Guest Commentary


Running against the wind

Tuition reduction, cigarette tax proposal a long-term, difficult improvement

I am 29 years old, but I have been around public policy long enough to know that it is easier to oppose an idea than to build policy that improves lives. Why? Two reasons: • Opposition is faster: Less accountability to the public, to staff, and to partners; • There is no silver bullet: No policy solves every aspect of every complex problem.

Land exchange hearing to be ‘more riveting than football or politics’

Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, Grangeville will host Senator Risch’s hearing on the Lochsa Land Exchange (LX). It will be more riveting than any football game or political debate. It will be a national test case to determine if our society can prevent corporate America and the fuzzy thinking politicians from callously privatizing huge chunks of our irreplaceable public land.

WWP uses rancher’s death to make political hay

A fringe environmental group recently displayed its total lack of class, morals, ethics and intelligence by attempting to make political gain from the tragic death of Adams County rancher, Jack Yantis.

Stopping wave of area drug use

Guest Opinion

We know there are drugs in our town. We know these create problems in our town. We know people and neighborhoods who are affected by all of this in our town. We love our town. We hate to see any problems that negatively affect our town.

Winds of Change: County’s elk herd at a crossroads

The morning breeze has turned crisp around Grangeville. The birch leaves, now donning their fall colors are torn from the limbs by a wind that whispers with every gust of a coming winter. There is an unmistakable bustle about town. Local businesses are preparing for travelers from near and far as we sit at the cusp of an event that is a yearly ritual for our community:

Politicians use Idaho event to secure lavish vacations ... and it’s all legal

Yes, Donald Trump arrogantly proclaimed before a national TV audience that Hillary Clinton “had no choice” but to attend his wedding because of his previous contributions to the Democrat’s foundation.

Letter from an environmental jail

If you have not read Martin Luther King’s, “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” you should. Though I do not write from a jail I feel the cold hard floor of the concrete and the imposing presence of the dark steel bars that are encaging the West. We struggle for equal access to opportunity and a better way to live.

Looking forward to what is next

Newspaper people can be a little self-important at times: We get to spout on about how we would change things if we were in charge and, at times, we get to choose who we congratulate. We also use up newsprint and black ink when we retire.

Education lawsuit will force sweeping consequences throughout Idaho

The lawsuit announced against the Boise School District is one worth watching because it will have sweeping consequences throughout Idaho. While the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s complaint is directed at the Boise School District, it’s not the only school in Idaho where taxpayers are being forced to subsidize labor union organizing activities.

The Skunk Chronicles

You know when something happens and it has some humor but you can’t quite laugh about it yet? We had one of those moments Monday night, Sept. 14.

GROW healthy kids, communities

Look out across any school playground in your community and notice a harsh reality: about one out of every three children is overweight or obese.

Social Security’s gun grab must stop

The administration is stepping up efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights.

Education moving in right direction

Students all over Idaho are returning to classrooms with high expectations for the new school year. Our job as educators, parents, policymakers and citizens is to ensure they have high-quality opportunities to pursue and support to succeed.

Levy: School needs your help, support

Letter: Todd M. Davis KHS President, Class of 1992 Cleveland, Miss.

Considering the rich and vibrant history Kamiah schools have in producing talented, productive, and highly-contributing people who are working and living all over the globe, it’s disheartening to hear that a levy jeopardizes educational programs for students.

Labor using card check to swell ranks in schools

Idaho school labor unions, declining in power and membership, are now deploying big labor tactics to stay at the bargaining table, despite a state law many expected would curtail union power.