Did the governor have any front line doctors review his Aug. 25 fear piece? [Gov. Brad Little guest opinion] Did he see the studies out of Iceland, Gibraltar, Israel and other countries where nearly 90 percent of the population is “fully vaccinated?” In these countries, 90 percent of those h…

      I appreciate the genuine concern our citizens have for on another. Letters to the editor by Peg Gehring, Poofy Wagner, Lucky Brandt and Commissioner Brandt expressed real concern for the health of our community and the COVID 19 virus. They demonstrate you can support vaccines without support…

        This week we learned on the national news that Idaho has the fastest growing cases of Covid. How did that happen? Biden’s fiasco on our southern border has hordes of covid-positive migrants flooding our nation. Every day, the Biden administration sends thousands of these people to states aro…

          I have never written a letter to the editor before, but the new garbage site in Kooskia has me confused. I totally understand the need for the transfer site being manned. It is very aggravating to see the total disregard of the rules for what should be put in the Dumpsters. I know that it ha…

          I have been a nurse for 39 years, 26 of those as an RN and the last 12 as a nurse practitioner. I graduated with my associate’s degree at the age of 20, my bachelor’s degree at the age of 22, and I worked as an RN for Syringa Hospital for 23 years and at St. Mary’s Health for the past 12 yea…

            In 1933, my 16-year-old brother died of polio. Like Covid-19, the polio virus affected his lungs. The closest iron lung that may have saved him was in Portland, Ore. When the polio epidemic raged, it was like a curse hanging over our heads. Without a vaccine, for years many spent the rest of…

              Stories this past weekend in both the Idaho Statesman and the Lewiston Tribune cut to the chase. While some want to keep pushing the idea that vaccine hesitancy is fueled by selfishness and lack of trust in our government, these stories tell another side. Maybe people just don’t have the inf…

                I read in the Sept. 2nd edition of the Free Press that about 55 percent of the Syringa employees have chosen to not take the COVID-19 vaccine. I wanted to express my thank you to “the powers that be” at Syringa for not forcing the employees to take a shot against their will in order to keep …

                  For many Americans August 25, 2021, was a very sad day. Twelve United States Marines and their beloved Navy Corpsman were killed at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber took their lives, along with scores of Afghans. But the actual responsibility lies with the buffoon in the Wh…

                  The Idaho North Central District of Public Health reported last Friday that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is in fact in Idaho County*. Numbers of COVID have surged throughout the country the past few weeks, with Idaho’s positive cases being no exception. Because of the current state of the p…

                    What has taken over our country, and much of the world, is a form of corporate fascism. It involves a government and corporate partnership, with the corporations controlling the government instead of the other way around. The groundwork has been laid over many years. Large corporate lobbyist…

                      Recently, the news has been that many of the local homes purchased have been paid for with cash. One might guess that nervous people are selling stocks and putting their inflating $$$ in land and things of lasting value. Consider the following statement found in the last issue of Investment …

                      BOISE — As cities and counties begin to set budgets for the coming year, it is important to understand the recent changes implemented by the state legislature, as well as the impact of the huge allocation of federal rescue funds sent to local governments. Your local officials are setting bud…

                        I’ve been intrigued for a while by the gentle, but persistent manner in which Dale Ruebush has been sharing in your paper his faith beliefs, as a devoted member of Seventh Day Adventist. Recently, I decided it might be interesting to respond in-kind, offering a spiritual viewpoint of my own,…

                          I am writing this to you to ask you to not censure or otherwise punish Rep. Priscilla Giddings for having shared on Facebook a link to an article that contained a “victim’s” name which she was not aware would cause any harm. (Note that a “victim” is not created by an allegation.)

                            Right at sundown, I was bringing the horses up to the holding pen. I was riding Blue bareback and no bridle while leading Sedra. He was cutting up and then Chance came barreling up from behind playfully snorting and bucking trying to catch up and then passed us.

                              I imagine Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch, like most people, want to leave a legacy of some kind. They can do this by supporting federal funding for open-access cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter.

                                In the past two weeks, there have been some excellent letters to the editor regarding the current state of affairs our country, the United States of America, is in and where we are headed if we don’t wake up. Thank you, Buck Weckman (A Boston Tea Party Movement), thank you Jake Wren (Followi…

                                  Whether with fossil fuels like natural gas and coal, or cleaner sources of energy like biomass, nuclear, solar or wind, Idaho is a state that keeps the lights on and businesses running with an all-the-above approach. Energy experts in government and private industry, like myself, agree this …

                                    A political coup d’etat appears to be at work in our state capitol. Recently, a written complaint against Representative Priscilla Giddings was submitted to the House Ethics Committee. Under Speaker of the House Bedke’s signature were 23 others.

                                      The past eighteen months have been challenging to everyone I know. It has been especially difficult for the staff of Syringa Hospital and Clinic as they have dealt with uncertainty, illnesses, schools closed and many challenges we have all endured. This is Employee Appreciation week at SHC a…

                                        It is no laughing matter, the state of our nation. It is not by surprise that “We The People” have let it roll out as such. We are too busy, too entrenched in our own individual lives to see the walls closing in around us. There is no time to get involved because we have a schedule to keep, …

                                          We attended a small family gathering about two weeks ago. A few days later Covid showed up. Seven out of 11 of us have tested positive. Three of those have been hospitalized and were quite healthy people before this, ages 25, 46 and 68. Two of the positives had been vaccinated. Three of the …

                                            I just met a man at the grocery store who recently moved to Grangeville from Oregon. I asked him why he moved, and he stated, “to get out of Oregon.” So I asked him if that meant he was a Conservative. He said he was, and that he usually voted straight party line, but he doesn’t get too involved.

                                              Again, you do not have to believe exactly the way they do in order to be saved. But, you must be doing the best you can, with what you understand, for the right reason, while seeking greater understanding of the Creator’s will for your life.

                                                Priscilla Giddings will hold a meet and greet at 2 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 22 at the Kamiah American Legion Hall on Main Street in Kamiah. She will be talking about her run for the Lieutenant Governor’s office. We will have the opportunity to let her know our concerns. The Boise political machin…

                                                  “She feigned ignorance.” That is exactly who Ms. Giddings is: She hedges, she plays games, she accuses, she is snide, she sidesteps the truth. After watching her during the Aug. 2, 2021, ethics hearing, she does not even know what being candid is — she does not even know what the word “met” …

                                                    Most are probably aware that Priscilla Giddings is running for Lt. Governor. Our current Lt. Governor, Janice McGeachin, is running for Idaho Governor. Both have proven themselves to be courageous leaders who will represent the people and fight for conservative values.

                                                      I have inquired about the reasoning for our forest roads remaining closed to public access during the summer months, to enjoy our forests. The only response that I have gotten was from Paul Busch (development director for the Friends of the Clearwater) {free press letter July 18}. He has sta…

                                                        The Kids Klub Board and staff would like to thank all who helped contribute to our successful Man Cave raffle. First, a special thanks to Clearwater Barns for the beautiful shed and each of the deliveries. We are grateful for all the amazing décor that was donated by Kristi Keeler, refrigera…

                                                          A recent cartoon shows two lab rats. One asks the other, ”Have you had a Covid shot yet?” The other replies, ”No. They’re still testing it on the humans.” Good point?

                                                            Indoctrination is not people wanting to use information-based study to learn how they might better their social environment by learning to understand how it affects race and visa versa. Indoctrination is not educational institutions wanting to use information-based study to teach those inter…

                                                              The Internet is buzzing with news that never makes the current “PC” (Politically Correct) news. These very biased sources include TV’s CNN, the traditional ABC, CBS, NBC, and others fall into the “PC” crowd! Suggested here is that the “AP” (Associated Press) is the most serious offender of o…

                                                              This year, I’m thrilled to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of IDeal, Idaho’s official 529 College Savings Program. It’s remarkable to see how far we’ve come and exciting to imagine how we can keep growing to help enable the professional and educational hopes and dreams of Idahoans.

                                                                On June 7th, the Forest Service announced it would open roads in the Salmon River and Red River ranger districts for personal firewood use. So why did the Forest Service gate and lock them three days later, impacting folks like Mike Key [re: letter, July 14 issue]?

                                                                  On behalf of the Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road in Clearwater, Idaho, I would like to express sincere appreciation to all of you who appeared in our Wagon Road Parade and our wonderful Gospel Hour and Wagon Road Variety Show. We were very pleased and honored to have Arden and Carol Lytle…

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