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    Was occupation worth taking a man’s life?

    Editorial

    Did activist Robert LaVoy Finicum have to die? Opinions are heated on last week’s shooting of the spokesman for activists who have staged a month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. Was it justified, or was it an ambush and murder? That’s a conclusion we’re not ready to jump at, because more importantly we’re asking whether this whole situation justified actions that resulted in a man losing his life. And with this also brings to mind the role of law enforcement as public servants and protectors of the peace.

    Continually evolving drug trends warrant renewed attention, vigilance

    Editorial

    If you know all about the trending illegal drug scene, then you can stop reading here. But, if you are like us, you likely have no clue as to the extent of what is really going on … and so perhaps, you should be paying better attention.

    Love is a verb; it calls for action

    Editorial

    The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach. “I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.

    Question with Wilks: Will they be good neighbors?

    Editorial

    Will they be good neighbors? That’s the question we ask ourselves when someone pulls up with the moving van into the vacant house next to us. Can we get along? Will they maintain their property to both its benefit and that of the neighborhood? Will they not be disruptive? Overall, will they reflect our values?

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Letters to the Editor

    Witless attempt to rid country of forest land

    Letter to the Editor

    Commissioner Chmelik underestimates the intelligence of his constituents. Most of us can see the inconsistency ....

    Compare their crime to that of conspiring cadre of officials

    Letter to the Editor

    Okay, so maybe moving in and taking over the Malheur wildlife refuge in Oregon wasn’t the wisest, best approach for patriotic justice seekers to use to show support for their imprisoned brothers, nor in any other attempts to appeal to those far-more-permanent government occupiers for “redress of grievances,” a right secured and supposedly guaranteed to us all within the freedom documents founding our nation....

    Better to highlight those who pay taxes, keep up communities

    Letter to the Editor

    Bear Claw: So let me get this straight – you have a man that’s too lazy to work, too lazy to plant his own garden, is unable to put his food up in a way to keep and not spoil, depends on neighbors so he can receive mail and provide him with garden foods. He joins a church so he can receive more assistance....

    Chmelik playing an elaborate shell game

    Letter to the Editor

    Something is rotten in “Landmark” — i.e. The Western Landmark Foundation created and promoted by Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik— an organization with no oversight or accountability.

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Guest Commentary

    Healthcare delivery in Idaho: Eventually, system to make fiscal sense

    Guest Opinion

    The maze of healthcare delivery in Idaho may become even more complex this year.

    PCAP: great start to keep more Idahoans healthy

    Guest Opinion

    I’ve read and watched with interest in recent days as legislators, healthcare providers, community leaders, columnists, editorial boards and citizens have reacted to the Primary Care Access Plan that I unveiled Jan. 7. Responses have run the gamut from “It’s not enough – just expand Medicaid” to “We shouldn’t do anything but focus on repealing Obamacare.”

    Vocational training – is it enough?

    Guest Opinion

    We need a well-trained work force, on that most agree. But the current emphasis on vocational training and de-emphasis on ‘liberating’ knowledge such as humanities and the arts is a dangerous tradeoff.

    Initiatives evidence that citizens disillusioned status quo to change

    Guest Opinion

    There is some irony in the precarious position the Gem State has found itself in. Despite setting a goal in 2010 for 60 percent of Idaho’s young people under age 34 to attend postsecondary education, the Idaho Legislature then decided the way to encourage young people to attend college is to significantly inflate the tuition costs for those would-be students in the subsequent years that followed.

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Was occupation worth taking a man’s life?

Editorial

Did activist Robert LaVoy Finicum have to die? Opinions are heated on last week’s shooting of the spokesman for activists who have staged a month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. Was it justified, or was it an ambush and murder? That’s a conclusion we’re not ready to jump at, because more importantly we’re asking whether this whole situation justified actions that resulted in a man losing his life. And with this also brings to mind the role of law enforcement as public servants and protectors of the peace.

Healthcare delivery in Idaho: Eventually, system to make fiscal sense

Guest Opinion

The maze of healthcare delivery in Idaho may become even more complex this year.

Witless attempt to rid country of forest land

Letter to the Editor

Commissioner Chmelik underestimates the intelligence of his constituents. Most of us can see the inconsistency ....

Compare their crime to that of conspiring cadre of officials

Letter to the Editor

Okay, so maybe moving in and taking over the Malheur wildlife refuge in Oregon wasn’t the wisest, best approach for patriotic justice seekers to use to show support for their imprisoned brothers, nor in any other attempts to appeal to those far-more-permanent government occupiers for “redress of grievances,” a right secured and supposedly guaranteed to us all within the freedom documents founding our nation....

Better to highlight those who pay taxes, keep up communities

Letter to the Editor

Bear Claw: So let me get this straight – you have a man that’s too lazy to work, too lazy to plant his own garden, is unable to put his food up in a way to keep and not spoil, depends on neighbors so he can receive mail and provide him with garden foods. He joins a church so he can receive more assistance....

Chmelik playing an elaborate shell game

Letter to the Editor

Something is rotten in “Landmark” — i.e. The Western Landmark Foundation created and promoted by Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik— an organization with no oversight or accountability.

Process simple to file for county position

Letter to the Editor

The following information is for anyone thinking about filing to run for an Idaho County position, i.e. commissioner....

Continually evolving drug trends warrant renewed attention, vigilance

Editorial

If you know all about the trending illegal drug scene, then you can stop reading here. But, if you are like us, you likely have no clue as to the extent of what is really going on … and so perhaps, you should be paying better attention.

PCAP: great start to keep more Idahoans healthy

Guest Opinion

I’ve read and watched with interest in recent days as legislators, healthcare providers, community leaders, columnists, editorial boards and citizens have reacted to the Primary Care Access Plan that I unveiled Jan. 7. Responses have run the gamut from “It’s not enough – just expand Medicaid” to “We shouldn’t do anything but focus on repealing Obamacare.”

Instead of vilifying, thank legislators for fight to keep us free

Letter to the Editor

Robert G. Schultze made some interesting accusations in his letter of Jan. 20. First, let’s examine the “greedy gun lobby.” I presume he means the NRA, which was established in 1871.

County’s expenditure is misguided, a waste

Letter to the Editor

I once thought it was a passing thing. But after three years in a row, I figure it’s about that time of year for our commissioners to skim another $5,000 off our taxes and send the check down to attorney Ken Ivory, in Utah, so that he can continue to taunt the people who own public lands, you and me.

Imagine these three...

Letter to the Editor

Imagine a picture of Obama, Kerry and Hillary ....

Good community support for 4-H club

Letter to the Editor

The lively livestock horse project would like to thank the community for supporting us by buying our baked goods.

No more Bushes, no more Clintons ...

Letter to the Editor

I will never look at a GUCCI bag again. No more Bushes, no more Clintons, no more elite baggage handlers. Those alligator handbags are out of my closet. In fact, no closet I have will sport these handbags.

Rules for English a sick joke on mankind

Letter to the Editor

Well, after reading “Parts of Speech: Seeing How Words Work,” I have come to the conclusion that learning how to build a rocket ship, with no prior knowledge, or assistance, in the middle of the night, in pitch black darkness, blindfolded and with my hands tied behind my back would be extremely more manageable to understand than the written English language!