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Huckleberries: Library vigilante strikes again, attracts international media attention

D.F. Oliveria (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
D.F. Oliveria (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

The Coeur d’Alene Library Vigilante struck again this week. Remember? Someone is protesting what she or he believes to be a library bias against Trump and conservatives by hiding books critical of them.

On Tuesday, “shelvers” spotted a book by socialist Bernie Sanders inserted backward in the biography section. The censor figured that’d stop people from reading the tome. But the childish action now is exposed in a newspaper read by tens of thousands daily. In fact, the actions of this literary menace have been revealed worldwide.

The New York Times reported the story Sunday. Rick Reilly, author of “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,” another book targeted by the censor, will speak at the Coeur d’Alene Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. And Librarian Bette Ammon is fielding calls from world media, including CNN, NPR and BBC.

The books targeted by the Library Vigilante are more popular than ever. And big donations are pouring into the Library Foundation. Will censors ever learn?

Love hurts

This is what love looks like in North Idaho.

Anna Heisey of Coeur d’Alene is shopping at Kohl’s, on Highway 95, when hubby, Darryl, sends a text.

“I am coming over!” messages the region’s vets’ director for the state of Idaho.

They meet among the winter coats. He gives her a hug and a kiss.

Anna: “So what’s going on?” Darryl, in full flirt mode: “Nothing. I just wanted to spend time with my wife.”

As the cockles of her heart warm, Anna hugs Darryl back.

Then, Darryl lowers his voice and glances around. Anna hangs on his words: “I need you to help me pick up a roadkill! It’s still fresh! I know it!”

And there goes that warm glow.


Poet’s Corner: This month turkeys/are selected:/some get stuffed and/some elected – Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“November Ritual”) … What was worrying our pretty little heads 50 years ago? Daylight Saving Time. Idaho legislators were pushing a straw poll to decide whether it was time to end the split into two time zones. Fast forward to today – and the Salmon River remains the dividing line for the Spud State’s two time zones. Progress? … Bumpersnicker (with outline of the state of Idaho): “Californians … the new invasive species” … The Kellogg PD has a message for that hit-and-run driver who left his pickup canopy behind. The department would love to give it back: “Just swing by the PD and pick it up,” writes Sgt. Paul Twidt of the Roll Call report. “We have some paperwork for you as well.”

Parting shot

A reader named Barbara emails about Huckleberries’ close encounter with an open-carry customer at a Hayden credit union.

Barbara, by the way, keeps guns at home and hunted as a younger woman. She has no problem with Inland Northwesterners who conceal carry to protect themselves. But she considers open carry to be an aggressive act. Barbara leaves restaurants and other enclosed places when she sees someone open carrying.

“It signals lots of uncomfortable possibilities,” she emails. “What is going to happen if this person hears a loud noise? If this person is emotionally unstable, am I going to get caught in the crossfire when they react? Are they trained and stable?” Inquiring minds want to know.

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