A quick and dirty for the locals. This issue has gotten as muddied as the hole that's being filled for the Kroc Center. I'm asking for some clarification.
If the City swapped the hole in the ground with the Parks Foundation and the Parks Foundation in turn is going to deed the hole to the Salvation Army for the Kroc Center, then why is the City, not the Parks Foundation voting on the transfer of the use agreement - unless the Parks Foundation is a sham Foundation? That it and the city are one and the same with just a name change for expediency.
If my assumption is correct, does that not keep the Idaho constitutional separation of church and state issue front and center? Especially since the Salvation Army has indicated they will hold services in the Kroc Center?
Now I realize I'm getting older and sometimes my mind isn't as nimble as it used to be but the issue still seems so muddied that I'm wondering if that is the intent? So that people like myself who question Coeur d'Alene's ability to raise the current shortfall, what's more the needed monies on an ongoing basis to sustain the facility, will just throw up our hands and go away.
I don't argue that the center would be a boon to the community. I do question the shell games being played to make it possible. Does the end really justify the means? If that is the mind set we should all be leery of what might come next. The next bright idea that comes along where local government needs to flim flam the community to get it through might not be such an attractive one.