Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

$180 million ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ in total CWI bond costs

The College of Western Idaho’s $180 million bond is the tip of an iceberg. Beneath the surface is at least $78 million in interest payments; a CWI budget model that projects deficits through 2021-22; a “Revenue Scenario” that doubles the current property tax; supplementary tax levies; and a guaranteed payment of the interest to bondholders that could further increase property taxes should revenue decline. Consider the following:

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Use data, economic analysis to find Medicaid gap solution for Idaho

Good public policy is and must be shaped by a conceptual framework that relies on a discipline such as economics or political science, solid data and reliable research methods. Public policy about providing access to health care is not an exception. In addition, our choices as a state should strive to ensure we get the highest return for our public dollar invested.

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Idaho needs an upgraded Castle Doctrine for gun owners

Idaho is one of the most gun-friendly states in the country. Compared to our neighbors in Oregon and Washington, who continue to erode gun rights, Idaho is on a far better path to protecting the Second Amendment. Proof of this can be seen with the passage of permitless carry earlier this year.

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The logic of being a Democrat

Republican and Democratic friends often explain their political allegiance by stressing that their “values” are mirrored in their respective political parties. I prefer to avoid reliance on subjective values as justification for party allegiance and instead cut straight to the logic for a Democratic Party that advances our individual agency, our community and our commons.

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Two sides to the debate over Owyhee Canyonlands monument proposal

The Owyhee Canyonlands spanning Idaho and Oregon is a great place to hike if you’re a desert hound. I’m no Edward Abbey but I am attracted to desolate stretches of ancient canyons and basalt cliffs. Though crossed by a state boundary, the Canyonlands share the Owyhee River, abundant wildlife and Native American petroglyphs. Even though the Canyonlands offer relatively the same natural experience across state boundaries, when I hiked Leslie Gulch in Oregon in late spring and Big Jack Creek in Idaho earlier this summer, I had a completely different experience, and it had little to do with the scenery.

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‘Interim storage’ of nuclear waste no real solution for Idaho

In the face of Nevada’s adamant opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository for spent nuclear fuel and the lack of needed land and water rights, in 2015 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission declined to issue a construction permit for the disposal facility. Even if construction were to begin, working through the mountain of legal opposition would take years.

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‘Hostile’ behavior tarnishing Downtown Boise’s image

Cars cruising through Downtown Boise are a problem, and as a community we must curb it. Historically, cruising was part of a culture that brought people downtown to engage in harmless behavior. Some may recall that over 25 years ago, the city had to address congestion and illicit behavior, once it became aggressive and problematic.

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‘Horror’ of Trump causes Republicans to break ranks

During this campaign, I have considered submitting a guest opinion regarding Donald Trump. I haven’t because it meant putting friends on the spot for their support of him and would be difficult for me personally, should I decide to run for office again. However, my horror of this man being our next president outweighs personal ambition or discomfort for others.

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Medicaid expansion is right for Idaho

By now we have all heard the stories. Hardworking Idahoans barely making ends meet, yet unable to qualify for Medicaid assistance — 78,000 of our fellow citizens caught in the health care gap. People getting sicker and sicker because they can’t access basic prescription and health care services to manage chronic conditions. Friends and neighbors forced to wait until something gets so bad that they end up in the emergency room.

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Solving Idaho’s opioid, heroin problem requires public, professional solutions

Idaho ranks fourth nationally for nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers by persons 12 and older. One in five high school students nationally reports misusing prescription drugs at least once. Each day, 44 people in the United States die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. The United States is the biggest consumer of prescription painkillers, accounting for almost 100 percent of the world total for hydrocodone and 81 percent for oxycodone.

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Take a ride on the (luggage) carousel at Boise Airport

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to ride around the luggage carousel at the Boise Airport? Ride along with luggage from Delta Flight 4508 from Seattle for a unique point of view.
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