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Elections again? What’s the deal? Clearing confusion on consolidation

Guest Opinion

What the heck? Didn’t we just have an election? Indeed, we did! A recent question to our office leads me to believe that there may be some voter confusion out there regarding where, when and how elections are consolidated. Allow me to briefly explain.

Land donation: to sell or to develop?

Editorial

A generous land donation has left the City of Grangeville with a new baby on its doorstep; it’s precious, yes, but what to do with it in the long term?

Keep the opera house the Opera House

Letter to the Editor

Currently, the Old Opera House Arts Committee is attempting to purchase the building to keep as a performance venue rather than have it sold to others who would remodel for another use....

Voter would benefit from political truce, cooperation to inform

Editorial

Next year, we can get back to party politics … as everyone is so excited about returning to that screaming monkey circus. But this year, let’s set the party names aside and work the 2017 nonpartisan elections together.

2017 legislative summary: Idaho not as conservative as we think

Guest Opinion

The 64th legislative session will be remembered as the year we drew a line in the sand: Idaho Establishment vs. The People. My warrior ethos was put to the test this legislative session but I enjoyed the challenge.

Cross a powerful reminder of a Savior

Letter to the Editor

The cross, which shines on the mountain over Grangeville on Easter week, and from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, has been, for me, a source of pleasure, joy and comfort for many years.

Enviros contradict their own existence

Letter to the Editor

How many readers of this paper read Brett Haverstick’s editorial last week? He represents the “Friends of the Clearwater” enviro group. Did any of you believe what he wrote? I worked the timber harvest for 23 years and saw first-hand the benefits of logging. I have revisited many of the timber sales I worked on, and guess what? Biodiversity is thriving in those old clearcuts.

Radical environmental vision threat to liberty

Letter to the Editor

I read with interest David Rauzi’s op-ed, and Brett Haverstick’s accompanying commentary, in the April 12 edition of the Free Press. I agree with Rauzi that our county has grown far too accustomed to the “fix” of federal SRS dollars.

USFS designed to take care of just USFS

Letter to the Editor

In the April 12 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was an article entitled, SRS dollars not in sight. Secure Rural Schools was set up to replace lost revenue from timber sales on federal land to local county. The first thing people need to realize is the U.S.F.S. is designed to take care of the U.S.F.S. people and no one else.

SRS a ‘sick’ option but only one for rural counties

Editorial

Year after year it is the same Congressional knife fight to reauthorize Secure Rural School (SRS) funding with 11th-hour saves to the program to get us through another year. This year, chances for reauthorization are as slim as we’ve ever seen them. But what if it is? What about next year? And after that?

Catastrophic logging threatens national forests

Guest Opinion

National forests across the West are facing dire threats from politicians, the timber industry and the Forest Service. The public is currently being misled into thinking that our forests are “unhealthy”, and that they need to be “restored” due to “beetle infestations” and “insect and disease.” All of this is euphemism to drastically ramp up logging on the forests.

Good ol’ boy politics in Idaho?

Letter to the Editor

The guest editorial by Representative Priscilla Giddings in the Clearwater Progress (Despotism in Idaho?) on March 16 was remarkable in more ways than one. First of all, why is it that we hear about these events only from a newcomer to the state legislature?

‘Preempted’ from your constitutional rights

Letter to the Editor

You, your city and your county are “preempted” from your constitutional rights and due process of law. This is truly alarming.

Democrats worked hard to find partners

Guest Opinion

Our Idaho Democrats work hard to find partners for responsible, pro-business, pro-family, pro-Idaho policy. When the public shows up in force to affirm their support for issues that Idaho Democrats are championing, it gives moderate Republicans the courage they need to buck their party and do what’s right.

Support re-instating fed grant for DNA testing

Editorial

You can’t tell us the government doesn’t have $1 million kicking around the treasury somewhere that they could throw a bone to rural law enforcement. Specifically, to reinstate federal grant funding to provide DNA testing for law enforcement agencies across the nation.

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