Sholeh Patrick

Oscars diversifying — barely

February 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

Soon to turn 89, the Academy Awards are starting to reflect a bit more of America. Considering more than 200 countries tune in (at least in part), Hollywood’s golden moment has a broader cultural impact than mere fodder for film buffs.Did I...

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Happy 59th, peace symbol

February 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

After we dropped the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of innocents for generations to come, concerns over U.S., Soviet, and British atomic weapons development reached a crescendo. Not only did fears...

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And the fastest growing religion is...

February 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

After a series of columns describing minority religions, questions naturally arise: Where are man’s spiritual leanings headed? Which religion is experiencing the most growth? Are we becoming more, or less, religious? Not long ago, popular A...

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My cynic valentine

February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was Feb. 13, 2013, a Wednesday. Nothing like waking up the day before Valentine’s Day to see a rather unromantic note from my lover, published for the world to see in editorial form. News flash: My writer husband hates Valentine’s Day an...

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Baha’is: There is no ‘them’

February 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

Concluding the series on minority religions, a glimpse of peaceful Baha’is, with adherents in Coeur d’Alene.•••Founded by Baha’ullah in 19th century Persia (now modern day Iran), the Baha’i faith spans 235 countries, 2,100 ethnic groups, an...

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Good and bad news for retirees

February 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

Seniors: Want the good news first, or the bad?Focusing on the positive, Idaho is the sixth best state in the union to retire, according to WalletHub’s January 2017 report. Using 31 metrics from national, state, and private nonprofit sources...

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Sikhs bridge religious divide

February 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

Continuing the series on minority religions, today’s column explores Sikhism. Next Thursday, a look at Baha’is, with adherents in Coeur d’Alene.•••Our new administration shined a spotlight on minorities and immigration in a different way th...

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Legislation 101: How to track bills

January 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

Last 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 each session, not all survive. Some die unattended or incomplete, others are voted dow...

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Exploring religions: Hinduism’s cousin

January 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

This series on minority religions began with glimpses of Buddhism and Hinduism. Today, a look at an older faith: Zoroastrianism.This 3,000-year-old religion features an unusual aspect: No conversion is necessary.Zoroastrians have a set of b...

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Legislation 101: A bill is born

January 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

As Idaho’s legislative session is now underway, today’s column outlines the stages of legislation. Next Tuesday, a glimpse at various types of bills. Transforming an idea into living legislation is no simple matter, nor is every bill guar...

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