Letter to the editor

    How does such a basic tenet of faith be overlooked, or is it lip service? Families with children attending BYU-Idaho have to decide this week whether to travel to school for the first day of classes, the day after Easter, or spend time with family and worship together the day of Easter.  Adm…

    Last year, nearly 10,000 Idaho high school seniors applied for admission to our state’s public post-secondary institutions. That fall, 2,600 recent graduates did not show up. That is why we have drafted legislation known as Idaho Promise to remove the barriers that prevent Idahoans from obta…

    Letter to the editor

      A new effort has arisen in the Pro-Life movement. Focus on the Family is currently planning an event in Times Square involving thousands who will gather on Saturday, May 4, to view a live 4-D ultrasound of a baby inside the womb. For those of us unable to attend, there are plans to live stre…

      Letter to the editor

        To me, true, inherent liberties of an individual are not granted by government, the Constitution, a legislature, or a person in power.  If they were, they are not liberties but favors bestowed upon individuals by those with ‘more power’.  And if the practice of bestowing favors by those with…

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          I applaud the school board for standing firm on their conviction that the fiscal path MVSD 244 is on is unsustainable. To me, it means they have a deeper understanding of their mandate to ensure the district is financially viable now and in the future. It takes guts to take the heat they are…

          Letter to the editor

            Thank you for publishing the story about the 9-year-old girl who had her emergency laparoscopic appendectomy in Orofino (4B, March 27th issue of Idaho County Free Press). The article was a perfect example of how knowing the people one works with truly improves the quality and experience of care.

            Letter to the editor

              On April 5th, this Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, the Idaho Supreme Court will convene a session at the Lewiston courthouse, room 1. This rare occurrence provides an opportunity for y'all to see Idaho’s highest judiciary in practice. 

              When Idaho’s founders drafted our state’s Constitution, they went to great pains not to forget the source of their authority—the people. While Idaho is set up like most other republican forms of government with three co-equal branches, it also provides a system of checks and balances by the …

              Letter to the editor

                At Monday’s night’s school board meeting, I saw anguish, sadness and honest soul searching on the faces of each of our school board members as they wrestled with trying to come up with a compromise that would satisfy the teachers and how raising the levy amount could have a negative financia…

                Letter to the editor

                  I wish to thank the Free Press for taking interest in my talk on Alcohol Use and Use Disorder on March 14. My intention was not to give a diatribe against alcohol use, and I apologize if I gave this impression. My point was that the data suggests that when I choose to enjoy a beer with my ha…

                    In the last three months, the Idaho Legislature has moved to grab power for itself, and done so despite the express will of Idaho voters.

                    Letter to the editor

                      As a taxpayer, community member and educator, I am troubled to see what school board member, Casey Smith, posted in last week’s [March 13] Free Press. His words make it clear he harbors significant hostility toward the educators of our district, as evidenced by the rancorous tone and the cas…

                      Letter to the editor

                        The Idaho County Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Idaho State legislature asking them to respect the view of the minority of voters in the state and not move forward with Medicaid expansion because 4,000 people in Idaho County voted against it. Sending this letter is in direct con…

                        Letter to the editor

                          I for one want to thank school board member, Casey Smith, for clearing the air in his March 13th letter to the editor that he and the board have taken cuts off the table. I might have missed that message from watching or attending previous board meetings where the subject has come up time an…

                          If the voters of Idaho don’t act quickly and decisively, the 2019 legislative session may go down as the year we all lost a cherished constitutional right: the right to take matters into our own hands when our elected leaders refuse.

                          Letter to the editor

                            I’m writing to thank Senator Carl Crabtree for voting “yes” on Marsy’s Law. His vote gives us the freedom we deserve as Idahoans to debate and ultimately cast our vote in favor or against this Constitutional amendment. Thank you for giving the voters the power to make this decision instead o…

                            Letter to the editor

                              Dear board of trustees: It was a tiny, tiny start at Monday’s negotiation meeting. So tiny that it almost felt like you handed the representatives of the Central Idaho Education Association (CIEA) and the community a miniature thimble of food when we were starving. Or a popped tire was hande…

                              Letter to the editor

                                Camas Prairie Food Bank would like to thank Carlene Whitesell for her years of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm to Camas Prairie Food Bank. Her commitment has made the food bank a vital and important part of the community, and her vision for the food bank has inspired the volunteers in …

                                Letter to the editor

                                  Why is health care from the Veterans Administration (VA) important to veterans? At the onset of each appointment with a VA health provider, the patient is asked a series of questions -- not just about their health, but about the nature of their service. Did they serve in a combat zone? Were …

                                  Letter to the editor

                                    In the March 7 issue of the Star News was an article entitled, The Value of Wilderness. I would like to express my views on this article.

                                    Letter to the editor

                                      Every year without exception, around levy time, we hear the same old propaganda. In the Feb. 27th Free Press, letters to the editor, Jennifer Wolffing expresses her concerns that budget cuts will result in increased class sizes, cuts to art, music, P.E., sports and school concerts. I can ass…

                                      “Agriculture: Food for Life” is the theme for this year’s Ag Day – March 14. Our country’s farmers and ranchers work hard to provide food and clothing for our country and the world. Their dedication is an inspiration to us and to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Without them, we …

                                      Letter to the editor

                                        Why is it that Democrats like to predict disaster? The "global cooling" of 30 years ago meant a new ice age, declining ecosystem diversity, death and destruction for mankind. The fix? Stop corporate industry! Then, 15 years ago..."global warming" (oops, our algorithms were wrong). The new pr…

                                        Letter to the editor

                                          And now from the Great State of Idaho County: The triumvirate of commissioners has decreed its opposition to Medicaid expansion from the stance of sovereignty, sophistry and unbelievable arrogance.  Medicaid expansion (Prop 2) passed in Idaho with an amazing 61 percent of citizen support (35…

                                          Letter to the editor

                                            As the president continues to deny global climate change, I was pleased to hear Governor Brad Little say in a recent speech that there is no question that climate change is happening, and we’ve got to reverse it. I am glad leadership in Idaho acknowledges climate change, and I believe that a…

                                            Letter to the editor

                                              “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Who won in the Kim-Trump meeting in Hanoi? Who flew halfway around the earth, 8,300 miles, to meet with a dictator, called him “friend,” and came home empty handed? He even gave Kim a pass about the brutal, brain-damaging beating of c…

                                              Letter to the editor

                                                Civil unrest over process portends a future filled with anxiety. People rally over borders, races, economic disparity, and the endless chaos from the emotional disorders, which surface performing within the bandwidth of rage.

                                                Letter to the editor

                                                  A big round of applause for Sen. Carl Crabtree and his decision to put the power in the hands of the people. Recently, Sen. Crabtree joined 24 of his Senate colleagues in passing SJR101, the proposed constitutional amendment also known as Marsy’s Law for Idaho.

                                                  Letter to the editor

                                                    Retirement Spiking, House Speaker, Scott Bedke, and other leaders want legislators to be the only part-time officials to receive full-time retirement benefits. Legislators do not make retirement system contributions to receive full-time benefits. Therefore, the full-time benefits are “unfund…

                                                    Letter to the editor

                                                      I’m writing to thank Senator Crabtree for standing up for the rights of Idahoans. Your vote allows us to decide for ourselves whether or not Marsy’s Law should be enshrined in the Constitution. Thank you for recognizing that freedom to choose should reside with the people and should not be d…

                                                      Letter to the editor

                                                        Many thanks to Jeff Adams for contacting his high school football players who came to our rescue by shoveling off our garage/shop roof. Thank you, team. Your willingness to give back to the community by volunteering for snow removal was a huge help to us and to others in the community. Dane,…

                                                        Letter to the editor

                                                          I agree with the new wording of House bill 127 just passed by committee. The word change is “may” from “shall.” It would read ‘Every county may exercise the powers conferred by this chapter pursuant to section 67-6502, Idaho Code’. Private property isn’t private property unless the owner has…

                                                          Letter to the editor

                                                            Our power was out from 6:45 a.m. on Sunday until about 7:00 p.m. Frustrating, cold, and inconvenient. How many times does it take walking into a room, flipping the light switch to no avail, to realize the power is out? Pavlov?

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