Gov. Brad Little has given lawmakers a budget that is indisputably the most conservative spending blueprint in many years. It’s an excellent starting point.

A Google search for “paying school lunch debt” reveals a long list of recent news stories about good Samaritans paying off the school lunch debt of children whose families cannot afford it.

When my nephew, Brandon, first brought Hannah to our house, we all loved her immediately. The two of them were going to school at the nearby university, and they joined my other nieces and nephews who were going to school there in coming out for dinner. Hannah was from Kentucky and had a bit…

When I started college, I was a computer science major. Back then, computers were much different from what they are today. There were no computer screens as we have today. We worked on punch cards, and the punch card machines looked like big typewriters. We submitted our programs to the syst…

Legislative success in containing property taxes will make the difference as to whether some Idahoans have to move from their homes. It’s why property tax relief has to be the No. 1 priority for the upcoming legislative session.

When we had seven children, many of them quite young, I was working as the Internet Manager at the local university, along with teaching. My days were long and hard. When I came home, I was exhausted, but I would take time to play with my children and help around the house. But there were ti…

Passed in 2019 and goes into effect January 1st, 2020, HB179 was brought to me by good agents that were members of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) of which I am a member and past state officer. I personally do not sell home and auto insurance, but many members do.

One of the first lessons we learn as small children is: Honesty is the best policy Yet, in 2019, my unvarnished assessment of public schools — that government shouldn’t be in the education business — wound up being the quote that lit the media’s collective hair on fire. I also said that publ…

Jack had loved cars since he was young. Now that he was retired, he especially loved the cars from his youth—vintage or antique cars, they were now called.

When issues of importance are on the line, the people deserve more than misleading half-truths. A recent article published by the Associated Press regarding changes to the sex identifier on Idaho birth certificates deserves clarification.

Technology touches every part of our lives and, with technology, comes the need for reliable broadband access. Access to the internet has become nearly as important as access to clean drinking water, power for your home and roads. In fact, access to broadband is so important that a U.S. Cour…

I don't get much chance to play Santa, but I like to when I can. And I never do it for pay because that takes away from the reason I do it. Each time I get the chance to brighten the lives of children, I always feel it is I who come away better for the experience.

Dear Santa,

As we observe the effects of pot legalization in neighboring states, it should come as no surprise the proposed ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana is of great concern to many Idahoans.

Until recently, tobacco use was on the decline among Idaho’s youth. Vaping — smoking e-cigarettes — reversed this trend, and tobacco use is surging among those most likely to develop a lifelong addiction. As mother of adolescents, here’s what I’ve learned about why:

Rachel didn’t like moving out west with her family, leaving their nice New England home. She was only eleven when they moved, and it was a long, arduous journey across the plains in the covered wagon. Her father worked hard and built a modest cabin, but three small rooms for twelve people ma…

From a freedom-loving perspective, there’s much to be thankful for this year.

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The average teacher graduating with their bachelor’s degree is taking on over $26,000 in student loan debt. If a teacher decides that they want to go on to pursue a master’s degree, there is significantly more debt. With those levels of student debt, a brand-new Idaho teacher looks at paymen…

Marilyn didn't like dogs, and no one seemed to know why. Her children really wanted a dog, but she always said no. The children went to their dad and begged for a dog, so he approached his wife about it. Even he couldn't convince her that all children needed a dog.

On Saturday, June 5, 1976, my younger sister came running out to where I was fixing a fence our cows had broken down. It was lunchtime, and I thought she might be coming to call me to come eat. But I quickly realized by the way she was running that something was wrong.

At this Thanksgiving time, it is hard to know for which of our many liberties to be most grateful. The story of the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving illustrates what courageous people will endure to obtain very basic rights — the freedom of self-rule and the freedom to relate to one’s G…

Gov. Brad Little’s preemptive “spending reset,” to rein in state spending before the next economic downturn, is a good start to help Idaho taxpayers who could use a break from a decade of a growing state government. But other taxpayers—Idaho’s increasingly put-upon college and university stu…

I am very concerned about the consequences of the so-called SAFE Banking Act! This legislation will allow sellers of illicit drugs, particularly marijuana, to access bank loans. Why would federal legislation be enacted to support normal banking activities for marijuana trafficking when it is…

A good friend of mine, Blaine, was a World War II veteran. He was one of the most patriotic men I knew, even if he had many reasons not to be.

We were only in the first week of class when Evan asked something that would become the norm for him through much of the semester. We had just finished looking at some ideas on using math to make decisions in life when he asked, “When will we ever use this?”

If you want to experience a real "downer" then just drive around and look at all the dogs that are chained and penned usually in abysmal situations ... poor shelters, filthy surroundings, poor quality food, frozen water, exposure to the elements, isolation, etc. Often the miserable creatures…

Please take a moment to cheer Gov. Brad Little and his administration for proactively getting Idaho’s fiscal house in order ahead of a potential economic downturn. Spending restraint is a tough job that too few elected officials choose to do.

There is no doubt, your freedom is under attack. What is your line in the sand? Do you have one? Can we draw a “line in the sand” when we may not even be sure where it should be? How many rights are we willing to lose, rather than stand up for truth?

When discussing the “Idaho Medical Marijuana Act,” it is of utmost importance that we consume accurate facts and figures. If this voter initiative is able to collect 55,000 valid signatures by the end of April, we will have an important decision to make during the 2020 election. Recently, I …

Rachel’s family had moved west in the 1800s, along with many other pioneers. Life in the rugged land was challenging. Food was often scarce, as were many other important items. But no matter how little they had as a family, Rachel’s father always insisted that if Native Americans came and ne…

When I first met my wife, she was a music major and played in a dance band. I was in athletics. My children have tended to follow their mother’s interests more than mine. Every one of them is an excellent musician.

It seems like nearly every day there’s a news story or statistic proclaiming Idaho as one of the best places to live, raise a family, and grow a business. Idaho is all those things and more, and people across the country are taking notice.

As the weather turns cold, Idaho legislators are preparing for the start of the legislative session in January. Many are already hard at work on new laws designed to improve the lives of Idahoans. But there are proposals afoot that could cause real harm to taxpayers and local communities.

Electric cooperatives throughout rural America, including Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, face a financial crisis inadvertently caused by Congress. And the weight of this crisis is made even more clear when electric cooperatives must face power restoration costs following natural disa…

John was our roommate at college. He was not a great cook and had little money, and for that reason, he decided he could live totally on beans. The problem was that they created in him an atomic cloud of methane that was driving the rest of us to near suffocation.

Wanda loved helping, but she especially loved doing it without people knowing. When a woman would have a baby, Wanda would sew a baby quilt, wrap it, and put it on the step of the new parents’ home. If someone had surgery, she would make sure to leave some food by their door. She always had …

In the last few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that we need to take immediate action on vaping in Idaho.

About a hundred descendants of David and Yetta Cohen gathered for a family reunion in Georgia earlier this summer. Over the span of a few days, my aunts, uncles, and cousins, mostly Jews who live on the east coast, questioned me about Idaho, the state I’ve called home for nearly 25 years. Th…

I had been helping run the lights for a theater production in a neighboring community when my wife, Donna, saw a Facebook posting. It was a community events page in one of the sites that she often checks. She saw that there was a posting about a musical that was getting close to production a…

This time of year, many Idahoans take to Idaho’s forests, rangelands and waterways to participate in annual fall hunting, fishing and other activities. These traditions are woven into the fabric of our culture in Idaho and help define us as Idahoans.

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The Governor’s Our Kids, Idaho’s Future Task Force recently hit on a one-word description of something that could transform Idaho’s education system – leadership.

When we settled here 26 years ago, it was only because we had found a piece of land we could build on. We were young, so as we raised our children — going to school-sponsored events, soccer games, and Rigby Lake, we didn’t realize how good we had it here. But as I drove to the Homecoming par…

Rochelle, my roommate Joe's fiancée, had asked me to join Joe, her, and her parents as a date for her sister Mauren. But when we got to the concert, Mauren told me she hated men, athletes, and me, because I was both. Neither of us said anything for the rest of the concert, and I hardly dared…

Responsible city leaders that served Menan in the past successfully budgeted funds or received grants for road maintenance. Apparently, the current city leadership believes a tax levy is the solution now. Refusing to accept the defeated tax levy vote in May 2019, the city leaders immediately…

Many citizens of Idaho realize that, on July 30, 2019, a petition was filed with the Secretary of State known as the “Idaho Medical Marijuana Act”. This petition would require 55,000 valid signatures by April 30, 2020 in order to be put on a ballot and presented to Idaho voters in the Novemb…

Fall migration is only just beginning and already we are seeing roadkill numbers rising on U.S. Highway 20. In the beginning of August, we had two moose killed on the Ashton Hill. Both were females, and one had engorged udders indicating she was likely pregnant or nursing. And just recently,…