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About ddxdx

A Family physician, former county coroner and former Idaho State Senator

Sorry Mark

I have found Facebook (now, I guess, Metaverse) in the past, at times helpful. It kept me in touch with a few old friends and it let me know folks were looking for some lost dogs. But I have deleted … Continue reading

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The Parting Glass

Tis the dark and wintry season. By the time you will read this, the days will have gotten as short as they will get, and the sun will be coming back. We have snow up here on the Palouse, though … Continue reading

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Marriage Counseling

Debbie Democrat and Ronnie Republican sat together on the couch in the counsellor’s office. They were both a bit nervous but were smiling. “So, what brings you here today?” the gray-haired chubby man asked. His bushy eyebrows danced above and … Continue reading

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The Heart of Idaho

When I was young, in my grade school days, my parents brought me and my sisters to the very western edge of this state. My grandfather’s ranch was just one ridge over from the Snake River, along the Wildhorse River. … Continue reading

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Personal and Public Health

I spent seven years trying to learn how to treat individual patients. The first few years were devoted to learning the anatomy, the pharmacology, the body systems, and their intimate connections. Then I got to work with patients. As a … Continue reading

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Waning means Forever

It seems the immunity provided by the Covid immunization diminishes over time. Now we are talking boosters. So, does this mean the immunization is worthless? No, but that’s beside the point for vaccine deniers. The freedom to choose trumps consideration … Continue reading

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Governing or Grandstanding

I remember my high school football days fondly. I remember that first freshman football touchdown I made and as I circled across the endzone I flipped the ball to the back judge who had both hands in the air and … Continue reading

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Idaho Grows

I grew up in a small town that exploded, faster than Meridian or Caldwell has, and that experience shaped me. I decided I wanted to raise my children in a town that didn’t suffer from such booms. But neither did … Continue reading

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Last Straw

It seems some healthcare providers are walking away from their jobs to maintain their freedom. This story about the little hospital in Dayton, Washington is a tearjerker, but on point. The State of Washington has mandated that they be immunized … Continue reading

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Revolution

I first ran for the Idaho legislature in 2010. If you can take your memory back to those times you might remember the Tea Party angry crowds that were so outraged at Obama. They made their move to change our … Continue reading

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