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Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 11:29 am

An NFL player recently made the news. James Harrison, a Pittsburgh Steeler, posted on a social media site that his boys would not be keeping their "participation" trophies. And of course this caused a reaction, pro and con, throughout the country.

For those of you unaware of participation trophies, it is the norm today to give every member of every team a trophy at the end of the more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:34 am

To most of us, August represents the dwindling of summer. Kids are school shopping, college students are abandoning their bedrooms for dormitories, and most summer vacations exist now only in our memory. But the reality is, we have considerable quality weather remaining for our exterior projects.

If you had planned on painting your home exterior this summer, whether do-it-yourself or contract more

Machele Hamilton
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 1:27 pm

In Idaho, the name Martin O'Malley may not ring a bell. He is one of the democrat presidential hopefuls whose primary rival is Hillary Clinton. While Mr. O'Malley may not be receiving much press coverage here, I think it is time that someone talks about him.

Last weekend Mr. O'Malley was speaking at a liberal conference in Phoenix, Arizona. During his talk, he said, "Black more

Machele Hamilton
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 5:33 pm

As you may have noticed, it has been months since my last writing. Of course there have been numerous subjects that normally I would have taken great joy in dissecting, but my life situation kept me from having the opportunity.

You see, about a year ago, my husband started feeling that something just wasn't right. He saw his doctor multiple times, and the best they could come up with was a more

Machele Hamilton
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 9:42 pm

I spend a lot of time knocking on doors this time of year (election time) and from years of doing this I have learned many things. First, in today's world, everyone is suspicious of anyone knocking on their door. I find this sad, but the reality of our world.

Second, it doesn't matter how many "welcome" signs adorn an entry, it does not mean you are literally welcome. Third, more

Machele Hamilton
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Facebook is one of the most popular social sites today. It has crossed generations, class, gender, race, religion and politics to became the first true melting pot of social media. It is rare today to find someone who doesn't know what Facebook is, and most have their own profile.

Facebook spawned a new language while affecting relationships. It renewed friendships, restored family ties and more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 5:19 pm

When I was younger, I would dream about a female president. I couldn't wait for the day women were recognized as every bit as capable as their male counterparts. Of course many more years than I could have imagined have gone by without a female in the white house, and now faced with the potential prospect of it, I can only pray that it does not happen.

I remember clearly the night Barack more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:25 pm

There is a lot of arguing back and forth right now regarding the minimum wage. Should the minimum wage be raised? If so, what amount would be fair? Is the purpose of the minimum wage to sustain a household? Or does the minimum wage serve only to give unskilled workers a start in the labor force?

Most of my adult life, I have been an employer rather than an employee. Of course this leaves me more

Machele Hamilton
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm
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Time marches on as they say, but never has that fact been more obvious as it is right now to myself and a group of friends. This weekend, we will celebrate our 40th class reunion. Yes, four oh, 29 plus eleven, twoscore, four decades, no matter how you describe it, it is still a long time!

The Vallivue graduating class of 1974 is gathering to celebrate this milestone. (And in case any of you are more

Machele Hamilton
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:57 am

I spend a lot of time talking about interior paint color trends, but since it is still exterior painting time, let's talk exterior colors. When you spend decades in an industry, you see the trends come and go. After this long, I can absolutely say it is true that everything comes back in style sooner or later.

One of the main color trends reappearing (remember I am talking exterior now) is more

Machele Hamilton
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

I have always had the attitude that creating a living space you love cannot carry a price tag, especially if you intend to remain in your home. But as real estate picks up, people naturally become more transient, and the return on your investment becomes more relevant.

So what remodeling project is worth it? Hands down, maybe not everyone's first choice when it comes to home improvement, more

Machele Hamilton
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Everyone can complain all they want about the Idaho Legislature, and what they will and won't get done, but they scored big in my eyes this past week, as the speed limit was increased on rural interstates. I know there are naysayers out there, people already drive over the limit and this will just be a free pass for even more speeding. I say...EXACTLY.

Most of us will never even notice the more

Machele Hamilton
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm

I have finally found some time to revisit the happenings at the Republican Convention. As I am sure most of you have noticed, it is still very much in the press, with something new being added almost daily. I am going to try and explain in the simplest manner possible what led up to the events of the convention. In most cases, THIS IS MY OPINION, simply what I have experienced being involved in more

Machele Hamilton
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 8:01 pm

All week I have wanted to write about the Republican Convention that was held last weekend, but it seems it was getting more than enough press on it's own. Headlines, almost every day since the convention wrapped up, have proclaimed the level of discourse; drama filled, divisive, dysfunctional, a total meltdown, full of consequences.

While I absolutely agree with some of these descriptors, more

Machele Hamilton
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 11:38 am

The entire country is talking about Bowe, and here in Idaho, people seem to have a definite opinion since the Bergdahls live in Idaho. We have watched the story for years, not quite understanding everything, and always hoping he would come home one day and all those questions would be answered.

Well the day has arrived, he is coming home, but instead of questions being answered, the entire more

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Machele Hamilton is a wife, mother, painter (structures, not canvas), youth leader, fundraising fanatic, and writer for the Idaho Press-Tribune. A strong, outspoken individual, who looks at life with a practical eye, and a humorous heart. E-mail her at

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