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Education reform left to the states

There are those who think the education system is broken. Not just cracked, not broken in half, but smashed to a million pieces. These ideas are found in newspapers, blogs and websites across the nation – and in the demands ...

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The tyrannies of unexamined opinions

Historian Francis Tench Tilgham, commenting on the democratization of higher education around the turn of the twentieth century, observed that colleges used to be a place where “boys entered […] to learn how ‘to be’ rather than how ‘to do’.” ...

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Boise’s 30th Street redevelopment plan has anticipation, concern (access required)

Emily Yuen is keeping a close eye on development plans in and around 30th Street in Boise. As a nearby homeowner, small business owner, and chairwoman of the 30th Street Extension Committee, which is part of the Veterans Park Neighborhood ...

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Good news! People still want to work in the construction biz

Good news Idaho —  people are still interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry. I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking the same thing too. Yet, despite the smack down the entire industry has endured, it’s encouraging ...

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Out of sight, not out of mind

For a year now, John Boyd has worked to provide relief to injured and ill. He’s neither a priest, nor a doctor. And, he’s not a government worker. On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. Hundreds of thousands ...

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Saving the savings of the asset poor

People from all levels of the socio-economic strata participate in lotteries. We also know that low-income families are least likely to enroll in traditional savings institutions or credit unions. Further, low-income families rarely use savings vehicles such as IRAs, 401(k)s, ...

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Development codes essential for growth

Thirteen miles west of St. Anthony is a small intersection, Crapo Corners, on the Parker Highway near the famed eastern Idaho sand dunes. This non-descript intersection has nothing to offer the passers-by, but to the development committee that has been ...

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Enter the Young

Article XXIX [of the Constitution]: Every adult who needs it shall be given meaningful work to do, at a living wage. -Kurt Vonnegut If you’re young and voted for Obama, then you deserve to be unemployed. That’s more or less ...

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