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Auto workers in Lordstown, Ohio, are just one example of Americans who feel left behind as the companies to which they have given their lives walk away. Bringing back the good old days of manufacturing won’t work. Figuring out a new economic contract should be the focus of the 2020 president…

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Last week, Joe Biden came to Ketchum. As the Mountain Express noted in its coverage of the event, the fundraiser drew “a pair of low-key protestors” and a sign saying “Biden 4 Sale.” We, both 20-something active voters who care deeply about the future of this country, were those protestors.

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Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and all across the country.  Nationwide, there is a shortage of millions of affordable rental homes available to lower-income Americans, and the gap between the demand for affordable homes and the supply of new ones being built increases eac…

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As public lands in the West get more crowded with outdoor enthusiasts, the ranching industry must figure out how to coexist with more people and their pets.

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As an avid academic and an athlete, I would like to express my gratitude to Sun Valley for the wide array of recreational and intellectual enrichment that it makes accessible to the community. Whether through the wonderful Writers’ Conference, San Francisco Ballet or yoga at the base of Bald…

No matter what your political persuasion or party affiliation, I urge you to take a close look at Kamala Harris, who she is as a person and politician. She has recently written a book titled “The Truths We Hold.” If you don’t want to read the book, look Kamala up on the internet.

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Save money and help your local community and our environment by making one small change each week this month! I am eager to make small shifts in my life to help our local economy and environment. I challenge all willing valley residents to “do the right thing” and choose to make some changes…

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The myths that entangle the Sun Valley area are like bindweed, nearly impossible to stamp out. Just when it looks it’s gone, the invasive plant emerges and strangles its way through the garden.

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At an April conference, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, publicly committed to restoring Idaho salmon, and Gov. Brad Little announced a “salmon work group.” Little promised a new approach, saying with a smile, “I’m in favor of breaching the status quo.”

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In “Cadillac Desert,” Marc Reisner’s seminal work on water in the West, he called America’s Western farmers the country’s true welfare queens because of the money the federal government put into making their lives possible. That term, with a gender change to kings, could once again apply to …

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I work for the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Society as the historic specialist at the Stanley Museum. During this experience, I notice visitors always ask the same questions. These range from mundane to inquisitive, but perhaps the most common question is, “Do we have to pay to get i…

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The outdoor recreation industry has never gotten any respect. The nation’s leaders have treated it like a delinquent kid living in the basement.

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Earth to Mountain Express! Your view, “Earth to Ketchum” (Aug. 9), sounded like Joe Biden’s statement, “We choose truth over facts!” You are both wrong. The local-option tax is meant to provide the extra services required by the large influx of tourists, which outnumber the residents most of…

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Sun Valley has been part of the Mountain Collective pass, which essentially covers two days of lift tickets, for the past few years. In February, the resort announced that it would be joining the Epic Pass and dropping the Mountain Collective.

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There are so many competing priorities for new parents, which results in the necessity to navigate a steep learning curve immediately. From the minute that bundle of joy arrives at home, one of the chief concerns is how to ensure the child has the best start in every area possible: emotional…

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Earth to Ketchum: The city is in the travel and hospitality business. Without the taxes it generates, the city would look like a lot of wide spots in the road in Idaho.

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A wave of lawlessness has rolled into Ketchum and Sun Valley this summer in the form of roving cyclists who scoff at traffic laws. It’s time to stop that wave and make the streets and sidewalks safer by putting local cops on bikes for part of every day.

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Last weekend’s toll is 31 dead and more than 48 injured in a single 24-hour period from Saturday morning to early Sunday. Instead of a year averaging more than one mass shooting (of four or more people) per day, which is the current trajectory, 2019 should be the year the United States final…

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In a lot of ways, it’s been a rough year to be an Idahoan. In the last several months, citizens have had to fight to preserve their most basic constitutional rights. This was painfully evident during the 2019 legislative session. Idahoans asked the Legislature to implement Medicaid expansion…

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A wave of lawlessness has rolled into Ketchum and Sun Valley this summer in the form of roving cyclists who scoff at traffic laws. It’s time to stop that wave and make the streets and sidewalks safer by putting local cops on bikes for part of every day.

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Last weekend’s toll is 31 dead and more than 48 injured in a single 24-hour period from Saturday morning to early Sunday. Instead of a year averaging more than one mass shooting (of four or more people) per day, which is the current trajectory, 2019 should be the year the United States final…

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In a lot of ways, it’s been a rough year to be an Idahoan. In the last several months, citizens have had to fight to preserve their most basic constitutional rights. This was painfully evident during the 2019 legislative session. Idahoans asked the Legislature to implement Medicaid expansion…

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Just in case you’ve been living on another planet outside the Wood River Valley universe, or in case you’ve missed the highway signs, driving while talking on a cell phone is prohibited here.

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Recently, it was announced by Sen. Steven Daines, R-Mont., that he plans to introduce a bipartisan bill with Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., to protect communities from wildfire.

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A July 30 news update regarding the dump truck at Elkhorn Road and Highway 75 hitting the power pole and taking out two poles and the power for 1,400 residents for several hours importantly highlights the vulnerability of the electricity grid we rely on to keep our local economy going and ou…

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There are several reasons for Ketchum to deny PEG Capital’s recent PUD application for a proposed Marriott portfolio hotel at the intersection of Ketchum’s Main and River streets. Public comment and letters to the commission have questioned the developer’s need for waivers regarding hotel he…

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I am writing regarding the Flying Heart subdivision’s signs that claim that public parking is prohibited near the easements that allow access to the Big Wood River.

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The writer of the letter to the editor in the July 17 issue advocating senior transport to Twin Falls (“Seniors need Twin Falls transportation”) did a public service by bringing to light this serious problem for many seniors (and others, too) who cannot provide their own transportation to me…

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Moving agricultural research jobs from Washington, D.C., to the middle of the country might make some business sense. But risking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s hard-earned reputation as the world’s most unbiased repository of scientific assessments makes no sense at all.

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If the one word of investment advice 50 years ago was “plastics,” it has led us to the two words of caution today: bad habits. Plastics—in particular, single-use plastics—have become a habit of convenience and a worldwide problem. Problems of ocean and land pollution as well as the greenhous…

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OK, fellow citizens, here we go again.  A proposal for another hotel went before the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, July 29.  This is important to us all for the following reasons.

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For the past 38 years, my husband and I have been enriched by our walks along the river by accessing the Big Wood River via the two public-access paths in Flying Heart subdivision.

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We have the right to rely on our zoning laws to control what can and cannot be built in our beautiful town. As homeowners in Ketchum, we are not opposed to a hotel development, but are very opposed to the increased height, reduced setbacks and increased scale that the developer of a proposed…

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That your newspaper’s view leaning far to the left is nothing new and actually pathetic (“A president who tweets racist attacks is not worthy of respect,” July 12). In your view, it is OK that all four of the congresswomen call the president any name in the book without you condemning it. Th…

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Thank you, Norma Douglas, for your extraordinary tribute to Ruth Lieder in the July 24 edition of the Mountain Express (ad, Page 24). You covered her fascinating life and outstanding accomplishments perfectly.

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The dream of a college degree has been attainable for millions of veterans thanks to the GI Bill. With the advent of for-profit colleges, that dream has become a nightmare for many, one from which this nation should wake up before another school year gets underway.

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    The city of Ketchum is entertaining a $65,000 cut in the free Mountain Rides bus service that will translate into a $134,000 cut when matching federal grant money is lost along with it. The cut would reduce service and could endanger lives.

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Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has her share of critics across the United States, including quite a few in deep-red Louisiana, where the congresswoman’s far-left views make her a frequent target of conservative wrath.

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The past two years have been characterized by an inescapable sense of déjà vu. The last week, however, has taken the country back to a much darker place. We must resist sinking into the bitterness of the Vietnam War years.