Guest Commentary



Foster parents serve kids from heart

Why do foster parents do what they do? A common misunderstanding is that foster parents are paid to do this difficult work. While it’s true that they receive a “reimbursement rate,” it is just that: a reimbursement. It’s not income.

May 31, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Reducing mental health stigma key to supporting healthy communities

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.

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho needs veto override amendment

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.

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Celebrate mothers in heaven, earth

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.

May 10, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

2018 governor campaign starts now

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.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Clearing mess of overregulation

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 We must continue to work to clean up outdated, overregulation and stop federal control from creeping into more aspects of our lives.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Catastrophic logging threatens national forests

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.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Democrats worked hard to find partners

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.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Don’t wait; use the good China

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.

April 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Secure Rural School payments: Federal obligation must be met

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.

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

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