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Age 50 is the new timeless

October 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

“I” doesn’t appear often in this column, so I hope you’ll indulge this special occasion — special not because it’s mine, but because it’s a milestone for most people.I turned 50 Monday. And I’m thrilled about it (yes; a new photo is overdue...

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Maybe you can get lucky on Halloween

October 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

The only thing scarier than Halloween was my second honeymoon. Grotesque masks, glow-in-the-dark costumes and brain-damaging strobe lights all night long! Halloween was much tamer. Scholars believe Halloween originated with the ancient Celt...

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Church and state: Leave politics outside the church

October 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Wednesday’s front page coverage of Raul Labrador’s political campaign gathering at Candlelight Christian Fellowship is astonishing!After reading the article I did a little research and found an interesting piece in the Washington Post regar...

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HISTORY CORNER: Robert Newell from Mountain man to Oregon Pioneer

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

Robert Newell never had much education but by the time he’d spent some time in the wilderness trapping beaver and shooting for food, he’d learned a lot about mountain medicine — removing Indian arrows, fixing broken bones, sewing up cuts an...

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Speaking up for accused teacher

October 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

We were all aghast when the story spread like fire across Idaho and beyond: A teacher was accused of having sex with a student. It was a gut punch to her friends, family and supporters, and to the thousands of former students with whom she ...

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Hey, kids! Seniors aren’t the only targets

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

During the past few months it seems that many — if not most — of the scams and cons we’ve covered, specifically target those of us who are over the age of 50. It seems that the elderly are being disproportionately targeted. This is not nece...

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One way to slow attack on free speech rights

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Second of two parts   The director of “Boys Don't Cry,” a movie about transgender people, was giving a talk about the movie to a group of people. She was shouted down for, among other reasons, having Hillary Swank, a non-trans a...

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MY TURN: Chiropractor shouldn’t be writing about epidural steroid shots

October 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm

I am writing in response to an advertisement I read in your publication on October 11, 2017 by Dr. Wayne M. Fichter Jr.: Do Epidural Corticosteroid Shots Work? In the “advertorial”, he attempted to tackle a very complex question. Unfortunat...

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Where freedoms should co-exist

October 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Such few and simple words, such controversy, as Wednesday’s headlines both local (letters page) and national (latest ruling against the travel ban) would attest. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohib...

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Some colleges flunking First Amendment 101

October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

The principle is simple: Leave others alone to pursue whatever might be their own aspirations, as long as they do not impede the rights and safety of others. It is the personification of America’s Bill of Rights. It applies to wherever and ...

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