Guest column: What matters most

It seems summer wants to take an early exit this year, and though it has been rather abbreviated, it’s been a pretty good few months of warm weather. I have been doing a lot of musing the last few weeks about all the things going on in our lives in recent months, and I am going to take this time to share some thoughts regarding what replays itself in this head of mine.

Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

A Secret Service police officer stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation minutes after President Barack Obama departed for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, just minutes after President Barack Obama had departed, the Secret Service said.

France joins U.S. against Islamic State

This remote camera screen grabs provided Friday, Sept.19, 2014 by the French Army's video and photo department ECPAD shows a Rafale jet fighter, partially seen at right, and a pilot fly over Iraq Friday. Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said. Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck the depot in northern Iraq on Friday morning, and the depot, which helped the extremist group launch operations, was entirely destroyed, President Francois Hollande said. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

PARIS (AP) — France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.

Staben inaugurated as U of Idaho president

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben holds the university mace while wearing the medallion and presidential hood during his inauguration ceremony at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dean Hare)

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — The new president of the University of Idaho called public universities “keys to U.S. prosperity” as he was inaugurated Friday as the school’s 18th president.


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