Heat, drought, floods, and wildfires are the ‘new normal’ 

Can we agree that climate change is real?  Twenty-two out of 26 days with highs over 95 degrees isn’t a typical July in the Boise Valley. Nor is it normal for 200 people in Washington and Oregon and 500 in British Columbia to die of the heat. The Southwest is now in a decade-long drought …

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 …

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 …

Let Idaho voters rank the candidates 

Idaho’s primary elections are 11 months away. We won’t know who all will be on our ballots until the early March filing deadline, eight months away.  Yet, we know of 10 Republicans who will be running for state office: three for governor–Brad Little, Janice McGeachen, and Ammon Bundy; two for lieutenant governor–Luke Malek and Priscella …