Eight-year-old Jason, one of our foster children, slammed his pencil down. “If you truly loved me, you wouldn’t make me do things I hate, like this math!”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, I released for discussion a concept that could end the Northwest salmon wars. It would lock in a more certain future for agriculture, energy, transportation and communities and also give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead their best chance for survival.

In Bill Davis’ recent guest opinion regarding exploratory drilling in the Kilgore area he alludes to misinformation about Otis Gold Corp’s proposal to conduct gold exploration in the Centennial Mountains of eastern Idaho.

It had been a while since we had foster children. They took the last little boy from our home and returned to his mother. He and his two sisters lost their lives in a fire there. The mother didn’t seem to care, while our hearts ached. It was hard to take children again. But then one evening,…

The Idaho legislature has convened with the priority to end the governor’s lockdown and other unconstitutional orders, including restrictive public health orders. If this was March, bills would be flying through the House and Senate. Promises were made to end these orders. Thus far, it seems…

My roommate, John, drove the rest of us crazy. He was always burning something when he cooked, and most of the time he just cooked beans. In addition, his diet of beans made him a veritable methane volcano, continually spewing forth toxic gas.

I would like to challenge R Grant Hunter to reveal whatever credible sources that he has been reading that show his so-called "election regularities." The reality for me is simply: Joe Biden has won in a free and fair election and Trump has lost.

I appreciated the letter by Andii Elliott on Jan 20. I agree. I also appreciate the "Star" for printing it. I doubt such a letter would be printed in the Post Register. In a recent letter to the PR my topic was not on the election, but I did mention Biden's illegitimate presidency. The lette…

In the mountains, there are many very expensive homes that wealthy people call their summer cabins. The snow up there will often reach ten feet or more in depth.

We have all likely heard some variation of the famous saying that nothing is certain but death and taxes. Given the preeminent inevitability of taxes, we must make certain that the federal agency tasked with administering this responsibility operates with just and up-to-date guidelines. Sinc…

My daughter, Elliana, works at a fast-food restaurant. She says that since the pandemic has started, it seems like people who come in either seem to be nicer than usual or meaner than usual. The challenging times seem to have pushed people toward the extremes.

Parents and educators hear a lot about how important it is for our young students to be able to read at an early age. Studies show that children still struggling to read by the end of the third grade fall further and further behind and many never catch up before they graduate from high school.

I am sitting here tonight on the eve of the January 6th Congressional confirmation vote of the 2020 Electoral College results with my copy of the Constitution in hand. And I quote “Art I, Sect. 4 “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives shall be pre…

As this commentary is being written, there is turmoil in Washington, D.C. as none of us have ever witnessed before in our lifetimes. Rhetoric abounds across the political spectrum in congress where Democrats and Republicans are in heated discussions over whether or not to impeach President D…

Judy was really sick, and she didn’t get better. Finally, her husband, Kent, decided she needed to go to the hospital.

Saving for retirement is important but often difficult, especially when faced with the increased uncertainty of the pandemic. When paychecks have to cover mortgages, rent, car payments, food, utilities, gas, college and other important obligations, steady retirement savings is often challeng…

Americans have a constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial, but the Idaho Supreme Court is arguably denying justice for thousands of Idahoans by suspending jury trials indefinitely, using Covid-19 as an excuse. There’s no telling when juries will again be empaneled, but the Supreme Cou…

My mother is almost ninety-five and hard to buy gifts for. She always says, “Don’t buy me things. I probably have everything I need, and if I don’t, I will get it when I need it.”

Andrew lay in the hospital bed trying to remember what had happened. Gradually it started to come back to him. His unit had come under heavy German bombardment as they fought their way east of Paris. Everyone had rushed for cover. The American forces had responded with a bombardment of their own.

As we head into the Christmas holiday season and the watch 2020 come to a close, I must admit that I’m feeling a bit of sadness – and a little bit of joy – contemplating the departure of two very valuable long-time members of the Idaho Water Resource Board – Vince Alberdi of Kimberly and Joh…

The world of Zoom is interesting. Being in education, I have had a fair amount of training on Zoom. Some of that training has centered around what happens if someone hacks or bombs your Zoom session. I was grateful a couple of weeks ago for that training.

I understand in Biden's acceptance speech, he asked for unification among Trump supporters. That was offensive. How can you ask me to respect your president when you have spent four years disrespecting my president ? Four years ago Trump asked for unity. Congressional members of the Democrat…

I am a resident of Rigby, and having spent nearly all my career in local government, I think qualifies me to make an observation here. I have attended a few city council meetings and have become aware of some of the issues with which Rigby has to deal. During this COVID situation, it appears…

Central Fire District, with the kind citizens of Jefferson County and the surrounding area, have rocked it again this year with its patented 8th annual Heap the Helmet campaign. Each year for the past eight years, the Central Fire EMTs and Firefighters have set up in Broulim’s parking lot an…

Over the last couple of years, Congress has ushered in a new chapter in U.S. nuclear energy by enacting legislation promoting nuclear innovation. The advancement of clean, reliable nuclear energy is paramount to maintaining the United States’ eminence in nuclear power, research and innovatio…

When we visit our children, one thing I really enjoy is pizza and movie night with my grandchildren. It usually gives their parents time for a date, and it gives my wife and me time with our grandchildren. I always buy the pizza and the pop and rent the movie.

It was the early 1980s, and the International Olympic Committee had been doing drug testing for some time. Though the National College Athletic Association hadn’t yet implemented similar measures, there was talk of it possibly coming. It was against this backdrop that Martin walked into the …

Idahoans have endured a lot over the last year. On both an economic and personal level, we have collectively been through more hardships in 2020 than in any other year in recent memory. In spite of these many adversities, I have seen great courage and resilience among Idaho’s people. It has …

Before the election I saw internet pictures of people putting plywood over store windows in an effort to save their businesses from all the rioting expected if Trump won the election. It, of course, didn't happen and I congratulate Trump voters. They, like me, may have been disappointed and …

One thing I love about working at the university is the young people I have the opportunity to associate with. We recently had two young ladies spend a lot of time in our home. One of them, Laura, was in my math class. The other, Kathy, was one of my wife’s Elementary Music Methods students.…

The pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of how we live, work, recreate and celebrate. From mundane tasks to once-in-a-lifetime events to medical emergencies, our engagement has been drastically changed.

In this turbulent political and social unrest era in our history, I sure am glad and grateful to be living in Idaho. While government in the Gem State isn’t perfect, compared to some other states it’s clean and scandal free of voter fraud.

Some of us were visiting after church, and since Thanksgiving had just passed, the topic of conversation turned to turkeys. Our neighbor had one that had become rather mean. He was telling about it and how he would never raise a turkey again.

WWII veteran, Mayor Keith Scott (deceased) had a large impact on the city of Rigby and Jefferson County. He served in the Army, specifically under General George Patton in "The Battle of the Bulge" in Europe, 1945. Many lives were lost in this battle.

I, like Grant Hunter, wholeheartedly applaud what President Trump has accomplished for America. And to those DEMS out there…take time to do some research and learn about all the records in unemployment/job growth/minority support, etc. that the Trump administration has achieved. NO other pre…

In Idaho, we do not have to look far for good works. So many Idahoans work hard to lift burdens and brighten the days of others. This year’s Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award recipients are a reminder of the great Idahoans who make our state such a wonderful place to live.

It appears Biden has won. One prominent Republican senator has predicted that the Republicans will probably never again win a presidential election. Future voters coming out of our public schools and universities seem to have accepted socialism as the new normal. Biden says he wants to unify…

Thanks Jefferson Star manager Earlene Poole, reporter Samantha Vanderwalker, writer Tiffany Zweifel and anyone I may have missed, for the excellent additional insert in The Jefferson Star on Nov. 11, 2020.