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Thank you, for another great event

On July 15, Hospice Visions, Inc. proudly sponsored the 3rd Annual Vietnam War Veterans Commemorative Welcome Home Celebration in Harmon Park. It was an honor and a privilege to be among so many men and women who courageously served this country during the Vietnam War and all other wars and conflicts. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who made this event such a great success: Chris Talkington, Jim Fields, Don Hall, Bob Rynbrand, Darlene Stockton, Sharon Sullivan, Letti Hernandez, Lisa Schultz, Frank Ellis, Shane Hall, Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Legion Riders, Les Wilson/Combat Vets Motorcycle Club, Jimmy Berkley/Twin Falls Veterans Council, Twin Falls American Legion Post 7, Magic Valley Honor Guard, Reverend One Finger and the Veterans of Freedom Motorcycle Club, Cliff Lockhart and the Magic Valley POW/MIA Awareness Association, Connie Campbell and Syringa Place Assisted Living, Dan Ashley, Marvin Pierce (beer garden), Richard Stivers and Title Fact, Daughters of the American Revolution, Chick-fil-A, Action Cycle, Dr. Workman, Calvin Armstead/Veterans Services, Bridgeview Estates, Pepsi Beverage Co., Independent Meat Co. — Falls Brand, Fred Meyer, Tour Ice, Jim Bob’s Bakery, Scarrow Meats, Jerry Gunter, Dwayne Christian, Donnelley Sports, Western Waste Services, Visions Home Health, KMVT, Hospice Visions staff and volunteers, all of our area veterans, all of the motorcyclists and citizens of the Magic Valley who came to show their support.

A very special note of thanks goes out to Officer JP O’Donnell of the police department; and Sgt. Art Rebollozo, Deputy Tom Schroder and Sgt. Dan Thom of the sheriff’s department, for escorting our motorcycle procession with grace and precision. We’d also like to thank the Jerome County’s Sherriff’s Office and the Jerome Police as well as Twin Falls city and Twin Falls County police officers who controlled the traffic at intersections, across the Perrine Bridge and through the cities that were traveled. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, it meant so much.

If I have forgotten anyone, many thanks to you also! We look forward to welcoming home our Vietnam veterans again in 2018!

Tami Slatter

Executive director

Hospice Visions

Going the extra mile

The Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors established The Extra Mile Award to recognize acts of good will in the community. It is given to 14 individuals each year who go above and beyond their normal job duties to serve the community.

While the award winners are certainly deserving of recognition, there is another group of individuals who participate with the award and are worthy of acknowledgment. On behalf of the Extra Mile Award Committee, thank you to those businesses, organizations and individuals who donate goods and services as part of this award program.

Your contribution to this program shows the award winners the true import their actions have in this community. Thank you, First Federal Savings Bank, Idaho Power, BBSI, McDonald’s, College of Southern Idaho, AWOL Adventure Sports, Elevation 486, Twin Falls Urgent Care, St. Luke’s, D.L. Evans Bank, Idaho Central Credit Union, Canyon Ridge High School, Twin Falls High School, Reeder Flying Service, PMT, Willamette Dental, Daisy’s Olde Time Confections, US Bank, John Bringhurst Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors, Wills Toyota, Pizza Pie Café, Albertsons, Galaxy Awards and Engraving, Zions Bank, Claude Brown’s, Culver’s, Magic Valley Cinema 13, the American Legion Auxiliary, Gem State Paper, Smiles 4 Kids, Oasis Stop ‘N Go and Kickback Rewards Systems.

Again, thank you for providing recognition to those in our community who are going the extra mile! If you know someone who has gone the extra mile, you can nominate them for this honor by downloading the nomination form from the Chamber of Commerce website, twinfallschamber.com.

Eva Craner

Extra Mile Committee chairman

M&M Tournament says thanks

The McLean, Traughber and Hillier families would like to say thanks to all the businesses that donated to our 8th Annual Mac McLean Memorial Softball Tournament held on August 25, 26 and 27 at Forsyth Park. Tony’s 2T Auto, Chick-fil-A, DOT Foods, 93 Golf Ranch, Putters Mini Golf, Castle’s Corner, Renew Espresso & Ice Cream, Valley Country Coffee Espresso & More, Valley Country Store, PizzaPieCafe, Con Paulos Chevrolet, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jerome Pizza Hut, Jerome Garibaldis, Jamba Juice, Ida-Licious, Stinker, Starbucks, Jump Time Idaho, Jerome DQ, KFC, Lynn’s Kitchen, Sabrina Allred, Moose Stash Boutique, Clover Mountain Crafts, Perfectly Posh by Megan Arellano, Lu La Roe by Summer Comstock, David Hartman for the pop donation and a big thanks to the Jerome Recreation Department.

We would especially like to thank the many people that donated their weekend to be umpires and scorekeepers in order for all the proceeds to go to scholarships: Josh Gailey, Clint and Dani Koyle, Justin Dayley, Terry and Laura Ward, Sabrina and Bella Allred, Mady Arellano, Chad Trammel, Jamie Stone, Robbie and Kalli Straub, Chris and Stephanie Mattson, Matt Lindsay, John Ramsey, Pat Parker, Brandon Plumb, Zac Nate, Cody Flynn, Jose Loya, Whitney Connell, Kristin Young, Darren Pierson, RJ Scovel, Luke Rubash, Joey Patterson, Eric Bywater, Jesse Mercado, Celene Luevano, Jennifer Dutson, Steve O’toole, the SWAT girls and many others whose names we did not get.

The McLean Scholarship is awarded annually to athletes at Jerome High School. Since 2008, we have awarded 19 scholarships. This year’s winners were Kaela McClure and Nate Nordquist.

BILT beat Wristband to take the upper division. Dang Good won the middle-division and TBD got second. Lower-division champs were Fusion, with Team Janet second. Congratulations to upper-division MVP Jared Coordes, middle division MVP Alex Padilla and lower division MVP Lonnie Bloom.

Theresa McLean Traughber

Kimberly Gailey

Thank you, from

Santa’s Cause

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to publicly thank the Glanbia Foundation for their recent grant of funds to Santa’s Cause. We are so incredibly thankful to have been chosen as one of the recipients of a grant. The mission of Santa’s Cause is to make foster children’s lives better through our Christmas toy drive and our Tooth Fairy program. Glanbia has made that mission easier for us, for with your support, we are able to make a difference everyday in the lives of foster children, some of the most disenfranchised children in our community. We are so grateful to reside and work in a community that gives back so much! Words are not enough to convey our deep gratitude to the wonderful people at Glanbia. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kind and generous donation!

Kelly Peterson

Executive director

Santa’s Cause


Editorial
OUR VIEW
Our View: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer

Cheers to Jerry Brown for a life well lived.

Brown toiled for years to raise money for a memorial to his son, killed in Afghanistan, and finally saw his dream come true in November when the statue was unveiled at Forsythe Park in Jerome.

Brown died Aug. 25 after a two-year battle with cancer. Even though Brown was flying to Texas for treatment, he never let his disease get in the way of his mission to honor his fallen son, 27-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Brown, who was killed by a roadside bomb while saving others in Kandahar Province.

The younger Brown has two twin daughters whom he never got to meet. For them, the statue of their father in the park is the only way to know their father, Jerry Brown said.

Brown’s life, especially his last few years, should be an inspiration to us all.

Jeer

We’re not sure what to make of the person stealing new American flags from the Paul Post Office.

When the post office flies a new flag, someone steals it. When it flies a worn flag, it stays put.

Clearly, the thief has some appreciation for the country and is flying these stolen flags; otherwise, why else steal only the new ones? On the other hand, theft isn’t exactly a character trait that screams I love America.

Either way, Paul residents are ready deal with the thief once they catch him. One 89-year-old woman threatened to beat him up.

But so far, the thief has been elusive. Might we suggest posting a trail-cam near the flagpole?

Cheer

Plans are underway for at least 136 new fourplex housing units and 84 new townhouses in Twin Falls. Kudos to developers for seeing a hole in the market.

While new housing construction continues to soar, finding a rental is a different story. It’s becoming harder and harder to find affordable apartments or shared-wall housing (like townhouses or duplexes) in Twin Falls. With fewer units available, landlords are charging more.

The local housing market is crying out for options other than the traditional single-family home — especially as our population boom continues to be driven by young professionals and empty-nesters, groups both less interested in buying new homes.

Additional housing units should help keep rental costs from spiking, and a variety of housing options should help businesses recruit new workers to the area.


Columnists
OTHER VIEW
Other View: A handshake - and a way around a cliff

This appeared in Friday’s Washington Post.

When the best that can be said is that the nation can “breathe a sigh of relief,” as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., put it Wednesday, that’s better than a dive over the cliff. The deal struck by President Donald Trump and Congress to postpone until December a divisive battle over fiscal matters is hardly an ideal solution. Nonetheless, the president’s decision to reach out to Democrats to ensure against a disastrous default on the nation’s debts is encouraging, both as a matter of responsible governing and for its bipartisan character.

Surprising the GOP congressional leadership, Trump quickly agreed with a proposal by Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to extend the government’s borrowing capacity until December, fund the government until then and provide billions of dollars in hurricane relief. According to The Post, Trump and the Democratic leaders also reached a handshake deal to pursue a plan to permanently remove the requirement that Congress vote every time the nation needs to raise the debt ceiling.

Such a long-term fix is well worth pursuing. The all-too-frequent need for Congress to authorize fresh debt has become a destructive game of chicken for both parties. Without relinquishing its constitutional prerogatives, Congress should join the president in looking for a mechanism that is less likely to produce grandstanding—and threats to the nation’s financial stability.

The deal announced Wednesday, and Senate action that followed Thursday, would—with House concurrence—put off until December an anticipated congressional fight over the 2018 budget. Trump was clearly anxious about a contentious battle over fiscal issues in the weeks ahead, fearing it would shake financial markets or interfere with providing hurricane relief aid. His decision to reach out to Democrats for the first time in his administration suggested that frustration with congressional gridlock has led him toward a welcome openness to bipartisan coalitions.

If so, Democrats should be willing to respond constructively. They proposed the three-month reprieve in hope of gaining some leverage on important issues in the months ahead, including the extension of legal rights to the immigrants known as “dreamers,” whose protections are being rescindedon Trump’s orders earlier this week. This is politically clever but not very responsible in the long run. Linking immigration legislation to another extension of borrowing authority in December could trigger a game of brinkmanship.

If Trump and Congress really want Americans to breathe a sigh of relief, they should invest in genuine bipartisanship and make an early deal to tackle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation once and for all. Trump offered a nod in that direction Thursday by issuing a tweet, reportedly requested by Pelosi, assuring dreamers that they would not suffer harm for the next six months. But what’s needed is legislation affirming their rights to remain, study and work in the country.

Even better would be a serious bipartisan effort to come to grips with the nation’s long and deep fiscal disorder, including a long-term solution for the debt ceiling and passage of a responsible 2018 budget. Too much to hope for? Probably. But for now, at least, the worst has been avoided.