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It’s the carpers and whiners who get the news coverage, but behind the scenes, it was another good week of common-sense progress for Southern Idaho.

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News media coverage of Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough,” has mainly focused on the passages that are newsworthy. That’s understandable, but I think it misses what is really significant about the work. The real contribution of her book, in my opinion, is that it confirms, correc…

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Appellate court decisions result in winners and losers in any specific case, but the issues involved often are worked through murky gray areas. Consider for example the July 30 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Little v. Reclaim Idaho.

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The president has now furnished proof that he is a bonafide stable genius. Donald Trump proudly announced to Sean Hannity on July 9 that he had “aced” the Montreal Cognitive Assessment as part of his annual physical two years ago. It appears that he got each and every question correct on the…

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In Thomas Jefferson’s memorable words, we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, including notably “the pursuit of happiness.” We do like the sound of that generalization, don’t we. But what does that pursuit really amount to when you break it down to something more spec…

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A tall wall in my house displays solely abstract paintings. Five artists (who are all deceased) created the art, and I was fortunate to know these talented beings.

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This year has been a long strange trip. Fires, floods, pestilence, earthquakes, locusts — is the killer asteroid next? We have, after all, five months left in 2020 for further indignities.

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Facts and truth. In the dictionary, these are synonyms, but words have connotations beyond their literal definitions.

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Traditionally, funerals are supposed to serve at least three purposes: honor the life of the deceased, comfort those who mourn his passing and preach a message about eternity and the brevity of life.

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In case you haven’t noticed … Baseball is back, but no telling for how long; the National Basketball Association is playing in this funny bubble in Florida; who knows what’s going to happen with football; and there’s golf, but no fans following the players.

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Here, in essence, is the argument used by several southern states to justify laws that required abortion clinic doctors to possess admitting privileges at hospitals near their clinics:

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As family physicians in Idaho, we are concerned about recent trends in our COVID-19 cases. Since the end of June, Idaho’s infections have surged, with a running total of over 20,000 cases as of July 31. Our state has made national news in recent weeks because our increase in cases is among t…

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Stand-up comedian Steven Wright has said, “I recently completed writing my unauthorized autobiography. Once it is published, I plan to sue myself.” Sounds silly until one considers the present context of best-selling books in the news lately concerning Donald Trump.

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The May 25 death of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer presented a dilemma for Donald Trump. Shortly after Floyd’s death, Trump called it a “grave tragedy.” As protests spread across the country, the president appeared to be standing back, trying to decide how to play h…

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Our nation is in a perilous place when federal agencies refuse to comply with federal court orders. Yet, that’s just what Donald Trump’s Bureau of Land Management did in its rush to destroy sagebrush, juniper and limber pine habitat in the Iron Mask area of Montana’s federally designated Elk…

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It’s geographically a few hundred miles across Oregon from Burns to Portland, but culturally it’s several hundred light years. That gulf of cultural distance serves as an illustration of how the far left and the far right in this country, while divided by ideology, are united by hypocrisy, h…