Editorial

Let’s not repeat the John Green mistake

January 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

Don’t cry for John Green.And please don’t try to justify what an impartial Texas jury convicted him of doing.John Green is a tax defier. Put more directly, he’s a thief, and he’s now facing up to five years in prison for trying to defraud t...

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Here’s a forecast for you: Harris will win

January 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

An insurance company that specializes in weather forecasts lost a half-million dollar bet on Saturday.They stand to lose a lot more now.In essence, Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance has called climatologist Cliff Harris a liar. They ...

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Urban renewal: It affects every taxpayer

January 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

The concept of urban renewal isn’t easy to get your head around.And if you really want to get dizzy? Stir some tax increment financing into the equation.This editorial is meant more to explain than to persuade. With urban renewal in the loc...

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Don’t fan the flames of panic

January 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

Social media is great at keeping friends and family connected.As a reliable source of breaking news? Not so much.Wednesday’s massive law enforcement response to a report of possible gunshots at Lakeland High School provided a petri dish con...

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Surcharges, silver and safety

January 08, 2020 at 5:00 am

Three beefy topics, and three bite-sized thoughts.SURCHARGE-A-LOT TO THE RESCUE: Satay restaurant owner Rob Elder, a longtime purveyor of good food in Kootenai County, could use a white knight about now. Elder’s restaurant on Government Way...

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Photos tell many tales of generosity

January 05, 2020 at 5:00 am

They’re known dismissively as check-passer photos, grip’n’grins, photo fillers on slow news days.With very few exceptions, daily newspapers from sea to shining sea have stopped publishing photos where people are gathered around a check, wri...

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Dig deeper to solve the big problems

January 03, 2020 at 5:00 am

Thank you, Wayne Hoffman.The head of the Boise-based, Libertarian-imbued Idaho Freedom Foundation is not just entitled to question the spending of every penny that goes from taxpayers’ calloused hands into government’s eager fingers, but se...

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Looking forward to a brave new year

January 01, 2020 at 5:00 am

Today on this page, you will read opinions for and against the president of the United States.These missives join the hundreds that have been published on Press opinion pages since Donald Trump was sworn in nearly three years ago. It is fai...

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There was distinct theme through 2019

December 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

On New Year’s Eve this newspaper will share the Top 10 stories of 2019.But be warned: The Top 10 stories are those determined by readers in the digital sphere only. And if we’ve learned anything by plunging into the analytics universe over ...

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Debt just waiting for a rainy day

December 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Kids, pay no attention to your parents and grandparents.Not when it comes to debt, anyway.We older and allegedly wiser beings have burdened you with an IOU note that now exceeds $22 trillion. Even though the economy is expanding like never ...

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