Our Gem: Keep your butts out of the water

Cigarette Butts in Storm Run Off November is typically the rainiest month of the year in Coeur d’Alene. That also means our storm drains are put to the test each fall. Storm drains are meant to help remove rainwater from streets and highways to reduce flooding,...

Real GOP, where have you gone?

Thanks to the Press for its recent editorial outing David Reilly and Brent Regan. Those of us who have lived in North Idaho longer than 20 minutes (in my case 40 years) know exactly who Brent Regan is. Like the newer clone, Ralph Ginorio (who somehow gets to peddle...

Mob Tactics Undermine Public Discourse

Bully tactics have no place here When I look at the yelling, anger and even alleged threats by some people at local government meetings or toward specific government officials, I’m dismayed at what is happening to governance and civility in our community. Our...

MASKS: Medical unity missing

On Thursday, the CDA Press reported that Kootenai Health is in “a transition to crisis standards of care.” Yet the same day, despite our hospital’s dire situation, I was appalled to visit a large medical clinic in Coeur d’Alene where not a single staff member was...

Let’s hear options before deciding

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners created an optional form of government review committee (OFGRC) comprised of volunteer citizens. The meetings are available on YouTube. I viewed the June 30 meeting. The purpose of the OFGRC is to study the permitted forms of...

Clearing Up Levy Disinformation

I first began to pay close attention to the Post Falls School District in 1995. Overcrowding in the elementary schools led the district to propose moving the kindergarten students to the old Frederick Post building. Half of the building served as the alternative high...

Support Post Falls School Levy

I’m writing today as a parent of three kids who have been/are being educated by the Post Falls School District. My two daughters began their education at Seltice Elementary and both are graduating from the University of Idaho this year with honors. My son is currently...

Social workers’ role

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 713,200 social workers in the USA with hundreds being employed in Idaho. Many of you may have people in your lives who are social workers. Although you may know a social worker, you might wonder, “what...

Community schools deserve support

Many Kootenai County residents felt dismay at a recent My Turn by the Chair of the local Republicans and his 70 Committeemen (Any Committeewomen?) They proudly worked to defeat the supplemental levies run by the local boards. Thankfully, the levies all passed but one,...
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