I loved high school biology and zoology. The science part was okay. It was the teacher that made the class interesting and exciting. He was also my track and cross country coach.

As I grow older, the number of things that I enjoy about camping gradually declines. Right now, I’m at the stage where the two things topping my list of “What I love about camping” are the first cup of coffee while sitting near the campfire in the morning and the first beer in the evening, s…

The Idaho State Journal periodically prints listings of interesting things to do in the Pocatello region. The Japanese garden located at the Pocatello Regional Airport has been conspicuously absent from the newspaper’s publications despite gentle prodding to the Journal that it merits inclusion.

Ever since William Barr was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, he has failed to honor the sacred oath he recited to “faithfully discharge the duties” of that high office. Among other things, he has shown a higher allegiance to the President than to the law, has knowingly allowed his departme…

Amber was living in a garage in Fruitland, Idaho with her two young children. Because of her unstable living situation, she was at risk of having her children put in foster care.

A word that some of us didn’t know existed — “judiciable” — turns out to be the crucial word in the recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case that dealt with gerrymandering. In that case (Rucho v. Common Cause) the plaintiffs argued that, in the states of N. Carolina and Maryland, the dominant…

“We need to end the government monopoly in education by transferring power from bureaucracies and unions to families.” This sentiment expressed by Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida, son and brother to two former presidents, reflects the reason the charter school movement began in Idaho.

Former Idaho Democratic congressmen Walt Minnick, Larry LaRocco and Richard Stallings are not on the front lines of this presidential campaign. But they have better thoughts about what it will take for a Democrat to win the White House than most of the candidates running.

Colin Kaepernick is a rare professional athlete. He became famous not for his athletic abilities in the NFL, but rather his political activism and public opinions about America. Kaepernick gained the public spotlight by his refusal to stand during the national anthem. Kaepernick refused to s…

I just floated a nice stretch of river. The sun was blazing down, but the water was cool and slow. The banks were crowded with tall grasses and willows, and birds chirped and flitted from the brush alongshore. My friends floated with tubes, paddleboards, and kayaks, and I was in a canoe. Wor…

Recently a national political reporter asked me how Idaho’s new governor, Brad Little, was doing. Was he thriving? Was he managing okay? Was he struggling?

We left at midnight. It was a secret mission. Not really, but this trip would have more than one surprise. After topping off with fuel, we were headed south on U.S. 101 from Coos Bay to San Francisco. Our objective was to drive the 500 miles straight through and arrive in downtown San Franci…

The recent article “Study says mental health problems among issues plaguing Idaho students,” by Betsy Z. Russell of the Idaho Press was quite interesting. It dealt with the results of an extensive study jointly sponsored by Hewlett Packard and Idaho Business for Education to develop a plan f…

I am writing this on the Fourth of July. I had other plans, but instead I think I’m going to exercise a little personal patriotism in the form of participatory citizenship. So in the spirit of the holiday, you and me, let’s have a talk.