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One thing we try to do at the Meridian Press is remain as politically neutral as possible. Ever since this paper started coming off our press, we’ve been dedicated to providing information on the issues to let you, the reader, decide what you think.

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I am blessed to work for a great organization and with some absolutely amazing people. Our employees at the Meridian Police Department make it very easy to lead. The dedication and professionalism they show on a daily basis is amazing.

It has been about two months since we held the groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Meridian Road Interchange. I wanted to take this time to give an update on the work to date and encourage everyone to leave early, slow down and pay attention.

Inflammation is generally our bodies’ healthy and natural response to healing from irritants like muscle pain, the flu or a sore throat. This type of acute inflammation comes on quickly and is gone within a few days.

One of the first articles I ever wrote for a newspaper was in 10th grade, when I wrote a feature on the Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. It was the first time I had ever heard of the council, and I was impressed by my peers’ work ethic and collaboration.

Writing the cover story this week allowed me to go on my first hot air balloon ride. I jumped on the opportunity. I was so excited I actually got the giggles, like a little kid waiting for Christmas.

As you know, most newspapers have a “Letters to the Editor” section on their opinion page. This gives the readers a place to voice their views. The letters include the author’s name, and there are guidelines to make sure things don’t get nasty.

Spring is in the air, and with it, we are seeing a great amount of activity in all corners of our community. South Meridian is seeing its fair share! New neighborhood developments are sprouting up, businesses are opening their doors and the planned Meridian Road Interchange Rebuild project w…

I grew up in an old house surrounded by farmland in south Nampa. To this day, whenever I’m out driving or jogging in rural farm areas, it still makes me breathe a little deeper. It makes me feel more at home.

April 13-19 is National Library Week. For those of us who are fortunate to serve as librarians, it’s a time to shake off the lingering chill of winter and venture out into the community to promote the exciting events and library programs we have planned for the upcoming year.

Thumbs Down to cars parking in the “no parking” zones along Meridian near Settlers Park, and for the city for not requiring more parking at a park with multiple game fields.

The city of Meridian wants to know how we are doing in providing service to you, our residents. We may asking you to invest a few minutes of your time to take an important customer satisfaction survey. Residents will be randomly chosen to participate in over the next few weeks.

It is getting to look like spring again, and people are starting to get out and about to enjoy the change in weather. While we look forward to the warm weather, let’s hope the mountains and reservoirs get more needed rain and snow so our agriculture industry doesn’t suffer a long dry summer.

On Tuesday, we will have the opportunity to go out and vote in support of our schools. A strong backbone of education is critical to our businesses, and you can support a strong economy by supporting education.

It has often been said regarding a community’s parks and recreation services that “the benefits are endless.” The longer I am involved in providing parks and recreation services, the more I find this to be true.

I really enjoyed sitting down with Joe Watson this week and learning about his life. This 86-year-old Meridian resident has quite the resume — he’s the first mayor of Star, has broken records at the Idaho Senior Games and served in World War II and the Korean War, to name a few things. See p…

I always enjoy sharing how people can be involved in the Meridian Chamber. I’m especially intrigued when it’s someone from a business that has been a member for years but has never really gotten involved. Generally that means they understand the power and importance in being a member of the …