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Digging for dirt isn’t pretty (access required)

Five people associated with Hewlett-Packard were indicted last week for their role in an aggressive campaign to track down the source of internal leaks to the media. As a journalist, it’s pretty funny to watch. After all, the folks at ...

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Rivalry and respect can go hand in hand (access required)

Competition and rivalries don’t have to be bad. Do you treat your business competition with respect? Do you send them business when you can’t meet their needs? I learned that lesson as an athlete and it spills over into the ...

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How can your newspaper be better? (access required)

One of my favorite challenges in this job is putting myself in your shoes each day as I grapple with these questions: • What do readers want to know? • What do readers need to know? • How should that ...

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Eating crow on Democrats, property taxes (access required)

Crow is an acquired taste — a little gamey, but its hint of recalcitrance is easily washed down with beer. Crow also goes well with another acquired taste — warm humble pie. I know because I had big plates of ...

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Couple sticks with retail for the long haul (access required)

Susan and Don Benedict sell products that people tend to be enthused about buying, and they do so in a simple, face-to-face way. Their new venture, Eagle Toys, opened last month in the Clocktower development, 1580 E. State St., Eagle. ...

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It takes a man to be a boy (access required)

When I lived in New Mexico, my best friend and I spent an hour or two together each week. Lunch and conversation took up the first third of our weekly meeting — jokes, basketball and horsing around on the playground ...

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Newspapers battle over legal notices (access required)

The hefty proceeds from a little-noticed government regulation are the subject of a fierce battle between some Idaho businesses. That battle has received little attention from the state’s newspapers because the companies doing battle are the newspapers themselves. The battle ...

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We overlook the right to silence (access required)

“Hey, who are you?” I looked up and saw a man in his late 40s or early 50s, staring at me with angry, questioning eyes. I turned away and ignored him. “Hey, why are you taking pictures? Who are you?” ...

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Mayor defends public transit record (Guest Column) (access required)

I’ve been a little reluctant to respond to IBR Managing Editor John Foster’s June 26 Marketplace column, “Message to Boise Mayor David Bieter: Make public transportation cool, hip.” After all, who could take issue with John’s main point: that developing ...

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Boise Chamber needs back-up (access required)

In a few weeks, Idaho legislators will travel to Boise to take up an issue that affects the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of the state’s residents. These residents are paying more than they should, are putting up ...

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