Letters to the Editor

Area fortunate to have great first responders, hospital

February 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

It has been more than 30 days since my wife called 911 and the first responders came to my rescue. I was unconscious and barely breathing. The dispatcher kept my wife on the line while two of BCSO’s finest raced to the house to get me ready...

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Lies, statistics and the problem of social media

February 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

… lies, damned lies, and statistics …This phrase is often attributed to Mark Twain, who attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli, who joins a long line of late 19th century political figures using the term. While the phrase has sometimes been use...

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Rep. Heather Scott has earned a third term

February 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

The race for Seat A in District 1 is really not a race at all. Boundary and Bonner County voters have a simple choice to make. Do we want Representative Heather Scott, a proven stand-up fighter representing us or her opponent, a groaning g...

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Area’s beauty, people more important than money

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

I am a citizen of Blanchard and have been working with citizens of Newport, Wash., to stop the construction of a silicon smelter to be owned and operated by Hi Test Sands.We have collected information from other silicon smelters in Iceland,...

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Medicaid expansion would help residents, save state money

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

When the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, some 24 million Americans were able to obtain health insurance who previously had none. As part of this act, states were offered the chance to expand Medicaid for its poorest citizens, w...

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Proposed smelter would be a recipe for disaster

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

After much consideration, I have finally decided it is time to let my voice be heard. My husband and I moved to Blanchard to retire in 2014. We found a perfect community in Blanchard, met some wonderful people, and enjoy all four seasons in...

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Land trust taking money from taxpayers

February 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Kaniksu Land Trust is a thief, they are stealing the lunch money from school children. I will explain: The 160-acre Pine Street property, Kaniksu Land Trust is buying (with other people’s money) will be a land trust easement that is fre...

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Responsible gun owners need to step forward

February 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

This letter is in response to Ken Thacker’s opinion on, “Mass shooters had a lot of fire power.” I’ll start by saying that I grew up in a gun culture while living in North Idaho for 58 years. My uncle had one of the largest collection of Wi...

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Silica drilling, smelter proposal raise concerns

February 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

I am writing with my concerns about both the exploratory drilling proposed on national forest land on Green Mountain by Pend Oreille Silica Inc. and the plans of HiTest Sands Inc. to build a silica smelter near Newport.In regard to the expl...

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Get involved, participate in planning proposals

February 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

In response to Steve Lockwood’s comments January 23, 2018…“Bonner County zoning codes are up for changes ‘with’ the usual opportunities for citizen input. Industrial plants are ‘not’ being permitted in many county zones.” Since 2008, there ...

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