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Guest Opinions

Let voters decide ‘dust up’ between Boise City, ACHD over road control

Recently Boise City Mayor Bieter, on the heels of the record-setting snow and the ensuing challenges, urged again that Boise gain control of its roads. The issue was accountability for snow removal.

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WWAMI, ‘Idaho’s medical school,’ is a success story

Recent changes to the WWAMI medical education program in Idaho continue to illustrate the many ways “Idaho’s medical school” benefits the Gem State’s communities, especially in rural areas. Idaho’s medical students now spend nearly their entire academic career here, where many of them hope to complete their residencies and eventually practice as world-class doctors in the state they love.

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Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine: An important and worthy endeavor

Nearly one year ago, the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) was announced at the governor’s office alongside dozens of supporters. On that historic day, we knew we had several opportunities in front of us: the opportunity to grow graduate medical education in our state so more students can stay and train in Idaho and surrounding states; the opportunity to partner with great hospital systems already doing innovative work; and the opportunity to educate the next generation of physicians in Idaho.

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Idaho educators should capitalize on opportunities during nonschool hours

Earlier this month, Gov. Butch Otter expressed his focus for education and workforce development in the State of the State address. Too often as we discuss quality education and its role in the future workforce, we just look to what is offered in the classroom. Yet, by the age of 18, youths will spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside the classroom. It is imperative that policymakers and stakeholders consider partnerships with out-of-school programs to achieve statewide education goals, especially with STEM, workforce and literacy skills.

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Return budget surplus to Idaho families

The state fiscal year (SFY) 2018 budget, recently presented to the Legislature by Gov. Butch Otter, is unfair to Idaho families. Otter’s budget starts from the premise that the current budget surplus belongs to special interests and state agencies.

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Post-truth era is a sobering commentary on society

The saddest thing that happened in 2016 was that the Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as word of the year. Oxford defines post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

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Kudos to Mike Shirley for creating a buzz around Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin began as and remains a community-owned and community-supported mountain that anyone anywhere would love to have in their backyard. Bogus directly and significantly affects our economy and our health. Since 1942, Bogus has had countless contributors and all deserve our thanks. On the list of those deserving our thanks is Mike Shirley. While preparing Bogus for the next 75 years, Mike changed Bogus in many ways, resulting in Bogus becoming a nationally recognized mountain.

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Boise City’s complaints against ACHD are ‘false’ and ‘opportunistic’

Throughout history, the people of Ada County show an ability to come together and defeat whatever challenge confronts us. The past four weeks provided another example of our ability to succeed in the face of adversity. Neighbors helping neighbors shovel snow and other acts of heroism and kindness will go unreported but not forgotten — this defines us as a community. Our efforts kept us safe in the face of record-setting storms and the community is to be commended.

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Repealing, replacing Obamacare easier said than done

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted into law about six years ago. It was passed by Congress without meaningful Republican input, support or votes. You can thank former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for the legislative maneuvering, which figuratively jammed Obamacare down the throats of their Republican colleagues.

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Congress should explore options to remove Trump from office

Over the course of this past eight years — at least — there have been numerous failures at multiple levels of government that have not gone unnoticed by the American people. They (we) are dissatisfied to say the least. What now appears before us is a national emergency — the inauguration of Donald Trump to the Office of The President of the United States. This, in my view, cannot stand.

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Defense leads turnaround for Boise High boys basketball

The long-struggling Boise High boys basketball team fields the toughest defense (43.4 ppg) in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference this season. The Braves' renewed focus on defense has them eyeing their first state tournament berth since 1997 and battling Rocky Mountain atop the conference standings. Boise, now under the leadership of coach Manny Varela, 34, hosts Rocky Mountain on Tuesday, with the winner taking over first place in the 5A SIC.
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Defense leads turnaround for Boise High boys basketball

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Idaho's Sally Boynton Brown speaks at Democratic forum

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Idaho governor declares snow-related disaster in Washington County

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