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Float debacle has Wolfinger seeing triple

Dave Oliveria The Spokesman-Review

It was a simple request from Kootenai County Fairgrounds jumbos: Move the CdA chamber parade float to another building, so we can use the Food Court for the Home and Garden Show. So, float director Howard Martinson did – to Building 15 where two sheriff’s marine deputy boats were stored for the winter. Howard gave the boats wide berth in parking the float. But, alas. Whoever moved a boat later put a big dent in the float. Which posed a dilemma. Sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger also is the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. And a city councilman. Should Chairman Ben be asked to file a claim against Capt. Ben and Kay See Ess Oh? wonders Howard. Or should the float committee consider the possible liability of the city and Councilman Ben in all this? Or should Howard simply ask Ben to sue Ben to sue Ben. Got that?

This land is our land?

Ask North Idahoans to define what it means to be a native, and you’ll get dozens of answers. Huckleberries Online did last week. Answers? You’re a native North Idahoan if “you ever saw a movie at the Wilma Theater, rode the Ferris wheel at Playland Pier, cruised through Robby’s Drive In and the Topper, and watched the ‘submarine races’ at the Dike Road” – Dawn Q. Otee … If “you had a child born in the old hospital” – Steve Badraun … If “you came out into the world breathing Idaho air” – Cis Gors … If, as a teen, you dragged “main (Sherman) from the Boat Drive In (now Michael D’s) to the Paul Bunyan” – Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander … If your “family settled in Wallace in 1898 and have owned everything in the Silver Valley from silver claims to brothels” – John Austin … If your family greeted Lewis and Clark – several responses.

Quotable quote

“To prevent school violence, it is necessary to fix the root of the problem – that is, when kids who are deemed by their peers to be ‘different’ are bullied. As someone who walks the halls of a high school almost every day, I’ve seen my share of it. When we read accounts of these shootings, the shooter is almost always described as ‘a loner, wearing black, listening to metal music, playing video games, etc.’ It isn’t that these things are the cause of the kid’s violent behavior; rather, they are outlets for peaceful rebellion and escape. It’s just that when the bullying gets to be too much, the peaceful rebellion turns deadly” – Vorfeed/Post Falls Uncensored re: the Minnesota school shootings.

Poet’s corner

The major distinction one may see/between mankind and the chimpanzee/is found in springtime, when chimps relax/but man sits down to do income tax” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Evolution”) … “The depot continues to leak/It’ll be closed for many a week/Why did things go wrong?/Where does blame belong?/That’s two of the answers we seek” – CDADave (“Questions, Questions”) … “Sometimes my thoughts are as crystal and sometimes as basalt, either is fine, it’s sand that scares me” – Bob Salsbury/Random Shallow Thoughts.


“Just how big is a big house in the Coachella Valley? In the battle to keep up with the Joneses, mogul Hagadone tips the ante to 30,000 square feet” – The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) headline. (For the rest of the story, go to Huckleberries Online at address below) … Also, Huckleberries Online has a swell map that’ll show how many states you’ve visited (in the Red State/Blue State motif) … Sign (at that BNSF refueling depot protest in CdA): “Run your trains on water & we’ll drink your fuel.”

Parting shot

In a letter to the Coeur d’Alene Press, Shirley Thagard of Hayden described the late ultraconservative Repub commish Ron Rankin as a (drum roll, puh-leez) – Democrat. That rumble you hear at Forest Cemetery is The Ronfather. Nah, he ain’t rollin’ over in his grave. He’s growlin’ for an attorney to prepare a defamation of character suit.

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