I was contemplating why the ideas of the Communist Manifesto have dominated our society since the Civil War. It coincides with the popularity of the theory of evolution which promotes secularism and materialism. The Communists would have us believe that capitalism is the enemy and once destr…

    Should parents or politicians choose how children are educated? The Idaho Education Association (IEA) is a major political player in the state and recently shared its attitude on that important question. IEA President Layne McInelly asserted, “Public schools are the foundation of our society...”

    Thanksgiving is approaching and there is no doubt many of us are worried about the uncomfortable conversations that could pop up between family members at the dinner table. The additional stress is the last thing anyone needs when there is a hot, delicious meal that’s ready to be enjoyed by …

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        The article in the Oct. 27 Idaho County Free Press, concerning the Grangeville City Council meeting where citizens inquired about the suspected 5G antennas on top of the Blue Fox Theater, brings to light an important and legitimate health concern that has been ignored for far too long. While…

          When science is driven by governmental bureaucrats and lobbyists, policies can be influenced more on political or financial gain rather than the Laws of Nature. One example of politics driving science involved Stalin. Millions died of starvation because a governmental bureaucrat, a pseudo ag…

            I imagine Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch would hate if their dogs or cats were treated the way animals on factory farms are. The reality is there isn’t much difference between the furry companions we love and the livestock we slaughter. That’s why our legislators should support increase…

            As the IEA celebrates American Education Week, Nov. 15-19, we encourage Idahoans to reflect on the many benefits public education provides, along with what needs to be done to ensure our state has strong and vibrant public schools for generations to come. There are both opportunities and cha…

            Ever wonder why Veterans Day is on the 11th and doesn’t change? The 11th is significant, as the end of World War I was the result of an armistice (an agreement to stop fighting) between Germany and the Allied forces that took effect on the western front of the war, on the 11th month, on the …

              Consider the last 20 months in Idaho. Huge, debt-ridden gratuities were accepted by Idaho’s Governor and Legislature, arbitrary mandates were issued, the executive branch bypassed the Legislature, and personal property was frozen. In addition, businesses accepted gratuities paid for by tomor…

                In my letter last week (Nov. 3), I asked people to hold the date of Nov. 14, for a Meet and Greet with Jeremy Gilbert. I was informed this morning, on Nov. 6, that Jeremy Gilbert is suspending his campaign, therefore, the Meet and Greet at the Grangeville Senior Center is cancelled.

                  I would like to thank Jim Church and KORT for broadcasting the high school games, great entertainment! Also takes me back to childhood, when dad always turned the radio on to games around Fruitland, Idaho. Keep up the great entertainment.

                  For political conservatives, countering big government’s alluring but empty promises are challenging. The task is tenfold harder when libertarians pretend to speak for conservatives.

                  In a few days, I will “celebrate” my first anniversary of COVID. What are my thoughts about this past year? If I can prevent, or at least alleviate, someone else from going through what I went through, I will.

                    Are we facing an economic abyss once again? Followers of the news and the spending habits of our national government might be wise to look back a few years and note what happened in the years following 1987 and 2008. If too young to remember, a peek back on Google and the few years after eac…

                      We need to make the effort to be informed if we wish to keep our Republic. Many times, the people being denigrated by the media are misrepresented. It is prudent to hear both sides before making a decision.

                        Having seen the value of the Life Flight organization firsthand at several area accidents, I have always purchased their insurance. I never thought I would need it but wanted to support their presence and availability in our area. In July, my wife contracted Delta Covid and was transported b…

                        Washington D.C. was once a required meeting place for our elected leaders. When it was founded as our capital, there were no computers, and in-person gatherings were essential. The floors of the House and Senate bustled with the activity of our elected leaders, doing the business of the nati…

                        The catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been thoroughly canvassed. The Biden administration’s failures in its retreat have been discussed at length. The fallout from President Joe Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan the way we did will tarnish America’s reputation.

                          I’m sure most are aware that Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin is running for Idaho State Governor. I wanted to make something clear about the two locations for her upcoming Meet and Greets, on Nov. 8. The Kamiah location of The Hearthstone Bakery consists of two rooms joined by a French door. T…

                            It really concerns me when out-of-state-newcomers attempt to take over our schools and county. They have proven to be uninformed and not caring enough to attend critical board meetings (except the last one!). They don’t have current important information and when attending the forum, showed …

                              I am a long-time resident of our town, and I am writing to express my full support for pending school board elections to vote for Rebecca Warden.

                                How exciting to see seven candidates seeking to fill the two open positions for school board trustees. Two are incumbents and five are new candidates. Thanks to those responsible for holding the candidate forum this past Monday so patrons could meet these candidates and have the opportunity …

                                  In the Mountain View School District board of trustees’ election, I support Bernadette Edwards (Zone 3) and Katrina Hauger (Zone 5).

                                    After nearly losing my wife and our son to Delta Covid I am very pro-vaccine. However, this is the United States. Here, we are free to make our own choices, whether right or wrong. Until now. The U.S. Constitution apparently no longer applies in Washington State.

                                      I am writing in support of Katrena Hauger, who is running in Zone 5 for the Mountain View School District. She is a retired teacher, with 35 years in the field of education, her last eight years in our district. She has a strong knowledge of our community, as she was born and raised in Grang…

                                        Next Tuesday, Nov. 2, the patrons of MVSD 244 have the opportunity to choose new leaders for the school board. If you have been paying even a little attention, you know the district has struggled for several years and desperately needs an infusion of new ideas and leadership.

                                          I usually live and let live, but I have to say something regarding more of the hate I see. Specifically, while I was at the St. Mary’s Clinic, I happened to look across the street and saw a pickup with a flag that said, “F-you Biden.”

                                            Curious. Regarding the Mountain View School Board election: Why did the Idaho County Republican central committee (ICRCC) politicize a non-partisan contest? Why did the ICRCC endorse the least qualified candidates (with no ties or history with the local public schools)? And what’s with the b…

                                              I have been following the school board closely having attended board meetings and negotiation meetings to view interactions for myself and make my own observed conclusions. I have spoken to Katrena Hauger on numerous occasions and have been impressed with her knowledge from working for the t…

                                                Mr. Larry Dunn is running for the Mountain View School District 244 Trustee position. Mr. Dunn believes that it is our responsibility as citizens to take active roles in our involvement in schools and our county. Thus, Mr. Dunn is stepping up and running, so he can see to it that our schools…

                                                  Please, support Rebecca Warden for Mountain View School District, Zone 3 Trustee. She has been a trustee for eight years, chairman for the last two years. There have been difficulties in that time. The pandemic not being the least of the challenges. These challenges have rounded Rebecca’s ex…

                                                    Having just moved into the Grangeville school district but having paid property taxes in Districts 241 and 242 for 30+ years we have paid attention to the operation of both districts. We have always been puzzled by the cost per student of each district. Prairie is at approximately $8,800 and…

                                                    Each year, during the month of October, the YWCA participates in a nationwide Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign. As advocates, we go out into our communities and hang purple ribbons, talk to community members, place posters and information about the services that are available and encoura…

                                                      If Shelly Dumas and her liberal cohorts are anything, they’re consistently hypocritical. I about fell out of my chair reading her last one. It was the typical rally cry of the left in their quest to continue murdering babies and ends with the following; “. . . and don’t force a religious man…

                                                        Two thinking businessmen will work for us, the voters, of Idaho County in precinct’s 3 and 5. They are Vince Rundhaug, District 3, and Larry Dunn, District 5. These men have no hidden agenda’s; both report they are against CRT (Critical Race Theory) and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and de…

                                                          My name is Ruth Henry, and I am writing because I think it is important for the people of our community to be informed about those that are running for elected positions.

                                                            If I could vote for Mountain View School Board candidates Larry Dunn and Vincent Rundhaug, I surely would. And what an excellent “endorsement” Larry received from young Cody Graves in last week’s (Oct. 13) edition, as did both candidates also from Cherylynn Kerley! These two contributors sai…

                                                              Edwards, Zone 3, and Hauger, Zone 5, candidates are both local citizens who have the smarts and tenacity to be excellent representatives for our community on the Mountain View School District 244 School Board.

                                                                I clearly remember sitting down at the kitchen table and helping my oldest daughter with her high school freshman algebra. It soon became evident that she was not ready for this class; she didn’t even have a full understanding of how to divide. Upon rechecking her middle school report cards …

                                                                  About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: