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    Still needed: responsible budgeting

    The U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) annual Budget and Economic Outlook report shows that, absent action, the United States continues to remain on an unsustainable fiscal path with the national debt expected to grow by $9 trillion during the course of the next 10 years. According to CBO, the cost of the interest payments alone on the debt are expected to rise by 5.6 trillion, which would account for roughly 13.5 percent of total annual federal spending.

    Credit for Rep. Shepherd on representing district

    Our Dist. 7B Representative Paul Shepherd recently came under fire for proposing the state make a custom license plate featuring the Orofino Maniacs logo, a portion of sales ($12) from which would benefit their schools.

    Make it harder for scammers the next time

    “My name is Mrs. Glenda Buthelezi. I am a South African and a financial consultant working with a financial institution. I am contacting you to partner with me to secure the funds ($34M) kept in the custody of a bank in South Africa by one of former associate of the late president of Libya who is now deceased.”

    SRS issue: Time to send the feds an invoice?

    When highway district representatives, county commissioners and state elected officials came together Saturday for a meeting on a world without Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds, two things came to mind.

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    Embracing new approaches to achieving recovery, resiliency

    The State of Idaho and Optum are working together with one goal in mind: to transform the outpatient mental health and substance use system to better help people reach recovery and ensure that valuable tax dollars are used effectively.

    Babies dying, mother’s lives at risk

    Planned Parenthood has initiated plans nationwide to install what are called “web cam” facilities in all of the states. In Idaho, we have convincing evidence that they want to implement web cam facilities in our state, as they have already done in Iowa. If this becomes a reality, web cam abortions could be done here.

    Idaho needs great teachers

    Effective teachers are essential to student achievement and success. Providing competitive, professional-level salaries is critical to recruiting, developing and keeping great teachers in the classroom.

    Otter: Join Democrats to help workers

    Eight years have taught Idahoans that we need to pay more attention to what Governor Otter does than what he says he does. Yes, Governor Otter, Idaho learns. But we have yet to see whether you and your administration does.

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Still needed: responsible budgeting

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) annual Budget and Economic Outlook report shows that, absent action, the United States continues to remain on an unsustainable fiscal path with the national debt expected to grow by $9 trillion during the course of the next 10 years. According to CBO, the cost of the interest payments alone on the debt are expected to rise by 5.6 trillion, which would account for roughly 13.5 percent of total annual federal spending.

Embracing new approaches to achieving recovery, resiliency

The State of Idaho and Optum are working together with one goal in mind: to transform the outpatient mental health and substance use system to better help people reach recovery and ensure that valuable tax dollars are used effectively.

Your generosity has blessed our community

Letter: Carol Schmidt Camas Prairie Food Bank Grangeville

Camas Prairie Food Bank Board and volunteer staff thank all who have helped us, this past year, continue to serve those needing food assistance in our area.

True morality isn’t legislated; takes inward heart change

Letter: Jim Holsinger Grangeville

There seems to be a continual push for enacting moral laws to protect us from ourselves. Consider those who fight to establish anti-gun laws.

Can ITD Dist. 2 get some respect? How about a crosswalk?

Letter: Glen Scott Swearingen Kooskia

The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, U.S. Highway 12, in Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Idaho Transportation Department’s 2nd District. It gets no respect. The last time it got respect, Captain Meriwether Lewis had something to do with it.

Next year, send your affectations to home

Letter: Steven Wassmuth Grangeville

Call me the “Valentine’s Day Scrooge” if you wish but something last week made me wonder why this had to happen.

Credit for Rep. Shepherd on representing district

Our Dist. 7B Representative Paul Shepherd recently came under fire for proposing the state make a custom license plate featuring the Orofino Maniacs logo, a portion of sales ($12) from which would benefit their schools.

Babies dying, mother’s lives at risk

Planned Parenthood has initiated plans nationwide to install what are called “web cam” facilities in all of the states. In Idaho, we have convincing evidence that they want to implement web cam facilities in our state, as they have already done in Iowa. If this becomes a reality, web cam abortions could be done here.

Generous gift of music by Varsity Blue Choir

Letter: James Haeder

I received an e-mail from my sister-in-law, Dawn Kennedy-Haeder, outlining the visit from the Varsity Blue Choir, to my brother, Dewey Haeder. Again, this group has shown compassion and grace to visit my brother and to serenade him for Valentine’s Day, as he and my sister-in-law struggle with his medical and physical decline. Thank you, Varsity Blue and Mrs. Stefani, for your touching and generous gift of time and music, and a quote from Dawn’s e-mail: “When he was awake later, I asked him if he had been awake enough to hear the choir. He whispered ‘Oh yes,’ and smiled again. Then he began to hum.”

Not the waste implied with highway districts

Letter: Mary Lycan

Regarding Ms. Perdue’s letter [Feb. 11 issue] of living within budgets, I think she needs to look a little deeper into what takes place with road maintenance. She may be an authority on equipment maintenance and snowplowing but that is not all the districts are responsible for.

Make it harder for scammers the next time

“My name is Mrs. Glenda Buthelezi. I am a South African and a financial consultant working with a financial institution. I am contacting you to partner with me to secure the funds ($34M) kept in the custody of a bank in South Africa by one of former associate of the late president of Libya who is now deceased.”

Idaho needs great teachers

Effective teachers are essential to student achievement and success. Providing competitive, professional-level salaries is critical to recruiting, developing and keeping great teachers in the classroom.

Otter: Join Democrats to help workers

Eight years have taught Idahoans that we need to pay more attention to what Governor Otter does than what he says he does. Yes, Governor Otter, Idaho learns. But we have yet to see whether you and your administration does.

Business continues; thanks for support, shopping local

Letter: Robert A. Nida, One Hour Photo Express, Inc. / Radio Shack

As reported in the news, Corporate RadioShack has filed Chapter 11. How does this affect our store in Grangeville, Idaho?