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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 …

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The Idaho legislature took a few days off back in March, did you notice? But they are set to get back together this Tuesday. I hope they got the studded tires off their rigs before they head to Boise, because I doubt they’ll be wanting to twirl a lug wrench in their suits and ties. Studs got…

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The White House is trying to insulate Joe Biden from Major League Baseball’s decision to take the all-star game away from Atlanta (it will be played in Denver, Colorado where, arguably, it’s a little easier to vote, legitimately and fraudulently). It’s understandable that Team Biden wants to…

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“About a month-and-a-half ago I was back here talking to one of the little girls, you know, and, and I told the Congressional delegation this, the same thing, right? We were gonna’ send her to the hospital and as I got close to her I noticed that she couldn’t speak and I asked the medical st…

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I wanted to respond to the article about Healthcare Sharing Ministries. I have been part of one for over 11 years. I’ve served on their steering committee for nine years, had a baby, had two surgeries, ER visits, doctor visits, prescriptions etc. and I can tell you that they work.

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We are losing three very valuable St. Maries school district employees this year. Mr. Andersen currently is our Middle School principal and his wife Mrs. Andersen (an elementary teacher) are retiring at the end of this school year. I don’t know if we can talk either of them into staying. In …

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So we know that math is officially racist according to the Cult of the Wokerati, but what about compound interest, which Albert Einstein described as “the eighth wonder of the world—he who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it”?

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I listen to the radio when I’m working on that garage I’m building down the hill. Can’t hear it above the saw but it keeps me company. When I heard the ad for a “Health Care Sharing Ministry” I listened carefully, because I know what they are; and what they are not. But the ad sure didn’t he…

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There was a time when these things made news. Not the ‘I remember where I was’ sort of news - like the Kennedy assassination or the moon landing – but they were news.

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He wore a mask for each COVID shot. Both at the same time. Not the shots. They happened days apart. The masks. It’s the masks he wears at the same time.

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The left decried President Trump’s “America First” immigration policies and charged Republicans with being inhumane for seeking to uphold the laws of our country. Now, it seems these “humanitarians” have disappeared as we watch the Biden Administration’s approach play out in real-time.

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Despite the behavior of most Idaho legislators, not wearing masks, umbrage about social distancing, it seems many Idahoans have taken COVID seriously. Folks are getting immunized.

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As the Idaho legislature plods through the ides of March, Governor Little should not be afraid they will stick around to override his veto. They will. They are in no hurry to leave. So, Brad, go ahead and veto the Initiative Killer Bill. It looks like they have the votes to override it. Then…

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I find Biden’s willing embrace of American Rescue Plan legislation that’s supported by more than 75% of Americans a clear-cut case of putting Americans needs first. You have to know that the Democrats are the only ones who truly care about real Americans. Not a single Republican lawmaker in …

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The Idaho legislators every year shirk their constitutional obligation of properly funding education. Rather they choose to put the burden on Idaho’s property owners with bond levies. Adding insult to injury the legislature appears bent on cancelling the Idaho lottery from participating in P…

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As the “new guy” on the city council, in an appointed (not elected) position, I feel the need to express support for Mayor Tom Carver. In my months of attending meetings trying to learn how city government works, as well as my more recent months serving on the council, I have found Tom to be…

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Our new president and the Democrat-led Congress are seeking to bail out big, poorly-managed states and punish states that have operated responsibly during the pandemic – a step that would saddle Idaho children with even greater debt and suppress economic prosperity for generations to come.

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So, it’s been four years of a Republican administration and Congress vowing to “Repeal and Replace” then “Repeal,” then “Let’s Beg the Courts to” deal with the great abomination they perceive the Affordable Care Act to be. But, I guess, elections have consequences. Now we have a Democratic a…

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Last month, union boss Everett Kelley, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, sent out a self-congratulatory memo to all of his members celebrating the election of Joe Biden and the return of Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. But rather than just …

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I would like to congratulate Mr. Huff for his reporting, revealing facts pertaining to the city’s decision to cancel the law enforcement contract with the county and hire the chief of police chosen 3 ½ years ago. You broke down a little of the city’s brick wall transparency policy. Like thei…

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Seeing the Olrando, FL, C-PAC Republican extravaganza made me think of the Chinese saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Most certainly the six-foot golden statue of their idol the “Donald” in all his magnificent glory with red, white and blue shorts and even his golden wand to bless…

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In my several years of serving as chief of staff here at Benewah Community Hospital, I have had the privilege of working with the entire BCH team to provide outstanding and compassionate care to our friends and family here in St. Maries. This past year has been a once in a lifetime experienc…

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The thing that baffles most opponents of Trump is that he and his supporters show a blatant disregard for facts. My understanding that factual and non-factual truths could coexist grew after a long period of intellectual dissonance between scientific and religious belief.

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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of the interior, refused to answer basic questions about energy and fossil fuels on public lands. Haaland had previously campaigned on eliminating oil and gas production in New Mexico and Biden has pledged to eliminate dr…

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I had decided to drive to Coeur d Alene on this past Saturday morning. It was a beautiful morning and as I was leaving town driving down Main Street. I saw a family walking up the sidewalk, one of them carrying a small child on their shoulders. I noticed as they were walking a woman with the…

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Please allow clarification of your recent editorial where you wrote of MA Democrat governor. The governor, Charlie Baker, of MA is a Republican. If he were a Democrat, the correct way he’d be called would be Democratic Governor (not Democrat) Baker. We do not call Republican governors, Repub…

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I am writing to ask for the public’s support and YES vote for the St Maries School District’s supplemental levy that is on the ballot March 9, 2021. This levy is a replacement for the current levy that expires June 30, 2021. It seeks the exact same amount of funding as the expiring levy prov…

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I was pulled over twice last week for minor infractions. I deserved a ticket for one, and received none. Instead, I was witness to two of the most professional officers I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.

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Courage isn’t something you think of when you’re talking about politicians. Indeed, if politicians are just supposed to be mouthpieces of their constituents, what courage is called for?

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This is the classic ‘he said’ vs. ‘she said.’ As with all these situations, the rest of us have no way of knowing who is telling the truth.

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When President Biden signed his executive order for a review and update to ICE enforcement procedures, he also put Operation Talon on hold. Operation Talon is a  nationwide ICE operation that arrests and removes convicted sex offenders illegally in the United States. The effects of this orde…

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My name is Tina McGann and I am the proud parent of three students at Kootenai High School. I am writing to you today to encourage voters to support Kootenai School District’s supplemental replacement levy March 9.

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First off, thank you Doug and Kristi Payne for your work at maintenance and facelift for the Loggers Memorial on Main Street. Yes, there have been those who have lost their lives in the timber industry and it is important to remember them.

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Gazette Record readers, if you have been watching the real news (FOX) you would be aware that Biden just allowed 12,500 illegals from our southern border into the USA, all with no health checks for COVID.

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“It takes a village to raise a child “ is a well-known proverb. It draws us back to the meaning of community and how important it is to get support from others for helping to raise our children. Kids will also benefit from being around different people and learning from other adults. In othe…