Letters to the Editor

 

No on levy: inability to function within means

District 244 Supt. Schiebe talks about levy costs rising only slightly, citing the 2018 levy will be $3.67 per thousand of net taxable property value or only about $31 per month. Problem is the county tax assessor does not bill monthly.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


GOP, their president do not care about safety of children

After this latest mass shooting in Florida, it should come as no surprise to you that the Republican Party and their president do not care in the least about the safety of our children. Don’t be misled by what they say, just look at what they do.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Efforts treat symptoms and not the cause

Compared to simply having fewer children, all your well-intentioned efforts like “recycling” or buying expensive little “hybrid” cars, etc., are pretty much flatulating in the wind … treating the symptoms and not the cause.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Another way to look at NICI carolers

In the Free Press, for three weeks, I have read emotional letters over the Christmas caroling done by “residents” at NICI to “residents” at the assisted living homes in Grangeville.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Carbon monoxide: avoid injury, death; take precautions

Kooskia Fire and Ambulance have responded to at least five incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning in the last two years. These resulted in two fatalities and twelve patients transported to a hospital. Some of the exposures were quite serious with effects lasting for a significant period of time. These could have resulted in additional fatalities in a relatively short period of time.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Why perpetuate the criminal stigma?

I have been disappointed and disheartened by the recent letters to the editor with the unkind and, in my opinion, unwarranted comments about NICI’s community service program.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


How soon we forget Waco, Ruby Ridge

When I was young, I liked to watch the TV show, “The Untouchables.” I understood that these FBI agents were “incorruptible.” Maybe back then, but not today! How soon we forget Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Rally cry of equality steals your triumphs...

Prevailing attitudes promulgate practices upon the public. For example: Offshoring /outsourcing in an attempt to internationalize economies at our expense, where vocational schools were retired. We heard in an address by Trump that spoke of bringing back vocational studies. Politics dictates policy. Open borders is a policy of integrating globalist interests.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


All in all, we just want residents’ safety first

Last week, a rebuttal letter was published about concerns of NICI “convicts” (because they are all convicted of crimes) or offenders or inmates or clients or students or whatever the department is calling them now, caroling at a nursing home where my mother-in-law resides. There is some misinformation in this rebuttal.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Hoped Idaho would lead way to reject Con-Con con

Two things are going on right now, namely a push for a convention of states to bypass Congress to create a Constitutional Convention. That is not possible. The states have no such power. Only Congress can call a Constitutional Convention, hence the name Con-Con con.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Courtesy tips for those who litter on roadside

While picking up roadside litter, I had the idea to pass along a few courtesy tips for you folks. These will be relayed to you in no particular order of importance. It all has to be picked up. - In steep terrain, throw to the upside of the road. - Empty all twist top containers and screw lid back on....

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Wisdom through the awful grace of god

As my siblings and I gathered for our father’s Friday funeral, I reflected on how people sometimes speak of “death by natural causes,” such as death related to old age. But death always seems, to me, so unnatural, as though we mortals were meant to live forever.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Tax base erosion faces taxpayers who make up difference

This year brings another round of elections asking voters to approve financing the maintenance and operations of area schools. Regardless of your position on whether or not levies should be supported, I want to make everyone aware of the reality that faces local taxpayers—the continuing erosion of our tax base.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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