Columns

Youíre a winner! (No, you arenít)

September 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Every year, just like the swallows returning to the old mission at San Juan Capistrano, in the late summer and early fall Publishers Clearing House deluges consumers with TV ads and email spam attempting to lure them into entering their swe...

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Old Farmerís Almanac gives winter forecast

September 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Itís that time of year again when we wonder what the upcoming winter season will bring us. Many people still refer to the forecasts from the original Old Farmerís Almanac. Their winter outlook calls for more rain and less snow and that much...

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HISTORY CORNER: Legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow and 20th centuryís most spectacular trials

September 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the early 20th century, if you were in deep trouble and needed the best defense attorney in America, Clarence Darrow was your man.He confessed to being an agnostic, soaked up Darwin, couldnít accept the Bible ó though he conceded that ďI...

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What do YOU think of living here?

September 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

No question. Lately weíve been chatting a lot about the population boom in Kootenai County ó and North Idaho in general.In terms of our own county, it feels like weíve concentrated quite a bit on the negative aspect of things.Iíve got a boa...

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OPINION: KAREN BILOWITH ó Itís the fund that keeps on giving

September 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

In 2000, the estate of Gladys Langroise created a $15 million Donor Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. Mrs. Langroise was a well-educated philanthropist with a big heart. She had a particular charitable interest in the arts and...

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Before you judge addicts, read this

September 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

Iíve been an alcohol/drug counselor for the past 18 years. Recently, Iíve become concerned about the lack of understanding expressed in letters to the editor regarding addiction and addicts.First of all, I understand the fear of a parent of...

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Forget Florence: Here come the robots

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

I live in hope.The illustration you see with this column sums up my determination not to let technology overwhelm me.Nevertheless, there are ominous signs that the life Iíve known ó and enjoyed, thank you very much ó might be in for a serio...

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Six ways to predict happiness

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Using rates of depression, suicide, employment, divorce, and volunteerism, the research site Wallethub this month announced 2018ís ďHappiest States.Ē While the U.S. continues to drop in international happiness rankings (currently at 18), Id...

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E-Gen might be bridging eras

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Could I be a fossil from another age who is sometimes guilty in this #MeToo era?Itís a serious question.People close to me ó friends, family, colleagues ó likely would tell you that Iíve always tried to respect women.To respect everyone, in...

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When financial pressure squeezes your brain

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Debts and liens are not the same! This week I had a consumer call me with a real problem. The consumer had gone through filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then tried selling their home to cash out the equity and start over. Not so fast: There w...

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