Cheers and Jeers

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Our supreme congratulations to Judge Richard Bevan on his appointment to the Idaho Supreme Court. Anyone who has ever met the judge knows he is perfect for this role – thoughtful, serious, professional and extremely knowledgeable about the law.

The top judge in Idaho’s 5th Judicial District, headquartered in Twin Falls, Bevan has been a judge since 2003. Prior, he was Twin Falls County’s top prosecutor, a position he won as a Republican.

He was instrumental in establishing a mental health court here, which aims to rehabilitate offenders by treating their illnesses. He also presides over the area’s veterans court, which does the same for recent veterans.

Bevan’s appointment is also a boon for the Magic Valley. With Bevan’s addition, three justices on the five-member court now have deep roots in southern Idaho. Chief Justice Roger Burdick practiced law in Jerome. Justice Robyn Brody practiced law in the Twin Falls area and Mini-Cassia.

Sixty percent of the state’s top judges from the Magic Valley is further proof of what residents here already know: We have some extremely smart, practical and moderate residents ready to lead.

Bevan fits the mold perfectly.

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Jeers to President Donald Trump for signaling he expects to make an announcement this weekend about whether to rescind federal protections for children of illegal immigrants whose parents brought them into the country.

For the so-called Dreamers, many of whom arrived here as babies, the United States is the only country they’ve ever known. Deporting them would be like plucking one of your own children from your family and sending them to a country where they’ve perhaps never visited, don’t speak the language and have no future.

Here, many Dreamers are college students, productive members of society and American in every way except on paper.

It’s impossible to know how many children of illegal immigrants are living in the U.S., but more than 3,000 Idahoans have been accepted into the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program created under President Obama, according to the latest federal numbers. That’s a lot of kids.

Dreamers did not choose to come to this country illegally. So why should they be punished for the mistakes of their parents?

Top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, are urging the president not to make drastic alterations to the program. Not only would deportations be unnecessarily cruel, they could have huge detrimental economic impacts, especially in immigrant-heavy areas like the Magic Valley.

Let’s reform immigration, but not in a way that strips people of their humanity or identity or harms the communities where they’ve been raised.

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For many, it’s the most glorious week of the year. Yes, it’s time for the Twin Falls County Fair.

Thousands turn out for the event every year for the rides, entertainment, food, fun, animals, art and maybe a little more food.

For others, it’s the culmination of a year of hard work, raising animals, working on projects for the exhibitions or helping plan the events. In a larger sense, the fair is the showcase for what our communities have to offer, and the fair never disappoints.

Our coverage is extensive, so check out Magicvalley.com if you’re looking for more information about an event. But the best fair experiences usually happen by accident – stumbling on a new deep-fried dish or learning something about ranching and farming you didn’t already know.

We encourage everyone to attend at least one day. Buy a ticket, take the ride and see what an experience the fair has been for the past 101 years.

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