Dr. Michael Blankenship 
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Re: “BPD Chief Talks Guns on Campus

This proposed policy change is based on false perceptions of the urban gunslingers and is totally lacking in any sort of data. It is reckless policy that will make matters worse.

Let me suggest you watch this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTfM7WGdWpM and read this article - http://www.usatoday.com/communities/ondead… - for an indication of some of the things that can go wrong.

Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 03/04/2011 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Republicans Eye Arts Funding

Cutting the arts is not just a quality of life issue, it is also an economic concern. People travel to attend art exhibits and spend money. Cutting this budget does little to impact the budget deficit, but will impact the economy.

Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 02/16/2011 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Lawmakers Are Told State Health Plan Isn't Idaho-Friendly

Interesting. We have 3 new Walgreens in the area alone. So how bad in the pill business hurting?

Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 01/07/2011 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Hart Files 2009 Tax Returns. 1997-2003, 2006, 2008 Still Not Filed

His only source of taxable income was his salary as a legislator?

Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 01/04/2011 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Transgender Community: Prosecutor's Comments Were Out of Line

Have you ever given someone an aspirin after they complained of having a headache? How about telling someone they look terrible and should go home because they have the flu? Ever compared joint aches with someone else? All of these common activities are "practicing medicine" without a license according to the definition in the Idaho code. So I agree that the charge is a stretch, which is nothing new for the Ada County Prosecutor's Office. Assault - yes. Fraud - maybe. But the statute is either too vague or I'll have to stop dispensing my medical opinion.

Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 11/23/2010 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Loonier Than Ever

If libertarians have their way, who will protect us from corporate harm? The myth of self-regulating business is just that - a myth. What do Massey Energy, Toyota, and BP/Transocean/Halliburton have in common? Based on the evidence to date, their products or services have killed people. Very few individuals have the ability to test their food, ensure the safety of their autos, or make sure that their employer is not paying them less because of their race or gender. The right to manufacture a dangerous product or to discriminate should not exist. No one should be able to use an organization to kill, harm, steal, or dehumanize. The federal government is the only protection we have, and that is not saying much lately after the fall of the regulatory model in this country.

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Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 06/02/2010 at 9:20 AM

Re: “More Assaults at ICC

It is past time for the state to break the contract with Corrections Corporation of America. Clearly CCA is failing to perform its duties. Inmates are at risk, and the state's liability continues to grow. For-profit prisons are failures except for the stockholders.

Posted by Dr. Michael Blankenship on 03/31/2010 at 8:13 AM

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