Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

Post-truth era is a sobering commentary on society

The saddest thing that happened in 2016 was that the Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as word of the year. Oxford defines post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

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Kudos to Mike Shirley for creating a buzz around Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin began as and remains a community-owned and community-supported mountain that anyone anywhere would love to have in their backyard. Bogus directly and significantly affects our economy and our health. Since 1942, Bogus has had countless contributors and all deserve our thanks. On the list of those deserving our thanks is Mike Shirley. While preparing Bogus for the next 75 years, Mike changed Bogus in many ways, resulting in Bogus becoming a nationally recognized mountain.

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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.

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Repealing, replacing Obamacare easier said than done

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted into law about six years ago. It was passed by Congress without meaningful Republican input, support or votes. You can thank former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for the legislative maneuvering, which figuratively jammed Obamacare down the throats of their Republican colleagues.

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Congress should explore options to remove Trump from office

Over the course of this past eight years — at least — there have been numerous failures at multiple levels of government that have not gone unnoticed by the American people. They (we) are dissatisfied to say the least. What now appears before us is a national emergency — the inauguration of Donald Trump to the Office of The President of the United States. This, in my view, cannot stand.

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Giving of ourselves to our communities

When the Idaho air gets cold and crisp and festive decorations suddenly pop up on street lights downtown, I’m prompted to begin my long and thoughtful search for the perfect gifts for my loved ones. I figure my husband would love some camping gear and my son will adore anything that has dinosaurs on it.

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Play outside in winter — and then take a nap

Let it snow! Let it rain! Let it sleet! I know driving can be miserable in these weather conditions, but according to the National Weather Service, November was the driest month on record for Southwest Idaho, and the third warmest. It’s finally gotten cold and wet enough, I’ve pulled my ski jacket out of storage. We have a crusty old friend who wears coveralls most days and scoffs at people who worry over winter’s late start. He says, “This global warming stuff is nothing but a bunch of hooey!”

Videos

Idaho State Police troopers receive medals for stopping suicidal woman

On June 3, 2016, a woman stopped her car in the middle of Interstate 90 in North Idaho and threatened to kill herself with a knife. Idaho State Police Troopers Mike Lininger and Todd McDevitt were able to safely disarm and apprehend the woman. The two troopers each received ISP's Silver Star medal for heroism on Jan. 13, 2017.
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Idaho State Police troopers receive medals for stopping suicidal woman 1:49

Idaho State Police troopers receive medals for stopping suicidal woman

20-inch powder day at Brundage 1:53

20-inch powder day at Brundage

Time lapse: Watch snow marker fill at Brundage 0:21

Time lapse: Watch snow marker fill at Brundage

Powder day at Tamarack Resort on Thursday 0:41

Powder day at Tamarack Resort on Thursday