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James Bennet is a guy you’ve heard of but don’t remember. The New York Times, of course, needs no introduction. The two names were connected in a news item early last month.

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I was mostly tired in medical school, not inspired. But I remember one small part of just one of hundreds of lectures and it has stuck with me to this day.

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If I may direct your attention from the disasters our country is dealing with, I’d like to give well deserved accolades to the staff of the Worley Senior Lunch program.

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Am I the only one in this country that knows the answer/solution to this madhouse that’s taking place in our cities? The rioting, burning, defacing public property and outright vandalism?

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Seeing the police reports, it seems we have a local woke group who believe they are more enlightened and better informed than the majority of conservatives who live here.

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Portland, Oregon, was once known as the quintessentially nice Northwestern city. Its nickname, “The Rose City,” was given to it by a Baptist group that held a convention there over a century ago. Sadly, today, riot-riven Portland smells like anything but roses.

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I don’t get a reminder from the state of Idaho that I need to renew my drivers license. I guess they expect me to be mature and responsible and figure those things out on my own. Yeah, right.

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So just in the last week there has been physical attacks on religious statues and verbal jabs at the NBA.

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The rockslide south of Riggins that has closed Highway 95 for the foreseeable future has given northern Idaho the chance it has been denied since statehood; independence.

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The upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected so much in our daily lives, particularly so for our children and grandchildren.  Over 300,000 young Idahoans are educated in our public schools, a time-honored learning process that was severely disrupted last spring, perhaps as ne…

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A Stanford medical expert is urging people not to panic over the surge in coronavirus cases occurring in several parts of the U.S., arguing it doesn’t matter how many cases there are but only “who gets the cases.”

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This is one of those items so clever it makes a person wish he had thought of it first. But we aren’t real good at clever, so we’re just going to steal it.

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I and many fellow citizens have no problem with peaceful protests for any just cause. But when troublemakers are allowed to infiltrate any gathering for the purpose of inciting strife, looting, vandalism and violence, don’t be surprised when law-abiding citizens show up armed, to assist and …

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I’m a newcomer to St. Maries (3 ½ yrs.). Coming from a big city it was like dying and going to heaven. The landscape is incredible, the community operates without a crushing bureaucracy, kids can ride their bikes with much less parental fear that happens in big cities. Common sense is valued…

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As the numbers climb in some states and bump up a bit in ours, I thought we should take some time to consider the lowly viral point of view. I’m not here to sell you on “viral rights” or equal opportunity for viruses, none of that usual liberal stuff. But if you put your mind into the viral …

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I couldn’t help but notice that Mr. Nathan Weis of Inland Cellular was contacted and generously quotes about the cell towers after his company acquired the O.K. for installing the tower on Pokey Creek.

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I was in town on June 19 for the sole reason of going to the DMV and was chatted up by a gentleman outside of the post office. He gave me the most beautiful knife I have ever laid eyes on. He was gone before I could react and I just stared dumbfounded.

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It’s really getting hard to find the truth lately. Covid 19 comes from China....or....Covid 19 was originally from the US. Covid was purposely developed as a weapon....or....Covid comes from bats.

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As the dust was still settling on September 12, 2001, and the horror of the day prior’s events were still being discovered, the 107th Congress did not stay home. The 65th Congress did not stay home during the Spanish Flu, nor did the 81st during the worst of the Polio outbreak. The 37th Cong…

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The state of Idaho is taking my daughter’s family home in Fernwood from her for her dad Paul Cook’s (Fernwood) medical bills of $30,000. She is being forced to sell the property to pay his Medicaid bills.

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Years ago I was dedicating a new parish to St. Peter. A woman wrote to protest: “Why would you name a church after such a coward, a sinner who denied ever knowing the Lord when Jesus needed him most, at the hour of His arrest and crucifixion?”

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A beautiful graduation ceremony was June 5 at Kootenai High School. The graduates received their diplomas, had valedictorian and salutatorian addresses, and were recognized for their accomplishments. I was a last minute fill-in for Principal Wade Pilloud to conduct graduation, as his wife ha…

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It will be ten years this summer since Vernon Baker died. His story deserves some retelling.

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A dozen states have seen record highs in new coronavirus cases, blares the news media, accompanied by dire warnings of a “second wave” of the disease because those awful Republican states reopened too soon. Once again, however, the mainstream press is needlessly scaring the public by hiding …

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The Supreme Court of the United States delivered a blow to gun rights activists on Monday when they turned down the possibility of hearing roughly a dozen Second Amendment-related cases. The last time the Court heard a gun-related case was in 2010 with the landmark McDonald v. Chicago decision.

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The scientific models used to predict the global impact of the COVID-19 crisis have cast into acute doubt the idea of iron-clad, unquestionable scientific modeling itself. Model failure has had potentially catastrophic effects on the world economy. It should have similar effects on claims ab…

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The craziness surrounding whether we should defund and eliminate police departments causes me to wonder if the Democrat party will prefer to react to a serial shooter inside a grade school not by sending a SWAT team, but rather by sending in social workers to talk to the shooter- and any gri…

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George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist. On Friday, Barack Obama tweeted that for millions of black Americans, being treated differently by the criminal justice system on account of race is “tragically, painfully, mad…

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The chant “Defund Police” is bouncing off the walls of the buildings next to many demonstrations. They are protesting an unjust, cruel death of a nonviolent black man under the crushing knee of a white cop, while three other uniformed officers stood by.

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The horrid event in Minneapolis sparked national protests and no shortage of violence, mayhem and looting. Before the protests and the rioting quelled, the lectures started.

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It was near the end of my three-year residency. I had gotten up after midnight to admit an elderly woman complaining of headache. The ER had given her large doses of narcotics to help her pain, and they depressed her breathing. All the tests for bad things, blood tests, CT scan were negative…

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At the recent Memorial Day service, I was sadly reminded of the lack of veterans in local government positions. More important, I was reminded of the lack of true leadership in our local government.

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Professor Victor Davis Hanson was interviewed recently by Tucker Carlson. This is what the professor, author, columnist and farmer had to say about this week’s riots following the homicide of George Floyd by police.

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By the time I finished reading Luke Malek’s hit piece in the Gazette it was obvious to me that he is in lockstep with the many Democrat governors in the country who are using the virus outbreak to oppress their citizens with threats by law enforcement.

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It’s been an awful couple months but the China virus brought some good news last week.

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The local comedic political soap opera continues and it seems Mr. Heath was unaware that he has made himself a public figure and subject to scrutiny. Politics bring the skeletons out of the closet and this is only the primary.

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The Idaho Department of Lands has sure taken the joy out of our living next to state land. By blocking off the gate, us folks aren’t able to ride up Wilson Mountain. We can no longer enjoy a ride in the beautiful Idaho mountains. Yup, you have cut us folks off, but the dirt bikes, renegade f…