The topic of education funding in Idaho gets folks from zero to 100 mph in a hurry. When Governor Butch Otter hosted the Capital for a Day event in Kamiah Jan. 16, he and state officials got the brunt of local frustration with both barrels. Here are two quotes drawn from the Lewiston Tribune of that day’s questioning:
Estimating – as grade-school students learn at young ages – is a way of counting that is useful for figuring out the number of small things inside a bigger thing. But when a state wildlife biologist sets out to estimate the number of wolves in Idaho, she does not gaze at a map like a child guessing blindly at the number of M&Ms a gallon jar may hold. Instead, wildlife biologists rely on scientific methods.
Student embodies political passion
Symbols mean something different to everyone who looks at them. They are matters of opinion, but when widely-shared, symbols can unite communities as large as nations around a shared sense of values. When enshrined in law, mere symbols can shape what about our society will stand the test of time.
Public turnout at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis Capital for a Day event showed lots of folks had questions for their governor and public officials.
On July 1, Oregon’s legalized marijuana goes into effect, putting Idaho in the center of a shrinking circle of Western states – including Utah and Wyoming – where the use, possession, sale, cultivation and transportation of cannabis is illegal.
Recently, Idaho has been named in more than one poll as in the top three states for volunteering.
Sorry to spoil your festivities planning for the new year, but elections are coming up.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
Letters to Santa has been an annual project for this publisher for 40 years—of course a much shorter span of time than the Free Press—but 40 years must prove that I’m a bit of an ‘ol softy (Please St. Nick, don’t let my co-workers know of this trait.)
That hard-to-find, last-minute gift item we’re going to be suggesting this Christmas won’t fit in a box or under a tree. It’s not diamonds or two tickets to that thing your wife really likes.
Another bipartisan coalition. Another last-minute appeal for appropriations. More pleading, more begging.
We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns.
A photo of a handwritten letter from a father to his daughter’s school has been circulating through Facebook again.
Everyone has a woman in his or her life. Mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends, best friends. That’s why breast cancer is everyone’s business.
But we’re going to risk it in this instance because this week’s election makes it somewhat timely. That, combined with the fact that the politician to whom we spoke is not running for office, makes this all a bit more interesting. During election season, politicians are always pressed for time — halfway out the door they just walked through — so there is little opportunity to really discuss what’s happening.