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There is much grist for discussion in this week's Boise Weekly.

First, on Page 6, we feature a guest column from Rich Evans on the controversial practice of "faith healing." Evans is Boston-based manager of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for the Christian Scientist Church.

So-called "faith" healing has been much in the news this spring, with debate at the Statehouse over whether to remove exemptions to child neglect laws in Idaho state statute for parents who opt for religious-based medical treatment for their children rather than traditional health care options.

We have examined the arguments for removing faith healing protections ("Idaho's 'Faith' Healing Dilemma," Features, March 15, 2016), now Evans offers another perspective--that the practice has helped more than it has hurt, and laws protecting its continuation are appropriate.

On Page 7, we take a spin through the recently released searchable database of the Panama Papers—the historic leak of 11.5 million documents detailing offshore financial dealings going back almost 40 years. What we found were a handful of Idaho addresses, including one belonging to a Meridian man who, like so many others, had no idea his investments had ended up tangled in the same complex snarl of shell companies, trusts and offshore havens as celebrities, politicians and even criminals.

On Page 8, BW Staff Writer Harrison Berry investigates opposition to raising the minimum wage and how—at least in some cases—the rhetoric doesn't match the reality that many companies and business owners don't see a wage hike as a job killer.

On a lighter note, BW film guru George Prentice gives his take on two films due to hit the Flicks, BW Associate Publisher Amy Atkins shares two of her favorite British detective shows currently streaming, and Berry takes the advice of two top Boise chefs and visits a pair of downtown destination restaurants to put their roast beef sandwiches to the test.

From faith healing to film and food, don't say we didn't give you anything to argue about on Facebook. That's why we're here.

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