Editorial

Wish list to our favorite UFO

December 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Dear Santa:We know, we know. You’ve got the sleigh half-packed and here we are, only now submitting our Christmas wish list. In our defense, we’re journalists. Deadlines mean nothing — until the last possible second.As you might have heard,...

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How about a truce for Christmas

December 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s Christmas Weekend, so let’s make a deal.Let’s not argue about tax policies, sexual harassment, North Korean threats or presidential preferences.Can we agree on just one thing this weekend? That we’ll put down our verbal arms and link a...

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It is a wonderful life, isn’t it?

December 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Capt. Steve Childers stood there, a look of astonishment on his face.The seats were filled Monday in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department conference room. Visitors were lined up along both side walls. In the back, well-wishers were stacked t...

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Caregivers deserve a helping hand

December 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

Idaho boasts an army of volunteer caregivers, but according to a 2017 Idaho AARP survey, you might put this face on the poster.The caregiver is a woman (58 percent), 55 or older (78 percent) who works full- or part-time while providing care...

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Gary, this effort is for you

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Gary Ingram is gone, but a friend is working to make sure he’s not forgotten.Gary is the former Idaho legislator best known for writing Idaho’s public record and open meeting laws. Gary died Nov. 30. He was 84.Mary Souza is a current Idaho ...

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Taxing times; It’s all about spending

December 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Kootenai County’s fiscal 2018 budget is $88 million.All that money will pay county employee salaries and a host of other costs, but where do those dollars come from?Well, if you own property in Kootenai County, you’re chipping in, with the ...

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Idaho civics coming to your doorstep

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

Boise is Idaho’s capital, but at times it might as well be in Iowa. Or Io. There’s that much distance between Kootenai County and Boise in mindset, if not mileage.But like it or not, our state-aided preservation hall must reside in the capi...

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The rigors of evaluating regulations

December 08, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Kootenai County is looking up to a midget.Sorry if that word is offensive. It’s used here in reference to a diminutive entity, not a person.And sorry, too, if being referred to as “diminutive” is hurtful to the 7,000 souls inhabiting Boise ...

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Forecast is mostly sunny, but…

December 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

At 73, economist John Mitchell has the spunk of a kid.His appetite for charts, graphs and financial analyses rivals a teen’s hunger for pizza and pop.All those years of experience, watching, learning, reading, teaching and consulting, have ...

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Tax laments come a little too late

December 03, 2017 at 5:00 am

If you notice an uptick in ticked off writers lately, there’s a simple reason.Taxes.Happens every year about this time. In November, the county sends out its tax notices, which itemize the amounts that will go to the various taxing agencies...

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