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STEVE CAMERON: A book in the hand beats two in the cloud

May 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

It turns out we left out one important item with last week’s poll of popular books.A couple of readers mentioned it in passing, but Kay Kindig actually described the issue perfectly.“I am enjoying reading about everyone’s favorite books,” K...

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MLP: Plurals aren’t possessive

May 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

Who says wish’s don’t come true? Those tired of Mrs. Language Persons obsessive rambling’s can hold that Snitty Old Bitty true to her promise’s: Her head will explode, sayeth MLP, if she sees yet another plural posed as possessive, especial...

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BILL BROOKS: Flying pets, CBD oil and mysterious callers

May 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

FLYING PETS: There has been much about the deaths of pets on board commercial airline flights. United Airlines has been involved in a number of these unfortunate incidents. United has just come out with a total ban on transporting certain t...

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STEVE CAMERON: A mixed bag of mail

May 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that I get a lot of mail.That tends to happen when you write an opinion column that’s read by thousands of people.It’s also not a shock, I suppose, that when readers take the time to email or post som...

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DAVID ADLER: Starbucks offends and then takes right steps

May 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

Starbucks, which has enjoyed a nationwide reputation as a leader on social issues, has acted swiftly to correct the missteps of an employee in Philadelphia that plunged the Seattle-based coffee giant into the abyss of racism and ignited ano...

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May birthdays, motorcycles and Kentucky Derby picks

May 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

May already? It comes as no surprise to longtime readers or people who know me that May is my favorite month. What’s not to love about turning the corner on a soggy spring, planting flowers and seeing those first buds and blossoms? Getting ...

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May Day all but forgotten

May 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Owen, my friend, this is for you. Before I lament America’s lost appreciation for May Day, with its lovely Maypoles, flowers, and white-garbed, beribboned maidens, I must confess: Until my neighbor, then an adorable little boy of only three...

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When will we hit 90 degrees? Check out a new contest...

April 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

We had a taste of summer on Friday as temperatures soared into the 80s across the region. The record for that date in Coeur d’Alene was 85 degrees, set back in 1980. Cliff reported a near-record high temperature of 83 degrees.However, as is...

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Bill Brooks: Don’t redial, lettuce worries and kudos

April 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

NO REDIAL: When you get a call to your landline and the caller does not leave a message and you don’t recognize the Caller ID of the caller — DON’T push the “auto redial” number. When you do this, you make yourself a “gift” to spam callers ...

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EBERLEIN: The proper role of government

April 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

What should be done by government and what should be done by private enterprise? The Founding Fathers wrestled with this question. Our Declaration of Independence articulates that our Rights “are endowed by (our) Creator” and “That to secur...

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