Recent editorials from the two warring camps of the Bonneville County Republicans highlight differences in policy. One appears to be more akin to the Eisenhower philosophy and the other to a hardline conservative philosophy. So what does an Eisenhower Republican stand for?

Idaho Fish and Game’s recent electroshocking and removal of 5,800 plus wild and naturalized rainbows and hybrids have gotten out of hand and will hurt anglers' chances for years to come. The fishing industry, including local businesses, cannot afford the impact of this practice.

Nearly everyone in Idaho has a friend, family member or neighbor who has been impacted by the ongoing opioid crisis. Idahoans have spent years trying to figure out how to contend with the most addictive, widespread drugs in modern history. The opioid epidemic has become a pressing issue for …

You were the real hero of the 2019 legislative session. You came to the statehouse more times than I can count armed with facts, personal stories and courage to fight the legislation that would hurt your communities. We could not have passed good Idaho centered legislation or stopped damagin…

For low-income Idahoans who have heart disease and other high-cost medical conditions, Medicaid provides the coverage and services they need to get and stay healthy.

With the ravages created by the climate emergency including flooding in the Midwest, wildfires in the West, cities going underwater on the coast of Florida and extreme heat, we might begin to look at our public lands as carbon storage sites.

What is happening in downtown Idaho Falls? One million dollars in sidewalk and beautification efforts are underway. In addition, $100,000 on parking technology will be in place by mid-summer.

In Idaho, potatoes have long been the staple crop of our agricultural sector and economy. We are responsible for about 30 percent of the country’s total potato production. That production goes a long way in feeding the rest of the country, as potatoes are the leading vegetable crop and the s…

“Ninety-seven percent of land in Custer County is state and federally owned and exempt from taxation,” explained Custer County Commissioner and Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Committee Chairman Wayne Butts. “Counties and schools like ours can’t operate without federal forest payments.”

I first realized that I was no longer young at age 66. Summer had me craving an iced mocha, and when I saw the drive-through to the newest coffee kiosk was empty, I pulled in.

I am disappointed in the sad attempt to by Stephanie Mickelsen, aided and abetted by the Post Register, to smear the good names of several members of the Republican Party. These fits of mudslinging normally do not deserve attention or response, let alone space in the paper’s editorial page. …

There is substantial irony in John Henager’s announcement of the GOP’s essay contest, “Socialism v. Capitalism.” Mr. Henager started out quoting Donald Trump in his State of the Union Address, “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination and control.…

Seventy-five years ago, on the beaches of Normandy, more than 160,000 Allied soldiers landed across a 50 mile stretch of French coastline. Allied forces battled rough and frigid water only to be met at the shore by German machine guns and coastal batteries that spewed deadly artillery fire. …

Local Republicans have chosen “Capitalism v. Socialism” as the topic of their annual Independence Day essay contest. It is another typical Republican straw man argument where one side misrepresents the position of their opponent so they can then refute an argument not presented.

Our local Meals on Wheels program is seriously underfunded and at risk of closing down. Perhaps your readers have no idea how imperiled this critical program is because they think the federal, state or city government fully funds the program.

One of many glaring differences between the U.S. and the communist business models concerns intellectual property rights. Communists do not acknowledge private ownership of intellectual property while Western democracies do. Instead, they claim ownership of all intellectual property for the …

Kudos to Jim Jones for his excellent column in the May 12 Post Register, “The next great mass extinction is upon us. Ho-hum.”

John Henager is taking up the Republican National Committee campaign strategy of labeling every Democrat a socialist and every Democratic policy socialism. True socialism, as an economic foundation of government, espouses government ownership or control of the means of production, distributi…

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Unfortunately, Mr. Ziel is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton and with the misinformation the extreme right has peddled, this time regarding Mrs. Clinton and the “Uranium One controversy.” Using two nonpartisan websites (snopes.com and factcheck.org), here are the facts.

If the taxes from 10,000 people will provide the expenditures for schools and governmental services, then the taxes from an additional 10,000 people will provide the same needed expenditures for that additional growth. The brain tells us that there is never a need for additional taxes, bonds…

Idaho Irrigation District would like to recognize Grace Christensen. Grace is a beautiful young woman from Shelley Idaho and is the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho. Grace has a long list of accomplishments and selfless service in her young life that is truly outstanding.

There are so many good people in our town. On Friday my son was shopping at WinCo and had $50 of groceries at the checkout. For some unexplained reason, his debit card was rejected, and he did not have enough cash to pay for his groceries. The woman behind him insisted on paying the full bil…

This is written in response to Bob Ziel on his reply to Jim Sathe’s earlier article glorifying Hillary Clinton. Bob adequately and deftly brings out her shortcomings while secretary of state, while accurately analyzing our current president’s strengths and weaknesses. Yes, I would agree with…

Is Hillary to be blamed for the death of those four embassy workers, or Bush/Cheney for ignoring Col. Ann Wright, U.S. Army, head of security of our embassies, warning of the lack of security in our embassies? Then there was the lack of security when a barracks was blown up and marines kille…

I'd like to thank columnist Jay Gaskill for presenting a logical, balanced perspective and explanation to a very polarizing topic that has resurfaced. I have been amazed to see how self-righteous and suddenly qualified the general population has become to judge others and attack their human …

Lynn Kenneth Fuhriman's response to my June 5 commentary on socialism does nothing to refute my claim that Republicans use a classic straw man argument when they charge Democrats are advocating for a socialist economic system. President Trump in his State of the Union speech said: “Here in t…

Once again, Republican politicians are in a race to the bottom, vying to pass increasingly strict anti-choice, anti-abortion legislation in several conservative states. What these laws are really trying to do is to legislate governmental control over women and women’s bodies. The most egregi…

It is sad. A sad situation and a sad commentary on our priorities when “run, hide, fight” becomes the new mantra for school kids. A sad commentary when Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy of Highlands Ranch High School and Riley Howell of UNC-Charlotte have to be the defenders of their peers…

As partisan gridlock on a few high-profile issues dominates headlines, it is easy to lose sight of goals members of both parties share. For us, one bipartisan goal is protecting America’s longstanding leadership on nuclear energy.

The plight of Idaho’s working poor is a day-to-day struggle. This is especially true for rural families who live with underfunded schools, low wages and limited access to childcare and early-childhood education. Thankfully, however, tens of thousands of Idaho families will soon have access t…

In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision determined that a state law (which included an exception to save the life of the mother) banning abortion was unconstitutional. The court ruled that states were forbidden from prohibiting or regulating abortions performed in the first trimester; during the s…

Last November, 61 percent of voters expanded Medicaid for Idahoans who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but not enough to qualify for tax credits on the health exchange. I’ve been collecting the stories of Idahoans in the gap to help them share their share experiences of bei…

Moving toward green energy for some groups has been a noisy affair, but irrigating farmers in Idaho are taking quiet, yet significant, steps to conserve energy. It wasn’t always so, and the difference in attitudes is striking when you consider an incident that occurred in 1978 with a group o…

Idaho’s most experienced and valuable educators have been ignored under the Career Ladder salary allocation framework for too long. It is imperative we expand on the recent investments in public education beyond early career educators to ensure we are able to keep our veteran educators where…

I have to say that Julianne Young’s columns on making the initiative process impossible in Idaho are among the cleverest and most disingenuous arguments against democracy I’ve seen in some time. Remember that the current process is among the most difficult in the country and that it took a t…

When I woke up the other day, it was a beautiful spring morning with the sun shining brightly over Idaho, but then I heard the news that entertainer Doris Day passed away. Suddenly a sense of sad nostalgia overwhelmed me where the sun was not quite so bright as it was a moment earlier.

Aaron Sorkin captured generations of newspaper sports page readers, in an episode of his award-winning TV series, “The West Wing.” In the aforementioned scene, a psychologist (played by Adam Aarkin) is examining a presidential advisor (played by Bradley Whitford) about a personal unsettling …

Recently, a University of Idaho professor filed a lawsuit to force disclosure of Idaho’s lethal injection drug suppliers. What is really going on?

When Denis Palamarchuk, a trucker from Portland, Oregon, presented his bill of lading for 6,700 pounds of industrial hemp to officials at the Idaho port of entry on January 24, he surely never dreamed of the nightmare that lay ahead. Hemp had been legalized federally under the 2018 Farm Bill…

Part one of this article contrasted the legislative process, which is the mainstay of our representative republic, with the more democratic initiative process. Part two will address changes which were proposed to the initiative process and my observations of the discussion in Boise:

Recent editorials have repeatedly condemned those who sought to build more accountability and a more balanced, state-wide representative voice into the initiative process. I thought some readers might appreciate hearing another perspective.

On May 1, with 24 hours notice, the only public transportation provider in Idaho Falls ceased operations. Stories have been in the news – even on the front page of the Post Register — about the upcoming demise of this operation. But I doubt the average citizen of Idaho Falls paid much attent…

I assumed that Mark Fuller, as a lawyer, would know the difference between causation and correlation, but if his recent column is any indication, he does not understand the subtle differences. Therefore, let me provide an example to help him out.

Thirty-three years ago, I started the morning at a friend’s house in Ft. Collins, Colorado. This was an important and exciting day.

If you live in eastern Idaho, you don’t need anyone telling you about the ravages of the opioid epidemic. Bonneville and Bannock Counties have the highest percentage of drug-overdose deaths in the state.

The history of Patriots’ Day takes us back nearly two and a half centuries to April 19, 1775. It was on this day that the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought and the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired.

This time it is real. This time we actually do face a constitutional crisis. We have a president who has openly ordered his minions to break the law, and they have done so.

Thirteen hours after the 2019 legislative session ended, I jumped on a plane to China. A few weeks earlier, I’d been asked to join a delegation of young legislators from the United States hosted by the All-China Youth Federation. The goal: to discuss trade and other public policy issues.

Idaho’s constitution has one feature that, in practice, has serious conflicts. It requires equality for all students and then establishes funding mechanisms that make this impossible.

Editor’s note: This column was submitted too late for inclusion in last Sunday’s collection of responses to the 2019 legislative session.

Before we decide to canonize Sen. Mike Crapo as the patron saint of affordable housing, we might want to examine the ulterior motives behind his legislation. Sen. Crapo’s proposal to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises that own or insure more than half o…

National Crime Victims Week is recognized each April to raise public awareness about the rights and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States. This national recognition provides opportunities to honor crime victims, survivors and those who provide help in the aftermath …

At church recently, my minister spoke about relationships and responsibilities. This sermon crystallized my thoughts on Rep. Chad Christensen’s March 15 column, in which he asserted that his role as a representative shouldn’t diminish his right to post on social media his opinions about open carry.

Vietnam. The very word sent chills down the back of every young man facing possible military draft during the sixties. It summoned to the mind other words like guerrilla warfare, Vietcong, communism, casualties. Over a quarter of a million American families lost a loved one in the Vietnam Wa…

I have had an illuminating experience during the 2019 legislative session. I have experienced many things, some of which I expected. I have bonded, aligned and formed alliances with other liberty-minded legislators.

It is my great honor to serve in Idaho’s 65th Legislature. I serve on the Education, Agricultural Affairs and Business committees. The speaker of the House makes committee assignments based on a legislator’s request, background and experience.

First, I would like to thank the good people of Idaho Falls for the honor to serve you in the Idaho Legislature. I am especially appreciative for those who sent texts, emails and called.

There were several big issues this year like Medicaid expansion and water rights issues that grabbed headlines. However, there were two pieces of legislation that I sponsored or co-sponsored this session that I’m proud to say I helped pass.

This legislative session is reputed to be the fourth-longest in our state’s history. Opinions differ as to what could have been done to more efficiently and effectively address proposed legislation, but as the end approached, four issues still needed resolution.

This session was a learning experience in civics and collaboration. HJM6, H179 and H149 were all resolutions and bills that were drafted from scratch using Legislative Services. It is a wonderful feeling to know that you have helped the great state of Idaho and its people in some small way.

Personally, this session was filled with many accomplishments and opportunities. I better understood what I needed to do to advance issues that were important to me. My first opportunity was being asked to chair an educational subcommittee that oversaw the educational administrative rules re…

The 2019 legislative session was a great experience, and as a freshman legislator, I jumped right into the process. To be effective representing the people of District 34, I worked hard to connect with fellow Republican representatives, senators and leadership. I also reached across the aisl…

I loved my first session in the Idaho House. Through the committee process, I worked with incredible people, both fellow legislators and legislative staff. On the floor, we witnessed some compelling debates, and even when emotions ran high, there was still a willingness to show respect for e…

My best accomplishment during the session was getting the starting teacher pay bill passed in the House. The governor’s office asked me to co-sponsor the bill and carry it on the floor of the House. This bill raises beginning teacher pay to $40,000 starting in July 2020.

This legislative session began at a slow pace as the unknowns of last year’s tax cut coupled with the unfunded voter mandate for Medicaid expansion seemed to weigh on everyone’s mind. Serving on the House Health and Welfare Committee, the question of how to get at the heart of the healthcare…

Livestock grazing is one of the most destructive land uses on public lands. Some 250 million acres of public lands including those administered by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as some national wildlife refuges and even some national park units are grazed by d…

Affordable homes are essential for a thriving Idaho. Yet many Idaho families are finding it harder to obtain an affordable home as growth in rent prices outpaces growth in paychecks and folks continue to move to our state. Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo understands that Congress can help make su…

Two recent reports provide disappointing evidence that Idaho is far from having the workforce needed to create greater economic prosperity in our state, but there is also encouraging news we can build on with the support of key stakeholders.

Stanton Anderson’s recent rambling op-ed was so full of myths, generalities and deceptions that I was almost stunned into silence, especially given his claim of academic excellence. Just almost silenced.

On March 29, Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day was marked by a reverent flag raising at the VA Medical Center in Boise, followed by a wreath laying at Veterans Memorial Park. Idaho Gov. Brad Little said correctly, “America’s Vietnam veterans faced unique and extraordinary challenges, and it’s…

The pursuit of religious freedom has a long and storied history that has played an integral role in the American experience. Centuries before the Declaration of Independence declared that “all men are created equal” and that “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,…

Jim Okeson and Janice Stimpson have every legal and moral right to oppose President Trump’s construction of a wall on the southern border. Okeson is on less sure ground invoking his U.S. Navy enlistment/commissioning oath to justify his opposition as a defense of the U.S. Constitution.

Editor’s note: This guest column was submitted shortly before Gov. Brad Little announced that he had signed the bill in question.

Last year President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 into law. That Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp. With that, I only imagined our state politicians would loosen Idaho’s stringent anti-cannabis laws. When it comes to politicians, I need to learn to be more i…

What should citizens and rate players think about the proposed commercial nuclear reactor near Idaho Falls? I read with interest Kurt Hamman’s cautions. These concerns must be addressed. Ideologically motivated opponents will indeed seek to sabotage any nuclear technology project by appeals …

Merit is consequential. Some of its definitions include: excellence, distinction and worth. When merit rules, society prospers.

Last Friday, the Idaho House of Representatives voted 40-30 to pass Senate Bill 1159, legislation that would essentially revoke our constitutional right to organize citizen ballot initiatives. The bill will move to the governor’s desk sometime this week for either a signature or a veto.

Last year, the City of Idaho Falls entered into a contract with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to develop and construct, and eventually purchase power from, a first-of-a-kind commercial nuclear power plant based on the NuScale small modular reactor design. In fact, our city …