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The lame-duck period has always been something of a dull, transitionary state in American politics. We’re more accustomed to presidents using their last moments of authority to pardon powerful friends and other unpopular favors. Contrary to these expectations, however, President Donald Trump…

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Idaho’s economy has demonstrated remarkable resilience during the pandemic, relative to other places, but there’s no question that COVID-19 has had an impact. To say that the pandemic has been disruptive to businesses and the workforce would be to understate the economic upheaval that so man…

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Idaho Falls has lost a champion of social justice. Fortunately, this is not an obituary but a thanksgiving. Rev. Lyn Stangland Cameron, 74, the Idaho Falls Unitarian Universalist Church minister from 2006 to 2018, moved back to Indiana this week.

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We live in a time when our rights and liberties are being taken at all levels of government. Last week, the Rexburg City Council tabled another attempt to pass a mask ordinance. This latest attempt came with steep penalties for non-compliance, including fines for offenders and the threat of …

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Republican politicians, like Mark Fuller, don’t just dislike democracy, they’re terrified of it. Fuller’s column wasn’t a prayer for a miracle, it was a desperate hope that a democratic election could be overturned by a stacked Supreme Court and a Republican Congress.

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As St. Anthony and the rest of our state navigate a post-pandemic world, we need pioneers as we face the unknown. A decade ago, we were facing similar straits. From them, we emerged as a vision for American cities in the 21st century. Our distinctive Idaho formula is primed to guide us again…

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On Nov. 6, the Post Register ran a column by attorney Lary Larson, submitted before Election Day. He states that if Biden wins, Trump supporters could be reassured by a law “that would permanently prohibit the federal government and all states from ever replacing our free market capitalist s…

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Historians of Trump’s presidency will do well to remind us of an ancient Greek lesson: Hubris always has a price. In the Greek tragedies, hubris is the character flaw evidenced by extreme pride and dangerous overconfidence. Nemesis follows in the form of humiliating defeat.

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I am glad that Joe Biden won the election, and I sincerely believe he is the right president for this extraordinary time of challenge and transition. Past celebrated presidents, like Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Kennedy, arrived at a time when foundations were shifting and crises d…

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A lot has changed since March. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives and complicated our ability to do everyday things, like visiting a friend for coffee, attending a concert or sports event and going to see our doctor. Thankfully, recent changes to federal and state regulations go…

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The mood at the bar Saturday night wasn’t exactly joyful — more than 8 in 10 Fremont County voters had sided with Trump — but it wasn’t doom and gloom either.

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In view of the misbehavior taking place in Philadelphia, my place of birth, the cradle of liberty and the birthplace of our Constitution, I offer a suggestion I would submit to the powers that be as a resolution to such behavior. It is as follows — follow up on the arrests of those responsib…

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In Gov. Little’s regular tele-town hall with AARP on October 28 a caller Mark in Pocatello said: “You keep asking people, ‘Wear a mask, social distance, yada, yada, yada.’ They’re not listening. You’re the adult in the room. What is the tipping point? At what point do you say ‘OK, kids, now …

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Taxpayers of Idaho Falls should be excited about the new police station. Most wholeheartedly support the men and women in blue and are grateful we have wonderful people that put their lives on the line. We absolutely need to fund and respect our police. And our police department is getting c…

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This year, Idahoans have a special reason to celebrate Veterans Day: release of the new Idaho Women Veterans Medallion. The medallion celebrates the service the women of this state have given to the military over the years.

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Record temperatures across the West, including a record 121 degrees in southern California by Los Angeles. Massive wildfires have charred millions of acres, including record large blazes in Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and California, and the resulting smoke spread across the entire West. Half …

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I have never seen so much irony in my lifetime. Sen. John Cornyn from Texas made the statement that confirming Joe Biden’s pick for the Office of Budget Management will be difficult to confirm because she has tweeted unfavorable tweets towards Republicans while the American people have had t…

The following statement that I received from a friend pretty well sums up the current situation in this country today: “We can have no 50-50 allegiance to this country. Either he (she) is an American all the way, or he(she) is no American at all” — Theodore Roosevelt.

I never cease to be amazed by so many liberal hypocrites among us. To be fair and open-minded, I acknowledge there are conservatives who are also hypocritical, but not to the extent of the left.

The Republicans have always stated they are the party of law and order, yet they are once again staying silent when Trump gives a pardon to Michael Flynn who pleaded guilty twice in a court of law. Trump is going to pardon all of his crooked allies, and the Republicans will sit by and say no…

By now we are seeing people wearing masks in grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants and even banks. Even though there was a time when wearing a mask in a bank suggested another motive.

Despite hundreds of affidavits of fraud and malfeasance that need to be adjudicated, it appears Biden has won the 2020 presidency. However, the question remains: What has happened to the Democratic Party, especially the party leaders?

Announce that one of the first persons to be vaccinated has been Santa Claus. Nonetheless, when he appears in public, he’ll wear a mask to set a good example. Santa Clause must continue to delight all children. Children the world over need Santa Claus. Adults need a bipartisan policy that is…

Despite hundreds of affidavits of fraud and malfeasance which need to be adjudicated, it appears Biden has won the 2020 presidency. However, the question remains, what has happened to the Democratic Party, especially the party leaders?

Imagine what a football team comprised of politicians would be like. The “Blue states” make up the offense and the “Red states” make up the defense. Pelosi and McConnell are our co-captains. Out to the center of the field for the coin flip they go. At the flip, Pelosi calls heads while McCon…

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Idahoans want to get back to normal. Our loved ones, our businesses and our way of life have suffered, and we’re all ready to move on. Most importantly, we want our kids back in school where they can best learn, grow and thrive.

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My Democratic opponent, Travis Oler, recently referred to me and my conservative principles as rot. Let’s talk about rot. Have you ever smelled rotten potatoes? I have. Their musty, moldy ooze smells like a cross between ammonia and something dead. They are nasty and slimy. In order for spud…

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When I decided to run for office, it was with the knowledge that mean things would be said about me. I’ve seen how certain elements operate in this town. But I decided to run anyway. Because I’m committed to the idea that our representatives should, well, represent us.

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I am writing in response to Doyle Beck’s accusation that I am somehow being dishonest because I don’t have the word “Democrat” more than twice on my website and Bryan Smith’s complaint that I don’t have the word “Democrat” on my signs. Both of these columns were attempts to distract from imp…

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This presidential election presents a binary choice that has become a mud fight, overheated to the ludicrous degree that friendships are fractured, relationships are threatened.

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As a biracial man with a Black father who is a veteran of the Vietnam War and a German Jewish mother whose father survived internment in a WWII concentration camp for his role in the underground resistance to the Nazis, I feel a particularly strong call to my responsibility as a citizen to f…

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Editor’s note: We published this column in the interest of including a variety of views. But it should be noted that studies of voter fraud in the U.S. find it to be extremely rare, between 0.0003% and 0.0025%.

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In Disney’s movie “Frozen 2,” Anna sings the inspirational and uplifting song, “Do the Next Right Thing.” In grief, she pledges to take steps toward the light, to do the next right thing. To combat the chaos around us, let’s pledge to “do the next right thing” in several areas. Take back som…

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Miranda Marquit ridicules our elected leaders for not standing behind Idahoan values, and she identifies herself as the people’s stalwart champion. But I don’t believe Marquit understands what our Idaho values are because she does not live by them (as we will see).

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On CBS, This Morning, a report by Camilo Montoya-Calvez revealed that “hundreds of parents who were separated from their kids at the U.S.-Mexico border remain ‘unreachable.’” This began with the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy separating children from parents of more than 1,00…

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If there’s one thing I’ve come to expect every general election cycle it’s Democrats around here running for office and never mentioning the fact that they’re Democrats. Or avoid talking about why they’re Democrats. They don’t bring it up in interviews. They don’t put it on their literature.…

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View on Google Images, again for the first time, Michelangelo’s most iconic panel adorning Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, “The Creation,” where the finger of God meets the finger of Adam. Add Eve from an adjacent panel, also with a raised arm and index finger pointing at the same c…

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Bryan Smith’s recent guest column contained only one main argument — that voters should not vote for me solely because I am running on the Democratic ticket, even though I have repeatedly said I will not vote according to the Democratic platform but vote only according to my constituents’ be…

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The ballots submitted by the Republican speaker of the house and the Democratic leader of the house will probably look very different this year, but there is one spot where they will look the same. We are both voting “yes” on House Joint Resolution 4, and we encourage you to do the same.

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It has been more than six months since the first COVID-related emergency declaration in Idaho. Since then, we have witnessed unprecedented government overreach, which has resulted in skyrocketing unemployment, many businesses closing permanently, closed schools and churchgoers arrested in Mo…

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In a recent guest column, Ralph Hutchison, coordinator for the anti-nuclear Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, argued that small modular reactors are “neither clean nor green — and (are) cost-prohibitive to boot.” The truth is, SMRs are perfect partners with renewable energy sources, li…

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The pandemic has unquestionably altered our daily lives. Many of us find ourselves with more time at home, and as such have tried to improve our television viewing. In that spirit, our family has been watching a number of Ken Burns’ documentaries about America. His illustrious seven-part ser…

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In the past month, several guest columns published in the Post Register have taken issue with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ Carbon Free Power Project, which will use small modular reactor technology developed by NuScale Power. With a combined 43 years of experience at the U.S.…

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Whenever Jim Jones writes in the local newspaper, I wonder how much his liberal politics have quietly been interwoven into Idaho’s laws and court rulings — both in his time with the office of the attorney general and on the state Supreme Court. Jones’ latest pitch to the public frets that Pr…

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This is a follow-up to George Wuerthner’s article in regard to forest fires that appeared on Sept. 24, and Lynn Kenneth Fuhrman, for his informative response of Oct. 2 on climate. From a similar historical perspective, I will focus on what has been known as the Great Fire of 1910, also commo…

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Now we know what Trump thinks about us, the American people: We’re a bunch of babies who will panic at the thought of a pandemic hitting this country. The American people, whose forbears won two world wars, will freak out if we’re threatened with a novel virus. In Trump’s view, the American …

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The Eastern Idaho Health Board, with legal responsibility for public health, authorized by Title 39 of Idaho Code, has previously responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a reasoned, graded set of restrictions and mandates on a county by county basis. I have respected chairman Bryon Reed’s an…

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I was uneasy with Mr. Smiths’ guest column of Oct. 7 regarding Travis Oler, who is running for Seat B in the Idaho State House of Representatives from District 31 — which is Bingham County. His letter was entitled “Travis Oler is still a Democrat” and ends with the words “he is still a Democrat.”

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Why vote? The nomination of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to be only the fifth woman on America’s highest court should be reason enough.

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Nearly every American has seen the video of George Floyd’s murder, and most of us were horrified as we watched his life snuffed out by an indifferent white police officer. In response, hundreds in Idaho Falls marched, including many who had never marched before. But now as memories fade, the…

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Let’s think about Russia. Let’s think about protecting our troops. Let’s think about protecting our elections. It should be obvious that Russia is not our friend, but we have a president who thinks Vladimir Putin is his friend. When our intelligence services tell us that Russia has not only …

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I would love to meet former Attorney General Jim Jones. I would like to know what motivates him to violate his professional ethics. My father and grandfather were barristers, deeply loyal to their training that, as officers of the court, they were obligated to be truthful at all places and t…

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In a year marked by adversity and troubling headlines, it’s nice to hear some good news from the Idaho Transportation Department — traffic fatalities decreased for the second year in a row during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day known as the 100 Deadliest Days.

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Orson Johnson and Bryan Smith opine that former Vice President Joe Biden has a cognition problem because he occasionally stutters. They are in good company with President Trump, who ridiculed Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter with a chronic neuromuscular disability, at a campaign sp…

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the NRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards found several serious safety problems that the NuScale designers had missed and have yet to remedy.

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For those of you who followed the special session, if your response was similar to mine, you were greatly disturbed by what happened. I’m not talking about the legislation that was passed, although I have concerns with that, as well. I’m talking about the behavior of the citizens who “came t…

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As a Republican delegate to the national Republican convention held last month in Charlotte, I am proud to report that GOP is as energized as it has ever been: We are committed to the re-election of President Trump and Vice President Pence, and we are prepared to defend our country against t…

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The Idaho Section of the American Nuclear Society fully supports the city of Idaho Falls’ involvement and leadership in Utah Associated Municipal Power System’s Carbon Free Power Project that will lead the nation in commercial deployment of small modular reactors.

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Joe Biden has spent some 50 years in politics. He used to be a moderate or even a conservative on some issues. Some of his opinions from the past would be considered conservative even today. For example, he used to stand solidly for law and order. He used to be a supporter of the Second Amen…

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I worry about the integrity of this year’s election because of mass mail voting in many states. We need to look at some facts and consider who to trust.

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If you want to know Idaho’s true values, look to our state seal. It embodies the very best of our state. Two figures stand alongside a bountiful harvest and a river, one depicting a miner and the other representing equality, liberty and justice.

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As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to have significant health and economic consequences for thousands of Idahoans, we must come together to help families that are struggling to make ends meet and stay safe. Through my position at Idaho Voices for Children, I have had the opportunity to talk…

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This fall marks a time of great concern for the mental health and wellbeing of the citizens of our country. Our family knows loss. Cameron Wilder was 17 years old. Cameron wowed audiences with his singing and acting. He stood up for peers who were bullied or left out. Cameron died just after…

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This is an editorial about reopening schools, but it is not what you think. As a teacher, I am grateful for the concern and debates over how to reopen schools, for they demonstrate a widespread community concern over the wellbeing of our students, teachers and staff.

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As we face a global pandemic and the resulting economic fallout, Idahoans may have been hopeful about the Legislature’s recent special session. Since the pandemonium at the statehouse dominated the news, Idahoans may still be wondering what was actually accomplished. The answer, unfortunatel…

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The last seven months haven’t been easy. From school to work, Idahoans have changed just about every aspect of their lives in some way. I know many of us are feeling frustrated, weary and angry about our new normal, and all those emotions were on display during last week’s special session of…

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Sometimes, a good book can bring back memories and experiences and put them into a greater perspective. Having finished my second reading of “The Children’s Blizzard,” an account of the effect on living things in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota of one of the most severe cold waves …

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Like zombies rising from the dead, legislators continue to push the flawed notion that logging can preclude massive wildfires and protect communities. The Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020, which was introduced by Sens. Daines and Feinstein, is another example of the failure o…