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A convergence of three unsettling headlines appeared for my morning reading the day before the nation observed the 20-year commemoration of the tragic deaths of almost 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. The very day of the remembrance ceremonies, the seven-day average for loss of American li…

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The first redistricting kerfuffle in Idaho emerged last week over a proposal that almost certainly will not come to fruition in the next 10 years, but very likely will after that.

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“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but thos…

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Dramatic increases have occurred in property taxes paid by residential owners. While there are many reasons for this reality, a key component is the Idaho Legislature altering how sales taxes are shared.

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Getting a diagnosis that you have cancer has to be a distressing shock. When Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, received that diagnosis last winter, she was waiting to vote on a major stimulus bill in the U.S. Senate.

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Although it may not be well known outside of government circles, the Idaho Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) is an important current and future revenue stream for 115,000 Idaho public workers and another 50,000 retirees.

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All of us realize that parenthood is a minefield. The path we travel with our children is filled with dangers, visible and invisible.

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I’ve always liked a challenge. It doesn’t matter much to me if the challenge is mental, physical or some combination thereof. Challenge transforms the world from ordinary to interesting. Challenge sharpens skills and builds character. Challenge elevates and improves.

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Marvel’s latest new series, “What if...?,” is a re-imagining of how stories might unfold if minor events changed or specific decisions went differently. Along those lines, this is an “alternative” story of COVID-19 and what should have happened.

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When I was a young lad, I was a tad bit uneducated about the subject of history. However, I had heard the phrase “history is written by victors,” and that observation made sense to me because we often don’t get the whole story.

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Here we go again ... just as we’ve being told how great things await us. They waltzed right in the door ... Just like it’s been done before, and wrapped their arms ‘round our taxpayer money ... Here they go again ... just when we began to trust we’ve turned a corner. They promised 40 jobs, b…

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"Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you. It’s not pie." — quote on a T-Shirt I wear when I want to irritate a racist

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We are about six weeks away from local elections on Nov. 2. A handful of city council and school board seats are up for a vote, and we will decide the mayors for Pocatello, Chubbuck and other surrounding areas. Newspapers, social media and produce aisles are about to be inundated with commen…

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On July 23, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies received its second victory in the fight against the Hanna Flats logging project on public National Forest lands in northern Idaho. A federal court suspended the project in light of evidence that the government likely abused the legal process whe…

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I didn’t plan to write about the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, but with the remembrances on television of the 20th anniversary of that terrorist attack and the pandemic coming back, it seemed appropriate.

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Most of us remember precisely what we were doing 20 years ago on Sept. 11. It was a day that awoke a sleeping giant.

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Everyone above the age of 25 has a 9/11 story. Here’s mine. The memories are still so fresh that this is the easiest column I’ve ever written.