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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Cold, rainy weather didn’t stop Sandpoint residents from combating education reforms on Friday.

Ron and Linda Hunt and Edna Iverson parked themselves beside the Dairy Depot from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. collecting signatures for both a referendum against the education reform legislation and a recall against State Superintendent Tom Luna.

Group members said they were pleased with the day’s efforts.

“It’s been going great,” Ron Hunt said. “We’ve had a lot of people stop in, sign and then say, ‘I’m going to go call my friends.’”

The road ahead is an uphill effort. To recall Luna, petitioners need to collect 158,106 signatures statewide. Securing a vote over the education reform legislation on the 2012 Idaho ballot will require a more modest 47,432 signatures.

However, Hunt said that statewide, there is more than enough momentum to make the referendum a success.

“We just heard yesterday from Moscow. There were lines of people waiting to sign,” he said. “Down in Boise, people are flooding them.”

According to Hunt, referendum organizers have calculated that they will need around 1,700 signatures from Bonner County. The Hunts and Iverson stepped up to the plate on Friday along with 20 others who embarked on a door-to-door campaign.

The trio plans to get right back to business next week. For the Hunts, who are former teachers themselves, the matter is personal. 

“I saw those bills go through and I told my wife, ‘It’s time to get involved again,’” Hunt said.   

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  • Jaake posted at 8:00 am on Sun, May 1, 2011.

    Jaake Posts: 231

    Education reform is long over due. It needs to start with a broad based funding mechanism, that incorporates all sources of tax revenues, not just property taxes and levies. It needs to include income tax, sales tax, and should be a major part of the Idaho general fund budgets. classrooms should be reorganised to utilize computer based training methods, so students can learn at their own pace, and get individualized help if needed. This would eliminate the classroom size problems, because it would require fewer teachers. This method of training is used widely in the business world and works quite well. Also keep the schools open in the summer for student who did not pass a particular courses. This is a great incentive for students to try harder. The current methods are failing, and Luna is trying to fix it.

  • Old Cop posted at 4:20 am on Sun, May 1, 2011.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    Oh Man! I just write a few lines describing my thoughts about the ill advised union sponsored referendum attempt and I find myself under attack from behind. The Thaddy bear swinging wildly throwing hypocrites at me and rabbit punching with derogatory terms while QuestionableWonder is hitting me with a plagiarism. I know it's a plagiarism because they are almost the exact words I wrote when I was describing Obamacare. Imagine trying to shoot an Old Cop (Coot) with his own gun. The worse thing about getting into the ring with Bantom weights is their inability to hit a man above the waist. A man has got to wear his cup.

  • QuestionWonder posted at 9:21 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    QuestionWonder Posts: 13

    The speedy way that these laws were pushed through did not allow for intelligent understanding of how they will be funded, how each action will cause a reaction and how local communities will manage these new shifts. Placing these 'hurry hurry' laws on the ballot for 2012 will allow time for full disclosure of how these concepts will actually work with details and data, not just politically push.

  • wtfsandpoint posted at 9:15 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    wtfsandpoint Posts: 24

    In the Red corner we have OLD COP, with a record of 3 wins and 0 losses, one by way of knock-out (blog 2) and in the blue corner we have Thaddeus, with a record of 0 and 2. And theres the bell for the first round, Old Cop comes out and trys to throw a few facts, they must have made contact because we are already seeing some swelling around Thaddeus's ego, but here comes Thaddeus, he throws a low blow to end the round.

    Round 2, Old cop comes out to protect from cheap shot he took but looks like he is going to do some trash talking, will this get Thaddeus's off his fight plan, looks like Old Cop's trash talking did it's job, because Thaddeus is now playing the elderly card, looks like Thaddeus is trying to break Old Cop's hip and put him out of the fight.

    Round 3, Old Cop comes out fast, he is throwing around ASSaults like this could be his last Blog and if it is he will fight to the end, so far we see nothing being returned from Thaddeus, looks like the Old Cop has put the kid in his place or did Thadeus open mouth and insert foot and I ASSume the shoe fit.

  • Old Cop posted at 6:58 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    It's fine with me if you want to call me an Old Coot. That's true, I am but there you go making more assumptions. Consider I may have made a veritable mint as an expensive hitman in past years and ASSume that I'm still capable. But then worry might give a Thaddy bear like you a nervous breakdown.
    When you don't agree with somebody else's opinions why not try and reason with them rather than automatically going into the name calling mode. That's a tactic best reserved for big mouthed idiots. Of course if the shoe fits.

  • Thaddeus posted at 5:23 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Thaddeus Posts: 4

    So old coot, you got yours and to he!! with every one else huh?

    Typical N.Idaho hypocrite.

  • bigdan posted at 4:51 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    bigdan Posts: 2784

    I wonder if these folks that sign this petition believe it's "for the children"? or realize it's really about protecting the teachers union at the expense of the kids and everyone else in the State.

  • Old Cop posted at 3:49 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    I don't mind being asked where my retirement comes from but the answer is none of your business
    I do resent being called a hypocrite Thaddy. I guess you have forgotten the old saying about making assumptions? I'm comfortable without needing to draw one penny of public money and I don't so stick that up your ASSumption

  • Thaddeus posted at 2:15 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Thaddeus Posts: 4

    Where does your retirement come from old cop?

    I guess you have no problem being hypocritical.

  • Old Cop posted at 12:07 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    I wonder if the three people collecting signatures at Dairy Depot for the referendum have any ideas on what to do if the referendum is passed. Hopefully they will have some magical solution that will make everybody happy without paying more and taxing more year after year. That question should be asked of those signing the petition also since everyody pays property taxes one way or another. Do they realize that increases are also paid by renters.
    If the Hunts are in fact retired teachers do they think some kind soul will pay their pensions when the well runs dry This is not just dumb or dumber it's total lunacy.