How can three hardworking truck drivers be prosecuted for marijuana trafficking for just hauling hemp that federal law says is perfectly legal to transport across Idaho? Section 10114(b) of the federal 2018 Farm Bill (the federal law legalizing hemp) says: “Transportation of hemp and hemp pr…

The Idaho Falls Police have much to answer for in the Angie Dodge case. Police Chief Bryce Johnson is going out of his way to pat everyone on the back, but let us not forget a few points.

Bob Ziel says he is a “Trump enthusiast." He bemoans the media treatment of Mr. Trump. The reality is that media treatment of Mr. Trump is accurately reporting the things he says and does, and they replay video clips of him lying constantly to the American people.

I have been the attorney for the Idaho Falls Auditorium District since its creation in 2011 and have worked with many diligent and faithful board members, both past and present. Each board member devotes many hours of volunteer service and all deserve our thanks and appreciation.

A huge thank you to outgoing D91 school board chair Deidre Warden for the wonderful and generous contribution of her time and effort over many years. There are probably few jobs so important, yet so thankless, as member of the school board.

I understand when you buy a new home it's your investment. Can anyone explain to me why the residents around a certain school in a certain area think they own the view and the roads around them? You own the property your home is on, not the view the property allows.

Perhaps there has already been a letter to the editor concerning this. If there hasn’t, there should have been. The Idaho Falls water tower has been the symbol of our city since 1937. The iconic red and white stripes have been constant to the ambiance of the community. If at all possible, th…

The lead story in the Nation and World section of the Post Register this past Saturday caught my eye. The Associated Press featured a positive story on President Donald Trump. They actually gave him credit for our robust national economy.

The State of Idaho does not have the moral high ground in its criminal cases against truck drivers transporting hemp that was raised by farmers licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and being shipped to Colorado.

Fifty-six years ago, almost to the day, I was having a quiet cup of coffee on my way home from a shooting range near a large eastern city. Without any premonition, I received what I can only interpret as a message. It was clear enough to erase all doubt, despite my attempts to bring reality …

I’m tired of all these people trying to make boogiemen out of nothing. Capitalism, socialism or communism is not evil in or of itself; it is the people who run them that are either evil or power seeking that cause the problem.

It's time to end discrimination here in Idaho — past time, actually. Women comprise nearly half or more of college students, and we have universities here that have programs designed for women specifically excluding men. Half of you readers have sons. Half of your readers should be upset tha…

Trina Pettingill, I am one of those “sorry Republicans" that apparently is not holding Trump responsible for his “unethical" and "lawless actions." Nope, I’d rather hold the Democrats responsible for theirs. The dismemberment of 9-month-old babies in the womb and the taking of the life of a …

Rep. Simpson, Douglass Brinkley was asked last night to identify the next American Moonshot. This isn’t it, but the success of the UAMPS/NuScale small modular reactors in Idaho will have tangible positive impacts on our regional and national economies, anthropogenic global warming and our ge…

Dino Lowrey claims in a recent op-ed that Latinos and Hispanics commit crime at a significantly lower rate than the general population. That is a lie. On the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, about half are Hispanic or Latino, yet they comprise less than 20 percent of the U.S. population.

It is nice to be back in Idaho and find that nothing has changed in the six months I have been gone. The Republican Party once again says that we are too dumb to know what we vote for. Once again, we will prove them right by voting for them again.

I wish to commend the Post Register for printing the well thought out, even-handed and intellectually superior article by Shelton Beach, "A constitutional crisis." I would bet even money that if Jerrald Nadler and Adam Schiff were each given a full box of crayons they could not list the Demo…

Do you know how much garbage is produced by an average person each day? An average person produces 4.40 pounds each day. There are 3,091 landfills. Ten-thousand landfills have been filled.

Here is why you should recycle. Recycling is good because instead of just throwing the material take away you could recycle it and make that material reusable again. Did you know that the United States has 230 million tons of trash thrown away each year?

One of the biggest problems in our world is trash pollution. Trash is affecting our planet by taking away our oxygen, habitats, ocean, nature and plenty more. I will tell you how we can make earth more compensatory.

Is there nothing our legislature won’t do to protect all aspects of gun ownership? Why should gun owners be allowed to endanger public lands by using exploding targets during fire season? Catastrophic fires have already occurred due to these types of targets despite what some people think. H…

Trump stated he has no regrets on his statements about Rep. Omar — calling her bad for our country and unpatriotic, even though she has had death threats. What a sick person Trump is. I think he described himself perfectly.

Some legislators, and especially those of the younger generation, seem genuinely concerned about climate change. Much is said about dire future consequences to our planet due to man's activity. Suggested solutions would destroy our economy.

The 2019 legislative session's handling of the Medicaid expansion initiative and revision of the initiative process has generated many letters and editorials recently, but so far, I haven't read any that gets beneath the emotional surface.

Are the sorry Republicans really not going to hold Trump responsible for the unethical and lawless actions he has done, especially that the Trump campaign worked with the Russians? I guess the Democrats just need to vote out this corrupt president and administration since the Republicans wou…

I am so sad that another extremist terrorist has targeted innocent people worshipping in the San Diego area. Ironically, the shooting occurred at the end of Passover, a holiday that celebrates freedom from slavery and hope for a new future.

The U.S. economy has a public sector and a private sector. The public sector would not exist without the private sector, which is where I proudly come from.

Having read the bits of Rep. Chad Christensen's speech from the capitol steps last Friday provided by the Post Register, I have to say it's a comfort to think he likely passed high school history what with his reference to King George and all that. Coupled with last week's letter from Lt. Go…

I know the Post Register sports focus is on local sports and that is good, but to have no coverage at all on the Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League seems strange. Basketball and baseball and even pre-season articles about NFL football get some mention, but it is like hockey d…

Michael Armstrong believes I lived off federal tax dollars for my entire career. This is a good example of what is wrong with the far-right fringe. They have opinions which have no basis in fact — Armstrong knows nothing about me except what he learned from a PR byline and phoning me at home…

Bill, you would be better served to forgo the political commentary and get back to what you do best: berating the local police department for allowing cops to drive patrol cars to and from work or maybe scolding folks who exceed the speed limit or park their RVs on the street. And, hey, as I…

We weren’t the only ones to walk out on James Judd’s homophobic stand-up routine at the Colonial Theater this past Saturday evening. The comedy schtick for his first routine consisted of a story in which he joined an LGBT scuba diving team.

Recently the Opportunity Insights project at Harvard University released a comprehensive study of poverty, and 24/7 Wall St. evaluated 50 counties where income losses were the greatest. They released the data with the rankings and percentages in each category. I feel sad at the numbers I see…

Twenty years ago, my wife was conducting a parent-teacher conference when the father came in and announce, "I hated school when I was a kid and so does my kid." The conference went downhill from there. Any teacher will say that the success of a child in school is due to the parents. Read to …

I'm sure Lucy's Pizzeria is a wonderful place to eat, but why would you relegate to the 4th page the fact that a student at Sandcreek Middle School brought a gun to school? I happened to be at the school at that time along with four other family members, including two of my grandchildren. Th…

On April 4, Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, delivered the opening prayer in the House. She started with a Zen Buddhist quote about unity followed by the Unitarian Universalist prayer "Interfaith Prayer for the World" by Claudene Oliva.

In Saturday's paper, April 13, I wrote a letter that was critical of Idaho legislators that reintroduced the same legislation that would make the voter initiative process much more restrictive. I did not call legislators fascists or communists. I said "in Germany" when referring to fascism —…

I am appalled at the agreement between the attorney general and Paul Hathaway. Had he robbed someone of $50 at gunpoint he would have gone to jail. But to rob people of $8.2 million dollars through fraud is apparently not much of a crime. He is doing no jail time. He has not given up his fan…

Jim Key, in recent op-eds, claims our government should have components of both democracy and socialism and earlier suggested democracy is an essential element of liberalism. Winston Churchill said, "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its in…

Idaho’s largest day of online giving is right around the corner. This year, Idaho Gives will take place on May 2. Idaho has 7,000 registered non-profits, and I encourage you to find an organization or cause you’re passionate about and donate.

So much for Gov. Little living up to his campaign promise to back the “will of the people” — even if it clashed with his own. Interestingly, according to the Pew-MacArthur cost-benefit study, Idaho is one of only eleven states that do not study cost-benefit relationships on a regular basis w…

Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service would result in less service and higher prices, especially in Idaho. The USPS currently employs over 100,000 veterans using no taxes to provide universal service across America six, and in some areas, seven days a week. Congressional mandates that wea…

In response to the deceitful exaggerations in Darwin Wolford's letter: Sir, you have definitely have drunk the Kool-Aid dished up by the extreme conservative media. You should do more research into the reality of these claims.

In Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s recent column, she questioned why some local citizens were holding an “Inclusive Community Rally” in response to the local GOP Central Committee’s April 13 event featuring David Barton, an evangelist from Texas. Specifically, she asks “why a discussion about hi…

In 1932, shortly before Hitler came to power in Germany, there were three major social movements in response to the problems of a spiraling industrial revolution that was changing society. Fascism (Nazism), communism and the New Deal or the center. Fast forward to the 2019 Idaho Legislature.

I once taught US History. I had an exceptionally sharp student ask me whether all blacks deserved $25,000 in reparations for slavery. She came from a prominent family in our community, with deservedly high reputations for their numerous accomplishments. The parents still held daily family di…