Guest Commentary


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.

In response: Choice, access: private alternatives can lower health care costs

Opinion by Stephen Akerman

I am always struck at how people use the good health impacts of medicine to justify forcing individuals to accept a government mandate. Ms. Margaret Henbest, and other supporters of Your Health Idaho, are doing just that (“Essential Benefits will help state residents stay healthy, control costs,” Feb. 5, Idaho County Free Press).

On voting preparation: Affiliation deadline is March 14

Very soon we will be in full swing as the election cycle kicks into gear once again. 2014 will prove to be a big election year with many local and state races beckoning voters to get out to the polls. Although the May primary may seem a long way off, here are a few things to keep in mind right now, as there are some early deadlines to pay close attention to.

State of the Union response:

Our country faces serious challenges

I watched President Obama’s State of the Union speech interested to see what his view is on the current condition of our nation and the challenges he plans to address in the weeks and months ahead. President Obama’s current economic approach seems to include adding to the tax and spending increases that have caused much of our nation’s serious challenges.

Idaho Freedom Foundation to legislators:

End corp income or grocery taxes

If Idaho lawmakers want to do something really bold and useful this legislative session, I have two suggestions. One of these is doable this legislative session, depending on how lawmakers proceed. Option one: Eliminate the tax on groceries. Eliminating the sales tax on groceries would save Idahoans somewhere around $170 million a year. This sounds like pretty tough and, perhaps, insurmountable public policy to put in place.