Commentary

School children wait in line for vaccinations in the 1940s

Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 25, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

Kids run at school campus

Education support professionals are the bedrock of our schools. Let’s recognize their contributions

BY: - November 17, 2021

Underpaid and overworked. That’s the theme of being a classified educator across the state of Idaho. This is not a new theme. However, it is becoming a louder cry as many classified staff in education are leaving the profession and districts are struggling to find people to fill these crucial positions. Today is National Education […]

Idaho State Capitol

GOP leadership takes a test drive of a full-time Legislature for Idaho

BY: - November 16, 2021

Make no mistake about it, the reconvening of the 2021 legislative session is a test to see whether the Idaho Legislature can get away with meeting throughout the year, without having to amend the Idaho Constitution. The idea of a full-time Legislature has been a twinkle in the eye of some legislators for years. At […]

Idaho Capitol rotunda

It’s time for the Idaho Legislature to dispense with the vitriol and support educators, students

BY: - November 15, 2021

As the Idaho Education Association celebrates American Education Week, Nov. 15-19, we encourage Idahoans to reflect on the many benefits public education provides, along with what needs to be done to ensure that our state has strong and vibrant public schools for generations to come. There are both opportunities and challenges ahead for Idaho public […]

American and POW flags

Veterans Day should be truly celebrated in the same ways as other federal holidays

BY: - November 12, 2021

As I scrolled through my social media feeds Thursday, I saw an outpouring of support for United States veterans.  Friends posted photos of parents and relatives who served, and many veterans changed their profile pictures to their service photos. And, of course, there is the awesome tradition of restaurants and bars offering a free drink […]

Jim Jones and Keith Painter

Veterans did not put our lives on the line just to watch our country be torn apart from the inside

BY: - November 11, 2021

Maj. Keith Painter and I had exchanged a couple of letters and phone calls, first in 1990 and again in 2020, but had never actually seen one another since I left our artillery unit in August 1969. After the passage of 52 years, we finally got together for lunch in Bountiful, Utah, on Oct. 19.  […]

diabetes illustration

The forgotten pandemic: Health advocates to come together to recognize World Diabetes Day

BY: - November 9, 2021

Sunday is World Diabetes Day, but hold off on the celebration. It is not a day for parades, backyard cookouts or the kind of large family gatherings that go with holidays. In fact, World Diabetes Day – created in 1991 – is not officially a holiday. It’s more of a somber reminder about a global […]

Photo of a health care worker in PPE observing a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise

Our health care workers’ commitment defines the best of who we are as Idahoans. To them: Thank you.

BY: - November 4, 2021

I started my career in health care as a critical care nurse, so I know firsthand both the exceptional demand and the deeply rewarding nature of the job. No one gets into medicine for the accolades or because they think it will be easy. They choose the field because they want to help people. But […]

Downtown Boise

Nope, the economic world isn’t going to hell in a basket for Idaho

BY: - October 28, 2021

Lo and behold, the Idaho economy isn’t going anywhere except up and to the bank. Whiners and complainers want you to think all we need to do is “drain the swamp” in Boise and things will be sunrise and roses. But the real numbers show Idaho is already doing fine on the economic front. Almost […]

Idaho Capital Building in Boise

Idaho’s closed Republican primary election has got to go

BY: - October 26, 2021

Comparing the Idaho legislative session this year with those I have observed over the last half century, this was decidedly the worst. Legislators variously proposed or passed unconstitutional bills, tried to make the initiative and referendum unworkable, refused to take the COVID-19 crisis seriously, shot down funding bills for no valid reason, tried to solve […]

Sal Celeski with video camera

Remembering a true Idaho broadcast news pioneer who ‘practiced journalism in all the best ways’

BY: - October 25, 2021

For a time in the 1970s and early 1980s, Idahoans who cared about government and politics, and who would lead the state after the next election, had a standing weekly date.  They tuned in at 6:30 p.m. Fridays to KTVB to listen as Sal Celeski and a panel of reporters on his weekly “Viewpoint” program […]

Twin Falls Idaho airport

Twin Falls to Salt Lake City flights getting trimmed shouldn’t surprise anyone

BY: - October 19, 2021

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who flies in and out of Twin Falls or other southern Idaho airports that Delta Air Lines is trimming its Salt Lake City daily flights from three flights to one for Twin Falls. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the airline industry all across the country as fewer […]