Recent Tweets

Recent Tweets Here are some of my recent tweets, not that anyone really cares. see https://t.co/HtOdNpBbYJ "…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…" We the people, the press, and a minority within the legislature share a different vision. Hoping that vision will translate to a new consensus. — Todd DeVries (@devrtodd) March 29, 2019 Sharing my written testimony for the Health and Welfare Committee hearing on February 8th.

About Todd DeVries

Todd found his way into the field of social work after 25 years of working with people who have disabilities. All of us are just “one misstep away from joining the largest minority population in the world.” Fortunately, living with a disability need not be disabling! Resilience, creativity, new ways of thinking, and problem solving open doors to life’s possibilities. Todd is a licensed MSW and graduated as the oldest member of his class in 2017.

Tim and Theo in SLC

Visiting my brother in Salt Lake City Visiting Tim and Theo in Salt Lake City was a treat. Kathryn and I drove to Salt Lake City the day after Christmas and met them at a local Thai restaurant near Trolley Square. Dinner was unexceptional. We debouched from the restaurant for wine and cookies at our hotel. It was good seeing Tim and catching up on my brother’s and his son Theo’s activities.

Disappointment River: Brief Review

Disappointment River by Brian Castner leads the reader on a historical investigation and an epic canoe adventure. Following someone on a journey through the power of their words goes part way towards making the trip oneself; with the added benefit of no bugs or wet clothes at the end of the day. What makes the narrative compelling is the way Mr. Castner switches from historical investigation to personal experience. Most minimally educated Americans grow up hearing about the exploits of Lewis and Clark, but never hear about the other journeys of exploration which mapped this contenent.

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A recent column in the Post Register eloquently described the need to bring expanded Medicaid coverage to Idaho’s citizens. What it did not mention is that thriving groups exist in Eastern Idaho bringing this initiative to area voters. We have community organizations in Idaho Falls, Driggs, St. Anthony, and in Bingham County who need your support to gather the signatures of your neighbors. The Idaho Legislature failed, for the 6th year in a row, to pass a proposal to cover Idaho’s residents with incomes too low to qualify for a subsidy under the Idaho Exchange.