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Slavery has existed throughout history. Slaves have come in all races, colors and genders. Slavery had nothing to do with race, color or gender and everything to do with money, power and education. As a general rule, slavery in our country was practiced by plantation owners. Plantation owner…

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Last year, as we all know, was fraught with unprecedented challenges. It’s as if our hospitals, schools and many of us were in a pressure cooker filled to the brim with one stressor after another. And it’s not over yet.

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During the American founding, one British general devised a little tune to mock the American colonists. He viewed us as backward simpletons too ignorant to appreciate British rule and sophistication. Despite the mockery, Americans still sing Yankee Doodle with pride today.

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An endorsement of Rep. Bryan Zollinger in Wednesday’s paper incorrectly stated that he had “sponsored” a bill to ease debt collections.

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On September 5, in the weekly commentary space extended to the Bonneville GOP, Party leader Bryan D. Smith authored a look at this November’s Medicaid Expansion Initiative. Unfortunately, Mr. Smith’s piece was not up to the task.

In the allotted 450 words, Smith referenced President Obama or Obamacare thirteen times. Several sentences were wasted on “fake news,” “false facts,” and “fake facts.” He also chose to throw in other charged code words: “left-wing group,” “progressive activists,” “inconvenient truth” and “bamboozled” (which I liked).

In addition, in the penultimate paragraph he attributed to the conclusion of a Goldwater Institute study a quote not there. The sentence quoted is found in the Executive Summary. (For those interested in reading the cited report go to the Goldwater Institute website and search the page for “Medicaid expansion.”)

What I did find in the report’s conclusion is this, “While further study and continued evaluation are needed, the big lesson for state lawmakers from Arizona’s experience is that the primary beneficiaries of Arizona’s Medicaid expansion are not the people, but the politically connected hospitals.”

My criticism may seem to be nit picking but I believe it speaks to what I see as Mr. Smith’s penchant for hyperbole. Was Mr. Smith just preaching to the choir? Does he not grasp the gravity of this debate? Perhaps, he feels that by using politically charged code words he can obfuscate rather than address the real issue. I don’t know. What I do know is the readers of the Post Register and the voters of Idaho deserve better.

At the suggestion of a friend, I recently attended a meeting of Reclaim Idaho. I found the attendees not “left-wing” zealots as implied by Mr. Smith but in fact earnest citizens advocating a solution to a serious problem. After the meeting, I decided to put my theater and public speaking training to use as a volunteer presenter. I was not “bamboozled” nor do I consider myself a “progressive activist.”

As an ardent admirer of former State of Washington U.S. Senators Dan Evans and Slade Gorton, though not card carrying, I identified as Republican. Twice I was selected a delegate to district and county caucuses, I was even approached about seeking a precinct committeeman position. Alas, the party left me.

In today’s parlance, I would derisively be called a RINO. I suspect so would be T.R., Ike, the Gipper, Poppy Bush, and perhaps even Tricky Dick. As for Barry Goldwater, namesake of the Goldwater Institute, I believe the Senator would be apoplectic at the idea of cozying up to despots, overlooking Russian transgressions, and trillion- dollar deficits.

Many serious issues face Idaho and our nation, Medicaid expansion here being just one requiring rigorous debate. Politically charged code words will not cut it. As I said, Idaho deserves better.

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Editor’s note: The following posthumous statement was read by McCain family spokesman Rick Davis following Sen. John McCain’s death on Aug. 25.

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I just spent two hours in a dentist’s chair having a crown replaced. It wasn’t all the fun it’s cracked up to be.

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Say what you want about President Trump – and there are plenty of strong opinions on both sides – but this much is clear. He’s the president that the Democratic Party so richly deserves.

Editorial Cartoons

My husband and I were visiting Lewiston, Idaho, recently when we encountered members of the Rexburg Madison football team at the hotel in which we were staying. The young men we interacted with were extremely thoughtful and polite. They offered their table in the breakfast area to us, opened…

Curt Miller represents the small portion of the population in the Columbia Basin benefiting from four dams on the Lower Snake River. So, it makes perfect sense that he wrote an editorial against breaching them. He says global warming is affecting fish everywhere. That is true.

What do you say to the college professor who writes that the Communist Manifesto has nothing to do with the socialist programs our state and nation have adopted? I’ve been struggling a bit with that one because the only word that comes to mind is “wow.”

As most, or all of us, I received an email from Gov. Little telling me the I would be receiving an income tax rebate due to a state budget surplus, and that tax cuts would be coming in the future. As nice as this is, I think that this is not the way to deal with a budget surplus.

You may have heard about the “Tuttle Twin” book series. I purchased them for Hope Lutheran Classical Academy but read them before passing them on. The series presents excellent lessons about real-life examples written for young school-age kids to teach them how our economic system works — or…

Not only do the mayor and the City Council not recognize, accept or honor the need for a well funded, well-staffed, well-equipped and strongly supported police force, but they have definitely been out and out lying to the public regarding actually building the Idaho Falls police facility at …