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Land donation: to sell or to develop?

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A generous land donation has left the City of Grangeville with a new baby on its doorstep; it’s precious, yes, but what to do with it in the long term?

Voter would benefit from political truce, cooperation to inform

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Next year, we can get back to party politics … as everyone is so excited about returning to that screaming monkey circus. But this year, let’s set the party names aside and work the 2017 nonpartisan elections together.

SRS a ‘sick’ option but only one for rural counties

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Year after year it is the same Congressional knife fight to reauthorize Secure Rural School (SRS) funding with 11th-hour saves to the program to get us through another year. This year, chances for reauthorization are as slim as we’ve ever seen them. But what if it is? What about next year? And after that?

Support re-instating fed grant for DNA testing

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You can’t tell us the government doesn’t have $1 million kicking around the treasury somewhere that they could throw a bone to rural law enforcement. Specifically, to reinstate federal grant funding to provide DNA testing for law enforcement agencies across the nation.

EMTs: support them, their efforts, join them

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Idaho County has a strong volunteerism history when it comes to our community EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who train on their own time and dime, and are on call to leave their work or families at a moment’s notice, in all kinds of weather, day or night, and at any location from highways to rugged back country.

Good legislative effort continues for sexual assault victims

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Good work continues for sexual assault victims, as Monday saw unanimous passage of House Bill 146 that addresses untested rape kits in the state.

Time to pay more attention to all these districts

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Voters can’t sluff off into apathy, thinking that politics is eased off for a year, until we get into mid-term elections. Just get a load of what is coming up this year: 47 elections.

Proposed Montana legislation restricting photos unconstitutional

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From our Montana neighbors: State legislation is under consideration that would prohibit news outlets from posting photos of fatal accidents on social media until authorities can notify next of kin. For free speech advocates – which should be all of us, press and public alike – this is disturbing discussion.

A year later, legislature writing body cam video — accountability — into law

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This month, there’s a bill that would enshrine law enforcement video — dashcam video and body camera video — in public records law. If it becomes law, this bill would hold county law enforcement videos to different standards than a county’s paper records.

Constitutional amendment for term limits? Whoa, not so fast

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Are congressional term limits an idea whose time has come? Whoa, not so fast. President Donald Trump rode into the White House on the wave of that public sentiment voicing “It’s time for a change.” Now, looking to strike while the iron is hot, Idaho’s Rep. Raul Labrador is introducing a term limits constitutional amendment for congressional members.

Loggers helping protect water quality? You bet!

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Turn on the tap, or drop a line in a clear river. You’re enjoying the bounty of Idaho’s fantastic waters. So, thank a logger for this when you see one.

What would you like to see on this opinion page?

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What do you think? It’s nice to be asked, and we’re taking a break from giving our opinion on the world of Idaho County this week to ask you how readers can better interact on this page.

Your voice had impact with Kooskia bridge issue

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Your voice made a difference. And as a result, the East Kooskia Bridge is headed for repairs and continued use.

City survey’s value is in accountability to citizens

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Is the recently completed Grangeville Community Survey – citizen opinions on city and community services — just all “touchy-feely” busy work with no substantial result other than yet another report to file? We’d argue that city residents’ opinions are part of the public record, they have been reviewed in official session by city officials, and the results and candid comments are on display for anyone who requests them.

Observations on district’s use of force policy

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The framework of a “use of force” policy continues to be shaped by trustees for Mountain View School District 244. The outcome is inevitable: A policy will be formed, no question about it. But the form it will take is still shadowy at best at this point. Two things we’ve observed through this process, now more than a year in the works.

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