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This opinion column is a direct response to Mr. Beck’s recent anti-union column. As I read his comments, my mind recalled one of my all-time favorite bumper stickers. It read, “Enjoy paid holidays, thank a union.” The message is clear and unambiguous. As a result of successful union collecti…

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You might think that our Republican legislators in Boise are working hard to fight liberal special interest groups, but you would be wrong. In fact, GOP Sen. David Lent, from right here in Idaho Falls, led the charge to protect the leftist labor unions who have a special advantage over the r…

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A market-based, revenue-neutral price on carbon that returns a dividend to citizens is shown to be the most economically efficient climate solution. A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University showed a carbon tax is significantly less expensive in curbing greenhouse gas emissions …

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When I attended grad school at the University of Oregon, I was fearful of moving from a small town, Livingston, Montana population of 7,000 to the “big city” of Eugene, Oregon population of 300,000 in the metro area. However, I discovered that Eugene was very livable. There is an abundance o…

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It’s not often when Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch uses terms such as “great,” “outstanding” and “thoughtful” to describe speeches by Democrats. But he gives those accolades to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his plea on the Senate floor in 2005 for keeping the filibuster.

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Contrary to the agenda-driven views floated by Doyle Beck in a recent guest opinion, local education associations do not seek to “wage war on parents, teachers, students and elected school boards.” Requiring a collaborative process through collective bargaining simply ensures that the insigh…

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The other day a Boy Scout contacted me to pass off a merit badge assignment. He had to talk about an issue in the community that he was concerned about. He’s a local high school student. I could think of a number of things he might want to discuss, but what he raised with me really surprised me.

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My fellow Idahoans: Every day, members of our communities visit our local courthouses. Some are there to make or defend a legal claim or perhaps to pay a ticket. Others come to serve as witnesses or jurors. In addition, I cannot overlook the dedicated employees who work in these buildings as…

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New Year’s Day 2020. Our economy was booming. Our future looked bright. No one predicted the drastic changes to be forced on an unprepared world. Somehow, we managed. But crisis management produced winners and losers. Unfortunately, the losses included livelihoods, lifestyles, and lives.

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According to Rashmi Prakash, Ph.D., Clinical Professor at Stanford Children’s Health Department: “Parents play the most important role in the overall development of their child. It is the right guidance of parents that develops the cognitive, socio-cultural, physical, mental, and spiritual d…

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The recent murders of eight people at massage parlors in the Atlanta, Georgia area, including six Asian women, raises some questions about racism and misogyny. Two of the women were white and all but one, female. Police have stated that the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, may have targeted t…

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Early that morning, May 18, 1980, the Pacific Ring of Fire awakened from a slumber in southwestern Washington state. The prairie in north-central Idaho was quiet and peaceful that calm, clear Sunday morning. A few small clouds speckled the pale blue sky. I had not had the radio on. As the mo…

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It is hilarious that Mitch McConnell tells corporations to stay out of politics but is more than willing to accept corporations’ donations.

Louise, I see an entirely different beast invading our schools. The left has given control of our schools to the cancel culture beast. There is no place in today’s schools for the Constitution, our history and the things that have made America great.

It’s been a tough race with lots of Republicans in heated competition for the title, but I’ve reached a decision. Please consider this letter my nomination of Ed Humphreys for Biggest Snowflake for his attempt to remodel the entire state of Idaho’s educational system as his personal safe spa…

Peggy Bush’s April 6 letter criticizing Dr. Kenneth Krell is misleading. In February 2021, COVID-19 became the number one cause of death in the United States. With COVID-19 deaths averaging 2,400 per day, it outranked heart disease (2,068 per day) and cancer (1,639 per day) as of Feb. 20.

While Mr. Hunter is so concerned about raising taxes for the wealthy and large corporations, we are more concerned about average taxpayers and small businesses bearing the burden of paying far more taxes. Unfortunately, our tax system is not fair. The rich and corporations with unlimited acc…

In his presidential inaugural address, and in other venues, Biden promoted unity, bipartisanship and moderation and was probably elected on these positions and values. Now we know all words and lies. Thirty-seven presidential executive orders later (and counting), it is evident Biden has bec…

A big thank you to Eastern Idaho Public Health and all the people at Waterfront for their fast and hassle-free shot program. I hope that all who need a vaccination can get one soon. Thank you also to all the people that are helping with this program in our area. What a great job you are doing.

Speaking of “death of democracy,” let’s look at House Resolution 1: Any lawsuits challenging HR 1 could only be filed in the District of Columbia. It mandates automatic voter registration and forces states to accept absentee ballots up to 10 days after election.

The Growing Climate Solutions Act is bipartisan and market-based legislation that would make it easier for agricultural producers, here in Idaho and across the country, to voluntarily participate in carbon credit markets. These credits would allow growers, large and small, to earn income for…

Michael Armstrong recently suggested I move to District 93 and run for the school board to recreate the five liberal to one conservative dynamic that we saw a few years ago. While all school boards have navigated tremendous challenges this past year, Armstrong’s suggestion that District 93’s…

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Later this year, Congress will look at how snow and rain made such a mess of Texas and pass a large, national infrastructure bill, the better to prepare our country for a change in the weather. Will a $34 billion plan from Congressman Mike Simpson to rebuild water, transportation and energy …

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Like many parents of young children, I was baffled to hear that the House Education Committee killed a $6 million grant, allocated in January by the Trump administration to “support the development of Idaho’s early childhood care and education system.” It should have a slam-dunk. It was mone…

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No one has come out unscathed from this once-in-a-century global pandemic. People are frustrated and scared of losing everything. Our situation has gotten better here in Idaho, and we’re rated as the top state in the union with the most positive job growth. I feel fortunate to live here.

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Investing in clean energy production, distribution, and research and development is not only good for our environment but can help spur innovation that strengthens local economies and creates much-needed jobs. From the local to the federal level, it is critically important that elected offic…

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On Tuesday, residents in 46 of Idaho’s 115 school districts will have the opportunity to vote on ballot measures asking residents to support their local schools with local property taxes. For many residents, this may not be an easy decision. Voting to support schools with hard-earned dollars…

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Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo hopes that at least a couple of Democrats will want to take a second look at the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package that is heading to the Senate. If that happens, he says, there’s a chance that money can be channeled toward the people who need it the most.

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Few understand that any former president can face charges for crimes committed while in office. This is why Nixon was pardoned. An impeachment conviction after removal from office, however therapeutic, is just a political reprimand.

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On Jan. 6, Mark Fuller’s column entitled “The great and terrible day has arrived” was printed in the Post Register. Fuller is the chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, and he is an ally of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Fuller lost the contest last year to become Ida…

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Trent Clark recently wrote an editorial about his interpretation of why the Republicans lost the Senate elections in Georgia and thus control of the Senate. Some aspects were correct, but there was much that was not said.

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Read Congressman Simpson’s proposal to remove the four dams on the lower Snake River. I support it. All the easy ways to save the salmon have been tried; we must act. Yet while we are trying to help the salmon swim upstream, we are going to have to swim upstream to produce more electricity t…

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In Bill Davis’ recent guest opinion in the Jefferson Star regarding exploratory drilling in the Kilgore area, he alludes to misinformation about Otis Gold Corp’s proposal to conduct gold exploration in the Centennial Mountains of eastern Idaho.

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To err is human. All of us make mistakes. Some people exhibit the gnashing of teeth when others make mistakes. Some people are gracious when others make mistakes. Rep. Randy Armstrong and I are good friends. He is a kind, gracious man. We enjoy the banter that takes place between us, and tha…

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Those of us fortunate enough to have lived in the West know how awe-inspiring it is to be surrounded by the vast wilderness, breathtaking landscapes and unique species that make our nation so richly diverse. From the avid hunter or outdoor recreationist, to the biologist at a local conservat…

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The year 1976, as I remember, was one of little snow throughout much of the Rocky Mountain region. I was living in the El Rancho apartments behind the Idaho Falls High School. It was an odd year. In fact, the heaviest snowfall we received was on June 13, when it snowed so hard that steam ros…

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The need for Idahoans to have a Legislature who listens to their constituents and works diligently and courageously to protect their rights, as they defend and support the Constitution, is of utmost importance today. Our rights as citizens of the great state of Idaho and the United States of…

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I realized western civilization might be circling the drain when the proprietor of the drinking establishment in St. Anthony I sometimes frequent changed the television channel from Jeopardy to Family Feud one afternoon. “They don’t like Jeopardy,” she said, pointing her cigarette at my most…

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Last week, I released for discussion a concept that could end the Northwest salmon wars. It would lock in a more certain future for agriculture, energy, transportation and communities and also give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead their best chance for survival.

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Like many other educators, I was taken aback by the degrading and disparaging comments about teachers made by Rep. Barbara Ehardt in the House Education Committee meeting. As I sit down to write this, I made note of the time. It is currently 6:40 p.m. I have just arrived home and it is dark.…

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Our political process, as envisioned by our founders, is based on a legislative system that relies on the healthy debate of issues. Perspectives and situations can then be presented and a consensus reached that is confirmed by vote. There is an inherent need in this process for all parties t…

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It is no coincidence that America’s greatest president was called upon to lead America during her darkest hour of danger. Had the Confederate States of America won the Civil War, there would not be a United States of America, but more likely four or five separate nations, something resemblin…

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As I reflect on last year’s Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how blessed we are to live in the greatest country this world has ever known. There has never been a country that offers its citizens so much opportunity — so much freedom — to reach the potential that God has given each of us. We hav…

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The Biden administration supports protecting 30% of U.S. lands by 2030 or what is termed the “30 by 30” proposal. One of the best ways to meet that 30 by 30 goals would be to put all national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands off-limits to logging.

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It’s going to get cold. Are we ready for it? I’m not talking about this year, but rather what will happen after a few years of Biden rule. Idahoans heat with natural gas and electricity; let’s consider what is likely to happen to both.

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In 1953, then-U.S. Sen. Herman Welker, R-Idaho, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a convincing case for the addition of a second federal judgeship for Idaho at a judiciary subcommittee hearing. The senator cited the increase in cases, rising case backload and a considerable di…

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When I was Idaho Attorney General in the 1980s, my office kept close track of gasoline prices. A price margin of 10 cents per gallon between the wholesale and retail price was customary. It gave the retailer a reasonable profit, while protecting the interests of the consumer in this basic ne…

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My husband and I are homeowners in Island Park, and we oppose the development of helicopter skiing in the Centennial Mountains. Mount Sawtelle is an Island Park landmark visible throughout the area that we enjoy every day, especially for winter views of the snow-capped peak. The current prop…

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On Jan. 20, President Biden called for an end to the uncivil war of words that have pitted the fellow citizens of our country against each other. His words echoed the pleas of President Lincoln, who, upon his reelection, spoke to a nation still divided by the Civil War. In that second inaugu…

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2020 was an interesting year for politics. It seemed that we were more divided than any other time in recent history. The anger, accusations and misleading claims from both sides of the political aisle seemed to create an even bigger gap between the left and the right.

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I appreciate the fact that we live in a state where fiscal conservatism means something and that Gov. Brad Little has proposed cutting taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars this year. My only criticism of the governor on this point is that repealing the sales tax on groceries is not in hi…

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The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for businesses in eastern Idaho, representing over 600 businesses with over 25,000 employees actively engaged in growing our region’s economy. On their behalf, we request our legislators cease their efforts to declare an end…

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I can no longer remain quiet about the events taking place in Washington, D.C. Ever since Jan. 6, I have read about and watched video of the attack on the Capitol. I never thought we would have an event like this in the United States of America.

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One of the great things about a legislative process is the public input into drafting laws. Through that process constituents, businesses and even elected officials learn of the ramifications and complexities of our society. The last two weeks of the Idaho Legislature have been very instruct…

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Spending a summer as a forest lookout can open up opportunities to witness things that last a lifetime. Aside from the responsibility of spotting and reporting fire activity and the regular duties of maintaining the tower, there is time to observe and witness other things not normally a part…

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Community leaders from across Idaho have joined together to launch an effort called Imagine Idaho. This effort is aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of broadband throughout our state. Our ultimate goal is to increase broadband access that allows all Idahoans to live, learn and w…

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As an educator who has remained in the classroom for in-person instruction through the COVID-19 pandemic, I cannot express my sincere gratitude for every person involved in the herculean task to bring a vaccine online on a timescale never before witnessed. It is truly astonishing, and the va…

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“Make America Great Again.” It’s a short phrase, catchy and easy to remember. It does, of course, presuppose that America is no longer a great country if we have to make it a great country again. Then, like magic, it was “Keep America Great,” as if something had been accomplished. Then “Make…

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I appreciate the guest column by Mr. Bert Bowler from Dec. 15 and his concern for the health of Idaho salmon populations. Northwest RiverPartners shares this concern, which is why we continue to encourage scientific research to help better inform salmon recovery policies.