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Bring back Simpson and Bowles

The election is over. The result, which is “divided government,” is clear. But the “fiscal cliff” remains, and the projected drop to the bottom of the economic and political black hole beneath it looks more and more ominous. That is ...

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Lean: a new form of project management

As an interior designer, my focus has been on creating healthy and inspirational spaces for people to live and work. I often find it increasingly challenging to balance client needs with project constraints (budget or timeline) in the traditional construction ...

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Taxing online sales is a bad idea

I heard a rumor today that made me cringe. Rumors usually have a sliver of truth but I hope this one doesn’t. Apparently, the idea of collecting sales taxes from Internet businesses in Idaho is still alive in the Idaho ...

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I’ve got Powerball fever; how about you?

Wow. I’m so excited. What if I really do win??? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t gotten a lot of work done today – too many visions of what-if-I-win-the-Powerball dancing in my head. And it’s not just me. Our ...

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Until death do us part …

Depending on your point of view, the phrase “until death do us part” can either sound hopelessly romantic or like another way to say “albatross around my neck” – and no, I am not speaking of a traditional marriage. In ...

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Budgetary warfare on the edge of a ‘fiscal cliff’

The debate over the approaching “fiscal cliff,” the overworked term for the drastic belt-tightening imposed by the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, has misleadingly centered on raising taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of wage-earners. Both Republicans, who favor ...

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Don’t feed the seagulls

Have you been to the landfill lately? A recent trip confirmed that Idaho has an impressive population of seagulls, members of the Landfillasaurus family, thanks to an immense amount of gull food disguised as household and industrial waste. That trip ...

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Departing SBDC director has advice for entrepreneurs

Before he joined the Idaho Small Business Development Center in 1993, James Hogge flew fighter planes in the U.S. Air Force. His last few years overseeing the office that helps small business has weathered the same kind of turbulence Hogge ...

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HP Boise opens its doors to national media

Tech bloggers, product reviewers and journalists from around the nation typically converge on New York City or San Francisco when Hewlett-Packard invites them to preview a new line of printers.  On Nov. 13, HP rolled out the red carpet for ...

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Medical monopoly

The lawsuit filed November 12 by Saint Alphonsus Medical Center and Treasure Valley Hospital, a small nine-bed, physician-owned hospital, against Saint Luke’s Health System Ltd. promises to be a real scalpel fight. What for years has been a simmering competition ...

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