Friday, January 22, 2016

Boise Weekly: Amid Heated Debate, Sandpoint City Council Withdraws Resolution Supporting Refugees - Sanity breaks out in Boise - Ironically in same paper, article on growing problem of homeless American citizens in Boise. --tma

As the number of homeless grows on Americana Boulevard, so have their belongings.

Sandpoint City Council members voted Wednesday night to withdraw a resolution supporting refugee resettlement, bringing an end to a heated, month-long controversy.

Cheers erupted from the audience when newly elected Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad asked the council to withdraw the resolution from consideration. A measure meant to counter statements from Bonner County commissioners and Sheriff Darryl Wheeler opposing the resettlement of refugees, the resolution was intended to restate Sandpoint’s commitments to human rights, according to Rognstad.

“This resolution has only served to divide us and this community,” said Rognstad, as he requested the withdrawal. “That saddens me.” ...