Chuck Malloy reports that Jim Risch thinks President Trump is a really fine fellow. Who woke up Risch so Malloy could interview him? Risch can’t stay awake during impeachment proceedings, why would he wake up to talk to Malloy? For that matter, why would anybody think Risch could stay awake …

Bryce Angell (ISJ online 1/13/2020) wrote about praying for the president, inspired by his grandmother’s admonishment to “pray for those in need.” I agree with her. And I agree with Mr. Angell totally, that the current US President could use a prayer. My prayer would differ, however, to be m…

I am sorry for taking so long in thanking you for my husband George Bateman's final tribute you gave him at his funeral. Like the military and there 21 gun salute. The Fire Department has their own tradition of the ringing of the bells and carrying the casket to the cemetery on the fire truc…

The Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship (PVIF) is committed to the well-being of all people, both within and outside of our immediate community. Through this open letter we wish to specifically recognize your commitment to embracing refugees in Pocatello. We know that diversity provides st…

All members of Congress take an oath of office to uphold The Constitution but it has become quite apparent that Republicans have forsaken that oath in order to support an extremely dangerous and corrupt Trump for whom lawlessness is the norm.

As an alternative to spending $millions of property tax revenue in another jail expansion, I propose that we join the rest of the country and the world in recognizing the hopelessness and the impossibility of winning the futile "war on drugs", and quit incarcerating people for victim-less cr…

On behalf of the Aberdeen Food Bank Board, I would like to register our thanks and appreciation to all those in our area who made it possible for us to provide Christmas baskets to needy families during the recent holiday season. Somewhat to our surprise, we had quite a few more applicants t…

Congressman Simpson, you in your lifetime could not have had a more competent person than Dr. David Adler critiquing your own incompetent justifying to us, we Idahoans and all Americans, your excuses for not supporting the U.S. congressional impeachment of Donald Trump. (Idaho State Journal,…

As I was reading Randy Stapilus’ column recently I had a brilliant idea.  He was writing about legislative office space and the struggle with the Treasurer’s office. How about doing what the Idaho schools have had to do for years....bring in ‘temporary’ space in the form of trailers situated…

Seasons greetings as we embark on a new decade. Today, as I began writing, it is after the winter solstice, and the days are getting longer. Christmas has flown by again, I hope all were warm and fed.

I hope you get a chance to meet a refugee personally some day, to learn the story of why they had to flee their homeland and cannot return, and how they have succeeded as a new American. The stories are inspirational.

Today I picked up a copy of the ISJ in Ken's Market in American Falls and I was very pleased to see that your banner headline dealt with "Settling refugees in Pocatello".

Dr. Adler's criticism of our elected official who sees no grounds for impeachment was not well supported by his argument that impeachment was common in England during a time of oppression. He may be an authority on what happened in England in the fourteenth century, but that doesn't make him…

At the risk of being seen as anti-humanitarian I personally would like to disagree with the Pocatello City Council, Mayor, and Larry Gebhardt about opening up Pocatello to resettling refugees. First of all, you are speaking on behalf of the entire community without first asking the community…

After reading the good account of our country's very first impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Ralph Maughn in a recent opinion section of this paper, as well as listening to the various televised programs involving this particular impeachment, I would suggest that this one may surely be the mo…

Well, folks, we're now a Sanctuary City — like it or not. Before three new council members take their seats come January. Blad continues to show his many mad faces of deceptive lunacy with his sleepy council going home in the few days. And the people of the area had no voting position option…