Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

Health coverage solution paramount for Idaho, gap population

Closing the health coverage gap in Idaho would have positive affects for all Idahoans. Our current system is weakening our communities. We can strengthen our communities with a compete solution created just for Idaho that provides comprehensive health coverage. This is a simple matter of keeping our neighbors and communities safe and healthy.

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In defense of the Owyhee Initiative

No surprise to see the attack by Western Watersheds and Wilderness Watch on the Idaho-based Owyhee Initiative regarding wilderness management in Owyhee County. From day one some groups opposed the collaborative effort to resolve public land controversies in Owyhee County, and those attacks continue as the participants in the initiative continue to work together to solve problems.

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Idaho kids still can avoid ‘summer slide’

I love summer, but as a parent it can be stressful to keep kids safe and busy. Fortunately there are summer programs to help. If you have a child engaged in one, you may also have the peace of mind that they are likely offering much more than safety and fun. Summer programs can also offer extended learning opportunities and help prevent the “summer slide.”

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Idaho’s health districts call for affordable insurance for gap population

When people come through the doors of their local health department in Idaho, our goal is to help them become healthier citizens. However, the truth is that sometimes their health needs are far greater than the services we can provide, and in many cases these patients will end up in emergency rooms seeking care for late-stage serious health conditions that could have otherwise been diagnosed and managed without further complications.

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Idaho delegates: No move to ‘dump Trump,’ but only to thump rules

The story on TV about the Republican National Convention is almost entirely focused on the disgruntled delegates who want to “Dump Trump” and/or “#FreetheDelegates.” The portrayal of the RNC as one giant attack on Trump’s status as the presumptive nominee is really the sideshow and is not the main event, nor is it why Idaho delegates have come to Cleveland.

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INL plays vital role in safety of U.S. energy infrastructure

In the 2015 novel “Ghost Fleet,” the U.S. is challenged in a future war by a technologically savvy enemy. The enemy exploits the cybervulnerabilities in a U.S. military that grew overly reliant on weapons platforms that were reliant on the latest computer and networking tech. Left nearly defenseless, the U.S. comes to realize that it must rely on long-retired, technologically simpler and ultimately more dependable weapons system to fight back.

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Entertainment industry leading country into moral bankruptcy

Recent events of the past few weeks have got me thinking: Who are we? Who are we as Americans? What are our values, and what do we stand for? I think we have reached another critical point in our timeline as Americans. We need to stand up for what is right, not what is cool, politically expedient or popular. Five cops in Dallas killed for simply being white; race relations in this country haven’t been this bad since the 1960s. With that said we do not have a white or black problem, we have a values problem. We have shredded our values to a point where there are none left.

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Dams and salmon can co-exist

You may have read Ted Eisele’s June 22 Guest Opinion that advocated for the removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River as the best way to bring back sockeye salmon to Idaho. It appears his goal is to bring back sockeye in an effort to increase Idaho tourism — tourists can visit Idaho to catch the sockeye.

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‘Vision’ for new Idaho State Historical Museum comes into focus

On Wednesday, June 22, you may have noticed the large crowd gathered in front of the Idaho State Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park. I had the opportunity to be part of this historic event, the groundbreaking and blessing of the land for the Idaho State Historical Museum. As a member of the Foundation for Idaho History, I’ve been working on this project since 2014 and am excited to finally share our accomplishments with the public.

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We must get behind renewable energy efforts

I recently returned from Washington, D.C., where I joined 800 other volunteer lobbyists from Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Our organization has been meeting with our representatives in Washington and in our home districts for seven years. The purpose of our meetings is always the same: We are educating our members of Congress about Carbon Fee and Dividend, a revenue-neutral carbon pricing plan in which pollution fees collected from fossil fuel-producing companies are returned to individuals as dividends. The aim is to place a gradually rising price on the greenhouse gas content of fossil fuels when they enter the economy. When the price of different energy sources reflects their true cost of use, market forces will speed the transition to clean, local and renewable energy.

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Boise Foothills landslide lesson: Slow down hillside development

At the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission meeting June 6, the city engineering and planning staff’s response to Warm Springs Mesa homeowner concerns about a hillside development proposal reminded me of the careless drivers on Warm Springs Avenue who speed at 30 mph through the flashing yellow lights in the school zone at Adams Elementary School.

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Idaho anglers should handle wild steelhead with care

Idaho anglers will soon begin to seek steelhead. These fish provide outstanding recreational opportunities that are challenging and exciting for the angler. Regulations of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game permit harvest of the hatchery-produced fish. Anglers must release wild fish, identifiable by presence of an undamaged adipose fin.

Videos

Council mayor talks about the Yantis shooting

Council Mayor Bruce Gardner talks about how the Jack Yantis killing has impacted the community.
Joe Jaszewski jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com
Council mayor talks about the Yantis shooting 1:36

Council mayor talks about the Yantis shooting

Adams County Sheriff responds to no charges against his deputies 3:03

Adams County Sheriff responds to no charges against his deputies

Wasden answers: What about the body cameras? And other questions. 4:10

Wasden answers: What about the body cameras? And other questions.

Deputy Wood re-enacts the Yantis shooting scene 27:40

Deputy Wood re-enacts the Yantis shooting scene