Guest Commentary


Idaho Land Board: Record performance demonstrates endowment, funds benefit us all

The earnings from Idaho’s endowment trust lands and funds – which we oversee as the Land Board – totaled $330 million in fiscal year 2014, a record achievement that is relieving citizens of part of the cost of funding important functions of state government and putting Idahoans to work...

Vets needed to help VA services

The men and women of our Armed Forces face many challenges as they protect our nation. Because of the unique challenges they face and solemn sacrifices they make, Congress must support the needs of service members both on the battlefield and upon their return. The recent exposure of the mistreatment of veterans seeking assistance through the U.S.

Otter delivers on bad expectations

When Cecil Andrus was governor, he stopped his “Capitol for a Day” trips during campaign season. Why? It was unethical to campaign on the public dime.

Zero tolerance of rape

Commit to uphold human rights

Injustice is alive and well in Idaho. Month after month, Idaho has made national headlines for willfully ignoring the sexual abuse and rape of people in prison and in the university system.

Federal taxes at an all time high, but ...National deficit still out of whack

Some may view the recent reports of increased tax revenue being paid into the U.S. Treasury as a sign that our economy is picking back up.

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

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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.