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  • GUEST OPINIONS

    Guest Opinion: Gay people deserve same freedoms, rights

    Many people have asked me to comment on the debate about adding the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the state Human Rights Act. One such bill was voted down Thursday by the House State Affairs Committee.

  • GUEST OPINIONS

    Guest Opinion: It will take more than money to improve schools

    Make no mistake; money is a problem in Idaho, as is low teacher morale. The Idaho Legislature's Office of Performance Evaluation summed it up in its 2013 report on Workplace Issues Affecting Idaho Public School Teachers.

  • GUEST OPINIONS

    Commentary: A grand jury serves three vital, straightforward purposes

    Lately, we have been hearing much about an institution as old as our Constitution: the grand jury. But even though it is an important part of our justice system, many know little about it and what function it performs. Can it really "indict a ham sandwich," as some critics have claimed?

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Homosexuality

    I am responding to the Jan. 26 letter on gay marriage by Michael Roy of Meridian. His letter is valid if he believes that being gay is a choice. He says that discrimination based on characteristics a person is born with is wrong. Well, I agree, but I believe a person is born with those characteristics...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Presidential visits

    Before President Obama's visit to Boise recently, the last "sitting president" to visit was President George W. Bush. Comparing the content of the two visits is telling about the agendas of both and their parties.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Host families

    Families in the Treasure Valley are enjoying a special experience this year by welcoming high school students into their homes for the school year from a variety of countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain and ...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Unemployment

    Am I the only one that reads between the lies of this administration? President Obama touts his low unemployment rate of

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: College education

    I read with interest Ed Lotterman's column on two years' free education for community college. This is an idea that needs a bit of tweaking. Would it be possible to attach a rider that says for every two years of education America will give you, there will be a year of service to America due? There...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Letter: Sales tax

    An article ("For Idaho woes, we need only look in the mirror") that appeared in the Jan. 6 Guest Opinion by retired Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley should be reprinted and placed on the front page of the paper and all the papers in the state so everyone will read it at least once and ...

  • GUEST OPINIONS

    Don't count on a Constitutional Convention for balanced budget amendment

    Although major problems, including debt, do cry for solution, a Constitutional Convention will never start and will collapse if it commenced.

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