State Senator Crabtree, referring to S1,136, said, “This building is full of wonderful ideas, but we have to find out a way to pay for them,” he said. Statewide, approximately 80 kindergarten programs are being paid for by property taxes. “We want to take some of that burden off of taxpayers…

I frequently read newspaper articles claiming that the Bonneville Power Administration has spent at least $17,000,000,000 (that’s 17 billion) attempting to recover Columbia Basin threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. This claim needs clarification.

Communist ideology asserts the state should take care of people. For a government to take care of people, it has to be big, requiring ever increasing control, so citizens must surrender their individual freedoms to gain some communal welfare, or social security. Of course, the quality of ser…

I have a conviction. “If I am going to complain or criticize, I should be just as quick to compliment and praise.” I seldom complain, because I see every difficulty as a tool used by my God to help me to mature my trust relationship with Him. I often compliment and praise because it can bles…

Like Sandy (Sanford) Staab of Kooskia, I too would like to thank Representative Priscilla Giddings for her unwavering dedication to her constituents of District 7 and the State of Idaho. Priscilla Giddings is truly a role model for young women throughout our country. After graduating from th…

When the Idaho House of Representatives turned down federal funding for preschool, some of the arguments reminded me of the words to a song, “ You have to be taught before it’s too late, before you are six or seven or eight, to hate all the people your relatives hate, you have to be carefull…

Folks! Could we be on the brink... of totaling losing all that we have been blessed with, in this most free and prosperous country ever recorded in history? Is it possible that anyone can argue that life in this country has not been the best ever recorded there? What else inspires the massiv…

I was a member in good standing of the Lawyer’s Bar (Washington, California, Maryland and D.C.) for 25 years. I never had an ethical complaint and maintained the highest standards of fiduciary conduct for my clients.

The public education system in the U.S. is funded by taxpayers. Public education at the college level has turned into the teaching of socialism to our young people. They have used our tax dollars to shove socialism garbage down our children’s throats. One only has to look at Moscow, Idaho, t…

We the people sincerely hope the Idaho legislators who are supposed to represent us — but who often represent, instead, their own interests and ideologies — will reject Senate Bill 1110. If they pass it, we the people will have no way to bring an issue to the ballot when our representatives …

The Idaho House of Representatives will soon vote on Senate Bill 1110, which, if adopted, will make it virtually impossible for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to propose a law change for consideration by fellow voters.

By every measure, Mark Frei is a good man. By every measure, Shelley Dumas’ recent letter trashing Mark is shameful and evil. When did evil, when did lying become OK? It didn’t.

Last week in the New York Times, I read that during the pandemic, Utah’s economy has grown 8 percent, which is good being that both Texas and Alaska showed a minus in their economic growth, but Idaho’s economy grew 10.5 percent, the best in the nation.

Much like the rest of rural America, Idaho faces connectivity, reliability, and affordability problems with broadband. More than ever, access to broadband for remote learning, remote work, and telehealth are paramount. Building broadband infrastructure is expensive regardless of the location…

I am confused, which is nothing unusual. Every business in the United States is trying to go solar power and electric to cut down on the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is known to contribute to climate change. The smoke that you can see from all fires is pure carbon. These are minut…

Recently, Mike Simpson has submitted his proposal to save Idaho’s rural economies. The proposal highlights the importance of agriculture, power, and port economies of Idaho. That’s why his plan is proposing $34 billion to overhaul its old, crumbling components. The river communities dependin…

Shelly Dumas’s disagreements with former commissioner Frei are one thing, however, her personal attacks and unfounded accusations against his character are another. In the court of public opinion, her unjust accusations are deceptive personal attacks; but what if she had to defend her words …

Life is stressful, and most people are interested in padding themselves with as much security (against harm/loss) as possible. The price for that security is a fascinating study. The life of a nation is no different.

“FOOD Brings Everyone to the Table” remains the theme for this year’s Ag Day on March 23. The Idaho County Farm Service Agency invites you to observe Ag Day by taking a moment as you sit down to a meal to remember the hard work and sacrifice of our local farmers and ranchers who provide food…

You do not have to believe as they do to be saved. But, you must be doing the best you can with what you understand as God’s will for your life, for the right reason, while seeking greater understanding of God’s will. In the creation week, our Creator established two immutable memorials whic…

In a data-driven society, reliable broadband access is no longer a luxury, it is a lifeline. Nevertheless, it is estimated that 250K Idahoans have limited or no access to broadband. Reliable broadband infrastructure is an urgent priority for many rural communities. These communities experien…

Removing the Snake River dams is the most hopeful solution for saving our region’s dwindling chinook salmon populations. The science is clear that restoring pristine spawning habitat in the lower Snake River might be the only option this species has left. It is also clear that removing these…

I can’t thank the City of Grangeville and dedicated workers enough for finding the way to get and keep Snowhaven open this challenging year! It worked, and worked well. The city should pride itself on the facility, as well as the swimming pool and the parks. Thank you.

I would like to give a big “shout out” for the 2021 Grangeville football team! Last month on “snow day” for the Grangeville school kids, I was shoveling my driveway when a pickup pulled up and two nice young men got out with shovels and asked if I needed help. After helping me, they asked if…

After I read the article about Grangeville City Council and their decision to keep signs up banning dogs in parks, I have an open question to the Grangeville City Council. What are your plans if I show up again at Pioneer Park and get a ticket for having my service dog who assists me for med…

So much to object to in the Democrat H-1 bill, and if I have heard correctly, the Democrats have entered a new very low, even for them.

Thank you, Commissioner Brandt, for starting a conversation on protecting and not infringing on the “Constitutional rights” of the people to keep and bear arms, and that right shall not be infringed. I would dare to offer that the good commissioner’s reasons for his reluctance to the idea of…

Mark Frei was red-wrong in his testimonial support of SB1110 — yet another attempt to redefine and restrict Idaho’s citizen initiative process. (Hmmm. Was Mr. Frei paid for his comments? As a former Idaho County commissioner, did he receive preferential inclusion ahead of 77 other Idahoans w…

To Citizens of Idaho County: In this county, it is not necessary to create such sanctuary cities because on Sept 23, 2003, the then commissioners of Idaho County enacted an ordinance, No. 45, affirming that the county would adhere to the Bill of Rights.

Representative Mike Simpson’s Guest Column last week inspired me to write down a few thoughts. You can learn more from someone by what they don’t say or do than by what they do say or do.

God specifically led us to Idaho County almost 22 years ago. We’d been seeking Him for a place to live more simply and closer to the earth, a place that wasn’t overrun with people, money, and regulation, a place where we could train our children to be wholesome, respectful, and productive.

Last year, MVSD asked the property owners to pass a $3.9 million levy. There was no stopping this school district from asking for more than the patrons could give. Now whether it was the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic shutdown, the patrons of this community rejected the levy by a resoundi…

I won’t be writing any more letters lambasting the Democrats. You don’t need me to tell you these people are from hell, just read the newspaper. I’m concerned about myself. I fear the hate and anger I have for those commie traitors who are doing everything they can to destroy America may end…

The reason for my sounding the alarm about the COVID “vaccine” (Letter, Feb. 18) is that hundreds of doctor’s, researcher’s and scientist’s are voicing concerns and issuing warnings about it, voices that are being censored by Big Tech and ignored by the media. In light of this, is it vital t…

More than car theft. My mother was one of the recent car theft victims. It was my fault. During the transfer of groceries, I left her keys sitting in the console of her car. Hard lesson learned. But, it wasn’t just the car that was taken. The thief kept the keys, which also included her hous…

The Feb. 24 piece by Skip Brandt, Idaho County Commissioners chair, is a classic example of political doublespeak and condescension. Brandt claims certain concerned citizens of Idaho county are stupidly attempting to “create a nation in which every unit of government, be it a city, county or…

I want to express my gratitude to everyone at Syringa Hospital for their caring, thoughtful, kind administration of COVID vaccine. When I could not secure an appointment for vaccine, even though I am 79, have pulmonary fibrosis, severe heart issues and use oxygen 24/7, I called their hotline…

Have you ever heard of the “Medieval Maximum,” the “Modern Maximum,” or at the other extreme, the “Maunder Minimum” or the “Dalton Minimum,” the latter two we are told by experts were caused by reduced sun spot activity or “sun hibernation?”

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