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Debate the issue on its merits

     As hinted in my letter on this page for Sept. 11, there would be personal attacks on me for trying to do something to protect our children from the wave of illegal immigrants sneaking into our country. I implied that the preferred tactic of those supporting criminal entry into the USA was "name-calling" rather than refuting the facts presented. I forgot about the other favored method to take the moral high ground and belittle opponents into compliance by quoting scripture and verse from the Bible, as evidenced by one Mr. Andrechak (letter of the same date).

     I suggested that those in favor of allowing the world's destitute to enter our country at will would refuse to debate the issue in a logical and reasonable manner and would use tried and true techniques to belittle activists on the other side, and obfuscate the issue with emotion and an appeal to America's innate compassion.

     Perhaps Mr. Andrechak will be happy to take in Central Idaho's allotment of "unaccompanied minor children" himself, and use his obviously profound Christian teachings to support them. For the rest of this community, who are mostly retired living on fixed incomes, we'll continue to support our charities in our own custom, rather than funding a political agenda.

Dennis Fuller


Self-reliance is better than dependence

     A letter last week quoted Bible verses presumably to make us feel mean for not wanting to take care of more illegals and multigenerational welfare recipients. I object to using Bible references to manipulate us into thinking we need an ever increasing socialistic state where a few have to "take care of" the many, with the result that we are all poor together.

     The poor have become pawns of politicians who, for various reasons of their own, have no interest in actually helping them. It is not helping to make people dependent on government for hand-outs...it just helps the government. What HELPS is to encourage people toward self-reliance. It is demoralizing to depend like children on any source for your sustenance or having someone else take care of you.

     It is a wonderful feeling to be able to give freely...everyone feels better about themselves when they can do that. Americans as a whole are the most generous people in the world, sharing their wealth wherever it is needed for those who temporarily need it.

     But government redistribution of wealth is not the same as free giving, and it helps no one. It wipes out the gains people have earned and gives it to those who will not help themselves, and yet the poorer are more poor than ever before. Sooner or later, the money runs out for everyone and we are all more resentful for losing what we have earned or not getting what we think we deserve. When the money runs out, who is there to help? The middle class is disappearing.

     The illegals are encouraged by Democrats for future votes and by Republicans for cheap labor. They take jobs away from citizens who should be able to find jobs to support themselves. Even the legal Hispanics resent the illegals for taking away their jobs at cheaper pay.

     There are fewer all the time who can or want to work to pay for the rest, and why should they? The socialist model fails every time. Our nation was great because our ancestors came to improve their lot in life through hard work and self-reliance. They didn't come to expect handouts. And many, who knew the oppression of big government, came for freedom. We are losing both our freedom and our greatness under the direction of bleeding-heart liberals who want to take care of everyone else according to their superior "wisdom."

Lana Hiemstra


A credible public service record

     Concerning the letter (9-11-14) questioning the integrity of Lawrence Denney, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, it is unethical to charge a person with dishonesty while not giving substantive facts and evidence. A common leftist tactic is trying to destroy a person's character by innuendo ("ethically challenges") and mud-slinging so that the underlying political and moral issues never have to be debated.

     Mr. Denney has an extremely credible record of public service. He has been widely recognized for his contribution to agriculture (Honorary State Farmer, Friend of Agriculture, Ag All Star). Idaho Chooses Life, The Idaho Cooperative Council, and the Adams County Health Center have all termed him a friend. He received a Bronze Star for his U.S. Army service in Vietnam and was awarded Legislator of the Year in 2012. Mr. Denney worked as House Majority Leader for four years, Speaker of the House for there terms, and presently chairs the committee on natural resources. Apparently, many Idahoans find him honest and effective. His political enemies probably detest his being a conservative Christian.

     Concerning how the Secretary of State conducts his office: Why does our state government now compete with private business? Why do we lack control (and usefulness as a tax base) of our public lands? If there is no voter fraud, why do conservative states (red) like Idaho now have Obamacare and Communist Core? Perhaps these are the problems that prompted Mr. Denney to run for Secretary of State.

Mary Hohmann


Elect an ethical SOS

     Remember how "Boss" Lawrence Denney emphatically stated that he wouldn't be using the tax-payer funded Public Lands Interim Committee forums as a personal campaign opportunity? Hmmmm. Someone that looks like him was handing out campaign signs and literature during the committee's recent swing through the state. For the influential and important office of Secretary of State, we need someone honest and ethical—like Holli Woodings.

Shelley Dumas


Lets take back our lands

     I would like to both commend and encourage all Idaho state, county and local officials who are spearheading the move to win back managing control over federally owned public lands within our state. There are many reasons why it behooves "we the people" to support this movement wholeheartedly:   

     First of all, there's the basic interest of state's rights. Next, the critically needed, better management of our forests, and the boosting of our economy by putting more of our people back to work, responsibly harvesting burgeoning natural resources. Also, restored, easier access to our own land, for recreational and other legitimate purposes. Just in general, our being better enabled to pay our own way in funding the needs of our state (including education), neither having to depend upon federal handouts, nor always further taxing our people directly. 

     Few would argue that the federal government hasn't grossly, intrusively over-extended itself throughout the several states, and sorely needs to be pushed back into its proper corner. For clues and some rude awakening, compare the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, and the Bill of Rights Amendment 10 to the feds' Agenda 21 and Re-wilding of America plans!

     Idaho's chances of success in re-asserting itself are made better by the fact that we are not alone in the struggle. A total of 11 western state legislatures have begun to mount similar efforts. It should be well worth the fight, so I'd say TOGETHER let's do it!

Carol Asher


Happy Birthday Air Force

     Keep them flying for freedom. Today is the birthday of the U.S. Air Force. They are celebrating 57 years in the air. They have been there when we needed them. From Korea to the present they have been flying to keep our airways free. Happy birthday to the men and women of the Air Force.

Tom Spears


Some get caught, some not

     I look for humor in wherever I can find it. An article in your paper dated Sept. 4, 2014 titled EPA fines area businesses for violations. In that article it states "EPA enforces Federal environmental laws that put health and environment at risk."

     These compliance and enforcement efforts level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over environmental compliant facilities and businesses. Sounds good but does not tell the truth if business violated the law. They should be held responsible.

     EPA was given facts about a violation regarding groundwater in the Seven Mile Creek Drainage area. The violation was depositing waste in the ground water. They did not do any sampling in that area. The groundwater was confirmed by a specialist in the hydrology and geology also updated by a professor at the college. EPA state the owner will not allow them on the site; they could have done the sampling below the site on a public road. Instead they went back to their office and stated they were not coming back to do any more sampling. Therefore, allowing the pollution of the area to continue.

     That's the joke. Is this called leveling the playing field? Anyway the pollution goes on unchecked. Groundwater is our drinking water and should be protected.

Ken Jones


What's new Print E-mail
Written by Angela Broncheau   


     My apologies to the Lockhart family for my error in last week's Clearwater Progress.

     Elders and Congregation of Northfork Indian Presbyterian Church welcomed new member Lori F. Picard on Aug. 10. On Sunday, Oct. 12, Lori will be ordained as an Elder of the Northfork Indian Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka. Everyone is invited to come and join the fellowship and celebration. Dinner will be served at noon followed by Worship services and installation. "Follow the road your ancestors took, and you will find peace."

     Kamiah Nimiipuu Health Recovery Day will be Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Kamiah NMPH Conference room. A Recovery Day Fun Run/Walk will begin at 11 a.m. at the Wa-a'yas field. All Fun Run/Walk participants will be given a Recovery Day T-shirt. There will be recovery speakers. music, door prizes. and lunch will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Nimiipuu Behavioral Health Department. "Join the voices of Recovery!"

     A friendly reminder, Nimiipuu Health eligible patients are welcome to work out at the Kamiah Valley Fitness Center. Fees will be covered by the Nimiipuu Health Diabetes program. Patients are reminded to sign in at each visit so NMPH will know how many patients are utilizing the Valley Fitness Center; also each sign in, your name will be entered into monthly/random drawings for prizes. Valley Fitness Center hours are Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.–8 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

     Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority and Nez Perce Tribe dumpsters will be available at Kamiah, Orofino and Lapwai until Sept. 19. Request to have large metal items picked up by calling (208) 791-6201. Metal items include washers, dryers, car parts, hot water tanks, bicycles, exercise equipment, cleaned out refrigerators, and metal fencing. Call the NPTHA for further information or if you have questions at (208) 843-2229.

     Wonderful job Kubs! You played your game and totally defeated the Lapwai Wildcats last Friday night! "We are proud of You!" Who's next? Our neighbors upriver? Hope to see you all this Friday night as the Kubs travel up the river to play the Clearwater Valley Rams! Gotta love that Friday night football action!

     Birthday blessings to Mathew Wheeler, Gabe Bohnee, Ron Wohlert, Debbie Simler, Ara Stanton, Sylvia Mitchell, Betsy Spaulding, Shannon Moffett, Daniel Nunez and to my precious gems (granddaughters) Sissy Lozon, Graciela Broncheau, and Rachelle Broncheau.

     Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

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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