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John Livingston

Other People’s Time By Other People’s Money

Last night at The Garden City Council meeting I watched with amazement a process I have also watched several times at the Idaho Legislature last month. Again, I have the utmost respect for people that give of their time and talents to serve their constituent’s and the citizens that they represent. They almost all come […]

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John Livingston

Queensbury Rules or No Holds Barred

Did it ever occur to anyone that all the out of State money going into the Defend and Protect Idaho PAC, The Governor’s PAC, and the Idaho Freedom PAC may be coming from the same places in many cases? What better way to help the Idaho GOP implode than to up fund both sides of […]

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John Livingston

Deepity or Just “BS”

I received an e-mail last week that used the term “deepity” that refers to statements that seem profound at first glance, but upon deeper examination, they are only marginally true. Apparently, the word was first used by Professor Daniel Dennett at a conference of atheists and progressive humanists in 2009. Many atheists have subsequently maintained […]

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John Livingston

Stand Against Evil

Social change doesn’t happen gradually. It happens in fits and bursts. In retrospect, the line between the old values and the “new way” can be seen very clearly, but when we are in the middle of such a change, we oftentimes don’t know it. I believe we are today at a crossroads and in the […]

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John Livingston

Our Christian Founding

I was challenged by several people last week regarding the connection between the Republican structures of government in ancient Rome and the Enlightenment Principles that were both instrumental in the Founding of The American Republic. As alluded to below our founding was unique because it not only incorporated the political philosophies of Ancient Greece and […]

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John Livingston

In God’s Image

Abortion is a difficult subject to talk about because almost every single adult living in the United States either knows of a family member or a close friend who has had an abortion. One in four women in the United States will have had an abortion by the time they have reached menopause. Since Roe […]

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John Livingston

Turkey Sightings at the Capitol

My wife Lynn and I are privileged to live on The Plantation (now referred to as The River Club) golf course in Garden City. Every year we anxiously await the “coming home to roost” of the wild turkeys. This event seems to coincide with The Idaho Legislature winding down and always occurs during the last […]

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John Livingston

We are a Christian People

Why is it that almost every year as if on cue a legion of pollsters comes out during the Easter season to inform us that church attendance is way down and that our society is becoming less religious? Gallup published such a poll yesterday 4 days prior to Good Friday. Only 21 percent of Christians […]

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John Livingston

One Last Time in Support of Dr. Ryan Cole

Last week I was fortunate to be in the audience for a Capital Clarity function at the Capital that featured Dr. Ryan Cole. His presentation, like all of his professional and political writings and presentations was factual and based on the very best science currently available. All my interactions with Dr. Cole since the beginning […]

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John Livingston

The Politics of Medicaid

Ten years ago, we were told “you can keep your doctor you can keep your plan” and Medicaid expansion will improve “access—quality-and cost” for everyone including those businesses that insure their employees and those individuals and families who insure themselves. Just ask patients in the Treasure Valley about how hard it is to keep your […]

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John Livingston

Product Placement

I remember when I was a young boy the old guard that ruled professional golf criticized the new up and coming golfer Jack Nicklaus because he wore a logo—a “Golden Bear” on his golf shirt. He also signed a contract that year with Hart Schaffner and Marks and started his own clothing line. The old […]

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John Livingston

Upon Further Review

As we get into the last part of the month of March, and our legislators in Boise start getting cabin fever, I thought it would be a good time to see how the agenda that leadership put before us at the beginning of the session is working out. It really seems to me that many […]

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