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Edit: College Loans Will Cost You

There seem to be fewer reasons for graduating seniors to consider college a good investment. College students now graduate with an average of $25,000 in debt, find it difficult to secure a job that pays enough to manage that debt - or find a job at all - and increasingly find that a bachelor's degree is no longer enough to secure a future for themselves. A master's degree is now preferred, which further entrenches students in more debt - around and around we go. But since there wasn't enough discouragement to go around in this economy, unless Congress acts, the interest rates on federally guaranteed Stafford loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1. That may not sound like much compared to 14-percent to 30-percent interest rates for credit cards, but the difference between 3.4 and 6.8 when it comes to a $23,000 student loan can work out to about $11,000 more over a 20-year life of the loan/Kelcie Moseley, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Is a college education still a good investment?

Edit: Jesus Statue Backers Should Pay

Writing for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board, Lee Rozen sez the church-state spat involving the Knights of Columbus Jesus statue of Big Mountain/Whitefish is “a bunch of hooey.” But the Editorial Board thinks the U.S. Forest Service, which has been threatening to boot the statue as a result of a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison, Wis., should charge for the space that the statue sits on. “If the Forest Service rules allow for leasing 25-foot-square patches of land next to ski runs, then the main questions are, “Why aren't they being paid for it?” and “What else could we put there besides a statue of Jesus?” writes Rosen. “Statues of Mohammed, Buddha, Joseph Smith and L. Ron Hubbard would be obvious candidates. Nothing about that, it seems to us, would create a law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That's what the First Amendment outlaws. More here. (AP file photo: Statue of Jesus Christ at Big Mountain overlooks Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley in Whitefish, Mont.)

Question: WWJD?

Confessions Of Relapsed Smoker

Smoking is a nasty habit. That’s a pretty widely accepted statement that few folks would disagree with. I smoked heavily for many years - sometimes consuming upwards of a carton per week. I’ve written in this space before about my New Year’s resolution some years ago to quit and the uphill battle to divorce Joe Camel. I’m happy to report that I was smoke-free from mid spring of 2007 up until this last spring when I lost my job. On the day I was let go, my psyche went into panic mode and my first stop was the gas station so I could light up on my way home. Not only was it a ridiculous notion that smoking would somehow make things better, but I also shouldn’t have been spending money for a pack of smokes. I’m not proud of myself; in fact I find it quite embarrassing that I started smoking again/Henry Johnston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Have you ever relapsed into smoking again?

Daily News: Hart Sets Bad Example

Hart’s latest problem with the Idaho Tax Commission has brought another creative excuse for nonpayment to the surface. The time limit for Hart to pay a $53,000 tax bill ran out in December. He said he ignored the deadline because the Idaho Constitution exempts lawmakers from civil process during the Legislative session. Never mind that the tax bill was due a full 10 days before the 2010 session started. We don’t buy the use of an exemption he twists to suit his purpose. And we hope the Idaho Tax Commission doesn’t either/Murf Raquet, Moscow-Pullman Times-News. More here.

Question: What would you do if you were in Rep. Phil Hart’s shoes right now?

Palouse Paper Names New Editor

Lee Rozen has been hired as the managing editor of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Assistant managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 2005-2009, Rozen has 20 years of management experience under his belt. He led a staff of 42 including seven managers and two teams of reporters. … Rozen has been in the area since Sunday exploring the community and meeting with newspaper staff. … “I grew up in a small community and would really enjoy that connection with the people and the place … that you don’t get with metro journalism,” he said. Rozen started at the PI in 1996 as manager of new media before moving to general manager of the PI’s website in 1999/Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

MM: The Lesser Of 2 Evils

Moscow Minidoka: One thing I have found interesting (in subscribing to Moscow-Pullman Daily News on a trial basis), though, is the profiles of local candidates for the upcoming primary elections. Where do they find these people? I swear, some of the candidates are less articulate than my two-year-old. I intend to vote in the GOP primary simply to prevent the stupidest candidates from getting a spot on the November ballot. I’d certainly rather be represented by articulate and intelligent members of *either* party than a mouth-breather who actually believes the Idaho Legislature has the power to overturn the Endangered Species Act.

Question (to the progressives of HucksOnline): Do you intend to cross-over and vote Republican in the spring primaries in two weeks?

Daily News: Yes To Medical Marijuana

Idaho patients coping with chronic pain should be able to choose how best to manage their condition. If that choice is marijuana, they should be allowed to legally obtain and use it. Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, recently announced plans to introduce medical marijuana legislation during next year’s session, provided he’s re-elected to an eighth term in November. We applaud Trail’s efforts, but doubt any bill promoting the legitimate medical use of marijuana will go far in a statehouse dominated by regressive leaders who’d rather challenge the federal government’s authority to reform health care than enhance the medical options for the state’s patients. That’s a shame, especially when you consider the potentially dangerous alternatives Idahoans have in trying to control their pain/Doug Bauer, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Is the Idaho Legislature Libertarian enough to support medical marijuana?

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