In response to Ms. Dumas’ letter of 7-14-21, she alleges that our current republican legislators have been heedless of public concerns with regard to funding of our public schools. She clearly feels that Giddings, Shepherd and Crabtree are not carrying out their duties pertaining to educatio…

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I live with chronic pain and it is very difficult, but I have found some techniques that I was taught to utilize and to teach others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) was established in 1990 as a national early warning system that monitors the safety of vaccines after they are authorized or licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Hitler once said, “Give me your children for the first five years of their life, and they will be mine for the rest of their lives.”

Once upon a time, I criticized a wounded soul for their bad behavior. With tears in their voice that person said to me. “You are condemning me because my sin is different than yours.”

Whether with fossil fuels like natural gas and coal, or cleaner sources of energy like biomass, nuclear, solar or wind, Idaho is a state that keeps the lights on and businesses running with an all-the-above approach. Energy experts in government and private industry, like myself, agree this …

This year, I’m thrilled to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of IDeal, Idaho’s official 529 College Savings Program. It’s remarkable to see how far we’ve come and exciting to imagine how we can keep growing to help enable the professional and educational hopes and dreams of Idahoans.

Evil has become emboldened; it now openly states its mission. The following is a portion of the lyrics of a newly released song by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus:

Is Jesus divine? How do you know? The Bible says so? And is he separate from the Father, or the same being? Mormons use The Book of Mormon and other latter-day scriptures to prove that Jesus and the Father are separate beings, but Latter-Day Saints also believe in the Bible and Jesus’ divini…

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the MARVEL nuclear reactor project proposed for Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

For over two decades, I have worked in the food processing industry in various roles and in several different regions across the country. I’ve learned that the diversity of America is what enriches our economies and communities, but there is more that unites us than divides.

It is estimated that more than half of Americans will experience some mental health issues during their lifetime, which can include depression and anxiety. In order to meet everyone’s needs in regard to behavioral health, providers had to be creative in delivering these services. One such de…

It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino National Forests in Arizona, in a recent Associated Press story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 355,000 Idahoans — approximately 19 percent of Idaho’s population — are enrolled in Medicare, according to April 2021 data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. To maintain the promises made to protect current Idaho Medicare recipients, while str…

There is no better place to live, work, and raise a family than Idaho. As a proud Idaho native who believes, promotes and lives our conservative ideals, I have known this my whole life. Now others from all over the country are discovering what we’ve always known. We are seeing unprecedented …

Summer is officially here, which for me means softball games and spending more time outdoors. For America’s farmers, summer means one thing: only a few months left until the harvest season. While the rest of the country is sunning themselves by a pool or lake, farmers are preparing for some …

It was another exhilarating evening at the last school board meeting, despite sitting through an uneventful two hours of listening to Becky Hogg rattle off figures after figures asking trustees to turn to page 6, 8, etc. etc. I was seated next to an individual whom I presumed was a teacher w…

Now that Idaho’s public higher education spring 2021 commencement ceremonies are over, as board president, I want to congratulate the administrators, faculty, and staff at each of Idaho’s colleges and universities, and draw attention to their remarkable accomplishments since March 2020 when …

Former President Ronald Reagan’s words from decades ago continue to ring true today: “The American dream lives — not only in the hearts and minds of our own countrymen but in the hearts and minds of millions of the world’s people in both free and oppressed societies who look to us for leader…

As a hunter, I normally keep my eyes on the mountains. In May, however, my focus turns to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s big game proclamations in search of the best hunting tags, which are offered via lottery each spring. Anticipation of the hunt reaches its crescendo each fall, bu…

Regarding the June 3, 2021, letter portraying Rep. Priscilla Giddings as betrayer of a rape victim’s identity there are omitted facts.

Being the kind and considerate person I am, I have held off getting my Covid shot until I am sure everyone else who wants one has had their chance ahead of me. Now they are bribing people to get the shot, so I have been rethinking. Maybe I should get the shot in Washington and pick up a litt…

Global Warming! Who would have thought that a conservative would agree with the environmentalists on this subject? Well, I do, at least, in part. The scientific community blames global warming on carbon emissions, ozone depletion, deforestation, fossil fuels, pollution and the greenhouse eff…

In the land of opportunity, we have been taught that if we work hard and play by the rules, then we will succeed. This idea is a sacred part of being an American; it is the promise that everyone can reach for the absolute heights of their personal potential.

As participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces. Realizing that many may not have the chance to contact me, I post information about various issues of importance on my website, http://crapo.senate.gov. One of the i…

“We’ll have a levy this year and every year.” This is Todd Fiske’s favorite saying. He said it in our first board meeting and practically every one since, including his levy informational meetings. I’ve heard it 50 times. With the levy as his absolute priority at MVSD, his objective it seems…

As a hunter, I normally keep my eyes on the mountains. In May, however, my focus turns to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s big game proclamations in search of the best hunting tags, which are offered via lottery each spring. Anticipation of the hunt reaches its crescendo each fall, bu…

COVID-19 is the super virus world health officials warned us would someday come and just over a year later, it was everywhere, including Idaho. During the pandemic, over 192,000 Idahoans tested positive for COVID-19, another 2,097 have lost their lives, there is not a single person that COVI…

Washington, D.C. — The recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and JBS are just the latest salvos in an ongoing digital war that is putting innocent citizens in its crossfire. Just as the U.S. Intelligence Community once warned about al-Qaeda, they are now publicly sounding the alarm …

At the Corpus Christi House, our mission is to offer hospitality and refuge to everyone in need. We try not to turn anyone away and rely on the generous support of Idahoans of faith who believe in service to others.

I would like to comment on the “Straw Man” column by guest columnist Fred Cornforth Chairman, Idaho Democratic Party. I guess it takes one straw man to know a straw man. Politicians use fear to accomplish means to their own ends. Case in point, COVID-19. Both political parties are to blame f…

Every senator who protects the filibuster is guilty of protecting a Jim Crow relic that was used to block civil rights legislation for decades. There’s simply no way to get around its sinister legacy.

From 1993 to 2018, Idaho’s job growth reached 66 percent. Job growth in north-central Idaho during those 25 years was 13 percent, just one-fifth of the state average and far below Idaho’s other five regions.

Mr. Fiske started the meeting by telling the board (not once, but twice) that even though the levy failed, with the COVID funds the school received, they could actually make it without the levy. He further stated that at the community meetings people wanted to know exactly where the money wa…

I was so sorry to hear of the lack of support for Casey Smith at the latest MVSD school board meeting. I would like to, publicly, express my grateful thanks to Casey for all of his recent efforts to keep the public informed.

So we have a highly publicized levy and we vote over 60 percent no. No means no, does it not? No it does not, according to Todd Fiske and the board (except Mr. Casey). Not one week after this undeniable rebuke, the board decided to run another levy election. This is particularly corrupt sinc…

As a Republican-leaning libertarian, I listen to Republican speakers more than Democrats, and lately I have been very impressed with Wyoming’s representative, Liz Cheney, and Illinois representative, Adam Kinzinger. Both of these people do not fear Trump or his base.