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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Opting out of public school this fall? Legislators won’t help your transition

Legislative leaders have summarily decided to shut down any talk of expanding school choice options for the upcoming academic year. The reason? They claim there’s not enough time to consider school choice options. Thus, Idaho schoolchildren, parents, and teachers will likely find themselves stuck with public schools that aren’t handling Covid-19 the way anyone wants or needs. The real reason

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Idaho schools should reopen on schedule

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser The overwhelming, incontrovertible scientific evidence demonstrates that we should absolutely reopen our schools for pre-K to 12th grade. Yet, the nation’s second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers, is encouraging its membership to go on strike should schools attempt to welcome students back this fall. Throughout the entire world and

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