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SCHOOL RAFFLE Truly strange, or it should be. Not a complaint against Middleton resident Phillip Allaire, who devised the plan, whose intent doubtless is the best, and probably should be commended for trying to held. But is this the best the Nampa School District, one of the largest in Idaho, can do? Here’s a description from an editorial in the Idaho State Journal: “Allaire has started a nonprofit organization to auction off 40 area houses in raffles. He says he will buy the houses and refurbish them. A raffle ticket for a house will cost $100 and when 2,500 tickets have been sold, the house will be raffled. The plan has been sanctioned by the Idaho Lottery Commission, which will raffle the homes.” Really?

BORDER ENTRY Among the many fees out there, the border crossing fee has gotten little significant attention – outside border communities, where it has become a big deal. A neat factiod on this from an Associated Press story: The owner of a gas station at Blaine, on the southern side of the I-5 border with Canada, estimated that nine out of ten of the drivers who pump gas there are from Canada, not the U.S. Wonder what his view on the fee is?

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