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Friday, November 27, 2015
Defeating global terrorism needs focus on all fronts
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 9:54 AM
In his book "Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler once wrote that the means to win the easiest battle over reason is terror and force. Ninety years after that book was first published, it now appears those two words have become the driving force behind the fanatics that have perpetrated unspeakable acts of terrorism against humanity around the world...

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As holiday season nears, we need to meet the need
Posted Wednesday, November 18, at 10:01 AM

Thanksgiving is still a week away, and I'm already weary of all the attention being focused on Black Friday. I guess I've gotten pretty jaded at people's attitudes and their willingness to literally trample one another in hopes of buying cheap "stuff" and "things" just hours after were supposed to be thankful for what they already have...

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Military veterans earned nation's respect, gratitude
Posted Wednesday, November 11, at 10:15 AM

"From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be rememberèd -- we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother..." -- Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3 Today, the Mountain Home community will join others across the United States to pay respects to those who have served their nation as well as those still in uniform...

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They won the elections, now the real work begins
Posted Wednesday, November 4, at 11:02 AM

While it might be a bit premature since I'm having to write this week's editorial before the final votes were counted Tuesday evening, I'd like to extend my personal congratulations to all the candidates who earned a vote of confidence from local voters...

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Perform your civic duty, get out and vote Tuesday
Posted Wednesday, October 28, at 11:33 AM

On Tuesday, people in Mountain Home and Glenns Ferry will head to the polls to cast their votes on what I expect will set the tone and direction both communities will take for at least the next four years. This year's elections come at a time when the national economy is showing signs of sluggish but steady growth, which is just now trickling down into communities like ours. ...

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'Political creep' is going well beyond ridiculous
Posted Wednesday, October 21, at 10:06 AM

The race for the White House is more than a year away, but if I have to hear one more political speech or read the results from another poll, I'm probably going to start bleeding from my ears. Truth be told, the 2016 election is worse than watching department stores putting out Christmas decorations in the middle of summer...

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We must aim for the stars
Posted Wednesday, October 14, at 3:34 PM

Like most children growing up, I had short-lived dreams about being a police officer or fire fighter. But the one dream that always stuck with me was becoming an astronaut. I'm not sure when that dream actually took root. After all, I was only three years old when Neil Armstrong became the first human being to stand on the surface of the Moon...

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Roll up your windows or turn your music down
Posted Wednesday, October 7, at 10:40 AM

As I've mentioned a few times over the past few months, I'm probably one of the worst gardeners in Mountain Home. I try my best to kill the weeds and keep the lawn alive, but it always seems that I somehow manage to kill my lawn as the dandelion's stage a bloody coup against anything else that manages to survive...

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Don't be a statistic during search & rescue 'season'
Posted Wednesday, September 30, at 10:19 AM

There were a number of things that I did when I was much younger that tended to get me in a little bit of trouble now and then. But then there were those few moments in my life where I wonder how I managed to avoid getting seriously hurt... or worse...

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A few stars shone during last week's GOP debate
Posted Wednesday, September 23, at 10:16 AM

I really had other plans last Tuesday that involved my ongoing, futile attempt to keep weeds from growing in my backyard. Instead, I decided it was a much better (and less painful) use of my time to sit through last week's presidential debates. Truth be told, I was hoping at least one person would stand out among the pack versus watching the debate turn into one huge soap opera...

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Good ideas abound to fill city's vacant store fronts, revitalize downtown area
Posted Wednesday, September 16, at 10:24 AM

While it didn't get a whole lot of fanfare, a small but dedicated group of individuals met last week as part of what I expect will be a long-term process to revitalize the city's downtown area. The issue deals with the amount of vacant properties in our community, which is probably the highest it's been in the city's history...

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Get out and demonstrate patriotic spirit at AFAD
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 10:10 AM

A 55-year tradition unofficially begins this Friday as the Mountain Home community comes together to showcase its support for the men and women of the armed forces. Air Force Appreciation Day, or AFAD for short, is a celebration whose reputation extends well beyond Elmore County and even our state...

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Cooler heads prevailed in school levy's passage
Posted Wednesday, September 2, at 10:23 AM

In just a matter of minutes after last week's election, the word had already hit the streets regarding the Mountain Home School District's plant facility levy. People in our community came together and provided their support to pass the $5 million levy...

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Actions to save citizens represent true heroism
Posted Wednesday, August 26, at 10:36 AM

It seemed like just seconds had passed before social media simply exploded with stories. Each one highlighted the actions of three Americans and a British citizen that stopped a potential massacre aboard a high-speed train traveling from the Netherlands to Paris...

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Candidates miss target
Posted Wednesday, August 19, at 9:49 AM

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear that some of the presidential candidates out there are drinking contaminated water from the Animas River in Colorado. At least it would explain some of the off-the-wall ideas coming from these folks. Case in point: Donald Trump wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to stop people from illegally entering the United States. He then expects that the Mexican government will pay for everything...

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School starts on Monday so let's be extra careful
Posted Wednesday, August 12, at 10:07 AM

An age-old tradition begins early Monday as thousands of children and teens in the Mountain Home area return to the classroom for their first day of the new academic year. For most, this will be a well-rehearsed routine they've done countless times over the years...

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Whether we like it or not local plant facility levy needs public's support
Posted Wednesday, August 5, at 10:51 AM

In just a few weeks, voters in the Mountain Home community will go to the polls to vote on a measure that will help shape the future of our school district. The plant facility levy will ensure that students attending schools in this community go to classes in buildings where the roofs don't leak and electrical systems are capable of handling the power demands of today's high-tech classrooms...

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It's time for community to put on its 'A' game
Posted Wednesday, July 29, at 9:58 AM

In just a couple of days, Mountain Home will become a mecca of sorts as the county hosts the first in what's expected to become a major event in southern Idaho. On Thursday, the first of thousands of travelers will descend to our part of the state as they prepare to be a part of the inaugural Mountain Home Country Music Festival...

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We don't need another political 'hand grenade'
Posted Wednesday, July 22, at 9:50 AM

I'm trying to figure out just how long it's going to take before presidential candidate Donald Trump finally says something to turn away every potential voter in this country. Based on his current track record, I'm giving him days, but maybe I'm being a little too optimistic...

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Our universe just got a lot more interesting
Posted Wednesday, July 15, at 2:53 PM

You could say I'm like a child in the proverbial candy store after everything that happened on Tuesday. No, it's much better than that. I feel like a child on Christmas morning waiting to unwrap my presents. While most of us were still sleeping in the early morning hours, mankind's understanding of the universe suddenly became a whole lot more interesting. ...

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