Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

What good is the Electoral College?

When the popular vote for president doesn’t decide the winner, everyone is reminded that it’s the Electoral College vote that really counts. The reason we have the Electoral College goes back to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The short answer for its existence is that it was a compromise to get the slave states to agree to sign on to the Constitution. When direct election of the president was proposed, James Madison’s immediate response was that the South wouldn’t go for it. He argued that they would lose every time because most Southern states had low populations.

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Tax on fossil fuels could move country toward energy independence

As of last week, wildfires were burning across six states in the South. For those of you familiar with this area of the country, the fact that wildfires could subsist in this area — let alone be prolific — is astounding. Yet there are still those who deny any sort of change in the Earth’s climate. Moreover, while 97 percent of scientists agree that these changes are caused by human activity, as a society, we still seem to be debating whether or not this is really the case. However, this manufactured debate, created by the fossil-fuel industry, is really quite irrelevant.

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Survey of Idaho high school seniors suggests hope for the future

The headline of the Nov. 16 article about the Boise Commons’ recent survey of more than 1,300 high school seniors told one part of a story. Two of the survey’s questions asked students about what would motivate them to vote or to not vote; the negative tone around the presidential election had clearly made its way to this age group. The survey revealed much more, however, including some very positive things. As author of the survey project — part of whose purpose was to provide the community with insight into the civic minds of the next generation — I thought readers might be interested in hearing more about what the survey results tell us.

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Family caregivers in Idaho need care as well

All of us must care about unpaid family caregivers. Caregivers represent an invisible workforce of more than 300,000 Idahoans who make it possible for aging parents, or other family members with physical or emotional disabilities or chronic illnesses to enjoy life in their own homes. Family caregivers not only serve as a lifeline for individuals who need assistance, they save Idaho taxpayers — you and me — money and add value to our community.

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Voter education makes an impact

The recent success of HJR 5 on the November ballot can likely be attributed to efforts toward educating voters on the substance and meaning — as well as the potential impact — of the proposed amendment to the Idaho Constitution. It also provided a good example of how education of the voting public can clarify a political position.

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Fearing noise impacts, residents demand better representation

It was made clear again Nov. 16 to the 150 residents attending the Boise Airport Master Planning meeting that the Boise Airport and Boise City officials have no intention of addressing the noise impacts of the expanding airport operations. The recently completed FAA sponsored Noise Study projects the “Not Suitable for Residential Use” zone on private property surrounding the airport will expand from the current 105 homes to 419 homes if F-15 aircraft replace the current A-10 aircraft, and over 1,100 homes if the city is successful in attracting F-35 aircraft to Gowen Field.

Videos

Boise Police Department release video of the Noel Rodriguez Shooting

The Boise Police Department on Friday released two videos recorded during the fatal shooting of Noel Rodriguez on June 14. One video was recorded by a camera attached to the uniform of a Boise officer and the other from a Garden City officer.
Boise Police Department release video of the Noel Rodriguez Shooting 1:42

Boise Police Department release video of the Noel Rodriguez Shooting

Inside the pandemonium of Bishop Kelly basketball's 'Silent Knight' 1:30

Inside the pandemonium of Bishop Kelly basketball's 'Silent Knight'

A South Meridian neighborhood frets over nearby commercial project 1:06

A South Meridian neighborhood frets over nearby commercial project

Movie trailer: 'The Resurrection of Gavin Stone' 2:23

Movie trailer: 'The Resurrection of Gavin Stone'