Editorials

December 20, 2006

A MILITARY CHRISTMAS

Not too long ago, a friend of mine told me a story about when his father served aboard ship at Christmastime during World War II. The ship was in the South Pacific and the Captain, who enjoyed having music played over the shipâ??s public address system, gave an out-of-character order that the new song written by Irving Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby, "White Christmas," wasn't to be played anymore. He had become worried when he noticed that it was making some of his toughest, most s… Continue Reading


December 13, 2006

CRAPO HIGHLIGHTS KEY PROVISIONS OF BROAD END-OF-THE-YEAR LEGISLATION

Effective legislation can sometimes travel a difficult road to passage. Tax policy extensions, health initiatives and trade negotiations languished throughout the year, held up by partisan debate and unpalatable amendments. In the final days of the 109th Congress, the House and Senate passed a bill encompassing many of these outstanding issues. The final bill (H.R. 6111), soon to be signed into law, extends important tax relief measures, ensures access to vital medical services, expands trade op… Continue Reading


December 08, 2006

DECIPHERING THE LANGUAGE OF LEGISLATION(Full Length Article)

A quick look through any article about Congress may wind up confusing many people because of the jargon used. For example, here are a couple of quotes describing legislative activity from a recent congressional news magazine: â??â?¦a clean stop-gap measure.â?? â??â?¦Senators who have blocked a conference committee on that measureâ?¦to prevent it from becoming an earmark-laden omnibus spending package.â?? â??â?¦leaders have eliminated some of the most promising vehicles for carrying smaller bills… Continue Reading


December 06, 2006

THE LANGUAGE OF LEGISLATION

A quick look through any article about Congress may wind up confusing many people because of the jargon used. For example, here are a couple of quotes describing legislative activity from a recent congressional news magazine: â??â?¦a clean stop-gap measure.â?? â??â?¦to prevent it from becoming an earmark-laden omnibus spending package.â??Legislative vernacular includes words and phrases like recess, earmark, continuing resolution, cloture and others. Like many organizations, government has devel… Continue Reading


November 29, 2006

HEARTS AND HANDS FOR SERVICE

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"-The GrinchYou may have heard about the Boise woman who recently gained national attention for her organization, Chefs to the Rescue, that distributes food to the hungry in the Treasure Valley. Formerly homeless and a mother of five, Sue Cobley took a difficult personal situation and turned it into a blessing for others in the same plight. Hunger in Idaho is not… Continue Reading


November 21, 2006

HERE'S TO GOOD HEALTH

A New Yearâ??s resolution to exercise and eat more fruits and vegetables or the dreaded â??diet resolutionâ?? arenâ??t exactly foremost in our thoughts as we prepare butter and gravy-laden meals and treat ourselves to â??just one more pieceâ?? of chocolate at work. For many, healthy eating from Halloween to New Yearâ??s Eve can be difficult. However, healthy eating and staying active are especially important during the holidays. Men, in particular, need a little extra urging when it comes to pra… Continue Reading


November 15, 2006

AN IDAHO THANKSGIVING

When we go to the grocery store to shop for Thanksgiving, there are often products from all over the country and the world to pick from. However, Idahoans grow or raise a multitude of products that make a perfect and authentic Thanksgiving dinner. An Idaho Thanksgiving table is a great backdrop to celebrate our American tradition of giving thanks for our incredible bounty, be it food, family, community or our freedom. The first Thanksgiving meal didnâ??t include a turkey, but it did include veni… Continue Reading


November 14, 2006

AFTER THE STORM

Fall is a transitional season, the scene of strong winds and driving rain storms that scatter branches and leaves in the melee. Yet, after a stormy night, the weather can be remarkably clear; the wind--calm. This election season was not unlike a fall storm with political winds blowing fast and furiously. Now, with the House of Representatives under Democratic leadership (as of this writing, the Senate was still undecided) Congress can look ahead take a collective deep breath from the wild weathe… Continue Reading


November 01, 2006

IDAHO VETERAN REFLECTS ON HIS SERVICE

This Veterans Day, Iâ??m honored to share the words of recent veteran, Idaho Marine Reservist Staff Sergeant Luke Miller. Miller earned the Non-Commissioned Officer Association Military Vanguard Award for saving fellow Marinesâ?? lives. â??Growing up, I never thought Iâ??d find myself looking at the world through the eyes of a â??veteran.â?? I never imagined that I would willingly enlist in the military and serve in a combat zone. Yet I joined out of high school, and there are very few things in… Continue Reading


October 25, 2006

KEYS TO SCHOOL SAFETY

"It was a little group but they were part of the school. They dressed differently and they acted differently. They always dressed in black, usually in trench coats. I never saw them threaten anybody or bully anybody, but we avoided them because they were different. ... I'm angry someone would do this to us. There are lives ruined, families ruined, and our whole school year is ruined.'' -- Columbine High School StudentThese words reportedly were spoken seven years ago in the afte… Continue Reading


October 18, 2006

THE REST OF THE STORY...

We pick up the story in 2003, when in the middle of a war and the aftermath of the dot-com burst, 9/11 and corporate scandals, the Republican-controlled Congress did the unthinkable--it cut taxes. Reactions were dire and predictable: fewer jobs, bigger deficits, weakened economy. An example was the comment of one House member who said, â??The real question is whether or not the GOP plan will create jobs and jumpstart our sagging economy? It will notâ?¦ The real question is whether the GOP plan w… Continue Reading


October 11, 2006

A DANGEROUS, NUCLEAR NORTH KOREA

North Koreaâ??s test of a nuclear bomb on October 9th brings into sharp focus a pervasive international diplomatic and security crisis that is over two decades in the making. Itâ??s been known for some time that North Korea has been on a crash course to produce nuclear weapons. The United States military has long had contingency plans in case of a nuclear attack by North Korea against our allies in the area, including South Korea and Japan. But this situation has become urgent of late and requir… Continue Reading


October 04, 2006

'TIS THE SEASON--TO VOTE

â??Tis the season: billboards, yard signs, political ads on radio, television and the Internet all signal the political wrangling that accompanies mid-term elections. Admittedly, political ads can become tiresome or frustrating depending on the campaign, but given the alternativeâ??no right to choose our leadersâ??I can live with the sometimes outrageous debates that characterize our elections. The tone and substance of these messages also serve as a reminder that voters should be discerning and… Continue Reading


September 27, 2006

OCTOBER: TIME TO TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

As many know, Iâ??ve taken a strong stand against family violence in my capacity as United States Senator. My visit to a safe home in Idaho eight years ago brought a terrifying and graphic reality to my intellectual knowledge of the breadth and depth of the problem. In 2000, after the tragic death of an Idaho teen, I was able to work to include dating violence as a definition of domestic violence under federal law. The last of these provisions, known collectively as â??Cassieâ??s Lawâ?? in Idaho… Continue Reading


September 20, 2006

AFTER THE FIRE

In early August, I toured active fire sites in Idaho. Even then, before increased fire activity late in the month, it was easy to predict what September would look like: the fires multiplied and are still burning today. These disasters reinforce the fact that responsible forest management must happen before and after the fires. Idaho and the West are experiencing the worst fire season on record. Idahoâ??s rainfall is less this year than any year since recordkeeping began in 1895. As of September… Continue Reading


September 13, 2006

A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

Is September 17th marked on your calendar as a special day in the history of our country? A day to celebrate? Presumably, for most it is not, but this September 17th marks the 219th birthday of the Constitution of the United States of America. It is interesting, considering the centrality of the Constitution to our nationâ??s heritage and future, that its birthday isnâ??t celebrated nearly as expansively as other national holidays. Heralding our countryâ??s independence is worth every last firec… Continue Reading


September 06, 2006

A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES

What entity serves two-thirds of the United Statesâ?? population expending less than two percent of all tax dollars? Hereâ??s a hint: there are more of them than there are McDonaldâ??s restaurants. With a Borders, Barnes and Noble and/or Hastings in each of Idahoâ??s major cities, and a wide variety of home entertainment accessible by cable, satellite or the Internet, you might be surprised to learn that Americans visit public libraries 1.2 billion times a year, borrowing over two billion books,… Continue Reading


August 02, 2006

FAIR TIME: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALTH

Six years ago, I started the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booth at the Western Idaho Fair. Since then, the booth has been expanded to fairs in Filer, Blackfoot and Coeur dâ??Alene. I have partnered with regional medical centers, local nurses and physicians and others in the public, private and non-profit health care field to make these important screening centers a reality. I can personally attest to the importance of health screenings, as my own encounter with prostate cancer came from a similar… Continue Reading


July 26, 2006

FARM POLICY: WHERE CAN WE IMPROVE?

The Farm Bill is one of the most significant economic and environmental public policy initiatives in our nation today. With the current farm bill set to expire next year, Congress is gathering information on farm policy effectiveness and taking suggestions for improvements. This is a great opportunity for Idahoans to, once again this year, be part of this historical process.The 2002 Farm Bill, drafted in early 2001, was written at a time when our nation was anticipating a significant budget surp… Continue Reading


July 19, 2006

IDAHO'S GUNFIGHTERS: FREEDOM'S VANGUARD

Next year marks a centennial for the United States Air Force. In August 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division to oversee â??military ballooning, air machines and all kindred subjects.â?? Forty years and two World Wars later, the United States Air Force became the newest branch of the United States Military, created by Congress to â??be organized, trained, and equipped primarily for prompt and sustained offensive and defensive air operations.â?? â??[It] shall be re… Continue Reading

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