Commentary

Sen. Jim Woodward

‘Enough is enough.’ Why far-right, anti-education policies don’t represent the Republican Party.

BY: - June 2, 2021

Who are these people? Where did they come from?   Now, most of our new citizens that have immigrated to our beautiful North Idaho are not the subject of this writing. Only a few of them who believe and have self-anointed themselves as our saviors are being discussed here.  When did they decide to take […]

University of Idaho ICCU arena

U of I’s new arena features mass timber for innovative, sustainable design

BY: - June 1, 2021

I grew up on the family farm in Kansas where, walking the property’s fence line as a boy with my dog, I began to appreciate the beauty of our natural world. It’s been a long journey from that farm in Kansas to the dean’s office of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. And […]

Grandpa looking a historic photos in Chesterfield

This Memorial Day, let’s take time to ask our elders about our Idaho past

BY: - May 28, 2021

The dream came to him in 1977. But now, 44 years later almost to the day, Gary Hatch can still recall its most minor of details, down to the views of flowing hills and agriculture fields as far as the eye could see.  They came back to Chesterfield, Idaho, as old people, he and his […]

Sen. Joseph McCarthy

The sad, dangerous line from McCarthy to McGeachin

BY: - May 26, 2021

On Thursday, Idaho will see its very own McCarthy hearings begin with the first meeting of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Indoctrination Task Force. One might argue that the name of the committee is a political blunder because it sounds like a task force that is focused on indoctrinating Idaho’s students, but since that is actually […]

A house for sale in the North End of Boise.

As affordability crisis worsens, let’s make sure women are included in housing solutions

BY: - May 19, 2021

The choice of staying in a home that isn’t safe or braving the streets is one that no one should have to make, but it is one that women in our community face daily. This is one reason I believe that we need to encourage the diversity of housing and increase the number of homes […]

Idaho State Capitol

Idaho legislator who identified Jane Doe should be held accountable by military peers

BY: - May 18, 2021

When I was 21, I became a Jane Doe. As an Army recruit, I was subjected to harassment and sexual assault by men who were my superiors. My personal experiences with trauma rose to the surface again during the recent Idaho House Ethics Committee hearing about another Jane Doe, this one a 19-year-old legislative intern […]

A teacher uses a white board

Teachers transformed education during pandemic. Let’s use what we’ve learned to heal, grow.

BY: - May 17, 2021

In “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, Santiago is a shepherd boy who travels in search of extravagant treasures. He journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert. The story teaches us about listening to our hearts and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path. With each passing obstacle and hurdle […]

Teacher in a classroom full of students

Little, McGeachin show two sides of teacher ‘appreciation’ in Idaho

BY: - May 11, 2021

As the nation celebrated “Teacher Appreciation Week” earlier this month, Gov. Brad Little offered some encouraging words in expressing his gratitude for the fine work that Idaho teachers do. “We all should signal to our educators that we value them, and we want to keep them in the profession,” the governor wrote. Lt. Gov. Janice […]

Idaho State Capitol

How the Idaho Legislature handled sex assault case sends wrong message to victims, survivors

BY: - May 7, 2021

In my years as a licensed clinical professional counselor working with people who have experienced sexual trauma, I have noticed a few things. First, there is a real lack of public education on what sexual trauma looks like and what survivors need in the aftermath to ensure they are not further harmed once they find […]

eviction notice

Preventing homelessness must remain priority for Idaho

BY: - May 6, 2021

As we all know, the Treasure Valley is experiencing a serious housing crisis right now. A focus on prevention will be key to keeping homelessness from happening to our neighbors and the state of Idaho. Even before the pandemic, Idaho was facing a housing crisis in which many longtime residents were being priced out of […]

Downtown Boise as seen from the Boise Depot

That’s not who we are, Idaho, might be exactly who we are — for now

BY: - May 5, 2021

That’s not who we are, Idaho.  It’s a phrase that over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time sitting with, weighing its true meaning in my mind. It’s a phrase I used to accept instantly at face value. I trusted it, believed in it to my core, because I was raised to believe […]

Teacher cleaning a classroom

2021 grads face an uncertain future. Next Steps Idaho connects high school seniors with resources to help.

BY: - May 3, 2021

Some 22,000 students will graduate from Idaho high schools in the next eight weeks, as did a similar number a year ago. Some have plans. Many don’t. The unusual, semi-virtual school year, rising college costs, lingering effects of the pandemic, and other factors create confusion and uncertainty for recent grads and young adults trying to […]