Newspapers: Independence in Idaho

Most newspapers in the mountain West are as stolid as the Rockies, reflecting the area's high respect for authority and stability and its opposition to rapid change. Idaho's papers are generally no exception, but one small weekly in Boise, with a circulation of only 3,500, speaks with a surprisingly loud and sassy voice. The Intermountain Observer prints four-letter words, opposes the war in Viet Nam, supports sex education and, even in a hunting-happy state, urges strict gun laws. A model of reasoned protest, it also assails shoddy meat inspection, inhumane prison conditions,...

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