A 1961 "Twilight Zone" episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by "an old woman," a mirror that will show him who's plotting to assassinate him. The re…

A report released recently by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee verifies what everyone in the universe with a lick of common sense and a middle-school education already conceded: Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of helping Donald Trump defeat H…

Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and they will have to adapt to change in their careers more than any other generation before them.

Our American Democracy is based on people. “We the People.” “We” decide our fate. “We” chose our leaders — who in turn make our laws and formulate our foreign and domestic policies. Doctrine. “We” give them the power, authority and the responsibility to make our laws and policies. Policies o…

Wildlife species should be protected and recovered when possible. But the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as written and enforced has had very limited success. We can do better as envisioned in legislative reforms, including the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act and the Endangere…

Sen. Jim Risch has come around to thinking that climate change is a “very, very troubling problem.” Risch told a Boise State University audience on Sept. 13 he “thinks” climate change is “a very valid theory, that it’s caused by human emissions” and “the world’s in a very precarious situatio…

Since President Donald Trump’s first day in office, and from my first day as his health secretary, our country’s opioid crisis has been one of our most challenging missions. But there were always sources of inspiration: We heard from the Americans on the frontlines of the fight against addic…

"I must undergo personal cleansing. I must become a fitter instrument able to register the slightest variation in the moral atmosphere about me." — Gandhi on his 1922 fast

Some Democrats believe that the impeachment effort should focus entirely upon President Donald Trump’s phone call to the president of Ukraine. In that phone call, Trump implied that U.S. contributions to Ukrainian defense were dependent upon Ukraine’s doing him a “favor” by looking into the …

About a century ago, a bunch of cities were located in northern Bannock County, in the area of Pocatello. There was Pocatello and Chubbuck and, among others, on the northwest side of the larger community, Fairview and North Pocatello.

This year, I encountered the first velvet claws of Christmas commercialism around Labor Day. Inside my local Hobby Lobby, in the midst of Idaho’s sizzling late summer sun, about one-fourth of its floor space was plastered with plastic snowmen, snowflakes and reason-for-the-season ware.

I have a confession. I like Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush. I like each of them aside from individual politics, sexual orientation, marital status or even their mannerisms or looks. I like them because each has demonstrated a notable amount — or maybe just an expected regular human amoun…

I came across a couple of newspaper articles this week that were of enough interest to me that I shared them with my friends on social media. The reaction they got says a lot about our current state of affairs as a nation.

The past two weeks of my life have served as a scenic reminder that Southeast Idaho is a great place to base one’s life. I say that ironically having actually spent most of that time away from our immediate area. I was traveling with my Mexican friend, Tatiana (Taty), who came for a visit. W…

In Washington politics, the shrill voices are the ones who tend to get heard, but it’s those who are trying to stay above the fray — such as Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo — who are trying to deal with some of the real-life problems.

Dr. Kent Tingey, ISU’s vice president for university advancement, will soon conclude his more than two decade career serving the university.

“If Democrats are successful in removing the president from office (which they never will be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” — Donald Trump, roughly quoting Robert Jeffress, a conservative Dallas preacher

The debate about political power and authority among those who profess the Christian faith has raged since the 1st century. In modern America, the debate raged throughout Jimmy Carter’s presidency and more recently through the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The debate now loo…

With all the recent attention given the White House for various minor presidential slip-ups like collusion, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, etc., one big story somehow got lost. So, let me flash back a month and put the public spotlight back where it truly belongs.