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Enough. It has been over two months since that awful Tuesday in November, and that’s enough. The time has come for the liberals, the progressives, the middle-of-the-roaders, the independents, the…

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People who write and people who compose music share a common challenge. Both start with a blank page to be filled with words or notes of expression. For some of…

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Not often, but sometimes, the old line “if you build it, they will come,” actually does pan out. It did at the College of Western Idaho. CWI became a reality…

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As EORAC (The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Joint legislative Committee) starts it’s meeting for this year, I am reminded of a comment by a fellow member a few years…

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From time to time when out in public I’ll bump into a reader of the column or an old friend who inevitably asks how am I doing in dealing with…

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A few hundred people braved freezing winter weather Friday, January 6 to hear former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley discuss the future of health care…

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I’ve been having a recurring dream. Nell is tied to the tracks. A large locomotive bears down on her with Snidely Whiplash driving. I’m not immediaately concerned because I know…

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A new ballot petition being circulated around Idaho would put directly a question many people uneasily dance around: Is abortion murder? It comes from a group called Abolish Abortion Idaho…

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Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards. – Neil Kinnock It has been encouraging to get all the emails, texts, condolence cards, and even phone…

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The end of one year and the beginning of another is often a good time for reflection, introspection, and the reading of a book or two providing one with new…

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The Oregon State Capitol building is largely empty these days, aside from the facilities staff moving legislative offices around prior to the start of the 2017 session. But a notable…

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Well, here we are. 2017. All 324,310,011 of us ready to start another calendar turnover. That’s the most recent guess – er, pardon me – estimate of our nation’s headcount…

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A year ago, looking to 2016, I had more questions about the prospects than I did any flat predictions. Now, at the edge of 2017, that’s even more true. A…

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There is a book that those who follow Idaho history and politics must read if they want to garner more insight into people who have helped shape what the great…

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News to some and “old news” to others, the hometown paper without a printing press will be searching for a new home if the building at Curtis and Irving sells.…

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In an astonishing turnabout on the world stage, it appears to be Vladimir Putin and the Ministry of Commerce in China who are advancing the cause of reason and common…

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Before we get to the subject at hand, let’s deal with several matters. First, a confession. Though an Independent, I really now lean to the left a bit. But, compared…

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The Blaine County School District split deeply – the board’s vote was 3-2 – when it came to deciding whether to hire a lobbyist to represent it at the next…

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Democrats across the nation and Idaho are engaged in a debate over the future direction of the party given its electoral loss of the presidency and continuing Republican gains at…

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Independents (IPO and NAVs) generally support reasonable compromise for the betterment of all Oregonians. This last election provided significant evidence (see Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State and Ron Noble…

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I’ve lost some longtime friends recently. One of them I’ve known and cared about for more 40 years. It hurt. That’s their choice. To my mind, we’re each poorer for…

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It’s easy to think about politics as being about elections. We concentrate so much of our attention, our money, and our energy on campaigns. But then what? Most politicians run…

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Please pardon the reminiscing, but the time of year encourages it, as did a newspaper column I read a few days ago. The column from last weekend was by Bill…

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President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team continue to dish out surprises. The latest example is the bait and switch they pulled on Fifth District Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, 47, from…

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If, then, this. A series of three words explaining what happens in any new White House. If Donald Trump wins the presidency, then many (not all) of the promises made…

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On Pacific Standard Time in December, it gets dark in our little seaside communities about 5:30. In off-season months, sidewalks are usually rolled up shortly after that. Outside of the…

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Well, he did say he was going outside the beltway and he did promise to shake the box. If current predictions from the normally astute New York Times pan out,…

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Orval Hansen recalled that when one of his sons was born, he was celebrating with a friend in Idaho Falls who, like him, was active in politics. This was in…

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