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High Noon: When Are You A Local

In the comments section, we've been discussing the length of time individuals arguing about the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt have been in town. We've argued before re: which residents of Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/North Idaho can consider themselves "natives." I believe you have to be born here and live here to brandish that hallowed title about. I wasn't born here. But I got here as soon as I could, in fall 1984. I've been in Idaho since 1982. I'd say that makes me a "local." Some might add "character" after that title. When I arrived here, Ron Edinger had been a resident of Coeur d'Alene for 28 years or almost the same time I have been now. He's not a native. But I would have called him a "local" at that point -- and certainly I would do so now.

Question: How many years do you have to live in Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/North Idaho to consider yourself to be one of the locals?

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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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