Editorials

November 09, 2005

MORE THAN JUST A NAME ON A LIST

MORE THAN JUST A NAME ON A LIST Guest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoItâ??s just a name on a list--alone, not all that powerful. That is, until you consider what it means. The name, among many of the hundreds of World War II Idaho war dead preserved by the National Archives, was that of Albert Jacobsen from Burley. While I donâ??t know Albert Jacobsenâ??s family, most importantly, I do know that he was a seaman second class in the Navy and killed in the line of duty. It seems that … Continue Reading


November 02, 2005

SAVING THE BUDGET CANDLE

SAVING THE BUDGET CANDLEGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoAn old farmer was once asked by a young man how it was he had become so wealthy."It's a long story," said the old man, "and while I'm telling it we may as well save the candle." And he put it out."You need not tell the story," said the youth. "I understand."With the natural and human-caused world events of the last four years, our nation has faced increasing deficits and une… Continue Reading


October 26, 2005

CLOSE TO HOME

In the United States, it injures over 2 million people and kills 1,300 every year. 30 percent of women and 22 percent of men are victims in their lifetime. Sadly, these numbers represent only 50 percent of known cases. This is domestic violence. Itâ??s real, and itâ??s closer to home than many people think. Every Idaho community has stories of family violence. What an appalling tragedyâ??even having seen what I have in the capacity of a public official, itâ??s still difficult to understand how p… Continue Reading


October 19, 2005

SUCCESS FOR SPECIES AND PEOPLE

Teddy Roosevelt first applied the term â??conservationâ?? to the process of wise-use and preservation of natural resources. A century later, conservation laws have successfully restored species like the American bald eagle, gray whale and peregrine falcon to sustainable populations. This is a terrific start to the greater goals of preserving wildland resources, which is the intention behind the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These goals have strong public support, including mine. The many people … Continue Reading


October 12, 2005

EARLY AMERICAN EMAIL?

EARLY AMERICAN EMAIL?Guest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoWhat it would have been like had there been e-mail in our early American history?Think of it, "The Compiled E-mails of Thomas Jefferson" or perhaps, the "Instant Messages of the Lewis and Clark Expedition." Although our third President may have delighted in e-mail, somehow it just wouldn't seem right for Thomas Jefferson to do anything but write letters. Itâ??s amusing to think about: one of my favori… Continue Reading


September 28, 2005

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLAN FOR YOU

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLAN FOR YOUGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoConsider the fact that 60 years ago there was no such thing as a vaccine for polio, measles, German measles, mumps, and chicken pox; now the vaccine for many illnesses comes in one shot. The last half-century has seen historically unparalleled advances in surgeries, treatments for chronic and fatal diseases and health care prevention. Like the amazing technological advances over the past two decades, the progress a… Continue Reading


September 21, 2005

A PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY FORESTS

A PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTHY FORESTSGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoWere it not for Hurricane Katrina and the Supreme Court nomination hearings, Iâ??m quite certain that the fires in Idaho this summer and fall would be making national headlines. On September 16, Idaho reported three large fires burning a total of 90,000 acres in the Payette and Sawtooth National Forests and BLM land in the Twin Falls District. Year-to-date statistics for Idaho are sobering: 954 fires have burned… Continue Reading


September 14, 2005

APPOINTED TO INTERPRET THE LAW

APPOINTED TO INTERPRET THE LAWGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo As an attorney formerly in private practice, Iâ??ll readily admit that case law generally isnâ??t exciting reading, and usually, Iâ??d much rather sit down with a great Western. But, buried in centuries of Supreme Court rulings, you will find the foundation of laws that regulate our daily lives. Laws that govern everything from the movement of goods across state lines to freedom of speech have been upheld or struck… Continue Reading


September 07, 2005

LISTENING TO IDAHO AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is the bedrock of many Idaho communities and plays an important role in most. As such, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the programs it oversees affect virtually the entire state. When agriculture industries show signs of success or failure, it stands to reason that those most directly affected by Farm Bill policy should be the ones to offer support or constructive criticism.Idahoans had a unique opportunity to do just that first hand this past week at the Eastern Idaho State F… Continue Reading


September 02, 2005

HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

Itâ??s jarring to see pictures of devastation similar to the tsunami in Southeast Asia last winter taken here in the United States in places like New Orleans and Biloxi. Undoubtedly, this is one of the worst natural disasters our nation has ever experienced in such a concentrated area. In Idaho, weâ??ve seen the utter destruction that a forest fire can bring, and many remember the Teton Dam disaster. Yet, flood waters, wind and rain of this magnitude exceed even these events, bringing disease, l… Continue Reading


September 01, 2005

A DISTINGUISHED HISTORY

On a chilly September day, in a 40-square foot room in the Philadelphia State House, 52 highly-educated men ranging in age from 28 to 81, signed a document intended to create a unified country out of a hodge-podge of independent states. The well-known painting of the signing of the Constitution gives us a romantic view of that moment, but the reality was a little different, yet eerily familiar to those of us who stand in the shadows of those great men 218 years later. Our Constitution was not cr… Continue Reading


August 17, 2005

WISE CONSERVATION AT WORK

Conservation is happening all the time on both public and private lands. I like to remind people that when it comes to preservation of land, water and wildlife resources, the Farm Bill contains some of our most important environmental programs. Farmers and ranchers understand and appreciate preserving and improving the land for the beneficial use of future generations. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a useful tool for land preservation and, over the past 20 years, it has been utilized … Continue Reading


August 10, 2005

FINALLY--A PLAN THAT WORKS

FINALLYâ??A PLAN THAT WORKSGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoLast fall, I wrote that the United States needed to find cost-effective ways to access and exploit diverse energy sources while promoting energy conservation by individuals and industry. At that time we were facing exorbitant gasoline prices and climbing natural gas prices. In nine months, the situation has only worsened. And as I noted then, this crisis reveals a growing divide between supply and demand that threatens… Continue Reading


August 03, 2005

FOOD, FUN AND GOOD HEALTH AT THE FAIR

FOOD, FUN AND GOOD HEALTH AT THE FAIRGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoAugust and early September means many things across Idaho: harvest, outdoor recreation, fall and school year preparations, summer projects, and in many communities across Idaho, a local, county or regional fair. The fair is a time of family, friends, friendly competition, smells (good and bad!), rides, games and celebration. What better time to think about the importance of good health? With that in mind, I i… Continue Reading


July 27, 2005

FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN

Horrific crimes shrivel our souls and evoke a range of emotionsâ??shock, anguish, despair, frustration, anger. The closer it hits to home, the harsher these feelings become and no matter how hard I try, I cannot fathom the utter evil that these crimes bespeak. This summer Idaho felt this to its very foundation, most particularly Coeur dâ??Alene. Children, once secure in the safety of their homes and neighborhoods now ask parents if doors and windows are locked. Adults share grief and fear in pub… Continue Reading


July 14, 2005

AMATEUR RADIO: A VOICE IN THE STORM

Communication has taken many forms: beacon fires alerting assassins to Agamemnonâ??s return to Mycenae; a lone Athenian runner covering 150 miles in two days to request help from Sparta; Genghis Khanâ??s invention of the â??Pony Express;â?? Morse Code, the telegraph, telephone, radio, television; and now the Internet and increasing types of wireless communications. Perhaps most striking are the massive and complex changes that communication has undergone in the past century. It boggles the mind … Continue Reading


July 13, 2005

FIRE PREVENTION SEASON

FIRE PREVENTION SEASONGuest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoYou might be surprised to learn that 348 wildland fires have already been contained nationwide in the 2005 fire season. Over half a million acres are burning. For the Northwest, additional vegetation from our wet spring is becoming potential fire fuel through persistent drought conditions. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise predicts a higher than normal fire risk into late July and August. This is the perfect opp… Continue Reading


June 29, 2005

A DECLARATION AND A NEW COUNTRY

A DECLARATION AND A NEW COUNTRY Guest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoJust after World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill remarked in a speech in Fulton Missouri, that â??America sits at the pinnacle of the world.â?? And he later added, that he could think of no better country to occupy that position. It was a glowing and warm compliment. Today, many years after Churchill offered those words, Americaâ??s position as a world leader has only solidified. Itâ??s a remarkab… Continue Reading


June 22, 2005

A TALE OF TWO ECONOMIES

â??A TALE OF TWO ECONOMIESâ?? Guest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoIn many years of commuting between Washington, D.C. and Idaho, Iâ??ve never tired of the view as Snake River Plain drops away below the airplane, giving way to the Tetons and the Sawtooth National Forest. From the perspective of 20,000 feet, the sharp contrast of high plateau and densely-forested mountains brings to mind another contrast increasingly endemic to Idahoâ??the widening economic gap between urban and rur… Continue Reading


June 15, 2005

NOT SO DIFFERENT

NOT SO DIFFERENT Guest opinion submitted by Idaho Senator Mike CrapoFrequently we define ourselves in terms of what makes us unique as individuals or a group: men/ women, liberal/conservative, rural/urban, Idahoan, American. In a world of dichotomies, itâ??s easy to lose sight of what unifies us. The terror attacks on New York and Washington and subsequent events call to mind what unites us as a human raceâ??the natural inclination of the human spirit to reach for freedom.Since September 11, dis… Continue Reading

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