Editorials

October 04, 2007

GROWING RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Did you know that nearly half (49%) of the half-a-million households in Idaho own at least one mutual fund? That is approximately $35 billion in mutual fund assets for those households. If you are in one of these households, you already know that current law requires you to pay annual capital gains taxes on these investments, even if you don't sell any shares and capital gains distributions are re-invested into fund shares? Even though you own a mutual fund that includes individual stocks, tax… Continue Reading


September 19, 2007

THE WILD BLUE YONDER

September 18 th marked 60 years of an independent United States Air Force. This independence was necessary then, and remains so now in order that, in the recent words of Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., the United States has "one service that focuses on maximizing options for decision-makers by optimizing airpower."   One hundred years ago in 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division to oversee "military ballooning, air machines and all kindred subjects." Fo… Continue Reading


September 12, 2007

HOMELAND VIGILANCE: AS IMPORTANT NOW AS SIX YEARS AGO

(from CNN transcripts, September 11, 2001)   "This all began at about 8:48 this morning. Again, what we know in case you are just joining us, a small plane, not a Cessna-type or five or six seater, but instead, perhaps a passenger flight ran into the north side of the World Trade Center…"   "perhaps some type of navigating system or some type of electronics would have put two planes into the World Trade Center within it looks like about 18 minutes of each other…"   "Associated Press is rep… Continue Reading


September 05, 2007

WORKING TO KEEP AMERICA IN THE LEAD

For many, Labor Day is the final burst across the finish line of summer. We intend to take time over the summer to relax, but reality can instead resemble a race through June, July and August, our list of things to do (fun and inevitable summer projects), often keeping us busier than we are the rest of the year. Consequently, Labor Day becomes a needed last shot at summer recreation before fall routines begin. Labor Day is time away from work, but also helps us appreciate the fact that we have j… Continue Reading


August 29, 2007

OUR PROUD AMERICAN LEGACY

Remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars. -John F. Kennedy And great scholars they were: Arguably the most educated of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was studying Latin at age ten. In his middle teens, Jefferson also studied Greek language and the classics. He was involved in sports and music, learning to play the violin and becoming an accomplished equestrian before age 20. At 16, Jefferson enrolled in college and studied mathematics,… Continue Reading


August 01, 2007

THE AFTERMATH OF FIRE

First and foremost, I applaud the heroism and bravery of firefighters everywhere.  These amazing individuals willingly risk life and limb to protect life, land and property.  They deserve the highest commendation for their backbreaking efforts. There is something to be said for a bird's-eye view, especially from the helicopter in which I rode on July 30 over the Murphy Complex Fire. From horizon to horizon, mile after mile was burned black; charred remains of trees and bushes testaments to a pe… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

IDAHO IS BURNING

Idaho is on fire from the Panhandle to the Nevada border, endangering property, wildlife, timber and people.   As of July 25, 14 large wildland fires were burning in Idaho, encompassing more than 840,000 acres. Many have lost power; some have had property destroyed. To complicate matters, multiple federal agencies' resources are strained fighting fires of this number and magnitude.    The stage has been set for many years for this catastrophe-the frustrating result of forest manage… Continue Reading


July 18, 2007

SUCCESS FOR MORE THAN JUST A FEW

A 67-year federal project came to a triumphant close in June.   Our nation's majestic symbol, the Bald Eagle, was officially removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list of threatened and endangered species.   While ESA protection has only been in place since 1973, the bald eagle has been federally protected since 1940.   Today, the bald eagle has been restored to over 9,700 breeding pairs.   This historic event happens at a time when Idaho is dealing with protection and propos… Continue Reading


July 11, 2007

CELEBRATING A PIONEER OF FLIGHT

Pioneers come in all shapes and sizes.   Our ancestors went west to find a better life and, for many of them, particularly the earliest explorers, they were motivated by that simple human desire to see what was beyond the horizon.  Their trek was often dangerous and many didn't make it but no matter what the odds, they kept trying and soon succeeded in blazing a trail to a new way of life. That's what all pioneers have in common.  They are full of hope and daring; willing, alm… Continue Reading


July 06, 2007

MAKING IMMIGRATION LABOR POLICY WORK

    While not everyone knows for certain the circumstances of their ancestors coming to this country, most can say with certainty that these brave men and women found an opportunity to make the promise of a better life a reality.   And, like millions of immigrants before (and after), they shed former allegiances to countries of birth and became-very proudly-Americans.   Most Americans share this common heritage:   immigrant ancestors coming to this country and enthusia… Continue Reading


June 27, 2007

A LEGACY WE'LL ALWAYS PRIZE

 "A sense of Idaho's past will help the present generation understand better the kind of state that evolved in recent years when the modern metropolis intersected with a hinterland rich in beauty and natural resources.   It is the continuing juxtaposition of hinterland and trend-setting urban area that will likely shape the course of public debate into the twenty-first century."                           --Carlos A. Schwantes, in "In Mountain Shadows:   A Histor… Continue Reading


June 20, 2007

ENVISIONING AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE

Energy is on our minds-with gasoline prices still high, "pain at the pump" is something we all relate to.   Understandably, "it's complicated," is a frustrating response to questions about high fuel prices.   Easy answers provide easy targets for our frustration, but simplify issues to the detriment of sound policy development.   The long answer-where the truth is found-is not the stuff of soundbites.     Energy production and consumption must be addressed on the supply… Continue Reading


June 12, 2007

ONLINE AND IN THE KNOW

"YT?   TOY" "Hi" "Q.   Can we MIRL? "IDK…" "RUOK? … I think ILU" "P911!" "OK…B4N"   Even ten years ago, deciphering the language that children and teens used came down to figuring out what new words described old feelings, objects and situations.   What was "cool" in the 70s, "rad" in the 80s, and "sweet" in the 90s is "phat" today.   Now, with the widespread use … Continue Reading


June 11, 2007

NORTHWEST'S POWER IS STRONGEST WHEN UNITED

When it comes to electric power rates, Idaho and the entire Northwest are in an enviable position. Idaho had the lowest average power rates last year of any state in the entire country, and the Pacific Northwest had the lowest rates of any region in the country - due largely to low-cost hydroelectric power. It has been that way for quite a while. It is worth noticing that Idaho also emitted fewer pollutants and greenhouse gases per capita than any state, largely due to that same hydropower syste… Continue Reading


June 06, 2007

GLORY IN THE MAKING

On June 14, 1914, Franklin Lane, then Interior Secretary, delivered an address entitled "The Flag Maker," in honor of Flag Day.   Lane relayed a "conversation" that he had with the American flag in his office that morning.   Here are excerpts:   'I know you well. You are the man who worked in the swelter of yesterday, straightening out the tangle of that farmer's homestead in Idaho…or helped to clear that patent for a hopeful inventor in New York, or p… Continue Reading


May 30, 2007

AMERICAN COMPETITVE SPIRIT: ALIVE, BUT WELL?

"Market forces are already at work moving jobs to countries with less costly, often better educated, highly motivated work forces and more friendly tax policies."-"The Gathering Storm," 2006 National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy report to CongressWarning bells are sounding: â?¢ The U.S. share of global initial public offerings (IPO), where a company makes its IPO outside of its home country (a strong measure of the competitiveness of capital m… Continue Reading


May 23, 2007

A COST BEYOND MEASURE

FOR RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Wheeler (202) 224-5150Week of May 27, 2007 Laura Thurston Goodroe (202) 224-7500A COST BEYOND MEASUREGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoWhite crosses bearing the names of American military men and women symbolize the price paid by our military for our freedom. Certain cemeteries come to mind immediately: the American Military Cemetery in Normandy and, of course, veterans' cemeteries in every state. Others are not as well-known: A small cemetery outs… Continue Reading


May 16, 2007

LOCAL CONTROL BENEFITS IDAHO'S KIDS

LOCAL CONTROL BENEFITS IDAHO'S KIDSGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoAs a parent, it never ceases to amaze me how different my children are. They have different likes and dislikes, different personalities and different goals and interests. It's no surprise that their learning styles vary as well. If five children in the same family require different things in a school setting to help them succeed, then an education system that caters to millions of children from millions… Continue Reading


May 09, 2007

THE THIN BLUE LINE

May has been a tragic month for Idaho law enforcement. On May 3, Caldwell lost Stacey Heim, a promising young police officer and mother of two had been with the Caldwell police department for seven years, in a terrible accident. Then, in the early morning hours of May 20, Lee Newbill, 17-year law enforcement veteran and father of three, was gunned downâ??the first Moscow police department officer to be killed in the line of duty since Moscow became a city in 1899. These tragedies come at a time … Continue Reading


May 02, 2007

WE DELAY AT OUR TROOPS' PERIL

Perhaps the most important responsibility of the federal government under our Constitution is national defense. When that responsibility requires that we commit troops to war, we are obligated to provide them the means to accomplish the mission as determined by military leaders in the field. That support includes providing physical resourcesâ??equipment and trainingâ??and we stand behind the military's determination of effective rules of engagement. Our military deserves nothing less. When m… Continue Reading

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