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Posts published in “Day: October 24, 2014”

Wal-Mart, zipperheads, Idaho Republicans



Being a second-generation Republican – Dad served the 6th District of Washington State as an “R” in the House for many terms, and was deemed a “troglodyte” by that state's (also Republican) governor for his obstinance over raising taxes and his opposition to motorcycle helmet laws (“If the fools want to kill themselves, why is that our business?”) -- this is a tough thing to say:

We are pulling a straight Democrat lever come next month's county and state elections. Apologies to Butch and Lori Otter, who we respect and admire: If we thought our vote would matter we would throw it Butch's way. But the reality is that loonies are running the asylum, and it's time to kick the bastards out.

Never in Idaho politics has extremism so suffused Idaho's governance. The Religious Right ought to re-think its agenda. They're acting a lot like intolerant Muslims, and they are downright vicious. Toss 'em out.

There is so much cronyism going on in Shoshone County with this lot that your public profession for your love of Jesus Christ trumps your ability to run a calculator. If we may quote from the book of Matthew, it was Jesus himself who said:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Once again, let's toss the Pharisees out. If we have to replace them with Democrats, sorry Dad, so be it.

On to Zipperheads, the rude bicyclists who infest our community in summer, buy nothing, and drive their bicycle-hauling Volvos and Priuses down Moon Pass at 50 miles an hour. Our column in the Shoshone News-Press was killed by an ex-Californian who is one of them. Forty years of reporting in northern Idaho silenced by this bozo, who has run for ever paying public office and never been elected.

We were feeling a tad chastened by this – maybe we got something wrong about these moochie, earth-loving humanoids – until breakfast this morning at the Snakepit on our way back from Spokane.

We were warmly greeted by the morning waitress who said, “We loved your column about rude bicycle riders.” Apparently, the Snakepit has to deal with these people every day, being a trail-head for the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. All these cyclists want is free water from them. She points them to the cooler, where the bottled water is, at a buck a pop.

Lastly, on to Wal-Mart. It's a place everybody wants to pick on. Let us step aside from that noise. (more…)

The speech

jorgensen W. SCOTT

Conversations with Atiyeh

Last January, former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh was the keynote speaker at an event put on by the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce at Happy Valley City Hall. Attendees included elected officials such as Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby) and Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River).

Gov. Atiyeh was introduced by Verne Duncan, who has the unique distinction of having served in both the Idaho and Oregon legislatures. Duncan had worked as Oregon Superintendent of Schools during the Atiyeh administration.

The theme of Governor Atiyeh’s speech was “How to Use Statesmanship and Compromise.”

Atiyeh described the circumstances surrounding his initial decision to run for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Running for the Legislature

In his remarks, Governor Atiyeh provided much useful advice for the elected officials and would-be, potential and future officeholders present at the event.

Vic's Words of Wisdom

Governor Atiyeh shared many of the principles that contributed to his success in the nearly three decades of public service that he gave to Oregon and its citizens.

The Virtues of Common Sense

The full transcripts of his remarks that day make up an entire chapter in my new book, Conversations with Atiyeh. It can be ordered by clicking here.

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Otter talks with CCA on contract in 2013 (Boise Statesman)
Variable enrollments at state universities (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Another Jones-Ybarra debate, in Idaho Falls (IF Post Register)
Reviewing Idaho Fish & Game’s 75 years (IF Post Register)
Looking at building plans for WSU med school (Moscow News)
Otter paid, took footage from gay rights video (Nampa Press Tribune)
Simplot’s Nampa plant stays open longer, till 2015 (Nampa Press Tribune)
Magic Valley food banks need more food (TF Times News)
Write-in campaign for Lincoln Co commission (TF TImes News)

Rained hard on Wednesday, more ahead (Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette)
Big campaign treasuries on GMO issue (Eugene Register Guard)
Studying links between ground and surface water (KF Herald & News)
H&N publisher Heidi Wright leaving, Mark Dobie incoming (KF Herald & News)
Oregon has been cutting time in class (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Release of GMO task force report (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Larger number of auto-wildlife collisions (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Problems with weed spraying by state agencies (Portland Oregonian)
Lawsuits with Oracle merged (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bremerton budget plan released (Bremerton Sun)
Renowned Four Swallows restaurant closed (Bremerton Sun)
Many errors in school bus traffic rules (Everett Herald)
County puts sewer repair on homeowner group (Everett Herald)
Tornado rips middle of Longview (Vancouver Columbian, Olympian, Longview News)
Former PUD execs fined (Longview News)
Reviewing local judicial campaign finance (Port Angeles News)
Amazon stock falls with earning report (Seattle Times)
Paul Allen will continue $100m against ebola (Seattle Times)
Judge won’t allow release of stripper license info (Tacoma News Tribune)
Cowlitz Tribe may get federal acreage (Vancouver Columbian)
Analyst: Yakima basin still needs more water (Yakima Herald Republic)