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Reducing mental health stigma key to supporting healthy communities

Guest Opinion

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.

Idaho needs veto override amendment

Guest Opinion

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.

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Celebrate mothers in heaven, earth

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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.

Animal care access critical to Idaho agriculture

Guest Opinion

Access to quality animal care is critical to Idaho’s agricultural economy. But, too often, ranchers and farmers cannot access the care they need because of a lack of veterinarians.

2018 governor campaign starts now

Guest Opinion

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.

Clearing mess of overregulation

Guest Opinion

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 We must continue to work to clean up outdated, overregulation and stop federal control from creeping into more aspects of our lives.

Elections again? What’s the deal? Clearing confusion on consolidation

Guest Opinion

What the heck? Didn’t we just have an election? Indeed, we did! A recent question to our office leads me to believe that there may be some voter confusion out there regarding where, when and how elections are consolidated. Allow me to briefly explain.

2017 legislative summary: Idaho not as conservative as we think

Guest Opinion

The 64th legislative session will be remembered as the year we drew a line in the sand: Idaho Establishment vs. The People. My warrior ethos was put to the test this legislative session but I enjoyed the challenge.

Catastrophic logging threatens national forests

Guest Opinion

National forests across the West are facing dire threats from politicians, the timber industry and the Forest Service. The public is currently being misled into thinking that our forests are “unhealthy”, and that they need to be “restored” due to “beetle infestations” and “insect and disease.” All of this is euphemism to drastically ramp up logging on the forests.

Democrats worked hard to find partners

Guest Opinion

Our Idaho Democrats work hard to find partners for responsible, pro-business, pro-family, pro-Idaho policy. When the public shows up in force to affirm their support for issues that Idaho Democrats are championing, it gives moderate Republicans the courage they need to buck their party and do what’s right.

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Don’t wait; use the good China

Guest Opinion

As we clean out papers and glass (my mom loved pretty glassware) we are afforded a lot of good memories. The one thing that has made me feel particularly gloomy is my mom’s beautiful Noritake China.

Proposed medical school to reduce the lack of physicians in Idaho

Guest Opinion

35 of Idaho’s 44 counties are defined as rural, that’s nearly 80-percent and of those 35, 16 counties are classified as frontier counties. A frontier county is remote with its residents far from grocery stores, schools and health care.

Secure Rural School payments: Federal obligation must be met

Guest Opinion

The federal government’s irresponsible overspending that has resulted in a nearly $20 trillion national debt makes it increasingly difficult to ensure that the federal government meets its responsibilities. Comprehensive reforms that control federal spending and provide better certainty of the ability to meet these federal obligations are greatly needed.

Salvage Idaho’s forest family

Guest Opinion

An unreliable and constricted supply of logs has been the largest factor forcing mill closures in Idaho towns like Kamiah, Orofino, Coeur d’Alene and Elk City. Over that quarter of a century, some 7,500 Idaho forest dependent families have lost the employment, homes and lifestyle they once lived and loved.

Despotism in Idaho Legislature? Rep. Giddings takes a stand

Guest Opinion

This past week as I witnessed what I consider the abuse of power inside the legislature, I took a stand.

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