Crisis standards of care

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare oversight board voted earlier this week to have the government play a central role in who lives and who dies. As a retired surgeon, I simply can’t believe that people who have never taken care of a sick patient have now inserted themselves into

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IFF comments in opposition to Central District Health’s new draft order

Central District Health, Board of Health Director Russell Duke and Board 707 Armstrong Place Boise, Idaho 83704 December 7, 2020 Dear Director Duke and Board, It is a step in the right direction that this board, in response to public comment, has revised its December 2, 2020 draft order for Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley counties. However, its December 4,

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IFF letter to Central District Health regarding oppressive order proposal

Central District Health, Board of HealthDirector Russell Duke and Board707 Armstrong PlaceBoise, Idaho 83704 December 3, 2020 Dear Director Duke and Board, I write to you today to voice my strong objection to the draft order released yesterday, December 2, 2020, entitled “RESTRICTION: Employers, Businesses, and Individuals in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties of Idaho.” It is my understanding

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Masks are little more than a crisis communications tool

No time to read? We’ve got you covered. Listen to this column on The Hoff Time Report with Wayne Hoffman: Fifteen years ago, I was part of a team of Idaho state government officials involved in planning for the next pandemic. Because of my media expertise (almost 20 years in journalism) I worked on the group tasked with developing a

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Little misses opportunity to defend religious freedom

Gov. Brad Little was handed a major opportunity last week to defend religious liberty in his own state, but he punted. After three people were arrested for singing church hymns in a Moscow, Idaho, parking lot, Little’s office issued what had to be the weakest possible statement imaginable, designed not in defense of the poor worshipers who now find themselves

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Scary: Little threatens to take away Halloween fun

Next up in the latest round of ‘rona ridiculousness: Gov. Brad Little told a telephone townhall audience Tuesday that it’s “too risky” for youngsters to be out and about this Halloween, dressing up, trick-or-treating, and whatnot as they normally do on Oct. 31. During the same conference call, Little’s chief of epidemiology also suggested that Halloween activities need to be

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