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 …

Drought, anyone? 

Well, most of us–those who didn’t escape to the ocean or the mountains–survived 17 days of 100 degree weather this summer. I’m not sure that’s a record, but an internet search did reveal that in the 50 years between 1940 and 1990, Idaho had only four years with 10 days or more over 100 F.  …

What’s wrong with ‘inclusion’?

I didn’t do a column on Critical Race Theory when Republican legislators passed a bill implying it was a real danger in our schools or when Republican Party Chair Tom Luna saw fit to repeat the attack in a guest editorial.  I told myself that, as long as rank-and-file Republicans ignore CRT, I can also. …

Redistricting: a mathematical marathon

In mid-August, when the Census Bureau sends states the breakdown of their population by neighborhoods, a mathematical marathon begins. Every state will race to map new Congressional and legislative districts before candidates must declare for the 2022 state primaries.   Our commission. three Republicans and three Democrats, will have 90 days to complete a district map …