In praise of Idaho’s youngest hobbyist lobbyist

Student embodies political passion

Symbols mean something different to everyone who looks at them. They are matters of opinion, but when widely-shared, symbols can unite communities as large as nations around a shared sense of values. When enshrined in law, mere symbols can shape what about our society will stand the test of time.

Local officials: Take up Otter’s example and invite public to comment

Public turnout at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis Capital for a Day event showed lots of folks had questions for their governor and public officials.

Changing forced annexations

Letter: Ken Harvey Orofino

Idaho, Tennessee and Indiana are the last three states that allow forced annexations.

Isn’t it time to raise state minimum wage?

Letter: Darcy James Boise

We have just been through a season of generosity. Many of us stretched our Christmas budgets to buy toys for needy children, festive foods for struggling families, coats for the homeless, and so on. And we were happy to do so.

Hospital: good care, but still are issues

Letter: Glen Scott Swearingen Kooskia

Syringa Hospital delivers professional care. Caring, “everybody knows your name” care. Unfortunately, my family uses their services regularly. We appreciate them. Still, there are issues.

Kinds of things that belong on front page

Letter: Carol Yalbuw Grangeville

Thank you so much for the wonderful and professional front page of your Jan. 14 issue of the Free Press. There is not one picture or story of a criminal (They’re our heroes?) or of a suspected (but thus immortalized as guilty) criminal.

Donors, volunteers helped blood drive

Letter of thanks: Kim Peterson Blood drive chairperson

I would like to thank everyone who donated blood or volunteered at the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Jan. 8. Special thanks go out to Anne and Dave Fraser and Ace Home Center for donating the use of portable heaters and the Trinity Lutheran Church and Gamma Beta Sorority for providing the delicious cookies.

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Pot legalization, lawsuits and what Idaho can learn

On July 1, Oregon’s legalized marijuana goes into effect, putting Idaho in the center of a shrinking circle of Western states – including Utah and Wyoming – where the use, possession, sale, cultivation and transportation of cannabis is illegal.

Hudson campaign was well-run

Letter: Debra Alm

I would like to congratulate Abbie Hudson on a campaign well run, now that she is officially our Idaho County Treasurer.

Solid waste bill doesn’t add up

Letter: Mike S. Johnson

I am thoroughly impressed with the deal our astute and trustworthy county commissioners gave to the 118 county properties who haven’t paid a garbage bill since 1987.

No hope in D.C. of representation

Letter: Richard L. Stephens

By voting to continue the same old big government freedom-swallowing policies of the Boehner/GOP leadership, you personally and expressly violated the mandate and purpose given you by the voters this last November.

Who are you calling a wimp?

Letter: Jim Holsinger

In response to Al Bolden’s letter of Jan. 7.

Pressing ahead in Congress

Considerable work is required in the 114th Congress to build the foundation for a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth. Improving our nation’s economic well-being —which includes reforming our badly broken tax code, reforming entitlement programs to ensure their solvency and establishing powerful budget controls — remains my number one priority.