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Ordinary Americans believe that the U.S. befriends those with common interests, defends its friends against common enemies and stands with those friends after we’ve fought together.

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Ketchum and Sun Valley are in desperate need of a new chamber of commerce. Business has no united voice in those cities. It has had no voice at all since 2010.

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Since Patti and I moved to the valley in 1981, we’ve seen a lot of changes. The railroad was still here and I remember a train engine pulling a single car with lumber up to Ketchum. My kids were born in the old Hailey Medical Center that is now slated for community housing. During the should…

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It is apparent to me and many others that we need a new facility for the city of Ketchum’s fire engines, ambulances and personnel. We need a new facility for the people who come to our aid when we need it most. This is true—a fact that so many people have now come to appreciate.

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If Pence, Barr and Pompeo are dragged to the bottom with the president for their assistance in running a criminal enterprise out of the White House, how does the line of succession work?  The first female president (Nancy Pelosi) by default?

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It’s time for closing doors and windows and turning on gas heat and appliances. Since more than 500 people a year die from gas leaks, it is important to have a professionally qualified, licensed and with-a-permit and registered plumber test all gas connections.

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There are so many reasons to vote for Pat Cooley for Hailey City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Pat has served our community for many years in various capacities. He was a longtime Little League coach working with our children. He is serving on the Hailey/Wood River Rural Fire Department Consol…

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Citizens of Hailey are fortunate to have a council candidate who is willing to make sure that the concerns of our growing community and especially our Latino population are factored into all decisions by our City Council.

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There is an election on Nov. 5 in the city of Ketchum. Voters will choose two City Council members from the four candidates running for those seats. We will also have the opportunity to vote on the bond to pay for the new fire station in Ketchum. As a business owner and a member of Community…

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What is it with sheep? Why in the world is there a Trailing of the Sheep Festival in an area more famous for skiing than sheep? No Idaho license plate boasts, “Famous Wooly Ewes.” No bumper stickers state, “No Ewe Turns.”

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Earlier this month, numerous Idaho legislators attended an informational session put on by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network with Stanford Professor Bonnie Halpern-Felsher. She is an expert in the vaping phenomenon and traveled all the way to Idaho to give us the most recent …

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Under the traditional definition of socialism that requires government ownership and distribution of the means of production, the Scandinavian countries—Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden—are not socialist, as Democratic presidential contenders insist.  

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Ketchum is in the middle of a class conflict over the potential development of a new four-star hotel on Main Street that could strangle a more stable economic future.

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Few things are more thrilling to watch than thoroughbreds hurtling full speed around a track or more stomach-churning than one collapsing on that track, both front legs broken. Unless the racing industry gets more serious about addressing the latter, the former will and should be stopped.

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As a nation, we must stop doing too little too late when it comes to disappearing wildlife populations and climate change.

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For years, the United States has been wandering through uncharted territory. Now, with the opening this week of a formal impeachment investigation, the political landscape is familiar even if the eventual destination is unknown.

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As a nation, we must stop doing too little too late when it comes to disappearing wildlife populations and climate change.

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For years, the United States has been wandering through uncharted territory. Now, with the opening this week of a formal impeachment investigation, the political landscape is familiar even if the eventual destination is unknown.

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The wealthy, retired and those with incomes derived outside the Sun Valley area have a duty not to kill the place they ostensibly love.

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With construction of a Marriott Fairfield Inn scheduled for Hailey in 2020, the approval of yet another Marriott is pending in Ketchum. Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, told Reuters during the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin that his company expected to open a new…

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This year’s second annual Hispanic Heritage Fest in Hailey celebrated the Latino culture within our community during National Hispanic Heritage Month. It was wonderful to see dancing, music, food and traditions celebrated.

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Are you concerned about climate change, but feel helpless about what you can do about it? Something we can all do which is meaningful, easy and will also save money: Eat less meat—specifically, beef.

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The comment in the Miscellany II column concerning Broadford Road (“It is time to turn Broadford road into an expressway to bypass Woodside/school traffic”) is very misguided.

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As Ketchum officials face pressure from opponents to defeat development of a second new downtown hotel, they need to remember the city’s development history, understand its economy and embrace the virtues of hotels.

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"Transactional” is the word often used to describe the unique presidency of showman/real estate developer-turned-politician President Donald Trump. The meaning of this in the context of America’s highest office has become crystal clear. It amounts to a giant “Clearance sale—everything must g…

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The Blaine County School District Finance Committee is composed of community members, teachers and administrators appointed by the board of trustees. The board tasked the 2018-19 Finance Committee with reviewing and vetting the building and technology needs across the district for possible i…

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Saturday, Sept. 28, marks our nation’s 47th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day. Formalized by Congress in 1971 and signed as an official presidential proclamation by President Richard Nixon in 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day is a great opportunity to come together and recognize t…

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Judging by what has followed passage of a voter initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, some Republican legislators who opposed it are still more than a little miffed at voters.

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The editorial “Watch and learn” (Sept. 18) began by saying that if Boise can regulate short-term rentals, so can Blaine County and the Sun Valley-area cities. I believe that you are spot on. I recognize the harm that short-term rentals are dong to our community and know personally of hardwor…

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At the Sept. 16 City Council meeting, Ketchum residents were told to trust the system regarding the extraordinary waivers that Planning and Zoning had recommended for the proposed Marriott “boutique” hotel. Fair enough. But what has the system produced so far? City employees produced a repor…

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The fate of a magnificent Sawtooth Valley viewshed will be determined this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1, when the Blaine County commissioners decide whether to allow a homesite to be moved from a discrete location into a scenic expanse.

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As the Hailey Arts and Historic Preservation Commission, we are writing to thank Hailey Elementary for making a difference in our city with the newly improved public art on the Hailey Elementary School building. 

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The headline story in the Sept. 18 issue (“Planned hotel faces opposition”) was about the opposition to the proposed “Boutique” Marriott Hotel, and the significant waivers that the developer is asking for with respect to density, height, stories and setbacks. The illustration that the Mounta…

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Westerners were willing to give women the citizenship rights and respect as individuals available to men before the rest of the country was. That example should be followed now.

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The fact that Earth Day has morphed into today’s Global Climate Strike illustrates how acute climate change has become. Millions of students and others have organized events to protest climate change and to ask governments in nearly every nation of the world to act.

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A word of gratitude to those in the veterinarian and alternative medicine professions. Last week, we were given the opportunity and privilege of “setting our sweet dog free.” This is not the first time we have experienced remarkable care and sensitivity when faced with making the difficult d…

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As a concerned citizen of Ketchum I watched the Sept. 3 City Council meeting. The proposal for an ordinance change that could immediately affect the alley behind First Avenue between Sun Valley Road and Fourth Street caught my attention.

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Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for a drone attack that partly destroyed one of the major oil refineries in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis and Americans are pointing at Iran instead. The security of the world depends less on the who than on the how.

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You should not be fired for being black, being a woman, being Mormon or being gay. That is an Idaho value that nearly all Idahoans share. And yet, every year, Idahoans are fired for whom they love. They are qualified for their jobs, hardworking and highly skilled, but terminated because an e…