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Reading the news of late prompts thoughts of trees falling in forests. Or to ask the question, if the media ignore a story, was it ever news?

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The twisted method we pay for our health care in this country just doesn’t seem to get people riled up like immigration, guns, abortion, or any of the other hot button issues. But it got the attention of Frank Vandersloot, conservative Idaho Melaleuca CEO in 2020, and he took his idea to the…

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As a recent refugee from the Democrat Peoples Republic of California, I take umbrage at Mr. Chmielinski’s recent letter parroting Democratic Party propaganda concerning Texas voter integrity legislation.

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It’s been a while since I wrote a letter to the SM Gazette. A long while. It looks as though I’m not the only one who quit writing letters. The opinion page has been rather bare of late. When Biden was elected it hit me hard. In the last six months its hit everyone hard.

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I’m writing this in response to Mark Chmielinski’s many letters to the Editor. In a letter printed in the July 14 Gazette Record Mark said “it’s up to us to unite.” Although he didn’t say it specifically his letter implied that he thinks we should get together and talk, put our difference as…

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Back in the antediluvian days, I was a government GS-4, Forest Service fire fighter. I did four summers on a Category One, interregional crew. Folks love the term “Hots Shots”, but the jumpers just called us ground pounders. They figured they were much cooler than us, parachutes and all. May…

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As bad as the news that you read every day can be, the news you never read can be even worse.

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I have wondered why it took so long for Idaho health care employers to require their workers to be immunized against Covid 19. Maybe they were anticipating the political reaction. Three large employers did just that this last week, and of course, they got the predictable reaction: umbrage, o…

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More than 355,000 Idahoans – approximately 19 percent of Idaho’s population – are enrolled in Medicare, according to April 2021 data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. To maintain the promises made to protect current Idaho Medicare recipients, while strengthening the syst…

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This stuff happens so fast you can’t keep track. It turns out the Democrat Party has returned to its roots.

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We camped last week on the Imnaha River in northeastern Oregon. It was beautiful and wonderful to be with my family. You should visit.

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Profanity was once something you heard in a locker room, poker game or shortly after the hammer hit the thumb. But today, it’s everywhere.

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I do not celebrate the 4th of July. I also do not celebrate the 25th of December, the 11th of November, the 14th of June, or the 14th of February. However, I do celebrate Independence Day, Christmas, Veterans Day, Flag Day, and St. Valentine’s Day. This difference may seem trivial to you, bu…

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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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Imagine you’re in third grade and there is a spelling test. Most third-graders agree spelling tests can be tough.

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My wife and I have had this discussion multiple times. Should we wear a mask in a store now that we are both-dose vaccinated? It seems some people still wear masks; some aren’t and maybe never did.

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You have some misinformation in the June 2, 2021 edition of the paper. In the article by Lloyd Huff, “Thousands of fish to be stocked in state water,” it implies that Round Lake near State 3 will be stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout.

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One million dollars in one hundred bills weighs approximately 22 pounds. One billion=22,000 pounds, one trillion=22,000,000 pounds. Thirty trillion equals 660,000,000 pounds equals two 105,000 ton nuclear-powered aircraft carriers plus 285, 70-ton Abrams main battle tanks plus 50,000, two po…

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Maybe it’s just supposed to be a rite of passage. I remember sports physicals when I was a high school athlete. The whole team would line up in the gym in our t shirts and shorts and some old doc from town would go down the line. Of course, what all the guys talked about was “Turn your head …

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Wars kill, and somehow that death in battle is more hallowed than another. Service should be honored. The ones who live through a war might have lost something vital too. As we remember the wartime fallen this Memorial Day, let us also remember the harm we cause when we pursue mortal conflict.

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Words cannot explain how disappointed I am in our city and county officials.  This past Sunday was the veteran’s memorial service held in St. Maries.  How many of our elected officials attended that service? NOT ONE.

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The Big Lie changes reality. To believe it, people must disbelieve their senses, distrust their fellow citizens, and live in a world of faith. The Big Lie demands conspiracy thinking, since all who doubt it are seen as traitors. The Big Lie undoes a society, since it divides citizens into be…

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Most people probably dislike hypothetical questions since there cannot be an answer to something that’s never happened. It still makes me wonder, what if? In the case of the January 6 U.S. Capitol invasion by various people, whether they call it an insurrection or a visit by tourists on a no…

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Back in the stone age when I went to medical school, the “complete physical” was a full course in first year. We were taught where to poke, push, prod, palpate and percuss. We practiced looking at fingernails, eardrums, nipples and the back of your eyeball. Then the stethoscope came out and …

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Well, Mike Simpson isn’t getting many folks to jump on his damwagon, but it seems everybody has a different reason. Simpson broached a plan to breach the lower four Snake River dams back in February. As he and many others have said, if we want salmon in Idaho, the best chance is to restore t…

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If we refuse to accept reality and treat each other as mortal enemies, we will be the Divided States of America, rooting for each other’s failure. This is not the way politics and government are supposed to work in our great country. We are supposed to be the United States of America – not t…

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Doc Rapp and his nurse Dee took care of me for the first 18 years of my life. Doc Rapp showed me what a doctor was supposed to act like. Returning to St Maries in 2015 I’ve been blessed with good health until January. By ambulance I went to BCH and was immediately taken to Dr. Wheeler and th…

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Idaho legislature you might have learned something this last long 5 months of their deliberations. And they aren’t over yet (Sunday night). They want to hang around to override vetoes. So, no doubt there’s more for us to learn.

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The question some folks are asking about Mike Simpson’s Columbia Basin Proposal is, “Where are the Democrats?” I know, I’ve spoken up, more than once, but they want to know about Democrats who matter, hold office or some such.

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For a long time – bordering on 40 years – we’ve written a weekly column in this space. It’s safe to say that we’ve written well over a million words that were printed during that span. While some would argue it was an abuse of good ink, it happened nonetheless.

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So here we were, all set to rant and rave about the threat of censorship by the rich demigods who own social medial platforms and along comes Katie Porter.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been terrible for the nation. But it has been very, very good to President Joe Biden. It won him the presidency. It opened the door to massive liberal spending plans. It is propping up his approval ratings. No wonder he continues to play up the risks, and why he’s n…

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During the four years I served on the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) I worked with many fellow members to craft budgets for where the state should spend the taxpayers’ dollars. Most of the time, as a minority Democrat I was working with Republicans, since that’s the main f…

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Watching world news recently my attention was caught by the number of burials taking place around the world (because of COVID) and I wondered how long before some restrictions on internment would be made.

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The news that Walter Mondale was in extremis had circulated a few days ago, and blurted out, predictably, by Jimmy Carter, about whom Mondale said on many occasions after 1980, “I never understood how Carter’s political mind worked. Carter’s got the coldest political nose of any politician I…

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The legislature was still in session, so the Capitol doctor still had to show up for office hours, though it didn’t seem like he was doing much good. Still, these part time retirement gigs kept his mind in the game, though he felt his heart fading from it a bit.

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Back in college I knew a guy, a friend of a friend, who drove a city bus in Detroit. When my car was broken down, which happens a lot when you buy a junk car for $400 off someone your parents know, I’d have to take the bus downtown to class and every once in a while I’d find myself on a bus …