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A note from the editor

In a normal year, January marks when I stop following one team sport — college football and the Boise State Broncos — and start following another one, the Idaho State Legislature. This isn’t a normal year. Due to COVID, the ...

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Idaho Legislature shouldn’t punish postsecondary institutions

When Tom Mueller grew up in St. Maries his logger father hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. A guidance counselor urged him to become an airplane mechanic. But his math teacher asked if he was going to become ...

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Grocers could face a tough time in the coming year

COVID-19 has been the catalyst for incredible grocery market growth and e-commerce adoption. Sales at Idaho-based grocer Albertsons increased by 11.2% during the fiscal second quarter and its digital sales during that same period grew a staggering 243%. At Walmart, ...

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Creating strong communities — together

Successful partnerships between businesses and nonprofits are the key to building successful communities. It takes all of us — large companies, small businesses, individuals and altruistic nonprofit organizations — to help our most underserved and vulnerable populations overcome the challenges ...

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HOA boards should operate more like a business

Many Idaho homeowner associations lack adequate resources to operate like a business, and a volunteer board member ends up wasting an enormous amount of time on concerns that divert their attention away from key concerns.  All too often, associations are ...

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A note from the editor

A lot of people are quoting the rock opera Tommy these days: “I’ve got the feeling ’21 is going to be a good year.” (Don’t say, “It could hardly be worse.” It can always be worse, and I’ve learned not ...

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Are Boise’s local businesses going the way of the dodo? (access required)

One pillar of microeconomics is that competition is good for consumers and — perhaps less often acknowledged but just as important — competition is bad for competitors. Another pillar is that innovation drives economic growth, by introducing into the market ...

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WWAMI essential to training state’s physician workforce (access required)

Like many young people, I had ideas about what my future would look like without much knowledge about how to get there. I was born and raised in Idaho and graduated from Eagle High. Soccer led me to a small ...

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A note from the editor

I’m going to tell you a secret about the newspaper industry. The reason we all do Year in Review and Year in Preview articles is that there’s usually not a lot going on news-wise this time of year, and reporters ...

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Use Idaho’s excess revenues to save lives, not more money

What if you were hanging on the edge of a cliff and your friend leaned down and started rapping hard on your fingers, at the same time telling you it will be all right? Unfortunately, that’s what some Idaho politicians ...

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