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Bicycle riders own the roads, too

March 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

I have been riding bicycles around Kootenai County for nearly a quarter-century. All my friends, our wives and now the second generation of our families also enjoy the fabulous riding here, but an incident happened on today’s ride that is b...

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America quo vadis

March 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the year 2010 one man made a decision which resulted in hundreds of thousands of military and civilians dying by burning, beheading, shooting and by any other method yet to be devised by depots! Thousands more were treated by all death d...

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A big slap in the face

March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Well, since I’m stuck indoors thanks to El Niño (thank you, global warming), I guess I will try to keep up with all of the news on our new groper-in-chief.There have been a lot of great My Turns and Letters to the Editor lately by people li...

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Change hard to swallow for school board elections

March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Do you know who the “zone representatives” are on your local school board?I don’t, and it hardly matters. I’m 66 years old, semi-retired and have no kids in school. In recent years, my wife and I hosted three exchange students who went to C...

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A letter to the attorney general

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

Dear Mr. Attorney General:I am writing to you today demanding that your office conduct an official investigation into the death of Kelly Pease which happened on or about March 10, 2017.Mr. Steven Denson was identified as a person of interes...

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Them? No, there is only us

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

I had the good fortune to be born into diversity: Of religion, ethnicity, nationality, and of thought. I was raised bilingual from the time I learned my first words. I was taught two religions (and picked up a few more along the way), lived...

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Press still unfair to GOP

March 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

We all have been hearing about the press being unfair to the Republicans. Well this paper is no different.I noticed that on the very first column in Wednesday’s paper on page three, the following statement was printed there. "Trump rel...

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Surprising secret weapon in retirement

March 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

Doug Eastwood, former parks director, retired from the city of Coeur d’Alene in 2013 after a 35-year career. He’s not been letting any grass grow under his feet, though. An avid bowler for the past two decades, on Thursday evening at Sunset...

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Proposed budget would hurt many Americans — like Brady

March 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

Nine-and-a-half years ago, my son, Brady, joined our family. Right away, my husband and I knew something wasn’t OK, and by the time Brady was 3 weeks old, he had been diagnosed with a frightening genetic disease — cystic fibrosis. We learne...

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Basics of bail — and justice

March 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Sometimes law and the appearance of justice feel like two different things, perhaps even diametrically opposed. Those working within the justice system occasionally feel that way, so it’s understandable when others feel as outraged as they’...

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