Halloween is upon us, and normally that means hundreds of happy kids in the streets, in the stores, and knocking on doors. This is the first year in my lifetime that is a truly scary thought. I’m still hoping to see some guidance from our local leaders on how to celebrate safely in the middl…

If those who are managing this “pandemic” are so concerned about our health, why are they actively keeping promising treatments for “Covid” from us? There are plenty of doctors out there who are having great success in treating patients with “Covid.” Why are they being ignored and censored? …

So, Skip Brandt [Oct. 21 guest opinion] accuses this 40-year resident of lack of insight into the dumpster history. If some may recall, Mr. Brandt was the one fighting to have a huge garbage receiving station on Mt. Idaho Grade Road where Cook and Sons are now located. The people objected. I…

It is rare that two candidates for the same position are in my circle of friends or associates, but the race for the open county commission position is one such situation today.

Last week, I received word that a person in my congregation tested positive for COVID19 with symptoms to prove it. The adage my wife and I came to adapt earlier in the year proved true, “I’m done with decision-making in 2020.” We made the decision to keep the church open, informing congregan…

Hip! Hip! Hooray for teachers! I am so grateful for our local teachers for showing up at school and making our lives recognizable again. My five children have loved school and thrived this last month of school.

The Free Press last Wednesday carried a letter from the local Democrat whiner, Shelly Dumas, which I found to be both humorous and typically deceiving. Like so many of her past offerings, she uses the usual tired, old Democrat approach to the current choices available to Idahoans.

As the voting deadline approaches, it boggles the mind to believe there are still undecided voters out there. After the censoring stunts by the tech giants from Silicon Valley, Twitter and Facebook, they made it crystal clear they don’t give a damn about our First Amendment Rights – Freedom …

My family and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been so generous and kind to us over the last few months. Since my diagnosis of breast cancer back in March we have seen an outpouring of love and support from a wide variety of people in our community. We have received many mea…

We can do better than the letter “R”. For too many years, too many Idahoans have methodically and monotonously voted “R” without regard for candidate qualifications or real issues. Relying on a worn-out strategy, the GOP has punched the same buttons in 2020; 2nd Amendment, abortion. Honestly…

More thoughts on people not taking “Covid” seriously. Mary Davidson (Progress Oct. 1 issue) calls non-mask wearers stubborn. This implies that they know they should wear masks but just refuse to do so. What about the possibility that the non-mask wearers know something different to be true t…

Hello! My name is Brandy Tharp and I am here representing The Humane League, who is a non-profit organization for the welfare of animals, particularly ending the abuse of animals raised for food. You may have caught my previous letter last month that supported the importance of USDA, organic…

If you watched the Vice Presidential debate Tuesday, you heard Democratic nominee Kamala Harris vigorously debate the deaths of over 210,000 Americans from a virus that no one (medical and scientific personnel) had ever heard of before, nor did anyone have expertise on how to treat it back i…

October! Interesting month! And a reminder that every patriot should be thinking about a couple of events which happened just over 100 years ago! First was WW I, which in 1917 was tearing up Europe and we were getting involved. The other was the documented “Miracle of the Sun” in Fatima, Por…

For the last two weeks, the Free Press “Letters” page has been replete with pleas from local Democrats for more access to elective offices up to that of our Congressional representative in the National House of Representatives.

A few people were arrested recently in Moscow, Idaho, for not wearing a mask while standing within six feet of each other, while in a group of people singing hymns and peacefully protesting the city mandate, a mandate that is both wrong and unconstitutional. These same people not long before…

Last week’s letters to the editor sported another Democrat letter writing campaign. This time for Rudy Soto. I don’t know who “he/she” is (a Democrat thing you know), but running as a Democrat is a no-go. Currently, with what I’ve been seeing coming out of Washington, D.C., I am comfortable …

As I read the article submitted by Larry Nims, Sept. 16, and opinion column by Idaho Legislative Democratic Caucus, also Sept. 16 in the Free Press, describing their party and stance on issues, one would conclude they both are describing 99 percent of Americans; that we, Republicans, Democra…

It was my honor to recently interview Rudy Soto, the Democratic candidate for Idaho’s Congressional District 1. Rudy’s personal story is very compelling, from his early life to his recent service in our state’s National Guard. His pro-worker platform will serve all Idahoans. His stands include:

Voters who want a problem solver and an independent voice advocating for Idahoans should vote for Rudy Soto for the 1st Congressional District.

I am writing in response to last week’s letter to the editor by the Idaho County Democrats who say they are just like me. I agree that we are all created by the same God Who loves us and gives us free will to love Him back and follow the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ.

In May 2019, Idaho’s Governor Little established a Salmon Work Group to help secure “abundant and sustainable populations of salmon and steelhead for present and future generations.” The 20 diverse stakeholders have thus far met on 18 days, with a report due in December. Meanwhile, Bonnevill…

I wish to say “thank you” to Shelley Dumas for her Sept. 16 letter to the Free Press. Her thank you to the Republican committee for their efforts regarding the billboard of support for local law enforcement struck just the right notes: gracious and apolitical. I agree with her wholeheartedly…

Response to Sept 16, 2020, opinion article by the Idaho Democratic Legislative Caucus titled “Democrats fighting for Idaho’s Future”. This article espoused how the Idaho Democrats, given the chance to lead, would want to focus on education, fair taxes, public lands, infrastructure, health ca…

So, Grangeville Border Days, Stites Day and Elk City Days were held, as usual, in early July. The Idaho County Fair was held in late August, as usual. Common sense precautions were taken but the events were not cancelled. Weeks later and we have had no huge Covid outbreak here and not a peep…

I didn’t read too much into the billboard on East Main, other than the obvious political joke concerning the sponsoring organization. The more I thought about it though, the more the underlying message annoyed me. In this new world of vitriolic politics, I thought that maybe the local Republ…

A friend in Tennessee sent me a question. He asked," I've never voted by mail before. Do I mail all seven ballots in at once or do I mail them in separately?"

My name is Brandy and I’m here to inform you about a non-profit organization called The Humane League. This organization supports the humane treatment of all factory farm and slaughterhouse animals. We spread the word of the importance of eating organic, local and USDA-approved meat and dairy.

I agree completely with Mr. Bolden's letter [Aug. 26 issue] supporting teachers. Adversarial teacher association-school board relationships are counterproductive, divisive and harmful to education.

State Representative from North Idaho (Dist. 1), Heather Scott, held a public meeting in Kooskia Thursday (Aug. 27). Reporting on the Special Legislative Session, she gave us the good news that Priscilla Giddings (Dist. 7) was able to get a bill passed guaranteeing all Idahoans the right to …

We struggle on! Our 2020 nemesis, Corona, continues its toll, in some areas bad enough that mandatory restrictions have gone back to previous levels. Our local Vandal and Cougar football leagues have thrown in the towel, are hoping to play football next spring! Prediction!

This is to thank Debbie and Mary Ann at the Idaho County Recorder's Office, the passport division, for all of their help in getting my passport papers filled out correctly, and the different items I needed to enclose with it.

The U.S Postal service is the lifeblood of countless rural communities around the country. The recently- appointed Trump postmaster general has removed more than 500 mail sorting machines and has removed hundreds of dropoff mail boxes around the country.

“Never say ‘Never!’” That’s what Don Kissinger told graduating seniors at Grangeville High School decades ago. An alumnus of GHS, Don understood urges to grab diplomas, pack suitcases, and race off to—well—any place other than their hometown.

I am still trying to understand today's racism. Apparently, it is racist to not consider a person for a job or office because they are black or a woman, but not racist to hire or elect them because they are black and/or a woman? (I realize I am mixing racism and sexism here, but both are par…

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