e-Fairness at issue: Good, bad for Idaho?

When it comes to a federal law allowing out-of-state tax collectors to reach into the pockets of Idaho’s online merchants, by a 52-32 percent margin Gem State voters have a resounding and simple answer: Just, no! That’s just one of several findings from a statewide poll released by National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute.

Zero tolerance of rape

Commit to uphold human rights

Injustice is alive and well in Idaho. Month after month, Idaho has made national headlines for willfully ignoring the sexual abuse and rape of people in prison and in the university system.

FS plan would open forests to clearcuts

Letter: Dick Artley Grangeville

Forest Supervisor Brazell of Lochsa Land Exchange infamy is at it again. I encourage those who enjoy recreating in their national forests who missed the USFS meeting last week in Grangeville to submit electronic comments on Brazell’s proposed Forest Plan revision at fpr_npclw@fs.fed.us.

Address issues of underage drinking with clarity

Letter: Marilyn Giddings, retired school principal White Bird

Through the years I have heard dozens of excuses about why adults don’t want to address the issue of underage drinking but none of the lame excuses can explain away the high-risk behavior that results in too many deaths. How many kids have to die before the adults of this county find a correlation between alcohol and dead children?

Chemicals at fault for bee die-off

Letter: Meryl Kastin Kooskia

This is in response to a letter a couple of weeks ago wondering about the lack of honeybees. Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate due to the deluge of highly toxic pesticides being used. These agrochemicals are not only being doused over millions of acres of farmland, but they are also used in our neighborhood for lawns and gardens.

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Gopher War


Check your car: heat makes it deadly

As temperatures soar in Idaho County, it’s a good time for a reminder that hot cars can be deadly.

Federal taxes at an all time high, but ...National deficit still out of whack

Some may view the recent reports of increased tax revenue being paid into the U.S. Treasury as a sign that our economy is picking back up.

Stirring controversy; helipad is a true lifesaver

Letter: Maggie Abbott White Bird

I am upset that you gave Mr. Kutner so much exposure in your last edition of the Free Press.

Consider rural residents when deciding on helipad


I wish to comment on the subject of the helipad for our local hospital. Many years ago my husband had a horse accident on the lower part of the ranch. It was 10 hours before we found him and had there not been a helicopter available at that time he may not have made the trip by ambulance to the hospital.

Enjoy the bees while you can...

Letter: Dick Artley Grangeville

[In response, July 16 letter from Gayle Engstli]: You posed a good question about the lack of honeybees.

Experience shows value of helicopter transport

Letter: Sheryl Clark White Bird

I am a member of the EMS system in Idaho County and I have a number of concerns with your article and the letter [July 16 Issue] from Jeff Kutner regarding the proposed Syringa Hospital Helipad.

Lambs hurt, killed; prevent this by watching your dogs

Letter: Jacquelyn Crousser

This 4-H year began well, with my two sisters and I each picking out three beautiful lambs in early June.

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Just Starting


Critical interest in road, bridge funding

Idaho’s road and bridge infrastructure is not headed toward a bright future, and the solution is to increase public spending to address this critical public interest.