Sholeh Patrick

Where did the GOP go?

July 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

Local Republicans are often accused of eating their own, but lately we are devouring one another with glee and a nice Chianti. Recently, Kootenai County Republican Central Committee leadership has been intentionally difficult, lacking integ...

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Yes, the Fed matters to you

July 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

After raising federal interest rates for the third consecutive quarter in June, Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen held off on another one Wednesday. But the Fed will, she’s hinted, do it again before the year ends — probably in Septe...

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Don’t take the 10th Amendment too far

July 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”Those simple words carry a big wallop upside the federal head, if some in rec...

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Your credit score might cost you more to drive

July 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Not happy with your credit score? Look again this fall, when changes in how credit bureaus calculate credit scores take effect. Scores will become more forgiving of debt as the new credit scoring model developed by the three major credit re...

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Campers, keep our dry forests safe, please

July 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Inspiring natural beauty. Focused family time. Unwinding unplugged. Few activities offer better bonding opportunities than a camping trip. Yet dry conditions, warm temperatures, and a moment’s lapse can lead to raging fire — the leading cau...

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What does Congress pay for its health care?

July 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

With Congress poised to increase the numbers of uninsured and underinsured as health care costs continue to rise, it begs the question: What kind of deal do lawmakers get? There’s a lot of confusion about health insurance benefits for Congr...

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Seven steps for that next quake

July 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

Reactions were all over the map. I didn’t even wake up. Minutes after our 5.8 quake Wednesday night, a frightened friend began a series of alarmed posts on social media — all caps, multiple exclamation points. Then there’s our earthquake-ve...

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A question of bloody legalities

July 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

Driving is not a right, but a privilege that includes an element of trust. We entrust our very lives to others, counting on fellow drivers to follow the rules. To be responsible. To be sober.Enforcing that is challenging. Insobriety occurs ...

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Here’s how presidents celebrated the Fourth

July 04, 2017 at 5:00 am

Happy Birthday, America. Most Americans are celebrating today, with picnics, fireworks, and friendly congregation. Like Taft and Eisenhower, President Trump is playing golf at one of his resorts, according to a White House press release. Wh...

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Here’s your flash news antidote

June 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Tuesday’s column took aim at flash news — that showy, sound-bite, emotionally evocative stuff that leaves the mind undernourished and uncomfortably overfull. Quantity over quality; pop-ups, scare-shares, and quick clicks that do nothing to ...

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