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Scientists issue their own global warning

November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

They call it America’s Pledge. A growing group of states, cities, businesses and organizations both public and private, worried and angry at the president’s refusal to allow the U.S. to join international climate change agreements, are comm...

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Two words to live by (and save your $$$)

November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

First, thanks and apologies to my regular readers for bearing with the repetition of the subject contained in today’s column. The information bears repeating. And repeating. And maybe repeating.Last week, I talked with too many consumers wh...

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The polar vortex may hamper holiday travel

November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Our first measurable snowfall arrived during our “full moon” cycle that began in early November. Many locations in the lower elevations reported about 6 inches of the white stuff. At Cliff’s station, he measured 8.8 inches compared to a Nov...

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‘Assault weapon’ term is insidious

November 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

As a Forensic Firearms Examiner with more than 32 years experience, I am often asked, what is an “assault weapon?” Especially in light of such tragic recent events as Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, the simple answer is I don’t kno...

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Three reasons to end capital punishment

November 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

We can all agree that society needs to protect itself by having reasonable and sometimes severe penalties for offenses from parking tickets to aggravated capital murder. In my ignorance, I used to support the death penalty because I was not...

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Local GOP a reflection of Kootenai County voters

November 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

‘The Kootenai County Republican Party needs to be a big tent party’ say the critics. They claim that our Republican party is not diverse enough but then THEY go on to say that others on the central committee don’t share THEIR views and that...

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Here’s why Charlie Brown didn’t get elected

November 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

With only 8 percent turnout, Tuesday’s local elections didn’t exactly go out with a bang. That’s too bad; city government has much more impact on voters’ daily lives than such a paltry showing suggests. Yes, some races were uncontested, but...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Trump-bashing works only for Dems and lame ducks

November 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently sent a letter urging the White House to give its support for a bipartisan effort to extend “critical” lifeline funding in future disaster aid.For certain, it’s a noble effort by the senators to ...

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Esprit de corps an inspiring sight

November 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

“In the last days of November 1950, twelve-thousand men of the First Marine Division, along with a few thousand Army soldiers, found themselves trapped high in the mountains of North Korea, near a reservoir called Chosin. Their leaders had ...

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Here’s why you need to vote today

November 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

Today is election day. While local elections draw far fewer voters than national races, it makes little sense. Local officials have more immediate, and it could be argued, greater impact on daily life compared with national officials. On to...

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