Few Idahoans know that the peregrine falcon is the state raptor. Or that the peregrine is one of the few success stories of the Endangered Species Act. Yet, it will be forever linked to Idaho now as a symbol as a result of Kempthorne’s unilateral decision to honor the raptor by picking a coin featuring a large peregrine head overlooking a smaller outline of the state, with the state capital of Boise designated by a star. It could have been worse.
For the rest of my editorial, “Idahoans didn’t have enough input on coin design,” click here.