Coeur d'Alene Press: Letters To Editor

Letters To Editor

Friday 05/29/2015
RELIGION: Careful what you call false
Posted: May 29, 2015

George Ricks in response to your letter; I am certain that the Hindus, Buddhists, etc. to include the Jews, would also regard your religion as false. Undoubtedly from the letter you had published in the Coeur d’Alene Press on May 22, representatives of these different religions would have every good reason to do so.

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INTERFAITH: All about tolerance
Posted: May 29, 2015

Sholeh Patrick’s perspective of Interfaith being a trend toward a new religion is accurate, and any reasonable person might agree with her analysis of its hopeful outcome of less exclusiveness and more tolerance — a move toward peaceful co-existence that might one day reach into every corner of society. In short, people want to live happy lives, and they are no longer willing to let differences, religious or otherwise, stand in the way of that. My world-view, on the other hand, is firmly fixed in the New Covenant that God has offered to mankind, and it turns out to be polar opposite to the perspective aforementioned. I’m not asking anyone to believe it, only to extend the nice idea of tolerance to my perspective on this issue also.

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REED: Another wonderful legacy
Posted: May 29, 2015

Thanks to Scott Reed for the many years of support for “Audubon Adventures” (an annual set of lesson plans and activities on birds, mammals, the environment and other topics) that are provided for teachers in five school districts in our area! Scott, through the Margaret Reed Foundation, funded this program. On behalf of the hundreds of children who learned good ways to save and improve where we live, the Coeur d’Alene Audubon Society would like to thank him!

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PARANOIA: Just liberal hypocrisy
Posted: May 29, 2015

It always strikes me as odd at how those who throw around loose terms such as political paranoia and fear mongering against those who oppose their own causes in politics sleep well at night. Such is the hypocrisy of liberalism; those who would interfere with their view of what they think is good for the masses, in this case for America, are either fanatical, paranoid or helplessly living in the dark ages. Their campaign to generate fear and paranoia of this type of person is justified however, under the pretext that “We know better than you” (liberal) mentality. The present presidential administration are experts at this tactic.

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POT: End the misguided war
Posted: May 29, 2015

The revolution is here to stay. The revolution is truth. The war on people needs to end. I am asking people to change their perceptions on drugs and mental health. The only reason drugs hurt society is because of these policies and systems you are enforcing.

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REGAN: Questions for 12-hour senator
Posted: May 29, 2015

Dear Mr. Brent Regan; Prominent voice of the GOP and the “very afraid.” I have questions and your “My Opinion” didn’t answer them.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
HEALTH: About our mortality
Posted: May 27, 2015

Readers of On Health Care’s Cliff should note carefully the chart in your series that illustrates the dramatic rise in annual per capita health care costs after age 60 in the U.S. compared to other industrialized nations.

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WAGES: Beware what can happen
Posted: May 27, 2015

It’s too bad that proponents of raising the minimum wage don’t seem to understand that the result of their efforts will only result in more unemployment.

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BOOKS: Stand tall against attacks
Posted: May 27, 2015

I see that the illustrious citizens of Idaho are again the laughing stock of the entire nation. Again we have a whacked out religious fundamentalist wanting to control everyone with her sanctimonious, self-righteous, dictatorial agenda. Ms. Finney has tried to enflame this mandatory reading list situation by stating that students would be forced to read objectionable (to her) books (I was present and heard her say that specifically until someone corrected her with the facts).

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SCAMS: Knowledge will keep you free
Posted: May 27, 2015

I was involved in a Scam Jam Consumer Fraud Forum May 11, in Ponderay at the Event Center. We received a wealth of knowledge for our friends and neighbors! Many, many fantastic gifts. The other Scam Jam was held May 12 at the Kroc Center. Thank you AARP for caring to educate us plus give us loads of information: i.e. how to protect ourselves from aggressive con artists!

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HOLIDAY: What it is - and is not
Posted: May 27, 2015

Your staff writer was incorrect when stating that Memorial Day is a “national holiday.” In the United States, there are no “national holidays.” Memorial Day is a federal holiday, as well as being a state holiday celebrated in most, if not all of the states. As a young man serving in the military in South Carolina, I was surprised to learn that several southern states did not celebrate Memorial Day, because of its originations as “Decoration Day” a day to honor and decorate the graves of the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. South Carolina and other southern states instead celebrated “Confederate Memorial Day.” Whether that remains true today, I don’t know, but in any case, it is more correct to state that Memorial Day is a “nation-wide” holiday.

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ADLER: Needs to amend his stance
Posted: May 27, 2015

I did not attend Adler’s recent Second Amendment presentation at the Coeur d’Alene library. I am responding here to the front-page article about it in the Coeur d’Alene Press.

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FOOD: Carriers thank donors
Posted: May 27, 2015

The Coeur d’Alene letter carriers want to express a very special thank you to the community for their generosity during our annual food drive on May 9.

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OOPS: Staff E3 on caption
Posted: May 27, 2015

I was reading the paper Saturday morning and saw the great picture on the Sports section cover. In case you aren’t a baseball fan, I’m sure it was shown on all the networks. It was the Mariners’ first baseman doing an ankle tag on a Blue Jays runner at first base. The only thing The Press got wrong was the name. It wasn’t Justin Ruggiano. It was Logan (LoMo) Morrison. Maybe you should hire a fact checker. And also a speller.

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HEROES: Honor all who serve
Posted: May 27, 2015

I am writing in response to Mr. Del Cameron’s letter stating that the “heroes” are only those who saw combat.

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Sunday 05/24/2015
PARANOIA: Press ‘fails its readers’
Posted: May 24, 2015

I was disappointed in the content of Jeff Selle’s May 17 editorial “Political Paranoia” — and that the Coeur d’Alene Press chose to run this piece as “news” on the front page! Mr. Selle is entitled to his opinion. However, when the Coeur d’Alene Press runs this article as news, it demeans and marginalizes citizens who hold sincere concerns about the security and financial stability of our state. Is the Coeur d’Alene Press trying to squelch free speech?

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VETS: Problems with the plates
Posted: May 24, 2015

Our government officials, elected representatives and even citizens in general are quick to profess that they wish to recognize, appreciate and honor our nation’s military service men and women. It is openly acknowledged that persons who have given of themselves in such service to their country are deserving of pride and recognition. However, such statements come to appear mere campaign lip service when, in application, the “honor” of recognition comes at additional direct cost to those veterans.

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SPEEDERS: Disaster dead ahead
Posted: May 24, 2015

I would like to address all those speeding drivers on Nettleton Gulch Road who fly by people walking, running and biking. It is very obvious it is a narrow road and with blind corners. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen and encountered vehicles going well above the 25 mph speed limit.

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MEMORIAL: Time to remember
Posted: May 24, 2015

Our past is written in stone, granite, wood.

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POEM: We won’t forget
Posted: May 24, 2015

Memorial Day is for those we lost,

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HOMES: Californians, here they come
Posted: May 24, 2015

Years ago I was the HR manager for Keytronic in Newport, Wash., so I attended the local Chamber of Commerce meetings. I would hear all the anti-California comments so I said, “Yeah I know, you guys don’t want anymore Californians until you want to sell your house and then you want just one more!” Did they ever hate that!

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FLAG: Kudos for perfect tribute
Posted: May 24, 2015

Thank you, RL Wadsworth, Greensferry overpass contractor, for the magnificent sight of the raised American Flag on the I-90 overpass. With Memorial Day on Monday the timing could not have been better.

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Friday 05/22/2015
RELIGION: All but one are false
Posted: May 22, 2015

Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc., are religions based in reality (spiritual powers of wickedness from celestial realms) but not truth. Certainly they are free to practice their false religions without fear (except the fear of God’s judgment) or persecution, but to allow a demonically inspired prayer to be spoken in a legislative body of Idaho is blasphemy and a violates the spirit of our Constitution (Grateful to God Almighty for our freedoms.)

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CHOPPERS: Flyby honored Sgt. Moore
Posted: May 22, 2015

On May 9, a four-helicopter flyby was conducted over the cemetery honoring fallen Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Sgt. Greg Moore. The helicopters and air crews participating were from Med Star, Life Flight, Two Bear Air from Montana (Flathead County Sheriffs), and Customs and Border Protection. Civilian ground personnel consisted of retired officers John Preston, mission coordinator and Werner Kremples, the “on the ground” point of contact for the flyby.

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TEACHERS: Pay is relative
Posted: May 22, 2015

Thanks Darrell for the amusing letter on overpaid teachers. I love candor like this!

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EXERCISE: Judd gets it right for all
Posted: May 22, 2015

I am writing to thank Judd Jones for his excellent column “Too Old To Exercise? Not Really.” I am becoming proof of what he talks about.

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ADLER: It says what it says
Posted: May 22, 2015

With considerable interest I read the recent report on Dr. David Adler’s presentation on the Second Amendment. Ah, I thought. A Ph.D. We ought to get some useful new insights into this topic. Instead I found the usual tired positions of an anti-gun zealot.

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VETS: Real heroes actually saw combat
Posted: May 22, 2015

Relatively few of the men and women in our military ever go into combat, of those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance, about one out of every eight. About one in eight are placed in harm’s way, at risk of losing everything — arms, legs, health and their very lives. They do the fighting.

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HUNTING: Column was on target
Posted: May 22, 2015

Kevin Brown’s My Turn May 14 on the control methods of Fish/Game/Wildlife/USDA Forest Services was spot-on. I used to believe that these public taxpayer-funded agencies played some larger role in protection of wildlife and helping citizens in their interactions with these creatures. Kevin is right when he surmises that these agencies do not serve the public at large, but are agents of the big money industries such as hunting, trapping and ranching.

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ADLER: Armed with misinformation
Posted: May 22, 2015

David Adler’s attack on the Second Amendment was pretty much what I expected. His talk was merely the anti-gun crowd’s typical “the second amendment doesn’t really mean what it says” argument.

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MACAULEY: Here’s rest of the story
Posted: May 22, 2015

After reading about George Carnie in Keith Cousins’ article I became curious about Bob Macauley. I wanted to know what kind of a man would mortgage his home to save those kids. I Googled his name with Connecticut after it.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
ESPRESSO: Nudes, kids don’t blend
Posted: May 20, 2015

Why are there espresso stand baristas working in a semi-nude state without being governed by adult entertainment laws in our community? Are parents aware that these stands serve anyone of any age? Are parents aware that their teenage daughters could work at such a place in a semi-nude state? Why are girls with cleavage and buttocks showing being allowed to serve coffee to minors in our community? This kind of business should not be allowed in a regular commercial business area. It should not be allowed on a main school bus route.

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WRITERS: Looking ahead to symposium
Posted: May 20, 2015

The third Writing Symposium is scheduled for the first Friday in October, a teacher in-service day. Dr. Larsen, Evanlene Melting Tallow and several volunteers donate their time and talents for a wonderful day of diversity in writing. Mr. Lehosit, the owner of the Hayden Discount Theatre, contributed to our fundraising campaign by giving us the proceeds from one of his special showings. Thank you so much for helping us bring this opportunity to our community.

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TEACHERS: Not enough appreciation
Posted: May 20, 2015

I usually keep my opinion to myself but felt compelled after I read Mr. Johnson’s letter.

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TRAVEL: Cheaper better way to go
Posted: May 20, 2015

Travel expenses to and from Boise for our local legislators should be paid by taxpayers. That said, local legislators should endeavor to travel economically. Kudos to Rep. Mendive for being a frugal traveler. For Rep. Barbieri and Senator Nonini, plan ahead and use those “Wanna Get Away?” tickets.

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KINDNESS: Found it in Cd’A
Posted: May 20, 2015

This past Mother’s Day my wife and I were traveling from the Seattle area back to Bozeman. We stopped for brunch at Denny’s Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene as we often do after visiting our grandchildren. As we were finishing our meal, the waitress informed us that our meals had been paid for by someone who wished to express “a random act of kindness” without informing us as to what prompted him/her/them to do so, nor did she identify the benefactor(s). It may have been because it was Mother’s Day and my wife was with me, or it may have been because I was wearing a baseball cap with a military emblem on it and he wanted to express his/her/their thanks to an old soldier for his service. Indeed, there may have been some other reason; we’ll never know.

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FEAR: Here, there, everywhere
Posted: May 20, 2015

Kudos to The Press for what may be the best one-two punch I’ve ever even seen in your pages. Jeff Selle’s Sunday article on political fearmongering hit the America/Idaho/KootCo nail on the head. Then on the letters to the editor page, Sharon Culbreth (sounded like BFF Kathy Sims) drove that nail home with a 12-pound hammer. Description followed by example. Well done Press, well done.

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INCIDENT: Take responsibility
Posted: May 20, 2015

The couple traveling on the United Airlines flight with the 12-year-old daughter who had epilepsy and suffered a seizure and requested a hot meal be served to her, should know what is involved taking care of these seizures and it’s their responsibility to have available resources to calm her down. Yes, the airlines could possibly have served her a meal from first class, but the parents should carry what is needed to satisfy her requirements.

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TRAVEL: Vito needs to explain expense
Posted: May 20, 2015

A May 12 article regarding state legislators’ travel expenses included a statement that we, the taxpayers, reimbursed Rep. Vito Barbieri $1,226 for attending “the 2014 American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] conference — a conservative think tank focused on free-market, limited government and division of powers between federal and state governments.” I would appreciate an explanation as to why we paid for what appears to me to be a private event.

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ACLU: Undressing the Constitution
Posted: May 20, 2015

I just read an article in the Spokesman Review, “ACLU Says Dress Code Discriminates By Gender.” According to the article, the ACLU is threatening the autonomy of the local school districts. They say the dress code is unconstitutional and MUST be changed to comply with Constitutional standards. They have the gall to send warnings to all Idaho school districts.

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Sunday 05/17/2015
POEM: Shades of Blue
Posted: May 17, 2015

Police radios goin’ crazy there’s a shooter in town

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SHOOTER: Let him die soon
Posted: May 17, 2015

The other day we buried a hero — one much loved by our entire community. He gave a killer a second chance and ended up with a bullet to his head. I wonder how many reviews and investigations will be made to see if he did the “right” thing? How many more cops will be questioned and actions taken against them to see if they acted properly? I, for one, am sick and tired of this, as it’s going on the national wire. Our neighbor, Spokane, is one of the worst! Where is our sanity? And, how many of you would like to be in that position?

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McTEVIA: Family offers thanks
Posted: May 17, 2015

The family of Tom McTevia would like to thank all our friends and family, Tina Hoisington’s family; Orofino, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston communities for the donations, gifts, flowers, condolences, phone calls and help during this most difficult time.

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TOURNEY: Be a good sport
Posted: May 17, 2015

This past weekend my family attended the Hot Shot soccer tournament in Coeur d’Alene. It was a fantastic weekend with families and great soccer matches. The tournament was run well and it seemed to be enjoyed by all in attendance. That was until near the end.

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S1067: Leave well enough alone
Posted: May 17, 2015

Idaho can develop and pay for its own child support network. It has in the past. I know of no state that would refuse us information of employment or residency. We have 106 trained employees and 19 full-time lawyers to handle the cases we now deal with. Of all the cases now active, 97 of them deal with foreign countries. Sixty of these cases are in Canada, which has not signed on to the Treaty of The Hague. These are now being handled just fine. The children ARE being taken care of by the State of Idaho.

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VETS: Standing O for volunteers
Posted: May 17, 2015

I would like to personally thank all the wonderful people who volunteered last Saturday at the Stand Down. Your smiles and compassion was so very much appreciated by the veterans and their families.

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TEACHERS: Get paid too much
Posted: May 17, 2015

Does anybody besides me get tired of teachers always complaining about how they don’t get paid enough? First of all they should only get 75 percent of the pay they now receive. That’s all they “work.” A good machinist that labors at a machine making products for the medical field or car parts might make $40,000 a year if he is lucky. Reality is closer to $30,000 around here. That’s 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. They don’t get 3 months a year off.

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VOTE: A tale from Viewbay
Posted: May 17, 2015

The Revolutionary War was over! The Colonists won! But, in the outlying hamlet of Viewbay, news was slow in coming. Loyalists to the King were not happy with Home Rule, believing that the King’s governing power was working just fine and, in many instances, that was true. For those brave patriots who fought for democratic principles, many were forced to live with sullied reputations and unforgiving neighbors. However; through their efforts, the little hamlet of Viewbay made the decision to hold elections, knowing some would win and some would lose, but the real win was to have a choice and not to look backwards. And, that’s how “The Little Engine That Could” became a storybook legend.

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Friday 05/15/2015
MALCOLM: He’s always on the job
Posted: May 15, 2015

As a Lakes Highway District commissioner, I have worked with Dan for the past three years. Yes, he goes south for three to four months, but is available by phone, fax or email at any time. He has videoed all of our roads and can look up any section that anyone has questions about. He is in communication with office staff during the work week, to be informed of any areas of concern. When situations have risen, he has flown back to take care of business at hand, at his expense. He participates in every board meeting by phone when he is gone. By having all board material emailed before the meetings, he is able to be fully engaged and involved in district-wide decisions and policy making.

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FOUNTAIN: Work experience a plus
Posted: May 15, 2015

We are writing to support Diane Fountain, who is running for Lakes Highway District commissioner. Diane has lived in Coeur d’Alene her whole life, and she and her husband Jeff are year-round residents. Her work experience will be invaluable to the district, and she will bring a breath of fresh air, honesty and new ideas. Please get out and vote for her.

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