By Doug Floyd
Jan. 9 – We live in a free and open society, and I doubt many of us would give that up in return for the efficiency of a dictatorship.
Our freedom lets us say, write and do pretty much anything in reason and go where we want. It also generally allows us to abuse our freedom before it’s taken away. It leaves us generally unable to prevent events like Saturday’s act of violence outside Tucson. Those who say this is a consequence of free speech are confusing correlation with cause and effect. In fact, free speech and Saturday’s shooting are both consequences of our free and open society.
We need to keep that in mind when we decide how to react to a horrible incident.
By Jess Walter
and Ralph Walter
Jan. 7 – In the greatest game in the greatest season in the history of football – perhaps of all sports – our little Eastern Washington University won the Football Championship Subdivision title game here 20-19 over Delaware on Friday night in Frisco, Texas.
Down 19-0 and looking as trashed as our hotel room, the Eagles did what they’ve done all season: put together the most unlikely fourth-quarter comeback since … well, the last time they played.
Who’s the national champion?
Just Eastern. (Really, Marketing Dept., you can have that one.)
By Dave F. Oliveria
Jan. 6 – Remember when voters were concerned that irresponsible youth would decide important matters at the ballot box after the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 way back when? Well, young adults have little or no impact on the Idaho voting scene, particularly in North Idaho. Idaho AARP reports that statewide, 65 percent of the votes in the 2010 elections were cast by voters 50 and older.
By Rich Landers
Jan. 5 – Eastern Washington’s arctic cold snap has had one advantage you might not have considered: It’s kept the bears in their dens.
In the milder climate of Western Washington, an unusually high number of bears are staying active into the winter and causing problems for homeowners, according to Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials.
Unfortunately, it appears as though the bears are being lured from their normal winter respite by human food.