This is the 21st Century. Life is complicated. American demographics are shifting from a white majority to white minority. Automation and artificial intelligence is killing low-skilled jobs. Political parties and social groups are getting more polarized every election cycle. Instant worldwid…

There is little doubt that if the illegal aliens entering this country were conservative, strict constitutionalists who refused every government welfare program, the socialist Democrats would have already built the wall with taxpayer's money!

Mr. Birnbaum’s Sept. 14 partial quote of the Milliman report conveniently omits the fact that Idaho’s $105 million cost of Medicaid expansion would be spread over 10 years. $10.5 million per year is a bargain for getting $450 million per year of our tax dollars back in the form of the federa…

On Sept. 8, a certain writer wrote a criticism of Mrs. Derusseau for a view she had expressed earlier. As I am acquainted with her by reason of volunteer work I do and have high regard for her, I feel it necessary to express the view that, regardless of her viewpoint, the criticism of her wa…

Sometimes all I can do is shake my head in disbelief at the callous disregard for others displayed by some conservatives in our community, especially after reading Bryan Smith’s opinion opposing Medicaid expansion. It would be lovely if local churches had the funds, the human resources and t…

My son, Adam Barrett, is a professional basketball trainer from Las Vegas who has trained for Nike all over America at their clinics. He says shoot 5,000 three-pointers per week (no that is not a mistake, get some rebounding helpers and use two balls,) aiming for 60 percent and working up to…

Jean Halford wrote that catastrophic storms continue to get worse each year. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration that assertion is not supported. According to NOAA records there was a peak in the number of storms about 1890 again near 1950 and recently. The…

It was with great sadness Friday morning that the Post Register reported the retirements of two exceptional women in our region: Jefferson School District Superintendent Lisa Sherick and District 91 School Board member Lisa Burtenshaw.

I would like to applaud young K. Green (Age 12 , and no relation to me) for taking the time to write a letter to the editor regarding the need for a 2nd sheet of ice in Idaho Falls.

Ammon’s mayor recently wrote an commentary describing the private investment in his town and how they are superior compared to what Ammon government itself could do. I agree with him as far as he went. What he did not say was the extent to which Ammon, Idaho Falls and the state developed the…

This is the 21st Century. Life is complicated. American demographics are shifting from a white majority to white minority. Automation and artificial intelligence is killing low-skilled jobs. Political parties and social groups are getting more polarized every election cycle. Instant worldwid…

There is little doubt that if the illegal aliens entering this country were conservative, strict constitutionalists who refused every government welfare program, the socialist Democrats would have already built the wall with taxpayer's money!

The country recently celebrated Labor Day which is supposed to commemorate working people. Usually working people means people who work for wages instead of stock options.

Mr. Birnbaum’s Sept. 14 partial quote of the Milliman report conveniently omits the fact that Idaho’s $105 million cost of Medicaid expansion would be spread over 10 years. $10.5 million per year is a bargain for getting $450 million per year of our tax dollars back in the form of the federa…

Senator Feinstein has had over two months to investigate these charges and present the findings. That is why I, as an independent, feel there is nothing to the charges and this is just one more last-minute ploy to stop the proceedings.

On Sept. 8, a certain writer wrote a criticism of Mrs. Derusseau for a view she had expressed earlier. As I am acquainted with her by reason of volunteer work I do and have high regard for her, I feel it necessary to express the view that, regardless of her viewpoint, the criticism of her wa…

Dick Kenney asks pertinent questions of me recently in the Post Register regarding health care financing. I am no expert on the subject, by any means, but from my experience:

Sometimes all I can do is shake my head in disbelief at the callous disregard for others displayed by some conservatives in our community, especially after reading Bryan Smith’s opinion opposing Medicaid expansion. It would be lovely if local churches had the funds, the human resources and t…

A wage is what someone will pay. A living wage is what workers need to support themselves. Medicaid expansion bridges the gap for people and their families who are working and still can’t afford health care. It’s a fair shake and actually costs Idaho less than paying for emergency room visit…

Rarely have I read a column demonstrating such a lack of empathy or compassion for the less fortunate as Bryan Smith's column in Wednesday's Post Register. Bryan's by-line represents him as an official of the Idaho Republican Party and as such his views represent the views of the party.

On Aug. 22, two of us were floating on the Snake River when our raft blew out a seam and the front half of the raft lost all air. We managed to flag down a commercial guide, and he advised us to call 911. He was able to give us our location on the river. Without cell service it would have be…

Two weeks ago, a little after 4 p.m., I was on my way home from Idaho Falls when my car began making a funny noise. I pulled off to the side of the road, got out, walked around the car and discovered my problem. I had a flat tire, which I had not the faintest idea how to fix.

It appears the mid term elections will be between Trump and Obama even though their names will not be listed on any ballots. Issues that need to be addressed will be overshadowed as campaign rhetoric will center on these two men. Adversaries of the president seem desperate. The Democrats app…

Now that summer is winding down, I would like to personally thank the Idaho Falls Arts Council for the concerts on the Greenbelt. Sitting there each week under the trees beside the river and listening to the music transports me back to a quieter, gentler imagined time of long ago. I would al…

The national media has been dwelling on statements against President Donald Trump allegedly made by disgruntled, indignant members of his staff. It should be noted that they do not have the courage or backbone to identify themselves.

Wow, Mr. Urling, slamming John McCain after a week of being honored and eulogized by both Republican and Democrats alike prior to being laid to rest at the Naval Academy. The words used by Mr. Urling certainly have a familiar ring in this divisive political atmosphere. As a combat veteran, h…

Like many Americans I struggle to find ways we can reverse our devolution into warring factions. Locally, I was very sad, and worried, about Katie Stokes’ regrettable departure from the Post Register, which was driven partly by physical threats that she described in her last editorial. It re…

I’ve lived on South Boulevard for nearly 30 years and anticipated it would be widened as the city grew. But literally overnight, with no notice to residents and without widening the street, our parking was eliminated, the speed limit reduced, bike lanes added, and traffic lanes narrowed to a…

This November, as voters and responsible Idahoans, we must perform meticulous research about ballot items, especially Proposition 2, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Because I care about my children and grandchildren, and I don’t want Idaho’s next generations to be crippled by debt. Ask yours…

It's interesting that the death of a senator was an incident used to heap more criticism on the president. The White House flag was lowered in honor of the late senator, but criticism and pressure made sure it stayed lowered for a more extended period of time. The President extended his symp…

Mr. Sutton, Jesus didn’t rely upon the state to take care of his people. You and I are commissioned to help care for them and not rely upon Rome. The state is already too involved in our daily lives. It is a lot more convenient to sit back and let the state take on the responsibility, but th…

Regarding the letter published Sept. 6, 2018 entitled "McCain is pretend hero," to the author I ask: "Sir, have you served? Or, are you akin to President Bone Spurs, eager to jack your jaws, having never put any skin into the game?"

A recent letter to the editor asserted we must vote to expand Medicaid to be like the good Samaritan. Caring for the poor is truly a noble cause and a great need in our society. However, the good Samaritan did not lobby the governing body of the time to compel others to provide for the unfor…

In all fairness, no Supreme Court nominee should receive confirmation hearings in the Senate until after the November elections. After all, this was the precedent and standard applied to then-President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Having recently purchased an electric vehicle (2018 Chevy BOLT), I read with interest the August 2018 Business Report articles under the headline "Charged". The article on fleets says tax breaks of $1,000 are available for plug-in cars.

The volunteers of the Japanese Garden are delighted that the community finds the garden beautiful and an interesting place to visit. But we need your help. This summer three small trees were intentionally or unintentionally vandalized by breaking limbs or in one case, breaking the whole tree…

My reader letter rants are written the way they are because the only things that convince me that anything technical makes sense are defensible numbers in proper perspective. The source of most of the science-related information currently discussed — the raw numbers in press releases & i…

We’re in for a rough ride. In its infinite wisdom, the city of Idaho Falls has resurfaced and changed South Boulevard, installing bike lanes on both sides. While we are appreciative of their thought, the bike lane is painfully inadequate and much worse than what we had before construction. N…

I met Jesus on a walk the other day. He was beside a trail weeping. I asked what was troubling him so. He replied that he was disappointed and saddened here in Idaho, a state that loudly professes how Christian we are, while declaring that we are both witnesses to, and examples of, his word,…

I would like to express my thanks to all those that serve our community. I’m specifically grateful for those that had the foresight to make improvements to South Boulevard with more than just the automobile in mind. I bike commute to work as often as I can, and even without striping I have a…

Attacks on the press are continuing and getting progressively more vicious. The press is again being called the enemy of the people, a phrase that has an dark and ugly past tied to despotic regimes. Nikita Khrushchev said of his predecessor Joseph Stalin that he referred to “everyone who did…

Congratulations, D91 voters for relegating your children to a second-rate education, all for a few dollars of taxes. The only bright thing is the College of Eastern Idaho can now start a remedial program to give the students the technical education they should have gotten before college.

First of all, a big thanks to all those voting no on the latest District 91 bond. Your vote was a vote for fiscal responsibility, clear headed thinking, open communications and keeping patron’s money in their pockets.

As to bellyaching about Trump by one of your letter-to-the-editor writers, did that also apply to those conservative Republicans that vowed from day one to make Obama a one-term President? It just an opinion, but it appears to me we have to many that live on one way streets. That they refuse…

The level of corruption in our nation’s capitol has gotten to the point that we, the people, must put an end to it – or lose our representative republic. We watch a small batch of fascist activists, out to destroy from one side, and the two sets of laws, one for us and one for our representa…

Senator McCain and Governor Romney failed to make a dent in Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. In hindsight, nothing would probably have worked against the headwind: “It’s time to elect our first African American president.” Some observers believe that McCain and Romney were hindered by …

I remember a time when there were conservative Democrats. Larry McDonald was president of the John Birch Society while serving in Congress. Other Democrats such as John T. Flynn, Albert J. Nock and others were opponents of big government while serving in Congress. There was a time Idahoans e…

Welcome to the new speedway in Ammon. That would be Midway Ave. It has always been a problem with people speeding. With the new improved road, it has gotten worse. A conservative estimate would be 9 out of 10 drivers are exceeding the speed limit. A Bonneville County cop was out there recent…

Sorry but don't care for the new Post Register. The print is too light and smaller than previous editions. Also, the paper itself is very thin and tears easily, difficult to fold when reading because there is no substance to the paper. Some print in ads are very small and cannot be read. We …

As Trump's lawyer said, the truth isn't the truth. The truth is when someone raises their hand to tell the truth under oath. Violation of this oath is perjury. Not just spouted on twitter or news shows without taking an oath to tell the truth. I believe most people taking this oath of tellin…

The philosophies above often occur in an evolutionary chain and have caused the murders of about 100 million people. (In perspective American's population is about 300 million). The Mao/Stalin/Hitler group is the most notorious/odious, but there are others. Such despots kill their own citize…

I am voting yes because Idaho Falls High School is in need of a new building. The district wanted to remodel at first, but it found it would be more cost effective to build new. The district also noticed the remodel would impede on student parking and that the students would be forced to par…

During the 1965-66 school year, I was a senior at Idaho Falls High School. At that time District 91 patrons were being asked to approve the building of a new high school. There were some arguments made such as, "We don't need a new high school" or "We can't afford a new high school, " and wo…

Some years ago I lived in Idaho Falls School District 91. I was so very pleased it provided free activity passes to all senior citizens, simply as a gesture of appreciation for their many years of support for the schools found therein, and of course there are many seniors living on limited, …

I am so surprised to read Katie Stokes’ column from August 16 stating that she is leaving the Post Register. I do not know anything about her situation or future plans, but I have observed her time with the newspaper with mild interest. I remember when she came, and I had great reservations …

When I woke up this past Thursday morning, I was in a good mood. It was mostly sunny outside with pleasant temperatures in the seventies, an ideal mid-summer day in Idaho. Then I opened up the Post Register to the commentary page and my mood suddenly changed when I read Katie Stokes’ column …

After re-reading the latest VILLAGE IDIOT column (Getting a first opinion, Aug. 11) for the fourth time, I hope humorist Jim Mullen becomes a regular on the PR opinion page. In 600 very funny words, he nails – spot on – the biggest obstacle to medical care in the entire country. I nearly dam…