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It’s time once again for a practical accounting of our national debt – publicly reported at $22 trillion dollars. If some of our readers missed my last letter, concerning our $21 trillion national debt, here are the most recent facts.

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After more than six years of working here at Benewah Community Hospital and being always grateful for the opportunity to join with so many great people to serve our friends and family, I had the opportunity in June to be on the other end.

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It is almost time again for Paul Bunyan Days. We just wanted to give everyone a heads-up concerning our annual Paul Bunyan auction. It is every Monday of the Labor Day weekend.

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Joe Biden embarrassed himself again. But in what may be a first, this time it's not for what he said. It's for what he didn’t say.

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I was skeptical when the well-dressed drug salesmen told us in the 1990’s the new long acting narcotics (Oxycontin) wouldn’t lead to addiction. I remembered the processes taught to me long ago in medical school how our bodies change the number of neuro-receptors we have, so we can develop to…

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News last week from the razor blade company showed that, despite evidence to the contrary, common sense survives.

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Everyone rails against the cost of healthcare in these United States, but honestly, we have done just a little to address the problem. I’m not sure things are bad enough yet for us to have the motivation to look in the mirror. Because, for healthcare to cost less for all of us, some of us, m…

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When he founded The College of Idaho 128 years ago, Dr. William Judson Boone professed an inclusive view of prospective students: “Let them come, let them all come, and we will see what they can do.”

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We are a nation of laws, not proclamations, despite what our current (and previous) president seem to think. Sometimes laws are passed that enable the executive branch to have some discretion in the enactment of the law. Thus, Presidents and indeed governors can make some policy decisions if…

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Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle recently told a crowd in Twin Falls that the Legislature should address divisive programs on state college campuses. His comments are significant not just because he’s a key member of legislative leadership, but because this isn’t Moyle’s first rodeo. U…

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I understand what the proponents for “medical marijuana” are doing as they file their proposed initiative for medical marijuana in Idaho. They want to bring legitimacy to the demon herb. They want to normalize, medicalize, and eventually legalize a current banned substance. I support their g…

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It was Wednesday and Blanche was already aching. Her back hurt when she bent down to put the roasts in the oven, her ankles and knees ached as she stood and chopped, her shoulders were sore when she reached up for the big pots stored up high. She’d finished lunch and the hashers were gone, s…

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I’m sure everyone who drives the St. Maries River Road past Peet Shoe Dryer’s place is as tired of the pavement part as we are.

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“Aqua Park arsonists story silly” was the letter to the editor in my local Gazette Record that caught my eye on July 3. After the first reading of the scathing review of our county officials’ efforts in law enforcement and fire investigation, I merely thought that the author, Wayne Bedwell, …

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It’s summer, so it’s time for wilderness hikes, river floats, stream fishing and reading Medicaid waiver applications.

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Before getting to the topic at hand, allow me to join the rest of the chorus in congratulating the USA women’s soccer team on winning the world cup. I neither know nor care enough about the sport of soccer (for either gender) to comment on the performance, but I’m assured it was masterful. A…

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Twelve score and three years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal. I ask you to reflect today on the past work done, the work at hand and the work before us, that we may continue to …

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This is one of those pictures that just kicks you in the gut. A photo that makes the reader stop, look, try to look away, then contemplate – and that’s saying a lot in a world where we are exposed to thousands of images every day.

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Juveniles arrested in Aqua Park fire - As I started reading this article I expected to read about someone’s boat being set ablaze or a building being burned but cotton balls?

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PotlatchDeltic, and everyone else who helped, deserve recognition for donating the beautiful hanging flower baskets along Main Street. They are a great addition to sprucing up our town.

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Back before we got into a stalemate when talking about healthcare costs, long ago when I had good knees and my hair wasn’t grey, funding for small town hospitals was recognized as a problem. After Montana demonstrated they could support critically needed remote hospitals with a federal proje…

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I was surprised to read back in May a couple of people were opposed to the building of the 5G 200 ft. cell tower on Pokey Creek Road. Unfortunately it’s too late, they should have been stopped when they were invented. The cell phone should have been called the microwave phone. Would they hav…

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I’m sure that many readers out there have seen on the news about the latest ploy by the liberals to buy votes. Almost all the presidential hopefuls visited the most despicable human, the race-hustler Al Sharpton, to kiss his ring and agree to reparation payments.

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This week in Boise there will be an interim committee meeting on Monday. By the time you read this they will be back home, not done with their work, but maybe started. The title of the committee is the “Equitable Assessment of Costs Related to Medicaid Expansion.” I applaud the legislature f…

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Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, totalpolar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated da…

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Freshmen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants Congress to give itself a $4,500 pay raise next year. That would boost her salary to $178,500. And that’s not counting the many perks members of Congress get, all courtesy of taxpayers.

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A budget agreement between California lawmakers and Governor Gavin Newsom will give younger illegal aliens access to the Medi-Cal program,  the state’s health insurance program for low-income Californians.

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I have read with interest the guest editorials regarding climate change. Both of them seem to cast doubts on the premise that climate change is related to man caused CO2 emissions, and suggest that the rising temperatures we have experienced are a result of natural processes here on Earth. U…

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So, you won’t find it on the best-seller list anytime soon, but a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is somewhat interesting.

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Woodlawn Cemetery is looking beautiful. With generations of relatives interred in the cemetery in St. Maries, I have visited for decades. It looks the best I have ever seen it and want to commend the maintenance crew for all their hard work.

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We’re short of the solstice, but with school getting out soon it’s time to start talking about summer reading. I’ve started early.

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I need to express my concern over the proposed 5G cell phone tower on Pokey Creek Road above Santa.

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Mike Trout signed a contract that will pay him $426.5 million over 12 years. That’s about $35.5 million per year to play baseball. To a sharp-eyed lawyer with a bent for litigation – the Trout contract is more than that.

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I’m so old, I can remember when global warming caused droughts. Or, put another way, climate change was making the Earth–in particular, the Great Lakes–drier. Thus, as I noted here:

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I currently live in Arlington, Va., and do not vote in local elections. It’s not that I don’t want to vote, but there is literally no one even close to sniffing on the ballots who could even pretend to be anywhere close to being a conservative. The problem isn’t my lack of desire, it’s that …