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Boise philanthropist Fery was catalyst for Idaho Community Foundation

One of the saddest things about growing older is the increasing deaths of lifetime friends, acquaintances and icons whose lives shaped much of the world around us. The Statesman reported on Feb. 11 the passing of one of those legendary figures — John Fery. His exceptional professional and leadership/philanthropic contributions were carefully and thoughtfully outlined in the article about his life. I would like to expand on one of his most important leadership and philanthropic achievements — the Idaho Community Foundation.

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Idaho students need to learn about climate change

Last December, I concluded teaching the semester of “Earth’s Climate” at Boise State University, as usual, with the topic of current climate change. Each time I teach this culminating lecture I get a little choked up because I display photos of my children, my nieces, my nephews and other kids who are dear to me, and I ask the question, “What kind of world will they inherit?”

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Support your local senior center so it will be there for you

I was so excited to read the article by Sven Berg in the Feb. 2 edition of the Statesman as I have been working on an article about this very same subject. Many senior centers have been struggling over the years, and even more so recently due to decreases in funding and an increase in this population with limited resources.

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It’s past time women got equal pay in Idaho

Raising wages has been a top concern for working family advocates in Idaho. We’ve watched our neighboring states and many cities across the country make progress on creating a living wage for all working people, and it is past time for our elected leaders to take meaningful action on the issue as well. One way to do that would be to address wage equality for working women in Idaho.

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Someone in Idaho must stand up to thwart constitutional convention

There is now a repeat drumbeat for a U.S. constitutional convention, supposedly to correct things the sponsors believe can be improved with a few amendments, including term limits for congressmen and a balanced budget amendment. Each of these items could be added to our Constitution with a single, free-standing, one-item amendment. But the sponsors want a “convention.”

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If we want progress, let’s start asking the right questions

What is the problem? That is the question? My question: Why is America so divisive? The answer, perhaps, is that as individuals we allow other entities (political parties and media sensationalists, for example) to frame complicated issues in too narrow a context. Like having to answer “Yes or no — are you the only person in the room?” To even answer is to acknowledge the question’s validity.

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Free speech includes right to criticize the courts, president

I have never been a supporter of President Donald Trump and probably never will be. I do believe, however, there is at least one thing he has a right to complain about. The national press and talking heads have recently seized on the president’s attacks on the courts. Some have said his tweets will create a constitutional crisis. Calm down. We are nowhere near a constitutional crisis — at least not yet. In fact, the only decision we have is on an interim order pending trial.

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Sanctuary policies are anti-immigrant

There is no denying the importance of immigration to our American heritage. Immigrants tend to be some of the most hardworking, family-oriented, God-fearing people among us. The system by which they are admitted, however, is broken: the product of decades of gross mismanagement by the federal government. The overwhelming number of undocumented immigrants is far more the fault of the feds than the undocumented immigrants themselves.

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Silly ‘sanctuary city’ bill solves no Idaho problem

Last month Idaho Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, introduced a bill proposing to penalize sanctuary cities that shield immigrants from federal immigration law. But there are no sanctuary cities in Idaho. The bill also requires state law enforcement to assume duties related to federal immigration law. But Chaney believes that “it’s up to the federal government” to sort out the “who’s who” of immigration law violators. The Idaho bill may become the worst kind of law: one that no one needs.

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Boiseans honor Marilyn Shuler with words and song

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered to remember and honor Marilyn Shuler, longtime human rights leader, at a service at Boise State University. Shuler was director of the Human Rights Commission for 20 years.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Boiseans honor Marilyn Shuler with words and song 4:32

Boiseans honor Marilyn Shuler with words and song

California sinkhole swallows two cars with passengers inside 1:09

California sinkhole swallows two cars with passengers inside

All-woman officials crew makes Idaho history at 5A state basketball final 2:32

All-woman officials crew makes Idaho history at 5A state basketball final

Centennial storms the court for its first girls basketball state title since 2006 1:28

Centennial storms the court for its first girls basketball state title since 2006