Somber anniversaries mark need to avoid complacency in region’s back country


This month marks a series of sad anniversaries.

Idaho’s healthcare system for poor is unconscionable, does crummy job

Guest Opinion

Republican Rep. Fred Wood, chairman of the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee, recently said something that deserves further exploration. He told a legislative committee, “It is difficult for me to see how we can go forward having two healthcare systems in the state — one for poor people and one for everyone else, with different benefits. We can’t do that. That’s simply unconscionable.”

Martinez: integrity, honesty, fortitude

Letter to the Editor

I can tell you from my experience that Carlos has a high level of integrity, honesty, and intestinal fortitude. These are the qualities that are needed in law enforcement, especially as a leader. Due to my personal experience with Carlos’s personal attributes, I will be voting for him for the position of Idaho County Sheriff as the Independent candidate.

Megaloads corrupted notion of an open, two-way course

Letter to the Editor

Mr. Rauzi crossed the centerline with his characterization [Sept. 14 editorial] of megaload opponents as having a “narrow political agenda” and lacking respect for the “historic use” of Highway 12 as a “private and commercial transport route.”

Local voice needed in oversize shipments issue


The issue has laid dormant for a few years, but the matter of oversized shipments being transported along U.S. Highway 12 has returned to the public sphere. Your comments are sought for a proposed rule to regulate these along a nearly 100-mile stretch of the road.

No guns in school; whole idea is stupid

Letter to the Editor

How has it come that all you think about is putting a gun in everyone’s hands?

Guns in school not the answer to problem

Letter to the Editor

What’s the difference between “good guys” with guns and “bad guys” with guns? If the “bad guy” follows the pattern as the perpetrator of evil and preconceived violence, then “he” also has the advantageous element of surprise.

Sheriff is not for constitutional carry

Letter to the Editor

I clearly heard Giddings state, “The Constitution does not give the right to carry concealed.” Sheriff Giddings is against constitutional carry!

Concert brought tears to eyes; wonderful

Letter to the Editor

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! We would like to thank the Benedictine Sisters of Cottonwood for hosting the Gonzaga University Concert Choir.

Blaming those who did not speak out

Letter to the Editor

I blame a whole group of people for the damage of a few, not because they directly caused the vandalism, but because they did not speak out against it.

Grateful for concert, cultural offerings

Letter to the Editor

My wife and I attended a performance of the Gonzaga University Concert Choir on Sunday at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. This was an amazing experience provided by the two organizations, Gonzaga and St. Gertrude.

Many responded to Monday fire; thanks!

Letter to the Editor

Mary and I want to extend a very heartfelt “thank you” to all the fire and law enforcement agencies, all of the businesses, and friends and neighbors who responded to the fire that spread onto our place on Monday, Sept. 12.

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Letters to the Editor - Sept. 7, 2016

I was heading back to Coeur d’ Alene late Sunday, Aug. 28, via U.S. Highway 95. I got a flat tire somewhere north of Cottonwood, and lug nuts were frozen. A gentleman with the last name of McWilliams stopped to check for needed help. Once he learned of the situation, without hesitation, he called his uncle, Carmen Duke, I believe.

Become engaged in hospital plans

Syringa Hospital’s board has a huge job: to ensure quality medical care is provided to its patrons. With 10 healthcare providers on staff, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that mission. However, there’s all those federal regulations and economic trends to consider, and neither have been in favor of the small, rural, independently owned hospital.

Stop being passive; you need to be engaged


Often times the cry is heard that public officials are “doing things behind closed doors” or pushing agendas without the knowledge or consent of the public. Could it be that we simply didn’t take the time to pay attention to what these officials were doing until we stumbled across it late in the game? It’s much easier to push the blame on public officials than take responsibility in admitting we weren’t paying attention.