Commentary

Op-Ed: Idaho Secretary of State aims to correct recent media coverage

Jul 21st, 2017 | By
Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney (Submitted Photo)

By Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney There are times when it is not worth fighting to correct being misquoted or straighten out a misperception. There are certain times, however, when for the benefit of others, the battle for transparency must be fought. In light of recent media coverage surrounding a letter from The Presidential
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The moving target of ethics

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Throughout my career, I have sat through countless hours of ethics training. A typical session involves basic platitudes about ethics and moral behavior that appear to be nothing more than common sense. I must confess that I often roll my eyes and think, “Duh!” In a book on leadership by Saul Alinski,
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Six Facts About Commercial Flood Insurance

Jul 12th, 2017 | By
Submitted Photo

By Mountain America Credit Union Most flooding in the United States occurs when the weather is warmer during the spring, summer and fall months—prime traveling months. According to ustravel.org, in 2016, direct spending in the U.S. by resident and international travelers averaged $2.7 billion per day. Given this statistic, the last thing you want is
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Retiring the 4% rule: What is a safe withdrawal rate in retirement?

Jul 11th, 2017 | By
Jennifer Landon

  By Jennifer Landon/Commentary For decades, financial advisers touted the “4-percent rule,” a benchmark rate of withdrawal designed to insure you don’t outlive your retirement nest egg. In recent years, however, experts have begun to question this hard and fast rule, and many have cut the rate at which you can safely withdraw from your
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Get Your Hands Dirty

Jul 11th, 2017 | By
Janna Graham

By Janna Graham/Commentary With the mild days of summer stretching in front of us, local gardeners are hard at work, cultivating well-known culinary rewards:  From vine-ripened tomatoes, to carrots and cucumbers and tiny new potatoes, a personal garden plot can provide freshness and flavor unmatched by any supermarket.  Tending a garden offers intangible benefits as
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Reforming Taxes: How Congress and Idaho Can Use the Tax System to Promote Economic Growth

Jul 11th, 2017 | By
Robert Spendlove (1)

By Robert Spendlove Reforming taxes, both nationally and in Idaho has been a major issue of debate this year.  The last overhaul of the U.S. tax code was more than 30 years ago. Many lawmakers feel now is the time to take action to comprehensively modernize the tax system. However, ideas about how to reform
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The 3 C’s of Great Teams

Jul 10th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Balance — there must always be balance. There is balance in art, nature and life. People can accomplish great things by themselves, but when the right individuals come together, true magic happens. An old colleague sent me an article by Joshua Wolf Shenk detailing the creative genius of Paul McCartney and John
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Is Duty A Four Letter World

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I am not a history buff, but I do enjoy learning about people and events that shaped the world we live in. I believe the old saying “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Although, I do like the more modern twist, “those who ignore history are doomed to re-tweet
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Thinking Differently

Jun 27th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I have been thinking a lot recently. I’m not very good at it. As an adult who has never trained to sit and think for long periods of time, it is hard. You could say it has been a train wreck. This foray into the recesses of my brain was caused by
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What Do You Value?

Jun 21st, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Values are the driving force behind everything we do. The interesting thing about values is that unless examined often, they can lead you in the wrong direction. Some moral values aren’t debatable. Treat others like you want to be treated would be a moral value that isn’t debatable. Other moral values like
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