[Vision2020] Certainly No Thinking Person is Surprised . . .

Carl Westberg idahovandal1 at live.com
Fri Jun 24 08:41:17 PDT 2011

"It's not that we don't like them (Moscow residents)".....Whew.  I admit that I have to fight the feeling of being an urbane, big city sophisticate when I live in such a bustling, intense urban setting as Moscow.  When your city has two McDonalds, a couple of Starbucks and a bank at the heart of downtown that has an escalator, it can be a struggle to stay humble.

> From: v2020 at ssl1.fastmail.fm
> To: Vision2020 at moscow.com
> Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:28:32 -0700
> Subject: [Vision2020] Certainly No Thinking Person is Surprised . . .
> . . . that Moscow rejects the theocracy inherent from the "views" of people
> like Paula Bauer (a la Gresham Bouma & his pastor Lloyd Knerr).  The genuine
> rub, however, is that the outlying areas are no more interested in the
> peculiar theocracy Bauer & Bouma crave than the city of Moscow is, something
> the blogger unfortunately missed in a big way.
> Frankly, I'm disappointed there's not been discussion on the Viz about the
> reapportionment . . . 
> Saundra Lund
> Moscow, ID
> The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do
> nothing.
> ~ Edmund Burke
> ___
> http://lmtribune.com/blogs/political_theater/article_2a7f6630-9def-11e0-a494
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> Moscow not feeling the love
> by Bill Spence | 0 comments 
> There was a distinct anti-Moscow flavor to the Idaho Commission on
> Reapportionment meeting in Moscow this afternoon.
> A number of rural residents, including several Republican Party officials,
> urged the commission to split the rural portion of Latah County away from
> Moscow and pair it with Benewah and Shoshone counties to the north.
> "There's a widespread sense of disenfranchisement in the outlying areas ...
> a strong sense that it's futile to fight against Moscow," said Paula Bauer,
> the Republican precinct chair for Viola and the first person to address the
> commission during its public listening session at the University of Idaho
> today.
> Bauer said rural Latah County has more in common Benewah and Shoshone
> counties, whereas Moscow is more similar to Lewiston. When it redraws
> legislative district boundaries to reflect the 2010 census populations, she
> urged the commission to put two cities together in a single district, while
> pairing the rural communities in a second district.
> "It's not that we don't like them (Moscow residents)," she said. "It's
> recognizing that our values, our interests and our needs are different."
> Pam Kaynor, chair of the Benewah County Republican Central Committee, said
> her county commissioners have no interest in being put in the same district
> as Moscow.
> "The only part of Latah County we feel linked to is northern (rural) Latah,"
> she said. "If not that, we don't want it."
> Latah County is a standalone legislative district right now, but that will
> have to change because it's population isn't great enough. Either it gets
> split between two or more districts, or it gets paired with other areas.
> Latah County Commissioner Tom Stroschein encouraged the commission to keep
> it whole. The primary options would be to pair it with Benewah County to the
> north or with Clearwater County to the east. He didn't indicate which he
> would prefer, but said he'd "hate to see local government have to work with
> legislators who didn't live in the county and didn't understand our county
> roots."
> Commissioner Evan Frasure of Pocatello said the Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater
> County region "is one of the more difficult areas in the state to lump
> together in a logical way. I've redrawn this area 15 times and not come up
> with anything."
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