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Cheers and Jeers


Every baby born is a special gift of life, but when your child is born during a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, it’s just a little more special.

Such is the case for Lucas Tone Pola, born at 11:59 a.m. Monday while the moon was blotting out the sun.

His mother, Sara, went into labor about 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, just as the eclipse was beginning. She and her husband, Bryson, named the boy Lucas, which means “the bringer of light” in Latin.

The name was picked out long before the eclipse, but isn’t it poetic?


For being a seasoned politician, Raul Labrador fumbled his reaction to the Charlottesville rally by releasing a long and mealy-mouthed statement in the wake of the Nazi rally.

A few days later, Boise State University President Bob Kustra referenced the statement in a speech at the university.

Then, Labrador went on the attack. In a radio interview, Labrador suggested that Kustra should be fired. Further, Labrador blew a pretty hard dog whistle when he pointed out that Kustra is from a liberal state, Illinois.

Thing is, Kustra is from Illinois – where he was a Republican in both houses of the state’s legislature and also served as the state’s lieutenant governor. Kustra may run a university these days, but it’s disingenuous to suggest he’s a liberal.

If that’s any indication of the thickness of Labrador’s political skin, he’s going to be in for a bumpy campaign as he runs to become the next governor of Idaho. You can count on plenty of folks lodging much more pointed criticisms of Labrador than what Kustra said.

Maybe Kustra shouldn’t have jumped into Labrador’s pool, but he certainly doesn’t deserve to lose his job over it. And Labrador knows better than to suggest it.


Cheers to College of Southern Idaho President Jeff Fox and other community leaders working to form a City Club of the Magic Valley.

The college’s upcoming Constitution Day will serve as a test of sorts for whether there’s community interest in forming the club.

We hope there is.

City clubs already exist in Boise and Idaho Falls, where the clubs tackle important community issues and help shape public policy.

This isn’t just another service club. While clubs like Rotary and Kiwanis do untold good in the community, a City Club is more focused on debating the big issues. Consider what the Magic Valley is going through now: refugee resettlement, economic growth, education reforms and quickly changing communities. A City Club could work outside the boundaries of government to bring community leaders to the same table.

In Boise, the club’s motto is “Things happen when people start talking.” Sounds like that’s just the kind of ethos the Magic Valley needs.

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