Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran, center, bows his head during a Veterans Day ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, this morning at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The president paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, the 107-year-old Overton of East Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Richard Overton survived Pearl Harbor, fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, has lived to be 107 years old -- and on Monday earned a standing ovation led by the commander-in-chief, President Obama. "This is the life of one American veteran -- living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free," Obama told an appreciative crowd during a Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Overton, who had met Obama earlier in the day at a White House breakfast, said during a brief telephone interview that he was honored by the attention. "It went alright," said Overton, who is believed to be the nation's oldest known veteran of World War II. "I hope he keeps on talking some good words about me"/David Jackson, USA Today. More here.
Question: Do you have a surviving World War II or Korean War veteran in your family?
State Sen. Russ Fulcher, pictured, (a possible gubernatorial candidate) and Sen. Steven Thayn (a possible superintendent of schools candidate) will be featured at the first MP2 pre-legislative tour in Coeur d'Alene next Monday. MP2 secretary Melissa Thomas told a Berry Picker that the event is to discuss possible legislation that will come before the 2014 Legislature, not for campaign purposes. In an email, Thomas explained the possible topics this way: "This will be a panel discussion with local legislators previewing legislation dealing with: Common Core, County Indigent Fund, Medicaid Expansion, Obama Care, and other education issues. MP 2 is an effort to move from our current unstable system that relies on the Redistribution of the wealth to a stable system that focuses on production, empowers the people with choices and resources, and empowering of families so they can provide their own social services." Appearing with Fulcher and Thayn, Thomas said, will by District 2 legislators Rep. Vito Barbieri and Sen. Steve Vick. The event will be staged at 7 p.m. Monday in the North Idaho College Student Union Building. MP2 Facebook page here.
Question: Sounds to me like the Tea Partyers are starting early for the 2014 GOPrimary season. Thoughts?
- 11:39 a.m. Female on crutches standing outside main Coeur d'Alene Airport office, talking to herself.
- 11:32 a.m. A unaccompanied child has been found @ McDonalds restaurant on Appleway/CdA.
- 11:23 a.m. Security @ Midtown Safeway, 1001 4th St, reports undisclosed theft.
- 10:48 a.m. KCSDeputies are looking for 2009 Honda motorcycle that was stolen from Athol Sunday.
- 10:36 a.m. ISP officer reports red Subaru w/hood up @ I-90/MP 10.5, west of NW Blvd/CdA.
- 10:35 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ Lyman Knee Clinic, 1875 N. Lakewood/CdA.
- 10:25 a.m. Silver 2012 RAV has broken drive line after hitting rock on H95/MP 87.8 (Mockingbird), 8 miles from I-90.
- 10:09 a.m. Caller from Corner Store, Hayden/Loch Haven, wants to see deputy re: trailer hit by vehicle on grounds.
- 9:29 a.m. Passenger is holding unrestrained baby in pickup that turns from Seltice Way onto Herborn/Post Falls.
- 8:38 a.m. Deputy is trying to chase loose horses from railroad crossing on Rathdrum Prairie.
- 8:26 a.m. Deputy en route to check report of smoke coming from Rathdrum Mountain.
- Weekend Poll: There are slightly more Republicans than Unaffiliateds in Hucks Nation, with Democrats a distant third. 79 of 197 respondents (40.1%) identified themselves as Republicans in the Weekend poll, compared to 69 of 197 respondents (35.03%) who consider themselves Unaffiliated. 45 of 197 respondents (22.84%) were Democrats. Only 1 person (0.51%) admitted to being Constitutionalist/Libertarian, and 3 (1.52%) said they aren't registered to vote.
- Today's Poll: What would have been the proper punishment for the 2 Gonzaga students who chased away a potentially dangerous intruder at gunpoint?
A mother upset by the selection of a young-adult novel that deals frankly with life on an American Indian reservation is asking (Billings, Mont.) School District 2 for a second time to remove the novel from its required reading list. The book, Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” winner of the 2007 National Book Award, is on the list of required reading for sophomore English classes in SD2 and is taught in some classrooms. A committee of SD2 trustees will discuss the book and its place in the classroom during a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Lincoln Center board room/Bob Rogers, Billings Gazette. More here.
Question: Are Sherman Alexie books appropriate for required high school sophomore reading?
The story that has Idaho political circles buzzing this morning is about a state lawmaker from Boise whose concealed weapon permit has been revoked, after he lied twice on his application – failing to mention a withheld judgment and guilty plea to a change of assault with intent to commit rape in Florida in 1974, a felony. Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, a first-term lawmaker, told Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, “I was a young kid.” He was 21 at the time. Patterson was charged in 1974 with forcible rape, after the victim said he forced her to have sex twice and threatened to have his Doberman pinscher attack her if she refused, according to police reports/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
- Update: Patterson says accuser admitted fabricating rape allegation/Dan Popkey, Statesman
- Also: Looks like Patterson is a darling of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Idaho/Dan Popkey, Statesman
Question: Time to put a fork in this guy's political career?
Gonzaga's David Stockton (11) jumps over Bryant's Claybrin McMath (44) to make a pass in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Spokane. Gonzaga defeated Bryant 100-76. The Zags play Colorado State tonight here. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Moscow man slain in trailer park quarrel/KXLY
- Oversize load to cause H95 delays tonight/Press
- Police: Suspected DUI driver causes crash into home/SR
- LCHS instructor named Idaho Teacher of Year/Betsy Russell, SR
- Idaho same-sex couples sue over marriage ban/Betsy Russell, SR
- Kootenai County land-use planning goes in-house/David Cole, Press
- Montana county treasurer willing to resign over racist emails, if .../AP
- Barker: Labrador stands by cuts to Idaho lab but says hands off BPA/Statesman
Question: Am I the only one who's glad that the Gonzaga Bulldogs are playing basketball games again?
Marine Corps veteran Jim Brown, 83, (right) who served in Vietnam and Korea helps D-Day Veteran Howard Mills, 91, to the stage for special recognition during a Veteran's Day ceremony organized by Forever Young Senior Veteran Wish at Collierville Town Square in Collierville, Tenn. Sunday. (AP Photo: Jim Weber)
From fire and smoke and battle din
the silent lambs come home again;
Good Shepherd, lead these sons and daughters
to timeless peace beside still waters.
The Bard of Sherman Avenue
If there's a bottom, Idaho either has found it or is about to. Take the amount of dollars Idaho puts behind each of its students. Idaho's score never has been great, but a decade ago it ranked 46th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia - ahead of Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Utah. Now it's just Utah sparing Idaho from last place. Then there's tax burden. A decade ago, Idaho had the 39th lowest tax burden in the country. But after former Gov. Jim Risch and current Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter finished undercutting property tax support for public schools, expanding the grocery sales tax credit, removing the personal property tax farmers paid on equipment and other cuts worth about $350 million, Idaho's tax burden is ranked 49th lowest in the country/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Why are Idahoans going along with continued underfunding of education by the Otter administration and the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature?
At 12:09 p.m. Sunday, while searching areas around Tubbs Hill, local police found kidnapping suspect Doug Standish on the F dock of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Marina. Detectives noticed the cover of a 34-foot boat open. As they approached, the boat owner stepped out and said “He’s right here." Standish walked out behind the owner and was taken into custody without incident. The owner told officers that he visited the marina Sunday to do boat maintenance. He saw Standish holding a gun when he opened the front galley area. He asked Standish to put down his gun and surrender and Standish complied. Standish was wet and cold from having been in the water the night before. He related to detectives that the previous night he got spooked by Coeur d'Alene Resort security guards doing their nightly rounds, so he jumped in water. He said he swam around to the other side of the dock until after the guards left and then he got back into the boat. More below.
When the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 last week in favor of legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, 10 Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two independents to support the bill, but Idaho’s two senators both voted against it. “Number one, this is a state’s rights issue,” Idaho Sen. Jim Risch said. “Number two, this bill made insufficient provisions for employers who have First Amendment constitutional protections to exercise their religious beliefs.” The bill, which would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, included an exemption for religious organizations/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you think the explanation provided by Idaho's U.S. senators is reasonable?
With the national media spotlight on them, two Gonzaga University roommates put on school probation for violating a weapons policy said they’ll appeal the sanction. Seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh faced suspension or expulsion after one of them chased an aggressive intruder from their apartment at gunpoint. Instead, they’ll remain on probation for the rest of their time at Gonzaga, the university informed them Sunday by letter. “It was a little bit of a surprise,” Fagan said Sunday. “We’re happy that we are still here at Gonzaga. Our objective was to remain here because we do love this school and love being here.” But he and McIntosh plan to appeal their probations, he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: Erik Fagan, left, and Daniel McIntosh stand in the doorway Friday at their apartment in the Gonzaga University neighborhood.)
Question: Do you agree with this punishment?
In this Oct. 31, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport, in Atlantic City, N.J. Obama traveled to region to take an aerial tour of the Atlantic Coast in New Jersey in areas damaged by superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was courted as a Republican presidential candidate in 2012, will be here in December for a public rally to raise funds for Gov. Butch Otter. "We are real excited that Gov. Christie is coming to support Gov. Otter," said Jayson Ronk, Otter's campaign manager. Christie won his bid for governor of New Jersey on Tuesday with a record-setting 60 percent of the vote against his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono. In doing so, Christie won over his own party base, overcame a backlash from the tea party, won a majority of the women's vote, and did very well among minorities. He also took more than 30 percent of the Democratic voters of New Jersey/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
- Op-Ed: Christie won't be invited to tea party/Froma Harrop, Creators Syndicate
Question: But, but, but doesn't Butch know that Christie is a ... RINO!?
School trustees from across the state, gathered in Coeur d’Alene Friday for the Idaho School Boards Association convention, voted overwhelmingly to endorse the new Idaho Core Standards, which the state adopted in 2011 to set higher goals for student achievement at each grade level, Idaho Education News reports; you can read their full report here. The standards have been drawing increasing political opposition - some opponents are labeling them a communist plot - even as they’ve been implemented in schools across the state; ISBA members voted 2,910 to 492 in favor of them. The trustees also voted down a resolution calling for the state to train personnel to use guns on campuses/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: So if Idaho school trustees are overwhelmingly in favor of Common Core standards and the Tea Party is overwhelmingly against, which side do you think is right? Or wrong? Or ... you know what I mean.
Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson, who lost the Post Falls mayor’s race to Ron Jacobson on Tuesday, had the best line following the city elections. And we’ll get to it in a moment. On her Facebook wall after the election, Kerri talked about putting on her “game face” and heading out to face the public. First, she attended the Local Issues Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Next, she retrieved signs and returned phone calls, texts and emails. Many were talking about her future election prospects. Summed up Kerri: “Talking about future elections the day after one that ended badly is like asking a woman who’s just given birth if she plans to have more children/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Other SR weekend columns:
- Boomers shrink as time goes by/Jim Kershner, SR
- Election autopsy finds more bucks, zero band/Doug Clark
- Smart Bombs: Buying health insurance? Shop around/Gary Crooks
- Football gods truly smile on Eagles' masterful effort/John Blanchette
- Outdoors: Kokanee won't run Lake Pend Oreille dam level/Rich Landers
- The Slice: New namesake should be nothing but presidential/Paul Turner
Question: Have you ever thought of running for an elective office? When? Which one?
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