Guest Commentary


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.

America recycles … and so do Idaho County residents

Brrr! With the arrival of wintry weather, fleece jackets and gloves are a popular apparel choice.

Medicaid transformation in Idaho: finding solutions fitting our needs

Fundamental changes are happening in our health care system. Idaho hospitals are striving to attain better health and better care at lower cost, which will benefit all Idahoans.

Better conversation about children’s mental health

For the past 16 years, my husband and I have interacted with numerous child-serving systems as both professionals and consumers…. medical, education, foster care and adoption. So when our family was thrust into the midst of the Idaho mental health system three years ago, we thought we were prepared to navigate the challenging waters that lay ahead. But no amount of experience could have equipped us for our journey through a fragmented and, often, dysfunctional system.

Opportunity to change dynamic of business as usual

Lochsa Land Exchange

Sadly, in politics today we too often focus on efforts to disagree rather than engaging in the arenas of ideas to seek solutions to the challenges we face. It is in this arena where visions can be set forth and new horizons can be conquered together.

Clarifying issues on Forest Plans

I would like to thank Mr. Haverstick of Friends of the Clearwater for his opinion piece shared with many northern Idaho newspapers, including last week’s Idaho Free Press.