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 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Be aware of rocks

A highway sign “beware, rocks” would have been better stating “be aware of rocks.” Those of us who have lived here for a bit are fully aware that we live in a rocky environment that has historical significance. My... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

The lady has lost her charm

Grand Coulee Dam isn’t what it used to be. I first saw Grand Coulee Dam in 1948. The dam was just 6 years old. Construction started in 1933 and was completed in 1942. Several seniors along with me had taken a couple days off from... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

I joined ITDF for $1

Somewhere between Honolulu and Tokyo flying at 35,000 feet I became only the third member of the International Tap Dancers Federation. I was enroute to Vietnam and had the lucky or unlucky seat next to a guy by the name of Tom... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Don't forget to take your shoes off

It’s been a long tradition in some homes to take your shoes off when entering. This was a common practice in earlier days when it was so easy to track in because everything around was dirty or muddy. Now most homes have cement... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Acts of kindness

During our lives we experience a number of acts of kindness that help make life more pleasant or easier. With the coronavirus here, we all have an opportunity to perform meaningful acts of kindness by observing a few procedures to... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way

 A short item in the Sunset Magazine caught my eye just as we were planning a quick early summer vacation. lt featured a bed and breakfast in Lamoille, Nevada, only a few miles from where Dorothy and I were married in Elko. Over... — Updated 5/6/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Rutabagas, turnips and parsnips

I never saw one that I didn’t hate. I hated the taste and texture and when possible I scraped them off my plate. These so-called vegetables were frequent dishes my mother prepared while I was growing up during the “Great... — Updated 4/15/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Local efforts make a difference

I just read a story that some 1,400 communities lost their newspapers in the last year. That’s to say nothing of papers publishing less frequently. These communities will feel the loss. People get their news now from a lot of... — Updated 3/25/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

I just got back from Tillmanville

Tillmanville? You won’t find it on a map. But if you are looking for it on a map try Elmer City. Elmer City could just as well have been named Tillmanville. The Tillman family has, and continues to be, a leading factor in this... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Good move for Electric City

Electric City will soon have a new city clerk. Peggy Nevsimal is leaving her post as executive director of the local chamber of commerce to accept another community challenge. It was a wise move by the council there. Peggy has... — Updated 2/26/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is a start

Deny! Deny! Deny! When it comes to climate change, that seems to be our current national policy. This administration has systematically turned aside most climate policy tasks set by president Obama. The climate change problem will... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Caught up in the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year kicked off Saturday, Jan. 25. It’s the year of the rat, which I could suggest was named for a number of people I could name! The lunar year is divided into 13 categories, all named for an animal. While travel... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Main Street was a big part of growing up

My earliest and most vivid memories take me back to when I was 6 years old. That was the year I started the first grade, and also when I started to get store-bought haircuts. My father, who could do most anything, cut my hair until... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

A politician you truly can admire

We live in a day when the caliber of our elected officials is in question. And for good reason as it becomes apparent that they continually lie to us, often when the truth would serve them better. I like a bumper sticker I saw... — Updated 12/13/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

The best candidates want to give back

There are a lot of reasons why people seek public office. Probably the best reason is when people feel the community has been good to them and they want to give something back. It usually, but not always, comes after families are... — Updated 10/30/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Rediscover your roots

Every once in awhile a person should visit his or her roots. I did so a couple of weeks ago, returning to Palouse, Idaho, where I was born and raised. It was the annual Palouse Days celebration, which occurs on the second weekend... — Updated 10/16/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Three weeks in a car with four kids - fun!

Try taking a three-week vacation to Houston with four of your children in your car. Actually, I can’t say enough what a positive experience it was. I had determined where we would be each night and made reservations so the... — Updated 10/2/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Working as wildfire support staff was hard work

Where would anyone be without the support staff? My wife and I spent two summers as part of the support staff for firefighters. We worked for Okay Cascade, a firm out of Bothell, that supplied food, laundry and shower services for... — Updated 9/18/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Gifts from a once-captive doctor

Sometimes new friends can result in strange gifts. I was in Vietnam just after the Tet offensive in 1968, partially to pry about the war and to visit parents of students I had met at the University of Washington. I had visited one... — Updated 7/10/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Port and Bureau: a public service study in contrasts

The next time you tee up your ball at Banks Lake Golf Course, take a second and say a word of thanks to the three Port District commissioners who made it possible. The three, Jim Keene, Gary Haag and Leonard Sanders, deserve some... — Updated 7/3/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

My Norwegian roots

My maternal ancestors go back to a farm near Lillehammer, Norway, where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held. Most of my mother’s family immigrated to the United States and to, you guessed it, Minnesota. My grandmother left Norway... — Updated 5/29/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Our last whitewater trip

It was probably my last whitewater rafting trip, maybe! A few years ago my wife, Dorothy, and I talked about taking a whitewater rafting trip, so I went to Leonard Taylor out in Electric City to ask him if he knew anyone who was... — Updated 5/1/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

A bigfoot of a different kind

This is a tale about Idaho’s famous “Bigfoot,” who was responsible for a number of stagecoach and wagon train robberies and killings. He roamed the desolate hills of Owyhee County and met his demise there. The name “Bigfoot... — Updated 4/17/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Mixing in with the powerful

This is about two politicians, both in their 90s, one who passed away last week and the other still going strong. Former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, 91, passed away last Thursday. He served Indiana and the nation well during his time... — Updated 3/20/2019

 
 By Roger S Lucas    Opinion

Learning that everyone has a story

This news thing that I have been doing started for me back in 1958. I had a number of successful journalism classes behind me, and my professor, Helen Wilson, had talked Idaho Free Press managing editor Jack Scudder into... — Updated 2/20/2019

 

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