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David Rauzi

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Regional animal shelter an idea to consider

Last week, the Grangeville City Council began discussion on proposed code changes that, if adopted, would end licensing cats.

County drivers not rude, just annoyingly courteous

Someone once said that the value of a survey is not in the results but in the controversy it generates in its aftermath with folks vying to contradict its findings.

No easy answers to address motorcycle fatalities

Usually in this spot we’re calling your attention to an issue and yapping about what we’d do to make the world a better place if we were named kings for a day.

Newspapering is just fine ... thanks

How does it feel to be working for a dying industry? Well, you must be talking about eight-track tapes or Chia pets, because newspapering is humming right along, thank you...

Where’d my stuff go? Check your storage locker

Is your stuff safe? Are you sure? Have you checked?

Rest areas a good opportunity for cooperation

Chances for success improve when you are engaged with partners sharing mutual goals. And we have a lightly tapped resource that could be the catalyst for such a cooperative effort.

Labrador takes on rap that legislators all ‘morally bad’

It’s good to be reminded that our opponents are not necessarily our enemies, and just because they oppose us doesn’t mean they are moral degenerates.

Public info victory: food stamp spending open for scrutiny

How are your tax dollars spent? Specifically, how much money are local retailers being paid through participation in the food stamp program?

Incident emphasizes need for bike safety

Accidents happen, but there’s lots we can do as far as prevention, and as well to minimize the resulting negative aftermath.

Building knowledge, skill base to build network for future success

This letter is in response to David Rauzi’s editorial printed on June 25 in regards to the Clearwater Economic Development Association’s new initiative titled, “Putting All the Pieces Together for Success.

Border Days 2014: New to town? Well, you should know...

The old town gets a little busier during Border Days, what with all our returning kids and friends showing up for reunions and some general holiday malarkey. For all the homegrown folks – and for us somewhat seasoned transplants from elsewhere – we’ve got the unique characteristics down for this rural Camas Prairie town (and all our rural neighbors in Idaho County).

Community program needs long-term focus

When it comes to community empowerment, we’re right in line with the old adage of “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” Unless he doesn’t like sushi — then you also have to teach him to cook.

One last election thing...Importance of your precinct committee

When checking through your May 20th ballots you may have noticed on your way an unheralded – and uncontested – race: precinct committeeman. The lack of interest in this race is a shame, as this is a good spot to start for those political enthusiasts to become more involved in the process and in starting a political career.

Expand, improve escape notifications

We’re pretty helpful around here to give a hitchhiker a lift from point A to point B; maybe they’re broken down, or just between jobs and a means of transportation. At least, that’s their story.

Rest stops: Keep to potty breaks; not for commerce

Rest areas are a hot and cold subject: Desperately important when you need them, but otherwise they are pretty low to nonexistent on our day-to-day agendas.

Want to restore voter participation? Provide tools, reason

Voting is important, but if we’re being serious here, we could really care less if you put your hand to a ballot or not next Tuesday, May 20. That’s not our editorial opinion. That’s our state talking.

A few things to get ready before election

Before you know it, the May 20 primary elections will be here. Unless you’ve already voted absentee, you’re still kicking around the “who” and “why” of your choices, so here are a few things to help you get ready.

Threatened rivers designation a farce

As the Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.” This is the case with a piece of hype stating the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers as among the top 10 endangered rivers.

$174k congressional salary: not enough?

At $174,000 annually, our federal legislators – essentially functioning as the board of directors for the “largest economic entity in the world” — are woefully underpaid.

County’s aging population requires new discussions

An AARP Armageddon? Tone down the hysteria involved in news reporting of our graying population and let’s focus on what we need to do to meet the future – and in some cases, present – challenges of our growing group of older folks.

Local Option Tax? Let the discussion begin

Grangeville residents: Would you be in favor of adding a half-percent tax on sales within the city? What if that meant additional revenue to improve city services? Extend city pool hours? Or (just name your particular municipal project here)?

Easy to get a GRIP on this legislation

Yet more proposed federal legislation? Yep, and this time it’s on gun owner data collection. But there’s a couple reasons to get behind this, neither of which specifically deals with guns.

Fun with Bing maps: Find places you never knew about

... and that don’t exist in Grangeville

Have you been to Annie’s Saloon in Grangeville? Whatcha mean there’s no such place? It’s on Bing maps, and the Internet is not wrong; Wikipedia says so. If you have a little downtime for some Internet surfing, bring up the Bing map of your community. In a geeky sort of way, there’s some fun to be had, such as finding where you live. Or you can try to guess the time of year, even the month, the aerial shot was taken (hint: That looks like the fireworks stand in Asker’s Harvest Foods parking lot).

County government deserving of your time, talents

You like Idaho County, right? For the most part, that’s why you live here, work here, play here. So, do you think all that you enjoy about North Central Idaho happens for free? Well, apart from God’s nice touches on our mountains, rivers and prairie … nope. Someone (a whole lot of someones actually) has to work to make things happen or keep them from happening.

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Thanks to many on Association concert

Thanks: David Rauzi

Just a short note to say how great an event we had on Monday with the Larry Ramos Farewell Concert with The Association. Our appreciation goes up the chain, starting with Larry himself providing this opportunity here in Grangeville at the Blue Fox Theater, and as a benefit for the Clearwater to Salmon Rivers Relay for Life. Appreciation also to band members who came in for this event, and the army of organizers who made this happen.

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GHS lockdown: Reaction, aftermath appropriate

Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.

Keep higher speeds limited to interstates

Many of us push the limit (and maybe a little past?) of regulated speeds on our roads and highways, but we may want to be questioning a little deeper a proposed Idaho Senate bill that would — in certain circumstances — allow for increased speeds.

Teens and texting while driving: not what you expect

It’s those teenagers and their gadgets, texting and talking on the phone while driving, that is the problem. Public perception on this hazard is such that there has been support to legislate prohibitions on this activity for novice drivers ages 18 and younger.

Proposed legislation good change to fed sentencing laws

Spouse beaters, gas station robbers and drug dealers: All are criminals, but not all these folks should be treated the same when it comes to sentencing.

Money is not the only way to make a difference

A year following the approximate $6.1 million donation through the Orrin Webb estate, the Grangeville community is seeing improvements in infrastructure, buildings and programs, as well as plans for more good works down the road.

Much to be thankful for in Idaho County

It’s time to be one of those “glass half full” people as we head into Thanksgiving, because we’ve got a lot to be thankful for here in Idaho County. How so?

Old argument revisits lie about logging

Washington State Rep. Doc Hastings (R) is taking editorial flak lately for his proposed legislation to make logging a requirement on public forestlands affected in this year’s Rim Fire in California to speed timber sales and deter legal challenges.

Each of us responsible for civil discourse

The statement was shocking: a man recently told a local middle school student (… really, a kid??) that the President needed to be assassinated.

Of course, business is important, but...

Let’s support labor for a change

Is your candidate pro-business? A better question to ask is whether he or she is pro-labor. The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACA) is pushing this week prior to next Tuesday’s, Nov. 5, elections that voters consider candidates with strong business backgrounds.

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Drug misuse, abuse starts, ends in your medicine cabinet

Sorry to add yet another item to your “to do” list, but you should really clean out those old medications.

Shutdown, flowers and police tasers?

Yesterday, United Action for Idaho (UAI) was to demonstrate at the Idaho Capital, asking for a cease-and-desist order to the state’s Congressional members to stop the shutdown and pay the nation’s bills, and as part of that they were to lay flowers on the statehouse steps representing all Idahoans who have been impacted by the GOP’s negligence and obstructionism.

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