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…

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…

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…

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,…

Boise State University is now inviting its faculty and staff to attend a series of trainings on “white privilege” from an author who believes all white people are latent racists. The program consists of seven sessions, for which attendees earn credit as part of the school’s “diversity” program.

The Idaho State Board of Education held hearings in August about Common Core education standards. Comments made by attendees prove that parents, students, business owners and even some educators are not entirely supportive of the standards that Idaho adopted almost a decade ago.

One day when I was in my mid-teens, I was helping an older lady from our community. Leona was a widow and almost 90. She lived alone and still took care of herself. But there was some yard work that was hard for her to do, so my parents would send me to help her now and then.

Dear Editor,In January, 1998, after a young mother tragically chose an unthinkable outcome for her baby, Sheila Powell, Roberts, saw a need for young moms facing unplanned pregnancies. She followed through with her vision, joined forces with others who have a heart for young mothers and thei…

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Over the summer, numerous “hearings” have been held on the Idaho Core Standards. Educators from across the state showed up to testify in defense of our Idaho Core Standards. These Idaho Core Standards were written by highly skilled Idaho teachers and are used to ensure our students have the …

Kudos to the U.S. Forest Service if they are going to spend $25K to study wildlife vehicle collisions (WVCs) in the Island Park area. Highway 20 bisects the Cariboo-Targhee National Forest in Island Park, so it’s smart for USFS (and the Idaho Transportation Department). Of course they would …

I would like to address the uninformed lady from Hamer who commented on my picture with an animal I harvested in Africa. First off I want to apologize for kind of misleading you. I didn’t “shoot” just two animals , I shot 11. We did eat some of the meat while there, but the bulk of it went t…

This time of year, as students head back to school, my mind often turns to football. I loved sports, but due to the amount of work on the farm, my father had a rule that we could only be in one sport each year. My brothers and I traded turns being in sports and doing the chores. But since I …

Idahoans fed up with skyrocketing property taxes hope state lawmakers will step in and offer relief. But raising the homeowner’s exemption, which reduces the taxable value of owner-occupied residences, is not the answer and never has been. Raising the exemption only shifts the rising tax bur…

2019 was again, a huge community event. We had one of our biggest turnouts for the fair. We had a record number of 4-H and FFA youth showing animals. The commercial building was full of displays and exhibits. Entries included garden crops, artwork, quilts, youth projects and cooked goods.

I sure hope that Greg Eames of Menan is planning to eat the "wildebeest" and the "nyala" that he killed  while over in South Africa this summer. Looking at the picture in the Star, it appears that he killed them just for the "sport of killing" ... something I have never understood ... nor wi…

Our community has a moose problem. This time of year, moose start to move into our yards, eating fruit from our trees and vegetables in our gardens. Oh, they do it the rest of the year, too, but it is most prevalent in the fall. That is why a bunch of the men gathered around before church to…

Idaho Education news reported two weeks ago that Governor Little’s K-12 Education Task Force Co-Chair, Bill Gilbert, has a plan to improve Gem State education outcomes: Make the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) scores the sole measure used in holding schools and districts “accountable” for stud…

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.When I co…

Writing recently in the National Review, Peter N. Kirsanow, an attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights, calls for an end to segregationist activities on college campuses across the country. He notes that they have done nothing to reduce the student achievement gap and have…

Over the last two years, Congress and the Administration have taken a number of actions to reduce burdensome and unnecessary regulations, as well as slow the massive growth of new regulations. Through a combination of issuing executive orders, utilizing the Congressional Review Act to overtu…

Joe, my roommate, and his fiancée, Rochelle, came into our apartment. Rochelle came into the kitchen where I was. “Daris, would you be willing to go out with my sister?” she asked.

Nearly everyone has received those calls in the middle of dinner, in the middle of getting kids to sleep or in the middle of trying to finish a project. We stop what we are doing. We hurry to answer the phone only to hear a long pause followed by an automated voice trying to defraud us of ou…

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In a lot of ways, it’s been a rough year to be an Idahoan. In the last several months, citizens have had to fight to preserve their most basic constitutional rights.

I’m concerned about the amount of knowledge lost over summer vacation. I feel that instead of having one big break, the School District should divide the summer break into the school year. So then we have the same amount of vacation days, but we remember more of what the educators are teachi…

I was living in a community that decided to run a memorial exhibit on the Holocaust. I felt it would be a good learning experience for my family and me. When we reached the exhibit, we each randomly drew a name according to our age and gender. We put on a tag with that name, and we were supp…

The benefits of living in rural Idaho communities are abundant — easy access to outdoor activities, strong sense of community, great places to raise children, neighbors banding together in times of need or to celebrate accomplishments and much more. But, some dealing with trying to pay high …