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Good view of narrow privatization agenda

Letter to the Editor

The Wilks Brothers, billionaires from Texas, have purchased 38,000 acres of Idaho County. Traditional recreation access, by permission of the previous landowners, has gone bye-bye. Commissioner Chmelik has dismissed local concerns with the published statement: “As long as they (the Wilks Brothers) pay their taxes, I’m not worried.”

These are personality, not survey, problems

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The U.S. Observers appearing in your mailbox are there for a reason, and though they might be free to you, they are not free. Someone is paying big bucks for them and it is not the U.S. Observer.

Great recreation district board will serve well

his week our White Bird Area Recreation District and the Grangeville school district will formally begin the final procedures to transfer over the former White Bird Elementary School to the newly formed recreation district

Not local, but business interests drive trade

Letter to the Editor

To grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I wanted to sadly inform you what may be happening to your forest areas due to the misguidance and obsession of certain public officials. These are the same forest areas that many of you remember the times you have spent hunting, fishing, picking berries, mushrooms, etc. with your parents and grandparents.

Traitors for gun lobby

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We have elected a bunch of fast-talking, back-stabbing congressmen who are under the complete control of the greedy gun lobby. They have no intention of doing anything about the mass killings that are now so common in America.

Appreciate creativity with our food drives

Letter of Thanks

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. We thank our faithful individuals, businesses, churches, schools, organizations and clubs that donate food, money and time to keep us going.

Who determines what’s legally ‘scenic?’

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The “scenic” picture of the Walla Walla area featured in the Dec. 20 Tribune brought to mind the subject of “scenic easements,” the instruments used by the U.S. government to control private property that they don’t own. I question the validity of these easements and believe they are devious at best and unconstitutional at worst.

Difficulty in finding lipstick to cover land exchange pig

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As the Lochsa Land Exchange process changes once again, the county commissioners are finding it more difficult to find enough political lipstick to cover the land exchange pig.

Commission doesn’t ‘get it’ on exchange

Letter to the Editor

Despite frequent statements otherwise, our Idaho County commissioners don’t “get it.”

Hand power to others, voice doesn’t count

Letter to the Editor

Those who empower themselves at the expense of others exhibit predatory practices. Our republican ideal is built on the notion of the support of rights of the individual.

Selling access? Well, if it walks like a duck

Letter to the Editor

It appears that our good Governor Otter has taken a lesson from Hillary and Bill Clinton on how to leverage your political position to ‘encourage’ folks to give them money that they can then use for their own political purposes. And how, you ask, is he doing this?

Rules should require poll on proposed trade before money spent

Letter to the Editor

Outdoor recreation on mostly public lands in America contributes two thirds of trillion dollars annually to the economy, 6.5 million jobs, $289 billion retail sales — in Idaho 77,000 jobs, $1.8 billion wages and $461 billion local tax revenues.

Larson’s staff had fun helping this Christmas

Letter of Thanks

Whoo hoo! Thank you to everyone for shopping locally this past Christmas season.

Omnibus bill unstable; take hard look at self

Letter to the Editor

When did elected leaders become so free with our money (taxes) for “do-gooder” charities? Is it because we who elected them want handouts because we are too lazy to face insecurity and risk?

Unfair system to gather public comments

Letter to the Editor

The USFS has put out its “Request for Comments” on small-scale suction dredging in Orogrande and French Creeks and the South Fork of the Clearwater River environment assessment Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.