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On the one-year anniversary of the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, I would like to reflect on the events and lessons learned since that day, and the opportunities Congress had to respond.

As we stand at the top of another year-long ski run (snow at last!), we can portend a few things.

When a year ago the realization came that the year 2020 was done, over, celebration swept all over: We were, we said, finally past that rotten patch.

The reckless tax-and-spend legislation under consideration in the Senate is riddled with bad policy, from job-killing tax hikes to overspending that will continue to fuel inflation. Among the most frustrating of the irresponsible spending is a proposal to increase funding for the Internal Re…

The holidays have arrived, a time for faith, family, and friendship. But this year, new worries weigh on the season. Small businesses and families across Idaho are confronted with broken supply chains and rising prices on everything from gas to groceries.

Bob Dole, who died on Sunday, Dec. 5, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, including as Senate majority leader, and was the 1996 Republican nominee for president. This column was drafted early in 2021 to be published around the time of his death.

There are many, many good people in the world. Some strangers would give you the shirt off their back, folks who volunteer their time to help others in need, and those who hold the door open for you as you are entering a store. Especially in our tumultuous times, it is important to be kind a…

It has become a rather trendy habit for many people to whine and complain on social media — complaints without any hint of solution — just pure self-pity whining.

As Idahoans, we have a stronger incentive than anyone to preserve, maintain and enhance the land we call home—like reducing wildfire threats, improving soil health, restoring waterways and enhancing wildlife habitat. A far more productive path than President Biden’s vague call to put 30 perc…

If you’re an investor, you probably enjoy the convenience of managing your accounts online. But you’ll also want to make sure that you’re not making it convenient for hackers, “phishers” and others with bad intentions to gain the same access.

Editor’s Note: Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week released the following statement marking twenty years since the September 11 th terrorist attacks on our homeland.

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement on the twentieth anniversary of the Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (9/11), terrorist attacks:

Chief Christensen Emmett Fire Department, and Veteran and I want to thank you for coming to this Memorial.

As we enter a new school year with the pandemic still creating uncertainty, I remain optimistic because I know that our school leaders share my commitment to providing the best conditions for learning possible in their districts and charter schools.

By all accounts from the hospital staff, Bart had died. He had been in a wreck, and when the emergency crew arrived on the scene, he barely had a pulse. Bart was life-flighted to the nearest regional hospital, and the nurses and doctors did everything they could to save him.

The benefits of a highly detailed, comprehensive power of attorney are numerous. Unfortunately, many powers of attorney are more general in nature and can actually cause more problems than they solve, especially for our senior population. We will highlight the benefits of a comprehensive, de…

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When we moved into our Virginia home, our backyard boasted peonies, sunflowers, and a profusion of lilies. I couldn’t wait to see daffodils bloom in the spring.

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.

This heatwave we are experiencing showed me that animals like to have fun, just like we do. Some things I saw were almost human-like.

You have spent years building your small business, but have you taken time to consider what will happen to it when you retire, become disabled, or pass away? Although it is often hard to fathom an event that may not occur for many years, it is important to put plans in place in advance. The …

We know the Smokey Bear saying by heart: Only you can prevent forest fires. But every year, nationally, around 80% of wildfires are caused by humans. That jumps to more than 90% of fires when you look at what the Idaho Department of Lands has responded to this year. It could be a thrown ciga…

Extraordinarily challenging is an understatement for the events of the past year. While we all hope the pandemic is in our rearview mirror, the impacts will be felt for some time. We must turn our focus to academic recovery and how to address the social-emotional impacts of the past several months.

Recently while I was shopping, I noticed a couple that was intently checking the Nutrition Facts Label on items they were considering to purchase and comparing brands to get the best nutritional value. It was encouraging to see the information being put to its intended use.

It’s nice to be getting back to normal life again, even though that normal still feels strange. I am still teaching most of my classes online this semester, but I do have the privilege of teaching one computer science class face-to-face. We have had to social distance and wear masks, but the…

There is a television commercial that is using the tag line: “It’s Your Health” to promote a product with claims to improve well being. There are plenty of accurate sources of information to get healthy and to stay healthy; but in the end, it is each individual’s choice. Covid 19 has been a …

Growing up, every Sunday morning meant going to church, which I loved. But because I was an early riser, up and dressed in my Sunday best and all set to go, I had to wait for everyone else in the house to get ready before I could go and worship. So I would turn on the little black & whit…

As my mother has gotten older, she has lived with some of her children for a time. I was the last one she lived with before choosing to go into an assisted living center. “It’s not that I don’t like living here,” she said. “You make me quite comfortable. It’s just the stairs and the tub.”

I ran the item over the scanner. “Peanut butter—four-thirty-five.”

My wife, Donna, and I are hoping to build a new home. As we get older, we realize that our house with its myriad of stairs will not be sufficient for us. We have purchased some land and have started the impossible task of getting building permits, moving our current house contents into stora…

I’m writing to make you aware of a piece of legislation currently working its way through the state Legislature. The bill is being pushed by Idaho’s gas retailers and, if approved, would make it easier for these businesses to price gouge during declared emergencies.

March 13, 2020, was the date we held our kick-off event for the Idaho Women 100 yearlong celebration of women’s suffrage on our State Capitol steps. It was a large gathering with people hugging, greeting each other warmly and in tight groups for photos. It was also the date our governor, my …

It was a crazy year. We had eight children of our own and had taken in three foster children. We also had two little girls who lived down the road that came over for breakfast every morning. How that started was interesting, too. One freezing cold morning at the beginning of the school year,…