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Voters rejected Chmelik for his style

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If you’ve asked the people you know who voted why they think Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik lost, they’ve probably already told you what they’ve been telling us: Mainly, they just don’t like his style.

Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14

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As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living

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Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

Beyond revenue, marijuana legalization also brings new challenges, duties

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Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.

Mental health a serious local issue; help available for us, family, community

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Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, but rather participate with open minds with something that doesn’t just affect someone else – mental health issues do exist in our own family and friend circles.

Candidate forum format needs to change

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Is the candidate forum as we know it dead? Is public interest at such a low? Or is the tried and true method of finding more out about candidates in a public setting as relevant as a VHS player?

Base grizzly delisting on opinion of TV vampire?

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Celebrity endorsements: Harmless enough when famous faces are hawking cereal, cars or phone companies; much more insidious when it’s matters of significant public policy that national politics – often driven by the fickle fingers of public opinion — will impose on the West.

Public safety: EMS starts with dispatch; don’t do THAT while driving

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Public safety is on our minds this week; some unsung heroes to keep in mind, and a social activity you shouldn’t be doing while driving.

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Girl Scouts back flags to improve pedestrian safety

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With all the big, pressing, controversial, distressing issues out there, sometimes it’s nice to digress and just hit a few of the small ones. Ever given crosswalk flags a thought?

Splitting Kooskia off from district? Sheer lunacy

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Splitting off Kooskia from Mountain View School District 244 is not ridiculous or crazy as its board representative, Mike Dominguez, said at Monday night’s meeting. It is sheer lunacy, and it’s implementation – were patrons to be so foolish as to be led down that primrose path – would spell disaster for that community, and more importantly, its kids.

Evil travels US 95 — need for vigilance; supporting, monitoring police

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How close is too close? When the fugitive Kyle A. Odom, 30, was arrested for his alleged role in shooting a Coeur d’Alene pastor earlier this month, a portion of that news item perked our interest: After the incident, Odom drove to Spokane and headed south, and later the following day he boarded a flight at the Boise Airport to Washington, D.C. So what? Well, it’s a good bet his southern getaway route was U.S. Highway 95, meaning he traveled through a large portion of rural Idaho before the diligence of airport security allowed Odom — an alleged attempted murderer who contended Martians controlled the Earth — to continue on his delusionally merry way. But not before he likely passed by Cottonwood and Grangeville, and then right through Riggins. That’s close enough.

Before any firearms draft, district needs discussion, involvement of patrons

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School safety, and guns on high school campuses: The topic is so emotionally and politically charged that it seems unlikely that the matter can be brought down from the rhetorical heights – whether federal to local — which such adamant passions have driven it to. But it has to be if Mountain View School District 244 is to discuss its proposals for a firearm policy.

More than spuds: Idaho has much to celebrate

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You may love living in Idaho, but what do you really know about the Gem State? This Friday, March 4, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter kicks off commemoration of Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln’s signing the congressional act to make Idaho a territory on March 4, 1863.

Challenge GOP; need for political diversity

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Just so you know, next Monday, Feb. 29, filings open for state and county elected offices that Republicans will be filling come the November elections. That is, of course, if no other parties choose to file candidates.

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