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‘And then they came’

First they gerrymandered voting districts to rig elections in their favor. And I did not speak out Because the gerrymander benefited me. • Then they came for voting rights of minorities. And I did not speak out Because I was not a member of a minority and I could...

Love won

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the many phenomenal community members, volunteers, businesses, nonprofits, and agencies who stood on the right side of history at Pride in the Park and other CDA4Pride events. Those who refused to waver in the wake of...

FAREWELL: To our ‘more perfect Union’

Welcome to the new Theocratic States of America, where separation of church and state is dead, where women’s rights are stripped away, everyone can carry military grade weaponry without restriction, taxpayers are forced to pay for religious schools, and LGBTQ...

Does History Repeat Itself? An opinion by D. Rose

While they contemplated the descent of ancient governments, our Founding Fathers considered the potential collapse of our own republican form of government. Our founders took to heart the warning of Aristotle, how instability is brought about by inequality. They also...

KCRCC: The machine at work

Political machine. This is the phrase that came to mind when looking at the county primary results. The recommended slate of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) swept the field, electing new folks into new spots and sweeping out some incumbents....

State, keep an eye on NIC

Dear Members of the State Board of Education, Re: North Idaho College Many of you know me from my days as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and an original member of your Accountability Oversight Committee. I applaud you for taking a hard stand in your letter...

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...
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