In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers CHEERS to ... Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter:
"It was up to him to stop one of the worst ideas to emerge from the legislative session - cramming Bibles down the throats of public school students. Tuesday, Otter did just that - vetoing Cottonwood Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll's ploy to recast scripture as a reference book. In doing so, Otter deferred to Idaho's Constitution, which says: "No books, papers, tracts or documents of a political, sectarian or denominational character shall be used or introduced in any schools established under the provisions of this article. ... " Otter also listened to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office, which called the constitutional language "unambiguous" and advised lawmakers they were flirting with another losing courtroom battle - with the prospect of paying the winning side's attorneys' fees. So far, Idaho's Constitutional Defense Fund has defended nine such lawsuits - and lost all nine, burning through more than $2 million." More here.