Letters to the Editor


Did I miss something? Just asking

Right? Did I miss something? When we overpay a utility bill, a mortgage, or an income tax, we are credited, or sent a check for the overpayment. Apparently, though, the process to refund the overpayment is more complicated at the county and school level. OK, I get that. But is it more complicated to give it back than it was to raise?

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Dist. 7B: no voice as Shepherd was absent

If you found yourself not being able to locate Representative Shepherd in his office at the capital, get return letters, e-mails and phone calls, or locate him during the disasters the district has endured, you are not alone. He has silenced and ignored the voice of District 7.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings: well-qualified to represent Dist. 7

“Fake News” has become a pejorative and media hates it. Media’s lack of respect, is not merely international, national, it is here in Idaho state, as well. The public assumed media presented facts without being taken out of context or creating narratives for outcomes.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Poetic witness for precious lives

I sometimes cringe at the unpoetic vitriolic leveled at our fellow flawed humans. Yet I thank God that Americans have the right to peacefully—even charitably—disagree. If my policy is not adopted, or if my candidate doesn’t win, I still have tremendous freedom to speak, to write, to publish, to vote, to creatively advocate—until a majority of citizens agree, or at least respect the reasonable basis for my position.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Medicaid expansion within reach — more signatures needed

After months of hard work by dedicated volunteers across the state of Idaho, getting Medicaid expansion on the November ballot is within reach. Amazing progress has been made, but we’re in the final stretch to meet the April 30 deadline and we need one last push for signatures to qualify.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Russ Fulcher can be trusted in Congress

Is there an Idaho citizen statesman that we can truly trust in Congress? Yes, one! Russ Fulcher! He has invaluable experience in international affairs working for Micron Tech in 26 countries, including Arab countries.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Facing empty shelves; need helpers, mixes

We want to thank our community for their generous help and we are asking again for assistance. We are experiencing empty shelves. Currently we’re serving 400-500 people each month. We’re in need....

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lochsa Land Exchange revival; don’t be fooled

A front page article in Saturday’s April 14 Lewiston Tribune discussed the “revival of the Lochsa land exchange.” The Idaho Dept. of lands (IDL) would purchase the 39,000 acres of private land owned by Western Pacific Timber Inc. (WPT) and trade the land for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests land at an undisclosed location.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Dissolving Syringa Hospital district would be perilous

A letter in the April 11 Free Press suggests dissolving the taxing district for Syringa Hospital. The statement, “The hospital will survive,” merits consideration. Since 2010, 83 rural hospitals in America have closed and 700 more are “at risk” of closing during the next 10 years. Syringa Hospital (and others in Idaho) are in the larger group because they fit the profile of rural hospitals with identifiable trends and patterns of increasing distress.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


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