education, environment and rural Idaho
Express Staff Writer
gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brady highlighted a three-sided, triangular
platform last week that includes Idahoís children, jobs and fairness.
In a Friday
interview in Ketchum, he explained that each of those three attributes,
each a side of an equilateral triangle, helps support the others. Take one
away, and the geometry collapses, he said.
foundation laid, he said the Legislatureís education cuts last year were
was over the top," he said. "They really doomed us last year
with the (tax) cut. They didnít plan for the future. They acted like the
recession would never come.
got ourselves in a hole, and itís a deep hole, because the tax cut is
Idaho Falls, is slated to run against fellow Democratic Idaho Falls
candidate Rue Stears in the May 28 primary election. He has taken a leave
of absence as publisher of the Post Register in Idaho Falls. In his
earlier career he has also practiced law and worked as a legislative
assistant to the late Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho.
Friday meeting local public officials, touring Bellevue, Hailey and
Ketchum and building support for his gubernatorial bid.
potential run for the governorís office against incumbent Gov. Dirk
Kempthorne, who also said education is among his most important platform
issues, Brady said he is the real education candidate.
not a slogan I invented three years ago to make people feel good," he
said, alluding to Kempthorneís 1998 campaign promises.
is the first responsibility of any society. Weíve got to step up to in
regard to education. Weíve got to take seriously George Bushís words:
ĎLeave no child behind,í and weíre doing a very poor job of
this is a new era when children canít leave high school and get jobs in
is a time weíve got to have brain power," he said. "Educate
someone. It turns into a job. The better the education, the better the
newspaper, the Post Register, is considered "green," so too is
Iím a conservationist," he said. "And certainly I stand for
protecting open spaces, protecting wildlife, clean waster, clean air, good
soil. I make no bones about that. Iím proud about that."
said extreme measures like "throwing ranchers off the land" and
"locking up the forest" can not occur.
donít show ourselves to be responsible, if we canít demonstrate that
here in Idaho, in our little communities, we can protect the land and
still have jobs, then somebody will eventually take that away from
The key to
making it work, he said, is collaboration.
against large, conglomerate farmers and ranchers like J.R. Simplot.
on a slippery slope to the loss of the family farmer and family
rancher," he said. "I think there is a crisis, and I get excited
about it. I get angry about it."
there is no one solution, he said.
know enough to be a good governor," he said. "I didnít grow up
on the back 40. I wasnít a farmer. I wasnít a rancher. But I know
about it. I care about it. I studied it.
also know itís so complex that you can not have one solution. Every
place is totally unique. Work with what you have and the people that are
there, not bring in something else new. Try to save the people who are
here, doing what they want to do."