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    Voters rejected Chmelik for his style

    Editorial

    If you’ve asked the people you know who voted why they think Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik lost, they’ve probably already told you what they’ve been telling us: Mainly, they just don’t like his style.

    Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14

    Editorial

    As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

    Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living

    Editorial

    Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

    Beyond revenue, marijuana legalization also brings new challenges, duties

    Editorial

    Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.

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    Ideas I battle for are based in truth

    In Rebuttal

    Well, it’s been five weeks since the election and based on the amount of press, and e-mail comments from the left, I must be winning. The ideas I battle for are based in the truth and they ring faithful to the blessing of our liberties and freedoms. That we are endowed with certain inalienable rights and governments are instituted among men to secure the blessings of these liberties, not abridge them.

    Idaho knows how to manage lands for outdoor recreational activities

    Guest Opinion

    Outdoor recreational activities — hiking, mountain biking, hunting, skiing, fishing — are a way of life for many Idahoans. However, as the state population has increased, a decline in access to federally managed public lands has occurred, especially for recreational purposes. This is true throughout the West.

    Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve

    Guest Opinion

    Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve Enjoy community events and festivals? You’ve got your pick, starting this weekend with White Bird Days and Rodeo, and the CVRA rodeo. Should be lots of fun. And volunteers are running the whole show at these events, by the way.

    Senators work to improve forest management, wildfire budgeting

    Guest Opinion

    Late last month, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash,, released draft legislation aimed at improving forest management and wildfire budgeting. The bipartisan discussion draft reflects the work of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine and find solutions for these issues over the past two congresses. The bill uses a cap adjustment to end the practice of fire borrowing similar to the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which Wyden and Crapo first introduced in 2013.

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Ideas I battle for are based in truth

In Rebuttal

Well, it’s been five weeks since the election and based on the amount of press, and e-mail comments from the left, I must be winning. The ideas I battle for are based in the truth and they ring faithful to the blessing of our liberties and freedoms. That we are endowed with certain inalienable rights and governments are instituted among men to secure the blessings of these liberties, not abridge them.

Idaho knows how to manage lands for outdoor recreational activities

Guest Opinion

Outdoor recreational activities — hiking, mountain biking, hunting, skiing, fishing — are a way of life for many Idahoans. However, as the state population has increased, a decline in access to federally managed public lands has occurred, especially for recreational purposes. This is true throughout the West.

Crop signs are very much appreciated

Letter to the Editor

Seeing the crop identification signs along Highway 95 from Winchester to Grangeville is such a pleasure.

USFS letting road deteriorate to Whitewater Ranch

Letter to the Editor

Apparently the good-old USFS is letting the road to Whitewater Ranch on the Salmon River knowingly deteriorate to the point that it is almost, or it is by now, impossible to use even in a four-wheel pickup.

Voters rejected Chmelik for his style

Editorial

If you’ve asked the people you know who voted why they think Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik lost, they’ve probably already told you what they’ve been telling us: Mainly, they just don’t like his style.

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve

Guest Opinion

Enjoy festivals? Volunteers drive events; say thanks, step up, serve Enjoy community events and festivals? You’ve got your pick, starting this weekend with White Bird Days and Rodeo, and the CVRA rodeo. Should be lots of fun. And volunteers are running the whole show at these events, by the way.

Senators work to improve forest management, wildfire budgeting

Guest Opinion

Late last month, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash,, released draft legislation aimed at improving forest management and wildfire budgeting. The bipartisan discussion draft reflects the work of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine and find solutions for these issues over the past two congresses. The bill uses a cap adjustment to end the practice of fire borrowing similar to the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which Wyden and Crapo first introduced in 2013.

Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14

Editorial

As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

Legislators: Reconsider your political pension payoff perk

When a government board member compares a special perk for state lawmakers to an “insider trading” scheme, something sketchy is going on. The pejorative assessment came during the biennial meeting of the citizens committee charged with determining legislators’ salaries and benefits.

Either smear them or find way to fire them

Letter to the Editor

Wow, “The action was not taken for political reasons.” “It’s not political.” “It’s definitely not political.” Sheriff Giddings, is that how it is all handled in California?

Giddings: Trust him a little less than Hillary

Letter to the Editor

Two deputies in Asotin County knew about the abuse of a minor and did not take proper action. Neither of them are public officers any longer. Good. Luckily the sheriff there did not follow our Sheriff Doug Giddings example.

Call for county payments extension

Guest Opinion

The federal government is responsible for the impact of federal land ownership on local communities, and it must meet this responsibility within its budget. A bipartisan group of 33 fellow senators, including Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), recently joined me in calling for the reauthorization of critical payments to rural counties that help ensure this responsibility is met.

Getting attached is not bad thing for foster parents; don’t fear it, embrace it

Guest Opinion

As a foster parent, I am surprised by how often I hear the objection “I could never do that, I would get too attached.” If you’ve thought this before, let me suggest that you might make the ideal foster parent. Seriously. Consider signing up, there are children who need your heart.

Hope they are true conservatives ...

Letter to the Editor

They just lie about their party affiliation to cheat the system. No big deal to them.

Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living

Editorial

Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

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