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Every so often, we are treated to an opinion, op-ed or commentary that is educational in its content and lends perspective to events that have relevance to what we are witness to nearly every day. I attribute this to Mr. Aaron Tolson with regard to his comments that appeared on Sept. 8 relat…

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There has been much controversy, misunderstanding and misstatement associated with the issue of replacing the city of Idaho Falls water tower. I write this as one member of the Idaho Falls City Council. I do not speak for the council as a whole or any other individual member.

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A year ago this month I was lying, dying from a heart attack, on a ditch bank in Madison County. Thankfully, because of a prompt response from an emergency medical technician unit and medical personnel that were available to be there and the many doctors and care providers at Eastern Idaho R…

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The United States is experiencing record price increases and rising inflation, and Americans are rightly concerned. A recent poll said that when Americans are asked to name the top economic problem facing their family today, rising prices and the cost of living are overwhelmingly the top iss…

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I am currently completing my medical residency training in Boise. After finishing medical school and earning medical doctor or osteopathic doctor credentials, physicians continue training as residents in a specific area of focus, which allows us to practice medicine in a clinical setting wit…

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Gov. Little recently sought praise from Idahoans for the large budget surplus Idaho is realizing. The surplus is at least $1.4 billion, plus another $2 billion in federal coronavirus funds coming into the state. But Idaho legislators, and Little himself, do not deserve praise for this large …

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Some moments in time are rare and are usually centered on events that negatively impact our lives forever. One such moment in time was December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, setting the stage for America to enter World War II. Another moment in time was November 22, 1963 when Presi…

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The recent winning bid by Western Watersheds Project for a 640-acre state grazing lease on Champion Creek in the Sawtooth Valley demonstrates the multiple ways livestock grazing harms Idaho residents, including in the pocketbook.

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The valiant struggle of today’s health care workers against the coronavirus hearkens back to one of the toughest enemies George Washington faced while fighting for American independence: variola, the smallpox virus. Smallpox was decimating the ranks of the Continentals in 1776, threatening o…

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It is a weird controversy. It should be absurd writing about the need for vaccination in the 21st century, since the first vaccination (against smallpox) was performed by Edward Jenner on May 14, 1796.

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Yes, if one has eyes to see, one can see physical differences between people, but defining those differences into groups by “race” is a social and cultural action. That cultural activity can be demonstrated by asking a simple question: How white do you have to be to be defined as white?

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Sometime back in October of 1975, I was drifting back down northwestern Montana’s Swan Valley after witnessing the most intense combination of lightning, thunder and snow I have witnessed. Unable to find a friend’s cabin, I had continued north and got permission to pull off at the deserted S…

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Crime victims in Idaho and across our country deserve full access to resources after a traumatic experience. Ensuring funds intended for helping crime victims recover are only used for that purpose is central to making progress in decreasing the impact of violent crime and supporting victims…

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 …

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In just a few days, Idaho will begin its annual budget process with agencies submitting their initial proposals for the upcoming budget year. But already the state is working on how to spend and manage a federal windfall from federal COVID-19 payments of over $1.4 billion.

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Sometime in the early morning hours of Aug. 18, I was aware of a familiar rumbling sound outside. My house was built in 1910 and is fairly impervious to outside noise. They knew how to build them to last in those days. The stucco construction of the walls is like cement. I checked my cell ph…

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The other day, the media delighted in reporting that Idaho National Laboratory was joining an effort to let so-called transgender individuals change their names on past scientific papers and research. History is being rewritten before our eyes. Can we get any more Orwellian? How long will it…

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Affordable, quality child care options for working parents are crucial to our workforce and local economy. Unfortunately, there is simply not enough supply to meet the ever-growing demand needed to support working parents. Having worked as an early childhood educator for 16 years, I’ve seen …

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Reflecting back to the summer of 1957, when I was putting in my first season as a forest worker for United States Forest Service, one of the phases of the work was a temporary assignment to a remote guard station miles in from the ranger district headquarters at Plains. I have mentioned this…

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There has been a spate of pronouncements from politicians as different politically as Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines to California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsome arguing that we need more “active forest management” to reduce “fuel” as a means of precluding large blazes.

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A terrorist named Bin Laden masterminded the 9/11 attacks on New York skyscrapers, the Pentagon and a third target (was it the White House, FBI headquarters?). That calamity was averted by passengers who crashed their hijacked plane in a Pennsylvania field.

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Senators on both sides of the aisle have long agreed on the need to modernize and expand hard infrastructure, and infrastructure investments have traditionally been accomplished through bipartisanship and regular order. Traditional, hard infrastructure investments include funding of roads an…

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Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson recently released updated crime statistics for the city of Idaho Falls that emphasized a significant increase in crime, including an 85% increase in aggravated batteries, 115% increase in vehicle burglaries, 94% increase in vehicle thefts and 20% increa…

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We must work to ensure free and fair trade — and use trade enforcement tools as necessary — while taking into account the best interests of our domestic manufacturers. One of the reasons I held firm on including the Trade Act of 2021 in the Senate-passed S. 1260, the U.S. Innovation and Comp…

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This year, I’m thrilled to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of IDeal, Idaho’s official 529 College Savings Program. It’s remarkable to see how far we’ve come and exciting to imagine how we can keep growing to help enable the professional and educational hopes and dreams of Idahoans.

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There’s a steady line of commentary in the newspaper these days that tries to make it out as if pro-freedom groups, elected officials (the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Janice McGeachin, Reps. Priscilla Giddings, Ron Nate, and so on) and I are extremists. That’s blatantly false.

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When I wrote about the descent of the GOP into baseless conspiracy-mongering (July 21), I knew confirmation of my point would come in the responses. Rod Hughes did not disappoint (July 28).

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On Aug. 3, the Idaho House Ethics Committee found Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ conduct unbecoming and voted unanimously to recommend censure by the Idaho House. Members of the ethics committee maintained their professionalism throughout the two-day hearing, despite Giddings’s unprofessional and …

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There are two recent examples that emphasize the importance of having a high turnout for all elections, including local elections, and not just those for president and governor. These examples are the low turnout for the recent District 93 bond election leading to its defeat, and the second …

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Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, responding to a question of how to persuade the unvaccinated, commented recently: “It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks who are letting us down.”

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I often reflect on why I was chosen to serve the people of Idaho as a legislator in the Idaho House of Representatives. When facing challenges and criticism for my service, I look to my faith for guidance and am inspired by the wisdom of Spencer W. Kimball: “I have learned that it is by serv…

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Through the American Jobs Plan, America will invest in future technologies to keep its global leadership uncontested. By embracing the changes to come, we will all see a brighter future. A vote for the American Jobs Plan is the best way for Idaho’s congressional delegation to ensure America …

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If you don’t know me, I am a teacher. I have taught for 28 years, and all of those years have been with Idaho Falls School District 91. I love my job as an English teacher not only because I am in love with literature and big ideas but because I love sharing that love. Aside from standardize…

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As a lifelong farmer and the chairman of the Idaho Water Resource Board, it’s been amazing to watch our state’s potential 2021 water supplies diminish from what was shaping up to be a comparatively decent winter with near-average snowpack in most areas of the state to a bone-dry spring.

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Raw numbers can mislead. Review the COVID-19 death count calculating disease mortality numbers as a percentage of the total U.S. population. Compare the results with other deadly events. Express deaths as a percentage of the total U.S. population:

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How do you spot political extremists bearing bad fruit? Two clues are false names and hypocrisy. Consider examples on both the right and left.

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Wow. When a conspiracy theorist really gets going, it’s a sight to behold, like the emperor parading down Main Street in invisible clothes. Barbara Miller’s column on Wednesday was a doozy, linking plantation owners, communism and public education to a ruling class of Democrats who are appar…

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My policy over the past year has been to avoid political discussion as much as possible, in favor of experiences that I have had and which have elicited several favorable comments. However, Bob Ziel and I have an unsigned agreement to keep tabs on one another. First off, Bob’s assessment of …

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There has been a concerted effort in Island Park during the last few years to mitigate fire danger in the area. Property owners have been encouraged to make their properties fire wise and safe by taking steps like removing fuel sources, cutting back ladder fuels on existing trees and removin…

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In view of recent comments with regard to the use of logging to improve forest habitat, I decided to chuck some other thoughts I had on the table for now. To relieve any misconceptions of my purpose here, I would state that I am neither a professional forester nor a logger by trade. But by r…

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Former President Ronald Reagan’s words from decades ago continue to ring true today: “The American dream lives — not only in the hearts and minds of our own countrymen but in the hearts and minds of millions of the world’s people in both free and oppressed societies who look to us for leader…

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I got just a little confused when I read Jim Jones’ commentary attacking the Idaho Freedom Foundation. He said the organization is a “threat to democracy” parroting what Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder said about a week before. Ordinarily, that might sound like a compliment.

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The U.S. is a nation born by orderly parliamentary procedure, not by a mob. There are many complaints these days about rules and structures, such as having a trial before lynch-mobbing people accused of misconduct, tearing down statues and the Electoral College for the election of the presid…

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There are those that don’t want to be exposed for not being a true conservative. They keep trying to discredit the Idaho Freedom Foundation and those that receive high scores with them. I do not vote a certain way to receive high scores with the American Conservative Union or the Idaho Freed…

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In recounting any past experiences, none would exceed the passage from Petersburg, Alaska to the old Russian capital of Sitka far out on the frontier of North America. Although Attu Island on the western tip of the Aleutian Islands nearly touches the international date line, a line drawn dir…

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Doyle Beck believes his opinions are so important he needs to publish them in this paper regularly to browbeat us into submission. Last week, Beck shared his predictable rant on why his beloved Idaho Freedom Foundation obedience score matters and painted a target on someone who didn’t bend t…

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Mr. Doyle Beck’s two most recent newspaper opinion columns brought immediately to mind Joseph Heller’s famous quote from his iconic anti-war book, “Catch-22”: “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major-Major it had been…