War of the words reaches new depths

February 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

One week ago, the American news media went to DEFCON 1, attack imminent. A nuclear warhead crudely initialed MSM had just been launched from the cellphone of President Donald J. Trump. In a tweet, his weapon of choice, the commander in chie...

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Vote for trustees like they matter

February 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Idaho Legislature should indeed move school board elections to November, when far more people will be inclined to participate in the selection process.But that’s not the only step that will ensure the best possible governance of our pub...

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Cat not alone in being tortured

February 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s pretty clear that someone out there, maybe just down the street from you, put a noose around a cat’s neck and dunked it in diesel oil.Healthy people have difficulty imagining that, so the logical continuation of that horrific act becom...

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Making progress when ‘business’ is slumping

February 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

North Idaho College’s enrollment plummeted after the recession, and it isn’t roaring back. NIC has lost more than a quarter of its full-time enrollment since 2011.Its default rate — the percentage of students who default on their federal st...

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Editorial: Science stymies Idaho

February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

In case you hadn’t noticed, a lot has happened scientifically since 2001.The birth control patch and Braille Glove were invented in 2002.Hybrid cars hit the market in 2003. Thanks, Toyota!In 2005, YouTube let you broadcast yourself. Almost ...

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The (task) force is with us

February 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Kootenai County is well-represented at a table that could end up feeding many in the state well. When Gov. Butch Otter's 36-member Higher Education Task Force had its organizational meeting Friday, Steve Meyer of Parkwood Business Properti...

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The land of the free hypocrites

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

‘The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.’ — Ralph Waldo EmersonMove over, misery. Hypocrisy loves company, too.ITEM 1: The University of California-Berkeley is the proud home of America’s free-speech movement, g...

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We predict great karma for these 12

February 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

They risk weekly public ridicule and personal anxiety.They’re already extremely busy people with challenging new deadlines to meet. They must make major decisions in little time based on insufficient information.And for all their effort, th...

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Chivalry marches forward

February 03, 2017 at 5:00 am

We support Scouts.Proudly.All of them.In 1908, British Lt. Col. Robert Baden-Powell wrote and illustrated “Scouting for Boys.” Baden-Powell’s groundbreaking book on Boy Scout training has seen a revival and is in broad distribution today. I...

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Grocery tax still hard to swallow

February 01, 2017 at 5:00 am

Three things that make us uncomfortable:1. Receiving registered mail from the IRS.2. Getting a panicky phone call from the doctor’s office.3. Realizing that we agree with Wayne Hoffman.Hoffman is executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foun...

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