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Roberts letter: Health care

The call for transparency in the health care debate in Dr. David Pate’s guest opinion piece on July 8 is a welcome one, but his argument would carry more weight if he practiced what he preached. Why didn’t this hospital CEO talk about the outrageous cost of going to a doctor or hospital, or the budget-busting price of drugs? Why didn’t he talk about the vast amounts of money being made in the booming business of medicine?

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Rawlings letter: North Korea

To address the North Korean threat, the administration should consider treating China as we treated the USSR in regards to missiles in their client state of Cuba — i.e., if we or our allied nations are attacked by North Korea, we will consider it as an attack by China on the U.S. China will clearly understand that (1) they will lose (e.g., the relative number of available nukes between us and China) and (2) that the Koreas will be reunited as a democratic/capitalistic ally of the U.S. — a situation which China wants to avoid at all costs and will force them to contain North Korea. A similar policy could be made in regards to any nuclear technology/weapons provided by North Korea to third parties that result in a nuclear incident initiated by the third party.

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Marsh letter: Religion

Michael Howard had a letter June 26. His error begins when he talks about Christians following their appointed leaders. Generally right, but then he says Jim Jones “persuaded his entire congregation (900) to drink deadly poison.” Talk about rewriting history. Drinking the poisoned Flavor Aid was not really voluntary. A few were killed with guns. Do a search for “Jonestown.” Jones was a Communist deceiving his congregation.

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Medicaid allows this Boise woman to live her life

Kristyn Herbert, who has cerebral palsy, has her own apartment — and she's worried about potential cuts to Medicaid that could affect her ability to live independently. She relies on 24-hour personal assistant care.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Medicaid allows this Boise woman to live her life 2:23

Medicaid allows this Boise woman to live her life

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Elmore County Sheriff: Remains found in badger hole likely hundreds of years old

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Fighting the Detwiler Fire in air and on ground

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