Opinion

Wilderness not to blame for wildlife issues

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

A recent opinion by Pete Thompson, Nancy Hadley, Tony McDermott, and Brad Corkill suggests that wildlife will be in peril if S.3531 (introduced by Idaho’s U.S. Senator Risch) passes. To make their case, they build upon questionable presump...

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Political discussion shouldn’t include theft of signs

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

Sometime between mid-afternoon March 11 and mid-afternoon March 12, at least three “vote yes” for the supplemental levy signs were stolen, one in front of the Hope Marketplace, one at the junction of Main Street and Wellington Place, and on...

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Why can’t we have true transparency in all agencies?

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

I, as a business owner/CFO, have the responsibility to justify my finances to all partners and any shareholders. With this being said, one theme from the opponents and defenders had in common during the tension-filled days leading up to the...

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Why force car insurance but not health insurance?

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

When I ask people why it is OK to force people to have automobile liability insurance but not to have health insurance they always answer “you don’t have to drive.” True, however, you don’t have to receive medical care when you are sick eit...

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It’s amazing how good the world can look

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

I recently attended a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Sage Dixon. A prelude to the meeting was a young man beginning his political career, either as a politician or perhaps just as an involved citizen. His concept, while perhaps honorable...

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Annual fundraiser was a tremendous success

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.’s annual “Grow More Spots” fundraiser at Laughing Dog Brewery was a great success. To all who attended, bid on items, volunteered time, and donated to the auction and raffle — thank you. We had great sponso...

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We need reminders of a ‘wild Idaho’

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

I am writing this letter in support of wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks area.I have enjoyed hiking and backpacking in the Scotchman Peaks area ever since I first moved here (30 years ago). There is nothing I love to do more th...

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Scotchman Peaks should be preserved for all

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

I am writing in support of the Scotchmen Peaks Wilderness Area designation. This area should be protected for the enjoyment of all persons and native animals. The beauty of this wonderful zone should be preserved for the future people that ...

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Scotchman discussed at many forest meetings

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

I wholeheartedly support designating Scotchman Peaks for wilderness because protecting the natural resources in this area for future generations is extremely important to me. We would be providing wilderness in North Idaho, where none exist...

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Freedom of religion on a sliding scale

March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

Is it just me, or does “freedom of religion” in the U.S. seem to exist on a sliding scale or hierarchy with Christianity and Judaism first, all other religions in a middle gray area, and Islam on the bottom?Thanks to the Hobby Lobby ruling,...

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