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Letters to the Editor Print E-mail

The real demons…

     In response to Mr. Dotson’s vitriolic letter to The Clearwater Progress, (“Muslims are demons”).   I found this letter very disturbing and short on facts.

     Mr. Dotson’s description of Muslims as “vicious, psychotic murderers who view non-Muslims as animals who should be raped and slaughtered” is deplorable.  I grew up in a multi-cultural community. I went to school, and lived among people of all ethnicities and religious faiths, including Muslims. I had Muslim friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Like most people, Muslims volunteered in the community and were otherwise productive members of society.

     Muslims have been living in the United States in large numbers for generations.  The first established Mosque was in New York City in 1893.   And despite this long history with our Muslim neighbors, no one has ever been “forced to wear a burqa” and they haven’t tried any “consolidation of power” or tried to “impose Sharia law,” as Mr. Dotson asserts as the inevitable. And, by the way, not all Muslim women wear a burqa.  Islam is very diverse, like Christianity.

     And yes, Muslims honor the United States Constitution. The Pentagon reports about 4,000 Muslims are currently serving in the military. Like all immigrants, they come here for democratic freedom and economic opportunity and not to “conquer” America.

     Finally, Mr. Dotson takes a quote from the Quran out of context.   The quote from 8.012 reads: “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”  This verse is in reference to the ‘Battle of Badr’ where an Arabian tribe brought an army to destroy Mohamed and fellow Muslims after brutally torturing them.

     One can misconstrue the “Holy Bible” as well. Let’s take Matthew 10:34 out of context: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”   To read this, one might think Christianity is not a religion of peace.

     The simple truth is, the real ‘demons’ are those who spew hateful rhetoric.   They are the ones that inspire the fringe of society to commit horrible atrocities. And we can find them everywhere, across all continents and throughout history.


        Courtney Couch Johnson


Beware the dangers of vaccines

     Last week’s Savvy Senior recommended flu vaccines for seniors. One of those was the new FLAUD vaccine, which contains an added ingredient called adjuvant MF59, also known as squalene. Adjuvants are substances added to vaccines to create a stronger immune response to the vaccine. Squalene was used as an adjuvant in compulsory anthrax vaccinations given to servicemen during the Gulf War. Many health activists maintain that the U.S. government willfully ignored evidence showing that MF59 in anthrax vaccine triggered Gulf War syndrome.

     Gulf War syndrome, which affects returning military veterans of the Persian Gulf War, is a cascade of conditions and symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, rashes, night sweats, and other ills. Dr. Vera Scheibner (a former Australian government research scientist) maintains that lupus, MS, ALS, and other life-threatening diseases can also result. Over 250,000 of the 697,000 U.S. veterans who served in the Persian Gulf are afflicted with the condition.

     Squalene is a naturally occurring substance found in abundant supply throughout the nervous system and brain. Experts report that when squalene is injected into the body the immune system is triggered to attack squalene throughout the entire body – even where it is vital to the nervous system.

     FLUAD also contains polysorbate 80, the antibiotic neomycin, barium – a heavy metal and the toxin formaldehyde. The CDC’s own website lists adverse affects to the FLAUD vaccine, including blood and lymphatic system disorders, cellulitis-type reactions, convulsions, allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock (a life-threatening condition), and nervous system disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

     A 2000 study published in the American Journal of Pathology demonstrated a single injection of the adjuvant squalene into rats triggered “chronic, immune-mediated joint-specific inflammation,” also known as rheumatoid arthritis.

     It is abhorrent that unsuspecting senior citizens are subjected to these known dangers, all under the guise of staying healthy. Seniors beware. Do your research. All vaccines have adjuncts, with potential damage much greater than the flu. Work on eating well and building your immune system, then you are less likely to get the flu.

Jay Maxner



Idiocy on the rise

     I, along with a number of others I’ve spoken to in this community were taken aback by the ‘Letter to the Editor’ titled, “Muslims are demons” recently published in The Clearwater Progress.

     I realize that in the ‘Age of Trump’ it’s perfectly acceptable to make up facts and call it truth. And, given the election results we should expect more of this kind of hate and fear mongering to come to the front.

     My sincere hope is, however, that this kind of thinking does not represent the majority of thought in this valley. But, if it does represent Trump’s America it will take far more than building up our military and kicking out a few million illegal immigrants to “Make America Great Again!”

Jim May



An open letter to the Idaho Transportation Department

     I was wondering which side of the bed you guys get up on in the mornings? Putting a three-ton limit on the east Kooskia Bridge would almost be laughable, if it wasn’t so ludicrous. My half ton pickup weighs that much. Last time I checked three tons equals 6,000 pounds. I would like to know how many tons the bridge was originally designed to carry.

     A side note is that engineering standards were much more stringent back then. Using a 300% working safety factor was the norm.

     I would also like to know what the current engineering inspection calculations are and what set of rules are being used. Ten or 15 tons would be more realistic and I believe that is even below what is safe. We usually trust our public servants but now need the real facts (engineering data) as why you think the bridge needs to go.

     The economic impact of removing the bridge is a major concern to our community. With only two gas stations in town the closing of the bridge would only give us one. It would kill a viable business. The three-ton limit and warning flags are already impacting Kooskia businesses. If the bridge really needs to be replaced it would be easy to build a new bridge down river 20 feet or so while keeping the existing one open during construction. With the current political climate to strengthen infrastructure, lets get after the federal dollars.

     Another non-related need is in Kamiah. A crosswalk or two is needed crossing Highway 12, at the Casino and at Main Street. Once two little scared girls were trying to get across the highway during rush hour (if rush hour is possible in Kamiah). I stopped my vehicle, put the flashers on, got out and stopped the eastbound traffic so they could cross. I hope ITD can get up on the right side of the bed even if it needs to be moved away from the wall.

Reid Smith


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     So very thankful for our Nimiipuu  Military Veterans and the thousand other Veterans from all directions that journeyed to Standing Rock, Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to safeguard the Water Protectors.  Continued prayers for strength and safety for all our Veterans and water protectors, our warriors!  May we continue to join our peaceful water protectors in song and prayer! Mni Wiconi (Water is life!)

     Kamiah Nimiipuu Health has a new automated answering system, please listen to the menu options to be connected to the appropriate department.

     Everyone is welcome to attend the Diabetes Health Fair at the Kamiah NMPH Clinic on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  There will be patient education, health screenings, and door prizes.  Emah-Kits’nu-aah’ (Take care of yourself).

     The Second Indian Presbyterian Church will have practice for the annual Christmas Program Saturday, Dec. 10, at 12 p.m. at the Second Church Dining Hall.   Pizza will be provided and there will also be Christmas crafts for the youth.  Contact Michaela Garrison on facebook or by calling 935-2761 to get Christmas recitations for the Dec. 24  Second Presbyterian Church Christmas Program.

     Good luck to all those that participated in the 12 week Fitness Challenge!  All participates must be weighed in by Dec. 9.  Final weigh in’s will be Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lapwai NMPH Community Health Department.  Winners will be announced at the Nez Perce Tribe Employee Christmas Dinner on Dec. 16 at the Clearwater River Casino Event Center.

     Anniversary blessings to Mike and Dee Penney, as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past weekend!

     Birthday blessings to Carolyn Amerman, Harry Wheeler Sr., JoAnn Kauffman, and sister Julie Hart.

Yox Kalo^ (That’s all!)

Wolf Problems? Print E-mail

The following list of numbers is offered for anyone who experiences problems with wolves. 


Suspected Livestock Predation

Call USDA Wildlife Services, 1-866-487-3297 or contact Justin Mann, local Wildlife Specialist at 208-869-3297. Personnel will be dispatched to investigate.


Frequent Wolf Sightings

Contact the Nez Perce Tribe, Curt Mack at 208-634-1060. They will gather and record information, then provide advice.


Report Sighting of a Wolf

Go to Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game website to fill out a wolf report form: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/


Health and Human Safety Concerns

A wolf may be killed if life and human safety is at risk. Contact Idaho Fish & Game at 208-799-5010 or call Nez Perce Tribe at 208-634-1061 or 911 Sheriff dispatch. All wolf kills will be investigated.


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