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Leaders with big picture view needed to overhaul public lands management

Sometimes, the problems are overwhelming. Take the national debt, for example, which reached $20 trillion for the first time in history. That is obviously insane and casts shame upon our legislators, as a whole, that the budget is funded with such reckless financial mismanagement, due to which adds more than $1.5 billion in debt every day.

Local taxes not the biggest issue, but worthy of public's attention

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People don’t show up for public meetings the way they used to. History describes huge numbers standing for hours, listening to Lincoln and Douglas, but during the Sept. 5 Idaho County budget hearing last week, elected officials shared a laugh over something they – and we – are worried about.

Andrus’ example to apply in our local communities

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Not everyone can have a national legacy such as that of former four-term Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. But everyone can have a local opportunity to impact their communities in such important ways as he typified.

Idahoans will not be defined by racist label

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We’re number two in the nation. For what? Hate. Is this for real?

End to felony drug crimes? Oregon’s law one to watch

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Our western neighbors are embarking upon another new drug journey. Effective last week, personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs is now a misdemeanor and no longer a felony.

Eclipse event a lesson for local business opportunity

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Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?

Firefighter accidents inevitable; we can make them fewer, less common

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During wildfire season and its threats to homes and property is the ever-present danger to firefighters working the lines to contain blazes and stop their spread. The human cost to fighting these fires was recently brought home by two recent incidents in Montana

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Voice Your Opinion: Letters policy

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An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the Idaho County Free Press attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.

Redistribute charitable giving locally

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Politics energizes us as few things can, which explains why rivers of cash flow toward candidates and causes. Wouldn’t that same enthusiasm be nice when it comes to funding our own communities and causes.

Economic development starts, driven by local chamber of commerce

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Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.

Take collective breath and get it solved, MVSD

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Mountain View School District 244 teacher negotiations started in May. As of today, July 19, contracts for 2017-18 are not yet ironclad. Why? Because MVSD school board and the teacher’s union have not come to an agreement on salaries and benefits. Although negotiations have been an open process to this point, the impasse has now turned the tide in a different direction.

Freedom of the Press for all who would hold government accountable

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Each time our country marks its beginning, we’re reminded not only of what was written in the document which Thomas Jefferson penned and which the nation’s early leaders adopted July 4, 1776. We’re reminded of the colonies’ early attempts at designing a limited central government, and we’re reminded of the Constitution, replete with the Bill of Rights.

Residents and visitors: Border Days awaits you

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Are you ready? This Saturday, July 1, kicks off Grangeville Border Days. Whether a local or a visitor, this event is for you.

Time to commemorate Vietnam war; to give, receive peace

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“I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.

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