Commentary

Be aware of healthcare scams

May 10th, 2017 | By
health insurance

By Emily Valla, BBB Northwest Dealing with healthcare can be such a headache. Scammers know that, and they hope to get away with your personal information before you realize what’s going on. Often the fraudster will pose as a government authority to persuade you to provide personal information related to your Medicare or Medicaid account.
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Growing Population: Understanding and Preparing for Big Things to Come

May 10th, 2017 | By
Robert Spendlove (1)

By Robert Spendlove/ Zions Bank Economic and Public Policy Officer The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, famously said, “the only constant is change.” This is true in all aspects of life, but it is especially true when considering population growth.  The nature of population change, including the rate, composition, and nature of population growth can have profound
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Day One

May 9th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I often wonder about the originality of ideas. For example, I study a lot about leadership and building great teams. Through the years, there have been trends that emerge and seem to resonate, but upon closer examination, there is nothing new. From this perspective, it seems as if discovering something new is
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The Art of Becoming

May 2nd, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough This week President Trump stated he thought the job of being president would be easier. I found it humorous that anyone could think being president would be easy. Then I came across a statement by John F. Kennedy which caused me to rethink my position. Kennedy said that he wished he had
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What’s your Focus?

Apr 25th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough In 1984, the Chinese Ping Pong team dominated the Olympics. After winning the gold medal, one of the young champion’s coaches was interviewed for the strategy employed to win the tournament.  He told the story of how early in the young champion’s career, they discovered he had a great forehand, but no
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It’s OK to be great

Apr 18th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Recently I received an angry email from a millennial who reads my column. The reader had taken issue with some of my comments about millennials in the workplace. The closing statement, “There will always be the bad eggs of every generation that make us look bad. Please don’t judge us because we
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The beauty of trudging

Apr 11th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough There are many aspects to success and everyone’s definition is different. Marianne Williamson’s poem, “Our Deepest Fear,” expresses an often-overlooked stumbling block to success—our fear of standing out. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not
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The duplicity of shame

Apr 4th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Strangers often approach me to say they read my column. I am grateful for their feedback as it inspires me to keep going. Though this column is one that I hope will inspire, I am nervous as I let my fingers dance over the keys. I have been working on a leadership
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Why I stopped reading motivational stuff

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough This week I came across an interesting account by entrepreneur Noah Kagen. He shared the experience of walking out of a Tony Robbins seminar. Kagen’s comments were honest and heartfelt. They were a mixture of applause and shock which gave rise to a nagging thought. I have never been one to partake
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Otter: Modernize oil and gas laws and protect landowner rights

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter

  By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and House Speaker Scott Bedke Legislation working its way through the Capitol in the 2017 session’s waning days would provide Idaho, as a relatively new producer of oil and gas, with the protections and expertise it needs to safely and responsibly nurture and regulate this emerging industry. House Bill
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