Veterans Day daily
Mrs. O., my beloved wife of 41 years (as of Tuesday), enjoys browsing garage sales. So when she saw one on 12th Street near our Coeur d’Alene home recently she pulled over. And bought something. As she was paying for the item, the homeowner handed her a toy soldier from a basket of them – you know, one of those green “Toy Story” figures about 2 1/2 inches tall, with its own platform. The homeowner said she was handing out the toy soldiers to encourage garage sale shoppers to remember the real soldiers out there, protecting our country from international evil in this time of world unrest. She wanted the shoppers to say a prayer for our soldiers. Or to remember them kindly. Done.
Poet’s Corner (from July 2, 2003): “One hundred miles upon a bike/Takes much more sitting than I like./The contest known as Ironman/Requires indeed an iron can” – Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Ironman”) … Kim Ashbaugh (aka Walkabout who picks up litter on Coeur d’Alene’s Tubbs Hill daily) has photographic proof that a pelican paid a visit to the Lake City waterfront last week. Black Necked Stilts, too. And a turkey vulture. But the Canada geese still rule the north shore … Not a single member of the public showed last week for a workshop to discuss the Coeur d’Alene School District’s $93.6 million budget proposed for fiscal 2017, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. But a packed house attended a recent informational meeting at the Priest River library to hear Priest River police Chief Drew McLain discuss Idaho’s new concealed carry law that takes effect Friday. Priorities. Priorities … Poll: Most popular summer event in Coeur d’Alene, according to my Huckleberries Online readers? Art on the Green. By almost 2-to-1 over runner-up Fourth of July Parade/fireworks show … Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions tells Huckleberries that his free music concert series will kick off with the Coeur d’Alene Big Band at Hayden City Park Thursday evening. This will be the 25th year for the summer series brought to us by Coeur d’Alene’s Music Man.
The editorial writer of the Twin Falls Times-News didn’t mince words in describing the actions of the rumor mongers who distorted a widely discussed sexual assault involving four children in the Magic Valley. You know the story. A group opposed to Syrian refugee relocation claimed incorrectly that a 5-year-old girl was raped at knifepoint by three Syrian boys. Opined the Times-News: “Ruthless refugee opponents exploited the girl and sought to bring out not the better angels of our nature but the worst. Thousands of people shared the contrived story about Syrian rapists on their social media accounts, stoking renewed calls for an end to refugee resettlement and a fresh round of anti-Muslim maligning. And the liars almost got away with it.”