Letters to the Editor


Christmas lights theft costs community

The Grangeville Merchants Committee is so happy to put up and take down the downtown light pole Christmas decor with Avista, but when we took them down on Thursday, Jan. 11, there are a lot of light bulbs missing, taken out of the sockets. That means we now have to buy a lot more to put them back up next year.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Medicaid expansion: to benefit 78,000 in Idaho fallen into ‘gap’

I would like to respond to Jim Chmelik’s LTE of Jan. 10, in which he questions whether Medicaid expansion would be “the fiscally responsible thing to do” in Idaho. The Medicaid expansion program is intended to benefit the 78,000 people in Idaho who lack access to affordable health care and have fallen into the ‘Medicaid Gap’. These people, the working poor, earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance on the state health care exchange.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Myopic view on pot has wasted billions

It’s uplifting and refreshing to see the Free Press editorial [Jan. 10 issue] on pot legalization. The myopic view exhibited by both federal and local government has wasted billions of dollars enforcing uneducated, myopic and head-stuck-in-the-sand legal decisions.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Legislature is wise in not seeking expansion

Is Medicaid expansion really “the fiscally responsible thing to do?” When Medicaid was sold to the states by the federal government, they were told that their responsibility would be 10 percent of the cost. It became 30 percent. Currently, we are being told that the cost to the state will again be 10 percent. Ok great, what if it goes to 30 percent again?

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Collective and Individual: thoughts

Beyond all political objectives, adherents to group-mind think who have given up their souls will rage against the faintest appearance of one who tries to retain individuality against the corporate state and statism. And in this rage, the soulless ones will try to pull others down to where they live.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Using resources as Smokey Bear wanted

The economy was going great. The timber industry was going great, and we were using all of our natural resources. Just as Smokey the Bear wanted. Along came the U.S.F.S. of the ‘90s.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Is it not time to return to spirit of holidays?

With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas near, it might be well to ponder the good fortune we have being born in this part of the world! Contemporary news might suggest that too many living in our country today do not realize how fortunate they are to be citizens here!

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Local volunteer fire departments need more help

The point here is all local volunteer fire departments need more help. We do the best we can with the people we have, but the time seems to be coming when no one will respond to someone’s fire. More property damage will result, and lives may even be lost for lack of volunteers.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Plan: power, control over general public

I see in the local newspapers where the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have adopted a travel plan and some wilderness areas. Some of the other forests have already done this. To me, this is nothing more than power and control over the general recreational public, mainly the senior citizens who developed the forest to what it is today.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..



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