Mark Twain’s take on Facts and Figures

The following are excerpts from a letter to constituents on January 15, 2016 During my musings earlier this year I noted that citizens are bombarded by facts and figures to emphasize the success or failure of various programs.  As an analytical individual I often find that the same facts are used to make opposing arguments.  In my …

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Refugee Program needs Compassion and Evaluation

The following was published in the Times-News on Sept. 13, 2015 I have been pondering for the best response to the concerns of many citizens pending the approaching arrival of refugees from the Syrian War. We all recognize that terrorism is alive and well throughout the world and is a threat to our peace and …

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Yogi Berra was right!

The following are excerpts from a letter to constituents on April 7, 2015 We are ending our 13th week of the 63rd Legislature, which is a first for this legislator.  In my first two years we were home by now, but this year we have had some heavy goals and the past two weeks have …

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Fair comes once per year, usually at the end of summer!

The following are excerpts from a letter to constituents onMarch 19, 2015 With this letter, I hope to further explain one issue that has been in the news in the past two weeks.   Education and Transportation continue to be the big news items, while other legislation seems to make headlines.  One bill that I introduced …

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“To give away money is an easy matter,….”

The following are excerpts from a letter to constituents on March 3, 2015 We just competed our 9th week of the 63rd Legislature.  Things are getting busy.  However, we have introduced about 8% fewer bills and resolutions in 2015 than 2014.  That should be considered good news. Our original target date for going home, which …

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“Behold the Turtle….”

The following comments are excerpts from my letter to constituents on January 30, 2015.  We have just completed our third week of the 63rd Idaho Legislature.  My first term was a bit unique as it included 30 freshmen legislators, 43% of the Idaho House of Representatives. We experienced a much slower and deliberate process, allowing …

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We Can Fund Schools

The following was published in the Times-News on November 02, 2014 For the seventh time in the past 21 years, I have my name on the November ballot to represent the citizens of Twin Falls, this time for a second term as an Idaho State Representative for District 24A. You often hear that people run …

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The Light of Day versus the Speed of Light

Last year, as my first in the Legislature, I spent a great deal of time listening, observing and questioning.  The parliamentary procedures, rules of the house and procedures for writing and introducing legislation was often mind boggling.  I also found that bills can move at a snail’s pace, or at light speed.  Last year, I …

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Making Sausage

I have been very busy over the past week preparing some legislation for introduction.  The effort does give some credence to the quote by Otto von Bismarck, who said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”  I first heard this metaphor during a city council meeting over 20 years …

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Stand by Me

One of my favorite movies was Stand by Me. This was a 1986 movie about an adventure of four boys who heard about a body and wanted to be the ones to discover and report it to the authorities. It reminds me of many adventures with my neighborhood buddies. We never found a body to …

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