Opinion

Opinion

All in all, Trump has had a pretty good eight months

President Donald Trump has delivered three significant speeches, appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and assembled an exceptional national security team. He’s also had missteps on Charlottesville and out-of-bounds tweets. But so far the pluses outweigh the minuses, this writer says.

Opinion

This is the murderous version of Trump’s Muslim ban

Kill the Muslims. That's how the latest version of the Muslim ban is shaping up. Started shortly after Donald Trump made it clear to the world that Muslims were not welcome in the United States, other countries started their own, more brutal and deadly effective ban.

Opinion

Want your local economy to grow? Start embracing immigrants

All eyes are on Washington as the fate of nearly 800,000 undocumented young people brought here as children dominates the debate over America’s broken immigration system. But while many focus attention on the nation’s capital, important discussion is happening this week in New York. As the UN General Assembly meets, mayors from around the United States — and the world — are gathering to discuss how cities and towns of all sizes and political stripes are competing to attract, welcome and integrate immigrants. The reason for their leadership? While DC politicians debate the value of immigration, local communities see the benefits firsthand.

Guest Opinions

One test to judge which Civil War leaders deserve monuments

All Americans in the 18th Century inherited slavery as an American institution. Some created a system under our Constitution that set us on a course to abolition; others went to battle stations to protect slavery. This distinction might create a line between those for whom public monuments are appropriate, and those for whom they are not.

Letters to the Editor

Spicka letter: Elect Frank Walker

Frank Walker, candidate for Boise City Council, has made a 30-year investment of his time, energy and commitment to our community and in public service for the past 25 plus years in positions of significant accountability that have contributed to our continued community well being and sustainable growth and vitality and all of this points to his suitability for the City Council seat he chooses to seek. Public service is no small undertaking or commitment, nor is it glamorous, it is for those who truly love and admire our vibrant and thoughtfully developed community ... and that person, in my humble opinion, is Frank Walker.

Letters to the Editor

Stevens letter: Boise School District

The Boise School District has squandered the good will of last year’s successful bond election. Claiming a “focus on student achievement” (no evidence), the district asked families one single question: whether we would support ending the first semester prior to the holidays, and ending the school year before Memorial Day weekend. The district glossed over what the plan entailed, and the fact that the change was going to be accomplished by starting school another week early was buried and could easily have been missed. The school district hasn’t mentioned any additional studies of alternatives designed to reach the same goal, such as slightly longer school days, taking back Thanksgiving week, getting rid of half days, etc., suggesting that none were done. Leaders have sought no meaningful discussion with their constituents regarding this impactful decision. Even the so-called focus groups were, by all accounts, kitschy sales pitches rather than efforts to really hear families’ concerns. Our intermountain climate offers only a short summer to explore our wonderful state (including local pools, businesses, etc.), and extracurricular activities already commence two or more weeks before instruction actually begins. The school district, which enjoys the support of so many Boiseans, must do better.

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