My Turn

Voters, petition-signers: Do your own research

April 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

I’m writing this in response to Anne Patterson’s opinion piece, printed on April 12, 2019, regarding why she didn’t sign the Prop 2 petition. I’m happy that Ms. Patterson has been fortunate enough to have a healthy family that has been able...

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A common sense immigration proposal from Mike Simpson

April 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Congressman Mike Simpson has once again distinguished himself as the member of Idaho’s Congressional delegation who can think for himself. Simpson reportedly told the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday (April 16) that undocumented i...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY — There is a bright side to the Medicaid sideboards

April 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

A good number of people — especially on the Democratic side — have good reason to be seething over the passage and governor’s signing of the controversial “sideboards” law that goes with Medicaid expansion. But there is a bright side to an ...

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Rulebreaking and Lawmaking: The 2019 #IDLEG story

April 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

The 2019 legislative session tied for the third longest session in Idaho’s history. But it likely broke the record for the worst damage to the faith of people in their government. Idahoans had to spend endless hours in committee hearings in...

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MEDICAID EXPANSION: A hand up, not a handout

April 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm

This is in response to the My Turn guest opinion by Anne Patterson on Friday, April 12. Her opinion was that we don’t need to expand Medicaid for there is money out there for people to use to get proper health care. She and her family were ...

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Trying to understand the Middle East

April 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is finally out of Syria. Or is it? A last stand of resistance by the insurgent fighters was confronted recently by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Baghouz, Syria. The town of 10,000 s...

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Here’s why I didn’t sign Prop 2 petition

April 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Why would we need to expand Medicaid in Idaho? That question was answered as I read Brent Regan’s guest opinion piece “Idahoans deserve truth about ‘Reclaim Idaho.’” I did not fall prey to the clever tactics of the signature gatherers last ...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY — Idaho redistricting can be improved

April 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Former Chief Justice Jim Jones, who gets his kicks these days writing independent political columns, can put together mind-numbing legal opinions with the best of them. He has written plenty of those during his 13-year career with the Idaho...

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We need to get our priorities straight

April 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

I am a gun owner, hunter and outdoorsman, have an extensive background in emergency services including 38 years as a firefighter/paramedic, and 30 years as a firearm and use of force trainer for police and civilians. As a teacher in these s...

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OPINION: BRENT REGAN — Idahoans deserve truth about ‘Reclaim Idaho’

April 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

Reclaim Idaho, the group behind the Medicaid expansion initiative on the November 2018 ballot, is nothing if not skilled in the art of deceptive propaganda. For well over a year, Reclaim Idaho has portrayed itself as a grassroots movement p...

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