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State should recognize, encourage high achievers

March 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

As juniors in high school, we are concerned about our future. Since we have started high school, we have taken on challenging classes in an effort to prepare ourselves for higher education. We all started taking high school level classes in...

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Everyone deserves a life with no fear

March 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Today Bert and I celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. Since there’s no silver, diamond or gold associated with marking 31 years I’m declaring it our Baskin Robbins anniversary. Through the years I’ve shared how Bert married me and my thr...

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A big fat beautiful negotiation

March 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

“We’re going to open up the power of the free markets, you’re going to love your insurance, prices will go down and insurance will be better,” well, so said President Trump on Monday 13 March.How? Under the ACA health insurers are raking in...

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Turkey call: Help feather new group’s nest

March 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Several years ago a man volunteered at the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Food Bank at Thanksgiving time. He was assigned the job of telling people there were no turkeys to give out. Jim Myers decided to do something to help and he init...

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EPA as savior? No thank you

March 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

According to Ed Javorka as he writes in “My Turn” in Saturday's paper, without the centralized federal oversight, scientific expertise, and dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, our beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene is going to ...

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‘Loser pays’ may cost too much

March 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

A letter to the editor expressed chagrin at the Idaho Legislature’s hesitation to implement a “loser pays” approach to attorney fees in civil lawsuits. Yes, it could discourage certain frivolous filings. Those who might sue “deep pockets” i...

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A few degrees colder could have meant more record snows

March 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Next Monday, March 20, at 3:28 a.m., the astronomical spring begins. After a very chilly start to March, temperatures are finally warming into the 50s in Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas. The last time it was 50 degrees was on Nov. 26, 2...

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Shoshone County finds itself in ranger danger

March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

North Idaho’s counties have a considerable stake in the management of the national forest areas they host. Counties depend on the U.S. Forest Service for multiple important services: Reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, fighting wild...

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Red Cloud lived through a dark chapter of American history

March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth.” (Genesis 6:5)Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, with the Civil War officially ending on Aug. 20, 1866.But it did not bring peace t...

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Walk, don’t run, to these St. Patrick’s Day festivities

March 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

It seems everyone on St. Patrick’s Day is Irish. We’ll all don green and drink as much beer as we can before passing out, which pretty much sums up my average day.In Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day marks the beginning of the tourist season when v...

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