In the next three days, we'll run posts on our picks for the person of the year in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. A quick word on these first.
They will be along the line of the influential persons lists we did for some years in Idaho, at least in matters of criteria - and but for the fact that we'll be naming just one person.
The idea is not honorary, not necessarily an indication of goodness or of excellent achievement. The idea is to name someone who somehow or another threw a curve into the very recent history of their state, affecting it on a substantial level for good or ill. And someone whose actions were specific to them, not necessarily undertaken by whoever might have been standing in their shoes - someone without whom their state would have been different than it actually is right now. The thing is more an invitation to consider not necessarily what made the big headlines but what mattered in the Northwest over the last year.
Let it be not a conversation ender, but conversation starter.