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Getting Idaho students over education hurdles

December 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Many of us in higher education and across Idaho’s education system have spent a lot of time in recent years working to get more of Idaho’s students to go to college. In today’s economy, we all know how important postsecondary education is f...

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Form 75 can help you on special fuel taxes

December 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is not about the new tax laws just implemented, but what I believe is an unjustly applied sales tax by some retailers on propane fuel. Many of us have probably owned and used small propane tanks for cooking on the barbecue, or for smal...

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Building code plan has real positives

December 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

When the county commissioners suggested that a property owner may be given the option of using the county to verify building code compliance, people started losing their minds. The fear mongering was cranked to 11 and all kinds of ridiculou...

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True church-state union makes a strong nation

December 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Mr. Black foments fear in his recent series of articles condemning the union of church and state. In reality a strong nation keeps religion and politics together. The union of state and church existed successfully for 1,700 years beginning...

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Building codes: Examine the facts

December 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

By BRENT REGANSpecial to The PressWhen the county commissioners suggested that a property owner may be given the option of using the county to verify building code compliance, people started losing their minds. The fear mongering was cranke...

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Welcome to the Silver Valley, Idaho’s Siberia

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Thomas Jefferson said a long time ago that government works best when it is closest to the people.Apparently, the redistricting commission — with judicial blessing — lost that memo when it drew the District 7 legislative lines for Shoshone ...

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A strong nation keeps religion, politics apart

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Second of two parts. The first appeared Wednesday.

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County got it right on building code

December 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Personal property rights are a fundamental part of our American liberties. Increasingly, property owners are being forced to comply with restrictive building codes which severely limit what they are allowed to do on their own property, addi...

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UYLESS BLACK: Separation of church and state in jeopardy

December 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of the provisions in the tax bill that is being written by Congress would invalidate a 1954 law that bans churches (and other nonprofit organizations) from making political speeches or participating in other political pursuits. As of th...

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Building on faulty premises

December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

Homebuyers, young couples and retirees may need to learn the meaning of buyer beware. Some of our Kootenai County commissioners do not believe there is a need for the county (not cities) to issue building permits. If adopted, the need for “...

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