Author Archives: ddxdx

About ddxdx

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

Coroner Story:Visqueen

This call came in the late fall. Darkness would come soon. So, I set out before finishing my dinner with the girls. Martha would care for them. Light will fade. The sheriff’s dispatch lady said there was a dead body … Continue reading

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Deal

It seems Republicans everywhere want to have work requirements for people who receive Medicaid health insurance. Our governor has said he’s on board, as has the interim director of the Department of Health and Welfare. The legislature has long argued … Continue reading

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Coroner Story: The Scene

It’s not that I have anything against mobile homes. Folks gotta have a place to live. But I’ve had some bad experiences in mobile home parks as the county coroner. Is it the nearness to poverty? Is it the thin … Continue reading

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Dice

It had to come to this. Abortion is just one facet of the procreation die (singular for dice). Infertility is another. And for many, mostly women, procreation does become a dicey endeavor. So now, with a righteous Alabama Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Help

I always tried to help my patients. That didn’t mean always giving them what they wanted. I was trained to look to the goal of health. And then there is the law. It seems the doctor patient relationship is in … Continue reading

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Coroner Story: Disability

Earl is trying to talk me into seeing this as an accident. “See, he could have pulled the shotgun this way by the muzzle across the seat. With the truck canted over on the slope like that it would be … Continue reading

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Immigrants

The Idaho Republican Party is doing its best to keep all immigrants out. And I don’t mean the Border Wall, Shelby Park border fight. I mean you and me. Well, maybe not me. You see, I am a registered Idaho … Continue reading

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Numbers

Nobody roused a crowd talking about numbers. Images stir us. Just look at TikTok. But the numbers tell the truth. Maybe we just don’t want to know the truth. The brouhaha about how Idaho’s budget committee (Joint Finance and Appropriations … Continue reading

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Coroner Story: Another Gun

This call came right after dinner. Martha would wrangle the little girls to bed, I could go do the coroner business and keep being a doctor in the morning. I was chipper. I didn’t have to go far. It was … Continue reading

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Borders

Dale found this service both meaningful and convenient. The militia had discussed the southern border problem for weeks but had finally come to this compromise. The whole militia could have loaded up and gone down to Texas where they would … Continue reading

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