Welcome

If you would like to get to know me better, please take a look at the guest columns below which I have written for the Idaho State Journal. I do not claim to be a writer but feel that this type of communication is important to let people know who I am and what is important to me. The Journal has been kind enough to put them into print.

I was touched by the article on Sunday, August 19th by the Bright Tomorrows Staff entitled “Families under Fire”. I have a great affection and deep appreciation for Bright Tomorrows and the work they do. I was horrified (but not surprised) that their workload has doubled in recent months. I sympathize with the many families who struggle on a daily basis with the effects of child abuse.
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I hate mowing the lawn. I put it off as long as I can, but ultimately the lawn needs to be mowed so it is my job to do it. I keep telling my wife, that if we don’t water it so much, maybe it won’t grow so fast. She likes a green lawn (As opposed to my choice, a slightly brown one) so she takes charge of the watering and puts me in charge of the mowing.
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I learned from reading a book recently how the natives of Africa and Asia for thousands of years have used a brilliant method to catch monkeys. They find a tree with a small hole in it and place fruit inside. Eventually a monkey comes along and puts its hand inside and grasps the fruit. With its fist now clenching the fruit, it cannot withdraw its hand. Rather than letting go of the fruit the monkey will twist and turn, pull and tug, but he will refuse to let go of the fruit. The native later returns and kills or captures the monkey.
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On Tuesday night, May 24, I attended what had been billed as a “bloodbath,” the Bannock County Republican reorganization meeting. I attended mostly as a curious Republican, but armed with my vote. As I walked into the room and felt the tension, I worried that it would live up to its billing.
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My Father passed away in late 2010 and I lost my greatest earthly hero. He was not popular according to world standards. He did not live in a big fancy house. He did not have any academic degrees. He did not travel the world. He didn’t like to be the leader. He did not thrive on recognition. He did not like the spotlight. Now that you know what my Father was not, let me tell you what he was.
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I attended a high school basketball game recently and it brought back fond memories of when I used to attend as a basketball official for 30-plus years. Much like the players and coaches we, as Idaho State Basketball officials, get some butterflies before a game.
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I read the “GOP Propaganda” article in the Jan. 1 Idaho State Journal and really appreciate learning the definition of propaganda. Propaganda is when someone only gives their view of the subject, whether factual or not. A propagandist can seem wise and reasonable with specific opinions and calls to action.
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I read an article in the paper recently that made me smile. It was in reference to “Idaho’s GOP supermajority” being a problem. Since when did the will of the people, as established by their vote, become a problem? I agree with the need to have stimulated discussion by those on both sides of the issues to really find a solution for all of the people, but to say that because the majority of the people voted Republican or Democrat there is a problem, just doesn’t make sense. Now when one party decides they can TELL the American people what they need or want, regardless of what the people say, then you may have an argument. (But that is a completely different article)
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