Summarized by Kent Larsen
Idaho Falls Temple missing from airport mural
Idaho Falls ID Post Register 8Nov99 N1
By Paul Menser
IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO -- An advertising contractor for the Idaho Falls
Airport has removed the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and other recognizable
commercial buildings from a mural that welcomes visitors to the
airport. Residents of the city have complained about the absence of
the Temple, which is a significant part of the city skyline.
The agency, Interspace Airport Advertising of Allentown,
Pennsylvania, was simply following its own policy, which seeks to
make any images neutral, so they don't endorse any particular
religion or business. But the absence of the Temple has caught the
attention of many local visitors, who have complained. City Council
members Joe Groberg and Brad Eldredge say they have received about 15
complaints about the mural.
Airport Manager Mike Humberd has become worried about the problem,
"After the first comment, I called back and said, 'This isn't going
to work,' " said Humberd. "I'm not here to be controversial about
anything." Council member Eldredge said that Humberd, who only moved
to Idaho Falls recently, may have led him to go along with
Interspace's recommendation, "He's new enough that I don't think he
realized the impact."