My hat goes off to Mitt Romney for not only following his faith but for upholding his oath of office according to the Constitution. He reminds me of the Republicans of the past who worked for the country. Unfortunately, the new group follows in lockstep with the biggest liar, absent of morals, and character to occupy the White House. What is just as disturbing is the president used the Prayer Breakfast to complain about people of faith who followed the teachings of Jesus in doing what is right.
How can any person follow a man who calls everybody names who doesn't agree with him, brags about groping women, and is in lockstep with Putin, who is America's adversary? One of the saddest parts of this presidency is how our Idaho senators and congressmen do not see or hear that there is something wrong with this picture or are they just asleep on the job. When will Idahoans begin to vote out these people who no longer work for us the people or is this what Idahoans really want?
They’re just a bunch of “lefties” trying to put their hands in your pockets. They’re “socialists” attempting to impose collectivism on Idaho’s struggling taxpayers; shady outsiders telling Idahoans what to do.
Yup, the buzz-word pundits are out in force trying to throw shade on Reclaim Idaho’s efforts to keep good teachers, supplies and programs in our classrooms. The Invest in Idaho Initiative we’re asked to support will generate up to $200 million each year, earmarked for class size reduction, current textbooks, closing the salary gap between Idaho and surrounding states, career technical education, full-day kindergarten, art, music and drama programs and special education services.
And the vast majority of us will see no increase in taxes with a possibility of reductions in local school levies.
There’s an organized disinformation campaign against the initiative spurred by some people who make over $250,000 per year after deductions, some corporations and legislators responsible for the ongoing shift of taxes from corporations and the wealthy to the rest of us.
Please, talk to one of the mostly local volunteer petition carriers. They’ll give you the details and unbiased reasons the Invest in Idaho Initiative is good for this state.
I am writing in response to the dig on Californians on the recent law maker article. I'd like to say to the writer of that article, when you see an Idaho licensed car with a California sticker on the bumper that says "Proud Parent Of An Honor Roll Student...anywhere California," you may want to stop and thank them from the bottom of the national school ranking. The fact that law makers are wanting to block Californians or anyone else that threatens their positions, reveals their true identity.
I’m thankful for this opportunity to have a say in my education. In high school I wanted an option that would offer me a challenging course load, while also allowing time to spend with family. Fortunately, I found the perfect solution through online school at Idaho Virtual Academy.
By attending school online, I was able to personalize my education to meet my needs. Instead of feeling restricted in a brick-and-mortar classroom where everyone was taught the same way, I could tailor my educational experience to my needs. This freedom allowed me to focus on areas I wanted to learn more about and explore my passions.
I am currently fulfilling my dream of becoming an electrical engineer and with the help I received at IDVA I was fortunate to qualify for and receive a National Aerospace scholarship from NASA to continue my studies. IDVA helped to prepare me for life after high school, and I’m now enrolled at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
With the opportunities I’ve had, I am grateful that I was able to choose a school environment that was the best option for me. I urge Idaho to continue protecting school choice so that all students can have an education that works for them.
On Jan. 30, you reprinted an editorial from the Colorado Springs Gazette. It outlined Pam Bondi’s (former Florida Attorney General) fact-based condemnation of the Biden’s abuse of power. Joe Biden threatened to withhold a billion dollars in foreign aid if the Ukraine’s investigative prosecutor of corruption, which involved Hunter’s $83,000 per month salary, was not fired.
The film relied upon clearly showed Joe Biden threatening to withhold a billion dollars, and put a six-hour time limit on the time available for capitulation. The arrogance is astounding. Not only did he name his price, but he gave a short time limit to force the issue. He told that story and then laughed about the fact, his solicitation of the bribe was a humorous display of his power. What is important about Trump’s request for a favor is that it is not a wrongful act. (It would be nice if we could get a quid pro quo for all the billions we shell out.) Trump was attempting to obtain proof of bribery by the Biden family. (Do we really want to elect someone who is openly proud of such a use of the office?)
Also, the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” is ambiguous. Biden’s conduct was supposedly investigated by the Obama Dept. of Justice. If that is true, then that investigation constitutes a precedent that such open bribery is not an offense under the Constitution. (I don’t like to think that—but it was Obama’s and Biden’s DOJ.) Trump’s “quid pro quo” was an attempt to provide information of corruption of a potential presidential candidate. That certainly sounds like a laudable attempt to protect the nation. Further, it relies upon an important precedent set by the Bidens. This is not a “whataboutthem” defense, it is relevant evidence of national interest.
It was a free-flowing state of the union address by the president. Accomplishments by the administration, what is happening now and a vision for the future was given. Interspaced in the speech were presentations of people in the gallery who overcame adversity to achieve personal success that was presented by American opportunity. Willie McGee, the 100-year-old veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the last remaining member of the Tuskegee Airmen was honored. Russ Limbaugh, the voice of conservative radio the past 30 years, was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The young black girl and her mother who was awarded a scholarship to a school of her choice followed by the president's plan to make school choice a promise. The surprise of the lady and her children when her husband, a sergeant in the Army stationed in Afghanistan, suddenly reappearing, coming down an aisle to reunite with his family. The elected president of Venezuela given his due and support of the administration in the fight for freedom and democracy in Venezuela.
The black man who overcame addiction and homelessness who participated in a program of retraining and had become a successful tradesman, was given his due.
A booming economy, rising economic opportunities for all, a falling crime rate, positive changes in our health care system, no foreign wars, good and fair trade agreements with other countries, steps against opioid manufacturers and number of deaths to overdoses coming down. Securing border security to stop the flow of drugs in the country plus agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to stem the tide of illegal drugs and human trafficking was given. The president pointed out the future is America's and we have just begun.
Death by Chocolate fundraiser to benefit charities, Rotary
The Rotary Club of Twin Falls would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who sponsored, donated and helped at Rotary’s 15th Annual Death By Chocolate Fundraiser to make it such a successful event especially its corporate sponsor, First Federal. We grossed $28,500 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: 4Roots; Ashley Manor; Black Bear Diner; Bridgeview Estates; Cactus Petes Casino Resort; Canyons Retirement Community; Canyon Ridge High School; Carla’s Creations; Cold Stone Creamery; CSI Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts; Frederickson’s Fine Candies; Grace Assisted Living; Hilton Garden Inn; Homestyle Direct; Jakers Bar and Grill; Ketchum Burrito; Koto Brewing Co.; Magic Valley High School; Milner’s Gate; Shari’s Café & Pies; Stinker54; Sweet Creations by Tammy; 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 Rotary’s Ice Cream Funday on July 25 in Twin Falls City Park and at next year’s Death By Chocolate!
Rotary’s Death By Chocolate event chairperson
Thanks for Christmas Council supportIt is hard to believe that Christmas is six weeks behind us. We at the Christmas Council want you to know how much we appreciate all of the love and support that we get from our area. It seems like any time we needed anything we just had to think it and the item arrived.
We had a great year and were able to service about 330 families. We had plenty of toys, thanks to Brother Speed, and the food just kept coming in so we were able to give every family a good-sized box of food as well.
There are so many people to give thanks to, first and foremost the wonderful men and women who devote a good portion of their fall months organizing items into groups to be used as gifts for over 750 children and 550 adults. These moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas truly love the people that they serve in the community. I could not handle this big job without their love and care for all of you. After our distribution, Dolly Freiburger announced that after 30 years of service she is retiring. Dolly, we love you and you will be missed. Thank you for all the hours you have put in helping to fill this need in our community. Enjoy your rest.
Thanks again to Bro. Speed for all of the toys they bring us. We love them and know that they love the children in the area. Their deliveries have been happening for over 20 years and it just gets bigger and better. Thanks to the schools, and churches for food drives and thanks to each of you for contributing to those food drives. Thanks to FFA and Key Club members who came to help us fill boxes, load and unload conveyor belts and then unload the thousands of dollars worth of toys Bro Speed brought us, all the time smiling and wanting to know what else needs to be done.
I love my job and the people who make us look good every year. They have become my second family. Thank you for making all of what we do possible and before you know it we will back at it and Christmas will come once again.