Commentary

The Three Servicemen statue at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

While National Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day is appreciated, limiting war is the true lesson

BY: - March 29, 2022

The National Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day Act was passed by Congress in 2017 to recognize those who served in that ill-fated war. Because of the heated controversy about the war in the U.S., many service personnel came home to an indifferent, even-hostile reception. The 2017 Act was designed to demonstrate the belated thanks of […]

Boundary Fire

As fire seasons turn into fire years, fuels reduction programs in Idaho’s forests can help

BY: - March 28, 2022

Hotter and drier weather, combined with more frequent drought, and longer fire seasons have turned into fire years, allowing wildland fires to feed on fuel ⁠— abundant landscapes burning at higher intensities, longer durations and at larger scales than we have ever experienced. Further complicating this conundrum is the ever‐expanding wildland‐urban interface which diverts attention […]

Yellowstone's Parting of the Waters

At Yellowstone’s boundary, Two Ocean Pass is a place where fish can swim over Continental Divide

BY: - March 22, 2022

Near the southern boundary of Yellowstone National Park is a curious location — a pass on the Continental Divide that is so gentle, fish can swim across, moving from the Pacific to the Atlantic watershed. The Continental Divide of North America is a crest that stretches from Alaska south through the Canadian Rockies, the contiguous 48, and […]

Great seal of the state of Idaho

Idaho Health and Welfare Director: The child welfare process explained

BY: - March 21, 2022

Given an increased interest in the child welfare system, I would like to share a bit of the process and the role of the Department of Health and Welfare. First, I need to be clear that specific child welfare cases are confidential, and we cannot release any details about specific cases. We often would like […]

The Idaho Supreme Court Building

Idaho has an exemplary process for picking judges, why fix it?

BY: - March 18, 2022

During his 12 years as Idaho governor, Butch Otter tells me he appointed 56 judges for Idaho’s judicial system – five justices of the Supreme Court, all of the current judges on the Court of Appeals and over 45 District Court judges. He regularly received praise from other governors for the high quality of Idaho’s […]

WWAMI students

More residency spots are needed to grow and retain Idaho physicians

BY: and - March 16, 2022

It’s no secret that Idaho has a tremendous shortage of primary care physicians, and recent news coverage has drawn attention to the lack of pediatricians in the state. We’re heartened to see the new Pediatric Residency of Idaho in partnership with St. Luke’s and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, which we partner closely with […]

Idaho House chamber

Let’s trust Idaho teachers and stop introducing bills attacking public education and educators

BY: - March 15, 2022

I am a mother of two middle-school boys that have been educated by Lake Pend Oreille School District schools since the first grade. Over the last eight years, I have helped in the schools by teaching art, introducing woodworking skills, helping struggling readers, chaperoning field trips and serving as a PTO officer. I truly appreciate […]

Idaho State Capitol

Lawmakers need to know the difference Medicaid makes for Idaho families and our communities

BY: - March 14, 2022

Medicaid is a lifeline for struggling Idahoans. With economic hardship and the rising costs of food, gas and everyday expenses affecting families across Idaho, having access to affordable health coverage is a primary concern for families in the state. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that medical care won’t bankrupt your family can […]

Idaho State Capitol

House Bill 675 will cause deep, irreparable harm to the Idaho families it claims to protect

BY: and - March 11, 2022

We are long-time Idaho physicians writing on behalf of countless other medical providers in Idaho who are deeply concerned about the impact House Bill 675 will have on our patients. This bill would equate widely agreed upon standard medical practices with child abuse while endangering the lives of our young patients by denying them and […]

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces she's running for governor

As a conservative Republican, I’m deeply dismayed at lack of voices from GOP condemning McGeachin

BY: - March 8, 2022

As a conservative Republican and president of the Ada County Lincoln Day Association and the District 19 legislative chairwoman and precinct committeewoman for Precinct 1913, I’m deeply dismayed by the lack of voices from the right directly condemning our lieutenant governor’s recent appearance at white nationalist conference, sharing the roster with known Holocaust deniers and […]

Idaho State Capitol

The Idaho Legislature is coming into my exam rooms to make your health care decisions

BY: - March 7, 2022

As a family doctor in Idaho for nearly two decades, I have the privilege of caring for people through some of the highs and lows of life. I share in the joyous occasion of caring for many patients with desired pregnancies, and I’m also there for patients and their loved ones as they contend with […]

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin presides over the Idaho Senate.

White nationalism is morally abhorrent and runs counter to a free economy

BY: - March 4, 2022

Idaho’s extremist Lieutenant Governor, Janice McGeachin, disgraced herself, the office she holds, and our state yet again by speaking at AFPAC last week. AFPAC is a white nationalist conference founded by Nick Fuentes and attended by those who promote exclusionary practices that harm both our economy and republic, including antisemitism, sexism and homophobia. In addition […]