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HISTORY CORNER: Tough discipline at sea in early days of the Royal Navy and USN

November 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two centuries ago, the Royal Navy considered sleeping on watch aboard ship a very serious offense because it endangered the ship, but they were reasonably lenient. For a first offense, a bucket of sea water was poured over the culprit’s hea...

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Rude motorists can drive newcomers crazy

November 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: The Press rarely publishes anonymous letters to the editor, but is making an exception today because driving in Idaho is a featured topic.• • •My husband and I are recent transplants to North Idaho from Southern Californ...

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Public defenders preserve liberty

November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is one of those “don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” things. One of the many and — literally — vital blessings we Americans have is a public defender. Do we stop at taking this fundamental element of a democratic society for gra...

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DR. DAVID ADLER: Tax ‘reform’ proposals a gut-punch to middle class

November 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

The legislation winding its way through the House and Senate, known as “Tax Reform,” is not tax reform. It represents a gift for the richest 1 percent, and a massive tax cut for corporations. Three in 10 working families will see their taxe...

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Main Street: The experience is much more than the music

November 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

The first concert I ever attended was Jefferson Airplane in 1968 at Kennedy Pavilion in Spokane. It was festival seating so we were right up front and it’s still a vivid memory of music and a shared experience. Through the years, the live p...

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Scientists issue their own global warning

November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

They call it America’s Pledge. A growing group of states, cities, businesses and organizations both public and private, worried and angry at the president’s refusal to allow the U.S. to join international climate change agreements, are comm...

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Two words to live by (and save your $$$)

November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

First, thanks and apologies to my regular readers for bearing with the repetition of the subject contained in today’s column. The information bears repeating. And repeating. And maybe repeating.Last week, I talked with too many consumers wh...

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The polar vortex may hamper holiday travel

November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Our first measurable snowfall arrived during our “full moon” cycle that began in early November. Many locations in the lower elevations reported about 6 inches of the white stuff. At Cliff’s station, he measured 8.8 inches compared to a Nov...

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‘Assault weapon’ term is insidious

November 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

As a Forensic Firearms Examiner with more than 32 years experience, I am often asked, what is an “assault weapon?” Especially in light of such tragic recent events as Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, the simple answer is I don’t kno...

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Three reasons to end capital punishment

November 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

We can all agree that society needs to protect itself by having reasonable and sometimes severe penalties for offenses from parking tickets to aggravated capital murder. In my ignorance, I used to support the death penalty because I was not...

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