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Now that the dust in the arena has settled, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the people and businesses that supported the 2019 Ultimate Bull Riding Battle at Sandy Downs. Our sponsors' commitment and generosity helped us provide a fun and exciting event for our community.

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In response to the letter in the Sept. 12 Post Register about Ammon water: It's not the water situation in Ammon that is pathetic but certain crybabies who write to complain about it. Stop all your moaning, whining and crying about water meters. Look at it this way, Ammon is now more progres…

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Mr. Martin dislikes Trump even more than I like him. However, here is some information he chooses to ignore: The stock market was 20,000 in late 2016 and recently closed at 27,137 (up 35 percent). Unemployment among African Americans and others is at a 50-year low, plus we have been experien…

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“I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” – Donald Trump (fake news and alternative fact spreader…

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It makes me very sad to have to put my plastic bottles and newspapers back in the garbage can. I kept two large black plastic garbage bags in the garage and put plastic bottles in one and newspaper, magazines, etc. in the other. About every six weeks I would take them to the recycle bin behi…

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The U.S. wants free trade: no tariffs worldwide. China is one of our biggest trading partners but has the highest tariffs in the world (they also steal trade secrets and break World Trade Organization rules). The world wants us to make China back down. However, those other countries are seek…

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The Republican Party, now known as the Trump cult party, has, for years, done everything they can to suppress the vote for those that do not support them. Well, they are now going after their own by canceling caucuses and primaries in some states in the upcoming election due to the fact that…

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I had a great bike ride Sunday last on the greenbelt, but when I crossed Broadway on the Westside going north nearly everyone I saw, and there were a lot of people, had a cell phone in their face and they were looking down. A group of a dozen or so teens was all looking down. How could they …

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Rebecca Schroeder wrote a very well worded and thoughtful column about her organization's effort to place an education funding initiative on the ballot. Presumably, this is to do what the state has failed to do: fund K-12 funding at higher levels. For those that will not take the time to vis…

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Thanks to the Post Register for publishing Nathan Brown’s well-researched articles on the INL’s involvement with NuScale small modular nuclear reactors and in ensuring the security of electrical distribution of wind energy. The world is increasingly adopting solar and wind energy and other z…

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My thanks for another of Jerry Painter’s wonderful front-page articles, this one about Mackay High School’s foray into aquaculture. Great article, great subject and a great teacher. And kudos to your editorial staff for that well-deserved skewering of Chad Christensen. His nitwittery calls t…

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I'm all for Reclaim Idaho's plan to tax corporations and the rich 3 percent more in taxes to fund education. In early 2016 an Idaho newspaper found that corporate income taxes amounted to less than 3 percent of our state budget. With the 2017 GOP-Cult of Trump tax cut bonanza to corporations…

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When will the tragic car accidents end on these county roads? Last week we lost a young mother of two. That corner has had eight fatalities. Most other corners out here have had multiple deaths and countless injuries from people blowing through the stop signs.

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I've a question for Andi Elliott. Elliott asks, in a letter titled "Not allowing guns on premises is a liability," if " ... they have noticed that most mass murders happen in gun-free zones." Which is actually not the case, as the shooting in the Walmart store in Texas, as far as I have read…

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I have a 2003 Monte Carlo. I bought it brand new. I have any and everything (door dings, etc.) repaired. I have tried to keep it in pristine condition. I had noticed a rock chip and door ding. All of a sudden I notice rust in all the wheel wells. I am confused; when did this happen? I take i…

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I am in shock — I absolutely agree with Mr. Smith's Thursday Post Register column regarding the education of the kids of the country, state and Bonneville County in particular. Whew, the shock is slowly wearing off.

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It's good to see that Ammon's initiating the use of water meters has finally stirred some comment from the Post Register's editorial board. It's only taken them four to five years to address this in "Our View" in the Sept. 8 paper.

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The Ammon water situation is pathetic. The only significant ways to conserve water for homeowners is to lessen the amount of laundry or bathing. So Ammon becomes a place of dirty people in dirty clothing. Great. Or you can stop watering your lawns we are told, as the leaders say water conser…

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The Trump family has been a bunch of grifters their whole lives. Now they are using the presidency for the same reason. When will the Republicans have had enough? If President Obama would have done anything even close to anything Trump has done, the Republicans' hair would be on fire and scr…

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Hey, Shelton, you got me going. Your reference to me as a "little snowflake" in your response to my earlier article was amazingly accurate in light of your original intent. It so happens that, as a skier for most of my adult life, I have had my face full of snowflakes, both horizontally and …

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It now seems to be the fad for businesses and hospitals to prohibit customers from carrying guns on their premises. I wonder if they have noticed that most mass murders happen in gun-free zones. My uncle always asks me if I am well prepared when I shop at Walmart, which I do less and less si…

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I would hope everyone would join me in a moment of silence out of respect to Shelton, Jerry and Carrie and many of our other very leftist contributors. Today they have suffered a great loss. Today one of their main sites for their talking points was forced to close its doors. ThinkProgress h…

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Several days ago Donald Trump tweeted that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian. Then the hurricane center responded that Alabama was not in its path. At first, it seems silly to make an issue of it. But to those who take Trump’s tweets as absolute facts, they might have made plans to…

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While on a recent trip overseas, I found myself in the Schiphol international airport in Amsterdam. Like many larger airports, it has moving walkways. As you approached the end of the moving portion of the walkway, a pleasant recorded voice said, “Mind your step,” over and over. In contrast …

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Jerry Painter’s wonderful article, “The Pulse of a Glacier,” the lead story in Sunday’s paper, epitomizes what I enjoy the most about the Post Register: our outdoors. Local newspaper coverage of the wealth of nature surrounding us here in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana has been uniformly excelle…

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The news article "No Starbucks and the stones aren't yellow" in the Post Register on Sept. 4 reminded me of the summer my wife and I worked checking in guests at Fishing Bridge. Some questions we were asked included: "Where are the playgrounds and swimming pools located? What time of day do …

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I don't know Evan Tibbott, but I reckon he is one of us senior citizens. I mean, since he has short-term memory loss. He has never witnessed such visceral hatred toward an elected president?

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I got to thinking the other day about lawns. Given that we are living in a high desert, semi-arid region, why do we spend so much time, effort and money and use a lot of chemicals, and especially water, just to force something to grow, that, if left alone, wouldn't grow at all?

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The snowflake, liberal, communist scumbags on MSNBC just had the audacity to show a video of Mr. Trump promising a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class. This tax cut was promised during the run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections and was in addition to the huge tax cut we all received in Ja…

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When an op-ed begins with a statement that is false, it is difficult to give the author enough credibility to continue reading. However, I did in this case. Doyle Beck is not the Republican Party chairman. Dignity is mostly earned not given as the author implied. I do not know who Batalden b…

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Once again, I am burning the midnight oil. Bob Ziel, you seem to have a knack for bringing them out of the woodwork. I refer, of course, to the latest attempt to mischaracterize your earlier article. Their voices are assuring and confident, in line with an almost desperate need to establish …

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When President Trump was informed of the potential hurricane headed to Puerto Rico he tweeted: "Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end? Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all-time record of its kind for 'anywhere.'" Maybe if Trump …

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The District 93 voters took a chainsaw to the latest school bond proposal and with a resounding no buried it with a 60/40 defeat. But in true Obama-like fashion, District 93 enacted its revenge on citizens. How dare they? They are going to be taught a lesson for not supporting the bond.

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Sometimes we are fortunate to hear a powerful message coming from a true community leader. Several of us had this unique opportunity in listening to attorney Tim Hopkins introduce Sen. Mike Crapo at a recent City Club meeting. His introductory words were both succinct and very timely in toda…

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Mark Fuller’s opinion piece from Aug. 28 is not by any stretch the most outrageous writing he has volunteered in recent months. But it is the one that managed to push my buttons this morning when I opened the paper.

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Water fees cover the cost of operation, maintenance and future modifications. Everyone pays the same fee. Using more than average does not add to the cost. "Wasted" water goes into the river or into the aquifer. The water supply is far from exhaustion.

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I wanted to ask Bob Ziel not to add me to his attack list for this statement. Bob, you're not the first person to say it's OK to handcuff kids and lock them up with no accountability.

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I have been very impressed with the new signs the city installed giving directions to various places of community interest around town such as the zoo, Sandy Downs, the hospital, etc. The signs are not only helpful for visitors to our city but are also very attractive. Thanks to the mayor, C…

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Congratulations to the Idaho Falls Bandits American Legion Baseball Team. Our family has been involved with American Legion baseball for over 25 years. It has always been a positive in many families and in our communities. It was especially exciting to watch the success of the Bandits as the…

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Aug. 23 would have been Kenneth Gardner's 100th birthday. My dad came to Idaho Falls in the 1950s with a little family in tow. In 1961, he became a small business owner by founding Electrical Wholesale Supply Company. Idaho Falls has been a wonderful place to raise families and reap the bene…

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More truth comes from the lips of President Trump. He said: "I don't think we're having a recession. We're doing tremendously well. Our consumers are rich. I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they're loaded up with money."

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I appreciated reading a fairly recent letter by Andi Elliot. I felt uplifted reading her positive statements about the president. On the same page was a letter by Shelton Beach. Anyone reading the opinion page should already know the dislike Mr. Beach has for Trump. I assume none of us has m…

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The paper’s “Our View” and Miranda Marquit’s commentary explained the issues regarding changes to the initiative process very well and we totally agree with them. And here are some additional facts:

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Well, Sheldon Beach, you are totally wrong again as usual. When I wrote that President Trump ruined your life, I was referring to Peggy Nelson's letter. See, you just read what you want to. As for Bull — you are number one.

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It's time — well past time — we got off this left, right, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican and government blaming. Corporate money owns this government of ours, and they pay heavily to see their puppets do as they desire. We've been doing this, replacing one party for the other, o…

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Last week I stopped for a road-killed moose on the shoulder of US-20 south of Island Park, pulling off in a safe turnout. In life, she would have been a beautiful animal. She had a sleek coat and full udders, indicating she was nursing. Her calf was undoubtedly orphaned by her death.

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It is strange indeed that some state legislators are arguing the proposed initiative changes will give rural constituents more voice. In fact, whoever is signing a petition for an initiative is making it possible for every voter to have a voice. The petition signer is only requesting that th…

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In view of the unrelenting attacks on this president by those associated with the left, I want to compliment Bill Craig for his fine analysis. In the years I have lived, I have never witnessed such visceral hatred as has been emanating from the most extreme elements of a (supposedly) America…

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Recently, there’s been news stories about water meters in Ammon. Most residents were opposed to metered water but weren’t listened to. As new residents 16 years ago, the city toted cheaper taxes and public services, such as water, to lure you to build here instead of Idaho Falls. Ammon, with…

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"Tailor your sweet words to your targets' particular problems and fantasies . . . do not make it too specific; you are inviting them to dream . . . lift people's thoughts into the clouds and they will relax, their defenses will come down, and it will be that much easier to maneuver and lead …

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Today I am looking at my water bill from the City of Ammon. I am having a difficult time justifying just why I went from $54 a month for water to over $150 for this last month. That is a 300 percent increase. My questions are: Why does the city need such a large increase in revenue for water…

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The town hall on Aug. 13 was a good opportunity for citizens to hold some southeast Idaho legislators accountable for their votes on this issue in the last session. While I was glad that they attended to answer questions, I was disappointed that several of the legislators gave the impression…

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I have lived in Idaho Falls for over 40 years, but I don't recall our downtown ever looking as good as it does now. Kudos to the Downtown Development Corporation and the city of Idaho Falls for the work just completed on Broadway and the ongoing upgrades being made in the rest of downtown. I…

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The Russian-born comedian Yakov Smirnoff always ended his routines about the wonderful things he’d learned since moving to the USA with, “What a country.”