|Letters & Opinions
Stitch in Time
and Tia Avery: Allen Avery is our son. We would like to
apologize to the people involved and the
community for his reckless behavior and lack of
regard for human life.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador:
This week, the President unveiled his budget for
Fiscal Year 2015, a budget that - if passed –
would devastate our economy and add a crushing
debt burden onto our children.
Mike Weland: Just for fun, I did a quick search of newsbf and
compiled a partial
list of the articles regarding school bomb
hoaxes in Boundary County public schools.
Senator Shawn Keough:
This week, Representative Eric Anderson
announced that he will not seek another term in
the Idaho House of Representatives. I’ve enjoyed
my service with Anderson as we have worked
together on many issues that are important to
Representative Raul Labrador:
As Americans, one of our most cherished values
is freedom of speech. Our Founding Fathers
enshrined free speech in the First Amendment to
the Constitution, and we have worked over the
generations – through today – to protect that
cherished principle from any and all threats.
Concerned wife Susan: Just read the letter about
while hunting. Would like to add
one other note: When hunting behind a locked
gate, do not block the gate with your vehicle!
Representative Raul Labrador:
On Thursday, the House passed legislation, H.R.
2954, that includes a bill and an amendment that
I introduced to aid Idaho’s agriculture
Idaho Senator Shawn Keough: Like you, I enjoy the outdoors and all of the
opportunities afforded to us living in such a
beautiful part of the state. We are fortunate to
have so many recreational pursuits to choose
from. With our many lakes and rivers, one of our
most popular activities is boating. Boating is
part of our way of life, but we need to make
sure that it is done in a safe and responsible
Mike Weland: I would like to give kudos
to the Sandpoint Police Department for
recognizing the power of the internet and
razzies to self proclaimed “local” media that
have lost track of its value and purpose. A
wreck near Cocolalla this morning that should,
if all of us who purport to serve the public
view it honestly, sound a clarion.
Evans: While hunting public land, there are many
unspoken rules we all need to respect and
follow. The main rule I would like to touch on
is, if you see a rig parked on a particular
gated road, find another road to hunt.
Idaho Senator Shawn Keough: It was “education week” for the budget committee
and in the statehouse during this third week of
the Legislative session. There may not be a more
important task for the Legislature than funding
our state’s education system.
Senator Mike Crapo: The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
reports that as of November 7, 2013 there were
1,456 wildland fires in Idaho that burned
714,057 acres last year. As more resources go
toward fire suppression, resources that could be
used to implement projects that improve forest
health, benefit forest communities and enhance
public safety are squeezed.
Gary Blanchard: I was saddened to here of Bob’s passing. Even
though I never had the privilege of working with
Bob as a forester, I knew him well as a fellow
member of the Society of American Foresters.
Idaho Senator Shawn Keough:
As the Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance
Committee, I have been faced with many tough
decisions over the last few years.
Idaho continues to manage our budget in a
fiscally responsible manner. Because of this, we
are often criticized by groups who want more
money spent on programs that they deem
Notes from Boise by Shawn Keough: As
is the tradition, on Monday Governor Otter laid
out his agenda for the 2014 session of the Idaho
Senator Mike Crapo:
The U.S. Trade Representative reported that, in
2012 alone, the U.S. sold $235 million worth of
potatoes, $42 million worth of beans, $1.1
billion worth of apples and $53.3 billion worth
of corn products to consumers around the world.
These are just a few examples of how American
farmers and ranchers are helping to meet the
challenge of feeding a growing world population.
Allen Gemmrig: It is at this time I would like to pledge my
support and my endorsement for Dave Schuman for
the office of Sheriff of Boundary County.
Congressman Raul Labrador: Every
year, on Christmas, we gather with friends and
family to celebrate a tradition that spans 2,000
years; inspires millions of Americans and
billions of people around the world; and brings
out the greatest joys of life – a sense of
meaning, a spirit of generosity and kindness,
and a conviction we are all connected in ways
that we can hardly imagine.