By Rebecca Nappi
Aug. 28 – Friday, unofficial photographs were circulating in the Web world allegedly showing Steve Jobs of Apple fame walking out of a hospital, skeletal looking. For those of us who have seen people in the last weeks or days of their lives, it’s no mistaking that the man in the photos is in his final days.
All weekend, I wondered what the impact might be if Jobs decided to really be open about this final “app” and release some photos, some thoughts on his dying. We are still a culture that sanitizes death. Unless you have had the honor of sitting with family members and friends in their final days, your idea of death might come only from movies or from glimpsing dead bodies in war zones, hundreds of miles away.
By D.F. Oliveria
Aug. 25 – In an editorial today, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune lambastes state Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, for his insensitive remark that a gun-safety class might have prevented the murder-suicide at the University of Idaho that claimed the life of grad student Katy Benoit: “That transcends oafishness. It’s beyond ugly. It exceeds insensitivity. Inhumane doesn’t begin to describe it. Such talk from anyone is irresponsible. From an elected official charged with writing our laws and embracing our standards of decency, it is nothing short of depraved.”
Question: Do you think Rep. Hagedorn has learned a lesson in using this tragic matter to push his political agenda?
By Rich Landers
Aug. 26 – A fly-fisher is taking a ribbing from his buddies, but he can stand tall in his waders for making the Idaho state fishing records with a 25-inch-long Utah sucker weighing 7 pounds, 13.8 ounces.
Rick Thompson, 47, of Idaho Falls, caught the fish Saturday on the South Fork of the Snake River with a No. 18 Pheasant Tail nymph, according to a story by Rob Thornberry in the Idaho Falls Post Register.
He thought he was stalking the brown trout of his dreams.
Eye on Boise
By Betsy Z. Russell
Aug. 24 – Idaho’s new state lands director has lots of experience in Montana managing oil and gas revenues from state trust lands, reports Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker, which should come in handy as Idaho begins to look at potential revenues from natural gas on its state endowment lands. Barker reports that Montana’s revenues from oil and gas on state trust lands jumped more than 200 percent, or $20 million, from 2005 to 2006, in part due to prices and in part to the new fracking technology.