My Turn

MY TURN: Voters, you’ve got a big job to do

February 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

Voting season is in full swing again, and there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to ensure the participation of eligible Idahoans of all walks of life. This time it’s for a high-profile race that hopefully most have a vested intere...

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Treasurer: Cd’A should welcome advisory vote

February 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

As a duly elected county official and fiduciary for all county residents, I do not believe the city’s arguments against an advisory vote are sufficient justification to deny residents the right to be heard on significant matters affecting t...

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MY TURN: We support students when we support teachers

February 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

When we talk about supporting teachers, we’re really talking about supporting students.The education a person receives during childhood has a meaningful impact on the kind of life they will lead. And an effective teacher is the primary cont...

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Ban wakesurfing on river

February 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

PRO: Ban wakesurfing on the riverBy FRED GABOURIEGuest OpinionI have been a waterfront property owner on the Spokane River since 1978 — 42 years. I have firsthand knowledge of the river’s evolution from a working river supporting six lumber...

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Let the people play

February 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

CON: Let the people playBy RANDY KIRSCHGuest OpinionBoating on the Spokane River is a way of life for generations of families, and something so many of us look forward to every summer. Unfortunately, there are a handful of wealthy riverfron...

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FROZEN: Tax bill shortsighted

February 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

As reported in the Press, House Bill 409, the “property tax freeze bill” seeks to freeze city, county and other non-school taxing districts’ property tax budgets for the upcoming fiscal year at the dollar amount each entity received for the...

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Here’s why advisory vote needed on health corridor

February 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

It has come to the attention of Northwest Property Owners Alliance that an advisory vote is needed. During a presentation by county Treasurer Steve Matheson and follow up by NWPOA, we learned of his strong concern and fiduciary duty as the...

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Electric cars: Not so good for kids

February 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

Some people say electric cars are good because they save gas money and help the environment, but they haven’t figured out where the powder and the battery comes from or how it’s created. Unfortunately, these sources have created a very roug...

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OPINION: DAVID ADLER — Mitt Romney: A Republic and the courage to keep it

February 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Sen. Mitt Romney’s courageous vote to convict President Donald Trump on the impeachment charge of the abuse of power, a valiant effort to protect American Constitutionalism against the entrenchment of an authoritarian in the White House, en...

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OPINION: CARRIE AND JERRY SCHEID — Idaho needs to reform medical debt collection

February 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Jerry: Do you know what’s the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy nationwide? Carrie: Credit cards?Jerry: Nope. It’s medical debt, according to a 2019 Harvard University study. It causes over 62% of all bankruptcies. Carrie: Medical debt causes enorm...

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