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Idaho Democrats’ plan inspires change for all

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Proactive forward-thinking plans by Idaho Democrats in the wake of the 2016 General Election are an inspiration for a change in state party politics overall.

Shop local on Small Business Saturday (...and the rest of the year)

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Let’s remember our local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but the rest of the year, as well.

Sheriff’s race aftermath: Where from here? Ideas

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What does last week’s Idaho County Sheriff’s election have to say? Here are some thoughts:

More ways to challenge ourselves to support veterans

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We can always find more ways to thank and support veterans. Here are a few suggestions that are easy to implement and would mean a lot to a military service person.

Endorsements cause issues with agency relations, community

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Contentious and gutter-scraping: the political race for Idaho County sheriff. Beyond watching the mud fly to see what sticks, of more pressing and difficult concern is the issue of recent endorsement ads for both candidates that involve law enforcement members of county and city policing agencies.

A welcome return for Oktoberfest celebration

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Oktoberfest: Did you have a good time? Great. Now let’s keep that ball rolling.

PILT, SRS again at issue; funds no less warranted

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At issue – yet again — are millions in federal appropriations to rural communities, including Idaho County: PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding.

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

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This month marks a series of sad anniversaries.

Local voice needed in oversize shipments issue

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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