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Posts published in “Day: March 4, 2014”

Day of reckoning

carlson CHRIS


Recently, the venerable New York Times ran an excellent article on the growing role, beyond the all important parenting, of women in the LDS Church in part because of the increasing number of women going on missions now that the age has been lowered from 21 to 18.

Like the young men who go on the two-year mission, many learn the importance of persistence in the face of rejection, acquire a sense of discipline, and understand the need to continue working in the face of adversity that carries over into their future endeavors.

Many of these young women, according to the Times, return with an expectation that they can be more than just a wife and a mother¸ that they can have a career and they want to be heard within the inner counsels of the LDS Church. The Times article credits LDS authorities with trying to be responsive, but like the Roman Catholic Church, another patriarchal oligarchy, it is just on the margins.

While the Catholic Church has a long record of women playing a more prominent role in Church affairs, from congregations of female orders to teaching, to Mother Teresa caring for the poor in India, it is a record of service, not that of shared power.

Both churches have their own rendezvous with destiny as circumstance will force change and adaptation towards a truly equal role for women in the governance as well as the administration of rites, rituals and sacraments.

Few of Idaho’s 1.5 million citizens who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have the perspective to form a real understanding of this uniquely American Church founded by Joseph Smith in the 1840s. Its growth though says that it has something going for it that many people find attractive. Today, it numbers over 15 million members in the United States, according to a recent nation-wide Gallup survey, and is the fastest growing church in the nation at a time when other churches record declining membership.

Almost one quarter of Idaho’s citizens acknowledge affiliation with the LDS Church, and though this includes so-called “Jacks” (non-practicing members), it is the second highest percentage outside of Utah, the only state where Mormons constitute a slight majority of the population.

The 2000 year old Roman Catholic Church and the relatively young LDS Church, however, are both on the cusp of having to redefine the role of women in their midst if they are going to continue to grow and thrive.

Neither church is addressing the fundamental issue, i.e., recognizing the female demand for full equality, which many believe will only come when both churches allow women to become priests. (more…)

Another reason Ryan is wrong

trahant MARK


Paul Ryan is wrong. Way wrong.

On Monday the former Republican candidate for Vice President released a review of programs that attack the “war on poverty.” The House Budget Chairman said: “This 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty is an opportunity to review the record in full. And we should seize it.”

Ryan said the federal government has “measured compassion by how much we spend instead of how many people get out of poverty. We need to take a hard look at what the federal government is doing and ask, ‘Is this working?’ This report will help start the conversation. It shows that some programs work; others don't. And for many of them, we just don't know.”

The premise that underlies this report is Ryan, and Republicans, firmly held philosophy that government is not capable about solving problems. This is another push to shrink the federal government.

That said: A debate about the role of government is fair. It’s worth Republicans making their case that a smaller, stingy government would be effective. Then those candidates can take that message to the voters for affirmation (or more likely, rejection).

However when it comes to Indian health, Ryan’s War on Poverty review is factually incorrect. The Ryan report lumps the Indian Health Service in with other social programs. The history is described this way: “The IHS was officially established within the Department of Health and Human Services in 1955 (then the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare) as part of the Transfer Act. But the federal initiatives designed to increase access to health services for tribal members existed as far back as 1830.” (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

More funds for classrooms, teachers (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
House construction on rise in Treasure Valley (Boise Statesman)
Nez Perce call out the wolf kills (Boise Statesman)
New UI president settles in (Lewiston Tribune)
Farmers questioning farm bill impacts (Moscow News)
Latah candidates begin filing (Moscow News)
Oakesdale school tries for another bond (Moscow News)
Nampa superintendent candidates arrive (Nampa Press Tribune)
Preschool pilot bill advances (Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho group: feds can't impose same-sex marriage (Nampa Press Tribune)
Revenge porn bill advances (Sandpoint Bee)
Snow storm hits Panhandle (Sandpoint Bee)
TF County jail sued by inmates (TF Times News)
Candidates filing for Idaho offices (TF Times News)

Corvallis grants Witham Oaks proposal (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Pot dispensary applicants roll in (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal, Eugene Register Guard, Corvallis Gazette Times)
Old Red Lion Hotel at Eugene demolished (Eugene Register Guard)
Big R stores of KF sell to Coastal (KF Herald & News)
New rules to block unwanted animals (Ashland Tidings)
Cover Oregon may miss another deadline (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston prohibits pot dispensaries (Pendleton East Oregonian)
State will pay more to Oracle (Portland Oregonian)
Considering coach sex abuse allegations (Salem Statesman Journal)

Boeing plans major Everett addition (Everett Herald)
$200k state grant: Was it a payoff? (Everett Herald)
Record grape crop harvested in Washington (Kennewick Herald)
Federal shutdown cost local tourism dollars (Kennewick Herald)
Minimum wage discussions hit slow patch (Seattle Times)
Microsoft execs reshuffle again (Seattle Times)
Idaho legislator seeks ethics review of herself (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma's Simpson mill sold (Tacoma News Tribune)
Vancouver adopts pot regulations (Vancouver Columbian)
Washington mileage tax considered (Vancouver Columbian)
Snow hits northern Cascades (Yakima Herald Republic)