Goren and Lilly had been married for just over a year, and Lilly was growing annoyed with Goren. He had promised that he would put indoor plumbing into the house after they were married, but he hadn’t. Lilly was tired of bathing at the hand pump in the summer and dragging water into the hous…

It’s ironic that Idaho’s big hospitals can’t you tell how much a medical procedure will cost but they have perfect clairvoyance to declare that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will save Idaho money. Well, here’s some advice for ya: Don’t trust the cost estimates from an industry that can’t ex…

Congress’s recent passage of S. 97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) underscores the strong bipartisan agreement in Congress that nuclear energy is a reliable, safe, clean and efficient part of our national energy portfolio and a commitment to maintaining U.S. leadershi…

In recent years, we have seen press reports about Americans being unprepared for retirement with too little savings to provide a lifestyle during retirement similar to their pre-retirement standards of living. The long-term benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will continue to be fel…

You know, sometimes little things can be so annoying. Take, for example, the day I went to help an old friend. Winter was coming on, and he asked me to pack insulation underneath his trailer house, especially around the water pipes. The winter before had been very cold, and more than once th…

It’s reassuring that the many Island Park writers of opinions and letters to the editors agree that enhancing safety on Highway 20 is the foremost concern as the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) updates its Corridor Plan for our area. It’s also reassuring that in this process, ITD ha…

I was a sophomore in high school, and it was the first day of the school year. There was a new boy, Skip, who was in my athletic training class. He was big, muscular, and showed a lot of athletic ability. But I had never seen anyone that seemed so timid. In fact, it was more than timidity; h…

Last summer, I had the opportunity to place my handprint on the civilian side of a door Melanie Foster, Jr. Vice Commander for the Department of Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), takes to veterans events. She helps raise awareness about suicide prevention, posttraumatic stress disorder (…

I have a friend who drives the Ashton Hill to Island Park daily for work. Last fall he hit a deer on the way home from work on the hill, and did $8800 damage to his truck. He described it as "a disaster.”

My daughter told me she was playing Powder Puff football. I found out the girls played against each other, much different from when I was in high school.

In a 1987 radio address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan stated, “Our judges should be faithful to the written Constitution, the bedrock of our liberties.” This guiding principle remains as important today as it has always been. Our judicial system must be guided by our Constitution to…

To the Editor, The Jefferson Star:

I had a knee replacement a couple of weeks ago. Usually, a person needs a knee replacement when they are getting old, and their body is wearing out, but mine wasn’t because of age. Mine was due to a major athletic accident 30 years ago.

The clever propagandists who want to cement Obamacare in Idaho let slip via social media the dirty truth about what they’re really trying to accomplish with Proposition 2 on the November ballot. Sure, they want to expand Medicaid as President Barack Obama envisioned with his out-of-the-gate …

Recently, the President signed into law the John S. McCain 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, fulfilling one of Congress’s most serious responsibilities to provide for and protect our nation’s military servicemembers. This legislation will strengthen our military’s readiness, …

I had ordered all sorts of food in Peru. I had tried chicken with a side of beans, beef with a side of beans, alpaca with a side of beans, and beans with a side of beans. I was starting to feel like a human bean and decided it was time to see if I could find some American food. I expressed m…

To the Editor, The Jefferson Star: I am an Island Park resident responding to lame-duck state legislator Karey Hanks’ column of August 22.

For those who have spent years serving in and rising through the ranks of the U.S. military, embarking on an entirely new path in the civilian sector after service can be daunting. Despite today’s positive economic climate, with historically low unemployment and many sectors reporting more j…

Over the last two years, seven local governments have paid nearly $1 million to quietly pad the pensions of 13 Idaho public employees. That doesn’t include the secretive plan to pay as much as $205,000 into the state’s pension system so that Bonneville School District Superintendent Chuck Sh…

When we walked into the buffet restaurant, the first thing that caught Jason’s eye was the chocolate fountain. It had three huge tiers with gallons of chocolate flowing over them.

An important part of furthering progress in combatting opioid abuse is ensuring resources are in place for every piece of the response to this pervasive problem. Medical examiners, coroners and toxicologists have an important role in addressing the opioid crisis, and they have had increased …

In the government-run education system, no one ever wants to use the word “failure.” So the public school system’s statisticians and spinmeisters dance around reality with euphemisms like “underperforming,” “schools most at risk,” and “where the biggest needs are.”

Scout camp was going pretty much as usual. Gordy had had an Oreo cookie stolen, and he was sure someone was taking his candy, too. He was determined to find a way to catch the bandit. That was when I suggested that he paint the candy wrappers with red paint acquired from the leatherworking m…

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A combination of news articles, opinion pieces, and meetings have prompted me to add my concerns and comments to the Wildlife Overpass issue in Fremont County. Why should residents outside of Fremont County care? Spending $22 million or more including the construction of these overpasses wil…

A message I have heard clearly from Idahoans in the town meetings I have been holding across our great state and in discussions with Idaho producers and agricultural leaders is the current Farm Bill is not broken and does not require major changes. I have approached the current effort in Con…

Our nation’s first president, George Washington, wrote in 1789, “The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” The judicial system’s critical role in our constitutional republic is reflected in the process for appointing federal judges, which apportions responsibility b…

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, had tutilege from a drug cartel’s money launderer while he was drafting the school voucher bill passed by Idaho’s house last week. A cursory read of the legislation makes it painfully obvious what the proposed law real…

It was graduation week at the university in our small town. Students were finishing up finals and didn’t have time to make their own food. Parents were coming into town and wanted to take their college children out for dinner. Because of this, the workers at the fast food restaurants had to …

MENAN—The Menan 1st Ward Relief Society will be having an activity Aug. 16 at 6pm at the Menan red brick church.

I really love mountain goats. I think they are incredible animals. One of my main hopes on our vacation last year to Glacier National Park was to be able to take a picture of one of these elusive creatures, with a majestic mountain in the background.