Opinion

Observations on how a saying came to be

February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

They used to use urine to tan animal skins in the very old days, so families used to pee in a pot and then sold it to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive, you were, “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really poor folks, wh...

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Idaho needs to protect our school choices

February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

We have 13 children and our family schedule is inevitably chaotic. We’ve been with Idaho Virtual Academy for 10 years. Public school at home has met our children’s academic needs as individuals. Our daughter Moriah is the editor for the IDV...

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We need to wake up to corporations’ greed

February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Amazon, which doubled its profits and made more than a 11 billon dollars in 2018, won’t pay any federal income tax for the second year in a row.Soooo corporations are people. They can influence politicians with the money they don’t pay in t...

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Congress needs to make Alzheimer’s a national priority

February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

As Russ Fuicher replaces Raul Labrador as our representative in the U.S. Congress, I hope he recognizes that Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America, and that congressional action to fight it is essential. This is impor...

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LPOSD levy doesn’t add up under scrutiny

February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Let’s take a look at what LPOSD claims are some of the reasons it absolutely must have the upcoming $25.4 million supplemental levy. • Enrollments are well above projection, so more staff is needed. Fact: Idaho Department of Education...

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Being against levy doesn’t mean you hate kids

February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Mr. Thornton,Please help me understand how being against the school bond levy makes me a teacher hater, business hater, veteran hater, and public lands hater.1. I happen to be a business owner in Clark Fork, which you left out of the list. ...

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Wolf traps catching, hurting our dogs

February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

One of my dogs recently got caught in a wolf trap for the second time in the last few years. The first time it was a snare around her neck, which nearly choked her to death. This time it was a double flat spring trap that caught her hind le...

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Competitive salaries necessary to recruit, keep best teachers

February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

As a parent, I have seen first hand the high-quality education Lake Pend Oreille School District delivers. Just this year, the school district was recognized for increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests, as well as ...

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Help LPOSD continue its tradition of excellence

February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

One of the best hires we ever made is our current superintendent, Shawn Woodward. He was and still remains the right guy at the right time. Shawn’s skill set is packed with getting more with less. He is the definition of leveraging your tal...

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Cut top-heavy administration, expensive paychecks

February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

As a former school district employee I can testify that the district is not above a certain amount of chicanery. Years ago, just before one of their endless levies, one of our elementary schools actually hid all of their computers when the ...

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