Opinion

Opinion

Get serious about immigration reform

There are so many flaws in the U.S. immigration system that could be readily fixed by Congress that it’s a shame so much of the election season was focused on illegitimate and downright harmful fears based not in fact, but in jaded rhetoric and political convenience.

Opinion

Did Trump just destroy GOP effort to repeal Obamacare?

When even the most committed Republicans came around to support Donald Trump in 2016, they made a kind of bet. It wouldn’t matter much that Trump had no apparent fealty to conservative ideology or knowledge about policy, because he’d be leaving all that boring stuff to them. The Republican Congress would pass its agenda, he’d sign whatever they put in front of him, and they’d all live happily ever after.

Letters to the Editor

Mason letter: Salmon recovery

A U.S. District Court has ordered a full federal review to examine the facts and options for restoring endangered Snake River salmon. To inform this process, it may prove worthwhile to examine other successful recovery efforts. When bringing back the once endangered Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle, key to success was eliminating the leading cause of the decline. Removing DDT from the landscape was pivotal to the recovery of these raptors. Without that step, mitigation of lesser issues would not have been enough to save the species. Today both of these iconic raptors have been recovered. If the dams on the Lower Snake River are determined to be the primary barrier facing salmon recovery in Idaho, their removal should be a top priority.

Letters to the Editor

Lowe letter: Random thoughts

What is “the truth”? Ideally, a truth is the same as a fact. It is or isn’t. A truth is “2+2=4.” It is also a fact. No amount of yelling, protesting or denying will make it otherwise. With that in mind, and as unfortunate as it is, Donald Trump will soon be the president of the United States. That is the truth and a fact. Deal ... with ... it.

Letters to the Editor

Landers letter: Tolerance

It is sad that there is a lack of tolerance for one another anymore. How can you judge a book if you do not know what’s inside? We have to learn not to be judgmental because there is too much ignorance in a world where we don’t look or speak the same. Through education we can learn about one another without engaging in hate speech. If we learn we can bridge the gap and make America greater. Our society is made up of all different people from different countries and we can learn from one another. America is great because none of us are the same, yet I enjoy meeting others because it makes me more open-minded. The most important thing I have learned from traveling is that we can all learn from one another.

Letters to the Editor

Head letter: Twitter-in-chief

We use social media to stroke our egos. Vacations in Hawaii. That one time you “found” Machu Picchu. Your grandparents sent you to the corner of the world so you could showcase the highlight of your life compared to the slideshow reel of the average social media user. But has this modern media mechanism gone so far as to allow a president-elect of the United States of America to solicit more than just an emotional effect?

Opinion

Martin Luther King Jr. message: Equality, opportunity and justice for all

The third Monday in January is set aside to honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Repeated over time, the speeches and media tributes may start to seem redundant. They are not; honoring greatness is never redundant — and the example King set during those pivotal years of the Civil Rights Movement have ever-changing reverberations to this day.

Letters to the Editor

Craig letter: Help others

On Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, my husband was walking into the store downtown when he slipped and fell. His glasses flew off and he had a hard time trying to get up on the ice. Not one person stopped to help him up.

Letters to the Editor

Coates letter: Kerry and Israel

Please, give me a break. For U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — who gave a blatant anti-Israel speech at the State Department after the U.N. abstention vote backstab — to claim there’s no greater friend and ally for Israel than the Obama administration is like the philandering, cheating husband telling his long-suffering wife, “What are you complaining about? I always come back and sleep with you every night, don’t I?”

Letters to the Editor

Traubel letter: Donald Trump

Can one inarticulate patriot undo two generations (50 years plus) of Marxist social engineering, judicial activism, socialism, colonization, welfare dependence and a web of lurching unconstitutional bureaucracy? No.

Opinion

How Trump's conspiracy theories about vaccines could harm public health

President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday with Robert Kennedy Jr., an environmental activist (and Democratic political scion) who opposes mandatory vaccination laws because he believes in discredited conspiracy theories that immunizations are dangerous. Kennedy told reporters that Trump had asked him to lead a commission on vaccines.

Opinion

Pro-Life Republicans are stronger than ever

John Ashcroft stood in the place of Jeff Sessions the last time a new Republican administration came to power. Like Sessions, Ashcroft was a conservative senator who had been nominated to be attorney general. Also like Sessions, Ashcroft became a top target of Senate Democrats.

Guest Opinions

Boise City’s complaints against ACHD are ‘false’ and ‘opportunistic’

Throughout history, the people of Ada County show an ability to come together and defeat whatever challenge confronts us. The past four weeks provided another example of our ability to succeed in the face of adversity. Neighbors helping neighbors shovel snow and other acts of heroism and kindness will go unreported but not forgotten — this defines us as a community. Our efforts kept us safe in the face of record-setting storms and the community is to be commended.

Letters to the Editor

Hawkins letter: Cost of drugs

I am writing regarding the article on alleged price fixing on generic drugs from Dec. 29 Statesman. Patented drugs/companies may or may not also be involved in price fixing but they are price gouging. I am currently taking a prescription which annually costs $81,000. I have Medicare part D and other insurance, so I do not have to pay this price, but I still have a significant co-pay. Taxpayers are being “taken for a ride” by Big Pharma, and people with insurance end up with higher premiums. Many people go out of country to buy prescriptions; however, my prescription is not available out of country.

Videos

Interior Secretary Jewell recounts events that kept her up at night

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board on a visit to Idaho Jan. 3, 2017 in the waning days of her administration overseeing federal lands. She responds to the question of what events kept her up at night.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Interior Secretary Jewell recounts events that kept her up at night 4:17

Interior Secretary Jewell recounts events that kept her up at night

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Leon Panetta on public service