Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

‘It made my blood boil.’ How do we ensure no repeat of the Bundy standoffs?

Many Americans have no idea how out of step the Bundys are with real ranchers in the West. The management paradigm for ranchers on Western public lands today is to find creative ways to coexist and enhance conditions for wildlife and endangered species. We’ve seen many examples of successful collaboration between ranchers, the BLM and Forest Service, and wildlife and conservation interests in Idaho.

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Protect national monuments. They boost local economies.

A 2017 study by the nonpartisan and not-for-profit research group Headwaters Economics found that “Across the board, trends in important economic indicators either continued or improved in each of the regions surrounding the 17 national monuments studied.” In 2011, visitors to Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument contributed more than $6 million to local economies and supported 81 jobs.

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Exempting groceries from sales tax remains an unwise tax policy

This year, Idaho can continue to count on one major source of revenue to be somewhat whole: the sales tax. A proposal to exempt groceries from the tax, along with eliminating the credit that offsets it, was prevented last year due to actions of the courts. But the issues at the heart of the matter are fiscal and they remain unchanged.

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A healthy river ecosystem can restore salmon better and more cheaply

The title of Jim Lichatowich’s book “Salmon Without Rivers” says it all. Fish to catch without all the benefits of healthy river ecosystems is a very low bar and one that masks the impoverished state of the system. Free-flowing rivers, healthy, sustainable fish runs, and a diverse and resilient ecosystem should be the goal. Only a free-flowing system can provide that.

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