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  • This year, April 20 marked the day that the average Idahoan had worked long enough to pay their federal, state and local taxes for the year. That's more than three and a half... Continue Reading
  • In April, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington released a 40-year life expectancy study. Among other things, the study found... Continue Reading
  • "Conservation is the application of common sense to the common problems for the common good."              -- Gifford Pinchot April 22 is Earth Day, the annual effort by... Continue Reading
  • Trade issues typically get less media than hot button issues like immigration, mortgage industry challenges and energy prices. However, regulating trade between the United... Continue Reading
  • Since taxes come due in April, it tends to be a time that people think more often about their personal finances-savings, investments, income and expenditures. The annual focus... Continue Reading
  • Hidden among the granite and steel canyons of the Wall Street financial district of Lower Manhattan in New York City sits a building invisible from more than a few blocks away... Continue Reading
  • A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.             Amendment II,... Continue Reading
  • We've certainly come a long way from the television pioneering days of Philo T. Farnsworth, one of Idaho's finest inventors. Eighty years ago, the young inventor developed the... Continue Reading
  • As Idaho digs out of an historic winter and gas prices approach record levels, energy is our minds. Our energy demands must be met with a firm, long-term commitment to... Continue Reading
  • February 27, 2008


    The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.                 -Dr. Seuss Theodore Seuss Geisel, known... Continue Reading
  • For over a century, Idaho cattle families have been providing high-quality beef products to consumers at home and, in recent decades, markets abroad. With the exception of a... Continue Reading
  • What's a trillion? National Public Radio's Science Friday calculated that one trillion dollars would buy 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for every person in the United... Continue Reading
  • Last week, 22 states held political party presidential primaries. This historical event followed early primaries and caucuses in seven other states. Such events help states... Continue Reading
  • January 31, 2008


    February 1 was National Wear Red Day, a day to wear red in order to raise awareness of heart disease, and February is American Heart Month, a time when many national, state... Continue Reading
  • Over the past eight years, I've made the crime of teen dating violence a legislative and public awareness priority. Today, dating violence is a definition of domestic violence... Continue Reading
  • According to the Census bureau in October 2003, 69 percent of Idaho households had a computer and 56 percent had Internet access. Since that time, Internet use has only... Continue Reading
  • January 09, 2008


    As we begin 2008, many people have "lose weight" on their resolution lists. For some, these extra pounds are the result of more than one family dinner of traditional "comfort... Continue Reading
  • December 12, 2007


    Procrastination is rarely a good thing. It's especially troublesome when it's the U.S. Congress and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Most people now know the history: The... Continue Reading
  • The early season snows that have come to parts of Idaho this year are generally a good thing, but they also bring home the hard reality of rising energy costs. We're already... Continue Reading
  • "Here, then, there was a cessation from toil, from hunger, and alarm. Past ills and dangers were forgotten. The hunt, the game, the song, the story, the rough though... Continue Reading