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Intimidation is not democracy — it is mob rule

Our democracy relies on freedom of expression, including protest. It also depends on an open, productive, and civil discourse where everyone can be heard and policy is set based on a rational assessment of available options. Setting policy based on ...

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Idaho prioritizes clean, plentiful water to build Idaho’s future

There is nothing more essential to our health and way of life — or Idaho’s future — than clean, plentiful water. The availability of water has transformed much of our state from a desert into an abundant agricultural landscape that ...

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Simpson makes case for dam-breaching proposal

Recently I released for discussion a concept that could end the Northwest salmon wars.  It would lock in a more certain future for agriculture, energy, transportation and communities and also give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead their best chance for ...

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A note from the editor

There’s a lot going on in Twin Falls. We’ve been covering developments there on a regular basis, and two that we’ve written about before are coming to fruition. First, there’s a new six-story multiuse project, written by our busy staff ...

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Competency required at the county commissioner level

Political positions can be prone to political posturing and partisan nonsense. Local county officials are no exception. Government positions were not created for political gamesmanship and shouldn’t be treated as such. A county commissioner is not effective to their community ...

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2021 economic/investment outlook: Change, optimism

In late February 2020, headlines of a rapidly spreading, deadly new virus emerged across all media. By mid-March, the entire world had changed. That rapid change continued throughout the year due to the pandemic, along with social and political unrest. ...

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Legislature should carefully consider emergency orders

Despite what some in the Idaho Legislature might think, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. Now is not the time to be making decisions without careful consideration of the possible long-term consequences, but that’s what happens ...

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Building Idaho’s future requires looking forward, not back

I am sure glad to live in Idaho. We have a proud history and bright future ahead. We have the strongest economy in the nation. We have one of the best employment rates in the country. We have been open ...

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A note from the editor

So new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down to the extent that the state can go back to Stage 3 and start having larger events again. Hopefully that won’t lead to a surge in new cases, especially as we learn ...

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