April 30, 2011

Well Done!

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 11:54 am

This morning’s Coeur d’Alene Press had a My Turn column by Jeff Connaway.  It was titled McEuen:  Seeking a different solution.  Rather than being an aimless, pointless rant, it was a reasoned and reasonable commentary about the City’s and Team McEuen’s handling of proposed renovations to McEuen Field.  Not only that, Mr. Connaway offered equally reasonable and reasoned suggestions for a mid-course correction by the City.

There was only one downside to Mr. Connaway’s commentary:  In the view of the Editorial Board of the Coeur d’Alene Press, it is only worth a penny (see Press editorial appearing Friday, September 3, 2010).

As for the City’s methodology to bamboozle and stampede the people into supporting a questionable project, one need only remember that it worked before.  In August 2009 the North Idaho College Board of Trustees and the NIC Foundation, with the full and complete cooperation and encouragement from  the City, foisted the DeArmond Mill site $10.4 million purchase on the people with similar glowing terms and bright, slick drawings.


  1. So, will the upcoming open forum with the City include an option that will include keeping the boat launch? I suspect not, but it should be as this issue has been the most talked about alteration, without question, in the mix.

    Comment by Gary Ingram — April 30, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  2. Excellent article by Jeff Connaway! My favorite part was this:

    “No matter what changes come to McEuen Field, if the current planning and decision-making processes create public dissension and a strong perception that the rights and privileges of the ordinary citizens of Coeur d’Alene are being disregarded and ignored, we will all be the poorer for this outcome.”

    Comment by mary — April 30, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  3. It is of at least passing interest that a huge supporter of the McEuen “railroad plan” would vigorously complain in a “Commentary” published in the INLANDER April 28, 2011 edition, regarding the Idaho Legislature’s passage of the “Luna Laws” this past session, that “A majority of the legislators turned a deaf ear to public rejection of the so-called “reform” bills.” It seems that the City Council members are similarly “deaf” by not listening to the public’s vociferous rejection of the Council’s, and LCDC’s, position that the McEuen issue should not be voted on.

    Comment by Happy Trails — April 30, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  4. Here is a link to the Inlander Commentary Happy Trails referred to.

    Comment by Bill — May 1, 2011 @ 6:27 am

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