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With the current political chaos in our federal government, it is time for some comic relief. I’ll pick on the Democrats since I’m a Republican. Those who still have a sense of humor may laugh out loud at the following, as I did:

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As the weather turns cold, Idaho legislators are preparing for the start of the legislative session in January. Many are already hard at work on new laws designed to improve the lives of Idahoans. But there are proposals afoot that could cause real harm to taxpayers and local communities.

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When I was a Skyline High School senior (class of ’72), we drove to Pocatello for a Vietnam protest. We marched from the Idaho State University campus to the U.S. Post Office, held candles and listened to a speech by a Unitarian minister. When the draft came up, I got a high number, or I wou…

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With Idaho’s municipal elections around the corner, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the fact that Idaho’s voters are denied transparency to make more informed decisions when voting. Under Idaho law, voters are restricted from knowing party affiliation. The words “Republican” or “Democrat” …

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I was having trouble understanding the reasoning as to why Republicans were fixated on adding sideboards on Medicaid expansion. It would add a new layer of bureaucracy and significant expense, the sort of things that Republicans typically rail against. There had to be other reasons that I ha…

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As Americans, we have great pride in our national parks, national forests and other public lands and are inspired by their beauty and our experiences on these lands. To the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho and tribes across the country, these public lands are much more than that. These lands…

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“Will rare earths become a counter weapon for China to hit back against the pressure the United States has put on for no reason at all? The answer is no mystery.” So noted the May 31 issue of the People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper. Amidst rising U.S.-China trade…

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Taking the oath of office, swearing to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the state of Idaho has been a great privilege and sacred honor. These documents, which have a genealogy of at least 900 years of sacrifice and struggle, safeguard and secure the liberty, prog…

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Tax policy may seem like an abstract exercise to some people, but decisions made by Idaho lawmakers have real-world consequences. Take, for instance, a couple now in their mid to late 60s living in Kootenai, Cassia, Gooding, Shoshone or Ada County. They’ve lived and worked for decades in Ida…

Editorial Cartoons

Talk of impeachment started before Trump was elected. Trump's enemies were counting on the Mueller investigation. That didn't stir the voters enough so they found whistleblowers who heard second-hand about a phone call. Since the call was in July, I wonder why it took them so long to come fo…

Having been out of the loop for a while, I just read the real Bob Ziel's letter requesting that I apologize to Evan Tibbott for suggesting that he had short-term memory loss and that his righteous indignation made him look like a snowflake. OK. I apologize for the snowflake remark. It was no…

It appears the California water supply has been contaminated. Nancy Pelosi believes youth 16 years old should be allowed to vote, yet the human brain does not fully mature until age 25, which would result in more unseasoned voters at the polls. Kamala Harris floats the idea that Immigration …

The polls for the impeachment inquiry is not moving positively in the Republicans' direction. The Republicans should listen to a few of the Republican senators, such as former Sen. Jeff Flake, who said, "there's still time to save your souls" and Sen. Mitt Romney who is speaking out because …

My friend recently had her power turned off by the city. Her power bill was due on Oct. 9; her power was shut off the day before, on Oct. 8. She has two small children at home, and they were without power and heat all evening, all night and the next morning.

In his Oct. 4 column, Doyle Beck makes quite the argument that non-partisan municipal elections should become partisan elections. Who knew that Democrats, progressives and liberals were all such terrible people and taking over the state by winning these nonpartisan elections? Beck argues tha…

The Oct. 4 article titled “Trump cites support for Medicare, slams Medicare for all” ended touting the “advantages” of Medicare Advantage plans. Unfortunately, the article didn’t include their significant disadvantages. Almost all require copays for physician visits, ambulance service, lab s…

I'm writing today to express my disappointment with your decision to cut the Saturday newspaper. I've previously expressed my displeasure at losing the Monday paper and now another cut. Who wants to read about sports stories two days after? Saturday and Monday should have more sports.

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Many seem to think they know my heart and intent. The recent article published by Jeannette Boner of the Teton Valley News certainly portrays me as a psycho gun nut looking for a fight. The Post Register Editorial Board then portrayed me as an attention seeker.

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The Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA) is a unique and dynamic feature underlying eastern Idaho. It is the sole source of drinking water for all of eastern Idaho, and it supports hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural production providing vital economic input to our communities.

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You should not be fired for being black, being a woman, being Mormon or being gay. This is an Idaho value that nearly all Idahoans share. And yet, every year, Idahoans are fired for who they love. They are qualified for their jobs, hardworking and highly-skilled but terminated because an emp…

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I read with interest a recent article by three current Idaho legislators entitled “Idaho teachers need our support.” The legislators, Rep. John McCrostie, D-Boise, Rep. Sally Toone, D-Gooding and Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, claim that the Idaho Core Standards were written by highly s…

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A recent column by Republican Party Second Vice Chair Bryan Smith claimed that because “things aren’t wonderful in Idaho schools … exams revealed that roughly 70 percent of kids in those grades [K—3] read at grade level ... then roughly 26,000 Idaho kids don’t.”

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Gov. Little is following in his predecessor’s footsteps by creating yet another task force to study the next steps Idaho should take in education. In the meantime, the Legislature too has taken piecemeal steps to restore investments to our schools’ post-great recession. Even so, they failed …

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I may know why Jennifer Ellis is offended that the Idaho Republican Party has rules asking politicians to be transparent when it comes to the GOP platform. The platform is revised every two years by convention delegates representing 949 elected precinct committeemen/women from every county i…

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White Pine Charter School in Ammon is working to bring an innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics high school to students and families in Idaho Falls. I have been involved in this project with the school’s leadership and supporters for several years now. Their emphasis ha…

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Thank you, Kristina Batalden. I am impressed by your op-ed. You seem sincere and willing to engage in a conversation about actual public policies. That’s much different from the recent writings that offer unspecific complaints about the nature of conservative principles.

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Red flag laws struck a nerve among gun owners. These laws allow police to temporarily seize someone’s firearms without due process based on reports suggesting a “dangerous” mindset. This goes beyond the Supreme Court’s 1968 Terry v. Ohio decision authorizing police to temporarily detain and …

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The League of Women Voters of Idaho supported the effort to place Proposition 2 Medicaid expansion on the ballot. However, that effort didn’t stop with the election once the measure landed in the state Legislature for funding.

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The Idaho State Board of Education held hearings in August about Common Core education standards. Comments made by attendees prove that parents, students, business owners, and even some educators are not entirely supportive of the standards that Idaho adopted almost a decade ago.

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The recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the chicken processing plants in Alabama raises the question, “What incentives are there to cause these employers to recruit employees from Central America?” I suspect they are the same incentives that cause the potato processin…

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Over the summer, numerous “hearings” have been held on the Idaho Core Standards. Educators from across the state showed up to testify in defense of our Idaho Core Standards. These Idaho Core Standards were written by highly skilled Idaho teachers and are used to ensure our students have the …

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When the voters passed Medicaid expansion through a ballot initiative, Republicans in the legislature could not resist putting expensive, unnecessary restrictions on coverage. Citizens from across the state and many legislators worked hard to fight these restrictions, but the majority ignore…

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To be candid, I’ve never seen the film “The Blues Brothers” referenced in Kent Granat’s commentary criticizing me. That’s the least of my troubles, as I read through Mr. Granat’s meandering op-ed four times and still didn’t quite get the point, though I’d really like to.

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Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans voted to implement a clean Medicaid expansion program in our state. The reasons are easy to understand: We will bring $400 million in federal dollars back to Idaho; we will provide healthcare for tens of thousands of our friends, family and neighbors; we will cr…

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Racism in all of its forms is terrible. No one should be using it to win elections. Child abuse, human trafficking, prostitution, murder and much more are a part of it. Slavery is still a large problem in our world today.

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My dad never went to college. He graduated from high school in 1930 when unemployment rates were on the way to 15 percent and eventually reached 25 percent. He needed — and wanted a job — so he never seriously thought about taking the time to get more education. I believe he regretted that d…

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Republican Party Chairman Doyle Beck, recently explained how the Idaho Freedom Index is a ground-breaking accountability rubric to keep the Idaho Republicans on the straight and narrow. Beck believed that this Freedom Index and the published scores of our lawmakers keep them doing what he wa…

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Everyone seems to agree that we live in a polarized country. We read it in the newspaper, on our email, Facebook or Twitter accounts, or we see it on the television network and cable channels that we have divided ourselves into left or right, liberal or conservative, socialist or even white …

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Kudos to the United States Forest Service if they are going to spend $25,000 to study wildlife-vehicle collisions in the Island Park area. Highway 20 bisects the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Island Park. Everyone knows that wildlife-vehicle collisions are largely under-reported in the …

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On Aug. 8 at the Willard Arts Center in downtown Idaho Falls, a very important film was shown called “The Blessings of Liberty.” This is an Idaho-produced film that follows the lives of Idahoans with disabilities as they live their daily lives. Every public-school student in our state knows …

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As July fades into August, parades, fireworks and picnics have, once again, commemorated and celebrated our cultural and political foundations: foundations of courage and unwavering confidence in eternal truths worth making the ultimate sacrifice for.

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If you follow current events in Idaho, even marginally, you become aware of the seemingly ever-presence of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Republican Party platform and the Freedom Index. Depending on your political persuasion, this group is either an esteemed protector of the state or a band …

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For years, we’ve talked about advanced nuclear reactors. We’ve talked about the need to someday supplement America’s high-performing reactor fleet, which has operated safely for decades and generates 20 percent of the nation’s electricity and more than half our low-carbon electricity.

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Sports is a microcosm of life. Nothing prepares one for future leadership and competition in the real world quite like athletics does. As a 15-year Division I women’s basketball coach, I worked with amazing young women whose backgrounds checked all of today’s boxes of diversity. On any given…

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When I first came to the Yellowstone region over 40 years ago, I fell in love with the area and wanted to learn as much as possible. I listened to old-timers and read historical accounts and recent research. It’s a process that continues to this day. There’s so much to learn.

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In 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was completed — one of the greatest engineering feats to that point in history. It was a passion project for chief engineer Joseph Strauss and took such a toll on his health that he died one year after its completion.

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At the time the Constitution was written, the largest state was Virginia with about 748,000 people, and the smallest was Delaware with about 59,000 for a ratio of about 12-to-one. Move on to the 2018 census estimates, and the largest (in round numbers) was California with 40 million and the …

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As of 2019, an unprecedented 68.5 million people have been displaced from their homes. Violence and violent conflict, rather than natural disasters, are now the leading reasons for this displacement. The death toll of this violence is also on the rise with an estimated 102,000 people killed …

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There are so many competing priorities for new parents which result in the necessity to navigate a steep learning curve immediately. From the minute that bundle of joy arrives at home, one of the chief concerns is how to ensure their child has the best possible start in every area possible: …

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Ronald Reagan said: “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

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As an elected board member of the Idaho Falls Auditorium District, I want to point out some facts about the IFAD. The IFAD board of directors is comprised of five volunteer board members with a chairperson (Terri Gazdik) who has served over six years on the board of directors, and three boar…

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Retired Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones exemplified every cliché on kettles calling pots black or throwing stones in glass houses with his attack on Attorney General William Barr. While America always had an adversarial legal system, Barr and Jones represent diametrically opposing views of i…

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Open up a newspaper, turn on the TV or listen to any newscast on the radio, and you’ll likely be exposed to anti-Trump rhetoric. It’s become so acute that cynics are now accusing the president, and even his followers, of being racists and fascists.

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Nearly everyone has received those calls in the middle of dinner, in the middle of getting kids to sleep or in the middle of trying to finish a project. We stop what we are doing. We hurry to answer the phone, only to hear a long pause followed by an automated voice trying to defraud us of o…

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How many times have you and/or your friends and family sat around the table bemoaning the fact that almost every time Idaho gets mentioned in the national press it is for something odd, backwards or bad? For example, stories about black helicopters, and about party leaders, legislators and o…

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The Post Register would have its readers believe there’s nothing controversial about “diversity” programs at Idaho’s public colleges and universities. Actually, they are controversial. Quite so. So much so that the National Association of Scholars has a name for these types of programs: neo-…

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It is a great honor and privilege to lead the Idaho Republican Party. Republican leadership in the White House and across Idaho have ushered in an unprecedented era of growth, opportunity and prosperity. The 2020 election is a pivotal time for America, and I am humbled that my party is entru…

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The 2019 Bonneville County Fair will commence on Aug. 2 at the newly constructed Bonneville County Fairgrounds just south of Sandy Downs. Events will run through Aug. 8 and include horse shows at the Bank of Commerce Horse Arena and livestock shows at the Melaleuca 4-H Events Center. The Bon…

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The following is a phone conversation between Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, and high school student Gracie Messier about a child marriage bill presented by Gracie at Girls State simulated legislature. Girls State is a nonpartisan program through American Legion Auxiliary; they do not have a…

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Bigotry is alive and well in Idaho. Most alarming is its endorsement by 28 members of the Idaho legislature, many of them living in the east end of the state where I make my home.

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The room fell silent when U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson called for putting “all options on the table” to help restore salmon populations to Idaho. Many people were shocked and — fairly or not — walked away with the impression that his speech was an implicit call for dam breaching.

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As a white girl growing up in Seattle during the 50s and 60s, I was very aware and supportive of the Civil Rights movement. In college, the Vietnam War profoundly affected many families, primarily because of the draft, and many students were heavily invested in opposing it. However, nearly 5…

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For years, radical progressives on the west coast have been using ballot initiatives as a weapon to destroy freedom and liberty. Oregon and Washington have taken dramatic turns to the left in recent years due in large part to liberal ballot initiatives being used to bypass state legislatures.