Guest Commentary


Life-changing student experience in Frank Church RNR Wilderness

What comes to your mind when you think about college? Did your experience include large lecture halls, dining hall food, pulling all-nighters to prep for exams, or maybe one too many nights of partying?

On July 4 fireworks enforcement: Zero tolerance by GPD for danger

Once again, Independence Day is upon us and the Grangeville Police Department wants to remind you that only safe and sane fireworks are permitted in the city limits. There is a zero tolerance policy toward the possession and use of fireworks defined as dangerous.

Farm Bill advancing forest health

Making up approximately 39 percent of Idaho’s land, forests have an important role in our quality of life and economy in Idaho. Environmentally, our forests are central to air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and they are resources for recreation.

Idaho Democrat chances good in November because candidates good

Idaho voters are presented with a clear choice in November: Idaho Democratic candidates who are committed to honest, open and well-managed government or the old regime of Republican politicians whose 20 years of power have devastated our economy and our education system.

Obama carbon rule hurts Idaho

Last week the EPA issued its new carbon rule, which requires power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005. Obama’s new rule is undemocratic, massively expensive, and it treats Idaho unfairly.

The call of the trail: Idaho beauty

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The influence of fine scenery, the presence of mountains, appeases our irritations and elevates our friendships.” Fortunately, in Idaho, we have many opportunities to benefit from fine scenery and reflect on historical, nation-shaping events that took place along Idaho’s trails.

Public involvement led to robbery suspects’ arrests: Working together, we protect ourselves

After our recent bank robbery, I felt it important to recognize the efforts of many people, businesses, and agencies that worked together to put a quick end to what could have been a long crime spree.

Your Health Idaho: Health exchange: right, from the start

Seven months after Your Health Idaho began operating, there are still myths and misunderstandings circulating about our state-based health insurance marketplace. Speaking as president of the Idaho Association of Health Plans and a member of the board of directors for Your Health Idaho, it’s time to set the record straight.

A vision for change at SHC

Syringa Hospital & Clincs (SHC) is commemorating a “Diamond Jubilee” year in 2014. Any healthcare enterprise or organization that’s been in existence that long owes a huge debt of gratitude to those who created, sustained, and adapted it to meet the constant necessity of change.

Citywide cleanup set May 27-30: Good neighbor approach the best

Guest Commentary

Our communities are connected chains of neighborhoods — from the people next door, to the familiar faces on our block to the businesses on Main Street.

Poll workers: Helping us vote

The indicators are all around us: mailboxes brimming with campaign material, candidate forums and signs springing up along the highway and in front yards. It is election season once again.

Leave Crooked River alone: USFS proposal would destroy mining history

By Idaho County Commission

As unbelievable as this may sound, your U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe, is going to straighten Crooked River. That’s right. Straighten it. We’re $17 trillion in debt but have millions of dollars to straighten rivers. Historical rivers. Natural rivers.

Fannie-Freddie wind-down will protect U.S. taxpayers

Beginning last year, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and I held a series of in-depth hearings on how to reform our broken housing market.

Volunteerism worthy of praise

With the generosity of Idahoans in our communities, it comes as no surprise that Idaho ranks among the top states in its rate of volunteerism. The boundless charitable spirit of Idahoans is worthy of recognition and praise.

Inflexible standards of Common Core

The family is the basic unit of society, the most local unit of government. Parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents may delegate this responsibility to whomever they trust. From the founding of our nation, parents have chosen the type of schooling that best fitted their children’s needs, based on personalities, family lifestyles and beliefs. The schools in our country were varied, having different aspects of education. No school was exactly the same. Choices of education ranged from public, private, parochial, homeschooling, to tutoring.