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Priorities on education, economy; majority party distracted, focused on harmful legislation

Guest Opinion

The first month of the Idaho legislature has ended and it’s clear that education continues to be the top concern amongst Idahoans. However, it remains unclear if it is a priority during this session. The majority party has either been distracted with their own internal quarreling or has focused on legislation that harms Idaho’s national reputation and damages our economy.

Opportunity for every Idaho child

Guest Opinion

We are pleased that Governor Otter’s number one recommendation in the Jan.9 State of the State address was to honor the commitment that has been made to fully fund year three of the Career Ladder salary allocation model.

Time wasting to stop Medicare bankruptcy

Guest Opinion

46.3 million Americans aged 65 and older and 9 million who are disabled, receive health care through Medicare, which is at serious risk if changes are not implemented

Session so far doesn’t touch actual problems

IDP statement:

So far, the majority party has kicked one of their own off of her committees, dealt with two weeks of internal squabbling, and proposed bills that don’t even touch on the actual problems that Idahoans face.

Choice matters for Idaho families: National School Choice Week, Jan. 22-28

Guest Opinion

In our country, we love to customize, whether it’s a new addition to the house or the colors and fonts surrounding our text messages. We choose everything, from our line of work to our preferred place to grab lunch (where we probably customize our lunch order). So, it’s easy to understand why parents want more choices in their children’s educatio

Addressing the college, career part of Idaho’s public education system

Guest Opinion

As we near the midway point in successfully implementing the 20 recommendations from the 2013 Task Force for Improving Education, it’s time to turn our attention to the postsecondary part of Idaho’s K-through-Career education system.

Fix health insurance marketplace

Guest Opinion

Word on the street: Some Idaho lawmakers want more health insurance regulations after consumer complaints about new, exorbitant out-of-network costs and the failure of some companies to pay claims. A real solution: Legislators in Idaho and elsewhere should remove insurance regulatory hurdles, including coverage mandates and market barriers.

Idahoans leading in volunteer service

Guest Opinion

The quiet service and giving spirit of Idahoans are among the many blessings I am counting this holiday season. A recently released study from the Corporation for Community and National Service (CNCS) further confirmed the prevalent service in Idaho communities concluding that Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for volunteer service.

Why I want a ‘perfect’ Christmas

Guest Opinion

I pretty much lived an idyllic childhood. Every holiday, every milestone, every event was special. I have to be careful, as an adult, that I don’t let my childhood ruin Christmas for me.

No veteran should face homelessness

Guest Opinion

No veteran who has served our nation should return home to face homelessness, but yet it is happening. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports there were 49,933 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2014.

Give all Idahoans a raise in 2017

Guest Opinion

During the last five years, Gov. Butch Otter and the legislature have raised taxes and increased the size of the state budget by a third. And it sounds like Otter is gearing up for a repeat in the 2017 session. He recently told a crowd that he has no plans to propose tax relief. Willing to listen to ideas, yes. But that’s about it. That’s not the conservative leadership Otter promised when he was first elected governor in 2006.

Native American tribes have shaped history

Guest Opinion

The Native American tribes of Idaho have helped shape our state and national history and their perspective helps guide advancements.

Understanding promise of America

Guest Opinion

So, the Democrats want to hold the incoming party accountable. They might start by understanding what America is. That America is the opportunity for the individual to achieve their dreams.

Price lock way to secure IFG funding

Guest Opinion

Your license dollars are critical both to daily wildlife management, and in the legacy of wildlife conservation that started in Idaho more than 75 years ago.

New thinking on old tech for secure future

Guest Opinion

By encouraging this research, we are working to ensure the U.S. never faces a day when our reliance on highly networked technology leaves us vulnerable to attack.

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