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Climate change: Let’s actually do something constructive

February 09, 2019 at 5:00 am

Thank you, Gov. Brad Little for the courage to come out and admit what a lot of people see but deny. “Climate is changing.” The governor’s observation made no claim about the cause or the cure and proposed no elaborate regulations. He just ...

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Ten inches can mean a mountain of bureaucracy

February 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

As Planning and Zoning commissioners in Coeur d’Alene we see many unique challenges that have a huge impact on life on our roads, waterways and even schools. So when our commission followed the letter of the law and insisted an entire garag...

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OPINION: REBECCA SCHROEDER — No more dallying: Put Prop 2 in play

February 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

From the very beginning, expanding Medicaid in Idaho was a grassroots effort. Ultimately, thousands of volunteers from every corner of the state worked to pass Prop 2. Expanded Medicaid access is now law in Idaho. This is a big deal. For si...

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Consumer advice: Alexa, are you spying on me?

February 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you use Alexa and haven’t asked that question yet, then perhaps you should. According to those who have asked the question, here’s what Amazon’s Alexa said: “I only send audio back to Amazon when you activate me. For more information, ...

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Research: America, this looks like you

February 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

The well respected and comprehensive Pew Research Center’s statistics go beyond demographics to “take the pulse of Americans and people around the world on a host of issues.” Exploring public opinion among teens to senior citizens on issues...

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Embracing change in new year

February 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

I’d like to preface the following with the fact that I still own a 1976 Dodge van purchased when I lived in Portland in 1977. In 1989 I bought a 1988 Chevy Cavalier Z24 convertible, driving it until I bought a 2006 Chrysler Sebring converti...

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Research: It’s a pig’s year, people

February 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

Shout-out to you pigs: Xin nian kuai-le (happy new year)!Like its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology focuses on divining the future. Yet instead of monthly constellations, theirs is based on numerology, astronomy, the elements, animals ...

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T-2 trickery: Seniors, beware deathly scam

February 04, 2019 at 5:00 am

According to the mailer, a form T-2 is supposed to be insurance covering medical bills and funeral expenses when you die. It’s also known as burial or funeral insurance, but beware if you receive a form T-2 in your mailbox because it’s a sc...

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The polar vortex returns to North America

February 04, 2019 at 5:00 am

The infamous “polar vortex” made a return to North America last week. Temperatures plunged to as low as minus 50 degrees across the northern U.S. that led to several states of emergencies. Thousands of flights were canceled, and people were...

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HISTORY CORNER: Dogs of our fathers: Part III

February 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

Great dogs in movies and TV

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