I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth upon reading in the 27 May 2020 edition of the Jefferson Star that former Jefferson County Prosecutor Rob Dunn is suing candidate Ty Belnap for defamation. (Mr. Belnap is running for public office and I can only surmise that Dunn is pulling for his…

Jennifer’s children wanted a dog. That is normal for children, and Jennifer decided that maybe it would be good for them to learn responsibility. So Jennifer sat down with them and talked to them about how important it would be that the dogs were taken care of properly. Dogs needed to be fed…

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…

Idahoans need to be skeptical about the state government’s plan to use software and hundreds of employees known as “contact tracers” to investigate and keep tabs on you. They’ll know where you’ve been, with whom, and whether you’re experiencing any medical symptoms.

One of the soldiers turned to Private Howard. “What about you, Old Man? Want to join us to find some beautiful island girls when we get to Hawaii?”

I’m writing to you from what we affectionately call the “Bunker.” The Bunker is the base from which, under normal circumstances, we coordinate the massive undertaking that is required to pull off an election at hundreds of polling places, each processing hundreds, if not thousands, of voters…

Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Idaho Rebounds plan is a four-stage blueprint to bring Idaho back to a semblance of normalcy after a sudden and unprecedented shutdown of our state’s economy.

My last daughter moved off to college last week, and I already miss having children around. I work at home teaching, and like many of you, I don’t go out a lot right now. But when I do, I like to observe the happy, positive outlook that children exhibit.

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…

I often get asked how a dentist ends up 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.

With things opening back up a bit from the virus lock-down, I decided it was a good time to go to the nursery to get some flowers for my wife. She loves wave petunias in hanging baskets around our deck.

This is a time of trial, tribulation and uncertainty; no doubt about it.

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Governor Brad Little needs to call the Idaho Legislature back to Boise so that the $1.25 billion the state received from the federal government in response to COVID-19 can be properly allocated toward tax relief.

It’s planting time in our rural community. Much of the grain is in, and some of it is up just enough that the fields have a beautiful green tinge to them. In the higher country, the grain is just getting planted, and in the valley, the potato planting is moving into high gear.

I am the civil deputy for Jefferson County and work for the incumbent prosecuting attorney, Paul Butikofer. Paul is magnificent to work with and the county would be well served to re-elect him. Of my OWN volition, I have for several weeks, felt prompted to correct a number of allegations and…

To the Citizens of Jefferson County: As an electrical contractor, I am an “Expert”in my field. This knowledge has come after 44 years of very hard work and experience in all types of electrical applications.

Besides being a group of people living in the near vicinity of each other, the dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” This definition has taken on a different meaning over the last six months.

We will no longer publish any election letters after the April 29 edition of The Jefferson Star, with the exception of rebuttals from candidates mentioned in the "Letter to the Editor" section in that edition.

As a resident of Idaho’s legislative district 35, I don’t believe that the citizens of this district are well represented in the Legislature by Sen. Van Burtenshaw and Reps. Jerald Raymond and Rod Furniss.

We live in an unprecedented time as proven by this social experiment of control of the masses by fear. Had the government issued a law revoking our right to assembly, to practice our religion and the pursuit of happiness i.e. work and earn, we would have been up in arms literally.

I am a retired Idaho school teacher writing in support of Jerald Raymond as our state representative. I’ve known Jerald for many years and I know that he is a champion of education.

"Light Blue" Representatives....that's what Idaho District 35 voters have sent to Boise: Burtenshaw, Raymond, and Furniss...Three Peas In Pod. Yet they ran as solid "Red" Conservatives. But votes don't lie. However if you are a farmer or rancher you should be very pleased with their voting r…

When my son was a teenager, he, like many young people his age, was in desperate need of a job. I insisted that my children earn half of the money they wanted for extra things, and I provided work picking and selling raspberries so they could. However, as they grew older, picking raspberries…

Let’s be crystal clear about this: The U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions have been suspended. Your freedom to earn a living, travel, worship, and even mingle with others have been abridged. It seems many people are OK with that.

With the coming of spring, typically our schools would be buzzing with the excitement of dance invitations, graduations plans, outdoor sports, field trips and end of year programs. Covid-19 has robbed the spring of 2020 of these much anticipated events. Our halls are quiet, athletic fields a…

As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution—the American spirit at its best.

As concerned Americans today, we are awed by the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Who would have guessed that it would have impacted us as it has? Even flu pandemics from the past haven’t done what corona has done to our lifestyle. But then, they didn’t have the media attention that this virus …

It was 1918, and Arden, the man Rachel had been dating, was off fighting in the Great War. Rachel worked hard on the farm and in her grandfather's store as a clerk, but there were times she felt like she wasn't doing enough to help. Then she started seeing those around her falling ill to wha…

Finally, some good news for Idaho public school kids and their parents: The days of Common Core in our public schools appear to finally be numbered. The House and Senate education committees signaled this week that they’ve had enough of the 10-year old failed experiment in national education…

Our high school quarterback, Rand, picked himself up off of the ground and yelled at us linemen. “Can’t you guys do your job and keep them out? I’ve already been sacked twice!”

If there is a culture war being waged, it is not the Idaho legislature waging it. Contrary to headlines you may have read, the Idaho Vital Statistics Act, H 509, does not ban transgender individuals from making changes to their birth certificates. This gender-blind bill addresses important c…

The House of Representatives has been at 2-3 sessions per day in an effort to wrap up business and allow our “Citizen Legislature” a chance to return home to their respective businesses, families, and meet with each of you to report legislative progress. It is so important to realize, as a m…

Great news for Idaho parents and students regarding Early Childhood Education. Thanks to the successful collaboration of a bi-partisan committee of stakeholders convened over the summer and the support of Governor Brad Little, Idaho is the recipient of a $3.3 million Federal Preschool Develo…

It seemed the minute I had shoulder surgery and had my arm in a sling, the snow started coming and never let up. We didn’t worry too much about it during Christmas break, but in the first part of January, after work and school started again, the snow needed to be shoveled.

After finding out there was a bullet in my arm, I hoped that was what was causing the pain in my arm. I figured that if a bullet was removed, there would be less trauma and healing than if it was torn ligaments. But I was to have no such luck. The doctor told me there was indeed a bullet in …

President George Washington was unambiguous: “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.”

CLARK — As we near end of February and springtime is just around the bend, we still have the ice and snow of winter. But there are sure signs of spring on the way; one being cows giving birth.

Idahoans rely on effective local governments. First responders and law enforcement keep our communities healthy and safe. Adequate roads allow residents to arrive at their destinations without harm. Libraries provide opportunities for enrichment and job training. And our courts protect our c…