Sholeh Patrick

Sharia’s roar is more like a whimper

February 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Fear tends to make bad law, especially when it’s superfluous. Yet once again fear — decidedly unfounded, according to legal experts — is driving an Idaho bill designed to forbid what has never happened, and what existing law already forbids...

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It’s a dog’s life for 2018

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Xin nian kuai-le (“sheen neeahn kwai luh”)!Happy lunar new year Friday to all 12 animals of the zodiac, with a special nod to dogs; it’s their lucky year. While the Chinese zodiac calendar was not implemented until 2600 B.C.E. by Emperor Hu...

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Skip the skins, Valentine

February 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

You don’t see such scenes in modern cartoons anymore, but those of us above a certain age may remember the images. Amorous caveman with big stick hits cavewoman — zonk — and drags his conquest to his cave, probably by the hair.Happy Valenti...

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Stressed? Don’t take it seriously

February 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Gifted with a wise and life-embracing mother-in-law who turned 90 last week, I asked mine her secret to a long and satisfying life. “If I have to pick one thing,” she said, “it’s a sense of humor. Just don’t take yourself too seriously.”Lau...

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Five tips for safer Internet

February 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

This is one European idea that we should be glad to adopt. Feb. 6 is Safer Internet Day, initially focused on making the internet safer for children, and urging us all toward more responsible use of online technology.So before you click on ...

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Here’s how to follow key bills

February 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Tuesday's column outlined the Idaho legislative process. Today, a look at bill types and how to track them. While hundreds of bills are introduced in each Idaho legislative session (notably in an election year), not all make it to the finis...

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Legislation 101: Your how-to guide

January 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

With Idaho’s 2018 session in full swing, today’s column outlines the stages of legislation and where to find it. Thursday, a glimpse at various types of bills.It’s easy now with Bill Tracker, yet few voters pay attention to Idaho’s annual l...

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Divorce: It’s hard; don’t make it harder

January 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s neither a pleasant nor a hopeful subject, but a necessary one. Half of married Americans either have or will experience a divorce. That’s difficult enough, but when divorce is also financially devastating, it can seriously frustrate ef...

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Busking can be beautiful

January 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Believed to derive from the Spanish verb “buscar” (to look for), buskers’ sounds and styles may not appeal to everyone, and certainly not all are talented. Nevertheless, street musicians are an old, global tradition. Buskers can make a down...

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Idaho’s a fine place to retire

January 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Idaho made yet another top 10 list of best places to retire. Talk about stating the obvious; gorgeous scenery, affordable living, quality medical facilities, vibrant and friendly communities. All good, if we’re ready. According to the Feder...

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