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Sharia Fear Leads To Bad Vote

Fear is never the right reason to make law, or in this case, to unmake it. Yet fear - decidedly unfounded according to agency staff and legal experts including Idaho's Attorney General and lawyer-legislator Rep. Luke Malek - is driving the Legislature's undoing of state participation in a multi-state (and occasionally, multinational) system which protects children, especially children in low-income families. While unrelated to the bill in question, the fearful utterance of one word - "sharia" - in a key committee caused reason to fly out the Capitol window. Assurances from officials who work with, and more fully understand, the Health and Welfare laws in question failed to revive the bill, which among other things is necessary for Idaho to continue to collect child support from certain less-than-willing noncustodial parents, necessary to follow them out of state if they've moved. Single parent having a tough time making ends meet? Too bad/Sholeh Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone want to disagree with Sholeh Patrick that "fear is never the right reason to make law -- or unmake it"?




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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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