Workers in short supply

I’ve no desire to write about the current meetings of the legislature.  It’s enough to know that a couple dozen legislators are vying for headlines crediting them with solving a problem that doesn’t exist.   Whether the Constitution gives the President the power to mandate large companies to require vaccinations is a valid, legal question that …

A Republican civil war?

I was surprised to see that Republicans spoke openly to Idaho Press reporter Erin Banks Rusby about infighting within the Canyon County Republican Party.  Far right challenges seem to have always been active in Idaho–the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, the anti-communist frenzy of the McCarthyites in the 1950s, the John Birch society soon …

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 …