Editorials

Editorials

Heartbreak and heroism in Houston

It’s cliché to say that when times are hard, Americans are at their best. But there is a truth in the truism. And the stories of boat owners, high-water vehicle owners and other average people putting themselves in harm’s way to help struggling strangers are a significant comfort in the face of news that is so bad and so sad.

Editorials

Deadly days show that Idaho needs a mandatory motorcycle helmet law

Motorcycle advocates have been effective in making this an issue about freedom and government overreach, rolling back helmet laws across the country. But the small loss of freedom helmet laws represent is outweighed by the large benefit to riders involved in crashes, the families they love and support and the larger society that can end up with the burden of caring and paying for victims and injuries.

Editorials

Kloc and Peavey-Derr deserve new GBAD terms

Incumbent GBAD directors Hy Kloc and Judy Peavey-Derr have presided over one of the most active and productive eras this century and we see no reason why voters should deny them another six-year term for the May 16 at-large election. Early voting is under way.

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Otter should veto repeal of Idaho grocery tax

Ending the sales tax on food is probably a good idea to ease the burden on the poor and to make our border communities competitive with their tax-free competitors. But what Idaho needs is a top-to-bottom review of its taxes and its myriad outdated sales tax exemptions, not a last-week-of-the-Legislature piecemeal approach.

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Vote yes on $172 million Boise School District bond

We support the $172.5 million Boise School District bond because it is a wise investment now to deal with compelling district facility needs that are going to rise in cost if delayed. Some proposed new buildings have design improvements that will make them more adaptable and more secure — thus making them better suited and safer.

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Why the Idaho Statesman endorses political candidates

The Idaho Statesman’s seven-member Editorial Board writes editorial opinions and endorses candidates for public office. The board’s opinions, which are made after much research and discussion, are distinct from our news operation and part of our newspaper’s long-standing commitment to community engagement. Idaho Statesman President and Publisher Debra Leithauser explains the process and the reasoning behind endorsements.
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