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Opinion: Vets: Ignore one-and-done home loan myth

December 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Home loans financed by the Veterans Administration are rising spectacularly.In the Coeur d’Alene metro area, VA loans have jumped 87 percent in the five-year period from 2013 to the present.Even in a county experiencing dynamic growth, that...

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Choices: Growing or falling behind

November 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

Major cities are growing, with younger people seeking better paying jobs and a more active social life. Smaller cities, including Coeur d’Alene, are experiencing more growth as well. Cd’A growth is retirees seeking a slower lifestyle but in...

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OPINION: UYLESS BLACK — Nationhood and Immigration — Part Two: Come One, Come All

November 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

While living on the east coast, I visited the Statue of Liberty several times. On each visit, I read a passage that was inscribed on a plaque near the statue. As you likely know, the inscription reads as:Give me your tired, your poor, your ...

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Opinion: Scrabble: Is there a doc in the house?

November 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

Our family didn’t play board games.That’s my excuse.It’s weak, but it’ll have to do.I can’t find any other explanation for the fact that I am the world’s worst Scrabble player.Seriously.No one else who can speak and write English competentl...

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Consumer advice: Don’t cash that check if it might be bogus

November 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

There’s been an uptick in consumers calling about the shopper scams that we’ve been warning you not to fall victim to. Even if you sign up for these shopping deals, be wary.As part of their ploy, scammers are doing their best to make everyt...

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Opinion: Are we destined to be Boise Jr.?

November 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

It feels less and less like we’re part of Idaho.You know, the other Idaho.The whole-world-is-Boise, Idaho.Maybe we’re all alone.It’s just us …North Idaho.I mean, even with Spokane right down the street, we’ll never be Washington, either. I’...

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Research: Have you got the night owl gene?

November 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Early to bed, early to rise sounds easy enough. How many times do we hear that if we just try long enough to change a sleep pattern, eventually the body will get tired enough to make it work? For some, that’s true. But others have the wrong...

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Riding the rails for holiday adventure

November 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

Trains, planes and automobiles ... we’ve now added Amtrak to our mode of travel to see family and friends in North Dakota. When my husband and I planned a Thanksgiving visit with our oldest daughter in Reserve, Mont., (about 10 miles from t...

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Seedy forecasts light up this chat

November 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yep, it’s our last Chat Day of November, and this time there’s a little twist.I’m writing from the suburbs of Kansas City.It would be wonderful to say I was simply here for the Thanksgiving holiday (partly true), but the more serious reason...

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