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June 23rd, 2018

The National Lampoon was a humor magazine popular through the 1970s and most of the 1980s. Occasionally, the humor was rather dark as when, in January, 1973, the magazine’s cover featured a picture of an adorable dog with a gun pointed to its head. The caption read: “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This D

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June 22nd, 2018

The history is broadly familiar, but it bears repeating for consideration now. It’s worth considering even in Idaho. In 1994, Republican Pete Wilson was running for re-election as California governor in tough conditions: His approval rating was low, and he was running behind the challenging Democrat. During the campaign,

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June 21st, 2018

One of my earliest memories in life was an event where I was separated from my parents for a short time. I was about four years old and being babysat at my parents’ home just west of Eden. The babysitter, who was the daughter of a hired hand, decided to go to her parents’ home several miles away. I had never been separa

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June 20th, 2018

Don’t look now but a huge fly just landed in the middle of the ointment that has dogged Avista Utilities proposed sale to the Canadian owned and operated HydroOne headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. The fly with the big stick comes in the form of the newly designated Premier, Doug Ford, the leader of Ontario’s Progressiv

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June 19th, 2018

When our ethically bankrupt president declared that Kim Jong Un “loves his people,” and that “his people love him,” I was reminded of a Party slogan in George Orwell’s novel “1984” – “War is peace/freedom is slavery/ignorance is strength.” In “1984,” the Party manipulated people by conditioning them

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June 18th, 2018

“In one week, Trump embraced a dictator, started a trade war with China and complicated the immigration debate.” – CNN, 6/16/18 I’ve written thousands of stories over the years in print and broadcast media. With only the occasional case of “writer’s block” that hits all professionals at times. Starting off

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June 17th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for June 18. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Summer news has quieted, as politics enters a seasonal quiescence (to be briefly interrupted in a week by the two major party state conventions) and much governmental activity as w

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June 16th, 2018

Independent Party Co-Chairperson and election law expert Dan Meek says the Independent Party status as a major party could make the anticipated Governor debates Buehler/Brown debates problematic. According to Meek, under Oregon law, all major party candidates – including the Independent Party nominee for Governor, Patrick

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June 15th, 2018

The most significant political question of the year in the Gem State may involve not the identity of its next governor or member of Congress but a question of policy – one with implications nationwide. The political statistics web site FiveThirtyEight looked into it last month with an article headlined this way: “Do

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June 14th, 2018

There’s an old saying that goes “show me who your friends are, and I’ll show you who you are.” Increasingly, our president is showing us who his friends are – and aren’t. And in the process, we’re learning ever more about the infantile narcissist who occupies the Oval Office. In the aftermath of the Singapore

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June 13th, 2018

This past week’s clash between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump at the G7 Conference in Quebec has an historical context. For some reason more than one American president has felt he could conduct himself boorishly towards a Canadian Prime Minister. Donald Trump is not the first nor will h

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June 12th, 2018

While the news outlets were fixated on important topics like Stormy Daniels, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee, a boring government agency observed an Earth milepost last month. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, April was our dear old planet’s 400th straight warmer-than-normal month. That is,

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June 11th, 2018

When we moved into our new home, midst some 90,000 other seniors a few months ago, I was struck by the number of 1965-1990 cars on the road around here. Some even older. In today’s world of leasing or buying a new vehicle every few years, it seemed odd folks in our retirement haven were hanging onto such vintage wheels. A

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June 10th, 2018

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for June 11. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. The wildfires were not large either in number or in individual size, and by the weekend all were more or less extinguished. But their presence makes clear that wildfire season is r

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June 9th, 2018

The GUARDIAN has returned to duty and unfortunately we don’t have a lot of cheery news to report after covering 1300 miles of Idaho, Yellowstone, and vicinity. Great time spent with 14-year-old grandson and a chance to learn the addictive qualities of those “smart” phones. Amazing how fast and readily available inform

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