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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Idaho’s Open Meetings Law: To enforce, or not to enforce?

“The people of the state of Idaho in creating the instruments of government that serve them, do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies so created.” Who could possibly disagree with the above statement? Unfortunately, many people do seem to ignore this idea — some state officials in particular. Ben Franklin once said, “There is a natural inclination in mankind

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Experts and the people

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser I watched with interest Gov. Brad Little’s recent press conference in which he declared that we would stay in phase 4 of our mitigation strategy for the next 2 weeks. During the question and answer portion of the press conference, the governor implied that he had surrounded himself with experts, and

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Covid-19 immunity legislation will produce lots of lawsuits

Legislation will be introduced during the upcoming special session that supporters say will protect businesses from Covid-19 lawsuits. Supporters are wrong: If anything, the legislation will invite lawsuits, especially those aimed at small businesses.  The bill’s trouble is contained in two words: “good faith.” The legislation says, essentially, Idaho businesses can have immunity from lawsuits from someone claiming to have

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