Guest Commentary


Gov. Otter’s flip-flop on medical marijuana hurts Idaho’s kids

Here’s a study in contrasts and contradictions: Nine years ago, Republican Butch Otter proclaimed his support for medical marijuana. Yet this year, he vetoed a bill that would have let parents give their sick kids a treatment using an oil derived from marijuana plants.

Father’s Day: Encourage focus on men’s health

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the official awareness period of Men’s Health Week, which is June 15-19 — the week of Father’s Day.

Syringa Hospital helipad: Denial not the end; still an answer here

Pedestrians, patients, residents, travelers, business patrons, children, crossing guards, medical personnel. Vehicles, gas pumps, power lines, trees, debris, rotor wash, noise. Wind, rain, snow, sleet. City streets, Highway 13, U.S. 95. Distractions, human vulnerability, safety.

‘Unfair tax must be repealed’

Idahoans were on the hook for more than $26 million in estate taxes for 2013, according to U.S. Internal Revenue Service statistics.

As Maine goes, so should Idaho go

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of listening to a speech by a governor who really wants to make a difference by embracing, fighting for and implementing conservative, free-market principles.

Helipad decision: Where we go from here

The Syringa Hospital Board is disappointed that our request for a conditional use permit for a helipad across Main Street from the hospital has been rejected by the City of Grangeville.

Restoring forest health, jobs

As many of us in Idaho know firsthand, poor management of our national forests has devastated forest health and rural economies.

On EMT week: Helping people on worst day in life

It has started to happen! EMT shortages are occurring throughout most rural communities in Idaho and across the nation. Opinion

Idahoans fed up with dishonest distractions

The “You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Caucus is scrambling to justify the blunder that threatened $205 million in child support for Idaho kids.

May is Mental Health Awareness: Learn how to recognize signs, help

Everyone knows that if you have a sore throat or aching back, you go to the doctor to find out what’s wrong and to seek treatment that will lead to a quick recovery.

Extending SRS, fully funding PILT: Step in right direction; more work needed for feds to meet obligation

Extending Secure Rural Schools and Self Determination Act (SRS) payments and fully funding Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) is not a simple undertaking, especially considering the federal government’s overspending problem.

Helipad proposal: Good, viable solution for hospital

“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson is a parable about constructively dealing with change.

Kids deserve access to child support

It’s not right for Idaho children and families to lose their protections just to pacify nine far right committee members.

On May 7, Idaho Gives; will you?

It’s fair to say that we live in a fairly conservative state, where the values of independence, freedom, and self-reliance tend to shape public policy.

SRS vote: Debt still greatest threat

I was on the short end of a 392-37 vote last month on a budget-busting Medicare bill that adds at least $141 billion to our deficit.