As of Tuesday, November 28, 2017
[In response to Nov. 22 issue guest opinion] What high paying jobs are Rep. Erpelding and Sen. Buckner-Webb going to create? Are they running a business out of the state capitol? If you want to support high-paying jobs in Idaho, you will support a business-friendly environment of lower taxes and less regulation. You would support the free enterprise system. You should place more trust in people than in the government welfare system.
Where has your defense been in protecting our public lands from the effects of gross mismanagement thanks to environmental lawsuits? If you really care about our public lands you would support a complete revamping of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Equal Access to Justice Act and the Endangered Species Act. You might even support cooperative public lands management with the federal government to find solutions to our challenges at a state and local level. You really want better paying jobs? Recognize the potential of our public lands as a renewable, sustainable resource to benefit Idahoans who live here.
You want better education? Let parents have a choice in education and provide tax credits or vouchers so parents can seek alternatives to failing public schools.
Mr. Erpelding, you and Sen. Buckner-Webb may be sincere in efforts to bring discourse to the politics of Idaho; however, the press will never let this happen. Are you willing to call the press out when they mischaracterize their Republican counterparts? That would be true bipartisanship.
Lastly, it sounds like you both want a better world to live in. Then how about we first support a culture of life, because everything you claim to care about has to be supported by life. While we’re at it, how about we support a culture of traditional families and family values, which recognizes this as the fundamental building block of society. If you want a better world, support policies that support families; it is as simple as that.
Republicans would do well to support these ideals and challenge the Democrat leadership on theirs.