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Edit: Repeal Idaho's Grocery Sales Tax

December 16, 2014 - 8:13am

Gov. Butch Otter raised eyebrows across the state when he told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho he wants to see state income taxes lowered to less than 7 percent across the board and the personal property tax on business equipment eliminated altogether. Conservatives will no doubt be happy to hear this. Liberals? Not so much. The latter will certainly argue that education spending needs to be raised considerably, and how can that be done at the same time we’re cutting taxes? However, there is another form of tax cut that could gain some traction this year that both conservatives and liberals should support. It’s an idea that has been tried before but hasn’t made it very far — repealing the state grocery sales tax. Today groceries are applied the same 6 percent sales tax as most everything else you buy in the store/Idaho Press-Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you consider the repeal of Idaho's grocery sales tax more important than Gov. Otter's plans to eliminate the personal property tax on business equipment and lower state income taxes?

Hostage Situation

December 16, 2014 - 8:06am

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Wild Card/Monday -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 5:18pm

I know we need snow -- in the mountains -- for the resorts an all you snow bunnies out there. But I've been enjoying my ability to walk without worrying about ice and be outdoors this time of the year. I split some wood over the weekend to get my family through the final weeks of 2014. Have you ever split wood with an ax or a splitting mall? I've been doing it for almost four decades. The old adage is true. Wood heat heats you twice. First when you're splitting it. And, secondly, of course, when you're burning it. Now for today's Wild Card ...

Parting Shot -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 5:16pm

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Fort Dix, NJ, today. More here. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman)

Quotable Quote

December 15, 2014 - 5:08pm
Went shopping. Saw sherpa hats, sherpa socks, sherpa blankets! At this rate we're gonna run out of sherpas! #SOS (SaveOurSherpas) #shopping -- Cindy.

Top Comments -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 4:56pm

Top Comment -- Charlie (RE: Poll: Pseudonymed comments trustworthy): You build your reputation whether a pseudonym or real name is used.

Most Commented Stories: A Pseudonym by any other name (29 comments), and: Poll: Pseudonymed posts trustworthy (22 comments).

Cutline Contest -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 4:54pm

Time 2 Vote ...

Santa Claus gets a nose rub from Huey, a Catahoula puppy during the Yappy Hour Christmas "Paw-ty" to benefit Animal Care and Protective Services Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Weekend Winner -- DFO, with 4 likes: "Defensive end Cameron Jordan discovers how little he's worth in Fantasy Football terms." You can see the Weekend Photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.


PM Scanner Traffic -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 4:46pm
  • 4:59 p.m. 30ish male having medical problems @ Jiffy Stop, 506 Appleway, CdA.
  • 4:58 a.m. Someone suffering an allergic reaction @ Cedars Floating Restaurant, 1514 Marina/CdA.
  • 4:52 p.m. A chair is lying on H41 between Poleline/Prairie Ave, Post Falls.
  • 4:51 p.m. Disabled vehicle reported @ Riverview Drive/Kelly Road, south of Spokane River.
  • 4:31 p.m. Deputy reports approximate 3YO German shepherd mix hit & needs attention @ Clagstone/8 Mile, Athol.
  • 4:30 p.m. Post Falls police activities Dec. 14-15 here.
  • 4:21 p.m. ITD is de-icing entire 4th of July Pass.
  • 4:14 p.m. Post Falls resident reports neighbor regulars enters his property and let's his dog out.
  • 3:57 p.m. Fuel leaking from parked vehicle @ Hoffman/Mount Carroll, CdA.
  • 3:52 p.m. 2-vehicle accident is blocking Boise Ave/3rd St, CdA; unknown injuries.
  • 3:49 p.m. 2 males in white Dodge pickup w/Shoshone Co plates swerved @ female driver, then pressed their faces to the window and laughed at her reaction @ n/b Govt Way/Dalton Ave, CdA.
  • 17 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below (50 items total today)

PM Headlines -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 4:29pm

Connor Jones, 12, with the Boise Civil Air Patrol, salutes after laying a wreath at a veteran's gravestone Saturday at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. The Boise Civil Air Patrol and a small army of volunteers laid 3,100 wreaths following a ceremony as a part of the nationwide event Wreaths Across America. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo: Darin Oswald)

On The Watefront

December 15, 2014 - 4:05pm

Work along the Dike Road (Spokane River side) is progressing well this week. Most of the trees and brush have been removed from the northern half of the stretch, opening the vista to the river and beyond. Crews today were busy stabilizing the new softer slope of the bank down to the beach. All the stumps have been removed in that stretch. It'll be interesting to see if the work continues to move toward the lake. A new piece of public art will honor the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe to the north of the Dike Road, toward the sewer plant.


December 15, 2014 - 3:55pm
Okay. I'm just going to say this. I don't get fondue -- Cindy Hval.

Question: Is there some popular thing that you don't get?

'Tis The Season -- for Xmas Bonuses?

December 15, 2014 - 3:16pm

Paul Turner/The Slice blog posts: "I once worked at a newspaper in the Southwest that made a practice — at least back then — of giving everyone on the staff the equivalent of two weeks pay as a Christmas bonus."

Question: Which employer now or in the past gave you the best Christmas bonus? How much?

HucksOnline Blogos -- 12.15.14

December 15, 2014 - 2:48pm

Clode Croteau, left, and Elmo Warren, work on the trail Monday. Work started Monday on a project that will provide wheelchair access to a portion of Tubbs Hill on the east side. Workers will smooth out some of the ups and downs of the trail, remove small outcroppings of rocks and tree roots, and reuse rock and soil in spots. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Dec 7-13) 42,065 page-views/28,411 unique views

PFPD Seeks Trading Co Robber

December 15, 2014 - 2:08pm

Post Falls Police Department officer responded to the Trading Company in Post Falls for a reported armed robbery. The suspect fled on foot and is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, wearing a black mask and a dark blue hoodie.

A white male suspect attempted to rob a Post Falls pharmacy on Friday night and allegedly displayed a knife during the incident, according to police. The suspect fled the Trading Co. Store on Seltice Way around 6:30 p.m. on foot. He demanded Oxycontin, but left empty-handed, said Post Falls police Sgt. Mark Brantl. There were no injuries. Brantl said the suspect was wearing a dark blue hoodie, a gray mask that covered his face from his nose down, and gloves. He is described as 20 to 30 years old/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: With all the strung-out, desperate people out there, would you feel safe working in a pharmacy?

PFPD PSA: 1 Lane Of W/B I-90 Shut

December 15, 2014 - 1:51pm

From PFPD Facebook: Construction crew on I-90 advised that the West Bound fast lane near Greensferry will be closed down on Monday and Tuesday from 9 am - 4 pm for the overpass construction. Expect delays if you are heading that direction on the freeway.

The Slice: She Wanted A Ride Home

December 15, 2014 - 1:45pm

At The Slice blog, Paul Turner keeps reliving something that happened to him in downtown Spokane Friday night: "As I watched my wife walk to the restaurant, I heard a soft knocking on the passenger's side window. I saw a girl peering in at me. She might have been 17. She could have been 20. As I said, it was dark. I rolled down the window a few inches. 'Can you give me a ride home?' She didn't seem distressed. There was no hint of panic in her voice. I told her the truth. I was on my way to meet some people and was already late. She nodded in acceptance and backed away. That was that. Only I keep replaying it." More here.

Question: What would you have done?

New Strip Mall Near Post Falls Walmart

December 15, 2014 - 1:20pm

Construction may begin in February on a new strip mall in the northwest corner of Mullan Avenue and Cecil Road on the east side of Post Falls. Tentatively called the Mullan & Cecil Retail Complex, the $3 million project will comprise two multi-tenant buildings of 8,000 and 9,000 square feet north of the Walmart complex. Depending on the spaces requested, about 14 tenants are possible with about 40 percent already interested, according to principle owner Paul Bielec of Coldwell Banker Commercial Schneidmiller Realty. A few of the spaces can have drive-throughs, and a corner pad can be build-to-suit/Nils Rosdahl, Business Bits, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you shop at many stores that in strip malls? Which ones?

SR News Quiz -- 12.14-19.2014

December 15, 2014 - 1:14pm

How much do you know about proper care of Christmas trees, the main contractors in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program and other recent items in the news? Find out in our weekly quiz, where you could win movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Take News Quiz here.

  • Answer to Question #1: 716.
  • Last week's winners: Jan Anderson from Coeur d’Alene (gift card) and Monte McCully from Hayden, Idaho (movie tickets)

A Pseudonym By Any Other Name

December 15, 2014 - 1:07pm

Sisyphus: Here's the hilarious thing. Sisyphus is often automatically dismissed by his detractors since they're anxious to dismiss the facts he cites. One of those detractors turned Sisyphus in to the facebook fascists who required him to change it. Sisyphus was chafed by this but changed his name to one of the ordinary sounding names who just happened to be one of the more obscure founding fathers who also wrote under a pseudonym, as many of them did. Facebook automatically took it as valid even though its actually quite deceptive. The fact is, few of us know for certain that anyone on the tubes is writing under their real name. They just make assumptions based upon cultural mores. Pseudonymity is valid and as Charlie points out they earn their own reputation for credibility. That rep goes away from those who practice sock puppetry, which is what people are really ...

Question: How did you select your pseudonym for Huckleberries Online?

Weight Creep Begins At Holidays

December 15, 2014 - 1:02pm

Nobody gains 20 pounds all at once. Extra weight creeps up on us over time. Especially around this time, said Lisa Randall, a dietitian and diabetes educator at the INHS Community Wellness Center. The season of weight gain starts with Halloween (candy), then moves to Thanksgiving (feasts) and continues through the holidays to New Year’s (parties, cookie platters, cheese plates, more feasts). “Our obesity crisis is based on a 5-pound weight gain per year, and most people do that over the holidays,” Randall said. “… People think they take it off after January. They don’t really ever. By the time the next year comes around, they put on another 5 pounds”/Adrian Rogers, SR. More here.

Question: I've already picked up the 5 pounds that I was suppose to avoid this holiday season. Already working on getting it back off. How are you doing in the weight creep department?