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Will voter anger extend down ballot?

With less than six months to the general election, members of Congress and the political pundits are wondering if the current voter anger strongly influencing presidential candidates will extend to incumbent congressional candidates facing election this fall.

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Let the music play in Idaho’s schools

As an elementary music teacher, I’m around music all day. In my class we experience music physically and comprehensively. We dance, sing, play instruments, listen, interpret, improvise, compare and contrast, and extrapolate meanings, to name a few. I know that music education is important. I see it in my kindergarteners who belt their hearts out, in my fourth-grade choir who swell with pride and glee when they perform beautifully together, and in my sixth-graders who show self-expression through creating songs in computer-based recording studios. In addition to allowing for deeper engagement with learning, music helps shape the way our students understand themselves and the world around them.

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Reprocessing spent nuclear fuel can yield valuable materials

Since the early 1970s, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars to find a suitable site for a geologic repository to hold high-level radioactive waste. It’s time to consider a new approach that would substantially reduce the amount of nuclear waste yet increase the financial rewards for a state willing to host the facility.

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Idaho Legislature comes through for charter schools

As a college intern for then Idaho state Sen. Terry Sverdston, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I worked on an issue regarding transfer students. I learned that schools receiving these students did not get funding until the next fiscal year. At the time, in 1987, the amount of money involved was so low nothing was done.

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Awaiting the dawn of driverless cars

As much as I enjoy Tim Woodward, we see things from different perches when contemplating the coming era of driverless vehicles. (“Driverless cars set to end American love affair,” Idaho Statesman, April 22). We come from the same era, Tim and me, but when I look back on my vehicle choices — a Mercury Comet 2-speed automatic, Toyota Corona, GMC pickup, Toyota station wagon, Subaru wagon, Honda wagon, GMC Sierra, Ford Windstar and Dodge Grand Caravan — I see choices made on the basis of utility rather than any love for the vehicles.

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Integrating foreigners has always been American way

America was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; however, this is not how many Americans are approaching the topic of refugees. Failing to integrate foreigners that are living in our community is bad for our economy and the development of our community as a whole.

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‘Pay for Success’ best model for government-private innovation in Idaho, elsewhere

Earlier this month the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held hearings that cover legislation promoting the use of public-private partnerships to support innovation in government. The legislation — sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, along with colleagues from both political parties — promotes efforts to improve government accountability and the delivery of evidence-based policies and programs.

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Proposed OT rule would be harmful in Idaho to small businesses, nonprofits

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce generally focuses its advocacy efforts on Valley-wide concerns and state legislation. However, once in awhile we see a federal issue, regulation or law that captures our interest. As the state’s largest association of businesses, most of which are small businesses, the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule governing overtime pay caught our attention last summer. We believe this proposed rule will have a disproportionately negative impact on small Idaho businesses. Additionally, the Boise Chamber represents more than 200 nonprofit organizations, whom we feel will also be overwhelmed with this ruling.

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Time to prepare for Idaho wildfire season is now

The devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, are a wake-up call that we all need to prepare for wildfire season in Idaho. Most communities are at risk for wildfires — burning embers can travel far and cause wildfires almost anywhere — even in large urban areas. To make sure that you and your family are prepared for whatever happens this summer, follow these tips from the American Red Cross.

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Freedom Index defends Idahoans from big government

Richard Larsen’s commentary on the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Freedom Index is another attempt to protect liberal (mostly Republican) politicians from accountability. By criticizing IFF’s Freedom Index, Larsen hopes to protect legislators who grow government, raise taxes and impose new regulations — while claiming they’re conservatives.

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