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Monday, April 27, 2015
State lawmakers earned 'incomplete' this session
Posted Wednesday, April 22, at 10:26 AM
The state legislature is finally out of session, but the damage they caused over the past several weeks makes me wish they'd never return to the state capitol for another chance to possibly make things even worse. If I were a teacher, I'd have to give our lawmakers a grade of "incomplete" for the number of measures they failed to pass or reach a consensus. Had it not been for a couple of shining moments during this last session, they should've received a failing grade...

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What we work to maketh the taxman taketh away
Posted Wednesday, April 15, at 8:25 AM

In just a few short hours, many of us will breathe a bit of relief once we complete our yearly obligation. For many individuals, the yearly income tax deadline causes enough turmoil that it convinces them to wait until the last minute before they choose to file their state and federal returns...

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Get to know candidates
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 9:32 AM

In less than two weeks, the Mountain Home community has a unique chance to learn firsthand the goals and aspirations of a handful of people running for seats in the Mountain Home School District's upcoming election. The April 20 political forum is the one time these individuals will gather as they listen to the questions and concerns from members of this community...

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Was trade for Bergdahl really a good deal?
Posted Wednesday, April 1, at 8:16 AM

While news of the deliberate downing of a commercial airliner in Europe continues to dominate the headlines, there's another story brewing that I'm guessing will once again become a major national news story very shortly. After the Mountain Home News went to press last week, the Defense Department announced that it planned to court martial Army Sgt. ...

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A moment to act, a lifetime to live
Posted Wednesday, March 25, at 8:14 AM

In just the past two weeks, our community has lost two individuals in vehicle crashes. In both instances, those who died were not wearing seatbelts. I can only shake my head in disbelief when I read the reports following both collisions. Each time I see something like this, it reminds me of an incident back in 2009 involving my own family...

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Lawmakers need to push highway construction bill
Posted Wednesday, March 18, at 9:09 AM

One of the many memories I remember from my childhood involved a fatal car accident in which the driver died after a large piece of concrete from a highway overpass literally fell from the bridge and crushed the car. To this day, I cringe just a little anytime I drive beneath one because part of me is convinced that part of the bridge is going to break away just as I drive underneath...

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Go Mountain Home and go Mountain Home Tigers!
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 8:18 AM

Mountain Home High School has a right to be extremely proud. Over the past few days, the boys basketball squad and the school's wrestling team brought back a number of accolades following their appearances at this year's state tournaments. While it's understandable that there's nothing like winning a state title, what our community's high school achieved was no small feat. ...

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'Ad astra per aspera...'
Posted Wednesday, March 4, at 8:09 AM

While I know there are a lot of things I could discuss in light of all that is around the world, I wanted to switch gears this week and take a few minutes to reflect on the passing of a person I greatly admired. For a lot of people out there, the death of actor Leonard Nimoy hit on a very personal level. ...

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Elected officials can't have it both ways
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 8:13 AM

Mountain Home Air Force Base was honored last week as it hosted the Air Force's top civilian leader. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James arrived here to honor the base's top performers during its yearly awards banquet. It's extremely rare to have a person of this prominence visit your base, but to time it during such an auspicious occasion happens maybe once in a lifetime. ...

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We can't afford to lose battle against terrorism
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 8:33 AM

In his book Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler wrote that the means that win the easiest battle over reason are both terror and force. Ninety years after that book was published, these words have become the standard strategy by terrorist groups around the world, which have enslaved entire nations in recent years...

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Education proposal deserves merit
Posted Thursday, February 12, at 8:15 AM

The education dialog between Mountain Home Air Force Base and the Mountain Home School District is a great start in what I hope is a step in a positive direction, not just for our students but our community as well. Too often, we allow ourselves to get so overwhelmed with the pressures of everyday life that we forget to step back, take a deep breath and gain a fresh perspective. And that's what this dialog is all about -- a way to look at our schools to find ways of making them better...

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All lawmakers had to do was approve four words
Posted Wednesday, February 11, at 5:11 PM

After three days of testimony, all the state legislature had to do was approve a recommendation dealing with just four words. And they failed miserably. In another example of what can only be classified as partisan politics at work, a house committee at the state capitol rejected a measure that would've provided better protections for state residents when it comes to discrimination. It's an argument I thought we had settled 51 years ago when the Civil Rights Act was signed into law...

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Thoughts on the president's education proposal
Posted Wednesday, January 28, at 8:09 AM

Having watched last week's State of the Union address, I walked away with far more questions than I had answers. To be fair, I watched the speech with an open mind, taking notes of the president's initiatives and the path he wanted to chart in the final two years of his term. But as I reviewed my notes afterward, I couldn't help but wonder why a lot of these ideas came up now versus a few years back when they could've been really useful...

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Greetings from the 'new kid on the block'
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 8:36 AM

This is going to be a lot harder than I thought. As I sat down this week to introduce myself as the editor of the Mountain Home News, I expected to suddenly have an epiphany or moment of revelation where I could then "wax the poetic" or write something truly memorable...

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Last call
Posted Wednesday, January 14, at 8:29 AM

This could very well be the last story I will ever write as a professional journalist. It's so weird to think of it that way. After 26 years as managing editor of the Mountain Home News, I have resigned, effective this Friday. I'll be moving on to new challenges where, I believe, I'll continue to have the ability to try and make the world a slightly better place than I found it...

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No straight answers on gas
Posted Wednesday, January 7, at 8:21 AM

Right now, it's almost reached a point where it's worth it to drive to Boise to fill up your car and drive back. Almost. Nobody complained last spring when we were a few cents cheaper than Boise. But there's been a 35-80 cent per gallon difference right now, and we're not on the right side of that equation. ...

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Music festival *not* in crisis
Posted Wednesday, December 31, at 8:04 AM

When people get their news from social media, which is becoming increasingly common these days, they're making the assumption that gossip is usually accurate. I don't know why, because often what's floating around out there is a long ways from being true...

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Hacks should be act of war
Posted Wednesday, December 24, at 8:30 AM

We're going to assume that the FBI is right and North Korea launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures. For a lot of reasons, that conclusion makes sense, not just on the technical side, which the FBI relied on, but also because it tends to match the weird, paranoid, "other world" thinking of the hermit kingdom (a term meaning any nation that has walled itself off from the outside world)...

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We are better than that
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 1:49 PM

Lately, a number of errors have come home to roost in the United States. From the torture report, to the widespread perception among minorities that they are not being treated fairly by the justice system, we're getting bashed pretty good, both at home and overseas...

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Time to start on baby steps
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 1:44 PM

Now is the time for a lame-duck Congress to actually get something done. There's a lot of work to do before the next Congress is seated in January. Some of it, the "big issue" items, which were part of the November election campaigns, should be held until the winners of that election are seated...

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