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Attention legislators: Don’t fail Idaho now

February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

You may have seen the ad campaign “Don’t Fail Idaho,” suggesting we need to up our education game here in Idaho, currently ranked 48th in the nation. The slogan rings hollow given the Idaho House Education Committee’s 12-4 vote last week to...

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REP. PAUL AMADOR: Setting the record straight on Idaho science standards

February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Here are some of the headlines or comments I have seen or heard over the past several days: • “Climate change could soon be scrubbed from history… at least in Idaho” • “Lawmakers Strip Climate Change from Science Standards” •...

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Behold the fake news minefield

February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

This is the first of a two-part series examining what you read and hear, how you process it — and why we all need to understand more about the flood of information coming our way in this age of technology.TODAY: Two key phrases we really mu...

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CASA ‘poster child’ for accountability

February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

I am writing to correct the statement that the CDA Press reported in their February 14 Editorial “Awakened by the ‘e’ word’s warning” stating: “In recent years, cases of massive theft have rocked the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advoca...

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Under pressure, gross meals might emerge

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

One of the latest culinary fades is the use of pressure cookers. Fifty years ago, pressure cookers were replaced by microwave ovens. Now the circle is complete: The marrying of pressure cooking and computers has given rise to the electric, ...

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It’s a dog’s life for 2018

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Xin nian kuai-le (“sheen neeahn kwai luh”)!Happy lunar new year Friday to all 12 animals of the zodiac, with a special nod to dogs; it’s their lucky year. While the Chinese zodiac calendar was not implemented until 2600 B.C.E. by Emperor Hu...

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Question is, do you feel safe?

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Are crime statistics bad in Kootenai County?Yes.But that was a trick question.Saying that our crime figures are gloomy is only true because all crime is bad, so any number would be unfortunate.In the real world, though, things are very diff...

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CARRIE and JERRY SCHEID: Galileo was right

February 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

Carrie: For the second year in a row, the Idaho House of Representatives Education Committee has altered the proposed science standards for public schools by removing some of the language linking human activity to global warming.Jerry: Why ...

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Celebrate love every day, not just Feb. 14

February 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

My first Valentine was my dad, and throughout my life, he never failed to give a card or candy to his daughters. There were the pretty decorated Valentine shoe boxes in elementary school — where classmates had great fun exchanging heart ca...

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Have you snogged your lover today?

February 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

Let’s do this together.Kick off your shoes and carefully draw a heart in the sand.Make sure not to scrape the thing so that it looks all sloppy, and add that lovely arrow through the heart.Now, finally, you can add the initials of you and y...

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