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  • IDAHO POLITICAL COMMENTARY

    Guest Opinion: Idaho needs women judges

    Right before I was sworn in as the only female judge on Idaho's Court of Appeals in 1990, a cartoon appeared in the Idaho Statesman depicting an awkward situation. There I was, the female in the office, getting upset over a request from the other judges that I make them coffee.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Wolves

    In March 2014, Otter's government created the "Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board," a group assigned the task of making decisions about killing wolves and funded to the tune of $400,000 (they've just asked for that amount again for the current fiscal year). One might ask why such a board is necessary...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Scott Walker

    Robert Ehlert finds dropout governor Scott Walker "deliciously intriguing" (vomit) and compares him to Bill Gates et al. (help me Rhonda). Ehlert suggests we should let Walker "evolve" (are we talking reptilian brain here?). Dana Milbank had it correct regarding Walker's logic (missing). Really, ...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Hate crimes

    Please explain. If i beat up a friend in a bar, I might get 30 days with maybe a little probation; but if I hate the same person that I beat (to the same extent) I could get more than 10 years? According to "the law," if I repeat "I like you," each time I hit someone in the face, it is not as great...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Wildland firefighters

    Wildland firefighters are a national patchwork of volunteers, temporary and seasonal workers and some full-time employees. Half of the year most are not paid - they may or may not see each other for six months at a time. In contrast, municipal firefighters, police and military units work year-round...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Texting and driving

    I am just wondering how many people use their cellphones and text while driving a car or truck. There have been many accidents that could have been prevented if phones and texts had not been used. Laws don't seem to work because I have seen California drivers use phones even if there is a law prohibiting...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Concealed weapon

    Before any legislation is considered, let alone passed, by the Idaho Legislature allowing anyone to carry a concealed weapon, there must be information available regarding shootings, accidental or other. How many young children each year use weapons that are not adequately stored resulting in injuries...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Gun op-ed

    As a gun owner, competitive shooter and concealed carry permit holder, I noticed your editorial against constitutional carry (no permit required for concealed carry) this morning. I personally have no particular problem with the current system, and I would get a permit regardless for reciprocity...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Government spending

    Kudos to Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, for his efforts to make PAC fundraising processes more transparent. If only he could go further to expose all state government spending processes, then we might learn how deals with our political leadership are really made and where our tax dollars are actually...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Idaho Power

    As an Idaho business, employer and Idaho Power customer, Norco supports Idaho Power's request to shorten the length of guaranteed contracts for large solar and wind generation projects. I believe Idaho Power's request is in the best interests of Norco, as well as other Idaho Power customers. With...

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