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.

It’s time to speak out. The Democrats, especially on the hard left, are dangerous. They cause chaos under the mantra that the ends justify the means.

I doubt it surprises anyone that governments constantly subsidize some businesses. I was surprised, however, to read a recent article exposing how much newspapers in Idaho receive in taxpayer subsidies.

Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid coverage to 62,000 working Idahoans, our neighbors. They are working in childcare, seasonal construction, restaurants, and similar jobs and make less than $17,000 a year or up to $29,000 for a family of three. For both a human and economic reasons, it is t…

Having worked as a physician in emergency rooms and urgent cares for the last 25 years, I have some experience working with people without insurance. Few things are more painful to a hardworking individual than walking into an ER knowing he or she will be unable to control the amount of mone…

The Trump administration announced a new policy that would force legal immigrants to choose between either meeting their basic needs or staying with their families. This policy dictates that an immigrant can be denied permanent residency in the U.S. if they have received or are likely to rec…

About 52 percent of Idaho’s 818,000 plus registered voters are Republican. About 47 percent are Democrats or unaffiliated. That’s reassuring for Republican candidates, if all registered Republicans vote the party line. Why wouldn’t they? The economy is booming. Idaho state legislative incumb…

We’ve been blessed, as Americans, to have a participatory system of government. For more than two centuries, the ability to participate in our own governance has expanded as the vote has been extended to more people. This is part of the promise of our country and our system of government.

In Albert Camus’s philosophical 1947 novel, The Plague, a doctor named Bernard Rieux finds a dead rat on his doorstep. Then he confronts another rat bleeding from the mouth before dying. When a colleague dies of a fever, the doctor suspects a lethal disease bringing a potential epidemic. Cam…

Editor's note: The Post Register does not normally identify victims of sexual assault in order to protect their privacy. In this case, the author decided to tell her story publicly.

My family and I are experiencing and using the highest levels of the American healthcare system. Our son suffered a debilitating brain trauma on August 31, 2018. Our lives have all been indelibly altered. As we work through each day, trying to see if he can accomplish such stunning tasks as …

What would Medicaid expansion accomplish? It would provide free health care to able-bodied adults who do not work. All one must do to rise above the proposed income threshold is work 40 hours per week at $7.77 per hour, below what McDonald's pays.

At a campaign rally in Montana, Trump again demonstrated his lack of civility and inadequacy to be the representative of United States morals to the world.

There have been many heart-rending stories in the media about people dying due to lack of access to routine, non-emergent medical care as a result of being unable to afford health insurance. Most people that have been caught in this situation were either working at low wage jobs that did not…

I just wanted to thank the folks in Idaho Attorney General's Office over in Boise and our local investigators. In the last few weeks, we have had to ask for their help a couple of times with community issues regarding horses and cows,  and they responded in a huge way.

This letter is in response to Jerry and Carrie’s piece from the paper last Sunday, and also to the many Dr. Krell has written concerning Medicaid expansion.

I believe Jim Sathe is confusing democratic socialism with social democracies. Social democracies include many European countries that are capitalists.  They let their governments restrict some basic rights for the opportunity to pay a lot of taxes so they can wait in line for mediocre healt…

Mr. Urling, the individual who told you he “…wore the uniform so I, along with millions of others, gave you the right to express your views…” was incorrect in his statement but his meaning is true.

I do not live in District 32 but feel a few facts need to be clarified. I don't feel Mr. Christensen has given a factual account of Rep. Tom Loertscher or what Tom believes. He has also misrepresented Tom’s character.

Neal Larson’s column of September 25, 2018, entitled “Left weaponized #MeToo movement” got my attention. I disagree. Men weaponized the #MeToo Movement. The #MeToo Movement has nothing to do with left, right, liberals, conservatives, celebrities, politicians, Democrats, Republicans or any ot…

Neal Larson accuses the left of having weaponized the #MeToo movement. In response, my first point is that the Democrats forced their most effective senator, Al Franken, to resign over sexual misconduct, so putting pressure on Kavanaugh is not hypocrisy.

Candidates for office in Idaho express concerns about safety in our schools. What can be done to prevent a mass shooting in Idaho schools? How do we deal with bullies? How do we deal with teen suicide and substance abuse?

We shouldn’t be here — languishing near the bottom when it comes to education, wages and access to health care — but this is exactly where we find ourselves after years of one-party, supermajority leadership.

‘Tis the season for hyperbole, alternate facts, fake news and now disparaging an entire class of people. It’s election season, and with a far-right coalition determined to defeat Proposition 2, the hatred, condescension and outright lies seem to be shouting out voices of reason.

Katie Jennings is the elected precinct 7 committee officer for the Bonneville Republican Party.

On Aug. 20, the childcare facilities in Idaho Falls received an email from the city clerk. This letter was a notification that the city could no longer distribute childcare workers a temporary childcare worker’s certificate. This was a temporary license that would allow childcare workers to …

As is often the case with opinion pieces by Republican representatives, I was confused by Ann Rydalch’s column in the Sept. 15 paper. I was with her for the first paragraph, because I agree that the Constitution is liberal democracy’s most inspiring document.

A friend hit a deer last fall on Ashton Hill, on U.S. Highway 20 near Island Park, doing $8,800 damage to his truck. He described it as “a disaster.” Another man hit a huge mule deer on Targhee Pass last month and totaled his SUV. In July five people were rushed to the hospital after a head-…

Do not be deceived. Proposition 1 is not about helping schools. It is not about making horse racing legal. No one is trying to take away horse racing. It’s about taking money from Idaho households to pad the pockets of a few individuals. It’s about circumventing our own constitution.

I have followed the Medicaid funding gap debate in the Post Register with much interest. Based on my own personal knowledge and experience I find the arguments for closing the gap to be persuasive.

Informed Potomac observers report that the population of Republican deficit hawks on Capitol Hill has suffered a catastrophic drop since January of 2017. It is not entirely clear what has caused the sudden decline, although some attribute it to incumbency fever, which can be brought on by th…

On August 20, 2018, a crowd gathered around a war monument that had stood on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over 100 years. The monument, called Silent Sam, had been erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913 to honor the over 1,000 students and em…

Several years ago, while in graduate school, I taught public speaking to undergrads. The course, which none wanted to take, was required of all. In such a situation, it is rare to encounter the freshman or sophomore that commits totally to achieving excellence.

Where are the next generation of criminals and terrorists going to come from? In all probability they will come disproportionately from where the current crop have come from: from those who feel discriminated, disadvantaged and marginalized by society. This broad grouping includes the homele…

“Free and Equal.” That’s a catchy headline, but it’s tilting at windmills. As parents, taxpayers and educators, we owe Idaho students more than catchy headlines and meaningless metrics. We owe them a civil discussion of what constitutes an “effective” public education.

Over the past several years, as our legislators have continued to ignore their constituents’ pleas for access to affordable health care, we’ve heard a lot about “principles” associated with not taking federal money.

The Constitutional Convention ended 231 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787. The day is marked on many of our calendars as Constitution Day, but it comes and goes each year without much notice. The truth, however, should be clear to all of us — the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was an extraordin…

Periodically, The New American Magazine, a John Birch Society publication, publishes voting records for all congressmen and rates each bill and vote based on “their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional fo…

My husband and I have lived in Fremont County for 30 years. We vote here. We love and actively participate in our Island Park community. In July, more than fifty of my neighbors and I asked Idaho Transportation Department and the Federal Highway Administration to consider lowering the speed …

To those who dare to dream big, we’re asking for four hours of your time. Two hundred and 40 minutes; 14,400 seconds – about the amount of time it takes you to watch a football game on television. We’re asking for your time because we want to help you succeed. We want to help build your drea…

The recent Post Register editorial board endorsement of Proposition 2, the Obamacare expansion ballot initiative, wildly missed the mark. Give the editorial board members credit — they turned the issue on its head. They argue opponents are driven by “distractions.” Let’s shine a spotlight on…

It is my hope that we all are thankful for the efforts and sacrifices of those who established the constitution of this land which was the birth of our nation. Many have gone before us that preserved and passed on to us the freedoms we enjoy today. We cannot take those freedoms lightly.

A Bonneville County Democratic operative, precinct captain and state committeeman recently wrote a letter to the editor using the parable of the good Samaritan to push for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. The letter attempts to make the point that Jesus is weeping because Christians have not …

September. I love September because, among other reasons, it’s my birth month. Yet for the past 16 years, just about this same time in September, I feel a sense of unrest. I attribute it to an experience felt so deeply that perhaps it actually changed a bit of my DNA.

For my Democratic friends who do not understand what could motivate anyone to support Trump, here are some observations I have made over the many years I have spent on this planet.

An acquaintance recently had a medical emergency from undiagnosed diabetes. He almost died. His last physical was when he was honorably discharged from the marines 20 years earlier. The emergency room did an admirable job. He is now healthy again. There was no insurance and the bills came to…

Ann Burt recently penned a guest column in which she asserted that “raising the minimum wage law will not benefit Idaho” and went on to offer the well-worn argument that most who oppose providing a living wage to hard-working Americans put forward: Business is the most efficient engine for d…

Thanks to President Donald Trump, the term “fake news” is everywhere in today’s political sphere. The president has rightly used the term to call out distortions of the truth by the mainstream media. But reporters are hardly alone in disseminating less-than-truthful information. One Idaho-ba…

A few years ago in this spot I wrote an article about patriotism. With the passing of Senator McCain, I was reminded again of the word, and what it means and what it does not. The conservatives seem to think they define this ideal, but I think not. So here is my take on it.

Northwest Nazarene University economics professor Peter Crabb recently opined that expanding Medicaid coverage to approximately 62,000 Idahoans “is likely to do more economic harm than good.” His thesis is that people who get government health coverage are more likely to engage in risky beha…

Ideology. We’ll get heavy doses of ideology and fear tactics this campaign season and very little talk about jobs; saving and creating them.

Medicaid Expansion opponents paint a picture of a person choosing to work just part-time in a low paid job for the purpose of obtaining health care through Medicaid Expansion. Personally, I’d be surprised if those in Idaho’s Medicaid Gap plan to be idle — and I’m not surprised to learn some …

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that, from June 2017 to June 2018, Idaho and Utah have been the two leading states in growth of payroll employment. What do these two states have in common? Both have set their minimum wage at $7.25 an hour.

We should all reflect on what it means to be an American and never take for granted the sacrifices that many have bravely made to secure our freedom. When I was 20, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Serving in the military is not only a sacrifice for the person enlisted but also for the e…

The Idaho Falls School District 91 High School ReDesign Bond election is scheduled for Tuesday. As voters decide whether or not to vote yes, students attend school every day in the outdated, somewhat unsafe high schools desperately in need of a redesign. These students who experience the nee…

Many have seen pictures of the flames that threatened Dubois. Heroic efforts saved the town from the Grassy Ridge Fire that has burned hundreds of thousands of acres. Firefighters lined the perimeter and actively stopped the fire line just two miles outside of town, as the town was evacuated…

President Donald Trump is controversial with numerous overzealous critics, but underneath his crusty outer shell is a sophisticated man who knows how to get the job done, writes Bob Ziel.

Proposed cuts to anti-poverty programs would leave millions of Americans without vital health coverage, food assistance, a place to live, or some combination of the three, writes Sharon Parrott.