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Letters to the Editor for October 14, 2010
“Why do we elect a Treasurer?” I was asked this question at the Fair.
There are three reasons why the
First, because the
Second, the office of the
Third, a basic principle of
accountability is that all financial transactions should be verified by two
independent agents. The
If elected, I will support and
uphold the Constitution of the
“Options after School Bond Election Failed”
With the advent of the political season, I implore you not to lose track of pending District 171 school issues with regard to the failure of the “school bond election.” The School Board, the governing body of the school district, has not accepted the mandate of the voters and is on the verge of pursuing other options to accomplish their original goals of new classroom add-ons, renovation and change at Orofino and Timberline schools.
At on Monday evening of Oct. 18, the School Board will meet at Orofino High School (OHS) to decide on an option for follow-on action. As patrons, you owe it to yourself and your fellow citizens to attend this meeting and express your dire concerns with School Board actions.
In the midst of declining enrollment and a sour economy, this district does not need to indebt us with new construction or unnecessary renovations. Their plan has been suspect from the beginning when they shutdown the Orofino Junior High School (OJHS) as a cost-savings measure. It’s obvious they used the resulting overcrowding as an attempt to leverage the patrons to approve a bond to add-on classrooms at OHS and Timberline.
On top of that, the district renovated a dilapidated modular at the Orofino elementary during the summer to house the kindergarten because of over-crowding generated by the closure of OJHS. Where did the money come from to accomplish this renovation project? How much was spent in name of cost-savings? What’s wrong with the classrooms we have abandoned at the OJHS?
As patrons, become
activists and write letters-to-the-editor and contact each School Board member
with your concerns. They are: Alyce (Reuter)
Trelawney J. Bruce
Americans Tired of
Once Americans revolted against
Today we face a monstrous government which thinks daily of new ways to confiscate the money earned by citizens and dole it out to other citizens in exchange for votes to perpetuate governmental power. Entitlement programs were headed for failure before the socialists added health care to the list.
If you are made of the sturdy stuff of early Americans you should be outraged and energized to vote for rational, Constitution supporting candidates in the coming election. If you like having your hard earned income confiscated even before you get it home and then paying additional taxes at every transaction with more and greater taxation facing you at year’s end, then vote for the tax and spend socialists that currently hold all power in the United States.
If you vote to continue the expansion of socialistic government, as we have seen the past 19 months, then you are voting to choke off freedom for your children and grandchildren.
Freedom or tyranny is the choice on Nov. 2!
A few long-time Republican friends and mentors broke ranks and endorsed the Democrat for Governor earlier this year. They’ve been urging me to join them and I’ve listened carefully to their arguments. In the end, I remain unconvinced and will vote to re-elect Governor Otter.
My choice is influenced by two observations.
First, Governor Otter has done
what the people of
Second, his opponent, by contrast, has proven untrustworthy. This observation pains me, because the argument most frequently used to entice my defection was that “unlike Governor Otter, the Democrat shares my religious values.” Honesty in one’s personal and professional dealings is a fundamental tenet of my faith, and yet I have found it completely lacking in the Democrat’s gubernatorial nominee.
Such an accusation begs
proof. Earlier this year I chaired the association that represents
To my surprise and frustration, that receipt was followed by a statewide press release thanking the business community for withdrawing its website and admitting error. That was simply untrue, forcing association board members to set the record straight. The Democrat’s press release was a lie, designed to mislead the million Idahoans who weren’t copied on the e-mail exchange.
On Election Day, I can’t say my religion stays outside the polling booth. My value system teaches me the importance of integrity. As I apply that to the key issues in this year’s election, I will be voting for Governor Otter.
Trent Clark is a resident of
If you’re happy with the way
things are going in
When I think of a family that possesses a strong moral commitment to God, to family and to country, I think of the Felix and Sherry Nuxoll family. When Sherry made the decision to run for the Idaho Senate, Eighth District, it was a decision that was made with the full support of her husband and family, because that is how they do things—as a family.
As long as I have known them, they have been strong advocates of life which is reflected in the love they have for each other and for each of their six beautiful children and three grandchildren.
The pro-life issue is one of the things that have always been dear to their hearts. I know with all certainty that Sherry will reflect and aggressively defend familial and pro-life values and rights if she is elected to the Idaho Senate.
I encourage all to support and vote for Sherry Nuxoll for the Idaho Senate District 8 this November 2.
Carole Galloway is a District 3
Clearwater County Commissioner candidate. It is my opinion that Carole will do
an excellent job. She is dedicated to solving our problems in tough budget
times. She will work hard to solve the wolf problems, support weed control,
The Constitution creates our Republic and limits the power of the central government. However, we, the citizens and our representatives, are slowly surrendering our founding principles, individual’s freedoms and states’ rights to a domineering centralized government.
Consider these facts:
Today, for example, the federal government controls – without Constitutional authority – banking, the credit and securities exchange, car companies, medical care, and unemployment insurance/benefits.
The federal government promises benefits but has no way to pay for them. Social security, Medicare, government and public pension plans are examples.
Regulatory agencies such as the DEQ and EPA or the Endangered Species Act limit economic growth potential and our ability to compete internationally. Regulations that “protect” the environment, natural resources and reduce energy usage are in reality controls that curtail manufacturing, limit job creation and hurt farmers, families and business. How many jobs disappear because we cannot utilize our resources such as oil, coal, timber, or productive agricultural land?
Our representatives pass legislation without reading bills that contain more taxes, more entitlements, more bureaucracy and greater control over the economy and us. The role of government is not to mandate behavior or buying habits. Yet we are being told what light bulbs, toilets, showerheads, gasoline and medical insurance to buy.
For some time “we the people” representatives and electorate, have ignored our founding principles of small government and individual freedom. Today we are witnessing the destruction of our Republic from within. The consequences of past and present policy decisions are unsustainable debt. Irresponsible spending, corruption, greed of special interest groups, laziness of some, and lack of personal honor in many.
Our votes will determine the longevity and survival of our Republic. Will we falter and allow the government to “take care of us” with more legislation? Will we encourage self sufficiency and personal responsibility? Will we have courage to choose limited government in order to protect individual freedom and maintain states’ rights?
Read the Declaration of
Since being elected to the Idaho House in 2006, Raul Labrador has proven to be an effective pro-life leader; he has supported and voted for key profile legislation throughout his legislative career and has earned a 100 percent pro-life voting record. He has voted to allow a woman the right to view the ultrasound image of her unborn child before an abortion is performed on her, and he was also a sponsor of the Conscience Protection Bill for health care professionals.
Raul has and is aggressively opposing the Obama Health care law which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand and which will lead to the rationing of life saving medical treatments. For being such a strong advocate of life, he has been endorsed by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee.
His opponent Walt Minnick
supports a policy of abortion on demand and voted against an amendment that
would have prohibited federal funding of abortion on demand in all parts of the
Obama health care bill. He has also been indorsed by
Please join me in supporting Raul Labrador, the only pro-life candidate running for the First Congressional District for United States Congress.
John Allen has been a neighbor
and kind friend for all the 45 years he has been in