(Originally released March 19, 2020)
Originally published March 19, 2020.
Skip Brandt’s vituperative personal attack last week [March 18 issue] confirms how desperately he wants to distract from the real issue, my suggestion for a “time out” so people could understand S 1332. I can document my efforts to learn about the bill before writing the letter, including a …
I keep a relatively low profile and abstain from political discourse but the latest letter to the editor from Shelley Dumas “Gotcha case against Reclaim Idaho Doesn’t fly” has effectively drawn me out of the woodwork.
Never cast pearls before swine. Ignorance is not bliss. Observe the toilet paper pandemic. The war against the tyranny of fear. Where germs, parasites and viruses lurk in the darkness of human existence. Perhaps life will emerge from this pestilence where our disablers planted seed for globa…
I was surprised by the letter from Joe Cladouhos concerning S1332 in Sunday’s Lewiston Tribune. Surprised because Joe had requested to visit with me regarding my ambulance legislation, and during our visit at my home, he never brought up any of the concerns he stated in his letter or that he…
Mary Ann Blees (Free Press, March 11) tries to create a "gotcha" case against Reclaim Idaho -- but the facts and logic don't fly.
S 1332 is a 16-page bill proposed by the Idaho County Commission that has major future implications for ambulance services and 911 response calls in Idaho County. It deftly transfers the commission's statutory mandate to control and provide for ambulance services (SECTION 1 - 31-3901 Idaho C…
After sitting in on a recent Clearwater County Republican Central Committee meeting, Wednesday, March 11, (which meeting included presentations by candidates for various county offices), I have a comment I wish to make specifically to you, Sheriff Goetz.
“You may be hearing a lot of different information about the severity of the coronavirus in different countries. The fact is that the experience has been different. Some countries have done a great job of slowing the spread of coronavirus (such as Singapore) and other countries have not been…
“FOOD Brings Everyone to the Table” is the theme for this year’s Ag Day – March 24th. Our country’s farmers and ranchers work hard to provide food and clothing for our country and the world. The Idaho County Farm Service Agency is proud to honor our local farmers and ranchers and recognize t…
Great news for Idaho parents and students regarding Early Childhood Education. Thanks to the successful collaboration of a bi-partisan committee of stakeholders convened over the summer and the support of Governor Brad Little, Idaho is the recipient of a $3.3 million Federal Preschool Develo…
Sheriff Giddings has twice quietly shuffled challengers off to distant unwanted places and positions, in one case with a demotion.
The Camas Prairie Quilts of Valor group would like to extend a big thank you to the Grangeville Elks organization for their continued support and allowing us to be the charity recipient at the Feb. 28 Burger Night. We would also like to include all of the attendees and this community for alw…
In response to article by Shelly Dumas,
Idaho citizens have the voter initiative process as a tool to have a say in their political system and in shaping public policy. Two bills before the Idaho Legislature propose to change the state’s voter initiative process; one to improve it, the other to encumber it.
The Camas Prairie Food Bank team wishes to express our appreciation to all the local businesses and tradesmen who are helping make our new building a reality. With the grants received, as well as donations toward construction, we will soon have the foundation poured and the walls up. Kudos t…
All the following conditions must exist to allow for even the possibility of a siphoned backflow from the sprinkler heads in a homeowner’s automated system:
I want to protect women’s sports in Idaho. That’s what my legislation, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, helps to do. Any claims to the contrary are just noise.
Sugg. Head – Immediate, long-term benefits from Invest in Idaho proposal
Idaho homeowners: I get it.
How to avoid politics? Hard to do when the news reports that Bernie Sanders, a well-known socialist, won the recent Nevada Democratic primary, making him the front runner in his party, and is still clinging to a narrow lead despite Joe Biden's strong move in the recent South Carolina primary…
This time of year, there are a lot of illnesses going around. Your co-workers have probably been coughing. Your kids have probably missed some school. We’ve been seeing all the typical suspects here at the clinic: strep throat, influenza, colds, and pneumonia. This is also the peak season fo…
The 2020 Idaho legislative session so far has featured a number of ugly attacks against transgender Idahoans.
I was reminded last week of a piece written some time ago by a Rev. Martin Niemoeller:
Spokane has a pothole hotline for their city streets. We need one in Idaho for U.S. Highway 95.
In response to Idaho County Free Press, Feb. 19 editorial “Civility starts with calling out divisiveness…”.
In response to Chelsea Welter (Feb. 19 issue), I was born and raised in a California central valley town. Our primary jobs were related to agriculture and food processing. I grew up with farm laborers and their families. They were good, hardworking people. Fast forward a generation or two. T…
Reclaim Idaho – Invest in Idaho. Mayville, co-founder, states this initiative will bring in investments of $170-200 million dollars every year into our public-school system. How will they fund our schools? They plan to use the same formula that is currently used by our Department of Educatio…
When I first started serving as a precinct committeeman in Cottonwood, an elected official told me my most chief duty was to get votes for candidates. In retrospect, I think he was really saying that he wanted me to get him elected. I think a better duty is to seek honest women and men for c…
Considering the political choices we have this year, here are some definitions straight from Webster’s:
Idaho salmon and steelhead guides and outfitters have kept our boats on the trailers more than we would like to admit. We’ve been plagued with dismal fish returns, potential lawsuits, and hatchery issues. I see my industry and my town of Riggins continuing to fight the core issue: Our fish a…
The Abortion Human Rights Act now known as HR 361 is a citizen developed piece of legislation intended to cease the murder of our most innocent and helpless citizens, the unborn. In my mind, there is no justification for this obscene pattern of genocide. My house and I will support this leg…
Two weeks ago, Idaho Education News reported a story on school fund balances throughout the state. Big Country news picked up the story and shared it with our local readers. Many patrons of the district have either ask me directly or in a roundabout way if the information was correct. The an…
The trustees of District 304, Kamiah in Lewis County and a huge portion of Idaho County that surrounds Kamiah, are asking for a $1,294,000 (one million two hundred ninety-four thousand dollar) levy for the next two years. The March 10th ballot reads $647,000 for each of the next two years; n…
What a splendid treatise by Marilyn Giddings (ICFP Opinion, Feb. 5)! Had the author and political affiliation not been identified, I would have surmised the piece was penned by a Democrat as the general tone replicates our legitimate concerns about the indifference to truth, civility and et…
I simply want to put this message out there. I've lived in Idaho County for almost five years now. I was born and raised along the E. WA/N. ID border. I was profoundly shocked at the level of intolerance for others that the North Central Idaho region has after I moved here. Five years later,…
In the Jan. 30 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was a guest opinion entitled Idaho salmon can’t survive with the lower Snake dams in place, by Jim Jones. It was very well-written, and I would like to put my input on Idaho salmon. The salmon, when they leave the ocean, face numerous obsta…
I believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we can perform as parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Not everyone agrees with me, and that’s fine. The law in Idaho protects everyone’s freedom to vaccinate or not.…
“How can newspapers promote civility when they see it’s incivility that sells?” asked Idaho County Clerk Kathy Ackerman.
Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives passed House Bill 317, which would allow optometrists in our state to perform certain surgeries now performed only by trained medical doctors. These lasers cut tissue and are therefore scalpels. When I learned how to do surgeries and laser proce…
Government is an over-achiever in collecting taxes on nearly everything we do. It’s hard to imagine anything in our everyday life that is not taxed. We are taxed for our homes, our property, our cars, our purchases, our earnings, our investments, and even after death.
I am an out-of-towner (Pullman) who has followed Marie Smith’s column faithfully for about seven years through your website. It is indeed the first thing I turn to when I get the e-mail alert. Marie’s fine writing is a reflection of her wonderful view of the world: fair, honest, straightforw…
As one of the people in attendance described it, “It was a nice, peaceful board meeting until Norma came stormin’ up.” She had come to attack my character and ethics, and she did. The trouble is, that it was done with untrue claims. Norma falsely stated that I had paid for an ad to defeat th…
I am encouraged by the spirit of openness shown by the Mountain View School District Board so far in 2020. In the short time the board reconvened in January with two new members and new leadership, they have reached out to the public, asking for input on both the superintendent search and fo…
Levy time again in Kamiah, March 10th. We have a lot of new residents in and around Kamiah who may not know what school district they pay taxes for. Please check your 2019 tax bill. Even if you reside in Idaho County, outside of Kamiah as I do, I pay taxes on school district 304, which is in…
My wife and I have been visiting Idaho since 1985, and we have always enjoyed the articles in the Idaho County Free Press written by Marie Smith. In my estimation she is, as she says, an “Ace reporter from Lowell”. It saddens us that her reports have come to an end because she has moved down…
A fool’s errand: The feeling you may get when trying to participate in a comment period on proposed public lands management projects.
Since nothing enters the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen without the forceful taking from another citizen, I am unable to reconcile how financially injuring some in order to financially ‘help’ others is sustainable.
Wow, 2020 it is, and another presidential election, with state primaries in the near future! It might be time to ponder a puzzle that has baffled me for some time!
Distrust of our government is not something new but it seems that lack of trust is the primary cause of citizens’ discontent. Citizens are frustrated with the way government works and with what government does. Citizens have become alienated; they feel less able to influence the political pr…
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