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Anne Wallace Allen is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.

Vote with your seat for air service (access required)

I’m flying to upstate New York for my college reunion next week, and I’m stockpiling work and reading matter on my Kindle. With stops in Minneapolis and Atlanta, it’s going to take me 13 hours to get there. But that’s ...

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Underground hot water is just the ticket for my Aussie visitors

I’ve always felt lucky to have many Australian relatives. Not only do I get to visit them, but I get to see them visiting Boise. Australia has a lot in common with Idaho, but you’d never know it if you ...

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A new outlook for lawyers

This week, as the newly moved-in staff at Concordia University School of Law showed visitors around their swanky downtown building, the New York Times was running another grim story about the job market for lawyers. The law school, Boise’s first, ...

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The spam that brings us together

Last Friday, in the middle of the workday, spammers used our family e-mail account to send out a bogus work-at-home offer. I don’t know how it happened, and I really don’t know why. But I know exactly when it started ...

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Discrimination is bad for business

I’m glad that Idaho lawmakers are finally taking animal cruelty seriously. Now I wish they could show that level of regard for members of their own species: Gays, lesbians, and transgendered people who are being denied the basic right of ...

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A hazy area of workers’ rights

I started my professional life in offices that were hazy with cigarette smoke. At one of them, the engineering company Brown & Root Vickers in a suburb of London, 25 smokers shared one large room. It was horrible, but overflowing ashtrays ...

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Easing the trauma of divorce

Boise attorney Michelle Michaud was just 3 years old when her parents’ marriage fell apart. This was in the 1980s, an era when the mechanics of separating a household and its children were still in their primitive stages. Michelle’s parents’ ...

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Turning the nightlights back on in downtown Nampa (access required)

As the season of film glamour and award ceremonies gets underway in Hollywood, a film campaign of a different sort is gaining ground in Nampa. Supporters of the downtown Pix Theatre have come up with a host of new plans ...

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Rollerdrome is a retro success story (access required)

The pace has picked up quite a bit lately at Nampa’s Rollerdrome, the oldest roller skating rink in Idaho. About 30,000 kids a month whiz around the Rollerdrome’s maple floor. The downtown 20,000-square-foot structure, which was opened in 1948, is ...

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