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To have a proper perspective on just how minor a band-aid legislators put on Idaho’s gaping transportation funding problem, consider this: the total amount of money expected to be raised from the modest increase in the state fuel tax and vehicle registration fees in a year isn’t even enough …

Editor's Notebook

Thursday will be the Idaho Press-Tribune’s inaugural Sports Stars Awards show and dinner, presented by Saint Alphonsus. Let me tell you that this has been a lot of work for a lot of people here at the Press-Tribune. The closer we get to the date and the more we have the details nailed down, …

Letters to the Editor

I was on a recent camping trip when I noticed that my neighboring camper was throwing plastic water bottles with the cap on into their campfire to hear it pop. While they were getting their thrill out of violating not only their camp space, but those around them, I realized there is no proto…

Referencing the opinion article dated May 14 by Richard Armstrong regarding how the collecting of child support makes a person responsible and accountable is absurd and ridiculous.

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Guest Opinion

The key to preventing violence is to stop it before it starts. A key strategy in preventing domestic violence is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent relationships through individual, community and societal level change.

Sixty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the High Court ruled unanimously that U.S. public schools must be desegregated, that separate school systems for blacks and whites are inherently unequal and a viola…

Idaho lawmakers are expected to vote on a single bill when they meet in special session today. But they’re voting on a topic that is even bigger, one most of the mainstream media have gotten horribly wrong in the last several weeks: federalism.

Cheers & Jeers

Jeers to the jeers in last week’s paper concerning the smell from the potato plant. I worked there for 35 years and no smell. Have you tried going by the sugar factory lately? Also, I am sure the people who were employed there really appreciated your jeer, seeing as how they are now out of a…

Jeers: The other day I went out to call in our cat, who was sitting and looking at us across the street. Then a car came up and pulled up along side of the cat, and when the car drove off, the cat was gone. I think whoever was in the car took him. He was an old black-and-white cat and was ju…

Cheers: A great big cheer to all the Nampa first responders, church community and neighbors who responded to our lost 9-year-old grandson. It was a family’s worst nightmare, but luckily after traveling about 6 1/2 miles on his bicycle, he saw a house with lights on, knocked on the door and t…

Jeers to the driver of the black Yukon who left her shopping cart in the middle of the handicapped parking space at a local store recently.

Cheers to O’Reilly Auto Parts in Nampa. When I noticed that one headlight was burned out, I stopped at O’Reilly and purchased the bulb. The salesman discovered that both hood supporters were worn out and he needed to find something to keep the hood open. There was a gentleman in the store wh…

National Columnists

This week in Nevada, Jeb Bush accidentally declared he's running for president to reporters. He was supposed to say, "if I run" and instead said, "I'm running for president!"

Operation Jade Helm has inspired a million jokes, and some of them have even been funny. But as much as comedians might jump on Greg Abbott for sending the Texas State Guard to monitor military exercises as the latest excuse to mock the reactionary rubes south of the Red River, Texas now fac…

I write this letter in response to your May 12 visit to Georgetown University where, in a so-called religious setting, you urged conservatives and liberals to unify to fight poverty. Helping those in need is a cause that touches the heart of God, so I was a little encouraged until you took a…

To have a proper perspective on just how minor a band-aid legislators put on Idaho’s gaping transportation funding problem, consider this: the total amount of money expected to be raised from the modest increase in the state fuel tax and vehicle registration fees in a year isn’t even enough …

In his seven years as president of Northwest Nazarene University, David Alexander guided the institution to impressive growth and expansion, and his leadership was rewarded in March with a four-year contract extension.

Tuesday is Election Day, and while turnout for off-year spring elections is traditionally light, there are races and ballot issues that will have an important impact on the daily operations of our schools, fire departments, highway department and recreation opportunities. Please make sure yo…

Seems like every now and again, an Idaho school district is faced with a quandary over how it should respond to parents who are concerned about questionable content in reading materials assigned to their kids in school.