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Building codes: Examine the facts

December 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

By BRENT REGANSpecial to The PressWhen the county commissioners suggested that a property owner may be given the option of using the county to verify building code compliance, people started losing their minds. The fear mongering was cranke...

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Welcome to the Silver Valley, Idaho’s Siberia

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Thomas Jefferson said a long time ago that government works best when it is closest to the people.Apparently, the redistricting commission — with judicial blessing — lost that memo when it drew the District 7 legislative lines for Shoshone ...

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A strong nation keeps religion, politics apart

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Second of two parts. The first appeared Wednesday.

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County got it right on building code

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Personal property rights are a fundamental part of our American liberties. Increasingly, property owners are being forced to comply with restrictive building codes which severely limit what they are allowed to do on their own property, addi...

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UYLESS BLACK: Separation of church and state in jeopardy

December 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of the provisions in the tax bill that is being written by Congress would invalidate a 1954 law that bans churches (and other nonprofit organizations) from making political speeches or participating in other political pursuits. As of th...

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Building on faulty premises

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

Homebuyers, young couples and retirees may need to learn the meaning of buyer beware. Some of our Kootenai County commissioners do not believe there is a need for the county (not cities) to issue building permits. If adopted, the need for “...

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Wildlife management is an Idaho travesty

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

Open Letter to the Idaho Governor, Legislature, commissioners, biologists and employees of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game:In nearly 40 years of hunting in the Great State of Idaho, I have seen the ever-progressive depletion of our on...

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President’s Muslim-bashing hurts American interests

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

The president’s statements, tweets and retweets that demean, vilify or ridicule Muslims are harmful to American interests in a number of ways. Whether he is denigrating a Muslim Gold Star family or retweeting anti-Muslim video clips spewed ...

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Earning an ‘F’ for school taxes

December 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

After reading the letter from Mrs. Grossard from Athol in regards to school taxes, my wife and I are in the same boat. We are in the process of selling our home, not because we want to, but we can’t afford to live in Coeur d’Alene with the ...

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Miners Need Assurance They Can Produce Minerals for the Nation

December 04, 2017 at 12:39 pm

This week, reason prevailed and the American minerals supply chain won. After being forced into a nonsensical rulemaking process born from environmental litigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided not to impose new, c...

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