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February 6
We are one: The next Isaac Newton ... Albert Einstein? This is David Balogun, nine years old of Pennsylvania. He just graduated high school and has already earned a few college credits as he pursues his dream of being an astrophysicist specializing in the study of black holes and supernovae. By Mike Weland
February 4
In the education debate, words matter: While delivering his State of the State speech in January, Governor Brad Little used the word “public” eleven times in reference to K-12 education funding. Many lawmakers have a far different vocabulary when discussing Idaho’s education budget. Words like “choice,” and “scholarships for private school tuition,” and “education savings accounts.” By Mindy Cameron
February 1
I'm just down the street: A dear friend sent me a beautiful photo and a few lines of explanation regarding an amazing and inspirational Boundary County neighbor and volunteer, Marciavee Cossette, honored at the recent annual meeting of our local GROW! Boundary County Community Garden organization. And she thanked me for publishing. That she felt the need broke my heart. By Mike Weland
January 30
The truth about the M&O: What is the truth about the proposed M&O Levy and our property taxes? After seeing social media light up and hearing some dire predictions, I decided to dig for the truth. Here’s what I found out. By Mary Ollie
January 28
Why do commissioners support 2030 Agenda? Let's talk about the goals of the 2030 Agenda, which Boundary County Commissioners Tim Bertling and Wally Cossairt support, one item at a time and see if they are achievable. One goal is to end poverty. What a lofty goal and who could be opposed to that? The question is: How could it be accomplished by government at any level? By Bob Vickaryous
January 25
Herndon rockets off to the start many feared: While most people would give at least a little time for familiarization when starting a new job, Idaho Senator Scott Herndon, R-Sagle, is having no part of it, shooting off like a pop bottle rocket from the moment the 2023 legislative session opened January 9 and careening crazily ever since, with no sign yet of graciously sputtering out. By Mike Weland
Election over, but no time for complacency: I'm hoping I'm wrong, but some elected people only represent one side of the coin, and possibly don't want to consider those who might have a different side of the coin. I do not believe that any of us are bona fide type cast. Depending on what the issue is, we fall all over the political spectrum. By Dora Vandenberg
Leveraging the skills of Idaho's military personnel: Supporting Idaho servicemen and women during their transition from military service back to civilian life is a meaningful way to help launch these dedicated men and women into the next phase of their lives to Idaho’s great benefit. I have been a longtime advocate for more seamlessly connecting military service members with Idaho employers. By Senator Mike Crapo
January 9
Thank you, Jim Woodward: We the undersigned voters of District 1, sincerely thank you Senator Jim Woodward for your excellent service as Senator. We are proud of you, as one of our own. We appreciate your dedication, honesty and civility, as you embody the traditional values our communities have long held.
January 5
When the chickens run the fox house: There have always been people convinced that they possess truth indisputable. They call themselves prescient, knowing. For most of history, those not so blessed but forced to listen to such blandishments call such people lunatics. Throughout history, lunatics have been relegated to the fringe, resentful that the majority among whom they abide won't take them seriously. By Mike Weland
January 3
Ready to be duped again? “I was duped!” This exclamation came from a Kootenai County voter after last May’s Republican Primary election. Many other voters have said the same as they realized the information they were given by their Republican central committees, about Republican Primary candidates, was manipulated, twisted, embellished or suppressed ... And now they want to do it to you again, only at a much deeper and more sinister level. By Mary Souza
December 14
Is we is or is we ain't? Former president and now proclaimed 2024 presidential candidate Donald J. Trump continues to proclaim his strong advocacy for the rule of law, a stance long a cornerstone of the GOP ethos. But as only only Trump can, his advocacy is so twisted in application that his supposed support; believed, lauded and mimicked by far too many of his followers, is actually an attack deliberately launched. By Mike Weland
Our Bill of Rights: Many do not recall that December 15 is an important anniversary for our government: we celebrate our Bill of Rights. As Americans we are afforded certain rights illuminated in what is known as the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
December 9
It's way past time to stop trashing our public schools: Whether it's by underfunding schools, bad-mouthing teachers, lying about what they teach, bullying school board members or libeling administrators. You may have signed a petition by Reclaim Idaho to guarantee over $350 Million per year to all of the K-12 public schools in Idaho. That's because you know Idaho's at the bottom of the nation in per capita funding of schools per student. By Clarice McKenney
A rule in common – the practice of kindness: On October 21, 1985, First Lady Nancy Reagan presented the United Nations with the gift of a mosaic on behalf of the United States in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The mosaic is based on Norman Rockwell’s well-known painting which represents different ethnicities and cultures worldwide with dignity and respect. Boundary County Human Rights Task Force
December 8
Republicans must start winning again: Donald Trump could be remembered as one of the most successful one term presidents in history. Historic tax cuts, unparalleled deregulation, three Supreme Court appointments, securing the boarder, a robust economy, making the US energy independent, the list goes on. By Tom Luna
November 29
Radical right looking the wrong way in laying blame: Despite what those of the righteous far right proclaim, the most egregious offenders of grooming and abuse aren't the marginalized so easily blamed, but the upright stalwarts we tend to hold in esteem; those we respect and tend to believe over the pleas of the abused. The pious, the wealthy ... the powerful. By Mike Weland
November 21
Remember your mail carrier this season: There’s a certain romance we embrace about the white blanket that comes down the mountains and tucks our community to bed for the winter. Comments about the slower pace and looking forward to cozy dinners with friends prevail in general conversation. Hunting season, canned preserves, community craft markets, concerts and festive traditions of all sorts make this season so blessed and worthwhile. By Stephanie Ross
November 20
The politics of idiotic hypocrisy: "Donald Trump can't save America. He can't even save himself. He used us to win the White House," Dr. Mike Evans was quoted saying in a recent New York Times article. "We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us. I cannot do that anymore." By Mike Weland
November 13
JBS keeping conspiracy theories alive: So what is agenda 2030 and why did so many who support it write in Tim Bertling's name? Simply put, it is a plan to control everyone and everything on planet Earth in the name of saving the environment. There are 17 goals in all that taken together would replace liberty, self-government, free markets and nationhood with totalitarian technocratic rule at the global level. By Bob Vickaryous
November 7
Keep what makes Boundary County dear, vote Bertling: My family moved to Boundary County in 1970 when I was just 11 years old. My dad was hired as a U.S. Customs Inspector at Eastport on the U.S./Canadian border. Although I wasn’t born in Boundary County, with the exception of college, I’ve lived in Boundary County most of my life. My family came from Wyoming by way of Montana and fell into the quiet life of the small town of Eastport. By Janis Tucker
November 4
More than the vote count will be decided Tuesday: Tuesday's election will tell us far more than vote counts and who will be selected to positions of public service and trust. It will also tell us if there is to be a future for democracy in our nation. Not by the vote, but by the reaction in the days following by both candidates and voters for whom the vote didn't go as well as expected, those who, when asked if they'll accept the results of their election, insist without a trace of shame, "I’m going to win the election, and I will accept that result.” By Mike Weland
November 3
Where is the outrage now from the Idaho GOP? When several well-known Republicans recently endorsed Democrat Tom Arkoosh for Attorney General, the condemnation of these Republicans from the Idaho Republican Party leadership was quick, damning and unforgiving. So it’s surprising that Idaho Republican Party leaders have said nothing about the endorsement of Ammon Bundy, by not only Republicans but by actual party leaders. By Tom Luna
November 2
Bertling best choice for positive change: There seems to be some discussion and questions regarding Tim Bertling and his well-backed write-in campaign. Supporters have been called "cronies" and "good ol' boys." Tim has been called a RINO for switching parties. Locals have been told to leave if they don't like the change this new group is bringing. We should all thank Tim for continuing to campaign and fight to retain his seat amidst such a slanderous race. By Chad Kimball
November 1
We need a steady hand on the wheel: It has been a very busy fall but the work is done and now it’s time for action. The signs have gone up. Hands have been shaken. Doors have been knocked on and answered. Issues have been discussed. Op Eds have been written and the case has been made for who is the right choice for district two county commissioner. As I said, the work is now done and it’s time for action. By Tim Dougherty
We're running out of room and time: "Your gross generalizations, pot stirring and slanderous comments are no different than what you are supposedly taking a stance against. And, at least one group above shouldn’t be included with the others anyway," a reader said in response to an editorial I posted recently on Facebook, reprinted here. "Instead, why not use your platform to look for the common ground that brings us together in this community. Not on what separates." By Mike Weland
Write in Tim Bertling for Boundary County Commissioner: What does it take to be a successful Boundary County Commissioner? A good candidate for County Commissioner would be someone who was raised and has lived in Boundary County for a lifetime and is intimately knowledgeable about every inch of Boundary County. Someone who has worked extensively in the timber industry and who owns his own business with an understanding of what it takes to manage one. By Darrell Kerby
November 8 is when we defend our Republic: I remember the 50s, McCarthyism and my dad holding John Birch Society meetings in our home. We went to prayer meetings to ask for strength and guidance in fighting the Communist menace and impending domination by the United Nations. In all of this, I saw how fear and uncertainty drives people to absolutism and authoritarianism. And I saw how using the tools in our baloney detection kit keeps the focus on “liberty and justice for all.” By Mary Ollie
All sane voters should write in Steve Johnson: Are you a Republican who has begun to wonder what the Bonner County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) is doing to our party? I am a lifelong Republican with 28 years of military service, a man who has served multiple governors in various capacities, and a past precinct chair of this organization. I am appalled and disgusted with the current direction of the central committee. By Tony McDermott
October 31
Keep the Idaho Taliban out of office: As a Boise resident, I regularly visit Boundary County to see family. I recently read Tim West’s editorial about his frustration with the American Redoubt and their current takeover attempt in Boundary County. The word is getting out! I refer to these “Christian Patriots” as the Idaho Taliban. The Taliban are mostly new arrivals to Idaho, usually from California, who are trying to take over the local and state governments. By Albert Sullivan
Sauter for House Seat 1A: We have known Mark Sauter for the past 10 years. He is a solid, dependable man who will fairly represent all constituents in Bonner and Boundary County. He is very personable and one of his character traits is being a good listener. He has spent much time over the past nine months visiting our north Idaho communities, meeting with many groups and organizations to learn about the local issues and concerns. By Kennon & Jody McClintock
October 28
Fioravanti will bring needed change: About a week ago the Independent candidate Tim Bertling sent out a mail flyer about the differences between himself and our elected Republican candidate Steve Fioravanti. I find it interesting that Tim thinks that Steve supporting the Library Board Recall is a bad thing. Does Tim not realize we have so much community support? Does Tim not want to protect children from getting access to sexually explicit materials? By Adrienne Norris
Vote for Fioravanti: Steve Fioravanti is a practicing Christian and has been for all of his adult life. In addition, Steve teaches classes on the U.S. Constitution, proving he has a love and firm grip on our founding documents and the limits so beautifully placed within it. I believe that is why he objected to the Boundary County Commissioners being still behind the Plexiglas back in July of this year. By Patrick M. Murphy
Bertling is the best choice: I urge you to write in Tim Bertling for County Commissioner, District 2. Tim is a third generation Boundary County resident. He knows our county and our shared values. He is a family man who has raised two wonderful children. His service as a school board trustee makes him uniquely qualified to understand the role of local government. By Ron Smith
Consider us the Sensible Party: If you have lived here long enough to remember the 70s and 80s when those darned Californians started moving in and tried to shut down our way of life in the timber and farming communities, then you have a good grasp of what is going on now, people moving in and trying to change the way of life in Boundary County. By Tim West
October 27
Fomenting fear, disenchantment isn't helpful: I wish that writing a letter to the editor would actually make a difference. I’m not sure that it will. The current vitriol seems unprecedented. Like many of the people who are voicing great dissatisfaction with the Bonners Ferry community and its institutions, I moved here from a large metropolitan area. I moved here 50 years ago. I had the benefits of quality education, a loving family and exposure to broad and diverse cultures. By Pat Hart
October 26
Keep taxes down and services available, write in Bertling: November 8, 2022, is a crossroads day for Boundary County. Do we continue with pragmatic, reliable, knowledgeable leadership or do we proceed down the slippery slope of rigidly dogmatic, myopic idealism? For me, the answer is easy. Incumbent Tim Bertling exhibits all the traits that make this county, and this country, great. His opponent, Steve Fioravanti, is president of the local John Birch Society, a paranoid group of conspiratorialists. By David K. Anderson
Let’s not lose Tim Bertling: Everyone who travels the roads of Boundary County must be aware that Tim Bertling is running as a write-in candidate for County Commissioner, District 2. It would be difficult to miss the signs. Tim has been an exceptional public servant during his first term as Commissioner. The majority of Boundary County voters favor Tim over Steve Fioravanti. Tim lost in the primary election by a narrow margin due to voter apathy. By Jim Cadnum
Bundy would help liberals leave Idaho: Currently 39.7-percent of Idaho's budget goes to fund welfare programs. That’s nearly $4-billion of our taxes being spent on state welfare services, every year! These welfare programs are opening up opportunities for leftist liberals to come to Idaho and live off the system while they destroy our conservative way of life. Idaho is quickly descending down a path that will eventually allow these people and their philosophy to destroy Idaho as we know it. By Ammon Bundy
October 25
Herndon would deny us choice: Quite a few years ago my son took a college literature class while still in high school, where they had to read “Ceremony” by Lesly Marmon Silko. Though the book portrayed documented abuse of Native Americans by white males, I took offense because it was quite explicit about sexual abuse and voyeurism. By Gabrielle Duebendorfer, NMD
October 24
Idaho isn't a warped fantasyland: Some people believe North Idaho is a place where they can “choose their own adventure” and then force the rest of us to live in the warped delusion they’ve created. Idaho isn’t a fantasyland where someone can undermine the culture and people’s lives to fit their distorted vision of the world. Unfortunately, one of the people who believes he can twist North Idaho into his own fantasyland is running for office. By Patricia Ericsson
No radical or extreme representation in Boundary County: Two comments I have read about Tim Bertling’s write-in campaign for County Commissioner District 2 prompted me to write this letter. By Janis Kerby
Bertling has our trust and our vote: November 8 is a very important date for the residents of Boundary County. We have the ability to elect the incumbent District 2 County Commissioner, Tim Bertling, by writing in his name on the ballot. My husband, Phil Schnuerle, and I both have had relatives in Boundary County since the 1930s and we are getting very tired of hearing members of the group opposing Mr. Bertling tell us if we don't like their agenda, leave. By Kris and Phil Schnuerle
Write in Steve Johnson for a free Idaho: A recent letter to the Bonner Daily Bee claimed that only Scott Herndon fully understands this part of Article 1 of our state Constitution: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is institute for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same whenever they may deem necessary.” By Susan Drumheller
October 22
The Herndon hypocrisies: Scott Herndon says he stands for “limited government and respect for individual liberty.” He says he believes in “state sovereignty”—let Idaho govern itself. He calls himself a “conservative Christian.” Sounds good. Except Scott Herndon doesn’t practice what he preaches. By Timothy Braatz
'Unfurling Our Wings' a healing balm for community: Last night, my husband and I attended the first performance of Vicki Blake’s “Unfurling Our Wings” at the Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry. Outstanding! Editors note: There will be a matinee performance of "Unfurling Our Wings" at 2 p.m. today at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. By Clarice M. McKenney
October 21
A wise and gentle voice of reason ... Write in Steve Johnson: When I visited with Steve Johnson, he told me what he stood for with none of the political blah, blah or the Fear and Smear tactics of his opponent, Scott Herndon. Steve Johnson is passionate about education, and how it boosts confidence, introduces new interests, opens doors, and provides greater earnings opportunities that last a lifetime. By Dawnya Clarine
Vote for those who take climate change seriously: In the summer of 2017, Internal Medicine Physician and Missoula resident Dr. Tom Roberts suffered a major heart attack, despite having no prior symptoms or risk for heart disease. Roberts’ heart attack occurred during a heavy smoke event. He believes, and there is evidence to support, that the smoke event may have caused his heart attack. By Hillery Daily, et al
October 20
Diversity is our strength: Boundary County's strength as a community has always been our ability to work together. Perhaps our relative isolation at the top of the state encouraged this self-reliance. Whatever the reason, it's true that diverse groups, with various and often conflicting points of view, have continually found ways to pitch in and work side by side.  By Paul Rawlings
October 19
Dogs ought not visit Herndon, people ought not vote for him: I don't know how old I was, three? Four? It was at edge of my first memories, having screamed in an airplane for the first time. Transitioning from the gentle acceleration of many propeller driven flights to the scream of the jet engine. Scared me ... I thought I would die. Flying from Germany to my grandpa's farm in Elmo, Missouri. I'm scared more now. By Mike Weland
October 18
Steve Fioravanti is an ideologue: An ideologue is someone blinded by a rigid political idea — like Steve Fioravanti, a Redoubt extremist from California who is running for Boundary County commissioner. Fioravanti is so convinced that federal programs are inherently bad that he is unable to see when the federal government is helpful. For example, Fioravanti argued that Boundary County should reject its share, $2.3 million, of the American Rescue Plan Act. By Timothy Braatz
Any room left in the pup tent? When Dorothy Moon became the leader of the Idaho Republican Party this past summer she assured all Republicans the Party had a large tent, big enough for every Republican in the state. However after recent events one wonders if that is still the case. Even Moon herself seems to have walked back that big tent image. She recently announced that defeated Republicans in the primary who are now supporting Independents and some Democrats should reconsider whether they really are Republicans. By Robin Lundgren
What's your plan, gentlemen? Both Steve Fioravanti, candidate for Boundary County Commissioner and Scott Herndon, candidate for State Senate District 1, have said if elected they would take back millions of acres of federal land. They must have a plan but I haven’t heard it. This would be a good time to tell the voters how you actually plan to accomplish this or is it another dishonest talking point simply to get votes? By Craig Kelson
It's Boise, it's Boise, it's Boise: Just watched Steve Fioravanti YouTube video. One of his concerns as commissioner is the Plexiglas? Wonder what his thoughts are on the wall to wall Bonners Ferry City Hall "bomb blast glass” are. Or the folks who still wear masks? Will he demand they remove them? Mock them? Then there is the ARPA money. By Rosanne Smith
October 17
Bertling offering concrete plans, not excuses: Why is Tim Bertling running as a write-in candidate for county commissioner? Politics in north Idaho has changed. That change caught many people by surprise. The live and let live attitude has been taken over by in-your-face anger and fear. By Karen Pinkerton, Dick & Kathy Schnuerle, Tom & Mary Mackey, et al
The slow erosion of free choice:: Word is circulating in Boundary County that “Steve Fioravanti is the people’s choice.” How could candidate for Boundary County Commissioner, Fioravanti, be the people’s choice when we no longer have free and open elections? It used to be you could vote across the board, if you valued the candidate, you could use common sense and vote for the person of your choice. By Jody McClintock
October 15
Herndon lacks integrity: Integrity should be mandatory for a senatorial position in Idaho. Unfortunately, Scott Herndon does not have that trait. Steve Johnson easily fills the need for an honest person for senator. Scott is backed by extremists. Much of his campaign finances have come from many areas other than Idaho. His positions are narrow in scope, hoping to form a sovereign state, independent from all other states. By Jim Corcoran
Steve Johnson is a progressive Democrat: Living in conservative North Idaho, it’s easy to forget the violence and mismanagement that is life in many Democrat run cities. The effects of inflation, open borders, gender ideology and other far off Democrat policies are felt even here in District 1. So what happens if we are governed by Democrats here? By Dean Cannon
October 14
Far right is wrong: There is considerable argument these days as to what this grand experiment in the governance of our nation, these United States of America, is. Is it a democracy? A republic? A Democratic Republic? Constitutional? Yes, to all. A democracy is a a system of government by the people and for the people. In a republic, supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen by them. By Mike Weland
October 13
Idaho allowing woke cult takeover: Our sacred freedoms and values are under attack in this country and especially in Idaho! Approximately 36% of the people moving to Idaho are leftist liberals. They want desperately to change Idaho into a more socialist, progressively woke place to live. Under our current governor, 39.7-percent of Idaho's budget goes to fund welfare programs, opening up opportunities for woke extremists to come to Idaho and live off the system while they destroy our conservative way of life. By Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy
October 12
Bertlings have long been good neighbors: The Bertling family have been our next-door neighbors for over 50 years. We watched Tim grow up to be a fine young man, marry Wendy and move a couple blocks down the road where he established his own home and raised his children. We could not have asked for any finer neighbors. By Mike and Linda Ashby
Across Idaho, dedicated EMTs going above and beyond: Idaho’s Emergency Medical Services units provide critical services, and the dedication and hard work of the exceptional Idahoans involved in Idaho’s EMS cannot be overstated. They take action when an Idahoan needs help. And, so often, especially in Idaho’s rural communities, EMS personnel fill multiple roles, working long hours to provide needed help when emergencies happen at any hour of the day or night. By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
October 11
Tim Bertling signs should be all over county: I am reminded of the comments made by a Boundary County Republican Committeeman approximately two weeks ago remarking about the “write in Tim Bertling signs all over the county.” This individual wrote that “most of the signs are placed on the properties of people who are members of the corrupt families … running this county for years.” My wife and I moved to Boundary County approximately 40 years ago when I began my career in the timber industry. Like all new-comers back in those times, we thought it best to keep our eyes open and our mouths closed. By Tim Dougherty
October 10
Democracy requires collaboration: It’s been said that for democracies to work, people need to show up. But what are we showing up for? If we voters participate in a democratic election only to elect leaders who will ram our own values down another’s throat, then we’re voting for a tribalistic authoritarian government. And what of our leaders? The hallmark characteristic of democratic leadership is a collaborative approach to decision-making. By Georgia Earley
Herndon's plans will hurt seniors: Many senior citizens are facing money challenges. Our property taxes have gone up and groceries are costing more. Having Meals on Wheels or having lunch at the Senior Center is a lifeline for many of us. If Scott Herndon is elected Senator, many seniors are going to suffer. You see, Herndon wants a consumption tax: a high tax on what we buy, and it affects those with a fixed income the most. By Lee Christensen
October 9
Steve Johnson: voters’ choice: During the primary campaign, candidate Scott Herndon demonstrated viciousness and untruthfulness in his attacks on the incumbent senator. A lengthy text from him that blocked my reply made it clear he didn’t want to hear from me; his mind was set. Such absolutism and extremism are evident in his agenda: he would reject funding for Medicaid, public education, Meals on Wheels, highway and road improvements, and veterans’ services, among others. By Lexie de Fremery
October 5
Don't change horses when you already have best one: The only criticism that has been brought against current commissioner, Tim Bertling, is that he voted to accept money from the Federal Government. Boundary county has utilized federal funds for many projects from river dikes to currently, a new ambulance. Examples are PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) for federal land in the county, Secure Rural Schools(roads and schools) Federal Highway Funds for roads and bridges, Federal Funds for our airport and many others. By David Wattenbarger
Let's keep what makes county special, write in Tim Bertling: Life up here at the end of the Idaho Panhandle has been near-perfect for many generations. Longtime families have logged the forests, worked the soil, been of service to the community, enjoyed friendly/helpful neighbors and utilized our natural resources. Through working hands and helping hands, they built this great community we call home. I’m talking people like Tim Bertling, an amazing man who is running as a write-in candidate for County Commissioner in Boundary County. Tim has my vote. By Dr. Marty Becker
October 4
Neighbors who honestly step up do so to serve, not deceive: Recently an elected member of the Boundary County Republican Central Committee publicly stated, “I have noticed the “write in Tim Bertling” signs all over the county. One thing that I noticed, is that most of the signs are placed on the properties of people who are members of the corrupt families that have been running this county for years. These families are petrified that they are going to lose control of this county.” By BCRCC committeeman Les Pinkerton
County GOP thanks all local elected officials: The Boundary County Republican Central Committee wishes to sincerely thank all of the elected officials who represent Boundary County. Their willingness to take on these difficult jobs for the betterment of our communities is commendable. Boundary County Republican Central Committee
A challenge to which we must rise: "Any chance of slowing down on the Trump stuff for a while?" a dear Republican friend wrote me the other day. "Just a suggestion, but we need to get local issues taken care of." I was later invited, by Republicans, to attend last night's Republican Central Committee meeting, but I didn't see the message until too late. "We want you to know that many of us are not like the Facebook post that everyone is talking about." By Mike Weland
October 3
Thanks to all for Flannel Shirt generosity: Many thanks for the generosity exhibited, yet again, for the benefit of the local food bank at the annual Flannel Shirt Golf Tournament at Mirror Lake. This year we honored Kevin Larson, who left us too early. Kevin is fondly remembered by all who enjoyed his friendship and camaraderie. By Steven Nelson
Yesterday's Republicans ... Today's Democrats? A growing list of defeated Idaho Republicans are making headlines by endorsing Democrat candidates for Idaho public office, and the pattern has drawn the attention of the Legacy Media, who have frequently asked me to comment on these endorsements. By Dorothy Moon, Chairwoman, Idaho Republican Party
Herndon would rob public school funding: Steve Johnson is a retired educator who is running as a write-in candidate against Scott Herndon. In January, our legislators will appropriate $410 million in additional education funds. We know that Steve Johnson will vote to send that money to our rural public schools. His opponent will vote to send that money to his preferred programs which will weaken rural schools and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. By Linda Larson ... comment added
October 1
Write in Steve Johnson for Idaho Senate: We need a man like Steve Johnson to represent us in the Idaho Senate. I have met Steve. I find him to be a respectful listener and sensible man. He is a locally raised and educated Idahoan. He spent 42 years as a teacher and principal in our local schools. As a farmer and landowner, he believes in preserving our rural lifestyle with common sense development as well as keeping our public lands public. By Margie Corcoran
The differences between the two candidates for Idaho Senate District 1: On property taxes, Steve Johnson recognizes the problems caused by recent huge increases in property values and wants to help us by increasing the Homeowners exemption. Scott Herndon doesn’t care. On preserving out rural lifestyle, Steve Johnson wants to preserve access to our public lands and encourage growth that preserves open space. Scott Herndon wants to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder. By Ken Thacker
September 30
Beware smear tactics in the midterm election: I am concerned over the smear tactics and big lies used in the last Republican Primary — and concerned that we might see a repeat in the upcoming midterm election. For instance, Jim Woodward has been our State Senator in Boise for the last two terms, doing an outstanding job representing Boundary County and part of Bonner County as Idaho Senator, Legislative District One. But I was dismayed to see such an excellent Senator defeated in the recent Republican Primary by what I considered a smear campaign by his opponent, Scott Herndon. By Jo Len Everhart
Drumroll, please: Bob Vickaryous writes that we should follow "Idaho state law" and “start having free and open and fair elections" for the library board. Allow me to refresh his memory. According to Idaho Code, Library district trustee terms are for six years. If a trustee was elected in 2015 their term ended in 2021. The term of a trustee elected in 2017 will end in 2023 and the term of a trustee elected in 2019 will end in 2025. By Mary Ollie Comment addded
We are entitled to our opinions, but not our facts: "I have noticed the 'write in Tim Bertling' signs all over the county," a Boundary County Republican Central Committeeman wrote today on the Boundary County Politics Facebook page. "One thing that I noticed, is that most of the signs are placed on the properties of people who are members of the corrupt families that have been running this county, for years. These families are petrified that they are going to lose control of this county." By Mike Weland
Free and open elections solution to library crisis: If you don't like the library start your own reads the headline of last week's guest opinion in the Herald. I've got a better idea. Since we the taxpayers are Boundary County already have a library that we bought and paid for why not just start running it the way Idaho state law says it should be run? By Bob Vickaryous
CRT part of coordinated national effort to damage public schools: This is the story of how one man and an obscure analytical tool came to threaten our public schools. We should have learned our lesson with private prisons, but these profiteers don’t give up, and now they’re after our children. Their hot new weapon is Critical Race Theory. By Terry Gilbert
September 29
Wives are always right: It all started in a joking way ... I carried two glasses of ice tea outside to a table, then my husband came up a minute later and asked, “Which one is mine?” (I add a little sugar to mine, he likes his tea plain.) I flippantly replied, "Wives are always right — so my tea is on the right.” Now I often jokingly add this expression as we are ending a “discussion.” But this is what happened one late August morning as we were finishing an early breakfast. He looked out the glass door and exclaimed, “There's a bloom on that Clematis vine by the deck!” By Jo Len Everhart
September 28
Fulcher does not deserve my vote: I have written to and called Congressman Russ Fulcher many times during his time in Congress. His replies have shown me that he is not, as his ad claims, a "conservative voice in Congress." Conservative is an ideology that strives for fiscal responsibility; instead of voting responsibly, he voted to give the ultra-rich tax breaks that punished our economy and citizens like me. By Clarice McKenney
To get things done, write in Tim Bertling: We all know that the general election will be on Tuesday, November 8. We also know that if we want to update our Boundary County Road and Bridge equipment and maintain and improve our county roads, continue to have a place for our older residents at the Community Restorium, purchase an additional ambulance, restore fishing and other activities at our lakes, facilitate forest restoration (e.g.: timber sales), make improvements at the Fairgrounds, and more, we need to write in current District 2 County Commissioner Tim Bertling. By Linda Alt
No 'dark money' in Idaho politics: Thanks to Republicans there is no such thing as "dark money" in Idaho's political campaigns. Dark money refers to money being spent to influence your vote for which the source of the donations remains hidden or unknown. Idaho's Republicans have implemented excellent campaign finance laws called the Sunshine laws. By Scott Herndon
September 27
Grateful for firefighters' work, sacrifice: I want to thank all the fire personnel working on the Kootenai River Complex fire. I personally interacted with all levels of personnel working on the fire and they were all very knowledgeable, hard-working and professional. The contracted engine crew we had staying on our property extended for an extra week just to make sure we were safe. By Shannon K. Schaeffer
Steve Johnson a quality candidate: Character counts! When I go into the voting booth to select someone who will represent me, I want a person of character. Steve Johnson’s announcement to run as a District 1 Senate write-in candidate against Scott Herndon is welcome news as voters now have a choice between someone of character and someone who goes as low as possible to win. By Krista Eberle
If not putting out fires, contract firefighters need to go home: First off, I need to tell you that Russell mountain is right behind where we live. We have had a front row seat when it has come to this fire. Please stop regurgitating all the talking points that the government entities want to be put out there. Why don't you do some investigative reporting instead? Find out how much these contract fire men are making for doing little to nothing. By Brian Entz
September 26
Tim Bertling has county's best interest in mind: As the “middle child” of a proud, five generation Boundary County family, I write this letter to encourage the voters of Boundary County to research the history of all candidates in the running for office in November. Our vote counts and as responsible voters, we should consider the track records of the candidates and not be caught up in the rhetoric that seems to be running rampant in our county. By Ruth Ann Wilson
Vote 'yes' on SJR102: Our November 8 ballots will contain SJR102, an important amendment to the Idaho Constitution. After voters approve SJR102, the Idaho legislature will be able to convene itself in emergency legislative sessions without the governor’s call. Currently the Idaho legislature meets once a year for its regular annual session which typically lasts three months. It then adjourns and cannot reconvene until the following year unless the governor calls it back into special sessions. By Scott Herndon
September 25
Our founder saw today ... we must pay heed: Boundary County voters have a wonderful opportunity to heed our first president’s advice. George Washington warned us of political parties gaining too much power. He believed that political parties would divide and destroy the United States. He expressed his concerns in his 1796 Farewell Address. With the November 8 election just weeks away, this is an appropriate time to reflect on our first president’s words of warning. By Mary Ollie
September 20
Nice concept, but explain how: County Commissioner candidate Steve Fioravanti stated “We need address the fact that more than 60% of our state lands are controlled by the Feds ... we could better manage our own resources locally, raise significant revenue ...” He does not say how he is going to accomplish this. Is this a proposal to take over federal lands? Would that action open these lands to future private ownership? By Karen Pinkerton
September 19
Heather to lead charge to save Idaho kids from 'woke' mob: We’ve come a long way from “what you do in your bedroom is private” to publicly funding child drag shows and porn literacy training for elementary schools. But here we are. They want to indoctrinate your kids and take away your control as parent. In Idaho of all places! Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. By Idaho Representative Heather Scott
There is a choice for county commissioner: Why did Steve Fioravanti move here? Why does he think our “status quo” commissioners need his ideas of anti-government? Our history of county commissioners managing our county government has served us well in meeting the needs of our diverse community and resolving issues as they arise. And, yes, that means working with our state and federal governments. The funds of those state and federal levels governments are ours, too. By Elsie Hollenbeck
September 18
Herndon seeks to impose personal beliefs on constituents: A few years ago, we (including a child) drove out of the parking lot of Shakespeare-in-the-Park only to come face to face with large and graphic posters of aborted fetuses. The distress of that imposition still lingers in me, which I understand was the intent. Being the creator and host of the website AbolishAbortionID.com, Scott Herndon was instrumental in writing the current anti-abortion law. He calls all abortion murder and intends to outlaw all abortion from fertilization on, including some forms of contraception, without any exceptions. By Gabrielle Duebendorfer, NMD
Information divide is fueling nation's political divide: “The greatest cause of our growing partisan divide is our information divide. The left and right are getting different news so democrats and republicans are not on the same page.” Those statements were made by a republican senator during a recent interview, and I think most would agree. In fact, most of us are aware that, in general, media has become increasingly biased. By Georgia Earley
Write in Steve Johnson: District 1 voters ... It’s time to stop the extremists! We can do this by writing in Steve Johnson for District 1 Senate. Johnson is a long-time north Idaho resident who understands us and our way of life. By Jacinda Bokowy
September 16
Bertling needed for stability, reasonable actions: Great news for Boundary County! Tim Bertling is an official write-in candidate for County Commissioner district two. As an experienced county commissioner, Tim will continue to represent Boundary County without a self-serving agenda and radical ideas. He is honest, fair, broad-minded and free of conflicting interests. By Janis Kerby
September 13
The hypocrisy of Donna Capurso:  Donna Capurso, the woman trying to pocket your property taxes, is a Redoubt extremist. She writes articles in the online Redoubt News, identifying herself as a “patriot journalist.” She encourages her fellow extremists to “find your way to the American Redoubt,” meaning north Idaho. By Timothy Braatz
We must engage: For years now, I have been contemplating the situation of our library, all while attending story time with my children and enjoying the resources it has to offer my family. I am thankful to be acquainted with many people here in the county, and I have been listening and watching. Thoughts formed as I read reports, letters, and asked direct questions. As is often the case for me, the words came in the wee hours of the morning - a conveniently quiet time for a mama of young ones in a small home - so I started to write. By Stephanie Ross
September 11
Time for all who cherish equal rights to take the tiller: In these United States, we are each of us, as citizens, blessed with the right to believe, religiously, politically and philosophically, in the way of our choosing, even if our choice is foolish or inimical to the functioning of our society. The rights promised by our constitution extend even to the farthest limits of the lunatic fringe. But there are limits, for to ensure that all are endowed equally with these blessings, it becomes necessary to draw in the reins when any one faction or sect begins demanding that their particular mode of philosophy, religion or politics be forced on all others. Thoughts on the library, by Mike Weland
September 7
Casting my vote for write-in candidate Tim Bertling: As a 61 year resident of Boundary County, I have always been proud of my community. Recently I have been saddened by disruptive and even intimidating behavior that is hateful. This has no place in my community! We are a diverse community in many ways, neighbors contributing their various gifts and strengths. By Judy Dirks
September 6
Beware false neighbors, they aren't civilized: In my years covering news in Boundary County, one thing I've learned is that all who land here and want to be accepted as neighbors are. We can bicker, we can argue, we can fight. But when troubles come, as they always do in a rough and unforgiving land, we distinguish ourselves, born here or belated, by how we respond. Those who will be good neighbors ask "what can I do to help?" without hesitation. By Mike Weland
September 5
Joe Biden’s speech and America’s soul: Lincoln's second inaugural was given during the grinding Civil War. In it he said: “With malice toward none, with charity for all...” He did not disparage his opponents or his political enemies. Here is the "extreme" MAGA agenda Biden warns us about: secure borders, election integrity, energy independence, tough on crime, pro-life, ending child genital mutilation, parents first, school choice, follow the Constitution. By Dean Cannon
September 4
Is violence a Christian value? No! I can’t say it anymore plainly than this: Violence is not a Christian value! So why are there so many self-professed Christians speaking in violent terms or even acting out in aggressive, even violent ways? I really don’t understand it. Do you? Jesus never condoned violence for his disciples or other followers. Why would any current-day followers of Jesus even consider that Jesus’ ethic of love be associated with violence in action and/or word? Yet, there it is. By Pastor Paul Graves
September 3
In this trying time, we must all take action: We live in interesting times, and they are going to get far more interesting as MAGA Republican leaders, still led by former president Donald Trump, and their "conservative" propaganda press continue to lie blatantly to their constituents, vilify the left and Democrats and even moderate members of their own party, fomenting anger and divisiveness. President Joe Biden spake truth this week in Philadelphia. By Mike Weland
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