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    Christmas lights theft costs community

    The Grangeville Merchants Committee is so happy to put up and take down the downtown light pole Christmas decor with Avista, but when we took them down on Thursday, Jan. 11, there are a lot of light bulbs missing, taken out of the sockets. That means we now have to buy a lot more to put them back up next year.

    January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
    

    Medicaid expansion: to benefit 78,000 in Idaho fallen into ‘gap’

    I would like to respond to Jim Chmelik’s LTE of Jan. 10, in which he questions whether Medicaid expansion would be “the fiscally responsible thing to do” in Idaho. The Medicaid expansion program is intended to benefit the 78,000 people in Idaho who lack access to affordable health care and have fallen into the ‘Medicaid Gap’. These people, the working poor, earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance on the state health care exchange.

    January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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    Drugs, alcohol: When the party is over

    In this last week, Idaho County has had two major drug overdoses of young adults. Both were found unconscious. What brings a young person to this place in his/her life – willingly and self-induced? The answers can be complicated.

    December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

    Hindsight Tells Us Mandatory Minimum Sentences Don’t Work

    As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. Unfortunately, in Idaho, hindsight can get you 10 to 15 – years in prison. Such is the legacy of our state’s mandatory minimum laws for drug offenses. With 25 years of data in hand, hindsight now tells us that mandatory minimums for drug offenses make no sense and should be repealed.

    December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

    Christmas songs offer chance to increase your seasonal vocabulary

    Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:

    December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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EMS issue needs core group demonstrating leadership, direction

“It’s a flawed model to base emergency resources on volunteerism only. Funding is definitely an issue.” This is the view of Jerry Zumalt, who’s not only a trustee for the Syringa Hospital Board, but he’s also the coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. Maybe we should be paying attention.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Christmas lights theft costs community

The Grangeville Merchants Committee is so happy to put up and take down the downtown light pole Christmas decor with Avista, but when we took them down on Thursday, Jan. 11, there are a lot of light bulbs missing, taken out of the sockets. That means we now have to buy a lot more to put them back up next year.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Medicaid expansion: to benefit 78,000 in Idaho fallen into ‘gap’

I would like to respond to Jim Chmelik’s LTE of Jan. 10, in which he questions whether Medicaid expansion would be “the fiscally responsible thing to do” in Idaho. The Medicaid expansion program is intended to benefit the 78,000 people in Idaho who lack access to affordable health care and have fallen into the ‘Medicaid Gap’. These people, the working poor, earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance on the state health care exchange.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Myopic view on pot has wasted billions

It’s uplifting and refreshing to see the Free Press editorial [Jan. 10 issue] on pot legalization. The myopic view exhibited by both federal and local government has wasted billions of dollars enforcing uneducated, myopic and head-stuck-in-the-sand legal decisions.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

Legislature is wise in not seeking expansion

Is Medicaid expansion really “the fiscally responsible thing to do?” When Medicaid was sold to the states by the federal government, they were told that their responsibility would be 10 percent of the cost. It became 30 percent. Currently, we are being told that the cost to the state will again be 10 percent. Ok great, what if it goes to 30 percent again?

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Collective and Individual: thoughts

Beyond all political objectives, adherents to group-mind think who have given up their souls will rage against the faintest appearance of one who tries to retain individuality against the corporate state and statism. And in this rage, the soulless ones will try to pull others down to where they live.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Using resources as Smokey Bear wanted

The economy was going great. The timber industry was going great, and we were using all of our natural resources. Just as Smokey the Bear wanted. Along came the U.S.F.S. of the ‘90s.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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