Opinion


TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017


UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 8:24 A.M.

No loss at Fairchild

Once again in the land of the Fairchild, there's lamentation for what might have been. Our commercial princes are denied a tiny kickback on the taxes we lavish upon our voracious, entitled and moribund military machine. If only we valued the earth and humanity as much as war and welfare programs for defense contractors and Air Force civilians, we would end the silly airborne refueling of long-range death flights.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017

Support Mt. Spokane

Having skied Mount Spokane for over 40 years and being a West Coast SkiWatch Reporter for Cable Radio News (CNN) for 11 years, I have been to countless ski resorts and none impresses me more than Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park for the commitment to skiers and families that ski together.

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017




MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

Obama was successful

The Obama presidency is an unmitigated success. He was handed a Republican Great Recession, near economic collapse and the Iraq mess. In spite of an obstructionist, sabotaging Republican Congress bent on his demise, he leaves office with a 60 percent approval rating.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017


SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

An actual death panel

Back in 2009 right-wing pundits misleadingly claimed that "death panels" would be included in Affordable Care Act legislation to decide who would live and who would die. If the ACA were to be repealed and not replaced with a reasonable plan, it would be ironic that this Congress would then become in fact the de facto death panel for many poor and sick who currently have coverage.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Be smart on repeal

It is the height of folly to repeal a health care program on which millions depend without a proven reliable and affordable act to take its place. Surely we are smarter than that.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Clapper has been wrong

In reference to Trudy Rubin's Jan. 11 column: Everyone has the right to their opinion based on their beliefs, education and research. However, Rubin has made it clear that her opinion regarding James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, and the numerous "intelligence" agencies in this country are worthy of praise. Allow me to disclose a different opinion based on some facts.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

DeVos bad for schools

There's a dangerous tendency to take for granted the role and structure of America's public schools. Americans are generally unaware of the very real threats currently facing our public schools. Now we're confronted with Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. Billionaire DeVos' vision for public education could radically undermine the role our public schools have historically played in giving hope to America's underclass for a better life through educational attainment.

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Blogs

The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews outgoing U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. The show also ...



Parting Shot — 2.24.17

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Baumgartner town hall Saturday

It may not have the passion and excitement of a congressional town hall meeting, but state Sen. Mike Baumgartner will hold a legislative town hall meeting on Saturday. Baumgartner, a ...