All the sheep are not in Wyoming, Idaho or Montana. Tuesday with the exception of four Republicans, the rest of the GOP supported the president. They blindly followed, just like sheep, with loyalty to him. Why? I suggest our senators should stand up, get some backbone and stand for something…

In her recent op-ed, Jill Ecklesdafer suggests there is no correlation between the general environment in Idaho and California and the controlling political parties in the respective states. Her mediocre marks in the class "Logic and Reason" explain how she could arrive at such an explanatio…

Just when you think Mr. Trump can go no lower, he manages to find a way to do so. This weekend, Trump tweeted that four young women, all four of whom are members of Congress, all four of whom are women of color, should "go back to their home countries."

Wikipedia says, "A demagogue is a leader who gains popularity in a democracy by exploiting prejudice and ignorance to arouse people against each other, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues promise, threaten or overturn established norms of…

I moved to the Mud Lake area in 1967. Since that time, I've seen a large number of small family farms merged into fewer large farming operations. Flood irrigation has changed to large circular sprinkler systems. Most young people here now leave for economic opportunities in urban areas and h…

I read your past reporting of delinquent medical billing and how folks were being billed for excessive fees by the collection agency here in Idaho Falls. Perhaps, some common sense could alleviate these problems experienced by medical providers trying to collect from patients who want to pay…

Atta boy, Bob Ziel. You have pinpointed the exact problem the local liberals expound. As a naval aviation sailor during the Korean War (1950-1952), we also had to cling to the adage "loose lips sink ships." On May 1 of those years, (the Communist Happy Day) we were all confined to our base u…

Jim Jones, like Hillary Clinton, speaks out of both sides of his mouth — that and his open hypocrisy regarding the law with his stated acceptance of illegals working in the U.S. while he condemns a real United States of America Attorney General, Mr. Barr.

The City of Idaho Falls usually does a pretty good job regulating traffic and repairing roads even with all the criticism they receive. Someone stumbled with putting turning lanes south of 17th Street. They are not needed. There isn't that much traffic, and making single lanes and widening t…

What stupid engineer, sitting in an office, decided a turn lane on South Boulevard would solve the increasing traffic situation? Has he or she ever lived there or talked to anyone who does or has? Why would you think turning a beautiful street with the most beautiful trees in the city into a…

I am taking Bob Goetsch up on his challenge for “any Republican to make a moral argument for the creation of this crisis and treatment of these poor people." First of all, I’ll address his assumption that we have a lack of compassion for the poor. Welfare certainly is for helping those who c…

Regarding Mr. Ziel’s letter, first, we want to thank him for his military service, which we greatly appreciate. However, we still strongly disagree with most of his letter.

When guest writers try to interpret the motivations of the founders to fit their contempt for the Electoral College, using their well worn tactic of intimidation by character manipulation, it only further highlights the leftward, and decidedly anti-American, shift of the modern Democratic party.

Trump sits with Putin at the G20 summit in front of the world and is asked if he talked with Putin about meddling in the upcoming election and laughed along with Putin like it was a joke. My God, we need to vote this traitor to our country out.

I am frightened. Every American should be frightened too. I’m getting posts on my Facebook newsfeed from questionable sources, and I have no idea where they are coming from. And what really terrifies me is that this morning, when I tried to watch something on YouTube, I was subjected to a he…

We would like to express our very strong disagreement with the Idaho Falls plan to widen South Boulevard (south of 17th street) by removing the amazing trees that line the street. We agree that the current bike lane is too narrow and presents a safety hazard. However, there was never a probl…

The day started out in the true spirit of the time each year that we celebrate the founding of this great country. The park in Menan lay in deep, rich coloring of early summer as the veterans memorial team opened with the raising of the flag, followed by the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

I am sure you won’t publish this letter, but I am tired of all the people complaining and saying they hate the country and it is not a great country, but then want special treatment and for me to pay their debts. I and many others have spent years in the military guaranteeing your protection…

This is in reply to Eugene Risbon. I wish him a late happy 90th birthday. Mr. Risbon seems unhappy with the president for telling 9,000 lies and with our senators for continuing to support the president. He also appears unhappy at not receiving replies when asking them why they continue to s…

Veterans groups go after Trump after he makes the statement that it's no one's business what he talks about with Putin. The response from the veterans was, "You are flying on the American people's plane and living in the American people's house and Trump sure as hell does have to account to …

The 2020 election will be not about Trump or political parties or policy differences. It will be a national choice between cruelty or kindness; supporting family separation or supporting family unity; hating the immigrant or welcoming the immigrant; loving guns more than innocent children be…

I just turned 90 years old on June 3 and have been a resident of Idaho since 1966. Well over two months ago, I wrote to our two senators, Crapo and Risch, asking them a simple question. The question was: Why do both of you keep supporting Trump when he told over 9,000 lies at that time to th…

Our political parties are dedicated to discrediting their opponents instead of solving the problems facing this country. They consider working together as voting to raise the debt ceiling so nobody will blame them for a government shutdown.

If you and your fellow Republicans truly believe the United States Constitution is "divinely inspired" and "the greatest and most inspired document to govern a nation," then why do you stand mute while Donald Trump tears it to shreds?

Jim Jones was the featured speaker at a City Club Luncheon several months ago. In his address, he revealed that on the family dairy farm where he was raised they used undocumented (illegal) workers and went on to say that practice is widespread in the dairy industry in Idaho today and expres…

Well done city fathers, we are definitely a city of only two seasons, winter and construction. Way to go. You wait until one week before the biggest summer holiday, the Fourth of July, to tear up 1st Street, a major connector route in the city. What were you thinking? Obviously, you weren't.

All too often we fall into a misguided effort to medicalize evil. As a career criminal lawyer, I understand that “evil” is not a legal category. But when we are confronted by a specific act of purposeful malevolence, we ignore the reality of evil and its influences at our peril. In the inter…

The property tax is unfair and expensive to collect. Abolish the property tax. Institute an income tax in all taxing districts: county, city, school district, etc. Collect with state withholding. Allow entities to vote to tax itself.

I've been writing our senators and congressmen about questions on North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the border, etc. Our congressmen and Sen. Crapo have been fairly decent and informative with their reply. I may not agree but at least they answered my question. My biggest concern is w…

Many years ago the vacant property behind Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor and the old KID TV building was a field of dreams for families to take their children for softball playing. There were two ball diamonds where little league was played.

In a recent letter to the editor, Gene Hicks cited the accomplishments of the Idaho Downtown Development Corporation for the timeliness of projects being completed and the intended eye appeal of the end result and the suggestion that the events center board be disbanded and allow the Downtow…

Can someone tell me why my neighbors and I gave the Idaho Falls Power Company 10 feet easement to access a transformer that is on a property when the actual property the transformer is on doesn't have to give up easement? Is easement selective in this city?

I was ecstatic when I read that the Senate had voted to block the $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. I read on to see that two of Trump's biggest supports agreed to this, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Lindsey Graham. I was disappointed but not surprised to see that neither of you voted f…

"I have always believed that good public policy is good politics and good public policy is to understand that in the richest country in the history of the world all of our people are entitled to economic, racial, social and environmental justice and that in America we need an economy and a g…

On June 13, 2019, the Idaho Falls City Council voted unanimously to approve the annexation of 119 acres into the Fairway Estates development. This development is near Sage Lakes Golf Course, on the northwest side of Idaho Falls. The developer is planning to build over 180 housing units.

It's about time someone brought that wild-eyed, extreme right-winger Bob Ziel to task, "In response to Bob Ziel" published June 23. I'm glad that the facts are being thrown in Ziel's face, although I'm not sure that Ann and Joe's websites are nonpartisan. Joe and Mica may use them if their n…

Unfortunately, Mr. Ziel is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton and with the misinformation the extreme right has peddled, this time regarding Mrs. Clinton and the “Uranium One controversy.” Using two nonpartisan websites (snopes.com and factcheck.org), here are the facts.

If the taxes from 10,000 people will provide the expenditures for schools and governmental services, then the taxes from an additional 10,000 people will provide the same needed expenditures for that additional growth. The brain tells us that there is never a need for additional taxes, bonds…

Idaho Irrigation District would like to recognize Grace Christensen. Grace is a beautiful young woman from Shelley Idaho and is the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho. Grace has a long list of accomplishments and selfless service in her young life that is truly outstanding.

There are so many good people in our town. On Friday my son was shopping at WinCo and had $50 of groceries at the checkout. For some unexplained reason, his debit card was rejected, and he did not have enough cash to pay for his groceries. The woman behind him insisted on paying the full bil…

This is written in response to Bob Ziel on his reply to Jim Sathe’s earlier article glorifying Hillary Clinton. Bob adequately and deftly brings out her shortcomings while secretary of state, while accurately analyzing our current president’s strengths and weaknesses. Yes, I would agree with…

Is Hillary to be blamed for the death of those four embassy workers, or Bush/Cheney for ignoring Col. Ann Wright, U.S. Army, head of security of our embassies, warning of the lack of security in our embassies? Then there was the lack of security when a barracks was blown up and marines kille…

I'd like to thank columnist Jay Gaskill for presenting a logical, balanced perspective and explanation to a very polarizing topic that has resurfaced. I have been amazed to see how self-righteous and suddenly qualified the general population has become to judge others and attack their human …

Lynn Kenneth Fuhriman's response to my June 5 commentary on socialism does nothing to refute my claim that Republicans use a classic straw man argument when they charge Democrats are advocating for a socialist economic system. President Trump in his State of the Union speech said: “Here in t…

Several months ago, I wrote a letter complimenting the Downtown Development Corp. on their achievements at the time. The large listing of their achievements, at minimal costs, is truly remarkable. A demonstration of an organization of qualified, competent and dedicated management and staff.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left." Ditto for the op-ed by Carrie and Jerry Scheid recently repudiatin…

After getting up off the floor yesterday, I double checked my recently received Assessment Notice from the Bonneville County Assessor to make sure I had not opened a neighbor's mail by mistake. Sadly, that was not the case. This year's assessment amounts to an upcoming increase in property t…

The Communist Party USA is 100 years old this year. According to an article by Trevor Loudoun, the CPUSA, along with some splinter groups, have been winning converts and taking control of the Democratic Party at both the national and local levels. Their message seems to appeal more to younge…

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s office is failing in its obligation to provide the basic services needed by county residents specifically in the driver’s license office. The office is woefully understaffed and working in a facility inadequate to support the driver's license identification ne…

Okay, I give up, a fetal heartbeat, once detected, is precious and sacred and should be preserved and protected from women that may have the audacity to disagree and may desire to terminate the pregnancy. Their basic human rights are irrelevant because somehow this is their fault and stupidi…

In Jim Key's recent commentary article, he stated, "I have never heard a Democrat champion true socialism for the United States." I wonder if Key is aware of the Green New Deal which is pure socialism and which has been signed on by 38 Democrats.

As we try to understand why Idaho police and prosecutors continue to refuse to drop charges against truck drivers transporting hemp across Idaho — despite strong protest from state legislators — an obvious answer is staring us in the face. They intend to sell the seized truck and trailer and…

In response to Mr. Ziel’s criticism of our letter by discussing Hilary Clinton, here’s a comparison of her versus some of Mr. Trump’s national security issues. The FBI determined that Hilary’s use of her private server was sloppy and involved poor judgment but was not criminal. In comparison…

Stephanie Mickelsen, I do not know you. We have never met. But please allow me to say, you are brave. Very brave. Wherever did you find the courage to confront the dreaded Misters Smith and Beck? Having read the latest diatribe from Beck, “I can not in good conscience stand idly by and watch…

Tenured ISU professor, Jeff Meldrum (the Sasquatch whisperer), is pretty much a joke in the scientific community. Is the Post Register so hard up for news stories that they have to highlight people like him on the front page?

"I was disappointed in the sad attempt by Doyle Beck, aided and abetted by Bryan Smith, et al., to smear the good name of my husband, former GOP State Chairman Steve Yates. These fits of mudslinging, in the form of a statewide postcard mailer, normally do not deserve attention or response, l…

Bob Ziel is showing us his shared character traits with his Dear Leader. He is unable to accept honest and accurate criticism without striking back. Now he wants to shift the discussion from the failures of his hero to Hillary Clinton.