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Idaho Declares Telegraph Obsolete

After a unanimous House vote, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's pen stroke is all that stands between finally declaring the telegraph obsolete in Idaho. Tuesday's 63-0 vote is part of the Idaho Supreme Court's annual effort to excise archaic language from state code. Back when trains dominated cross-country passenger travel, Idaho required stations to communicate late arrivals from waiting room to waiting room via telegraph. Failure merited a $100 misdemeanor fine. But even in Idaho, hardly anybody uses the telegraph these days/AP. More here. (Wikipedia: telegraph key)

Question: Can you think of other devices that the Idaho Legislature can declare obsolete?




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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