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Monday, December 22, 2014
We are better than that
Posted Wednesday, December 17, at 8:15 AM
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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Give local stores a chance
Posted Monday, December 15, at 8:32 AM

We're in the heart of the Christmas season and the next few weeks will be critical to local businesses who rely on the seasonal trade traffic for their annual profit margins. Remember that the people who run these small "Main Street" businesses, and the employees they hire, are your friends and neighbors...

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Time to start on baby steps
Posted Monday, December 15, at 8:30 AM

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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A night of bad choices
Posted Monday, December 15, at 8:29 AM

Among the many bad decisions made by almost everyone involved since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown to death last August, two of the worst occurred Monday night. One involved waiting until after dark to release the results of the grand jury investigation, knowing it was going to anger Brown's supporters. ...

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No peace or good will?
Posted Wednesday, December 3, at 8:05 AM

"Peace on earth, good will toward all men." That's what the season is supposed to be all about. In truth, these are troubling times. We've been trying to honorably get out of a couple of wars, only to see our nation being dragged back into the Mideast conflicts by the barbaric ISIS threat. For all the lives and treasure we've spent there we haven't come close to solving that troubled region's problems...

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It's a dangerous job
Posted Wednesday, November 12, at 8:09 AM

Yesterday, we celebrated Veteran's day. Last week, we were reminded of the cost paid by far too many veterans. Both Jon Hartway and Stien Gearhart were combat veterans. But they didn't die on the field of battle. They died training for the next battle, while flying their Apache attack helicopter just south of their Gowen Field base...

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Election is an opportunity
Posted Wednesday, November 5, at 8:04 AM

The polls were just opening as of this writing, but absent a "Dewey Beats Truman" result, the odds are heavily in favor of both houses of Congress being controlled by Republicans when the next Congress convenes in January. If the voters confound the polling groups, it will still mean a very, very narrow margin for the Democrats in the Senate and a House that will remain controlled by Republicans. A slimmer status quo but still a status quo...

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Many not representated
Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 8:24 AM

Idaho is known as the most "red" state in the nation. It's conservative, but we don't believe it's as conservative crazy as some people may think. We believe that the vast majority of Idahoans are either moderately conservative Republicans or middle-of-the road independents...

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Candidate thoughts
Posted Wednesday, October 22, at 8:18 AM

The election is two weeks away and yet we'd bet money that most of the people out there don't even know who's running for the top state offices. This being Idaho, the assumption is that anyone with an R behind their name will get elected. That's probably true but not necessarily a good thing. ...

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The momentum of history...
Posted Wednesday, October 15, at 8:15 AM

The state's fight against gay marriage puts Idaho on the wrong side of history. The momentum is simply too strong to stop. Ten years ago, two thirds of Americans opposed gay marriage. Today, two thirds approve of it. They've come to realize that gay people are human beings like everyone else and deserve the same protections under law and the same right to the "pursuit of happiness" as anyone else...

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A lot of colors for cancer
Posted Wednesday, October 8, at 8:20 AM

October is very "pink," due to the extraordinary efforts to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month and life-saving annual mammograms. It seems like everyone is wearing a pink ribbon or t-shirt. But the efforts to raise awareness and funding to fight various other cancers is a year-round project...

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Holder won't be missed
Posted Wednesday, October 1, at 8:31 AM

Eric Holder's best move as an attorney general may have been deciding to quit. He will not go down as one of the great AGs in the nation's history. The first African-American to hold the post, somewhat understandably he focused much of his efforts on civil rights and affirmative action programs that would benefit minorities. ...

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Are your lives better?
Posted Wednesday, September 24, at 8:14 AM

The purpose of a democratic government is to make the lives of its citizens better. Other forms of government may have other priorities, but the federal/state system created by our Founding Fathers was to create "a more perfect union," where people could enjoy the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."...

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Be patient and enjoy airshow
Posted Thursday, September 18, at 8:04 AM

Two weeks ago the community said thanks to the Air Force, and this week, the Air Force is returning the favor with the Gunfighter Skies 2014 airshow on base. Tens of thousands of people from throughout the region will visit the base to learn about the Air Force mission and to enjoy the Thunderbirds precision flying air show...

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Cruz has a good idea
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 8:13 AM

We're often critical of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), but the man has a proposal before Congress that we think should be speedily and unanimously adopted -- if certain basic Constitutional and legal concerns can be appropriately addressed. Because it's not as easy as it looks to do it, no matter how attractive we think his idea is...

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Next six months critical
Posted Wednesday, September 3, at 8:19 AM

The Western Elmore County Recreation District has finally taken a step toward building its community center, which some day may include an indoor swimming pool. Some day. But first, Phase I of the project has to be funded. The rec district has set aside roughly $2.5 million toward the project, and has some federal HUD funds available, but the district is still going to have to raise $850,000 from the local community before it can begin construction...

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Be careful this weekend
Posted Wednesday, August 27, at 8:07 AM

As people head out for a last summer moment of recreation this Labor Day weekend, we urge anyone going into the hills to be careful. The fire danger, for example, isn't as high as it was a few weeks ago, and we've gotten through August without any major fires in Elmore County. ...

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Ferguson raises key issues
Posted Wednesday, August 20, at 8:12 AM

There are several disturbing trends coming out of the shooting and subsequent protests/rioting in Ferguson, Mo. First is the issue of unarmed people in this country being killed by police. That trend is growing. More and more you're seeing cases where people are dying at the hands of law enforcement officers in situations where non-lethal means, such as a taser, were available as an alternative. ...

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Lawsuit to resolve important principle
Posted Wednesday, August 6, at 9:12 AM

There is no question that the House of Representatives has been about as obstructionist as any group in Congress in the last 100 years, fighting the president at every turn, even to the point of rejecting proposals it had earlier endorsed if the president put his name on them...

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A solution that might work...
Posted Wednesday, July 30, at 8:24 AM

Things remain tight for local governments, which is why the bus service is in so much trouble. There are a small number of people who genuinely need the service. But unfortunately, it is a small number. The bus company says it has 20,000 riders a year, which comes out to about seven riders an hour for the bus. We've never actually seen seven people on the bus at one time, but that's what their numbers say...

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