Grassroots or Astroturfing?

In his recent Jan. 13 Coeur d’Alene Press opinion piece titled “Grassroots Politics,” Kootenai County Republican Central Committee chairman, and self-proclaimed “common sense” man, Brent Regan, brazenly trumpets that: “At the 2022 Republican State Convention, the...

The IDAHO Attorney General Courts Danger

As far back as I can remember, transitions in the Idaho Attorney General’s office have been rather seamless and non-political. The manner in which I took over the office from David Leroy after the 1982 election is typical. I informed the entire staff that anyone who...

Circus Act Becomes Sinister

Just when you thought the circus known as the North Idaho College board of trustees couldn’t possibly make its big tent bigger and pack it with even more jaw-dropping acts that defy belief, the three ringleaders pulled off the seemingly impossible. In three meetings...

Should Idaho subsidize religious schools?

The president and CEO of Mountain States Policy Center, which styles itself as an “independent, free market think tank,” recently floated a thought piece on how to improve Idaho’s public school system. First, MSPC contends we can restore faith in public schools by...

Honor Vets by Learning about Democracy

OPINION: Americans can honor veterans by doing their democracy homework Every year on Nov. 11, Americans gather at Veterans Day observations to honor and thank America’s veterans for their service to the country. It is certainly right and proper that they do so, but...

IFF misinforms about education initiative

The ill-named Idaho Freedom Foundation, which essentially owns and operates the extremist branch of today’s Republican Party, wants to destroy the Gem State’s public school system. As recent as Aug. 8, IFF President Wayne Hoffman repeated his demand for the state to...

Beware the insidious manipulators

If someone accused you of being brainwashed, you would: a) Punch them in the nose b) Try to destroy them on social media c) Accuse them of being a bully and then cry your eyes out d) Carefully consider why they might think that The correct answer, of course, is a)....

Tribute to Mike and Sholeh Patrick

It is with great gratitude and enthusiasm that the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Board of Directors pens this guest opinion in honor of our dear friends Mike and Sholeh Patrick as they take their next journey in life to the great state of Florida after...

Standing up to the BULL(ies)

On April 30, I was driving home from work about 6:30 p.m. As I was about to leave I-90, exiting at Post Falls, a Navy Blue Ford Explorer came so close to my back bumper I was afraid to use my brakes to slow down my car, so I coasted uphill on the exit ramp. The car...
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