Our criminal justice system protects the rights of defendants for good reason, and Marsy’s Law has no intention of changing that. It simply seeks to create space for the victims’ voices in our justice system.
IDeal, Idaho’s 529 College Savings Program, keeps growing. Idahoans opened about 4,500 accounts for students last year, and because of market performance, accounts have about $10 million more in them than they did the year before.
The state had good intentions 26 years ago, but we must make a decision based on what we know today. And mandatory minimums are an injustice that weighs on “traffickers,” families, the courts, prisons and judges, who should be given flexibility.
Not only did the new Idaho governor give a nice inaugural address, but the first lady did as well. And it seems the state’s longtime lieutenant governor will take a level-headed approach to his new position.
It’s disheartening to see some trying to change the rules in order to derail the new Boise Library. If there’s a need to deliberate about how our government should work, it should not be done through the lens of any specific building or program. We have an existing process for this kind of debate and decision making.
Idaho voters passed Proposition 2 with 61 percent approving. More than 80 percent of Idaho counties voted in favor, and the measure specifically called for the full, unmodified expansion of Medicaid. Lawmakers should not hinder implementation.
One of the primary lessons from the Vietnam War should have been, don’t commit the U.S. to war, and our young men and women to combat, unless our national interests are clearly at stake and we have a winnable strategy with a clearly defined outcome.
These two huge projects have high financial consequences for the city, and also will have significant impacts on parking, traffic and congestion. Giving voters the opportunity to address each one is an excellent idea.
Surviving in a foreign country is a trial unto itself. People always ask me how they can make the lives of immigrants easier. Whenever speaking to someone who is actively trying to learn a foreign language, remember that they have fought hard to arrive where they are.
With all the focus on just getting high school students to “go on” to postsecondary education, we miss the fact that many of them don’t make it one year in an academic or technical program. It’s time to alter the focus.
One of America’s greatest accomplishments was to help resurrect the world from the ashes and ruin of World War II, and President Ronald Reagan knew it. He’d be shocked to see what has happened to the “shining city upon the hill” he saw.
Novelists and fiction throughout history have spurred nations to war and peace, revolution and reform, writes Bob Kustra, former Boise State president and host of the “Readers Corner” show and podcast.
Many Idahoans diagnosed with cancer make a choice about their treatment based not on what their oncologist advised, but what their insurer will cover. Idaho should pass legislation to make the system fair.