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Rep. Labrador’s renewed efforts good; need to be more inclusive

Good effort by Congressman Raul Labrador who remains persistent on his proposal to allow state and local management of federally managed forests.

Freedom a wealth no debt can encumber

Editor’s preface: Of our many holidays, Memorial Day is a standout for encouraging remembrance of those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Making a difference: Committed citizens can change a county

You’ve heard the quote before. In fact, we’ve printed Margaret Mead’s words of wisdom here on this very page in the past:

Political process wouldn’t benefit, improve from mandatory voting

Many things should be mandatory, such as slow speeds in school zones and that you don’t hit people you dislike with hammers. But voting?

EMTs are looking a little grayer these days

As firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) rushed about at Saturday’s mass casualty drill in Kamiah last Saturday, one observer made the comment that the EMTs are looking pretty gray.

Got it right: Using local products to help local communities

Homestead Ministries has it right. The non-profit’s mission in a sentence is to “spread love one soup packet at a time.”

Helicopter demo will help answer lingering questions on SH helipad proposal

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Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be hearing a proposal for a helicopter demonstration at the proposed Syringa Hospital helipad site on Main Street.

Education alone won’t drive civic participation

Let’s set the scene for you on public participation with your local government: Imagine multimillion dollar budgets being discussed, tens of thousands of dollars being authorized for expenditure on infrastructure projects, and changes proposed in zoning ordinances.

Preparing for fall city elections starts now

Don’t let people mislead you with their defeatist talk; you can make a difference. And it all starts in your city government. It’s not quite that time, yet, for filing candidacy petitions for open city council positions.

Let offenders learn, grow from mistakes

Across our desk came notice of $30.5 million being made available from the U.S. Department of Labor in “Face Forward” grants. The program helps youth between the ages of 14 to 24 in communities with high poverty and high crime rates with occupational training and credentials that, according to the program, “help them open the door to career success.”

Prescription medication abuse thrives partially on lack of understanding

Prescription medication misuse and abuse is not exclusively a big-city problem; it’s here – right here in rural Idaho — and we have work to do to raise public awareness about the problem.

Tactless statement disrespects our heritage

Let’s just say we’re more than just disappointed in our Dist. 7 State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll’s performance last week.

Smarter Sentencing Act: how legislating should be

Good solutions that cut out wasted spending and arbitrary decision-making. Empowering individuals to serve justice.

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.

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