Coeur d'Alene Press: Letters To Editor

Letters To Editor

Wednesday 05/25/2016
HEALTH CARE: What a joke
Posted: May 25, 2016

If you can afford to get one of the packages, then you can’t afford to pay the deductibles that come with it. If you go to the doctor and don’t have insurance, you do not receive the proper treatment.

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SPORTSMEN: Question dismissals
Posted: May 25, 2016

Dear Governor Otter,

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VETERANS: A dinner salute
Posted: May 25, 2016

Hats Off to Matt Johnson and to Virginia and Graydon Johnson for organizing and catering the Veterans Dinner at the Meadowbrook Grange on May 11. From the two World War II veterans to recent Iraq/Afghanistan vets, we all had a wonderful evening of fellowship, camaraderie and renewal of acquaintances. Matt: We look forward to the next event (Nov. 11?) on Armistice Day. Thanks for all your efforts honoring those who served and those who remained behind. A salute to Grandpa Clarence Johnson who served in World War I after sustaining a training injury at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

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ALBRIGHT: A touch of Churchill
Posted: May 25, 2016

Perhaps historian Syd Albright would do a column highlighting Winston Churchill’s link to Idaho, however tenuous? Or perhaps he already has and I missed it.

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GRIZZLIES: Don’t delist them
Posted: May 25, 2016

I and many others here in North Idaho oppose the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposal to remove grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) as threatened from the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal is premature as the GYE grizzly bear population remains in peril from the combined effects of habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change, decline of primary food sources and human caused mortality. Delisting and subsequently adding the threat of mortality from trophy hunting and poaching will seriously jeopardize grizzly bears.

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ELECTION: Need a third party
Posted: May 25, 2016

As a once staunch Republican it pains me to observe the outright unwillingness of some in this once great party to accept the voters choice of nominee in this election cycle.

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ELECTION: Thanks to Tom
Posted: May 25, 2016

The Poll Workers of Precinct No. 57 would like to express their appreciation to Tom Cronin, Republican Committeeman, for providing us nourishment during our 12-hour shift. His kindness was greatly appreciated. We shared the pizza with another precinct.

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NATION: Guide to greatness
Posted: May 25, 2016

Lemme see if I can’t clear up a few issues that seem to have been perplexing our nation for some time now.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
DUNCAN: Thanks for support
Posted: May 22, 2016

To my family, friends and faithful supporters,

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KNIGHT: Arrives on time
Posted: May 22, 2016

On May 8 as I was on my way to church, I had a flat tire. A friend from church saw me and stopped, but although either of us could change a tire, we both had our church clothes on and were hesitant to dirty them. I was on the phone to my highway assistance company when a knight in shining armor on a white horse rode up to my rescue.

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AMADOR: Thanks to Rep. Sims
Posted: May 22, 2016

I would like to thank the Republican voters of District 4 for the opportunity to represent our community in the Idaho State Legislature. This primary race was an incredibly close election and I realize that there are many individuals in this community who supported Rep. Kathy Sims in her reelection bid. Political elections are a critical piece of our American way of life, and being so, they often engender a great deal of passion from the supporters of candidates. Although Rep. Sims and I certainly have differences of opinion on various policy issues facing our state, I think it is important to recognize and thank her for her numerous contributions and service to Coeur d’Alene and Idaho.

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PERMIT: Still haunts Stewarts
Posted: May 22, 2016

After seeing the results of the primary, I’m left to question one thing. The voters did not want to vote for Dave Stewart because he has been involved with fraud over the last two years and a few other reasons.

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EVENT: History and guns
Posted: May 22, 2016

Project Appleseed is not about growing apple trees.

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SLAVES: An urban reality
Posted: May 22, 2016

There is a growing movement, spearheaded by the politically correct agenda, suggesting that descendants of slaves should receive restitution for the actions of some of our white ancestors. Is this issue going to be added to the Democratic platform to obtain the rest of the black vote? Black Americans have been played like a fiddle. In effect, they are being held as slaves by the Democratic Party. Over the last few decades, billions of federal dollars have been poured into large cities to keep the communities afloat. The golden goose, however, is losing its ability to lay eggs. Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and other liberal Democratic strongholds are going broke and the rest of us are expected to bail them out. Jimmy Carter is not considered to be one of our better presidents; however, he knew that pouring more money into large city coffers would compound city problems and draw more black and indigent white people to the blighted areas.

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Friday 05/20/2016
INSURANCE: Self is simpler
Posted: May 20, 2016

On April 21, 2016, the Coeur d’Alene Press published an article entitled, “Athol man sues ITD employee under the law of Moses.” There were a number of responses to this article from the readers; most of which were negative. I welcome the criticism and the opportunity to respond to them. Many of the complaints were in regard to traveling in my vehicle without my having liability insurance. Let me address that criticism.

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ATTACK: A nuclear nightmare
Posted: May 20, 2016

News Flash!

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NIC: Costs too much
Posted: May 20, 2016

North Idaho College is so expensive. Classes come at a great price. It has been my unfortunate experience to have failed two classes this semester, something unheard of before for me. If we pay such a high price for these hybrid classes, online classes, North Idaho College must give us some sort of tutoring. I just spent $10,000 for two classes I failed, and even with support it was not enough.

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BEAR: No joy in slaying
Posted: May 20, 2016

I find your piece on little Cooper Surplus and his parents celebrating around a dead bear extremely disturbing. They were dressed in their silly camouflaged clothing as if they had accomplished something joyous. Your newspaper sugar coated the piece describing the slaughter as a harvest. I view it, as many of your other readers, as a senseless, cruel act. To kill a defenseless bear that died in pain and fear is nothing more than psychotic behavior carried out by a dysfunctional family who are nothing more than social misfits. They take pleasure in posing with the dead animal with much glee. It’s disgusting and the Coeur d’Alene Press should not enable and encourage these heartless cowards and dress up their deed as some kind of “Feel Good” article.

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LININGERS: Closed to other opinions
Posted: May 20, 2016

I just read a letter to the editor from the Liningers chastising Tony Stewart and Christie Wood. Their statements implied, if you are open-minded and seek human rights for everyone, then you are also anti-gun, anti-white, anti-Christian and pro-gay. That sounds like a bigoted opinion to me. I guess the Liningers don’t want to hear any opinions other than their own. Free speech only applies to them?

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GENDER: Common sense, RIP
Posted: May 20, 2016

Millions of transgender people discovered!

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VOTING: No thanks, parties
Posted: May 20, 2016

For me and my Idaho, party affiliated voting is all that matters…

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
SCHOOLS: Call for improvement
Posted: May 18, 2016

I’ve attended some of the Coeur d’Alene public schools board meetings, and, like the rest of this community, I have learned that little goes on there worth listening to. There are no discussions about the desperate need for improvements, and every effort is made to minimize community input. Board members get re-elected by embracing the needs of teachers over the needs of kids.

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LAKE: It’s who we are, right?
Posted: May 18, 2016

“The Curse of Coeur d’Alene Lake:” You know you love it. In the back of your mind, it is always there… our lake… our treasure. Imagine Coeur d’Alene without our lake. Picture miles of dirt fields with no real interest: barren land. Would we be as smug as we are without our lake? Would we secretly smile as wide, when we talk about where we are from, when traveling? O Captain! My Captain! Do I really want him there? The curse of the Coeur d’Alene Lake is a mental trap that gives most of us a “heart of an awl.”

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HOME: N. Idaho aka N. California
Posted: May 18, 2016

In the 1980s I was the HR director for Keytronic in Newport, Wash., representing the company at the Chamber of Commerce meetings. I kept hearing negative comments about Californians so I would say, “Yeah, you don’t want anymore until you want to sell your house and then you just want one more!” Oh, they hated that.

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SENIOR: Not a disadvantage
Posted: May 18, 2016

Jack Riggs wrote an “endorsement letter” for his son last week. The letter was published on May 12 by the Coeur d’Alene Press. In the letter Mr. Riggs said of his son, “He is not too young, but unlike his opponent (Don Cheatham), he is not a twice retired senior citizen …” Mr. Riggs is undisputedly a political journeyman having held office in the past, etc. However, his statement was not only mean spirited, it was offensive.

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BATHROOMS: No sanity relief
Posted: May 18, 2016

Sanity has taken a holiday. First I want to point out that bathrooms for men vs. women is meeting its death due to an estimated .07 percent of the population, forget the other 99.03 percent. This is where America is today. Bathrooms will be forced into being single person use (a la Kroc swim changing area) because, well, businesses will be forced to do it. This will be a big expense for Mom & Pop and while they might be able to afford the renovation, what used to be a men’s room with one or two urinals and a stall will become one unisex bathroom and the women’s went from two or three to one unisex. All to appease .07 percent because of their “feelings.”

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FOOD BANKS: Worthy of support
Posted: May 18, 2016

My favorite magazine — The Economist — is a knowledgeable and durable publication, closing in on its 200th anniversary. Not long ago it had an insightful article about charities. As we all know, many are frauds and steal billions of dollars from unsuspecting donors every year. Many more are legitimate and deserve the support they receive from donors. When asked to pick the one type of charity that gets the most bang for the bucks they receive, food banks come out on top. This is not to demean other types of charities, as the legitimate ones all provide fantastic aid and assistance to their clientele. But food banks, because of their simple business plan and stripped down overhead, really shine.

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DUKE: Her fight lives on
Posted: May 18, 2016

In May of 2008, I had the privilege of attending a news conference held at the Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport, Iowa, with Patty Duke, who spoke on the subject of mental illness.

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Sunday 05/15/2016
IDFG: Ambushed by politicians
Posted: May 15, 2016

Gov. Otter has decided to go with people who can fund political campaigns or Super PACS. Two members of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission aren’t being re-appointed. In the last few years, IDFG Commission has been open to all the public. They obeyed their first legal obligation, to protect ALL of Idaho’s wildlife for all Idaho residents. Gov. Otter is in the process of undermining that progress.

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DRIVERS: Get a clue (or two)
Posted: May 15, 2016

I wholeheartedly agree with a recent letter appearing in The Press, complaining about the number of drivers on the roads today with one or more lights out. There is a dearth of them.

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RIGHTS: For the few
Posted: May 15, 2016

The Coeur d’Alene Press, my paper but not our feelings portrayed on the front cover. Why is it Christie Wood and Tony Stewart who are nothing more than left wing anti-American radicals are allowed exposure! This is a free country which we Germans and other countries helped immigrate.

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HONOR: Flight to remember
Posted: May 15, 2016

I recently attended the “homecoming” of the Inland Northwest Honor Flight on April 26. It is a pleasure to witness the joy on the faces of the returning veterans who served our country to preserve our freedom. What they saw on their trip to Washington, D.C., was only a small token of the appreciation and gratitude that we owe them for what they did for the United States of America.

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PRESS: Don’t publish that
Posted: May 15, 2016

So deeply disappointed by the willingness of The Press to publish baseless condemnations of dead people (letter to the editor PRINCE: An unfond farewell, May 4). This in no way enhances or aides our community.

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ATHEISTS: A word from God
Posted: May 15, 2016

A story on SRN news recently was Atheists want “National Day Of Reason” to counter “National Day of Prayer.” When I heard that I thought, they already have a National Day, April 1, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no GOD.” Psalm 14:1

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DOGS: Deserve a chance
Posted: May 15, 2016

I don’t know what made me think of this, but I wanted to share some experiences we’ve had with the various dogs we’ve adopted over the years. Mainly, that it takes time for everyone — you, your family, the dog — to adjust and bond. It’s a new normal all the way around, but especially for the dog, who is having to learn a whole new set of rules, what’s acceptable and what’s not, and is most likely very scared and nervous and longing to get it “right.”

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Friday 05/13/2016
SIMS: Why she’s needed
Posted: May 13, 2016

My wife and I moved to North Idaho in 1977 and bought the small Honda shop in Osburn. We soon met Kathy Sims of Coeur d’Alene Honda…

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RIGGS: Good for growth
Posted: May 13, 2016

Peter Riggs is unmistakably the best choice for Idaho in District 3B. A native North Idahoan, he clearly understands the issues we face, having faced them his entire life. His parents, former Senator and Lt. Governor Jack Riggs and Rachel Riggs, are also North Idaho natives and the entire family has contributed to the economic growth and development of our region and state, as well as through their community volunteerism.

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VOTE: Amador, Malek, Riggs
Posted: May 13, 2016

“I think everyone who has a computer has a library.” This is Rep. Kathy Sims’s argument for making it more difficult for libraries to get public funding.

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TRUMP: No record, no deal
Posted: May 13, 2016

Donald Trump has masterfully played to the vast majority of U.S. citizens who are “mad as hell” over failure of the U.S. Government to respond to the will of the people.

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DUNCAN: Free to lead
Posted: May 13, 2016

There is a clear choice for Kootenai County Commissioner on May 17. Her name is Leslie Duncan. Her past experience and lack of ties to special interest groups puts her above the rest. She has no political past which makes her refreshing. Cathy and I have known Leslie for more than a decade. We know her to be moral and hardworking. She will serve this county well.

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BINGHAM: Nobody’s puppet
Posted: May 13, 2016

Because we respect and appreciate all of Bob Bingham’s 1,000’s of hours of work, he literally gave up much of his personal life for two years, on behalf of Property Owners in Kootenai County, the NWPOA Board of Directors is choosing to Support Bob Bingham for county commissioner. Bob has the experience and knowledge to do the job, he will be ready to go on Day One. In visiting with the two newest members of the BOCC after they first took office, they both described the initial learning process and assimilation of information as “drinking from a fire hose.” Bob has attended many, many of the county meetings and researched the issues involved with being a commissioner. Not only is he prepared to go to work, he is an honest, God-fearing man who has defended property owners and tax payer rights for the last four years. Bob would like to see a more honest and transparent process at all levels in county government. He has not been and will not be a paid puppet for someone else’s agenda. He has not been put forth as a candidate by any local “kingmakers.” Bob stands on the work he has done openly and above board for residents of Kootenai County.

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CHEATHAM: Brings insight
Posted: May 13, 2016

My comments refer to the comments by Mike Reno of Post Falls re: May 17: No to Cheatham…as follows:

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RIGGS: The man for the job
Posted: May 13, 2016

I have known Peter Riggs and his family for over 25 years. I have watched him grow up as a 4th generation member of a grounded N. Idaho family. He is raising the 5th generation with his wife Tyree and their 2 sons on their local Idaho horse ranch. He is a family man with deep local roots.

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VOTE: Macomber, Cheatham, Green, Bingham
Posted: May 13, 2016

I was shocked when reading the story “North Idaho Voter Project seeks to address turnout.” The article shows that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and it’s agents have no problem funding and supporting certain Candidates. As a Board Member of NWPOA I am very concerned.

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FILLIOS: A man of integrity
Posted: May 13, 2016

This letter is in support of the election of Chris Fillios for county commissioner. I have known Chris for more than 10 years and know him to be a man of integrity. He is meticulous in his fact gathering, and thus always makes decisions fully informed. This quality has helped him to control spending while maintaining 238 miles of roadway as well as 20 bridges, and helped to keep the ad valorem taxes the lowest of the four Kootenai County Highway Districts.

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RIGGS: Better than Cheatham
Posted: May 13, 2016

I would like to endorse Peter Riggs for the Legislature. He will be far be better than Mr. Cheatham. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon, and will serve the citizens of District 3, and Idaho, in good fashion. Please give him your support!

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DUNCAN: No defect of character
Posted: May 13, 2016

Politics and religion, the very subjects our parents told us to avoid. This election cycle, at all levels, has proven to be trying and disappointing for many reasons that I will not go into now. Therefore, when the time came to begin the process of choosing the “best candidate” for Kootenai County Commissioner the field seemed to be cut of the same cloth, just dressed a little different; until I met Leslie Duncan and learned more about her education, training, and expertise, wow!

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DUNCAN: Person of character
Updated: May 13, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Politics and religion, the very subjects our parents told us to avoid. This election cycle, at all levels, has proven to be trying and disappointing for many reasons that I will not go into now. Therefore, when the time came to begin the process of choosing the “best candidate” for Kootenai County commissioner the field seemed to be cut of the same cloth, just dressed a little different; until I met Leslie Duncan and learned more about her education, training and expertise, wow!

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AMADOR: Committed to Idaho
Posted: May 13, 2016

I have had the pleasure of working with Paul Amador in various nonprofit and business roles over the past several years as part of his efforts to promote and develop a stronger tourism industry in North Idaho. Not only is Paul a person of impeccable character, he truly believes in making Coeur d’Alene and Idaho a better place for future generations. Paul has worked extensively with regional tourism businesses and agencies to promote economic partnerships; as well as advance our workforce development efforts.

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MALEK: The smart choice
Posted: May 13, 2016

As an active member of the logging community in Idaho I am compelled to urge everyone to vote for Luke Malek in the Republican primary election on May 17. Representative Malek has been an unwavering supporter of the logging industry and small business in North Idaho.

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