Editorials

 

Firefighter shortage a life or death matter

Home heating fires are popping up on regional and national newspaper pages, but the “story behind the story” is not what could have been done to prevent these, but whether someone will show up to put out the fire in time. Or at all. Check out Lucky Brandt’s plea in this week’s letters page. He’s a longtime Kooskia firefighter raising such a warning, and also a call: Idaho County needs more volunteer firefighters.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Invest in your neighbors; shop local on Small Business Saturday

When you are planning your shopping trip, keep a few things in mind: When purchasing local, you are essentially supporting yourself and your family. Repeat studies have shown that your local businesses give back to their communities at a far greater percentage than do national chains.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Kids Klub makes a difference

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This sentiment has been used before to describe what Kids Klub, Inc., has done for Grangeville, but it’s time to revisit that thought.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Student experience survey promises empowerment

How is your school year going? Students – and soon their parents – can soon weigh in on the values and opinions of their educational experience through a statewide student engagement survey to be taken next spring.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


About that forum, absent candidates and letters

A good turnout, Grangeville! Let’s hope for as much or better public involvement in community affairs in the future. Last week’s candidates’ forum for open city council and mayoral positions had an impressive turnout; more than 90 attended Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. And the event was a deal-maker or breaker for several voters we talked with, who said they will be making their voting decisions come Nov. 7 on what they heard that evening.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


On My Honor? Decision effectively ends scouting

As the movie gangsters might say, “You are dead to me.” This month, the Boys Scouts of America announced girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn Boy Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle rank.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Candidates are committed; you should be also

Area residents have a rare opportunity this election season to take a hand in the direction their cities head in the coming year. It’s a unique occasion as we have not had such contested races in city elections for several cycles.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Player protests cast doubt on NFL's future

The NFL players’ protests have been the talk of the nation for more than a week. Everyone has a take, but almost no one has a stake. While fans feel like they’re in serious relationships with their favorite teams, the league’s marriages with gigantic television companies are the real deals.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Leaders with big picture view needed to overhaul public lands management

Sometimes, the problems are overwhelming. Take the national debt, for example, which reached $20 trillion for the first time in history. That is obviously insane and casts shame upon our legislators, as a whole, that the budget is funded with such reckless financial mismanagement, due to which adds more than $1.5 billion in debt every day.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Local taxes not the biggest issue, but worthy of public's attention

People don’t show up for public meetings the way they used to. History describes huge numbers standing for hours, listening to Lincoln and Douglas, but during the Sept. 5 Idaho County budget hearing last week, elected officials shared a laugh over something they – and we – are worried about.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

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