Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

Unregulated medical costs are the root of health care problem

We have a crises in health care. It’s not the cost of health insurance. It’s the cost of health care. Americans spend more than any other country for health care, about 17.1 percent of our GDP. Canada spends 10.4 percent, Germany 11.3 percent, Japan 10.2 percent and France 11.5 percent. Our per-capita health care cost is 2  1/2 times the average of the other developed countries. When U.S. companies compete in the world market they face a 6 or 7 percent disadvantage, not because of tax differences, but because of health care cost differences.

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Victims of sexual violence in Idaho deserve more from us

The Sexual Violence in Idaho report recently released by the Idaho State Police reflects the truths the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence hears from survivors of sexual assault. Survivors of sexual violence often choose not to report to the criminal justice system for numerous reasons, such as justifiable fear of not being believed, of others finding out about what happened to them, that reporting will not increase their safety or emotional well-being (and in fact could cause additional harm), and that the criminal justice system will not hold the offender accountable.

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Secure the F-35 for the Guard, and then fund the third Boise runway

The proposed replacement of the A-10 at Gowen Field with the F-35 has stoked passions on both sides of the issue. Those supporting the F-35, including our congressional delegation, Governor Otter, Mayor Bieter and the Boise Chamber of Commerce, champion the importance of a continued Air National Guard mission in Boise. However, residents living near the airport concerned about increased jet noise should be heard and respected. Boise Elevated would like to help bring clarity to the issue and offer a viable solution for all concerned.

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Stibnite gold mining project needs our scrutiny

The U.S. Forest Service is starting the permitting process for Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project in north-central Idaho. The Canadian mining company’s open-pit mine project is in the headwaters of the South Fork Salmon River, a place revered for its salmon, wild country and world-class whitewater.

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