Guest Commentary


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.

Laying ground for state management

There’s a growing consensus that our system of federal land management is broken. It is not protecting forests, waters and range and it’s not sustaining local and regional economies.

Medicare 50th anniversary call to action for tough decisions, reforms

July 30th was the 50th Anniversary of the creation of Medicare, which has been of considerable importance to many Americans.

Maine expands gun rights while Idaho lawmakers balk

Idaho lawmakers should take note of what just happened in Maine. Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill that will let Mainers carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Hot and bothered about nature being nature

Spotted Owls are sluts. Polar bears, not so much. There is probably no good explanation why anybody would spend money to buy a newspaper to learn such drivel. But we are sure glad you did. And keep it up. Despite what all those self-help gurus claim, some habits -- like buying newspapers -- are good.

Work to improve veterans services

Throughout my travels across Idaho, I have heard loud and clear the frustration many veterans feel while trying to access the services they deserve.

Idaho had highest increase of any state in nation

Leader in raising taxes, hurting families

If you’re angry about Idaho’s new, higher fuel taxes, here’s a reason to be a tad angrier: The start of a new month brought gas tax increases to six states.

Doing better as land stewards

Idahoans know firsthand wildfire’s devastation. The most recent example is the Cape Horn Fire near the resort town of Bayview on Lake Pend Oreille. Hundreds of residents were evacuated last week and six homes destroyed.