Letters to the Editor



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..


Give $1.6 million back to the population

In language saved for emergencies, the county told us they were not getting SRS funding this year, so needed to raise taxes by $600,000 to cover the deficiency. Likewise, the school district told us that they too weren’t getting SRS funding, and so need to raise the school levy by almost $1 million to cover the loss.

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


Fallen into political trap of ignoring individual

If you’ve lived in Idaho long, you’ve probably heard someone say that the surest way to lose an election is to have a D following your name. The joke goes something like this: “R means ‘re-elect’ and D means ‘doomed.’” It’s fairly dark humor because it implied a stagnant state of mind, which will eventually lead to a stagnant state.

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


Idaho deserves better than Labrador for governor

Raul Labrador is a man who publicly lies, promotes taxpayer subsidies for special interests, and favors big government programs over private enterprise—all while claiming to be a fiscal conservative and supporter of small government.

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

Where is outrage over plan to steal from us?

When we pay our federal taxes, we are used to them disappearing into the unknown. We keep faith that somehow, through all the bureaucracy from here to Washington and back, our money is for the good of We the People (us).

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


Results speak volumes on local opinions for Wild and Scenic plan

Three weeks ago, I asked the people of Idaho County to vote yes or no on the proposal to make the South Fork of the Clearwater Wild and Scenic or not. I would like to thank the Free Press for printing my 3 letters and thank all the people who voted. Here is how the numbers broke out: 104 total votes, 101 no and 3 yes. 97 percent no to Wild and Scenic.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Arguments don’t hold truth to reality of world around us

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner. A Constitutional Republic is a lamb armed with his 2nd Amendment rights contesting the vote.” Does anyone find it interesting that Joe Tosten [April 4 issue] does not address any of the points raised in my letter to the editor [March 28 issue]. He knowingly ignores the truth and spreads propaganda. (Fake news anyone?)

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


ARF working diligently toward animal shelter

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is sponsoring a fund-raiser on the evening of May 11 at The Gallery. There will be great food and drawings for several amazing prizes. The ARF board members are dedicating their time and effort to build a no-kill animal shelter that will serve all of Idaho County.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Dissolve taxing district for Syringa Hospital

Idaho County Commissioners are struggling with the budget and tax increases. We should offset the tax increase by dissolving the Syringa Hospital (taxing) District. The hospital will survive. People in the district get no real benefit for the half million dollars, which is a mere 2.5 percent of gross revenues.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Why didn’t commission ask for input on extra pay for meetings?

Our taxes provide the money to pay the Idaho County Commissioners $24,000 per year to take care of County business. That’s fair. Unfortunately, the commissioners just voted to pay themselves an additional $25/hour for meetings that last four hours. Obviously, they forgot to check their job descriptions. It includes attending meetings.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Prairie success story for home-schooling

Life on a windswept prairie can surprise you. The weather is a capricious laughing lady insisting on her right to suddenly change her mind. Thomas bore with the weather, farmed, and sought more land. He felt he could not spare his son from chores to let him go to school. The boy’s mother did what she could to educate him at home his first nine years.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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