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I'm really impressed with the "love of freedom" that many claim Finicum from Arizona and the Bundy brothers have. They took away freedom of the employees at the wildlife refuge in Oregon to work. They took away the freedom of the public to visit the refuge center. They put the lives of law e…

I wish we could fight diseases like we fight wars and fund them better, and it would be nice to win the war on poverty and hunger because then maybe life would be better.

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Guest Opinion

A proposal to increase the minimum wage in Idaho was introduced — and shot down — last week. According to the Spokesman Review, Sen. Maryanne Jordan and Rep. Mat Erpelding, both Boise Democrats, proposed raising Idaho’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour on July 1, and to $9.75 a year later. The …

For most of his first eight years in office, Gov. Butch Otter has used his online newsletters to shed the best light on a sorry economy. “Prudent budgeting” and “conservative fiscal management” were buzz phrases to mask what was really going on — deep cuts in education and the substantial di…

Cheers & Jeers

Jeers to the person who jeered hospitals that call with appointment reminders on Sundays. I’d like to know where that person saw that Sunday or the first day of the week is a holy day. I’d like to tell that person to do his or her homework.

Jeers to the two of the last three lottery winners of the Powerball who spent over $30,000 to win. Both already millionaires. How much is enough? Pure greed.

Cheers to the person who was frustrated at the sticky labels that are hard to remove from products. I have always kept lighter fluid and cotton balls around, and have found that that helps remove the stickiness from the labels. Jeers to the companies that put the sticky labels on top of the …

Cheers to Dakan Funeral Chapel, especially Valden Christensen, for helping me through the passing of my husband. He was caring, personable and showed true compassion to myself and my family. It isn’t easy to have a loved one pass away right before the holidays, but it was made much easier wi…

Jeers to the many Nampa residents who park their vehicles, trailers, boats, etc., illegally on our city streets, making it unsafe for walking and driving, and facing the wrong direction. Nampa code enforcement should watch for this and do a better job of enforcing the rules. Some of us care …

National Columnists

Back in the early ‘Aughts, when the wheels were starting to come off the economy, America’s legions were fighting not one but two foreign wars. With overseas prestige on the wane, the nation’s political and chattering classes looked back to our toga-wearing forebears for some clue to the nat…

Those who advocate ending, instead of reforming, the welfare-warfare state are often accused of being “impractical.” Some of the harshest criticisms come from libertarians who claim that advocates of “purism” forgo opportunities to make real progress toward restoring liberty.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re on the brink of another presidential election year. Let us pray. Every quadrennial, the American political process plays out as a big-top carnival sideshow featuring moral contortionists, ethical geeks and fat sweaty white guys teetering on slack media wires.

Immigration has been a major issue in this year’s Republican presidential primary, but it has been a hot topic locally and across Idaho for decades. Agriculture is a prominent component of Canyon County’s economy, and it relies heavily on migrant farmworkers.

There are two bills in this year’s Idaho Legislature that lawmakers would be wise to pass into law, and you could say that the College of Western Idaho has helped inspire both. One would require equal geographic representation of community college board members; the other would require commu…

It was a safe bet that someone would introduce a tax cut bill in the Idaho Legislature this year. It is, of course, an election year, and what better way to help appeal to voters in a conservative state than to tell them that you cut their taxes? Especially right after raising them on transp…

So you want to be a police officer and crack down on drug crimes? Two recent rulings by the state appeals court should serve as a sober reminder that you’d better be extremely careful in how you go about making your arrests.