Guest Opinions

Guest Opinions

The voice of an ‘American Conscience’ remains relevant today

Reinhold Niebuhr, a Christian ethicist who died in 1971, was one of the most important American thinkers of the past 100 years, though his tremendous influence is largely unknown. His list of accomplishments and protégés stretches across American life past and present. He authored the famous Serenity Prayer: “God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.” It became a staple in American life through its inclusion in the GI prayer book during World War II and through Alcoholics Anonymous’ adoption of it as a motto.

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First-year U of I law school in Boise broadens accessibility for students

Excellence in public legal education has been a University of Idaho strength for many years. A survey of Idaho law, industry and public service leaders would find no shortage of talented professionals who chose the school’s College of Law for an affordable, high-quality education that prepared them for success. This month U of I took another step toward making that outstanding career training more accessible for students from Idaho and beyond as the State Board of Education approved a first-year curriculum in Boise.

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Repeal of hybrid surcharge likely — now figure out Idaho road funding

It’s refreshing when Idaho legislators admit passing a flawed law that wrongly cost Idaho households tens of thousands of dollars, and then write a law to fix that mistake. Here is House Bill 20 (passed in both chambers and headed to Gov. Butch Otter), and thanks to Rep. Stephen Harris, R-Meridian, for bringing the remedial bill and to all legislators who supported it after hearing from hundreds of Idahoans who were unfairly billed burdensome fees because we drive efficient vehicles.

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Frank Church helicopter ruling a victory for wilderness, wildlife

Conservation groups cheered when a federal judge ruled last month that the Forest Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game violated federal law by landing helicopters in an Idaho wilderness area to attach tracking collars to elk and wolves. The court also ordered the data gathered through these illegal activities destroyed. The now-halted project gives every appearance of an unscientific witch hunt, tailor-made to scapegoat wolf predation as the cause of elk population declines and to justify a wolf-killing program in wilderness.

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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.

Videos

Watch Idaho Fish and Game move an elk from a city park to the hills

A bull elk took up residence in Weiser Memorial Park. City officials decided it was time for him to go on Friday, Feb. 24 -- and it took many of Idaho Fish and Game's tricks to evict him.
Chadd Cripe ccripe@idahostatesman.com
Watch Idaho Fish and Game move an elk from a city park to the hills 5:02

Watch Idaho Fish and Game move an elk from a city park to the hills

With district title in hand, Rocky Mountain boys basketball turns focus to state 1:11

With district title in hand, Rocky Mountain boys basketball turns focus to state

Leon Rice: 4:32

Leon Rice: "We gave them the standard 24 hours to mourn"

Idaho wineries gets schooled on best pracrices for tasting rooms 2:28

Idaho wineries gets schooled on best pracrices for tasting rooms