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Death by Chocolate fundraiser a success

The Rotary Club of Twin Falls would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who sponsored, donated and helped at Rotary’s 12th Annual Death By Chocolate Fundraiser to make it such a successful event, especially its corporate sponsor, First Federal. We raised a little under $30,000 this year that will go to local charities, Rotary and its projects.

Without the participation of the following chocolate vendors, Rotary would not have an event. So please show your appreciation for them helping Rotary raise money by supporting their businesses. They are: Alice’s Sweets; Ashley Manor; Bridgeview Estates; Brookdale TF; Cactus Petes Casino Resort; Candy Cravings; Canyon Ridge High School; Carla’s Creations; Cloverleaf Creamery; CSI Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts; Daisy’s; Frederickson’s; Magic Valley High School; Mountain View Barn; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Scooter’s; Shari’s Café; Sips n Sweets Treats; St. Luke’s Magic Valley; Sweet Creations by Tammy; Taylor Made Cakes; Twin Beans Coffee; Twin Falls High School and Twin Falls Senior Center.

Rotary would like to thank all those who attended this year’s event and past events for supporting its fundraiser all these years. Hope to see you at next year’s Death By Chocolate!

Thank you,

Jill Skeem

Rotary’s Death By Chocolate Event chairwoman

Magic Mountain

to the rescue

I would like to say thank you to Gary Miller at Magic Mountain. He came to my rescue when I locked my keys in my car with all my ski equipment in it. He was very happy to help and did everything he could. I am thankful that the Miller family and staff takes such great care of their customers. They truly go above and beyond.

Mackenzie McBride

Twin Falls

Local Foundation Helping Local People

On behalf of Interlink Volunteer Caregivers, thank you to The Janice Seagraves Family Foundation for a generous grant award! These funds are greatly needed for organizational operations in order to provide critical services to citizens in our community. Your generosity will allow IVC to continue helping elderly, chronically ill and disabled individuals remain safe and independent while living in their own homes where they desire to be.

The Janice Seagraves Family Foundation provides so many of our local partnering nonprofit organizations the opportunity to continue their good work. IVC is honored to now be among the many agencies this foundation helps. Please know we are forever grateful for your vote of confidence.

On behalf of IVC volunteers, clients and board of directors, thank you one and all for believing in us! You have truly given many people the “Gift of Home!”

Edie Schab

Executive director, Interlink Volunteer Caregivers

Thank you to so many

Family, friends, community and health care providers,

I will never forget the day I was told my kidneys were no longer functioning and I was placed on emergency dialysis. This was a life-changer for me and my family. The potential long-term side effects were devastating news that triggered a journey we knew nothing about but knew we had to be eager to explorer.

I very humbly want to thank all the people who rallied behind me, giving me strength, support and hope. As always my family played an important role in helping me maintain good spirits. My friends were passionate in making sure I understood they were always there if I needed them. The many Health Care Providers were knowledgeable, compassionate and eager to see me get better. Everywhere I went from Gooding to Twin Falls to Boise and eventually Murray, Utah, I couldn’t have asked for better care from any of these remarkable people. And to my wife, well … you always give me strength. Thank you.

And then there is that one special person, that Hero, my Hero, who took the time to think about the future and what one last good deed they could do should their time expire here on earth. This Hero I’m talking about is my organ donor. Thank you and may you rest in peace.

I thank all of you for the fundraising events, donations, well wishes, prayers and personal visits. This community has reminded my wife and me why we are so proud to call Wendell our home.

Brad Christopherson

Wendell

Thank you for your support

On behalf of the Magic Valley Fly Fishers, we are grateful to the following donors for their contributions in support of our annual scholarship fundraising banquet: Advantage Archery, Angler’s Habitat, Arryan Hicks, BASF Corporation, Betsy Morishita, Boot Barn, Bryan Woodhouse, Clear Lakes Country Club, D&B Supply, DL Evans Bank, Dale Quigley, Dave Anderson, Dexter and Cindy Ball, Eye Center, Glenn Buscher, Gowan Chemical, Greg and Gloria Misbach, Idaho Angler, Idaho Joe’s, Janitzio Restaurant, Jason Hicks, Jayva Hicks, Jimmy’s All Season Anglers, Kurt’s Pharmacy, Larry Johansen, Les Reitz, MAD Technologies, Magic Valley Bowhunters, Microchips, Mike and Marsha Chojnacky, Northwestern Mutual Life, Norm’s Café, Northwest Mutual Life, Olson’s Ski & Board Tune, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Pizza Pie Café, Purdy’s RR Ranch, Quale’s Electronics, Red Canary, Red Shed Fly Shop, Rio Products, River and Adventure Toys, Robert Jones Realty, Ron Hicks, Salmon River Scenic Run, Sav-Mor Drugs, Schiermeier Taxidermy, Scott Knight, Simm’s Fishing Products, Soran’s Turf Club, Standard Printing, Syngenta Crop Protection, The Fly Shop, University of Idaho, Watkins Distributing, and West Addison Sportsmans Supply.

This event raises money to fund scholarships for CSI fisheries students, Trout in the Classroom, and governmental and non-governmental agencies to improve fly fishing opportunities and habitat.

Don Morishita, president

Magic Valley Fly Fishers

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Columns
OTHER VIEW
Other View: An elegant climate policy

This appeared in Friday’s Washington Post.

A group of prominent Republicans brought a refreshing message to Washington on Wednesday: Climate change is a threat that deserves serious attention, and the GOP should embrace smart ways of dealing with it. What sorts of ways? The group — which calls itself the Climate Leadership Council and includes two former secretaries of state, James Baker III and George Shultz; two former chairmen of the Council of Economic Advisers, Martin Feldstein and N. Gregory Mankiw;and former treasury secretary Henry Paulson Jr. — has a carbon emissions-reduction plan ready to go. And it is excellent.

Instead of indulging in the fiction that carbon emissions will take care of themselves with minimal government intervention, these veteran Republican hands endorsed what economists insist is the best approach to dealing with the sprawling carbon emissions issue: a carbon tax. Put a price on the pollution, and businesses and consumers will change their behavior in thousands of ways that government regulators would not have predicted and could not have compelled. This process, driven by energy consumers, produces the largest carbon cuts for the buck. Its basic structure is also simple enough for most people to understand, and, since Congress would be writing it into the law, it could not easily change from president to president, as current regulations can.

The council’s plan would initially peg the tax at $40 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions — which, the group’s experts say, equates to about 36 cents per gallon of gasoline — and set it to rise at a steady rate year after year. How could this possibly be a political winner, particularly for Republicans who spent years accusing President Barack Obama of attempting to raise energy prices? The group proposes that the tax replace the climate rules the Environmental Protection Agency established under Obama, which Republicans hate. The plan would also rebate the money the tax raised back to every American.

The total picture, then, is a policy that would defuse the climate issue for Republicans, without growing government revenue, while rolling back energy regulations and sending Americans a regular check in the mail. The council reckons that those checks would make the vast majority of Americans, and particularly those with lower incomes, whole or better, after subtracting out what they paid in carbon taxes.

Still, it will be a political long shot. Energy interests—particularly the dirtiest of them all, coal—will fight hard against this sort of plan. As usual, they will push for dangerous inaction instead. Some environmentalists, meanwhile, have already objected to the fact that the plan would rescind the EPA’s authority to address climate change via regulation, even though doing so is a crucial prerequisite for GOP movement. Environmentalists worry that merely setting a tax rate, without directly capping carbon emissions, would not guarantee that emissions would drop to desired levels. That is a fair concern, but there are smart ways of dealing with it: Congress could set the tax to adjust automatically if carbon emissions do not hit targets, for example.

These dyed-in-the-wool Republicans have proposed an elegant climate policy that addresses an issue of widespread concern and poses no threat to conservative ideology. The rest of their party should listen.


Editorial
Our View: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer

One shovelful of sand at a time, hundreds of volunteers across the Magic Valley raced to fill bags Thursday to help communities stave off floodwaters.

In many of those cases, it was high school students doing the heavy lifting. Students in Raft River had been filling bags for five days.

“It’s kind of all a blur,” said Jared Gardiner, a 17-year-old at Raft River High School. “But, it’s fun to me. I like helping people.”

Sometimes, disasters bring out the best in communities. Such was the case this week, where neighbors helped each other pump out water, fill sandbags and do farm chores.

Jeer

A big jeer to Republicans on the House Education Committee, who this week approved new K-12 science standards — but only after axing references to climate change caused by human behavior.

Heck, even President Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a Republican from Montana, says climate change isn’t a hoax and that humans are influencing the climate.

Still, far too many Idaho lawmakers are simply oblivious to the scientific consensus or too motivated by politics to give Idaho’s students exposure to the best and latest available science.

And that’s the real shame: Politicians are free to subscribe to whacky conspiracy theories, but when they act on them it’s our children who pay the price.

Cheer

Cheers to the lawmakers who are keeping alive the prospect of changing Idaho’s faith-healing exemption law.

Idaho does not prosecute parents who allow their children to suffer or die when modern medicine could save their lives. The law is meant to protect religious zealots who believe it is God’s will to sicken and kill children.

We strongly believe in religious freedoms and individual liberty. But those liberties have limits when their exercise infringes on the liberties of others, namely to rights of children to live.

The state has a responsibility to intervene. Forget about punishing the parents; let’s look for ways to protect the children.

In a scoop by Times-News reporter Nathan Brown in Friday’s edition, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, a Republican from Rexburg, echoed that notion and said he expects to receive five recommendations from a governor-appointed working group tasked with studying the issue.

We hope lawmakers have the guts to act this session on the group’s recommendations. The status quo simply isn’t acceptable.