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Scientific research shows that wearing face masks cuts transmission of the COVID coronavirus by 50 to 60 percent. It follows that reducing its spread increases the ability of medical facilities to treat those who become seriously ill with the virus.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin figured out early on that in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, “no one has authority to do anything.” This isn’t what the Constitution anticipated nor what has to be. Congress, especially the Senate, should step up to stop the chaos.

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Just when it seems that the bungling in the nation’s fight against COVID-19 coronavirus can’t get any worse, it gets worse.

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Leadership is the ability to motivate people to do what they need to do to live in a civil society. The Hailey City Council just led Idaho by unanimously approving an emergency facemask law to try to stop the steeply rising curve of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Not wearing a facemask now could …

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Idaho will carry the everlasting shame of the state’s refusal to ban discrimination against all citizens including those who are lesbian, gay and transgender. But thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, that shame now will be history.

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The 5.3 million residents of Washington, D.C., are American citizens. They vote in what amounts to a fake presidential election because their choice has no effect in the Electoral College. They are without representation in Congress. This year’s holiday marking the founding of the world’s pr…

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The best thing Ketchum and Sun Valley elected officials could do for the local tourism-based economy is to spend public money to set up mask stations for visitors and launch a marketing campaign to urge them to wear masks.

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We don’t need denial. We need to use the tools we have, and a little common sense, to control the spread of COVID-19. We can create a sustainable new normal in reaction to a spring trapped in the house.

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Until the world has a vaccine against COVID-19 and until the people of the world are vaccinated, every newspaper editorial, every opinion column and every news broadcast should start with the words “Wear a mask in public places and practice social distancing.”

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At its best, architecture encapsulates the soul of a place. It mirrors the past in new ways or it looks ahead to a new future. It inspires people and engages them visually, all while being easily useable.

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Without a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, the only way the Sun Valley area economy can even remotely expect to get open and stay open is with tons of testing for residents, workers—and even visitors. Yet, that testing is nowhere in sight.

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Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and Sen. Jim Risch swam against the Republican current last week when they called on President Trump to oppose a move to restrict temporary visas for workers coming to the U.S. The move was logical, but not laudable.

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People in Blaine County had a front-row seat on the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the difference between people here and elsewhere.

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The universality of the coronavirus is showing why we should find better ways to think about how divides like race, geography and economics really affect all of us, and how we might think differently.

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The federal disaster relief received by businesses to date will not come close to keeping the nation’s economy from going splat. Unless Americans are willing to face social and economic wreckage on a scale never seen before, more is needed.

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Memorial Day is next Monday. It will be strange with no local ceremonies to honor military veterans who served in America’s conflicts. All were canceled because of the coronavirus, which can spread in large groups.

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“Don’t get mad. Get even.” The saying attributed to the father of one U.S. president has become the mantra of another. It is no way to serve the American people.

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Now that 25 of 28 public comments oppose a new 195-foot cell tower near Redfish Lake, will the Idaho Land Board pull the plug on it? It’s doubtful unless the opposition grows stronger.

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Memorial Day is next Monday. It will be strange with no local ceremonies to honor military veterans who served in America’s conflicts. All were canceled because of the coronavirus, which can spread in large groups.

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“Don’t get mad. Get even.” The saying attributed to the father of one U.S. president has become the mantra of another. It is no way to serve the American people.

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Now that 25 of 28 public comments oppose a new 195-foot cell tower near Redfish Lake, will the Idaho Land Board pull the plug on it? It’s doubtful unless the opposition grows stronger.

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The U.S. Postal Service has been a part of American life since there first was an America. If the Trump administration has its way, the Postal Service won’t survive the pandemic.

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Businesses and individuals are confused. They want to know what they should do as Idaho and local governments loosen restrictions intended to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Those governments could clear up the confusion by publishing health orders and guidelines in newspaper…

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Transactions seem like a simple and straightforward way get things done. It only works, however, if both sides are willing to deal. Before he hits “tweet” on his phone, President Donald Trump should remember that viruses don’t work that way.

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Simply asking people to cover their mouths and noses to stop the spread of coronavirus isn’t working. It’s time to make the use of masks or face coverings mandatory for all.

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COVID-19 is a curse and a gift. Humanity has no choice about accepting the first. Staying at home, as personally frightening and economically damaging as it is, shows us the rewards we can earn if we stop relying on burning fossil fuels.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic marched into the Wood River Valley, Express Publishing has been in a full court press providing all the information this community needs.

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The coronavirus COVID-19 has made the consequences of problems too long ignored increasingly obvious. It is also making seemingly outlandish proposals into obvious solutions.

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The coronavirus COVID-19 has horrified and humbled every person on Earth, with few exceptions, since it struck with lightning speed. Now that it has demonstrated its sickening killing power, we must figure out how to blunt its blows and live with it until we can eliminate it.

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Problems that are too big or too disbursed for a single jurisdiction to handle are, by definition, national in scope. Surely, the coronavirus pandemic qualifies. The federal government must step up.

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The city of Sun Valley put second things first by allowing a COVID-19 health order that had prohibited work at construction and landscaping sites to expire Sunday with no public deliberation and no ordinance in place with requirements that would protect workers.

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The more than 800 people who logged in to a virtual county town hall meeting Wednesday night saw glimmers of hope and heard cautionary tales about the COVID-19 pandemic that has unstrung life in our mountain towns. While a welcome tonic of solidarity, the meeting could not dispel the dangers…

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Stuck at home and distracted by coronavirus on an endless loop, Americans can be excused for missing the Trump administration’s latest broadside against the climate. Even some polluters think this one is misguided.

There’s a saying in journalism, dusty but true: Report the news, don’t become the news. On Friday morning, when The New Yorker published an online article about Blaine County’s coronavirus outbreak, the Idaho Mountain Express became the news.

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Today, the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide’s staff hit its 17th day in a row of pushing out news and information about the invasion of the COVID-19 virus. Staffers rose to the threat by doing the job of getting the facts out.

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Blaine County is Idaho’s canary in the coal mine. Yet, Gov. Brad Little is downplaying the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus and is stuffing his ears against the sound of the lessons learned in recent weeks in our hard-hit county.

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Americans love Westerns. Taciturn loners face down danger to save others, operating by their own moral code, alone. Time to put that myth away. Americans, isolated by the COVID-19 health crisis, should adopt a #WeNotMe attitude in the face of the economic fallout that will follow.