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Thursday 05/28/2015
Are Common Core, relativism connected?
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

Does Common Core have an insidious element of relativism in it, or an element that could lead to relativism? When I first heard about it, that is the first thing that came to my mind, and the more I learned, the more I questioned. Something to think about.

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Ride smart and follow the rules
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

So, is a bike a vehicle or a pedestrian? In Sandpoint, they are both — depending upon the choice of the cyclist. It’s dangerous for both the driver of the vehicle and dangerous for the cyclist.

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Protesters picked wrong time, place
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

The people who enter their vehicles in our annual “Lost in the ’50s” show on Saturday pay good money for the space they take up for said entered vehicles. I have never, ever, heard a single one of them really complain about this as they all know it’s what makes it work.

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Requests for personal emails inappropriate
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

In the 11 years I have been a member of the Lake Pend Oreille School Board, requests to examine public records have been few and far between. Since March, between them Dan and Kathy Rose have submitted six such requests, some of them requiring considerable — and costly — staff time to prepare.

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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Overpopulation is a growing problem
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

Every day, 340,000 humans are born on this planet; 10,800 of them here in the U.S. that’s daily, folks. My question is, why do we continue to freely reproduce when our species already overpopulates this planet?

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Another law for the children unnecessary
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

Taryn Thompson, ex-Hagadone News Network reporter, pictured with her husband and ex-husband on April 15, received a lot of ink regarding her comments which she and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter seemed to demand enactment. Thompson and Otter offer little information regarding the legislation. Otter stated, “Health officials have given the state a June 12 deadline to remedy the noncompliance.” Health officials pass laws? What treaties and what countries involved? If this is a U.N. affair, Sharia law is a major concern.

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Scott underappreciated for her integrity, ability
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

There’s something very wrong with SB 1067 child support legislation. Common sense indicates that if the government was truly interested in assisting children, it would be a simple process in providing the state of Idaho access to the database and procedure in collecting monies from deadbeat parents.

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More radical legislators are now marginalized
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

This has been a great time for good public policy and for the mainstream voter.

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Sunday 05/24/2015
Dyno the dog brings lots of laughter, joy
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:00 am

Paws up.

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Authorities could be more transparent
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:00 am

I so much appreciated your report of May 15, Lee Hughes, regarding the Farmin-Stidwell lockdown, presented from the parents’ point of view. I’m no journalist, but I thought it was excellent. Even though my kids are grown, and none of my grandkids go to school there, I empathized with these parents.

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City needs to use existing system
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:00 am

If you see a Sandpoint water meter reader, give them a big hug. In fact hold on tightly because they may be a leprechaun with the proverbial pot of gold!

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Where did all of the people go?
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:00 am

It is a shame that the state, county, or Idaho Transportation Department officials can’t count.

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People should be the ultimate power
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:00 am

“… Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these rights … ( “… certain unalienable Rights …”) … it is the Right of the People to alter … and to institute new Government …”

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Life Care Center goes extra mile
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 10:00 am

The Life Care Center in Sandpoint and their people deserve recognition for the level of care and the effort they put in daily.

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Community’s support is a true blessing
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

I was recently honored and blessed beyond any, and all, expectations by a sell-out audience at the beautiful Panida Theater, and the remarkable performances of a selection of my songs by so many talented friends.

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Concert was one of the best shows ever
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

I am so happy that I attended the recent packed show at the Panida honoring Charley Packard. What an line-up of talented musicians. It was one of the best shows I have experienced here in Sandpoint, and this town knows how to celebrate good music. Every song performed was one authored by Mr. Packard, and it seemed each performer did his or her best to honor the song.

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Show was tribute to Charley, community
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

My husband and I had the pleasure and the privilege to be in attendance Friday evening for the tribute and benefit to honor Charley Packard and his music at the Panida Theater.

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Why don’t railroads run at lower speeds?
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

So another oil train tank car explosion in North Dakota. No one hurt, just a small town evacuated. Cars carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. What would happen it that occurred on the Long Bridge or in Sandpoint or any other populated area?

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Reed’s contributions, grace will be missed
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

Almost 40 years ago I and former Sandpoint Mayor Gretchen Hellar attended a meeting in Coeur d’Alene to hear a simple man with a wonderful smile and demeanor speak. His name was Scott Reed.

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
We need to keep our state laws separate
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 10:00 am

The governor called a special session to deal with S 1067 which addresses international child support enforcement. Nine members of the House of Representatives raised questions about the details. They had exercised due diligence by carefully reading and studying this proposed legislation (the un-Pelosi approach to legislative responsibility).

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Why is Sandpoint being so heartless?
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 10:00 am

Recently an English newspaper (The Guardian) ran an article titled: “A tale of two killings: what happened when Idaho police shot a dog and a pregnant woman in one day”. (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/03/idaho-police-shootings-jeanetta-riley-justice-for-arfee)

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Infrastructure costs are still highway robbery
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 10:00 am

Infrastructure costs are still highway robbery.

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Sunday 05/17/2015
Otter and the Hague taxes
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 10:00 am

Want to see the short but succinct Idaho Bill S1067 evaluation? Google it at “Idaho Senate Bill 1067” and scroll down to the sixth item. You can’t miss it: “Guest opinion: Idaho needn’t bow to feds on child support matter.” (S. 1067) It only takes three to four minutes to read and then you need not read any other of the rants to form your opinion if you want to take the government bribe to continue as our current law permits. The United Nations, the Hague, Sharia law are appropriately mentioned.

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Idaho lawmakers misguided
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 10:00 am

Idaho lawmakers, including those representing Bonner and Boundary counties, are headed back to Boise for a special session on May 18 called by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to resolve a crisis in the state’s child support enforcement system.

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Deutchman’s Incorrect Assessment
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 10:00 am

Philip Deutchman’s hyperventilating letter to the Daily Bee and Spokesman-Review is an under-informed assessment of Idaho’s House vote on the 2007 The Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support Bill.

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Friday 05/15/2015
Molander, Lewis will lead district wisely
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

I’m now in my tenth year as a Lake Pend Oreille School Board trustee with the last three as board chair. I had the good fortune joining the board at a time when things were turning around and we were heading in a positive direction. We are now one of the top performing districts in the state. The list of accomplishments in the district is long. It wasn’t always like that.

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Rose, Cleveland are best candidates
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

The office of Lake Pend Oreille School Board trustee, although unpaid, is one of the most important positions in the county. I am not a resident of Zone 1 or Zone 4, but the composition of the school board affects all residents of Bonner County. On May 19 residents living in Zone 1 and Zone 4 have the chance to vote for positive change in the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

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Education is key to safe biking for all
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

Now that it’s May and National Bike Month, I was looking forward to riding my old Schwin, until an unrelated injury grounded me. So I’m on foot for now. Which is why I was stepping out on the sidewalk on Saturday morning to go to the first Farmers Market of the season. I had parked behind a building on Church Street across from the post office to take advantage of a shady parking spot, so I accessed the sidewalk a ways from the crosswalk alongside the building. I never imagined I should look both ways first!

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Thursday 05/14/2015
Molander, Lewis are a vote for quality education
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

School board elections traditionally have a low turnout, so every vote counts. Vote on May 19 as if your children or grandchildren’s future depends on it, because it does.

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Pair will ask the tough questions
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

At a time when the federal government’s tentacles are reaching into local education through mandated testing (SBAC and ISAT), we need people on the school board who question, not rubber stamp issues such as this that are brought to them for approval.

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Let the game begin on the school board
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

When asked at last night’s school board meeting in Hope, Lake Pend Oreille School Board Chairman Steve Youngdahl declined to answer the “bait and switch” question asked by Dan Rose.

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Candidates’ actions raise concerns
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

At the Lake Pend Oreille School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, there were several community members who spoke out about a perceived lack of transparency on the part of our school board and administration.

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Cleveland will be change to LPOSD
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

In Zone 4 of LPOSD, Geraldine Lewis is running for the position held by retiring trustee Mindy Cameron. Ms. Lewis is touted by some on the school board as the perfect candidate to replace Ms. Cameron. This is understandable because  she holds the same pro-levy-at-any-cost  and Common-Core-or-bust attitude. She will continue the status quo on this board.

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Rose, Cleveland are great choices
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

I’m pleased to give my wholehearted endorsement of Kathy Rose and Tom Cleveland for the trustee positions on the Lake Pend Oreille School Board, which are up for election on May 19.

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Is school board a closed club?
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Watching Lake Pend Oreille School District’s actions makes me curious. Why is the school board chairman campaigning for a man who didn’t want to run again? Is this an effort to keep only select people in place? Only the politically correct allowed?

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Common Core is damaging education
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Common Core threatens school choice and parental and teacher participation in education. Its implementation is ballooning curriculum adoption costs from $6,600 (2015/16) to $198,000 (2016/2017) (as per Lake Pend Oreille School District budget online). Data collection, weeks of testing and denial of access to test scores by parents and teachers are only a few of the reasons why I will not support any pro-Common Core school board candidates and why I enthusiastically support Kathy Rose and Tom Cleveland.

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Molander working for our students, teachers
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Instilling a lifelong love of learning in students at an early age is vitally important to prepare the children of today to become successful adults and leaders of the future. Happy and healthy communities depend of this.

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Common Core is hurting our students
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

As the mother of young children, I’m dismayed at what teaching Common Core in our school district is doing to our children’s education. What I’m seeing is that basic math problems are required to be solved in such a twisted and difficult way that kids are having a really difficult time trying to solve them. So, after a long day at work, my husband or I need to spend at least an hour helping our child, who is an otherwise excellent student, struggle through these ordinary math problems. This is so unnecessary.

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You pick: Fresh ideas versus the status quo
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

On May 19, there will be two choices for Lake Pend Oreille School Board elections:

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Cleveland, Rose offer a fresh perspective
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

I agree with Tom Clark’s letter (May 12, Daily Bee) about needing new blood on the school board. As the enrollment in the Lake Pend Oreille School Board continues to decline, it seems to be logical to make some course corrections.

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Tuesday 05/12/2015
Vote is important one for entire community
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:45 pm

The vote for the Lake Pend Oreille School Board trustee in Zone 4 on May 19 is important not just for the families with children in our school system, but for the continued growth and well-being of our entire community.

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LPOSD in need of fresh blood
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:00 am

The Lake Pend Oreille School District No. 84 is in dire need of fresh blood on the board of directors. Any organization that has unanimity of thought or fears dissenting opinion is ripe for decay. District 84 is reflecting the decay much as our two-party system of politics keeps offering up the same backroom wheelers and dealers like Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

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District needs leaders like Lewis, Molander
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:00 am

There are two candidates running for the Lake Pend Oreille School Board who are neither qualified for nor interested in serving the educational needs of this community. Kathy Rose and Tom Cleveland offer the voters a tea party perspective that includes substantial budget cuts.

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Let’s keep Molander on the school board
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:00 am

Like our lake and our library, the Lake Pend Orielle School District is extraordinary. People we respect, say school board trustee Joel Molander has done much to make it so. Let’s keep him on the job.    

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Trust and responsibility are issues to consider
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:00 am

Lake Pend Oreille is a consolidated school district with the responsibility for all schools and students large or small. We, the voting public, taxpayers, parents, students and staff at Clark Fork and the greater community have put our trust in the Steve Youngdahl-lead school board.

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Sunday 05/10/2015
Cleveland will curb district overspending
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

Dear gentle readers,

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Area well represented by Joel Molander
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

I am beginning my 12th year as a trustee on the Lake Pend Oreille Board. I have seen many changes and challenges in the education of our children. I respect and appreciate all my fellow board members and no one more than Joel Molander. Joel’s quiet ability to listen, reflect and guide decisions that affect the children within our district has been appreciated by all of us.

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Molander cares about our teachers, students
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

Bonner County schools were good when my children attended many years ago. Now they are even better, giving us one of the top school districts in Idaho.

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Lewis, Molander are right people for board
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

We stand firmly in support of Geraldine Lewis and Joel Molander for school district trustees.  Although I do not live in the districts currently voting, I have a stake in the outcome. A viable and well-functioning school board is united toward the goal of student achievement.

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Lewis, Molander are best picks for board
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

A reminder: school board elections are important.

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