In the Oct. 10 issue of the Star News was an article stating that climate change is a hoax. I am 79 years old, and these are a few of the things I have observed in 79 years living here in New Meadows, Idaho.

 First, a soul-searching question directed to the broad spectrum of the community at large, aware of the story that I reference here: Why were there not throngs of local people - - hundreds, even thousands - - streaming daily to visit and stand with the Nick and Donna Nickerson family "campe…

Heading south on 95 from Winchester, I was again astounded by the expansive beauty of mountains, the Camas Prairie, especially heading into Grangeville. Bam, flashback back 50 years ago, when I travelled from Washington to Idaho to train/teach at Sun Valley stables. Immediate connection with…

A big thank you to Avista Foundation. Thank you for your generous grant award to FoCL (Friends of the Centennial Library). Your continued support is much appreciated.

Baloney is always baloney, no matter how thin some people try to slice it. Your Thanksgiving edition printed a deliberately misleading glob from the Republican speaker of the house, majority caucus leader, majority leader and assistant majority claiming the recently passed Idaho Medicaid exp…

Being a local Santa’s helper can be a very demanding job. We may have to put up with frigid cold temperatures, a very abused lap, and may even catch a cold. I experienced this event once a year at the Harpster Community Christmas Show when I lived there years ago. There is nothing like an ol…

“There was a rich man . . . And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores . . .” (Luke 16). 

At Christmas, we celebrate a birth that happened centuries ago. The God of the universe was born of a human mother. This baby Jesus in the manger was not a new god, but the God who had created the world. He had known it from the beginning. On Christmas, for the first time, He looked at His w…

I’ve learned that a piece of my personal freedom and self-respect is removed the moment I adopt any degree of mental entitlement. It weakens my resolve and my independence. Further, it renders me as incapable and robs the noble breath of life that gives me the energy to utter “I can.” I don’…

The votes for Mountain View School Board Trustee Zone 2 election have been counted and re-counted with no change from the original result. I accept that Casey Smith won by four votes and I ask that others accept this result, also. After learning on election night that a poll worker turned a …

Recently, and this was on Veterans Day, a lot of veterans in our community gathered up and got recognized for their services to our great nation here at the high school in Grangeville. What is remarkable about these programs is that the time, effort, participation, rehearsals, and the due di…

I wish to say a big thank you to the wonderful couple who helped me at the Family Dollar Store last week. May you have a very blessed and wonderful Christmas. To the young man at The Depot, I really messed up on my credit card. There are some wonderful people who live in Grangeville.

I've been reading about Moscow's "mastery-based education." The current grade-inflated system with a third of the class getting 4.0's, where what used to be C's and D's are now B's, and almost no one getting an F is apparently too unfair. Now they are proposing a system where students can re…

The National Park Service just completed taking public comments concerning the possible reintroduction of grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington. The recovery area includes North Cascades National Park, which contains designated wilderness, as well as other adjacent wilderness are…

A profound expression of appreciation to the 60 residents, ages 4 to 81, who gathered last Saturday to process firewood for those neighbors in need of it. The processing of logs contributed by Pineda Post and Pole and the Idaho Forest Group was sponsored by the White Bird Medical Relief comm…

The pre-election newspaper ad read: "Keep Idaho County Red." Throughout Idaho, the nation, the world, red has been the "traditional" color code name for communism. Interesting.

Speaking of "facts" about global warming, look at the cartoon, page 2F of the Tribune of Nov. 10! A picture of 100-plus cartoon people has two captions in black inserted in it. The top one reads: "Irony on the day that 11,258 scientists declared a global climate emergency...", while at the b…

I want to express my most sincere gratitude to the citizens of Grangeville for your continued support in the recent city council election. It is my pleasure to continue to serve the fine citizens of this community and I will continue to make the best and most informed decisions I can to main…

After my apparent loss in a close race (four votes) I was dismayed to learn that Pat Finnegan was prevented from voting in the Zone 2 Mountain View School board election, despite being a registered zone 2 voter.

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who supported me in the recent election: Those who went out of their way to go to the polls for me, the neighbors who helped with the mailing and the volunteers who spent hours on the phone getting out the vote. I sincerely appreciate your h…

Back in his hometown for Christmas after a grueling work-related travel schedule, Dan just wanted to relax with family. So many old classmates had moved away. Still, he might see someone he knew. He volunteered to go to the store to buy whipping cream for Irish coffee. But on Christmas Eve i…

Great job Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department. Your response time to the fire at Pleasant Valley Apartments of 5 minutes is impressive. The outcome could have been much different. You did a wonderful job saving lives and saving their homes. You are truly very well-trained. Everyone was tak…

Difficult sickness affected our family this spring. I am thankful to family, friends and anonymous neighbors who have chosen self-reliance in their lives, despite obstacles, that allowed them the freedom to help if or when called. 

Wars are a means by which we weaponize words and actions in order to change populations through agents, agencies, lobbyists, capital, credit, and education. Media channels are used by intelligence groups or shadow government in implementing policies through crisis management.

The AARP sponsored movie, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," Tuesday night, Oct. 29, at the Grangeville Senior Center was great. Besides a lovely story about a man, his dog and his family, there were treats for us (edible and non-edible). I hope AARP will continue to bring more Movies For Grow…

Last month, a brief look was taken at the fall of Greece, taken from Rene Sedillot's book, The History of the Past in 240 pages. In view of the famous quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," let's take a look at the fall of Rome!

The education of our young people is the most important issue facing the school board elections. Are we going to continue to teach them how to mislead, misdirect, ridicule, delay and confuse? Is that the leadership we want them to learn? What happened to integrity, transparency and concern f…

A few weeks back, Lucky Brant wrote a letter about the intolerance of liberals. He traveled to Seattle where his car was vandalized because of a Trump sticker on his bumper. The Democrat Party, who claims to be so tolerant, is not that at all. In Portland and other leftist cities, Antifa has…

Norma and I have been professional colleagues and friends for 19 years. In that time, I have seen her conduct some quite contentious public meetings with good results. Did everyone get what they wanted? No. But generally speaking, everyone went away feeling as if they were heard, informed, a…

Although one might believe this school board election is about holding the line on fiscal responsibility, such as salaries and infrastructure (which it should be) and personalities (which it isn’t or shouldn’t be), there are much more important and critical issues currently at work just belo…

Political parties are vitally important to our governing process at all levels of government, from the national, state, county, city and even school boards.

Kooskia residents, please vote for Don Coffman to be your next mayor. Don has been a resident since 1971 and has over 20 years of experience on the city council. He knows the ins and outs of city business and deals well with others on the council, city employees, and the public.

The Idaho Eagle Forum endorses Casey Smith, Zone 2, Clearwater; and Mike Dominguez, Zone 4, Kooskia, for re-election to the Mt. View School District 244 school board. We believe that they will protect our children from the radical National Education Association's attempt to take over our sch…

Liberals have for years been destroying our education systems. Institutions of higher education are becoming such a joke with all the indoctrination by socialist professors that it’s pathetic. Destruction of our primary schools is quickly becoming that way.

Absent any substantive positive achievements as a school board member, I can see why Mike Dominguez and Casey Smith are trying to turn the discussion to one about their opponents' supposed ideological agendas. But we already have ample evidence of what an agenda driven board looks like. It i…

I recently saw a comment from Cherylyn Kerley [Oct. 23 issue] asking why would we want someone with opposing world views in charge of our school? Here is why: As much as you don't like it, someday the children of today's Idaho County are going to grow up and move. Hopefully they'll go to col…

If you recognized that title, it's because I "stole" it from the Grinch (pun intended). All joking aside, every Christian should "steal" Halloween just like the Grinch. No alternatives, harvest festivals, trunk or treats, trick or treating, decorations, nothing, nada, zip.

The incumbents’ decisions/disrespect toward teachers, parents and, worst of all, the students have cost the school district greatly. Smith and Dominguez claim to be conservative with our money, yet they’ve burdened the district by wasting more than $300,000 in bad decisions over the last yea…

Most of the people I talk to agree that we are living in strange political times. Nowadays, the two main parties are polar opposites in their ideology. Then to make it worse, the Republican Party is battling a faction within that has no intention of supporting the true beliefs of the Republi…

Re-elect Casey Smith for Zone 2 MVSD trustee. Casey is a 4th generation native of Idaho and a 4th generation cattle rancher. Currently, Casey has 11 grandchildren attending Clearwater Valley schools. The past four years, Casey donated his time serving as school board trustee in an attempt to…

Whether you have children or grandchildren in a local Idaho school, or not, if you care about the direction our country is heading, it is critical that you pay attention to the politics of those running for school board positions, and vote accordingly. If you want to keep Idaho and Idaho Cou…

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