My Turn

Trial of a deserter

January 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Army PFC Robert Bowdrei Bergdahl walked off his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. An Associated Press article says he was immediately captured and held by the Taliban until his release on May 31, 2014, in exchange for the release of fiv...

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President Trump: Populist, or fascist? Actually, neither

January 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Is populism akin to fascism? The answer is no. I hope to discount those who claim the recent left- and right-wing protest movements against America’s entrenched establishments represent anything remotely akin to fascism. For this article, t...

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How to matriculate 100 percent literate graduates

January 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Mr. Gissel, your Dec. 30 article on literacy hit the ball out of the park. You've outlined the problem in District 271 beautifully. Now, how do we get SD 271 to do their job? There isn't a single teacher in SD 271 who doesn't know well whic...

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The die is cast

January 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

The election of Donald Trump is “illegitimate.” This is the drum beat, the die for the mold we shall have hurled at us for the next four years.Because Hillary Clinton's trusted adviser, through negligence, allowed his emails to be compromis...

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A good budget can do wonders

January 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

I have no formal education, so challenging the Cd’A Press or an NIC instructor, may not be the best idea, but I’m going to anyway. I will agree with Sunday’s article “ALICE in TRUMPLAND” that education is important to advance in our society...

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What about a child’s right to exist?

January 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

When I was reading Millie Hayes/Post Falls post from Friday, Jan. 13 Coeur d’Alene Press Readers Write, and she stated “We don’t need unwanted babies born.” — my heart became very sad as I thought of all the unborn children who never get a ...

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Senate abdication of its Constitutional duty to advise and consent

January 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

The decision of Senate GOP leaders to proceed with hearings on cabinet nominees before the candidates have been subjected to thorough background checks and submitted the required financial disclosure and ethics forms, undermines the Senate’...

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A cool way to preserve history

January 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

The deadline for submissions to this school year’s Student Essay Contest on Kootenai County History is midnight Feb. 17. Entries received after that time cannot be included in the competition. The contest is sponsored by the Kootenai Count...

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Why I support school levy and bond

January 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

School board trustees of District 271 in Coeur d’Alene have asked for public comments with regard to their upcoming Maintenance and Operations $32 million levy and their proposed capital bond of $35.5 million. I am not big on online surveys...

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The intolerant, tolerant

January 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

In 2015 I had the opportunity to go through an interview process for a leadership position in a metropolitan city in the Pacific Northwest. It was quite an extensive experience with a meet and greet on one evening and then the following day...

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