FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016

UPDATED: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 2:53 P.M.

There's nothing to respect

Born in 1920, I was taught very early to respect the office of the president. But I learned even presidents can err. Thus, respecting the office of president does not always mean respecting the person who fills it. I became old enough to understand, then, though degree of respect differed, I respected each of the twelve men who followed President Hoover.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016

Common Core scores provide lessons

Given the states’ apples-oranges comparisons, one path forward for Washington is to compare its own results year-by-year to evaluate whether students are increasing their mastery of the material.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016

Dana Milbank: Schumer, Democrats preparing to fight

When Trump contradicts his campaign themes – a Wall Street banker as treasury secretary, a billionaire private-school devotee as education secretary and a health and human services secretary who wants to privatize Medicare – he can expect a populist pushback from Democrats.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 4:26 P.M.

Deserve better than CHS

Thank goodness another company that is reputable will try to make Deaconess the hospital that it was always known to be, with excellent health care and employees that always took such great pride in providing the best of patient care.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 4:26 P.M.

Morin cartoon biased

Nice to see another biased cartoon by Jim Morin on Dec. 2. He depicts two residents of bombed-out Aleppo dismayed at President-elect Trump not condemning Putin and the Russians.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 4:37 P.M.

Newhouse wrong about dams

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, misleads the public in urging the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations to require "no appropriations" be used to remove any federal dam. Newhouse references the four lower Snake River (LSR) dams, then declares "hydropower dams are not adversely impacting endangered fish populations, with fish passage success rates near ninety-nine percent." He adds, "Many of these dams are essential components for flood control, strategic water storage and life-sustaining irrigation ..."

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 4:42 P.M.

Trump speaks my language

I am so not politically savvy in so many ways; however, when President-elect Donald Trump speaks, I get it. When Trump says he doesn't want Boeing to unnecessarily spend so much money to upgrade Air Force One, for whatever the reason, he spoke my language. That, like so much federal spending, is unnecessary, to say the least.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 8:17 A.M.

AAUW and election

The American Association of University Women is a nonpartisan nationwide organization of women and men who advocate for issues that are important to women and families. The membership of AAUW Idaho and its six branches - Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Long Valley, Moscow, Orofino and Pocatello - represents a diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds as well as political party affiliations. Our branch members have been active in community and advocacy activities in Idaho since 1909. We are united in our opposition to bias and bigotry based on gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 3 P.M.

Clinton not virtuous

Along with my fellow citizens, I welcomed the end of the presidential campaign and the result. It's over. We have work to do. Move on.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:13 P.M.

Thanks for Pitts' columns

Recent letter writers have complained about Leonard Pitts' columns. I think Leonard Pitts is one of the best. He provides valuable education for those of us who live our lives in mostly Caucasian communities.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016


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President Trump

President Trump. It feels odd to write that. But this country changed the presidency for the 45th time today and a new era awaits all of us. The new president’s ...

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