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Spencer: Free Perks Lure Transients

Spencer: And the victim was from Reno? So… now we have one person in jail, and will need to pay for his housing and medical expenses for the remainder of his life, or at least a long time, and one person being treated at the hospital and costing tens of thousands of dollars of county funds. Time to ask ourselves what we are providing that attracted them here…

DFO: You really think that tight-fisted Idaho is attracting transients by providing a whole bunch of freebies? Really? Is it possible that our free transportation system is helping a whole bunch of people who don’t have the money to afford vehicles & taxis, including the handicapped and elderly. Coeur d’Alene regularly rousts panhandlers and hitchhikers. Should we do something more, like tar & feather them & run them out of town on rails. All communities have transients. Spokane has a heckuva lot more of them than we do. It comes with the territory — and in our case the beauty of the territory. I’m going to start calling you Ebenezer Spencer. “Why are these people out here? Wearing rags, eating scraps! Why aren’t they in poorhouses?”

Question: Is the Coeur d'Alene area attracting transients by offering too many free services?

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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