Guest Commentary


Vocational training – is it enough?

Guest Opinion

We need a well-trained work force, on that most agree. But the current emphasis on vocational training and de-emphasis on ‘liberating’ knowledge such as humanities and the arts is a dangerous tradeoff.

Initiatives evidence that citizens disillusioned status quo to change

Guest Opinion

There is some irony in the precarious position the Gem State has found itself in. Despite setting a goal in 2010 for 60 percent of Idaho’s young people under age 34 to attend postsecondary education, the Idaho Legislature then decided the way to encourage young people to attend college is to significantly inflate the tuition costs for those would-be students in the subsequent years that followed.

In 2016, lawmakers must limit government, restrain spending and promote liberty

Guest Opinion

The thing that matters most — what we should obsess about in regard to the 2016 legislative session, set to begin Jan. 11 — is whether lawmakers and the governor will use the session to expand government or to maximize liberty.

Lands transfer doesn’t invalidate tribal settlement

Guest Opinion

The subject of the Idaho Forest Plan: The Idaho Forest Plan is a part of the Nez Perce Settlement of the Snake River Basin Adjudication.

Presents, presence, precedents: County a model for rural recycling

Guest Opinion

If the giving of presents is measured in pounds, area residents have presented Idaho County Recycling (ICR) with 3,480,483 gifts since 2009.

Let’s welcome refugees to Palouse

Guest Opinion

On Nov. 21, an estimated 700 people participated in a “Rally for Solidarity with Refugees in Idaho” at the statehouse. A friend who attended said “the crowd enthusiastically cheered the speakers and a large number of donations seem to have been collected for the refugees.”

Running against the wind

Tuition reduction, cigarette tax proposal a long-term, difficult improvement

I am 29 years old, but I have been around public policy long enough to know that it is easier to oppose an idea than to build policy that improves lives. Why? Two reasons: • Opposition is faster: Less accountability to the public, to staff, and to partners; • There is no silver bullet: No policy solves every aspect of every complex problem.

Land exchange hearing to be ‘more riveting than football or politics’

Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, Grangeville will host Senator Risch’s hearing on the Lochsa Land Exchange (LX). It will be more riveting than any football game or political debate. It will be a national test case to determine if our society can prevent corporate America and the fuzzy thinking politicians from callously privatizing huge chunks of our irreplaceable public land.

WWP uses rancher’s death to make political hay

A fringe environmental group recently displayed its total lack of class, morals, ethics and intelligence by attempting to make political gain from the tragic death of Adams County rancher, Jack Yantis.

Stopping wave of area drug use

Guest Opinion

We know there are drugs in our town. We know these create problems in our town. We know people and neighborhoods who are affected by all of this in our town. We love our town. We hate to see any problems that negatively affect our town.

Winds of Change: County’s elk herd at a crossroads

The morning breeze has turned crisp around Grangeville. The birch leaves, now donning their fall colors are torn from the limbs by a wind that whispers with every gust of a coming winter. There is an unmistakable bustle about town. Local businesses are preparing for travelers from near and far as we sit at the cusp of an event that is a yearly ritual for our community:

Politicians use Idaho event to secure lavish vacations ... and it’s all legal

Yes, Donald Trump arrogantly proclaimed before a national TV audience that Hillary Clinton “had no choice” but to attend his wedding because of his previous contributions to the Democrat’s foundation.

Letter from an environmental jail

If you have not read Martin Luther King’s, “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” you should. Though I do not write from a jail I feel the cold hard floor of the concrete and the imposing presence of the dark steel bars that are encaging the West. We struggle for equal access to opportunity and a better way to live.

Looking forward to what is next

Newspaper people can be a little self-important at times: We get to spout on about how we would change things if we were in charge and, at times, we get to choose who we congratulate. We also use up newsprint and black ink when we retire.

Education lawsuit will force sweeping consequences throughout Idaho

The lawsuit announced against the Boise School District is one worth watching because it will have sweeping consequences throughout Idaho. While the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s complaint is directed at the Boise School District, it’s not the only school in Idaho where taxpayers are being forced to subsidize labor union organizing activities.


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