Posted on October 24, 2006

NIC Board Candidates Address The Issues

Linda Ball, Cour D’Alene Press (Idaho), Oct. 23, 2006

Four out of five candidates for open seat take part in forum

Four of the five candidates for the one available seat on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees squared off in a public forum Monday night, revealing common concerns, yet very different styles and approaches.

Stan Hess, retired bus driver and Idaho resident since 2001, said he was very sensitive to the issue of class, as in status, since he was blue collar himself. Hess describes himself as a maverick.

“My whole issue is that there should be gender parity,” Hess said. “It’s two to one women here — we need affirmative action to what I refer to as European-American men. We have Latino month and we have American Indian month — we have nothing for European American people.”

Hess said three groups control the curriculum at NIC behind the scene — the Kootenai County Democrats, the Human Rights Education Institute and the Coeur d’Alene Casino, with their financial contributions. He also believes that too much money is spent on NIC athletics.