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About ddxdx

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

Profiles

One doesn’t often think of politicians when the word “courage” is uttered, but we should. If our weak form of representative government is to preserve this republic, we need inspiration. Courage inspires; at least it should. John F. Kennedy got … Continue reading

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Half Baked

I have a good friend that teaches in an Idaho K12 school. We’ve had some warm days this last week as school started. Our house, a 1950’s model with no AC got up to 85 degrees a couple afternoons. I … Continue reading

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War

Susie ducked behind the faux marble column on the main floor of the Idaho Capitol as the projectiles whizzed past. It seemed like solid cover as she noticed the paint balls splattering the near floor and walls. “Paint balls?” she … Continue reading

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Exodus

The Washington Post reported last week that some hardline antiabortion states are finding difficulties recruiting Ob/Gyn doctors. I doubt Idaho’s rabid posture will affect our already low ranking for physicians per capita. We trail the country in this one. There … Continue reading

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Ab

We were taught in medical school to take an obstetric history from our pregnant patients or ones considering pregnancy. We were taught to ask of prior pregnancies and their outcomes. If there were miscarriages, they were called “spontaneous abortions”. That … Continue reading

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Socialism

I guess there’s little the fractured Idaho Republican Party can agree on, except maybe that both factions embrace conservative values and oppose socialism. Let’s see about that. Can we define socialism? There’s probably no agreement on that either, even in … Continue reading

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Politics as War

I remember Senator Bart Davis’ comment to the Idaho Senate, but more I remember my naive reaction to it. I can’t remember the context or his exact words, but it was something like “Politics is war, without the bombs and … Continue reading

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Gun Control

I got a call from a friend a few months back asking for a recommendation for a counsellor in our community. Their child was depressed. Suicidal thoughts were mentioned. I offered a name and my concern. I asked about guns. … Continue reading

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Seeds

I got my height in 8th grade. I was tall then, but the late bloomers towered over me by my sophomore year. Why in the hell did I move from ground-based sports to one that expected me to be tall? … Continue reading

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Words

The way the law is written in our state I am guilty of criminal abortion. I await the handcuffs. First, we need to define abortion. The definition of abortion in Idaho statute says “the use of any means to intentionally … Continue reading

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