Suicide hurts us all: prevention and awareness

Everyone has been touched, in one way or another, by suicide. This is a health issue in Idaho, a mental health issue. Whether it is the immediate family, extended family or friends, co-workers or fellow students, the survivors experience a range of complex grief reactions including guilt, anger, abandonment, denial, helplessness and shock. We need[…]

Better ID? You bet

Remember when we wrote checks and our driver’s license number was required to verify that you were really you? It was easy to recall, since it happened to be your Social Security number. It was a different time then and identity theft not so common. This column explores Idaho’s recent legislative responses concerning the federal[…]

Education funding bill showed big differences

One of the most important issues our state legislators are asked to address every year is the education of our children. As conservatives, we believe this is as it should be. Education is better addressed by the state and by local school districts, rather than a far-off federal government. Local communities get to make sure[…]

Education improvement: Yes or NO?

This week, we wanted to focus once again on education, but rather than pick out a single piece of legislation, we thought we would discuss several. As you read along, it will become clear why. Over the last several years, Gov. Butch Otter has come out with a list of critical legislative priorities that will[…]