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Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor may be up to 250 words in length. A handwritten signature (unless emailed), address and telephone number must be included. Letters must be received by no later than Monday at noon. Letters should pertain to a local issue and not be libelous or distasteful. Letters may be edited for content and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Clearwater Progress.

Letters to the Editor Print E-mail

An open letter to John Bennett

     I sincerely commend and thank Clearwater Progress owner, Mr. John Bennett, who in a recent personal contact very kindly invited me to submit this letter. The subject of our telephone exchange, and my purpose in writing here, is:  preferred policy regarding opinion letters to his paper.

     Two weeks ago, I was happy to write a response letter commending Idaho Farm Bureau President Frank Priestley's guest editorial published the previous week.  To me, it was a pretty good and positive letter, but the Progress did not print it, prompting my inquiry.

     Admittedly, in addition to commending Idaho Farm Bureau's stand against federal EPA encroachment on Idaho's water rights, I took advantage of the opportunity to suggest that:

     *Such unconstitutional, federal takeover is just one glaring example of the globalists' Agenda 21 - - their plan to rule our entire lives and nation.

     *Further, that TV "news" is blatantly biased and crafted, and urged readers to broaden and balance their understandings by frequenting freer, alternative sites such as at www.republicbroadcasting.org (RBN).

     In our conversation, Mr. Bennett was most friendly, honest and frank in letting me know the following:

     *That he does not share my (nor RBN's) level of "paranoia" concerning world events and political trends.

     *That he prefers to publish letters dealing mainly with matters of local interest, as opposed to national or global concerns.

     *And prefers letters written specially for the Progress, over those submitted to multiple area outlets, as mine often are.

     There's no question that, as proprietor of The Clearwater Progress, I fully respect Mr. Bennett's rights to freely manage his business enterprise. However, if only I could believe, as Mr. Bennett says he does, that there are no great problems seriously threatening our American way of life and future, then he would never hear such warnings from me. And how I wish that he (and all the other more placid minds) were indeed right!

     Finally, as to letter content, I very much like editor Ben Jorgensen's outlook as shared with me: Publish any and all respectful opinions received, letting the public decide on their merits. That, to me, is the very essence of freedom of speech in America. Besides, that way, we all just might learn something more.

     If this letter makes it to print, I'm grateful, praying that God richly bless John Bennett for his continued service.

Carol J. Asher


Christians not welcome?

     Truly thank you for having the farmer's market on Highway 12 between Kamiah and Kooskia. It has in the past helped my wife and I feed our children. Asking us to stop including religion, politics or Gospel tracts in sales is asking us to not be Christians.

     We are Christians primary before all other aspects of life. Having three complaints over the course of three months about us talking Christianity during sales and/or passing out gospel tracts?

     What about the dozens upon dozens of people whom personally thanked us there for doing the same?

     We have never been pushy or arrogant in witnessing to others, ever. Only handing out a non-denominational tract explaining how God's Son has died for our sins. Politics also? We have never ventured there yet. What about all the occasional political stickers for sale and the American flags? So prevalent, how can one even begin to separate Christianity from American history? They are so tightly interwoven together, they are synonymous. If one does not believe this then they never have read the Federalist papers, Bill of Rights or Constitution. If one dislikes Christianity then they must admit that they don't like, in part, our country's past, i.e. freedom.

     Maybe a sign out front "Christians not welcome?" P.S. Anyone have a good place where my family and I can sell our merchandise not too far from Kamiah/Kooskia? We have a business license.

     In Jesus' name we will always pray, AMEN.

Vince Garold


Guest Editorial Print E-mail

Honoring the American cowboy and cowgirl

By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

     The cowboy way of life runs deep in Idaho, where enterprising men and women broke towns out of brush and helped build the Idaho we know today. They are examples of strength, hard work and integrity. That is why they have been honored for the past nine years through a Senate Resolution that dedicates a day in July as the National Day of the American Cowboy to recognize the legacy of cowboys and cowgirls and their part in American history.

     I joined 11 of my Senate colleagues, including fellow Idaho Senator Jim Risch, in once again co-sponsoring the bipartisan resolution that was introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming). The resolution would designate July 26, 2014, as "National Day of the American Cowboy." The resolution recognizes many of the attributes of cowboys and their contribution to our nation:

     Pioneering men and women, recognized as 'cowboys', helped establish the American West;

     The cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic and patriotism;

     The cowboy spirit exemplifies strength of character, sound family values and good common sense;

     The cowboy archetype transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries and political affiliations;

     The cowboy, who lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environment, is an excellent steward of the land and its creatures;

     Cowboy traditions have been a part of American culture for generations;

     The cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy through the work of many thousands of ranchers across the United States who contribute to the economic well-being of every state.

     The resolution also recognizes the widespread interest in rodeo events that showcase the livelihood of cowboys and the cowboy's role in literature, film, music and as an American icon. Further, the resolution acknowledges the contributions made by cowboys and cowgirls to their communities and encourages Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. To observe this day, some communities have celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, community activities and honor individuals who exemplify the western lifestyle and are good stewards of the land.

     Cowboys and cowgirls are skilled and tough. They endure harsh weather to protect the cattle, horses and sheep for which they are responsible. They pitch in, no matter the task, to get the job done. They are innovative problem solvers. They advance a time-honored tradition of living off the land and sustaining it for future generations. We have much to continue to learn from the cowboys and cowgirls who thankfully call Idaho home and the many Idahoans who embody the grit and determination of the cowboy way of life.

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


     Sincere condolences to families of Frank Blackeagle. Frank entered the spirit world July 9, 2014. Prayers of comfort for his sisters, brothers, his wife Dani Scott, his children Andrew and Phillip Blackeagle and Bessie Blackeagle.

     Again Prayer Warriors, we pray for all the families that lost loved ones these past few weeks; it has been a difficult time for many.

     Attention Kamiah Nimiipuu Health patients!  Beginning July 15 all Nimiipuu Health eligible patients are welcome to workout at the Valley Fitness Center and the fees will  be covered by the Diabetes Program.  Please make sure you SIGN IN each time you workout at the Valley Fitness Center so there will be an accurate count of how many are utilizing the facility. Also your name will be entered into the monthly and random drawings the number of times your name is on the sign-in sheet. Let's PREVENT Diabetes and LET'S BEAT DIABETES! For more information contact Diabetes Coordinator, Angela Porter at Lapwai NMPH, 843-9375 ext.  2916.

     Sunday, July 20 worship services at Northfork Presbyterian Church will begin with potluck dinner at noon. Followed by Worship services/Sunday school at 1 p.m. There will be special visitors from Oregon in attendance. Everyone is welcome to fellowship at Northfork Presbyterian Church.

     Friendly reminder; everyone is welcome to attend the "Community Meth Awareness" presentation, Wednesday, July 23 from 6–8 p.m. at the Wa-a'yas building. Refreshments will be provided. Cyn Reneau, former meth addict, the Education Director with the Idaho Meth Project, will be the guest speaker. There will also be a panel of service providers (physicians. alcohol and drug counselor, social services and law enforcement) for participants to ask questions about meth. This presentation is for adults/parents/ and concerned community members/providers.

     Children under 10 years old will not be allowed to attend. For more information contact Tonia Aripa at 843-7244 ext. 2904.

     Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Committee will have Rummage and Bake Food Sale on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at 812 Nez Perce Lane (watch for signs) in Kamiah. All proceeds will go towards the Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow on Aug. 15–17.

     Anniversary blessings to Tim and Janelle Broncheau!

     Birthday blessings to Buzz Cree and my baby brother Darrell Wheeler the big 5-0! My goodness where do the years go!?

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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