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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has triggered a wave of condemnations over the selection of David Kris, to oversee reforms of the FBI FISA process. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) presiding Judge James Boasberg, left, appointed Kris, a lawyer that the Washington Po…

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I owe an apology to Bryan Taylor, Prosecutor for Canyon County. I hope this is good enough for him.

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The January 1st edition of letters to the editor started out with a letter from Paul Underwood entitled “Time to start thinking of what is best for our country.” The only thing I could agree with was the title. First he defines the word Evangelist (one who promulgates the gospel) and then ti…

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I find it interesting that the Christian right is getting criticism for its support of President Trump. Let’s be very clear there is no moral high ground in politics, period, there are issues only. So take your pick, open borders, abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy, federal welfare…

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Every year, Medicare loses about $60 billion to fraud, errors and abuse. It seems like just as one scam is beaten down another one pops up – kind of like a Whack-A-Mole game.

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Didn’t this already get settled by the Department of Justice’ review of Jeffrey Epstein’s death? “Still, questions linger,” 60 Minutes reported, raised mainly by forensic pathologist Michael Baden. While Baden says he’s not reaching a final conclusion, he’s troubled by the fractures of the h…

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For the past eight years, advocates have come to the Idaho legislature requesting repeal of Idaho’s “Religious Shield Laws.” Advocates say children are dying because parents refuse life-saving treatment for their children. Religious Shield laws protect parents from prosecution in these insta…

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I think I just took my Family Medicine Board Certification test for the last time. They didn’t kick me out for my lousy scores, its just things are changing.

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In 1948, at the tender age of almost 12, I started delivering the Spokane Daily Chronicle. I realized right away that I was going to need a watch. Richard Schumacker’s dad had a jewelry store so I went shopping. He had some very nice watches for around 10 to 12 dollars. I told him ‘I can’t a…

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Congress makes policy changes nowadays in mammoth budget bills. I guess they chat about who gets what over bourbon or martinis, then lump it all together in a thousand pages and trillions of dollars.

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The state Attorney General of Virginia seems to have finally grown tired of pesky counties and cities in his state passing Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions and would like to put the whole unpleasant affair behind him. But how does one do that? Why, by calling a press conference and iss…

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In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to…

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Oh hear ye, hear ye. San Fran Nan has issued another royal proclamation. After impeaching President Trump (who has committed no crimes), the Articles of Impeachment will not be forwarded to the Senate until the Senate agrees in advance, to convict our duly elected President.

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Everybody thinks Barack Obama is a single human being, but that’s not precisely correct. There are actually two Barack Obamas. There’s the Obama who is saying whatever he’s saying right at this moment, and there’s the Obama who, at some point in the past, said the exact opposite. I call them…

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When the Founders debated and formed the basis for impeachment of a sitting president as they wrote the Constitution, the big blue book of U.S. Code did not yet exist. In essence, there were NO laws yet to be broken, other than those laws of morals and ethics.

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Santa’s sleigh circled the dome and found a safe spot to perch. Santa stretched his legs, swung his big belly out and planted his boots in the crusty Boise snow. He patted Dunder’s and Bitzen’s flanks and circled back for his bag. The starry night showed no light in the east as he called to …

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A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state the rights of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

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My beloved only sibling, Pete Dirlam, who has lived in Santa for 15 years, sends me op eds from your newspaper. I disagree with them most of the time. But not all of the time.

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The hypocrisy of the Democratic Party over this impeachment nonsense knows no bounds. Last week I noted five examples of Barack Obama obstructing justice that they had no problem with. Sadly, there’s plenty more hypocrisy to point out.

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The ambulance has brought you to the closest emergency room after you collapsed eating your cheeseburger. The EMTs got your heart going again but your sweat soaks through your Seahawks sweatshirt and it feels like there is a chain binder wrapping your chest. The ER is a blur; a too young doc…

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I have probably the worst record of voting for successful candidates of anyone. But I can truthfully say that I’ve always voted for a person who I thought was the most truthful and honest, that didn’t constantly lie, who had high moral values and ethics, not necessarily religious ones.

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We all know some individuals who are so obviously good and kind that we are certain if anyone were to dislike them, that’s all we would need to know about the person. We would immediately assume he or she is a bad person. To hate the manifestly good is a sure sign of being bad.

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It has been heartening for me to see a local uproar involving our school district that didn’t have to do with a levy, teacher pay or athletics. Our little dust up has to do with “Mastery Based Learning”.

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Gov. Brad Little’s preemptive “spending reset,” to rein in state spending before the next economic downturn, is a good start to help Idaho taxpayers who could use a break from a decade of a growing state government. But other taxpayers—Idaho’s increasingly put-upon college and university stu…

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I went to a public forum on Federal lands in Idaho a few years back that the Idaho legislature sponsored. It was a traveling interim committee meeting the legislature set up to consider just what the Idaho legislature should do to take back federal lands. It was Sagebrush Rebellion 2.0. The …

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Getting the power of the marketplace to have some effect on health care costs has been the holy grail for years. The Trump administration just announced a major move. Let’s look at it.

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Last week, President Trump granted full pardons for Army First Lt. Clint Lorance and Army Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who’d been accused of war crimes. Lorance had served six years of a 19-year sentence, and Golsteyn was facing trial for killing an alleged Taliban bombmaker. Navy SEAL Edward R. Ga…

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Weddings are beautiful, but what does one do with the dress afterwards? Some keep it for sentimental reasons, some sell their dress to recoup the cost, others choose to make it a family heirloom. These are all perfectly normal options. There is, however, another option that tugs at my hearts…

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Alexander Hamilton was waiting for James Madison at the crowded sports bar. He sipped his pint and barely noted the many screens showing the many games. He frowned at the ring his glass had left on the counter, lost in thought.

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I would like to address Mr. Fink’s letter in the Gazette concerning the cell tower installation. Reading Mr. Fink’s previous letters to the Editor, I see a pattern of wanting to stir things up and spin his own perspective. If he had read more closely other people’s responses to the cell towe…

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I typically do not chime in on these topics due to where I work, but I recently read an article in the Gazette Record from the November 6 issue titled “Mayor Says fee is unjust.” In this article, the reporter mentions a phone call where the mayor tells the sheriff that he can fund his own po…

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In an article in the Gazette dated 2 January 2019 it was reported that Anthony Koroush, former CEO of Benewah Community Hospital, had sued the hospital claiming he was wrongfully terminated and that his departure was neither willing nor legal, but came in response to a confrontation with the…

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I’m a little confused and am hoping someone out there can help me. The river road is about 5-6 miles long. From where the city road ends to the second rail crossing is one mile which was paved and in poor condition. In this first mile eight families live. From this point to Kittle Loop it is…

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The hardest part about writing something interesting is to come with something of interest. It’s so much easier just to steal from someone who actually writes interesting stuff.

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The situation with the President, whatever one’s political leanings, has come to a point where it exceeds mere party affiliation. To ignore egregious behavior, or to make excuses for it or try to “normalize it” or worse, support it by any competent person, would shed an ill light upon that person.

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What did socialists use before candles?

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This last week I ran into a guy in clinic that made me thankful for Idaho voters. We were able to help him out. You should know about this. It’s not about politics or policy, just about how we were able to help out a hard-working guy.