Columns

OPINION: KARI OVERALL — Still miles to go on educators’ pay

August 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Progress? Absolutely. However, Idaho cannot afford to rest on its laurels regarding compensation for our professional educators or thinking that we have adequately addressed the causes of our teacher shortage. Recent studies have painted va...

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Idaho no haven for haters

August 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

It becomes so tiring.A friend calls from someplace out there — Colorado, the Carolinas, Illinois, Kansas, wherever.I can hear the chuckling over the phone.Finally, the question: “So how are you doing, way up there with all those Nazis?”Sigh...

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Research/Opinion: Can 7 words really reveal your class?

August 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s difficult to write this. Apparently, one’s “social class” can be detected in as few as seven words. That’s unsettling on multiple levels. That we judge one another so quickly. That we even want to. That such hierarchies as “class” stil...

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Opinion: The Lake Debate: Envelope please

August 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

Well, we have an answer.Or answers …Plural.We’ve been asking readers to identify that extremely beautiful body of water just south of downtown Coeur d’Alene.Identify, as in what is the proper name?There were enough email and Twitter respons...

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Consumer advice: Beware charity auction items that have strings attached

August 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

People in our area are truly generous. A consumer called me with a sad story. It made me angry as I listened to him. It seems he went to a charity auction and bid on a particular item. Knowing this man, he probably overbid intentionally bec...

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OPINION: Out of the Shadows comes into the light

August 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Last November I experienced a truly profound, uplifting and inspiring performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a production of Out of the Shadows Theater. With all due respect to the Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights, it was the loca...

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OPINION: Chat — Columnist risks feline felony

August 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Wednesday, Chat Day, and I need to remind you of something.All of these columns are yours, actually, so whatever you want to see in this little opinionated slice of The Press ...Just holler.Got an item for us?Send it.I’m here, address at th...

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Research: Don’t let energy bill boil over

August 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s former Press weather columnist Cliff Harris’s little joke — “Sholeh days,” i.e. anything above 90. He knows the hotter it gets, the more miserable I feel. Whether you dread or embrace this week’s scorchers, the struggle to keep comfort...

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They’ll go to great lengths to get inside your house

August 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

A couple attended an event where an exhibitor was conducting a contest to win an off-road vehicle made by one of the motorcycle manufacturers. The vehicles look like a lot of fun — zooming over sand dunes riding with your friends over hill ...

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Another big fire season across the northern hemisphere in 2018

August 06, 2018 at 5:00 am

The big weather news across much of the country — and even the world — has been the destructive wildfires erupting across the West, and in Europe as well. Within the last week alone, many new blazes have begun in the western U.S., especiall...

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