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The good news about retiring later

Working has many rewards, and that’s a good thing. It sounds as if many Idahoans my age will be working for rather longer than they once expected. A new report from the local office of ECONorthwest looks closely at Idaho’s ...

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Nary a word about the real problem

Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has one message in his post-Senate life as a truth teller about the nation’s fiscal health. Simpson is preaching the gospel of budget and tax reform to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately the candidates for ...

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Signs of embezzlement

As a forensic accountant, I’ve seen egregious fraud committed over the years. After discovering they’re victims of embezzlement, business owners and board members invariably make two observations: 1. The violation of trust hurts more than the monetary loss. 2. Looking ...

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Small business, made in Idaho

Idaho’s relative isolation is hard on the people who would like the big-name stores seen in large cities. But it’s a blessing of sorts for Ron Hughes of Nampa, who makes regular runs to the Utah IKEA to pick up ...

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Corn ethanol in the hot seat

Until recently, the Pacific Northwest had not experienced this summer’s heat waves engulfing the country, making it easy to ignore the historic droughts and record temperatures happening elsewhere. With many of the nation’s corn crops withering, the ethanol industry is ...

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Time to try something new

It’s been a struggle to get my backyard garden in bloom over the last few years. Something’s holding the garden back from reaching its potential. It’s partly shaded by trees; that has something to do with it. We had an ...

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CEO: Grammar should matter to employers

If an applicant is seeking a job that involves writing prose, it stands to reason that he or she ought to know and obey the rules of grammar. But what about computer programmers? And what about technicians? Little of these ...

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In the words of the embezzlers

Greed and opportunity can drive people to commit egregious acts – like embezzling from an unsuspecting employer. What drives an honest person to do something so despicable–to commit acts a trusted person knows are illegal, immoral, and unethical? Criminologist Donald ...

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Mediation saves time and money

What comes to mind when you hear the word “mediation”? Many people think of court-ordered mediation when parties well into litigation settle near the courthouse door. Mediation is also used in divorce and in employment disputes. Mediation concepts have broad, ...

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Slow gains for parity on the bench

If you happen to find yourself grappling with a contested matter before one of Idaho’s 42 district court judges, chances are your case will be heard by a man. Once again, Idaho has come in last in a national study ...

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