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Carving out influence in redistricting; Eroding democracy in Idaho

Every 10 years voting districts must be redrawn to account for population shifts. The critical question: Who draws these new voting districts? In most states, the legislature draws the new districts, a fact that has proved harmful to democratic governance, because legislators draw voting districts to ensure their reelection and a manufactured party majority.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Special Education: Time for Idaho to act on its problem

As a parting gift before the new year, the Idaho Board of Education released a painfully grim picture for teacher recruitment and retention in its ironically named “Teacher Pipeline Report.” That report details a current, a woefully inadequate, current mechanism to attract and retain qualified teachers in the Gem State that is anything but a pipeline delivering the necessary flow of new talent.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Encourage vote on levy March 13

I would like to thank all of the people from the community who have worked to educate the public through social media and face-to-face conversation and to those who contacted me directly to discuss the upcoming supplemental election. The pointed questions and open discussion have shown me that the community is interested in the future of the school and also recognize the good things that the school is doing, to not only teach our children, but adapt to the societal changes that increase the burden on a difficult job.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lincoln Days: GOP proud to honor

On March 9th, Lewis and Idaho County Republicans will host statewide, congressional and local candidates as part of the Lewis & Idaho County Republican Party “Lincoln Day Dinner.” From now through the end of April, nearly every county Republican Party across Idaho will hold a celebratory event honoring Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president and the first Republican to hold that office.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Community efforts address health of forests, rural communities

When it comes to forest management, controversies about forest fires, litigation, clearcuts, and agency gridlock often dominate the headlines. But behind the scenes, Idahoans are writing several success stories that don’t often make the news. That’s a shame, because when the timber industry, conservationists and others work together, the results are good for Idaho.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Talking about March 13 school levy: What is maintenance of effort?

You may have heard the term, maintenance of effort, in talking to people about the upcoming school levy election. It is a term that the State of Idaho uses to describe the portion of money that is required to be spent on specific programs or projects before money can flow back to the schools from the government.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lay the foundation: Time for Idaho affordable housing

Access to affordable and adequate housing affects everyone — from young families to senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Affordable housing and a livable minimum wage are the foundations of economic stability, upward mobility and long-term economic growth.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Hindsight Tells Us Mandatory Minimum Sentences Don’t Work

As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. Unfortunately, in Idaho, hindsight can get you 10 to 15 – years in prison. Such is the legacy of our state’s mandatory minimum laws for drug offenses. With 25 years of data in hand, hindsight now tells us that mandatory minimums for drug offenses make no sense and should be repealed.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Drugs, alcohol: When the party is over

In this last week, Idaho County has had two major drug overdoses of young adults. Both were found unconscious. What brings a young person to this place in his/her life – willingly and self-induced? The answers can be complicated.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Support for a Constitutional Convention?

Idaho’s 64th legislative session is just weeks away from convening, and on the eve of a highly contested 2018 election, there are several polarizing issues waiting in the wings of the capitol. One of those issues is whether Idahoans support a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of amending our U.S. Constitution.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Christmas songs offer chance to increase your seasonal vocabulary

Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Beyond sexual harassment training

We must promote talent and ability wherever we find it - not hold it back. Incorporating sexual harassment training into our workplaces is one more step in publicly denouncing sexism and violence toward women.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Developing a skilled work force through registered apprenticeships

Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program is working so well St. Mary’s plans to set up a second apprenticeship for the same skill set.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


The value we place on education

The community has asked that the district spend its reserve money and do what it can to be fiscally responsible. I will tell you that from a new superintendent’s perspective, the district has listened and may have listened too well.

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


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