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This Week In Idaho Politics
Trump supporters 'rock on' while Dems groan By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor After all these endless hours of opening statements and grilling of House impeachment managers and President Trump's defenders, there was one key question not asked.
Balancing parental rights and children at risk By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor One basic principle that most Idahoans would embrace is that parents should have primary decision-making authority when it comes to their children.
Let's not trivialize internal injuries suffered by our troops By Jim Jones The Pentagon disclosed on Jan. 18 that 34 U.S. service personnel had sustained brain injuries from the Iranian ballistic missile attack on their base in Iraq. Half of those service members were returned to Iraq with concussions, while the rest remained under medical care in the U.S. or Germany. It was revealed 12 days later that 30 more soldiers had sustained such injuries in the attack. All but 25 of the 64 have returned to duty in Iraq.
Urban renewal should focus on jobs, jobs, jobs By Stephen Hartgen A few years ago, during the summer and away from halls of the Capitol, Idaho legislators did a tour of the southern Idaho region, seeing its economic growth and expanding prosperity. They were treated to presentations on Chobani, Clif Bar and Glanbia, all three then expanding, pulling in workers and enlarging the southern Idaho agricultural sector.
Guest opinion: We must make real investments in Idaho schools By Gary Suppiger, Lake Pend Oreille School Board Trustee The 2020 legislative session has been an eye-opener. More than 7,600 high paying jobs in technology, construction trades, and health care are unfilled in our state because we lack education and training. I expected a bold plan from Gov. Brad Little to pull us out of a half-billion dollar-a-year income gap and set our great state on a path toward prosperity.
Guest opinion: Idahoans deserve real solutions for property taxes By Rep. Lauren Necochea (D-Boise) Idahoans rely on effective local governments. First responders and law enforcement keep our communities healthy and safe. Adequate roads allow residents to arrive at their destinations without harm. Libraries provide opportunities for enrichment and job training. And our courts protect our constitutional right to due process.
Guest opinion: Denying witness testimony was affront to democracy By Nancy Harris, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Last week's vote to deny testimony from key witnesses to be heard before the Senate in the impeachment trial is an affront to American democracy. Fundamental fairness requires that the Senate must weigh all evidence relevant to the case at hand.
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