Idaho Political Commentary

Guest Opinions

Idaho med school is correct diagnosis, wrong cure

Governor Otter partnered with The Burrell Group to open a medical school in Meridian. The rationale for the venture, beyond profit, is to increase the number of physicians in Idaho. Two of my colleagues invited to preliminary discussions were required to sign non-disclosure agreements. Deliberations excluded critical stakeholders and the State Board of Education acknowledges that it lacked critical information before approving the deal. A review of physician training is warranted, as the Idaho State Board of Education and governor's office appear to have not fully considered the proposed school’s limitations.

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Idaho medical school good for health care, economy

On Feb. 25, Idaho’s first medical school was announced. It will be built with only private investment. The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will be located in Meridian on the ISU Meridian campus. This school answers needs that have been identified in access to health care in Idaho, including addressing our physician shortage and medical education deficiencies, as well as providing a positive economic impact.

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Idaho Osteopathic college in Meridian a win-win-win

The City of Meridian and the Idaho State University (ISU) Meridian campus are focused on expanding the health science and technology corridor, the CORE, as well as bringing family wage jobs closer to where people live. The announcement of Idaho’s first medical school, the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), is one that meets these goals and would be a huge addition for our community and the state of Idaho. This development is proof that investments made at ISU in Meridian have been critical in creating more employment, as well as research and grant opportunities. ISU’s new Anatomy and Physiology Lab and BioSkills Learning Center was a great draw to this new college and will be a tremendous complement to its mission.

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Idaho residents deserve a say on oil and gas development

The legislative session in Boise is raising red flags about how little regard most of our legislators have for individual citizens and local communities. The Weiser River Resource Council (WRRC) is a grassroots organization of people in southwest Idaho who are committed to improving the quality of life in our communities. One of our key concerns is ensuring that where local communities decide to pursue further oil and gas development, the development be done safely, appropriately and responsibly. Oil and gas development must be done with respect for the rights of individual property owners and for the best interests of their local communities.

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Rubio to Idahoans: I will grow GOP and unify U.S.

When Republicans in Idaho vote on Tuesday, the fundamental question before them will not be between names on a ballot, it will be between different futures for the conservative movement and America. I offer a positive and unified future with real results for our people, while Donald Trump offers only division for our Party and defeat in November.

Opinion

Iowa caucus results have expiration dates

Even for someone who grew up in the land of pork chops, attended college and a caucus in Iowa, interpreting the political results of Monday is better done in the context of the entire month of February instead of just the first day.

Guest Opinions

No reward for deserters such as Bergdahl

It appears Sgt. Bowe Berdgahl’s attitude was negative from the start. This is borne out by quoted comments from Spc. Jason Fry, who, before deployment, indicated Bergdahl as saying, “If this deployment is lame, I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.”

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