Americans divided over need to be vaccinated

Apparently the Delta variation of Covid-19 has found Idaho.  In three weeks the state’s 7-day average of new cases has jumped from 69  to 94 to 146 (July 16). This surge, which the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has  called the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” could be worse for Idaho. Though …

Idaho’s housing problem could soon be worse

Well, the Wall Street Journal featured an article about Idaho last week that wasn’t about our wildfires, high grass prices, or low vaccination rate.   It was about a Ketchum worker making $60,000 a year who’d been living in his SUV for six weeks because he couldn’t find an affordable place to live. According to the …

Infrastructure bill popular with voters 

Independence Day 2021 was a welcome change from 2020. Once again people were able to enjoy parades and booths, traveling, relatives, and firework displays.  Last year saw a high of 401 new Covid-19 cases reported in Idaho on July 4. On December 9 we had 2,298 new cases. In comparison, the current 80+ new cases …

Who’s most patriotic?  

What’s the proper greeting when we celebrate the Fourth of July on July 3? ‘Happy Fourth’?’ Happy Third’? Or a safe, ‘Happy Independence Day’?   I once greeted a Canadian with “Happy Independence Day,” then apologized. (Canadians celebrate on July 1.)  She replied, “When you live on Salt Spring Island, as I do, every day is …

Republican partisanship may force new filibuster rule

The best news Americans got last week was that the Supreme Court voted 7-2 against eliminating the Affordable Care Act. We won’t have the chaos of millions losing insurance overnight. Leading Republicans must be breathing a sigh of relief. They get the credit for fighting big government while not destroying a program Americans appreciate and …