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Quit insufferable ‘fake news’ whining; better use for advisory vote

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Memo for Kerry Uhlenkott and Co.: I seriously doubt that 60,000 (currently) uninsured Idahoans are going to line up for abortions once Medicaid Expansion is passed in November. Idaho’s working folks (and families), who are trapped in the gap just want access to good health care insurance with preventative and treatment measures so that they, too, can enjoy quality of life and peace of mind. To actually want to deny basic health care to 60,000 of our neighbors on the basis of a lame, narrow, misinformed supposition is mean-spirited and, quite frankly, not very Christian.

Note to Priscilla Giddings: You were caught with two homeowner tax exemptions when only one is allowed. You know that. Just pay the bill and quit your insufferable “fake news” whining.

Message for Idaho County Commissioners: I agree that our commissioners should “query the citizens of Idaho County” to get an accurate reading of public opinion. I absolutely disagree with your poor decision to put an “advisory vote” on the November ballot regarding any possible future action on wilderness and/or Wild and Scenic River designations. These are public lands over which you have no authority, so what’s the point? Why do you continue to ignore the obvious ace-in-the-hole value of recreation on public lands within Idaho County? In this case, the commission is more interested in promoting their pet-peevish agenda rather than maintaining a strong conservation-industry collaboration and related, effective on-the-ground working dollars. If the commission truly wants helpful public input, then why not request an advisory vote for genuine county issues such as:

• Do you support the construction of community drop-off sites to streamline collection of solid waste (garbage and recyclables) throughout the county?

• What kind of clean, well-paying businesses would you like to see established in Idaho County?

Shelley Dumas



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