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 By Roger Lucas    Opinion 

Why are so many people angry?

Service people catch the brunt of angry people. They have to take it out on somebody, I guess. You constantly read of incidents of anger interrupting airline travel. Usually, it is some small inconvenience brought on by someone... — Updated 5/29/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    News

On the way to Skagway

It’s true; apples don’t fall far from trees. Over the years I have been fortunate to travel quite a bit. Now it’s my oldest son Paul’s time to travel. He retired a year ago and started planning a near five-month trip to Alaska. He... — Updated 5/22/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The watcher became the watched

Last Saturday was my 34th Colorama Parade. I will likely remember this one more than the rest. I had sat at my vantage point for over an hour before the parade started. It was really hot out. Just as the first part of the parade... — Updated 5/15/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Sunday is Mother's Day

We honor our mothers this week. This, of course, is something we should do all year long. I was born at the beginning of the Great Depression. My mother was a depression mother, the kind that is made of kindness and steel. She was... — Updated 5/8/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Where did those taters come from?

I decided to quit my job with Potlatch Forests and move to southern Idaho so I could see my future wife more easily and not have to drive 500 miles on weekends to see her. I guess that’s when I came in contact with Idaho p... — Updated 5/1/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Could a man be dog's best friend?

If a dog is man’s best friend, then why can’t a man be a dog’s best friend? I lost my little dog over a year ago. She had been with me for about 15 years. Now I don’t want to pick a fight with people who feel differently about pets... — Updated 4/17/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Where have all the "ohs" and "ahs" gone?

Ohs and ahs were the favorite two words uttered in the early days when visitors viewed Grand Coulee Dam. My first experience with the dam was in 1948, when a couple of buddies and I escaped the halls of our high school for the day... — Updated 4/10/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Jobs suitable for kids

When I was growing up in Palouse, I always had a job, or two. One of my early jobs wasn’t one of my best. In fact, it was often dangerous. We had a small bowling alley, six lanes if I remember correctly. I set pins. We didn’t hav... — Updated 4/3/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Buck kicked the bucket

One of the things we liked to do when growing up in Palouse was go to the Washington State College baseball games. We really didn’t care about the game, but we went to see baseball coach Buck Bailey kick the bucket. Buck came to WS... — Updated 3/27/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Listening for that whistle

Answering an advertisement started my love of the railroads. I saw the ad in our hometown newspaper, The Palouse Republic. The ad was seeking people to apply for menial labor on our section of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The... — Updated 3/20/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

You can skate anywhere

This is about ice skating. I wish I could claim to be good on a pair of ice skates. But, no luck. When I was growing up in Palouse, we were able to ice skate on the Palouse River. It would nearly freeze solid so there wasn’t m... — Updated 3/6/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Gotta watch the Zags

We are a Gonzaga household. Not the usual kind of specific fans. For instance, I don’t focus on the individual players. I don’t know them by number and can seldom identify any of the players while watching the games. I leave tha... — Updated 2/28/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

The advanced design

Winters in Palouse were much worse when I was growing up than what they are experiencing now. I can remember when we got our first refrigerator. That was in 1938. My mother was still using it in 1971. There was an emblem on the fro... — Updated 2/21/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Ribbons, medals, and trophies needed for future wrestlers

They better start making them soon because Lake Roosevelt will be winning them. Look ahead seven years or so and a new batch of wrestlers will be ready here. Victor Landeros, with the help of parents, is preparing 50-60 kids to... — Updated 2/14/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Those early postal days

Box 92 was our portal to the outside world. I was fascinated with what I could do through the mail. They were the days of the Penny Postcard and the thrill of receiving mail, addressed to me. My aunt Voe was the postmaster at... — Updated 2/7/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

This is a friendly place

I attended last Friday’s senior night at Lake Roosevelt High School. The place was packed and the Raiders won all three basketball games. I went to support my great grandson, Damon Landeros, who is a senior, and who has played f... — Updated 2/1/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Those basketball seasons…

Palouse was the easternmost team in the Whitman County basketball league. We usually ended up as one of the top teams in the league. Colfax, the county seat, and the largest city in the county, was often the leader. So when... — Updated 1/24/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Just a taste of winter

We are finally getting an idea of what winter is all about. It was decided that the playoff game at Buffalo was important enough to play Monday, despite the weather. However, the last week was hardly a blip as far as winters go.... — Updated 1/17/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Idaho wagon train massacres

While traveling in Idaho, we ran into a group of wagons doing a reenactment of the Oregon Trail days. Those on the wagon train reported how much fun they were having. It was a far cry from two wagon trains that ended as massacres... — Updated 1/10/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Made those resolutions yet?

How about making an effort to visit a national park this year. It’s a great way to rebuild your appreciation of our country. We have three great national parks in our own state and a couple of others within a day’s drive. One of... — Updated 1/3/2024

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

I'd take a small plane anytime

My love for flying in a small plane came gradually. The first small plane ride was when I lived here the first time, in 1954. I was a lumber grader at the small planer mill above the dam. There was a guy working on the crew who... — Updated 12/13/2023

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Watch out for the Mormon crickets

America has a love affair with ghost towns. I’ve visited several, but the most memorable is Silver City, Idaho. Silver City is about 75 miles south of Boise and is probably the most significant thing in Owyhee County. This c... — Updated 12/6/2023

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Family and other views

First Lady Rosalynn Carter died last week. She was 96 and under hospice care at her home in Plains, Georgia. Her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, 99, is also under hospice services in his home in Plains. The Carters have... — Updated 11/29/2023

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

It's all about family

Thanksgiving is about family. Without family Thanksgiving is just another holiday. This year, Kim, our youngest daughter, is coordinating the Thanksgiving dinner. She lives in Louisiana and arrived here on Monday. Each year the... — Updated 11/15/2023

 
 By Roger Lucas    Opinion

Three times no thanks

I first met Mr. Sis when I took my shoes in to get them half-soled. Sims had the local shoe repair shop in Palouse. His daughter Delores was in my class at school and a close friend of mine. Not of the dating kind of friend, just... — Updated 11/8/2023

 

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