Guest Commentary


Proper role of ‘standards’ in education

In Idaho, and nationwide, there has been intense focus on the Common Core state standards.

Embracing new approaches to achieving recovery, resiliency

The State of Idaho and Optum are working together with one goal in mind: to transform the outpatient mental health and substance use system to better help people reach recovery and ensure that valuable tax dollars are used effectively.

Babies dying, mother’s lives at risk

Planned Parenthood has initiated plans nationwide to install what are called “web cam” facilities in all of the states. In Idaho, we have convincing evidence that they want to implement web cam facilities in our state, as they have already done in Iowa. If this becomes a reality, web cam abortions could be done here.

Idaho needs great teachers

Effective teachers are essential to student achievement and success. Providing competitive, professional-level salaries is critical to recruiting, developing and keeping great teachers in the classroom.

Otter: Join Democrats to help workers

Eight years have taught Idahoans that we need to pay more attention to what Governor Otter does than what he says he does. Yes, Governor Otter, Idaho learns. But we have yet to see whether you and your administration does.

Idaho’s wildlife professionals to advocacy groups: stop crying wolf

It’s important for state agencies to understand and respect differing points of view. But when a few advocacy groups try to grab headlines by skewing Idaho Fish and Game scientific wolf monitoring data in ways that simply aren’t true, it’s also important to set the record straight.

OSHA: New rule for safety, save lives

When worker loses arm, who knows about it?

Pressing ahead in Congress

Considerable work is required in the 114th Congress to build the foundation for a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth. Improving our nation’s economic well-being —which includes reforming our badly broken tax code, reforming entitlement programs to ensure their solvency and establishing powerful budget controls — remains my number one priority.

Look up, Americans; it’s not as bad as you think

We are one glum country.

Nation shows clear need for comprehensive tax reform

One of my top priorities in the new Congress remains reforming our nation’s overly burdensome tax code as part of creating a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth.

Congressional, presidential squatters?

Endowment sections in Western states are not producing adequate funding for local education.

More mandates cost us all

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas the Obama administration dumped about 3,600 new rules and regulations on the American public that will likely cost business, industry, stats and communities hundreds of millions of dollars to be in compliance. Two that have substantial cost attached and also has the potential to affect Idaho water rights suggest closer attention.

The gift of good mental health

With the 2014 holiday season right around the corner, many of us are busy perfecting recipes, preparing for guests, and searching for the ideal gifts for family and friends. For many Idahoans, the holiday season is a time of renewing cherished traditions and creating special memories with loved ones. For others, keeping up with the hectic pace of social gatherings, shopping, family, and work obligations can place a serious strain on their mental health and well-being, leaving them feeling worn down and overwhelmed.

Keeping EPA out of your pockets

As if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overreach is not bad enough, the agency is trying to more directly reach into the pockets of Americans. Enough is enough. These oppressive tactics must be stopped.

Responsibility of governing

The American people sent a message Nov. 4, putting Republicans in control of the Senate and boosting our majority in the House. Now, it is our job to show that we can govern so we can restore the shaken confidence of our constituents and put the greatest country in the world on the right track.