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Posts published in “Day: July 15, 2014”

A congressional success story

malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

Congress is doing a great job, and this is not a joke. Sure, there’s a lot of gridlock in Washington and on many issues, Congress can’t seem to agree on the color of the sky, let alone reach agreement on anything of substance.

But when it comes to diabetes awareness, and appropriating funds to cover research and prevention programs, it’s a different story. Funding for diabetes research, which was about $320 million in 1997, is now in the billions of dollars.

Support of this nature is significant to me, because I’ve had diabetes for more than 15 years and have experienced many of the complications. If we do nothing, it’s projected that one in three people will have diabetes by 2050. For a society, that is unacceptable.

None of this is lost on the members of Congress – specifically, three of the four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation. Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson clearly “get it” on this issue. They are not working alone; 345 House members and 42 senators are members of diabetes caucuses. They have a deep understanding of the issue and the role Congress can play in fighting this disease.

“I’m no fan of federal spending, or creating a bigger government, but there is an appropriate role when it comes to certain expenditures,” Risch said. The National Institute of Health is one of those areas in which government does have a proper funding role.

“I’m a big fan of the NIH,” Risch said. “They perform miracles – arresting cancer on kids who are living normal and productive lives. Twenty-five years ago, or even 20 years ago, they were destined to die at an early age.” (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)

Andrus recovering from lung tumor operation (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
Bergdahl not yet seen parents (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
New emergency dispatch center planned for Ada (Boise Statesman)
Nez Perce-Clearwater forest plan released (Lewiston Tribune)
Possible roundabouts in Asotin road plans (Lewiston Tribune)
Asotin County considers possible new sheriffs (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow budget proposed for next year (Moscow News)
New mayor Nathan Leigh chosen at Parma (Nampa Press Tribune)
Caldwell I-84 work lacks funds until 2019 (Nampa Press Tribune)
Heavy wildfires in southern Idaho (Boise Statesman, Pocatello Journal)
Reconstruction plans for downtown Twin Falls (TF Times News)

Fires spreading around region (Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Drawings of a new Eugene city hall shown (Eugene Register Guard)
Gradual change to Oregon place names (KF Herald & News)
Possible record high temp at Medford (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Ashland looks at film permit fees (Ashland Tidings)
Background on oil train shipping (Portland Oregonian)
OR, WA lead in traffic death declines (Portland Oregonian)
Many state voter profiles are in error (Salem Statesman Journal)

Tulalips using federal domestic violence program (Everett Herald)
High temperatures continuing (Spokane Spokesman, Kennewick Herald)
Moses Lake will house Mitsibishi test site (Kennewick Herald)
Many workplaces still critical of pot (Longview News)
Former St. John hospital leader dies (Longview News)
Reviewing Clallam air quality (Port Angeles News)
Reviewing Airbus v Boeing (Seattle Times)
County treasurer race turns on finance experience (Spokane Spokesman)
Vancouver maneuvers on oil trains (Vancouver Columbian)
Columbia Land Trust restoring 9,000 acres (Vancouver Columbian)
Campaigns for Yakima Co clerk (Yakima Herald Republic)
State seeks local funds for '13 firefighting (Yakima Herald Republic)