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Hey, watch your political mouth

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Readers on this letters page will be informed that the Idaho County Democrats’ booth was vandalized during the Idaho County Fair. Of course, it wasn’t you who did this. This was the work of dumb, or perhaps both dumb and dumber, acting out the only kind of political discourse he or they were able to do: graffiti and demolition. Perhaps they celebrated their triumph later by shooting out power pole insulators.

Life is more fun in person; get to the county fair

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Presidential politics. Regional economics. Immigration. Health care costs. The impending family arguments at Thanksgiving dinner. OK, we’ve got enough seriousness on our plates to literally last us through the end of the year. So let’s set that stuff aside and focus on something more locally pressing: You’re going to the Idaho County Fair this year, right?

Choosing magistrate judge a big deal ... and you have a voice in that decision

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The nation nears its decision for the next President, but this region’s residents have the opportunity for their voices to be heard in a choice that will impact them far more intimately in their everyday lives: the position of magistrate judge.

Disgusted ... that said, hoping for finality in a Lankford sentencing, conviction

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This year marks 25 years since the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in dissent about a troubling case in which his colleagues ruled our local court had flubbed the process by which Bryan Lankford was sentenced to death. Earlier this week, the Idaho Supreme Court undid the outcome of the related case against Mark Lankford.

Addressing community problems starts with us

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We don’t lack problems to address or opportunities to serve in Idaho County; what we lack are the people who will commit to being part of the solution and not simply pointing at others as the problem.

Fire prevention is elementary

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Everyone who believes in personal, individual responsibility ought to know what they can do to prevent forest fire, and everyone ought to expect their neighbors to know, too. Fire safety basics should be common sense – and, in our region, they are – but not everyone acts like it.

Transparency — keeping meeting open — good move by hospital board

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Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is not only looking to the future sustainability of the hospital and clinics it represents, but they are also concerned with those they represent in other tangible, meaningful ways.

Voters rejected Chmelik for his style

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If you’ve asked the people you know who voted why they think Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik lost, they’ve probably already told you what they’ve been telling us: Mainly, they just don’t like his style.

Old Glory isn’t clothing... and other thoughts about Flag Day June 14

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As commemorations go, Flag Day is one of the oldest, and it’s a good time for not just patriotism but also action. Flag Day (June 14) commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The week is designated National Flag Week, during which citizens are encouraged to fly the American flag.

Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living

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Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

Beyond revenue, marijuana legalization also brings new challenges, duties

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Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.

Mental health a serious local issue; help available for us, family, community

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Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, but rather participate with open minds with something that doesn’t just affect someone else – mental health issues do exist in our own family and friend circles.

Candidate forum format needs to change

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Is the candidate forum as we know it dead? Is public interest at such a low? Or is the tried and true method of finding more out about candidates in a public setting as relevant as a VHS player?

Base grizzly delisting on opinion of TV vampire?

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Celebrity endorsements: Harmless enough when famous faces are hawking cereal, cars or phone companies; much more insidious when it’s matters of significant public policy that national politics – often driven by the fickle fingers of public opinion — will impose on the West.

Public safety: EMS starts with dispatch; don’t do THAT while driving

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Public safety is on our minds this week; some unsung heroes to keep in mind, and a social activity you shouldn’t be doing while driving.

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