Letters to the Editor


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.

Sponsors, players made a great tourney

Letter: Jeff Lindsley, Grangeville

A huge “thank you” to all the sponsors/players who donated to the Bulldog Football Golf Tourney.

Appreciation for help with my new book

Letter: Jim Heckathorn, Elk City

I want to express my deep appreciation to the staff at the Grangeville Senior Center for allowing me to present a copy of my recently published book, How to Live Long and Like it, to George Vrieling, Jr. in memory of his father, George Vrieling, Sr.

Thanks for elk statue

Letter: Arge Jeffery Grangeville

Perhaps you have noticed the magnificent new horseshoe sculpture of an elk at the west gateway to Grangeville.

Globalism not in interest of Idaho

Had the opportunity to visit and listen to our senator, Mike Crapo, in White Bird at the Rebekah Lodge.