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Research: Getting at the ‘why’ in opioid epidemic

September 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

A new group hopes to address increased opioid abuse in Kootenai County, according to Thursday’s Press. That begs a disturbing question. Why is prescription drug abuse so high?The answers seem to be simple: Because it’s been too easy and too...

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You’re a winner! (No, you aren’t)

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 Farmer’s Almanac gives winter forecast

September 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm

It’s 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 Farmer’s 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 century’s 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, couldn’t accept the Bible — though he conceded that “I...

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What do YOU think of living here?

September 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

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

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OPINION: KAREN BILOWITH — It’s 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

I’ve been an alcohol/drug counselor for the past 18 years. Recently, I’ve 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 I’ve known — and enjoyed, thank you very much — 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 2018’s “Happiest States.” 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?It’s a serious question.People close to me — friends, family, colleagues — likely would tell you that I’ve always tried to respect women.To respect everyone, in...

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