GROWTH: Look closer, folks

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What’s Trump and the “growth” experts selling anyway?

Here’s a typical example.

I see Idaho’s 2 percent growth, the country’s highest, everyday. Whether working on a lovely tract of Aspen Homes or remodeling the Holiday Inn, this place is nothing like the town I moved to 40-some years ago.

(Anyone remember those days when we buzzed up the 95 doing 95?)

While I’m a resident, the majority of the building tradesmen I work with hail from other parts, usually representing larger corporations. Those urban central corporations are growing much larger to sate the state’s need to fill so many vacancies.

As a town like Coeur d’Alene becomes a central urban area, the bigger corporations move in. Not the best scenario for small businesses.

While we have astounding “growth,” there seems to be quite a bit of shrinkage as well. Teachers are leaving for better pay, another old story. Joblessness is up! (Up with growth?) See the example above of course.

Hopefully one day I can get over this astounded feeling. Maybe someone can explain to me why corporations get permanent tax cuts but the middle class folks were only given a decade.

We’ll have to wait 10 years to see how that plays out. Imagine what the city will look like then!

STEVEN REYNALDS

Coeur d’Alene

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