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Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo hopes that at least a couple of Democrats will want to take a second look at the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package that is heading to the Senate. If that happens, he says, there’s a chance that money can be channeled toward the people who need it the most.

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Few understand that any former president can face charges for crimes committed while in office. This is why Nixon was pardoned. An impeachment conviction after removal from office, however therapeutic, is just a political reprimand.

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On Jan. 6, Mark Fuller’s column entitled “The great and terrible day has arrived” was printed in the Post Register. Fuller is the chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, and he is an ally of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Fuller lost the contest last year to become Ida…

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Trent Clark recently wrote an editorial about his interpretation of why the Republicans lost the Senate elections in Georgia and thus control of the Senate. Some aspects were correct, but there was much that was not said.

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Read Congressman Simpson’s proposal to remove the four dams on the lower Snake River. I support it. All the easy ways to save the salmon have been tried; we must act. Yet while we are trying to help the salmon swim upstream, we are going to have to swim upstream to produce more electricity t…

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In Bill Davis’ recent guest opinion in the Jefferson Star regarding exploratory drilling in the Kilgore area, he alludes to misinformation about Otis Gold Corp’s proposal to conduct gold exploration in the Centennial Mountains of eastern Idaho.

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To err is human. All of us make mistakes. Some people exhibit the gnashing of teeth when others make mistakes. Some people are gracious when others make mistakes. Rep. Randy Armstrong and I are good friends. He is a kind, gracious man. We enjoy the banter that takes place between us, and tha…

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Those of us fortunate enough to have lived in the West know how awe-inspiring it is to be surrounded by the vast wilderness, breathtaking landscapes and unique species that make our nation so richly diverse. From the avid hunter or outdoor recreationist, to the biologist at a local conservat…

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The year 1976, as I remember, was one of little snow throughout much of the Rocky Mountain region. I was living in the El Rancho apartments behind the Idaho Falls High School. It was an odd year. In fact, the heaviest snowfall we received was on June 13, when it snowed so hard that steam ros…

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The need for Idahoans to have a Legislature who listens to their constituents and works diligently and courageously to protect their rights, as they defend and support the Constitution, is of utmost importance today. Our rights as citizens of the great state of Idaho and the United States of…

Editorial Cartoons

A yes vote is the best way to say thank you to our teachers and staff in our schools. On March 9, Fremont County voters can go to the polls to vote for a two-year supplemental and 10-year plant facility levy. Both are up for renewal.

Every time the political outcome doesn’t suit the Idaho Legislature, they get busy and make it harder for anyone to have a different opinion. Tear off a little piece of our freedom here and a little piece there.

Reporters are now writing that people are lying. This used to be considered an editorial opinion. Reporters used to quote another person claiming that the first person was lying.

I write to request that Congress create a grant program to support recreation, sports and amusement venues that provide live entertainment yet were excluded from Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program (Section 324 of Public Law No. 116-260). It is imperative to the future of racetracks in …

I support Elizabeth Cogliati and Lara Hill, trustees of the Idaho Falls School District 91 School Board. A small, vocal group of parents have led the campaign to recall them after they voted with trustee Hillary Radcliffe to move three of the district’s high schools to a hybrid model on Sept…

First off, a GOP functionary complaining about “unscientific” results is pretty ironic. Less funny are the tired tropes about evil Californians subverting Idaho Falls policymaking and the notion that diversity means giving out “handouts” or is in conflict with hiring “based solely on skills,…

According to some legislators and some websites, less than 10% of the $1.4 million COVID-19 relief bill is actually going to citizens and small businesses. Please list the receivers of the funding.

In 1991 in January, I was placed in custody for violation of civil protection order, a misdemeanor, but shortly after that, ballooned into two felonies for kidnap and rape of my former wife Silvia Canido.

It’s time for our educational format to conform to the 21st century. A high school diploma is of little value anymore. I find it very sad when someone can’t even spell the position they are applying for. I made a purchase of $13.63 and gave the cashier $20.13, but they entered $20.00 and had…

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Last week, I released for discussion a concept that could end the Northwest salmon wars. It would lock in a more certain future for agriculture, energy, transportation and communities and also give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead their best chance for survival.

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Like many other educators, I was taken aback by the degrading and disparaging comments about teachers made by Rep. Barbara Ehardt in the House Education Committee meeting. As I sit down to write this, I made note of the time. It is currently 6:40 p.m. I have just arrived home and it is dark.…

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I realized western civilization might be circling the drain when the proprietor of the drinking establishment in St. Anthony I sometimes frequent changed the television channel from Jeopardy to Family Feud one afternoon. “They don’t like Jeopardy,” she said, pointing her cigarette at my most…

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Our political process, as envisioned by our founders, is based on a legislative system that relies on the healthy debate of issues. Perspectives and situations can then be presented and a consensus reached that is confirmed by vote. There is an inherent need in this process for all parties t…

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It is no coincidence that America’s greatest president was called upon to lead America during her darkest hour of danger. Had the Confederate States of America won the Civil War, there would not be a United States of America, but more likely four or five separate nations, something resemblin…

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As I reflect on last year’s Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how blessed we are to live in the greatest country this world has ever known. There has never been a country that offers its citizens so much opportunity — so much freedom — to reach the potential that God has given each of us. We hav…

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The Biden administration supports protecting 30% of U.S. lands by 2030 or what is termed the “30 by 30” proposal. One of the best ways to meet that 30 by 30 goals would be to put all national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands off-limits to logging.

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It’s going to get cold. Are we ready for it? I’m not talking about this year, but rather what will happen after a few years of Biden rule. Idahoans heat with natural gas and electricity; let’s consider what is likely to happen to both.

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In 1953, then-U.S. Sen. Herman Welker, R-Idaho, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a convincing case for the addition of a second federal judgeship for Idaho at a judiciary subcommittee hearing. The senator cited the increase in cases, rising case backload and a considerable di…

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When I was Idaho Attorney General in the 1980s, my office kept close track of gasoline prices. A price margin of 10 cents per gallon between the wholesale and retail price was customary. It gave the retailer a reasonable profit, while protecting the interests of the consumer in this basic ne…

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My husband and I are homeowners in Island Park, and we oppose the development of helicopter skiing in the Centennial Mountains. Mount Sawtelle is an Island Park landmark visible throughout the area that we enjoy every day, especially for winter views of the snow-capped peak. The current prop…

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On Jan. 20, President Biden called for an end to the uncivil war of words that have pitted the fellow citizens of our country against each other. His words echoed the pleas of President Lincoln, who, upon his reelection, spoke to a nation still divided by the Civil War. In that second inaugu…

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2020 was an interesting year for politics. It seemed that we were more divided than any other time in recent history. The anger, accusations and misleading claims from both sides of the political aisle seemed to create an even bigger gap between the left and the right.

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I appreciate the fact that we live in a state where fiscal conservatism means something and that Gov. Brad Little has proposed cutting taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars this year. My only criticism of the governor on this point is that repealing the sales tax on groceries is not in hi…

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The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for businesses in eastern Idaho, representing over 600 businesses with over 25,000 employees actively engaged in growing our region’s economy. On their behalf, we request our legislators cease their efforts to declare an end…

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I can no longer remain quiet about the events taking place in Washington, D.C. Ever since Jan. 6, I have read about and watched video of the attack on the Capitol. I never thought we would have an event like this in the United States of America.

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One of the great things about a legislative process is the public input into drafting laws. Through that process constituents, businesses and even elected officials learn of the ramifications and complexities of our society. The last two weeks of the Idaho Legislature have been very instruct…

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Spending a summer as a forest lookout can open up opportunities to witness things that last a lifetime. Aside from the responsibility of spotting and reporting fire activity and the regular duties of maintaining the tower, there is time to observe and witness other things not normally a part…

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Community leaders from across Idaho have joined together to launch an effort called Imagine Idaho. This effort is aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of broadband throughout our state. Our ultimate goal is to increase broadband access that allows all Idahoans to live, learn and w…

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As an educator who has remained in the classroom for in-person instruction through the COVID-19 pandemic, I cannot express my sincere gratitude for every person involved in the herculean task to bring a vaccine online on a timescale never before witnessed. It is truly astonishing, and the va…

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“Make America Great Again.” It’s a short phrase, catchy and easy to remember. It does, of course, presuppose that America is no longer a great country if we have to make it a great country again. Then, like magic, it was “Keep America Great,” as if something had been accomplished. Then “Make…

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I appreciate the guest column by Mr. Bert Bowler from Dec. 15 and his concern for the health of Idaho salmon populations. Northwest RiverPartners shares this concern, which is why we continue to encourage scientific research to help better inform salmon recovery policies.

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This last week served up not one, but two school-of-hard-knocks lessons for Republicans. Both come at a heart-breaking cost of despair, bitterness and loss. And both teach the same lesson: Beware with whom you form an alliance.

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With the first week of the 2021 session ending, I’d like to see our “representatives” push to invest in our communities. Perhaps this year, we’ll have more focus on actual issues and less time spent creating harmful policies to remedy made-up problems.

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The House and Senate convened Jan. 6 to tally electoral votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election. Normally, this is a formality and the electoral votes are quickly confirmed. Though there is no evidence of fraud in …

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As this commentary is being written, there is turmoil in Washington, D.C. as none of us have ever witnessed before in our lifetimes. Rhetoric abounds across the political spectrum in Congress where Democrats and Republicans are in heated discussions over whether or not to impeach President D…

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As a physician, I have seen firsthand the challenges that COVID-19 is creating for Idahoans. I’m watching our hospitals and clinics fill up with sick patients and fear for when we have to start choosing who gets medical attention. I see the toll it’s taking on my patients as they battle with…

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I’ve spent some time in these pages discussing the moral, ethical and political shortcomings of Donald Trump, thinking that detailing his attitudes toward women, minorities, our military, immigrants and anyone less fortunate than himself would convince Republicans and conservatives (no longe…

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Jan. 6, 2021, was the day that will be remembered as the ignominious day some U.S. Republican senators and Congress members attempted an assault on our fragile democracy and replace it with an autocracy.

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Wow. In the Christmas edition of the paper, it is obvious that a couple of readers have taken a huge swig of the Trump Kool-Aid. One writer asserts that “We have ... massive voter fraud ... they have proof that tens of thousands of unfolded absentee ballots were counted — and that’s just the…

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With most of the politicking done for the year and with winter in full swing, it seemed time for some fresh air. With things quiet for the holidays, thoughts rambled back to the year 1988, when I decided to try my luck at the newly organized Ambassador’s Cup Ski Race out of Ashton. The idea …

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When Tom Mueller grew up in St. Maries, his logger father hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. A guidance counselor urged him to become an airplane mechanic. But his math teacher asked if he was going to become an engineer.

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Kathy Harris keeps busy earning and spending in Idaho Falls, while trying to make a small difference by being involved with a couple of local nonprofits.

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So, Mike Simpson signed on to the document of shame, the amicus brief to the Texas lawsuit to overturn the presidential election in four states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. Make no mistake: This was not an effort to force a recount or to challenge mail-in or absentee ballo…

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When I worked for the Bureau of Land Management, us “ologists” (hydrologist, ecologists, biologists, archaeologists, geologists and botanists) used to refer to range conservationists as range “cons” because they conned the public into believing many myths about livestock grazing.

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It was foolish, but I had to try. My former Sunday school teacher had posted a message on Facebook. Her message vehemently denounced the Supreme Court for rejecting the Texas lawsuit that alleged election illegality.

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Gov. Little recently announced that Idaho’s Legislature should either postpone the upcoming session or meet remotely. As a teacher who has been instructing in-person throughout this pandemic, the hypocrisy was palpable.

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A cousin shared a Facebook meme that asked why should I trust this vaccine — developed in nine months — when decades of research and development has not produced vaccines against HIV or the common cold, and vaccines against the flu aren’t highly effective?

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Derek R. Wright was born and raised in Idaho Falls and has engineering degree from M.I.T. He also managed a local business, was a construction executive and is retired. Wright is a registered Republican.

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On Dec. 6, one hundred six Republican members of Congress signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to allow the state of Texas to file a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the election results in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, all of which President Donald …

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The Idaho Business for Education board of directors, which represents nearly 250 businesses across Idaho, has unanimously voted to lend its full support to our local government officials — mayors, city councils, county commissions, school leaders and health district members — who are doing a…