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Opinion: Would you choose place between life, death?

July 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

This is the first of a two-part series on why Idahoans commit suicide, and what we can do to help — before things reach the crisis stage.TODAY: How does it happen?Why would you decide to end your life?And no …I’m not talking here about the ...

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Our history is worth preserving

July 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Whether one is a history buff or not, there’s just no getting around the fact that history surrounds and identifies all of us no matter who, what or where we are. Someone once defined history as “… a bunch of lies to which we all have agree...

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OPINION: BRYANT JONES: NATO had our back; we mustn’t turn ours

July 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

The United States is at our strongest and safest when we stand alongside our allies. With last week’s North American Treaty Alliance summit in Brussels and this week’s summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, we ...

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Opinion: Berkeley takes a back seat for libraries

July 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. For a family member temporarily based in Bay-area California, that hit home when plans for a relaxing afternoon at the library were foiled by locked doors. Not open Sundays. Minimal af...

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Consumer Advice: Psst: That’s not Amazon with a $100 cash present

July 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

There’s an email going around the internet like a rash. In big splashy “Amazon” colors and copied fonts it announces that you have won a $100 gift certificate because you are a “good and faithful” customer. All you need to do is take a shor...

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Opinion: The allure of a video store experience

July 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Your kids might never have heard of Blockbuster.If they have, it’s likely they think of it in the same manner as a rotary telephone.Maybe they even laugh when you insist that giant video stores were a way of life in another era — a place to...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY: Heather Scott enjoys swamp VIP treatment

July 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, a hardline conservative and one of the few legislators who writes regular newsletters to constituents, usually has plenty of dialogue that appeals to her base.She thinks the Legislature is too liberal overal...

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Rural romance is a dance

July 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

I know Valentine’s Day won’t be here for seven months, but this most wonderful love letter Sherry Mundt posted over the weekend is just too perfect not to share. She and her husband, Larry, farm and ranch just south of Coeur d’Alene in the ...

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Grammar/Humor: MLP (never) walks into a bar

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Today’s dilemma, dear Readers, is whether to die laughing, or from the abject horror of these grammatic fauxs-pas:A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.A b...

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A globalist steps out of the closet

July 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yes, it’s Wednesday, and after an ear-splitting drumroll, let’s all holler it together ...“Chat Day!”You know, I wanted to open the show that way for a reason — besides the fact that I’m a tad goofy and wanted to have a little fun.The point...

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