Luna ‘spins’ economic data

Tom Luna’s guest editorials claiming that the rich bear most of the tax burden and that Republican tax cuts don’t increase deficits were sad reminders of Republicans resisting science and misrepresenting evidence.   In 2010 Republicans mailed candidates pamphlets showing that states that cut taxes on the rich saw an increase in per capita income. The …

A good news week?

 Is it somehow unAmerican to write of good news anymore? One can’t focus on the jobs ahead without concentrating on what needs fixing.  This moment, however, I’m very happy about some recent news. For one, the 7-day average for new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. has fallen by 40% since Sept. 1? Theories exist as …

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 …