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Hospitals deserve blame for ‘crisis standards of care’

By Wayne Hoffman
September 27, 2021
Don’t blame the unvaccinated for the activation of the state’s “crisis standards of care” at Idaho’s hospitals. Blame the state’s big hospitals. Going back to the 1980s, Idaho had close to four hospital beds for every 1,000 residents. Today, the state has slightly more than two beds per 1,000 residents. This isn’t just an Idaho […]
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Little, Bedke, and Winder do nothing to stop BSU COVID passport from taking effect

By Wayne Hoffman
September 21, 2021
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, House Speaker Scott Bedke, and Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder had no trouble tearing into President Joe Biden after he announced his dumb, vindicitive, and just plain terrble vaccine mandates. But they have been suspiciously silent about the mandate being imposed by a government agency of which they have oversight: Boise […]
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Statists of the Quarter: Gov. Brad Little and the Flip Flop Five

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
September 20, 2021
It’s time yet again to crown our Statist of the Quarter, for the second quarter 2021. The competition was fierce. You voted. And the winners are Gov. Brad Little and the Flip Flop Five.  Just to remind you, Gov. Little vetoed Senate Bill 1136 and House Bill 135, two bills that would have limited his […]
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Renewing civics education in Emmett School District

By Anna Miller
September 20, 2021
Families in the Emmett School District are taking advantage of an education alternative to revive America’s lost tradition of civics education.  Although the Idaho State Board of Education sets standards for curriculum adoption and recommends certain curriculum resources, school districts have their own curriculum review process. Parents have the opportunity to provide public comment, but […]
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Protecting Biden: Idaho journalists didn't tell you about White House video feed cut

By Emri Moore
September 16, 2021
The White House abruptly cut the feed of President Joe Biden's Monday briefing on wildfires with federal and Idaho state officials. For some reason, local media outlets that were covering Biden’s visit at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) conveniently failed to mention what happened.   The White House cut the feed just as Biden was […]
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Idaho lawmakers are the last line of defense against government authoritarianism

By Wayne Hoffman
September 14, 2021
I’m not here to lecture on whether COVID is real. It is. I’ve experienced it. When I was wheeled into a hospital emergency room in November 2019 after returning from a trip to southeast Asia, no one here had heard of the new, mysterious virus that was making its way around the world. I was […]
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Little’s missed opportunity to school Joe Biden on forest fires in the West

By Fred Birnbaum
September 14, 2021
When President Joe Biden visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Monday, he claimed climate change is driving the nation's catastrophic wildfires.  “It’s not a Democrat thing, it’s not a Republican thing. It’s a weather thing," Biden declared.  In reality, it’s not a climate change thing either, Mr. President.  No, what’s leading to […]
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The Higher Education Battle in Idaho: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Smokescreens

By Anna Miller
September 13, 2021
We are living in an era of unprecedented pressure for ideological conformity within institutions of higher education. Idaho’s Legislature has led the way toward reforming public universities through budgetary controls. Lawmakers were awakened to the need for reform by in-depth reports, which led to the House calling for a $4 million budget reduction at the universities. Red […]
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CDA Press’ one-sided story does little service to readers evaluating school board race

By Emri Moore
September 13, 2021
The first rule of journalism has always been fairness, giving both sides an opportunity to be heard in a single story. However, for some reason, we often see fewer reporters committing to being objective in their work. A perfect example of the decline of this practice comes from Mike Patrick, managing editor of the Coeur […]
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COVID at cross-roads: Idaho needs a new approach

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
September 10, 2021
By Dr. John Livingston & Fred Birnbaum The recent events in Afghanistan has us thinking: Is Idaho fighting its last war – on Covid? The reason for this question is simple: Most policies, programs, and plans are reactive and not proactive. A 20-year expenditure of blood and treasure in Afghanistan unraveled in about 11 days. […]
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