Recently, Trina Pettingill complained she could not understand why anyone could vote for a party with a leader who lies on a daily basis as President Trump allegedly does. The obvious answer: usually the only alternative is to vote for Democratic candidates.

My most recent column described the tyranny of the republic. It also addressed the reasons why Idaho voters need to be concerned, i.e., because Idaho government is an oligarchy and becoming more brazen in its efforts to increase its power.

The problem with having a monopoly, one-party-rule over a given state is that the party often becomes focused on consolidating and increasing its own power and taking care of the wants/needs of the party faithful and elites, not “the people.” They can, in fact, become an “oligarchy” or a “ty…

Last week, the Post Register’s Editorial Board wrote an article calling me out by name, saying, “Who do they think they are?”

Nuclear energy is a vital component of our economy and an increasingly essential option for clean energy while building a more diverse energy portfolio to meet future demand.

Recently, the Russian Coast Guard, captured three Ukrainian naval vessels, wounding several sailors in the process. The ships were attempting to sail to Mariupol through the Azov Strait – a narrow passage between the Azov and Black Sea.

The national disgrace that is our current president is unending. Our country used to stand for something, for our values, like freedom, justice, and democracy. We were proud of our institutions like an independent judiciary, a free press and a military that did not perform domestic policing.…

Last month, Ammon city enacted a dubious policy to give taxpayer money to non-profit organizations. After the Idaho Freedom Foundation approached city officials expressing concern over the program’s constitutionality, they reversed course. Idaho Falls would do well to follow Ammon’s example …

The other night, I drove up to Rexburg to attend a town hall presented by the District 34 legislators. Senator Brent Hill, along with Representatives-elect Britt Raybould and Doug Ricks, took questions from attendees and mingled with them before and after.

In the United States, November is well known for two things: Thanksgiving and Election Day. But in Idaho local elections occur throughout the year, not just in November.

There are lots of things that could go awry over Thanksgiving. You could miss your flight home, leaving you stranded at the airport. You could go heavy on the stuffing and mashed potatoes, putting on that dreaded extra weight you claim you’ll lose in the New Year. You could overcook your Tur…

As a physician in Weiser who works in a rural health clinic, I fought hard to help pass Proposition 2, the ballot measure that expanded Medicaid in Idaho. I joined hundreds of other volunteers from across the state that gathered signatures to get Medicaid expansion on the ballot. I spoke out…

Idaho Falls residents are fortunate to have affordable electricity. At 6 cents per kilowatt-hour, we have some of the lowest rates in the country. In comparison, South Carolina averages 13 cents per kilowatt-hour — more than double our rate. Furthermore, approximately 93 percent of our elect…

The Framers of the Constitution, it is true, created a republican form of government. It is equally true, across a vista of two centuries, that America has become much more democratic than it was in 1787. To deny this historical evolution--advanced by demands of the citizenry and implemented…

When improper behavior is reinforced it grows and we suffer the consequences. This is what we are experiencing in our country.

Three years ago, I returned to Idaho Falls under duress. My marriage ended, I returned to my hometown in defeat.

The furor has died down over the President’s failure to attend a ceremony at Belleau Wood on Nov. 10 to honor Americans who fought for us in World War I. But we should know about and never forget those brave souls. The President reportedly blamed his staff for failing to tell him that skippi…

Jerry Sehlke, in his Post Register article, added more data to my belief that a lot of politicians care more about their own benefit than what their constituents want.

Ever since Proposition 2 was passed by a substantial majority of Idaho voters, including eastern Idaho voters, we have been constantly bombarded by the leadership of the Idaho Freedom Foundation and the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee. Their message since the November 6th elec…

The Republicans elected a lying crook by electing Trump. Now the dirty Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to strip the newly elected Democrats their power. How anyone can keep voting for dirty lying Republicans is beyond sanity.

Trina Pettingill seems to feel that 3rd graders are smarter than President Trump. I am sure that many are intelligent, but that has nothing to do with believing a theory.

Mr. Larson seems to believe the only impediment to a successful life is a lack of grit, that we should all be completely self-reliant and self-made individuals. I also believe in individual responsibility, but I dare say there are billions of people on the planet today that show as much or m…

My husband and I enjoy going to the ice arena in Idaho Falls. On Dec. 1, we attended the Annual Holiday Show presented by the Idaho Falls Figure Skating Club.

How very refreshing it was to read the commentary page on Tuesday, December 4. Bryan Smith’s rebuttal and his reminder of Constitutional principles, sadly lacking in many, was spot on. Such simple concepts should be easily understood, but instead are smeared over as we strive for even more p…

The voluntary use of psychoactive chemicals like methamphetamine is almost never a victimless crime.

On Nov. 23, I shared the commentary page with another cartoon bashing our president (not the target-rich left), and two iconic national journalists: Georgie Anne Geyer, and Bob Franken.

The other day I was having lunch with my grandson, who's in the 7th grade at Rocky Mountain Middle School.

In response to my recent column, the Editorial Board of the Post Register and several others have once again attempted to mislead the public into believing that our system of government is a democracy. The Editorial Board asserts, “we are both a republic and a democracy.” The Editorial Board…

Several climate “tipping points” have come and gone over the past two or three decades without consequence. We’ve been told more than once that we only had a short time to reverse course on our carbon dioxide production or it would be too late. Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chan…

I agree with Mark Fuller (Commentary Nov. 7) that the word ‘democracy’ is not found in the Declaration of Independence or in the United States Constitution, nor was it a term used by the founders of the Republic. However Mr. Fuller needs to step into the 21st century.

Planned Parenthood — America’s most prolific singular killer of the unborn — was supported by a video advertisement that surfaced recently. It was created by far-left group Agenda Project. Anyone passively watching would initially think it’s a diaper or baby food commercial. A beautiful litt…

Another Veterans Day with displays of American flags have come and gone, but this past observance by patriots was especially significant. It was the 100th anniversary of the military celebration, which was originally known as “Armistice” Day in 1918 as World War I was coming to a close.

Neal Larson’s column of Nov. 12 began with Mr. Larson talking about the burden to our yet-to-be-born citizens, a national debt of $22 trillion. In keeping with the tenor of our national leader of calling names, he said that Idahoans, by passing the Medicaid Expansion referendum, were a selfi…

In early 2016 my son in law gave me an oversized baseball bat, more like a giant’s weapon than a bat, with a gash down the side, labeled “the gap”, and inscribed with “For Legislative Purposes Only”.

As a strong believer in the role of a free press in preserving our freedoms, I must share with your readers an outrage that, for reasons I don’t understand, is being swept under the rug, overshadowed by the president’s unending battle with the press.

Mark Fuller’s latest guest opinion stated with patriarchal glee that, from the Republican Party leadership’s perspective, Idaho’s government is “not bound to follow the will” or “subject to the whim” of the majority of Idahoans. Think about it: Republican leadership doesn’t believe it has to…

In a recent article, the Post Register’s editorial board attacked Mark Fuller, who had previously written an article reminding us our nation was founded on republican ideals, not democratic ones.

Three days ago, I had one of the coolest experiences in recent memory: I went into Barnes and Noble and bought a book written by one of my best friends.

U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho has issued a report on the causes of the transuranic waste drums that blew their lids off last April at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex. And that report blows the lid off the DOE’s excuses about the…

Mark Fuller, Mr. chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Party, I was flabbergasted when I read your op-ed. You apparently wrote it before the results of the referendum were in and then you sprung it on us just hours after election results were tallied. Your bottom line was this: Idaho …

Jennifer Lawrence, while accepting her Oscar award in 2013, said: “It’s so bizarre how, in this world, if you have asthma, you take asthma medicine. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine.

I have been accused of being a liberal, progressive thinker over the years. (I prefer unique.) Maybe I am, but I will say I love my country, my state and my city. I have proudly and honorably served four years of my life in the U.S. Air Force. I have spent a great deal of my seven decades de…

In early October, Ammon city councilors implemented a charity policy that allowed them to donate taxpayer dollars to private non-profit organizations. Last Friday, the mayor reversed this policy.

One of my favorite things is to see citizen engagement with our government, and voting is at the very heart of participation. So I was excited to see the unusually high mid-term voter turnout this year.

When Galileo announced that he had shown that the Earth revolved around the sun, the pope and his bishops declared him a heretic and forced him to recant. Even though they made fools of themselves, there were no consequences as the Earth still revolves around the sun.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a topic of constant debate. Food stamps have been used as a buzzword in headlines for years, and even more recently as Donald Trump has talked about his opposition to the existing program.

I’ve made the decision to vote in favor of the expansion of the Medicaid pool (Prop 2). In reality, the pool has already been expanded.

I am writing as a private Idaho citizen and not representing the city of Idaho Falls in any way. However, being a member of the Idaho Falls City Council informs my opinion. Because of my position on the council, I have a unique view of Proposition 2.

Harry Bettis, Larry Williams, Linka Yanke, Robert Rebholtz, Jr. and John Sheldon are the owners of Treasure Valley Racing.

Once again, the Blackfoot City Council has elected to proceed with a bond issue to cover the estimated costs to repair, remodel, renovate and rehabilitate the fifty-year-old Blackfoot swimming pool facility. The required work to extend the life of the existing facility for a minimum of appro…

As the executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, I’m proud to support wildlife crossings. Our organization is the oldest and largest statewide nonpartisan conservation organization founded by sportsmen and women. The Idaho Wildlife Federation seeks creative and proactive solutions…

We are the WWAMI medical students of the University of Idaho. We represent communities from Post Falls to Pocatello, Salmon to Sandpoint, and we come from proud Idaho families going back five generations, representing a wide range of political views.

The safe highways and wildlife crossings controversy in Island Park is unprecedented. What should be a no-brainer has morphed into an advisory vote for or against over and underpasses for wildlife in all of Fremont County, and, inexplicably, discussion to restrict over and underpasses throug…

After the Post Register’s endorsement of Senator Hill, I felt the need to add more to their short description of my race for District 34. I knew going into my interview that Senator Hill would be the pick. He is the President Pro Temp of the Senate and respected all over Idaho.

It was a refreshing change to see the topic of climate risk prominent in the conversation. Candidates for the Second Congressional District were questioned about the alarming new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Post Register Editorial Board endorsement for District 30 Representative baffles me. Over 50 percent of your column talked about Pat Tucker and touted her numerous strengths as a candidate. You only mentioned Gary Marshall’s teaching career and endorsed Marshall based on two things.

When I picked up the Post Register a few days ago and read the endorsement of my opponent, my heart immediately went out to the volunteers who have worked tirelessly on a campaign with energy, vision, and promise for all Idahoans.

Our chief Medicaid naysayers, Messrs. Beck, Potts, Zollinger and Smith have been very active in trying to convince you that Medicaid expansion is some kind of threat to civilization and the American way of life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Americans helping Americans in need is …

As a now-retired career USAF officer, I fully appreciate Kristin Collum’s service to our nation, and we owe her a debt of gratitude for her willingness to serve. However, she is now interviewing for the high office of lieutenant governor of the state. While she has many desirable qualities, …

The conservative principles upon which America was founded and to which Idaho has adhered have made America and Idaho exceptional. The founding fathers adhered to the self-evident truths of the laws of nature and of nature’s God to create a constitution to protect the liberty of all citizens…

The World Bank’s “Human Capital Index” was developed to assess how close a country comes to providing a quality education and healthy lives to all of its residents, thus maximizing its opportunity to succeed economically. The U.S. ranked 24th in the world, essentially in a statistical tie wi…

While thankful for the Post Register’s endorsement, I was disappointed with the tone of the endorsements. The Post Register, for whatever reason, decided to insult both candidates in many of its endorsements. Candidates from both parties are well qualified and running because they love the p…

Fueled by the recent rash of the most ridiculously ineffective armada of “suspicious devices” deployed around the country, and followed shortly by an anti-Semitic mass shooting, American society is — at the moment — stuck in an intense and insane chicken-and-egg debate over who started the c…

Paraphrasing the Post Register editorial board, “The Democrats need to get fresh blood, different candidates every election; that is the main reason we are supporting the Republicans.” But they are going to endorse the Republicans, many of whom have made careers at being elected to public of…

As a volunteer for Medicaid expansion, my fellow volunteers and I have worked diligently to get Proposition 2 on the ballot. Now we’re working to get it passed. While 70 percent of Idahoans support Medicaid expansion, there are many kind, caring people who earnestly believe that everybody sh…

As the November election approaches, we’re bombarded with ads to expand Medicaid — urging us to support massive funding increases and further dependence on government programs.

As a Republican and specifically as a Republican candidate, I hear concerns every day from voters about misinformation spread online, in print and TV news media. That’s why I cannot say that I am particularly surprised by the Post Register’s misleading editorial regarding my absence from the…

Idaho Falls is fortunate to have an extensive parks and recreation system – a beautiful greenbelt, the zoo, river walk, parks and multipurpose trails, three public golf courses, an indoor ice arena, aquatic center, Melaleuca Field, Sandy Downs and many other facilities.

I am of course disappointed and I must respect the editorial board’s decision to support Dave Lent. However, I must respectfully disagree. The Post Register always claims to be for better government, better schools, etc. I don’t think this endorsement reflects that posture.

For the last several months, you may have noticed that the Post Register has been featuring Republican-sponsored commentary on Wednesdays and Democrat-sponsored commentary on Thursdays. We want to commend the Post Register for giving the two political parties face time with the community. Jo…

It was an otherwise mundane car trip across town, two children riding along. I’m not typically that parent. We don’t homeschool. We didn’t vote for Ron Paul. Sometimes I even forget to put our flag out on patriotic holidays. And I don’t always capitalize on prime teaching moments when I should.

Our small towns and rural communities are the lifeblood of Idaho, and one-third of our population lives in them. I was born and raised here. I came back after college to get my master’s degree from Idaho State University. I’ve owned and operated a small farm for ten years and am grateful to …

Hi, my name is Miranda. I grew up in Idaho, graduating from Skyline High School in 1998. I’m a true nerd, reading fantasy and science fiction and watching all the comic book superhero and Star Wars movies that come in my way — even if they end up annoying the crap out of me.

I’ve always wondered if Republicans are simply oblivious to objective reality or if they just choose to ignore it. I suspect they are so totally locked into their ideology that when reality clashes with the ideology they reflexively go into total denial. In a nation lead by a president who h…

About a week ago, I was out of town on business. As I was listening to the radio, they announced it was time for listeners to call in and a chosen listener would lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. An excited gentleman was chosen, and he led the pledge as follows: "I pledge allegiance to the f…

Jay Gaskill is an Idaho native, a recovering criminal defense trial lawyer and a member of the Idaho and California state bars.

Idaho senators Crapo and Risch have made statements printed recently in the Post Register that are patently misleading. The recent sham investigation of allegations against now Justice Kavanaugh and the Idaho senators’ justifications finally brought my concerns to a head.