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Fracking brings out the worst in us

I’ve spent the last two decades of my life living in two states that take their relationships with the government to a logical extreme. One is Vermont, where no form of federal intervention is unwelcome. Vermont has a Democratic majority, ...

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Yet Another “Territorial War” in Idaho

Idaho has a rich history of conflict between those seeking their fortune and those seeking to maintain the status quo. An early Idaho explorer, U.S. Army Captain Benjamin Bonneville, reached a high point overlooking Boise in 1833 and marveled at ...

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Horseplay at work? Discourage it

My last column addressed the legal theory called respondeat superior, or “let the master answer.” As discussed, if an employee injures someone (or something) during the course and scope of his or her employment, under the respondeat superior doctrine, the ...

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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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Defining Class A office space

Is it Class A office space or simply “new, classy and with lots of cool doodads”? If you have considered leasing office space in Boise anytime during the last 20 years you probably have heard the term Class A. But ...

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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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U.S. Export-Import Bank walks the plank (access required)

The Export-Import Bank, a legacy of the New Deal that helps thousands of small businesses and some very large ones compete in foreign markets, teeters on the brink of extinction because it has become a symbol of big government largesse ...

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Protect your law practice from difficult clients

Keeping control of clients who become difficult to manage — and making sure you filter out the not-so-good clients in the first place — are essential to maintaining a successful law practice and holding onto your sanity. This can be ...

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