Opinion

A few thoughts as legislators begin work

January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

The start of the Legislative session is underway. It is an honor to represent all of you, my friends in Legislative District 7.As a member of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, my priorities remain focused on ensuring all funding i...

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Discretion advised when it comes to climate change

January 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

A new year. A new month. What to write? Where to begin? Prometheus to Frankenstein? Marx to Sustainable Development? Conformism, to political correctness? Some finishing touch first.It is good that Princeton University, et al, corrected the...

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Hard-working property owners should bear cost of increased taxes

January 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

I read the state of Idaho with less than 1.7 million residents spends $178 million 1 on illegals. Ironically, a few days later I read Bonner County was pushing for another property tax increasing school levy. As a disabled person with a ret...

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New Farm Bill enacted with bipartisan support

January 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

On Dec. 11, 2018, with my support, the U.S. Senate passed the final version of the new Farm Bill by an overwhelmingly, bipartisan vote of 87-13. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation the next day also by a broad, bipartis...

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Parties must be abolished

January 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

The annual budget battle is underway in Washington, D.C., but this year there’s a wild card, President Trump, is asking for what he wants, funding for the border wall. Since President Trump has received little or no support from the Republi...

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An alternative to a second bridge

January 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

Since I moved to Sandpoint last fall I have read and heard numerous conversations regarding the proposed second bridge across Lake Pend Oreille. I doubt anyone can make a logical argument that the BNSF Railway does not need some capacity re...

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Teachers already make healthy wage

January 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

So, let me get this right: As a disabled woman with a retired husband living on a limited income, in March I’m supposed to vote “yes” on a levy to increase wages for teachers, which in turn would increase our property taxes, when according ...

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Funding looms large over 2019 session

January 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

2019 will be a pivotal year for Idaho state government. We have a new governor, a new lieutenant governor and a new treasurer. Nearly 25 percent of the Legislature is new, and we have one relatively new Supreme Court justice. Our tax revenu...

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Let’s let our judges do their jobs and judge

January 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

As Idaho faces a $500 million request to expand prisons that primarily house drug offenders, and ranks in the top three states in America for portion of the population in prison, we can no longer afford to ignore the simple truth: mass inca...

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Bear-baiting not a serious threat in Idaho

January 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

Three environmental activist groups now threaten to sue the Forest Service over bear-baiting in Idaho (Daily Bee, Dec 31). Some of the same activists tried a bear-baiting and hound-hunting ballot initiative in 1996 and failed, because Idaho...

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