Coeur d'Alene Press: My Turn

My Turn

Friday 05/22/2015
'Friends of the Earth' need reality check on predators
Posted: May 22, 2015

A recent opinion piece by Kevin Brown in the Cd'A Press developed the idea of a pristine natural environment where the natural predators and the natural prey would be much better off without man altering the scheme. He then revealed the source of the current dilemma and conspiracy against the natural world by disclosing freely available information that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game was being paid off by those who would keep that natural world at bay. He followed the money, as in sales of licenses and no doubt bribes to our legislative class. This last is something where his organizations are in fact leading the way.

Posted in My turn on Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Natural , Brown , Friends , Appointed , Argue , Court , Crowd , Current , Dominant , Ecosystem Comments (1)

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Hayden residents, don't be misled
Posted: May 22, 2015

In the business world it is often said that if influence is social currency, then integrity is gold. I appreciate that this is an election year. I'm aware that some organizations will resort to misleading the public to gain an advantage. I hope we can rise above such tactics and recognize that civil discourse and honesty will win the day. I hope I'm not so old-fashioned that I've become obsolete in my attitude.

Posted in My turn on Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Fees , Nibca , Court , Hayden , Sewer , Capitalization , Growth , Idaho , Pay , Supreme Comments (5)

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Saturday 05/16/2015
Graduate to next level: a voter
Posted: May 16, 2015

May brings the excitement of graduations for family friends and neighbors. The higher education campus has already graduated more than 200 from LCSC and U of I and NIC graduates will walk on May 15. Though many local students should now be deep into the books preparing for exams, I want to raise another very important activity for recent and soon-to-be grads: voting. High school seniors in particular should be looking forward to exercising your new right as an adult. Whether you are a new voter or not, the General Obligation Bond and other basic initiatives on this ballot provide a great first voting experience. The issues on the ballot are clear and you will find lots of information available to help you understand what is on the ballot so that you can make informed voting decisions.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: District , Voting , Vote , Alene , Ballot , Coeur , Election , Citizens , Voter , Bond Comments (0)

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Friday 05/15/2015
Child support bill about responsibility, accountability
Updated: May 15, 2015 - 12:09 am

Idaho's special legislative session to address child support is Monday. For all of us, it is critical that we uphold the values that make Idaho great. At the top of that list is personal responsibility.

Posted in My turn on Friday, May 15, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:09 am. | Tags: Idaho , States , Support , Child , Responsibility , Parents , Lose , State , Uniform , Accountable Comments (3)

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Thursday 05/14/2015
America's failing moral compass
Posted: May 14, 2015

Reuters and CNN made public the April 13 Pew poll findings. The survey questioned 2002 U.S. adults between Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent. Overall the survey showed 72 percent of Americans say religion's influence is waning in public life. And that this trend is a bad thing. Up 5 points from 2010. The belief that the Obama administration is unfriendly to religion rose by 19 percent since 2009.

Posted in My turn on Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Ought , Moral , Christ , Colson , Duty , God , Percent , Public , Survey , Law Comments (16)

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Predators first, hunters second
Updated: May 14, 2015 - 12:06 am

We do not need to control wildlife populations.

Posted in My turn on Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:06 am. | Tags: Elk , Wildlife , Predators , Outfitters , Services , Wolves , Hunters , Lolo , Wilderness , Wolf Comments (9)

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
A financial education fix for the student loan crisis
Updated: May 13, 2015 - 12:49 am

Congress is rewriting federal higher education policy.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:49 am. | Tags: Student , Loan , Counseling , Borrowers , Education , Federal , Financial , Students , Debt , Loans Comments (2)

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Saturday 05/09/2015
What's a man's word worth?
Posted: May 09, 2015

I do not know either County Commissioner Marc Eberlein or County Commissioner David Stewart personally. When they ran for County Commissioner they both presented themselves as champions of "personal property rights" and promised to represent the citizens of Kootenai County fairly. After researching their positions as much as I could, I concluded that there was nothing that either of these men said, or was quoted as saying, that would have prevented me from voting for them. In other words, I took them at their word.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, May 9, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: 2015 , Press , Saturday , Lee , Turn , Zimmer , Academic , Earns , Idaho , Lchs Comments (5)

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Friday 05/08/2015
Sgt. Moore: From Texas with love
Posted: May 08, 2015

My name is Ronda Seidule and I live in Montgomery, Texas. I'm just an average citizen who is concerned about the state of our brave men and women police officers. Last night I wrote this in honor of Sgt. Moore and every other fallen officer. I didn't know Sgt. Moore, but felt compelled to let his family know that I care. That people do care about his death and every other brave officer who has died protecting us.

Posted in My turn on Friday, May 8, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: 2015 , Friday , Press , Rondaseidule , Turn , Appreciation , Express , Lchs , Students , Teacher Comments (0)

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Everyone's a philanthropist
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:04 am

Carrie: Know what May 7 is?

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 1:04 am. | Tags: Carrie , Jerry , Idaho , Nonprofits , Money , Charity , Favorite , Award , Charities , Donation Comments (0)

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Saturday 05/02/2015
Idaho legislators invite Sharia
Posted: May 02, 2015

This letter concerns itself with the inevitable introduction of Sharia law into Idaho.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: 2015 , Press , Saturday , Gissel , Norm , Turn , Fit , Running , Season , Tis Comments (6)

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Friday 05/01/2015
'Party of inclusion' sure didn't help Idaho Dems
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:04 am

Richard Stallings had everything going for him during his four terms as Idaho's 2nd District congressman.

Posted in My turn on Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:04 am. | Tags: National , Idaho , Candidates , Stallings , Campaign , Mitchell , Didn , Balukoff , Democrats , Money Comments (0)

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Works of charity trump religious labels
Posted: May 01, 2015

Sholeh Patrick's column "What is an atheist?" cited a research study regarding views the religiously devout hold toward atheists.

Posted in My turn on Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: 2015 , Friday , Press , Doug , Turn , Wells , Entertainment , Limit , Movies , Superhero Comments (12)

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Crapo helps strengthen Idaho dairy industry trade
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 12:47 am

The Idaho Dairymen's Association (IDA), Idaho's largest dairy producer trade association, and Glanbia Foods Inc., Idaho's largest dairy processor, express our sincerest thanks to Sen. Mike Crapo for his recent support of The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The bill, more commonly referred to as the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, recently passed 20-6 with strong bipartisan support through the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:47 am. | Tags: Idaho , Dairy , Trade , Industry , Agriculture , Exports , Markets , Mexico , 2014 , Bill Comments (0)

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Saturday 04/25/2015
Pot and universal bill of rights
Posted: April 25, 2015

Recently at a debate in Boise over making life-changing medication available to Idaho children suffering from terrible seizures, two points stood out that were made by Idaho lawmakers. One lawmaker commented that he wished they could help suffering Idaho children, but their hands were tied as the federal classification of marijuana would trump their effort. Another lawmaker commented that a new federal administration could come into power and enforce the federal law on the books.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Idaho , Rights , Federal , Oregon , Pot , Schedule , Bill , Committee , Innocent , Law Comments (3)

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Friday 04/24/2015
Enjoying the miracle of trees
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 12:29 am

Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. It is a chance for Idahoans to reflect on the importance of trees, forests and wood products in our everyday lives.

Posted in My turn on Friday, April 24, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:29 am. | Tags: Forest , Forests , Trees , Products , National , Idaho , Infrastructure , Restoration , Percent , Growing Comments (1)

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Republicans and Cuba: Much to be decided
Posted: April 23, 2015

There was both good news and bad for the Grand Old Party recently. The good news was the presidential candidacy announcement by Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. At the age of 43, he's young, handsome, smart as a whip, and gives terrific speeches. First elected Speaker of the Florida House at age 34, his is an ascending star.

Posted in My turn on Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Idaho , Cuba , Senator , Trade , Florida , Embargo , Obama , Rubio , Castro , Governor Comments (8)

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Unveiling some reality on concealed weapons
Posted: April 22, 2015

I read an article in The Press some time back where Concealed Weapons Permits (CWPs) are on the rise in Kootenai County. Because of a recent encounter (not an incident), I hope to set the record straight just in case some of these "anti-gun" fanatics may try to twist everything around and claim that us Idahoans think we live back in the "Old Wild West" days.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: State , Person , Idaho , Cwp , Firearm , Carrying , Law , Proud , Amendment , American Comments (6)

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Sovereignty a key reason to hold child-support bill
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 12:45 am

Senate Bill S1067 is basically a 31-page document which has caused great concern among many Idaho Representatives as well as our constituents. This is an international treaty and Idaho will be held to international law and its consequences. We are concerned about protecting the sovereignty of Idaho. The United States government has made coercive threats of withholding federal funds from Idaho's child support programs, insisting Idaho recognize orders from foreign countries with little recourse or appeal.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:45 am. | Tags: Idaho , Federal , Support , Child , Foreign , Government , States , Treaty , 067 , Bill Comments (3)

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BILE and FLUB awards: And the winners are...
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 12:56 am

Carrie: Now that the Legislature has adjourned, it's time to announce our annual "BILE" awards. "BILE" stands for "Bad Idaho Legislative Efforts," aka the worst bills of the session.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:56 am. | Tags: Jerry , Carrie , Idaho , Bill , Award , Bile , Category , Goes , Child , Flub Comments (1)

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Ways to solve a museum challenge
Posted: April 18, 2015

On April 6, we discovered there is an urgent need for the Lake City Development Co. and the city of Coeur d'Alene to terminate the decades-long lease that the Museum of North Idaho, Inc. has for its storage building on Northwest Boulevard.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, April 18, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Museum , County , Community , Idaho , North , Building , College , Inc , Museums , Turn Comments (1)

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SB1067 - Pro and Con
Posted: April 18, 2015

• Idaho kids deserve access to child support — Rep. John McCrostie

Posted in My turn on Saturday, April 18, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Idaho , Support , Law , Nine , Child , Cse , Gang , International , Order , Committee Comments (9)

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Friday 04/17/2015
Grandstanding at expense of Idaho's most vulnerable
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 1:07 am

An unfortunate split decision by the Judiciary and Rules Committee in the House of Representatives will hurt the most vulnerable in Idaho. Nine members of that committee voted against eight others, including myself, to kill a bill that was critical to child support collection. Their action endangers about $200 million in support to children in single parent homes all over Idaho, and will cost the state of Idaho $47 million in federal funding (equivalent to 50 percent of the amount of money the Legislature stayed in Boise an extra three weeks trying to find for transportation).

Posted in My turn on Friday, April 17, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 1:07 am. | Tags: Idaho , Support , Federal , Bill , Money , Rep , Child , Committee , Law , Sharia Comments (1)

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Digging graves with knives and forks
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 1:11 am

Food has become the new cigarettes of our time, and sooner or later politicos are going to have to figure out what to do about it.

Posted in My turn on Friday, April 17, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 1:11 am. | Tags: Restaurants , Information , Eating , Diabetes , Counts , Idaho , Carb , Obamacare , Become , Cigarettes Comments (0)

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Child support: Why I care
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 1:15 am

There's a garbage dump alongside Highway 95 near Sandpoint that my family calls the "Dufort Mall." It's a "ha ha" sort of funny now, but I will never forget watching my mom - partly out of thrift and partly out of necessity - go diving in the Dufort Dump.

Posted in My turn on Friday, April 17, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 1:15 am. | Tags: 2015 , April , Friday , Press , Taryn , Thompson , Turn , Entertainment , Magical , Mcstuffins Comments (2)

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Let's all proclaim Equal Pay Day
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 12:45 am

When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That's how equal partnerships work.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:45 am. | Tags: Pay , Gap , Equal , Women , Inc , Paid , Percent , Company , Gender , Aauw Comments (1)

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Criminals: Little to fear from prosecutor
Posted: April 11, 2015

Attention all scalawags, swindlers, con men, and other scam artists. Consider opening up shop in Kootenai County, Idaho, as you will have little to fear from Prosecutor Barry McHugh or his staff. If you have been following this malfeasance of duty, as I have, you may recall that this case began over three years ago when it came to light that Kevin Mitchell and his daughter, Sarah, accepted money for the purchase of gold or silver coins which the victims never received, making numerous excuses for non-delivery. The detectives from Coeur d'Alene Police Department conducted an investigation into this fraud and subsequently submitted their findings to Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh. This is where the foot dragging on McHugh's part began.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, April 11, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Victims , Case , Mchugh , Mitchell , Prosecuting , Barry , Coinuts , Doubt , Involved , Ago Comments (4)

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Friday 04/10/2015
Mandate wrong way to raise wages
Posted: April 10, 2015

I'm not an economic expert, but it seems to me that raising the minimum wage by mandate is a shell game.

Posted in My turn on Friday, April 10, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: 2015 , April , Friday , Littman , Press , Turn , Walter , Entertainment , Fast , Furious Comments (8)

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Living in The Gap
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 12:44 am

Our Idaho Legislators are packing up and heading home for the interim. While I am sure many of them feel they accomplished something this legislative session and represented their constituents adequately, all of them bear responsibility for leaving something vital undone - Medicaid redesign. For myself, and many Idahoans, adoption of the Healthy Idaho Plan would make a profound impact in our lives. I work hard but don't make enough to qualify for affordable health insurance. I'd like to share my story with you, in the hopes that it will dispel some of the myths about Idaho's working poor and the Medicaid gap.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:44 am. | Tags: Idaho , Care , Medical , Tests , Gap , Idahoans , Medicaid , Pay , Working , Child Comments (1)

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
When you're elected, it's your duty to listen
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 12:31 am

As a Unitarian Universalist minister, I was upset to hear about the three Idaho senators who left the Senate rather than listen to a Hindu prayer. I believe that in a democratic, pluralist society, good leaders need to listen to all voices, whether they agree or not, because that is how we find common ground. I was also disturbed by the lack of knowledge exhibited about of the founding of our country. The United States is not a Christian nation. The Constitution of the United States in its First Amendment clearly says there will not be a state religion. We have always embraced religious freedom.

Posted in My turn on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:31 am. | Tags: Faith , Love , Puritans , Religious , Unitarian , Walk , Jesus , Churches , Follow , States Comments (4)

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Saturday 04/04/2015
Here's your input, county
Posted: April 04, 2015

On March 24, the Coeur d'Alene Press published an article written by David Cole entitled "Kootenai County seeks input." The "input" the article is talking about is seeking public input on a draft revision of the existing land-use and development codes.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, April 4, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Lake , Property , Rights , Shoreline , County , Advocates , Lakes , Perhaps , 2014 , Alene Comments (1)

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Friday 04/03/2015
Jesus: The precocious socialist?
Posted: April 03, 2015

State legislators, Hindu prayer leaders and NIC have all had a spate of religiosity that has affected our community. Currently, NIC has been involved in a campus-wide effort to read the book "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Chosen by a small committee of NIC faculty, the book does a good job of offering some insights into the plight of the working poor in America. However, in an effort to bring greater awareness and balance, I address certain religious themes of this book.

Posted in My turn on Friday, April 3, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Jesus , Book , Ehrenreich , Christians , Communism , Christianity , Giving , Nic , Poor , Though Comments (20)

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
ISIS: Ominous shades of Hitler's Germany
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 2:01 pm

ISIS is in the news for its barbaric and torturous advance in Iraq and Syria. According to news reports, it has carried out an attack on a Saudi Arabian border patrol near the city of Arar, which is located northeast of Saudi Arabia on the Iraqi border. As bizarre as it seems, ISIS is only one in a series of atrocities in world history.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 2:01 pm. | Tags: Books , Hitler , Isis , 1933 , Germany , Party , Became , Burned , Culture , Fire Comments (2)

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Saturday 03/28/2015
The Dodo Bird Society
Posted: March 28, 2015

It's been a month or so since I wrote a spoof piece hoping to spark a movement to run smart people out of our state.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Dodo , State , Bird , Smart , Society , Aren , Christian , County , Fahlgren , Hans Comments (2)

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Wolf harmony is possible
Posted: March 28, 2015

Here is the truth about how wolves were suddenly removed from the Endangered Species List:

Posted in My turn on Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Wolf , Wolves , Species , Livestock , Minnesota , Populations , Endangered , Humans , Idaho , List Comments (1)

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Friday 03/27/2015
Public servants provide essential services
Posted: March 27, 2015

The "My Turn" article in Press on March 21 finally angered me enough to give a piece of my mind concerning the profession of being a government employee or "public servant."

Posted in My turn on Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Public , Government , Employees , Servants , March , Press , Roberts , Servant , 2015 , Article Comments (9)

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Goodbye, Dad
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 8:10 am

WALLACE, Idaho - My father, Richard Milton Bond, slipped the hook this morning. Had he lived another month, he would have been 94 but given his failing health, I would not have wished that on him.

Posted in My turn on Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 8:10 am. | Tags: Dickie , Gas , Dad , Family , Late , Later , Taught , Wallace , Beach , Bond Comments (2)

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Arm yourself against this insidious enemy
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 8:10 am

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. With more than 8,000 Idaho residents estimated by the American Cancer Society to be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, now is the time to bring attention to potentially lifesaving preventative actions that can be taken today.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 8:10 am. | Tags: Cancer , Colon , Society , American , Screening , Percent , Cancers , Colorectal , Health , Healthy Comments (0)

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
More thoughts about Leviticus
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 12:22 am

First let me say Dick Cripe and his wife are friends of mine. I sing with him in a chorale in town. They are very nice people. This is not a criticism, but rather an addendum to his letter.

Posted in My turn on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:22 am. | Tags: Culture , God , Worship , Songs , Ahab , Bible , Body , Book , Gods , Satan Comments (9)

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Saturday 03/21/2015
Local taxes can kick people from their homes
Posted: March 21, 2015

Well the county commissioners have done it again, ever determined to tax the retired, unemployed and low-income citizens out of their homes. All this so government employees can live a little bit better, at the expense of all those who earn an honest living and must again, reduce their standard of living.

Posted in My turn on Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Government , County , Employees , Homes , Increase , Morale , Tax , Commissioners , Percent , Public Comments (6)

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Friday 03/20/2015
Finding money in the dark
Posted: March 20, 2015

Carrie: Isn't this year's focus for the Legislature supposed to be education and transportation? Yet the end of March is fast approaching and they still haven't figured out the funding.

Posted in My turn on Friday, March 20, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Carrie , Jerry , Million , Tax , Sales , Services , Taxes , 2015 , Legislature , March Comments (0)

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TV talk shows boosts Risch profile
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 12:24 am

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has been called a lot of unflattering things over the years, so he is not troubled by suggestions that he and 46 other Republican senators are "traitors" for sending a letter to the Iranian government concerning negotiations with the White House. Nor is he bothered by Hillary Clinton asking whether Republicans are trying to help Iran, or harm the commander in chief.

Posted in My turn on Friday, March 20, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:24 am. | Tags: Risch , Blitzer , Political , Clinton , Iran , President , Hillary , Idaho , News , Republicans Comments (2)

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Public records law still critical
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 12:56 am

As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our state's Public Records Law, I encourage all Idahoans to take a moment to ask whether a policy decision made a generation ago remains relevant in our state today.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:56 am. | Tags: Public , Government , Idaho , Records , Law , Clinton , State , Emails , Agency , Business Comments (2)

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Gays should just admit disregard for the Bible
Posted: March 14, 2015

In a letter to the editor recently, Mr. Kelly was very terse with those not bent toward his bias for the gay community. In the article entitled "More of the same" He made himself out to be the knight in shinning armor for human rights i.e. the gay community - "attacking the attackers" who he claims are "Vengeful, draconian and intolerant."

Posted in My turn on Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Gay , Jesus , Lgbt , Community , Bible , Says , Biblical , Choice , Rights , Admit Comments (15)

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Friday 03/13/2015
Attitudes, age and Lt. Gov. Little
Posted: March 13, 2015

Sixty is the new 40.

Posted in My turn on Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Governor , Age , Editorial , Idaho , Term , Ago , Gov , Job , Otter , Political Comments (0)

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Senators were correct to shun Hindu prayer
Posted: March 12, 2015

Sholeh Patrick's March 10 article, "The Om heard round the world," appears to be bent upon defending Idaho's reputation on the world stage instead of defending the truth. She assumes that certain Senators (Vick and Nuxoll) acted rudely by not participating in false worship, which we are all obliged to do, and proceeds to apologize for them by claiming they are not the substance of what true Idahoans are made up of. Furthermore, she expects them to apologize. Preponderous request to say the least. Perhaps before embarking on such a mission, she should ponder her own errors in representing the Hindu religion in only one or two sentences.

Posted in My turn on Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Sholeh , Hinduism , God , Worship , Article , Christ , Christian , Correct , Cow , Error Comments (5)

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Where the power lies - and lies dormant
Posted: March 11, 2015

In reference to your article over a month ago headlined "Accident Charges Still Pending," I noted that the county attorney said, "A charging decision will likely be made in February." I haven't seen a follow-up article, therefore I checked to see if a decision had been made and found that there still has not been a decision made by the county attorney.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Attorney , Decision , System , Justice , Police , Prosecuting , Charges , County , Lies , Power Comments (1)

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Nuxoll doesn't understand religious freedom
Posted: March 11, 2015

Senator Sheryl Nuxoll would have drawn less heat declaring Hinduism a different faith rather than a false faith. In a world of absolutes she might be able to make her case, but in a world where relativism dominates, truth and falsity are in the eye of the beholder when it comes to faith. She was right in choosing not to attend the prayer session, but she was right for the wrong reason.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 am. | Tags: Sin , Freedom , Believe , Christ , Faith , Nuxoll , Religion , Senator , Based , Become Comments (0)

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Governor Otter just doesn't get it
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 12:57 am

Governor Butch Otter's failure to understand not just the nuances but the primary purpose of the nuclear waste agreement negotiated for the state in 1995 with the Department of Energy and the Navy by Governor Phil Batt is simply appalling. It's the people of Idaho and their descendents who are going to suffer if Governor Otter's obsession with money trumping environmental risks warrants his unilaterally abrogating the Governor Batt 1995 agreement.

Posted in My turn on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:57 am. | Tags: Governor , Idaho , Otter , Agreement , Batt , Commercial , Waste , Understand , Doesn , Federal Comments (1)

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
Rural Idaho doesn't need more low-income homes
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 12:42 am

In 1978 I brought my family here from the hordes of people in southern California to live in a peaceful and beautiful place. The people were respectful of each other. They held the door open for you and thanked you when you did the same for them, and your word meant something.

Posted in My turn on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 am. Updated: 12:42 am. | Tags: Idaho , Homes , Income , Low , Area , Developers , North , Rural , Developments , Family Comments (3)

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