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Re: “Defending North Idaho

North Washington is a lot like North Idaho but just doesn't ring with the same jingoistic concerns of elitist morons. To me this column was written by some metropolitan dandy that probably knows next to nothing about the area that can't be found stuck on a cork board at the newest wine bar opening in Sandpoint. I like N Idaho. But then, I know north idaho. It does not need to be redeemed to the people that live there, only to those that have the misfortune of rubbing elbows with jerks in tweed jackets with elbow pads and having to explain to them that they are not riff-raff even though they have to exclaim thier origins as "North Idaho". Really, the people that have anxiety about their N. Idaho identity aren't really from N Idaho to begin with.

Let me close with what Edward Said said of his own experiences having to adopt a "hometown" so-to-speak:
exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And while it is true that literature and history contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes in an exiles life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome the crippling sorrow of estrangement.

Home is something you love. Not something you defend. So to the author I say: adopt a new hometown that you don't have to defend and then never come "home" again. Because to you home isn't what it is for the people that are already there and are willing to accept it as it is or make it better. You? You left! Good riddance.

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Posted by Lysander on 10/26/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Accidents All Over

When I read this column it is hard to think which is more irritating, this sophists words or his ugly mug and that goofy beard?

Anyone that doesn't see politics in this country as an act of self-defense of the individual against the machinations from upon the ivory tower this screed could not be a better emblem. Mr NeckBeard thinks that McMorris is a failure and a tool. Frankly, you will not here me saying otherwise. She is an even bigger tool than the George "term limits" Nethercutt and his bullshlt. However, the ego usually drives the man and in this case there is no exception. He thinks that McMorris just hasn't "done the right things". Did you hear that people of her district? She isn't doing the right things. Never mind that nearly everything that can be done is but another pound of flesh from you and I and that these people are perched upon a power that could legislate the color your underwear or outlaw certain flavors of Jolly Ranchers, is this not THE concern? The power?!?!?!?! Rather then say how that power is expressed let us first look to the power. And in that case I think Mr NeckBeard and Cathy would wholly agree. I am wrong; politicians would never make such ingresses into the public's liberty. Except that they do up to and including declaring the right to hold ANY american without charge and in secret by the military. Mr NeckBeard and Cathy would only argue on the degree of this violation. Cathy would say that it is necessary for security and Mr NeckBeard would call this an "abuse" of power. But people, that is just two hairdos arguing over the fact that they agree. The question is never why we stand for a government that has mantles of power subject to the abuse of the worst people in our society--the ones elected. No, that is never the question. The question for the people is always the degree to which they are willing to prostrate themselves to this abuse. If you read the pre-amble to the constitution or the preamble to the bill of rights or the declaration of independence itself one thing is clear. The government is not the place in our society where we figure out how it is to be ordered. Society--a free society--orders itself and needs no administration. So let these two communists be who they are...terrible people. And just don't vote. Revoke your consent from this government and then laugh at it when it takes itself seriously. Laugh at it until there is nothing left! You can either laugh now while watching it fall like an iron curtain or you will cry when your reality crashes down around you. When the USSR collapsed millions died in the chaos. I can only hope that when our evil empire falls the people will suffer less. And there is hope. There will be no "competing super power" to wranle with our internal affairs and ensure that we suffer to our maximum potential.

But in either case I like to hedge my bets and so I close with this: Hail Clinton! Peace be upon her name. Hail Trump. Peace be upon his name. Amen.

Posted by Lysander on 10/26/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Accidents All Over

Thank you for your thoughtful article. I am a volunteer for Joe Pakootas. I continue to be impressed with his hard work running for Congress. He is sincere and knowledgeable about the issues. CMR is out of touch with Eastern Washington and Congress in general is ineffective. We need to get Joe elected and bring about change to our region and our country. And thank you for putting the Democrats' feet to the fire. They have done next to nothing to support and help him. I am very disappointed to watch the local party turn their back on him. He has an excellent change at getting elected and they could have done more to make sure it happens.

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Posted by Anne Stuyvesant Whigham on 10/26/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Defending North Idaho

As much as I think there are a lot of good people up there, there is one force going against this getting any better: The American Redoubt.

It is becoming a mecca for survivalists, and a lot of them tend to build on the reputation that you write about.

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Posted by Rolyatroba on 10/26/2016 at 10:04 AM

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