller government, fiscal restraint and increased accountability, but why be so intolerant as to make a rude, negative gesture just because someone thinks differently?  Do they have antipathy toward people who are not like them? In any case, we just smiled at them and threw kisses." Methinks Mary has a martyr complex.

Question: Did you see anyone react in favor or against the Tea Party Patriots entry in the 4th of July Parade?

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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