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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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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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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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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…

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On Aug. 24, legislators from across the state gathered in Boise for a special legislative session to discuss the November election. On the agenda are proposed amendments to Idaho’s election laws, which include allowing counties to create voting centers to facilitate in-person voting on Elect…

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Idaho Falls School District 91 has reached a critical junction. As a member of one of six parent-teacher committees, I have felt a need to pass on to the members of our community some of what happened during the summer as we have prepared to reopen our schools for the students.

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We all long for a return to some semblance of “normalcy,” and our health departments, parents, teachers and school boards now face the awful choices involving our most precious resource — our children — and how we might move toward a goal of returning some degree of normal to their lives, re…

Editorial Cartoons

Students shouldn’t feel held back by their school. Every student has unique needs that aren’t always met by a one-size-fits-all environment. And this is true for many students across Idaho.

Bryan, you might want to choose a better topic than cognitive decline as a reason to explain why Joe Biden shouldn’t become president. Rambler in chief can go on incoherent, rambling rants with the best of them. Does that make him not qualified too?

What Ann Callison failed to mention in her opposition to the proposed Grand Targhee Ski Resort expansion are the many benefits of increased tourism. She also greatly exaggerated the issues she fears with the expansion. By expanding the terrain at Grand Targhee, the resort will become a more …

Bob Ziel’s recent letter to the editor about Joe Biden’s mental condition seems to need a response. As Bob stated, he has no medical training in this field, and I have none either, just my opinion, as he has his.

Thank you, Anne Callison, for mentioning that there is still time to comment on the Targhee expansion plans. I just submitted my support for the expansion and was very happy to be aware of the opportunity to participate. The Forest Service had a very nice online comment page that made it qui…

Curious how many Americans think of our Founding Fathers (not Mothers, but male, white, straight, landowners and often slave owners) as objects of adulation who were inspired by God. Curious, because they were mostly extremely well-educated, “intellectual elites”, who would be mocked by toda…

There are so many issues to write a letter about: our nationwide pandemic with so many infected, dead, and so poorly handled on many levels, millions of lost jobs, many homeless, loss of health insurance and Trump attempting to destroy the Affordable Care Act, the imminent danger of losing S…

What used to be a beautiful city is fast becoming unbelievably trashy. There are weeds of every kind, size, color and style, from dry enough to burn to still green and growing on streets, alleys, vacant areas, etc., from downtown to the outskirts. It is so bad that there are areas of the cit…

Unlike most of the Post Register commentators, I’m an independent, I support President Trump and I believe in the USA. But now I’m finding it very difficult to support the mayor and city council.

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During Monday’s special session of the Idaho Legislature, legislators will be asked to decide if Idaho should have a policy that provides immunity from a civil lawsuit for those who make a good faith effort to continue to operate safely during a disaster or pandemic. The Idaho Association of…

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The Idaho Falls Police Department is united in a spirit of teamwork to be an open, courteous and community-minded organization devoted to quality public service. We are dedicated to living by values reflecting a genuine desire to care for the safety and well-being of the public we serve as w…

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CAAPS is a group of individuals committed to making our community better. The horrible and tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police has illuminated the existence of racial injustice, institutional racism and police brutality. Communities across America are coming to terms with the…

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Many Idahoans might be surprised to learn that the Idaho Republican Party platform calls for taking away Idahoans’ right to vote for U.S. senator by repealing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1913.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced Idahoans to miss many life events. Many young men and women were not able to attend graduations, couples had to push back weddings and families were forced to cancel vacations.

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The angst many educators and parents have surrounding whether students should return to the classroom or learn online is not surprising given the news we receive every day about the coronavirus’ spread in our state. In fact, the same debate is raging across the country.

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A little shy of three-score years ago, I settled in to become part of the life of this state. A great state, I might say, made official with the signature of President Lincoln from the existing Idaho Territory. We were not a part of Jefferson’s Louisiana Territory, as the Continental Divide …

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Black lives matter. I’ve visited the slave dungeon at Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya. In the region, first Blacks, then Arabs, then Portuguese traded slaves. I’ve touched an indentation in one dark, dank, damp cell where desperate slaves tried to claw their way through sharp stone-hard coral. …

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As the acting chairman of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, we were pleased with the recent announcement of the Washington Redskins’ name and logo change. It is encouraging to witness the unprecedented changes that are rapidly occurring as mainstream American society recognizes the need to break …

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In March 2018, The Atlantic magazine chronicled the rise and fall of “Paul Manafort, American Hustler.” Manafort “institutionalized conflicts of interest” in D.C. according to Fred Wertheimer, a good-government advocate quoted in the story. Manafort’s institution is rampant in this White House.

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This is an unprecedented year. Although residents of south-central Idaho continue to face hardships that defy imagination, our communities have proven their resolve through a heroic commitment to stand together in this time of need. 2020 will surely be seen as a major historical juncture for…

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Many of the people of this community belong, as I do, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I hope readers won’t mind as I address my commentary especially to them, although I hope that it will be useful to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation:

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I was saddened at reading an article about five traffic deaths in Fremont County in one weekend. Then another tragedy the weekend of July 25. This is terrible for those families and for Fremont County residents that drive U.S. 20. Personally, it seems it’s too much traffic traveling too fast…

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How to explain the discontent with stay at home rules, mask requirements and COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings? The growing COVID-correctness discontent is not confined to conservative regions. This was a predictable development.

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My heart sank as I reviewed the latest congressional voting record based on “adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.” The average score for the (Democraticall…

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Some may have concerns that Caribou-Targhee National Forest is planning a prescribed burn in the Ashton Ranger District. This portion of the forest, due to lack of fire disturbance over the years, is predominantly lodgepole pine. Other conifers and some aspen represent the remaining forest. …

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The city of Idaho Falls and the Eastern Idaho Public Health District are to be commended for their measured approach to public masking with the COVID-19 Regional Response Plan. Because of simple, clear metrics that the public can understand, the decision by EIPHD to mandate public masking is…

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As family physicians in Idaho, we are concerned about recent trends in our COVID-19 cases. Since the end of June, Idaho’s infections have surged, with a running total of over 18,000 cases as of July 27. Our state has made national news in recent weeks because our increase in cases is among t…

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Many Idahoans will remember that the Idaho Freedom Foundation opposed protecting Idahoans from large attorneys’ fees that were being added on top of small medical debts. Frank VanderSloot supported House Bill 515 this year to end this predatory collection scheme, and the Idaho Freedom Founda…

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Before I moved to Idaho, I was warned about Pacific Northwest myths. Reservoirs with fish bigger than great white sharks, grizzlies hopping fences and munching on farm kids, and huge abominable snowmen ranging the forests. Nobody warned me about the great wilderness mythmaker and tall-tale t…

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Nearly three score years ago, I headed out in the 1949 black Mercury and said a final goodbye to an earlier life. As the road wound through those ancient Appalachian ridges with their wonderful memories and broadened into the expanses of the Midwest, I felt an elation that I was returning to…

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If there is a symbol that most characterizes this COVID-19 pandemic year, it has to be the face mask. What ordinarily would be considered a simple public health practice to protect our collective safety, like refraining from using a cell phone while driving or maintaining legal speed limits,…

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With the presidential election approaching, it is again time for those disenchanted with the Republican and Democratic parties to address two questions: Will such a vote cause the greater of two evils to win? Is a vote for a minor party (or independent) candidate a wasted vote?

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COVID-19 didn’t cause rosters averaging 30 plus students in Idaho’s classrooms. It also isn’t the reason why districts have a textbook update plan measured in decades instead of years. Nor is it the reason why 92 of Idaho’s 115 school districts were already asking patrons to pass levies tota…

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Recently, some organizations in Idaho have been agitating for additional federal spending to finance direct subsidies to individuals. Some have even resorted to publicly displaying banners on a busy street in downtown Boise calling on elected officials to further increase spending.

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I attended the July 16 City Council meeting recently with the intent of speaking up about the proposed mask ordinance in the city of Idaho Falls, along with about 75 other people. I was dismayed to find out that, in their infinite wisdom, Mayor Casper and the City Council follow a rule of pa…

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Marty Trillhaase, opinion page editor of the Lewiston Tribune and former editorial page editor of the Post Register, in an editorial reprinted July 17 in the PR, astounded me by asserting two very dangerous principles, 1) that Idahoans allow themselves to be intimidated into inaction by the …

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Businesses across Idaho are struggling to recover from the effects of COVID-19 on our state’s economy. As these businesses move forward and work to ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers, a new threat is on the horizon: The possibility of lawsuits resulting from the tr…

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After spending most of my life as a Republican, the concerted efforts of the Idaho Republican Party and the Trump administration to derail democracy and justice in this country and divide our nation have driven me to change my party affiliation. I still hold Republican views, just not uninfo…

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Here we go again. More talk about what the president knew and when he knew it in relation to news reports saying that Russia offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for the killing of U.S. soldiers.

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Voters rightly elect legislators to be present to debate and vote, and Idahoans have a right to participate by viewing the proceedings, communicating their views and participating in public hearings. Citizen participation is expected by the people of Idaho and encouraged by our federal and s…

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Recently a confused Democratic legislative candidate targeted me in a recent column. He is running for office in District 31 but writes an op-ed about me, a District 32 candidate. His last words were quite derogatory and accusatory. He said: “Roll over, Chad. Sit, Chad. Play dead, Chad. Fetc…

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Flirting with defamation directed at an Idaho taxpayer and family-owned small business is no way to introduce one’s candidacy for public office (even a Democratic candidacy), but that’s what Democrat Travis Oler did in his article “Special interest corruption in the Idaho Republican Party Pl…

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This cancel culture is implementing the novel “1984.” I like consistency, so I offer additional targets. Let’s torch everything named after former KKK leader Sen. Robert Byrd, Democrat senator from West Virginia.

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There could be an unseen benefit in the recent setback for Rebound Idaho. Why? Because it is compelling evidence that Rebound Idaho and Idaho’s economy is balanced on a tightrope and that the public must continue to take this virus seriously. Businesses and their legislative supporters shoul…

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In prior articles, I have focused on the demand on Colorado River water supplies in Arizona, Las Vegas and Los Angeles due to overuse, increased population growth and heavy farming in these areas. All this could theoretically be manageable if the amount of water being made available is equal…

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On Independence Day, Americans celebrate the birth of our nation, pay tribute to our nation’s founders and honor the sacrifices made by our veterans, soldiers and their families.

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On Independence Day, we celebrate the birth of the United States of America. A beginning that consisted of freedoms, liberty and righteousness inspired by the revolutionary idea to stand up against tyranny — an idea that would forever change the lives of everyone in our country.

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The issue of Puerto Rico statehood has reemerged due to the recent announcement of another statehood plebiscite on Nov. 3 elections in Puerto Rico. Yet are Americans fully aware of the dire consequences of Puerto Rico statehood on the United States? The U.S. does not want statehood for Puert…

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More than anything, the violent protests spilling out in cities across America have demonstrated that without a doubt people are angry. There’s no denying that. People are angry on every level. As angry as they’ve ever been.

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Despite the recent setback, Gov. Little is to be commended for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Idaho. It is obvious his health care staff and advisors contributed to the tight-rope he walked to balance virus control with opening the Idaho economy again. This is especially true, give…

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On June 9 Gov. Little approved $5 million in emergency rental assistance to prevent pandemic-related income loss from forcing Idahoans out of their homes. As an organization focused on eviction and homelessness prevention, Jesse Tree of Idaho applauds this decision and supports two additiona…

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During a week when coronavirus deaths in the United States topped 120,000 and the president of the United States admitted he was trying to slow testing for the virus — more testing means more cases, after all — it might be difficult to fully process that we are also living through an unprece…

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Maggie Croft’s letter to the editor of June 21 is just the latest in many attempts to equate today’s so-called Antifa movement with the men and women who defended this country in World War II. Such comparisons could not be more wrong.

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For sake of contrast with the usual subject of discussion that occurs every four years, none of which changes my viewpoints on issues one iota, I’d like to reflect on an experience that happened long ago that has left me with far more lasting value in later years. While doing meteorological …

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In the closing weeks of the 2020 legislative session, it was apparent we were heading into a crisis of unprecedented proportions that would impact not only Idahoans’ health but also our economy, jobs, education system and every other facet of our lives. Businesses had been ordered to close, …

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Idaho’s health care workers have stood ready to serve the needs of all Idahoans.

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I have recently written two articles discussing the first eight of the 12 principles the Idaho Freedom Foundation Index uses to score bills that legislators vote on. The IFFI principles are also found in the Idaho Republican Party Platform, the gold standard for Republican beliefs. So, when …