The week that was

The government didn’t shut down Friday.  At the last minute Congress extended funding. Social security checks will continue coming, and our myriad government agencies will continue plugging away–at least until Dec. 3 when this extension expires. The bill passed Thursday by a 65-35 vote. Idaho senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo were among the 35 …

Local elections affect us all 

One can argue that city and school elections make as much difference in our lives as the state and Federal elections that get much more attention.   Think about the city departments that our mayors and council members supervise.  Fire and police services come to mind immediately. Water, sewage, and roads and sidewalks. And don’t forget …

Over 100 seats need filling

Years ago my brother Steve called one day to say, “Sis, why don’t you and I run against each other for school board. It could be fun–and I bet the media would cover it.”  Recently, a candidate who’d been doorknocking reported that a potential supporter told her that he would watch for her ads on …

Ruling equivalent to public spanking

Some bad things happened last week–the bombing by ISIS at the Kabul Airport, Covid cases overwhelming of medical facilities in state after state, snd California wildfires causing air quality problems as far away as Wyoming and Colorado.     So I couldn’t help grasping at a piece of great news–the Idaho Supreme Court ruled in favor of …

‘The rage of the responsible’

On Aug.9, Dr. Mark Kline, physician and chief of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, appeared on WDSU TV, and said there were now 18 children with COVID-19 being treated at his hospital, six were in intensive care, and three of those were on ventilators.   Nine of the children were under two years old. The youngest …