Guest Commentary



Talking about March 13 school levy: What is maintenance of effort?

You may have heard the term, maintenance of effort, in talking to people about the upcoming school levy election. It is a term that the State of Idaho uses to describe the portion of money that is required to be spent on specific programs or projects before money can flow back to the schools from the government.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lay the foundation: Time for Idaho affordable housing

Access to affordable and adequate housing affects everyone — from young families to senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Affordable housing and a livable minimum wage are the foundations of economic stability, upward mobility and long-term economic growth.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Drugs, alcohol: When the party is over

In this last week, Idaho County has had two major drug overdoses of young adults. Both were found unconscious. What brings a young person to this place in his/her life – willingly and self-induced? The answers can be complicated.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Hindsight Tells Us Mandatory Minimum Sentences Don’t Work

As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. Unfortunately, in Idaho, hindsight can get you 10 to 15 – years in prison. Such is the legacy of our state’s mandatory minimum laws for drug offenses. With 25 years of data in hand, hindsight now tells us that mandatory minimums for drug offenses make no sense and should be repealed.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Christmas songs offer chance to increase your seasonal vocabulary

Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Support for a Constitutional Convention?

Idaho’s 64th legislative session is just weeks away from convening, and on the eve of a highly contested 2018 election, there are several polarizing issues waiting in the wings of the capitol. One of those issues is whether Idahoans support a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of amending our U.S. Constitution.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Beyond sexual harassment training

We must promote talent and ability wherever we find it - not hold it back. Incorporating sexual harassment training into our workplaces is one more step in publicly denouncing sexism and violence toward women.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Developing a skilled work force through registered apprenticeships

Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program is working so well St. Mary’s plans to set up a second apprenticeship for the same skill set.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


The value we place on education

The community has asked that the district spend its reserve money and do what it can to be fiscally responsible. I will tell you that from a new superintendent’s perspective, the district has listened and may have listened too well.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Teens, young adults and opioids: What parents need to know about prevention and intervention

By now we’ve all seen or heard the headlines: The U.S. is in the midst of a national opioid crisis that claims the lives of 91 Americans each day – one person every 16 minutes. Overdose deaths due to opioids, which include commonly prescribed pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine, are now responsible for more deaths in this country than car accidents or firearms.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Try, try again to pass ‘Adult Completer’

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” Fittingly, it was an educational writer (William Edward Hickson) who popularized this old proverb. The sentiment has a dual meaning when it comes to one of the recommendations of the governor’s Higher Education Task Force: the so-called “Adult Completer” scholarship.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Sustaining logging, strengthening families, boosting rural Idaho

I met Tim Christopherson of Kamiah and Mark Mahon of Council in 2014. They were in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the American Loggers Council, which represents the timber industry in Idaho and 29 other states. They told me about an inequity in the law that prohibits young loggers from learning their trade in family-owned mechanized logging operations under parental supervision. An exemption allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to work on family farms has long applied to young agricultural workers.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Time we brought proper management, balance to public lands within Idaho

The only thing putting our Idaho forests at risk are environmentalists like Jonathan Oppenheimer [in response to his Oct. 18 issue guest opinion]. Our public lands will not survive the misguided polices of his radical ideas and how fire is a good thing. If anybody is selling snake oil, it is Mr. Oppenheimer.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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