Letters to the Editor


Problems with schools go way beyond funds

Letter: Carol Asher, Kamiah

I realize that what more I’m about to say here regarding the ongoing school funding debate isn’t going to change a thing, but I’d like to say it, nonetheless.

Gay marriage legal but can’t change fact...

Letter: Betty Alm

I and three other women from Grangeville have just returned from a Missouri Lutheran Women’s Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. I want to share the closing remarks of one of the key speakers, Dr. James Lamb, executive director of Lutherans for Life.

Confused on USFS letting some fires burn

Letter: Leonard Wallace, New Meadows

As usual, I am confused as to what the U.S.F.S. was doing when it announced in the 1990s to let some fires burn if they were not threatening private property, because they wanted to put fire back into the management of our forest, especially in the wilderness.

Many helped at Stites fire; encourage more to get involved

Letter: Lucky Brandt, Chief Stites Fire Department

On June 26 at 9:58 p.m. we received a call that the Southfork Cafe in Stites was on fire. I arrived a few minutes later and found the large building nearly totally engulfed.

Protecting free speech includes the unpopular

Letter: Tom Reilly, Mt. Idaho

The PC crowd (most of the political left and now some on the right) are fond of applying what I refer to as “selective outrage.” The target of their scorn is based upon personal biases and political winds

Appreciate hard work by Kids Klub crew

Letter: Mike, Pam & Tate Johnson, Grangeville

A big shout out and many thanks to Kristi, Cindy and all of the Kids Klub crew through the years for providing a place for Tate to be after school.

Collectively we can quell trashy trend

The Lewiston-Clarkston area isn’t the only place with slob recreationists and dirty sands of beaches.

Would the real threat please stand up?

The Lewiston Tribune featured an article on June 17 concerning a big rock on Salmon River that weighs 420,000 pounds and might dislodge, roll down, and cause harm to roads, bridges, etc., below.

Why removing the old Manning Bridge?

Letter: Leonard Wallace, New Meadows

I saw in a recent issue of the Idaho County Free press where the U.S.F.S. was going to replace the Manning Bridge, which is located up the Salmon River upstream from Riggins, and was constructed in 1924 and is still being used daily.

Defending principle despite the duress

Letter: Chad Erickson, Kamiah

In the first of this month, an issue of the U.S. Observer, which contained a front page article disparaging our firm, was apparently distributed to every mailbox in Idaho County.

Forced coverage ... and now rates rising

Letter: Lucky Brandt, Kooskia

I see health insurance rates are going up dramatically. Let’s see. The government forces insurance companies to cover everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions or the ability to pay and rates go up. Who would ever have thought of that?

Volunteers needed at area recycling sites

Letter: Janie Fluharty, Grangeville

With vacations, summer events and activities, extra volunteers are needed at the recycling sites. Can you help?

We need USFS but not it’s managing forests strictly for money

Letter: Leonard Wallace, New Meadows

Yes, the U.S.F.S. is being paid to destroy our forests, with their controlled burns, which do more harm than good except it does provide them with jobs at taxpayers’ expense. All that a controlled burn accomplishes is to burn the needles and other duff off the ground, laying it barren so the rainwater will run off instead of soaking into the ground as it would have done if the duff was there, which in turn helps keep our ground water supply up.

Clarifying between Holden and Bolden

Letter: Al Bolden, White Bird

wish to clarify an issue that arises from time to time as a result of a letter to the editor of the Free Press.

Positive responses to elk sculpture

Letter: Kim Chenoweth, Grangeville

We want to thank everyone for the positive responses to the elk sculpture.