Guest Commentary

 

Applause for Smith’s defense of constitution

Smith gave a memorable and earnest defense of the state constitution, not as an attorney doing a job for his client legislators, but as a resident of the state. It was he who realized in April that the governor’s veto was improper and that the constitution wasn’t being followed.

June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Improving relations with Cuba

The administration’s plan to roll back policy initiatives between the United States and Cuba is a missed opportunity for the country and a substantive blow to potentially lucrative markets here in Idaho.

June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Bill would extend Secure Rural Schools

I joined fellow Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and a large, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would extend payments under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, commonly called county payments, to rural counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands in Idaho and other states.

June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Mother’s view on vaccinating Idaho kids

As a mom who loves her two girls, I’d do just about anything to protect them. Our precious daughters, ages 16 and 11, are the center of the universe for my husband and me. To watch them laugh and play, you would never know these amazing kids have cystic fibrosis and bravely face daily breathing treatments and all the challenges that come with this harrowing disease.

June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Foster parents serve kids from heart

Why do foster parents do what they do? A common misunderstanding is that foster parents are paid to do this difficult work. While it’s true that they receive a “reimbursement rate,” it is just that: a reimbursement. It’s not income.

May 31, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Reducing mental health stigma key to supporting healthy communities

Mental health and substance use disorders impact an estimated 18,000 children and 54,000 adults in Idaho, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. You likely know someone struggling with mental illness or addiction and are aware of the toll these issues can take on individuals, families and communities.

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho needs veto override amendment

As the state Supreme Court gets ready to consider the fate of the sloppily vetoed grocery-tax repeal legislation, it’s increasingly apparent that Idaho’s constitution contains a major defect. That defect allows too much power to be concentrated in the hands of the governor and silences the voices of the people’s representatives in the Legislature.

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Celebrate mothers in heaven, earth

This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mama. Although I miss her, I don’t plan for it to be a sad day. She would not have wanted that. And though I am not sure yet what I will do, I have some ideas for those who are motherless this holiday.

May 10, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

2018 governor campaign starts now

In little more than a year, Idahoans will begin making their selections as to who will become the next governor. The exceptionally good news is, at least on the Republican ticket, candidates are already staking out their space (and there’s plenty of it) to the right of the incumbent governor.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Clearing mess of overregulation

Pushing back against excessive federal control is an unending responsibility. We must continue to work to clean up outdated, overregulation and stop federal control from creeping into more aspects of our lives.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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