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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 …

Editorial Cartoons

After living here for several years, I have come to the conclusion that southeast Idaho is the biggest offender of turn signal violations. However, contrary to popular belief, Idaho is definitely not the worst driving state in the nation. Trust me on this. This is after living in over 25 hou…

Businesses stay open, and the virus is controlled — a win-win solution. It may be inconvenient, and you may feel it infringes on your personal freedom. But this is a war on a virus, and people are getting sick and dying.

I was so thrilled to see local Republican leader Bryan Smith endorse the Idaho and U.S. constitutions. I anticipate that he will now help lead Idaho officials to fulfill the Idaho constitutional responsibilities for education.

Jim Key is reading from the left’s talking points attempts to show that President Trump has some type of “mental or emotional shortcoming” by referencing a Trump quote at a Wisconsin rally that relates to the testing for COVID-19. The quote the left and Jim feel indicates that Trump is advoc…

Jim Risch has come clean; he is a strong advocate for minority rule. I have always thought that he did not advocate for one person, one vote, but I do not recall him stating so quite as bluntly as when he spoke at the Idaho State Republican Convention and stated the reason why he is strongly…

Happy Fourth of July. Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says he is encouraged by what’s happening.

Fair board members have voted to put the God almighty dollar ahead of public safety. Regardless of whatever safety precautions, a majority of the attendees will disregard them. This is a health disaster waiting to happen. You can’t even get half the population to wear masks when grocery shop…

Former major league baseball star Aubrey Huff recently declared he will not wear a mask to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic because, “I would rather die than live in fear,” and, “It’s unconstitutional.”

He doesn’t read. He doesn’t read books. He doesn’t read magazines. He has great difficulty reading even individual sections of the Constitution. He doesn’t read newspapers, except clippings about himself.

When asked what type of government this new nation had, Benjamin Franklin supposedly answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.” It now appears that we may well be on the verge of losing our republic.

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When I was a young girl, I was given a Darci doll. Not a Barbie doll, a Darci. It’s okay if you’ve never heard of her but suffice to say, she was not Barbie. When I brought Darci to play Barbies with my friends, they would say, “That’s not a Barbie.” When I tried to sit Darci down on the Bar…

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Idaho parents and grandparents like us have been heartbroken watching their children during the coronavirus. We know it’s important to keep our students safe and healthy, and we appreciate how difficult it was for educators to revamp their instruction at the drop of a hat. Our teachers are d…

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The gruesome and horrendous murder of George Floyd in full view of the entire world has brought our nation to a tipping point in race relations. In spite of the tragedy of these times, my heart is filled with hope. Watching millions of Americans across our nation march, protest, and proclaim…

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We have known each other for over 35 years going back to your days as Idaho attorney general and my days as a reporter for KIDK-TV. Whenever you were coming to eastern Idaho, I looked forward to interviewing you.

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Later this month, Republicans statewide will gather for their convention to elect leaders and once again adopt their Idaho Republican Party Platform (IRPP). Many people don’t realize grassroots Republicans review and approve the IRPP every summer before a fall general election because the IR…

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Three years ago I ran for a seat on the Idaho Falls Auditorium District Board using the above as my catchphrase. As I reach the middle of my six-year sentence, I thought I would give you an update and a warning.

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The events that have transpired over the last few weeks have sparked fear, sadness, unrest and even outrage across our entire country. In Idaho Falls, we’ve not been immune to the emotions and the protests over the events that unfolded so tragically in Minnesota.

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Like many Americans, I watched in horror the cell-phone video of the murder of George Floyd. His death is a heart-wrenching tragedy, and Mr. Floyd’s killers must be brought to justice.

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Basil Barna could use a refresher course in logic and reason 111 and have his temperature checked because it appears to me he is running a high fever that is affecting his connection with reality. I am sure he will provide the infallible proof that election fraud has been debunked. Cannot wa…

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I applaud the efforts of congressional Democrats in their proposed Justice in Policing Act, which would ban certain controversial law enforcement practices, including the kind of chokeholds used by a then-Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd last month, as well as no-knock…

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In all due respect for viewpoints that often differ with regard to our current president, I want to compliment Jim Jones for his article of May 24, which emphasizes unity at a time of wide political and cultural division. Also, with gratitude for his military service and the perspectives it offers.

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I’m an Island Park resident and have witnessed many wildlife-collisions and heard many stories. One hit a deer on Ashton Hill, causing $8,000 damage to his truck; another hit a moose and it resulted in a lifetime in a wheelchair. Many such incidents could be avoided with better road design.

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A friend recently texted me an anonymous quote that read, “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.” I refused to believe it was referring to me, but after contemplation, I conceded that, at times, it applies to all of us.

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Idaho House Bill 509, which bars transgender people from changing their birth certificates, should be allowed to take effect on July 1, but not for the reasons many believe. A birth certificate is a primary source document, which could later be amended, but the original should never be changed.

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The Bureau of Land Management is now taking comments on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin, a massive vegetation project for the Great Basin and adjacent areas of the Colorado Plateau. Unfortunately, all of its preferred actions are likely to i…

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In 2016, Russia conducted a campaign to sway the U.S. election in Donald Trump’s favor, using social media manipulation as well as other tactics including attempts at hacking election systems (this conclusion was endorsed by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee later in 2017 and …

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Two months ago, we set a massive challenge for our county clerks and election officials. Over the last eight weeks, these hardworking women and men built a system to support an absentee-only election for the entire state. Their efforts have been extraordinary.

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I want to begin by admitting something: I really do not like wearing a face mask. That mask is hot and inconvenient and makes it difficult to breathe. Those who wear glasses tell me their masks fog them. There is nothing pleasant about the experience.

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Don’t let organizations or media do your thinking for you. For example, the Idaho Freedom Foundation publishes a ranking of Idaho legislators based on voting records. Their score is a function of what the IFF considers the most conservative, i.e. “real or true conservative.” Most likely the …

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David Taylor contends that the Idaho Freedom Foundation is a special interest group. He is absolutely right. Freedom and liberty is the “special interest.” The same freedom was fought for in the “war in heaven,” the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam and so on. Tod…

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We must respect the danger of COVID-19 without denial or panic. That is wicked hard. Simplistic notions are easier. “The virus is a sham.” “I won’t get it.” “It’s no worse than the flu.” Or, “We can’t re-open until there is a cure.” “I’ll just hide while others take the risks to give me food…

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As a resident of Idaho Falls, I am one of many who opposed the adoption of the nondiscrimination ordinance that you unanimously adopted on May 14. This ordinance introduced more new discrimination than it attempted to prevent. Below are specific points to support my opposition.

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COVID-19 has significantly changed how we live our lives. Parents are burdened with worry about becoming ill, caring for children at home and paying the bills. For families already living paycheck to paycheck, the toll of COVID-19 will have ripple effects for months to come. The impact of th…

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Every time Bryan Smith opens his mouth or pens a commentary reminds us of how important it was to choose Mike Simpson over Bryan Smith in the GOP primary for Congress in 2014. He is the epitome of the thinking I have opposed and recommended voters avoid.

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My name is Scott Ockerman. I’m medically retired from the Idaho Falls Police Department due to injuries on the job. Tim Downs and I got hired at the IFPD the same day about 26 years ago and have worked closely together since then.

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I wouldn’t expect the Post Register editorial board to have much sympathy for the Idaho Freedom Foundation, but I do expect sympathy for basic constitutional rights and civil liberties. Including healthy, skeptical views of claims that the act of infringing on those liberties is lawful.

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The Idaho Freedom Index is such a trusted and accurate measure of whether our state lawmakers are conservative or liberal, and this is evidenced by the fact that both Democrats and Republicans in name only are starting to find ways to use it to their advantage.

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Dave Taylor, of Taylor Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, recently wrote about how the Idaho Freedom Foundation uses the Freedom Index to rate legislators. Dave thinks scoring legislators is bad, but as a car dealer who relies on “scores” himself to assess a car buyer’s trustworthiness, Dave should k…

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As lieutenant governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair. I am also a small business owner. My family and I own four small businesses in the restaurant and automotive industries, employing hundreds of Idahoans. As a former member of the Idaho House of Representatives, I repr…

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One of the most disappointing things in politics is how people assume the worst about those they disagree with. Unfortunately, my opponent’s campaign treasurer, Mr. Ron Walker, did just that when he accused me of using a Brigham Young University-Idaho phone in my campaign. (I am an economics…

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Rep. Chad Christensen’s platform says that he believes “in strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution. There are no exceptions.” But his behavior belies this belief when he violates the First Amendment rights of people by blocking them from commenting on his official Facebook page. Crusading …

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So this is what we get after 50 plus years of unrelenting right-wing propaganda against the very idea of government: a faction of the Republican Party finally in control of government, and, due to its ideological intransigence, unable to govern. When Barry Goldwater lost the presidential ele…

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On April 15 the American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal challenge to Idaho’s House Bill 500, named the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. This bill is the first of its kind, which seeks to maintain the sex separation of sport. Criticized as the discriminatory, hurtful and anti-transgender,…

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What a challenging time this is for all of us. But for you, the graduating class of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult and unfair. An important chapter of your life is closing under unimaginable circumstances.

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Times like we are experiencing can provide opportunities for reflection. As it is quiet around this place right now, I thought I would share one of those moments in time. Thanks to a few who have encouraged me with their compliments. The year was 1957. Having recently finished a tour of duty…

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Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is committed to protecting the health and safety of Idaho Falls and our region. While we remain diligent in the fight against COVID-19, other critical medical issues continue.

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Even in these uncertain times, as the pandemic has torn across our world taking lives and livelihoods, Idahoans are moving forward. I have been proud to work closely with Gov. Brad Little and fellow members of Idaho’s congressional delegation, Sen. Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson and Russ F…

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It sometimes seems that Washington, D.C., is on a different planet than where I live. In Washington, D.C., we’re told that anyone who wants a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test can get one and that the U.S. is doing more testing than any other country, in fact, so much testing that the …

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I consider myself a conservative Republican. I am an advocate for limited government and principles associated with the same, so I come to you from that lifelong perspective. As I read and live through what is happening in Idaho politics lately, I have to wonder if many people understand who…

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The afterglow of Mother’s Day is a particularly meaningful time to apply the standard of “What if the person being denied basic human rights were your child?” The opportunity to right a terrible wrong against some people in our community rests with the Idaho Falls City Council this evening.

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Recently, Frank VanderSloot wrote an opinion piece taking aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Frank, who’s been referred to as “Idaho’s multilevel marketing baron,” said: “I consider myself an avid conservative. I believe that conservative solutions have proved to be far more successful tha…

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So, what’s going on with Idaho’s water situation and how does it compare to what’s happening in Arizona, Las Vegas and Southern California? Idaho has two major advantages that benefit its surface water and groundwater health. First, it benefits from a large annual snowmelt contribution to su…

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Idaho voters elected Gov. Little to govern. That is his job and every decision he makes pleases some and displeases others. The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious, lethal to some seniors, and no vaccine exists. The vast majority of governors adopted some form of a shut-down.

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I often get asked how a dentist ends up in Congress. As much as I’d like to say that it’s because “I like getting to the root of a problem,” the truth is, it all started with a certain teacher who made an indelible mark on my life at a young age.

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At the drop of a hat, Idaho students and teachers have had to completely change their education plans for the school year. They are creating lessons in the virtual world while they are burdened by one of our state’s biggest problems: bad internet. Now, more than ever, Idahoans need reliable …

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Idahoans control how fast we resume activities. The math is clear; the more we wear masks, wash hands and keep our public distance, the more activities we can safely resume.