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MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017

Trib: Idaho representatives don't 

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune chuckles at Idahoans who think their congressional representatives, who eschew townhall meetings, actually represent the will of the people.

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017

Edit: In praise of top 2 primary system 10 

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that a top two primary system, like the one Washington has, would take power from political parties. Which, of course, is the reason it won't be adopted in ruby-red Idaho, short of an initiative drive ...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016

Press: Vote 'no' on HJR 5 

In an edit today, the Coeur d'Alene Press urges a "no" vote on HJR 5. It begins: "Voter alert: There's a trick question on your ballot." Then: "The question, better known as HJR 5, sounds innocuous enough to evoke a quick “yes” vote and move on. But The Press encourages you to vote “no” on this proposed constitutional amendment instead."

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SR: Redoubters threaten Idaho politics 

SR Opinion Editor Gary Crooks comments on the political threat of the American Redoubt movement to the Inland Northwest: "Rather than focus on better schools and improved health care, extremists obsess about 'Muslim enclaves' and 'taking back' public lands the state never possessed in the first place."

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

SR: Fighting Obamacare Futile 

Republican candidates in Idaho’s primary are being surveyed to gauge their fealty to the state GOP’s platform, which includes a call to repeal Obamacare and resist implementation. But party officials should take their cue from the realists among them. While they may not like the...

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Edit: Otter Wise To Protect Surplus 

Mow, hoe, trim and water. That's Rep. Maxine Bell's routine during the summer at her home in Jerome. It also describes her role as a co-chair of the Legislature's budgeting committee - with a lot of whacking and slashing thrown into the mix. In recent...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Edit: Well Done, School Levy Voters 

The silent majority spoke up this week. We hope educators were listening. With overwhelming support, voters in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Kootenai school districts stepped up for their public schools. They willingly took on hefty property tax loads for the next two years by...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Press: Here Comes The Crud

We've had so much sunshine, some people have actually started to complain about the monotony of blue skies and warm temperatures. Well, all that monotony is expected to be flushed out of North Idaho this weekend, with showers and cooler temperatures heralding the October weather...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

SR: Legalize Marijuana 17 

States have always been the laboratories of democracy, but few have tried to legalize marijuana so it can be regulated and taxed. That’s because Congress adopted a law more than five decades ago that treats pot the same as heroin. The prohibition of marijuana has...

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Press: Free To Not Believe 11 

In response to an advertising campaign by Inland Northwest atheists, the Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board opines: "Jefferson, Adams and the rest were students of history whose political perspectives were honed to a fine point by the pain of personal experience. They clearly understood that...

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SR: Rightly, Lake City Recall Fails 

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and City Council members Deanna Goodlander, Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers will be keeping their seats until the next general election, a fact their constituents should stand up and applaud. Foes of the foursome failed to get the 4,300 signatures...

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Edit: Craig Violated Donors' Trust 

On Monday — four years and 364 days after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport — Larry Craig became a defendant in a civil case. This time, the Federal Election Commission sued the former senator, his campaign committee and Kaye O’Riordan, his former campaign treasurer....

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Statesman: Idaho Hits Legal Pothole 

After two years and $540,479 in taxpayer cost, the case of fired state transportation director Pam Lowe seems to be just getting started. And the start is sufficiently bad that, perhaps, the state ought to have second thoughts about its legal strategy. On Saturday, U.S....

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

Edit: Nothing Super About Committee 31 

Since the “supercommittee” superfailed to live up to its name, what should we call them now? How about the Do-Nothing Dozen? The sum of their work certainly adds up to zero. Twelve members of Congress — six House members and six senators, six Republicans and...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Priscilla Bell: Get Your Mammograms 

Ladies, too many of you aren't listening to the doctor. That's doctor as in physician; it's also Dr. as in Dr. Priscilla Bell, president of North Idaho College. A new study reveals that in the last two years, more than one of every three Idaho...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

TFTN: Investigate Tax Commission 

It’s not just a couple of disgruntled Democrats anymore who want to know what the Idaho Tax Commission is up to. The 13,000-member Idaho Education Association and two other teachers’ groups last week joined state Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, and her attorney, Robert Huntley, in...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

Press: Kroc Center Takes Right Tact 

Simply stated, we think it's the most responsible - and civic-minded - way to address the community center's financial needs. Fee increases range up to $7 per month. If this were a property tax increase for, say, the city of Coeur d'Alene, there probably wouldn't...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.