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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

Beware of predators

     Sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. July 12, two four-legged critters jumped the fence into my goat pen and killed two young goats where they slept. The goats never even got to stand up. Their hide was cut from the sternum down, the rib cage was bitten out by what appears to be two long jawed bites, almost like a saw had cut them. All internal organs were removed without puncturing the guts. The rest was left behind. No one heard a sound.

     It seems that many people who do not know the ways of our local predators would like to blame this on anything but wolves, which are ever present in the Harpster area.

     A cougar will break the neck, cut the throat to bleed the animal and then pack one this size back over the fence and take it home or to its stash. Cougar would also only kill one animal and cougars do not hunt in packs. These two were eaten alive. Nothing had touched the neck, head or front shoulders.

     Coyote will hunt in packs, silent until after the kill, then call in their buddies to feast. They will, in fact kill the same way these were, eating the animal alive from the flanks. However, coyote make a real mess but tend to finish the carcass, not leave much behind. In this case all was left behind but part of the rib cage and all the internal organs. Nothing came back to finish the job.

     This is written as fair warning to everyone else in the area with children, pets and livestock.

White Dove


Political correctness destroys us

     Last week's letter about the Christian family being silenced at the Long Camp Farmer's Market exemplifies a serious problem with our country. It is called Political Correctness and it is being driven by a very small minority of people who hate our Godly heritage and want to destroy our society.

     How can so few affect the lives of so many? Well, their backers, the enemies within the gates, have unlimited funds to promote their destructive plans. They control of the media, the publishing houses and the "think tanks" that draft the ever expanding regulations that can be used to stifle dissent. Their people, whom Stalin called "useful idiots," fill positions of "higher learning"; courtroom prosecutors, administrators and judges; political offices and their staffers; editorial staffs; movie producers; ad infinitum.

     Unless we take a stand for God, family, community and Country, we are history as a free nation under God. Where we are allowing them to take us is not a pretty place. If we could ask 100 million plus dead, who were mostly Christians, in Russia after these same people took over their country in 1917, they would tell us. Obama's Socialist handlers have almost got us there again. All we have to do is to continue to roll over and let them have their will with us.

     We have a choice. We can either continue to listen to their talking heads and believe the lies they are pushing on us, or we can act like men and women of God who refuse to tolerate their foolish folly. What's it going to be? Tell the Christians to shut up or leave, or tell the haters to take a hike.

Jay Maxner


Pay for it whether it works or not?

     In response to the captioned "Bond Article" posted on the front page of The Clearwater Progress on July 17 where Council and Mayor say water plant must be paid for whether it works or not. Very poor choice of words coming from the city of Kamiah. Sure it has to be paid for. That's a "no-brainer."

     For a community that is struggling just to keep pace in this flat economy we have all inherited from Washington, D.C., you are sending the wrong message to potential future residents that ponder the thought of moving to this beautiful city, and the residents who already reside here who have their houses up for sale in hopes of moving elsewhere.

     The plant will eventually be operational at some point in the future. I personally haven't drank the water since my goldfish died in it some five years ago, presumably of lead poisoning I suspect...But I live in the original village where the pipes are some of the oldest in town. That may also be the reason that when my washing machine drains, my bathtub fills up, and vice versa.

     When I first moved here my total combined bill was about $34 a month, now it is $103. Makes for expensive showers. I felt bad about the increases until I read some info on other communities water rates on this link: http://www.waterwebster.com/WaterRates.htm

     Now I don't feel so bad.

Kevin Moran


Make it a birthday to remember

     Over a year ago now, Alma Jones moved to Nezperce to be near her daughter.

     Alma will be 97 years old on Sunday, July 27. She was born in 1917!

     Alma enjoyed years in the Grange, Rebekah Lodge, and as a Red Hattitude member. She loves to play cards at the Senior Citizen Center. She was my neighbor and I miss her.

     Alma would love as many birthday cards as we can send. Those of you who know her, please give her a birthday of cards she will not forget!

     Alma also loves puzzles.

     Alma's address is: Alma Jones, P.O. Box 207, Nezperce, ID 83543.

     She loves visits too. Her home address is 102 Pine in Nezperce.

Jo Piller


Proud of family

     My heart goes to Mr. Garold and his family, whom in his letter to the editor last week spoke about no longer being able to sell his wares at the Farmer's Market on Highway 12.

     Isn't it amazing how everyone seems to have free speech accept for Christians? Gone are the days when believers can share their faith without being criticized ridiculed, or rejected to the point that their Constitutional rights of freedom of speech are violated in this nation.

     Here is a family man, a believer and his family that are just trying to make a living, and trying to share the most important news of their life, with those who will listen. Life-saving news of hope, acceptance and assurance for the future.

     Mr. Garold stated that he was not pushing his tracts or words on anyone, if people are offended by it they do not have to take the tracts nor do they have to listen to him, they have the choice to walk away. I commend you Mr. Garold for standing up for what you believe in and I stand I support of you and you family prayer. I prayerfully hope the Farmer's Market will reconsider and let this man and his family resume their wares there, and honor their right to free speech like everyone else.

Darlene Malone


Guest Editorial Print E-mail
Written by John Bennett, Clearwater Progress Publisher   

Editorial philosophy favors local topics

     In response to Carol Asher's letter that was printed in last week's paper, I would first like to thank Carol for her very pleasant demeanor in this debate and also for her blessing me!

     When my wife Susan and I purchased the paper back in 2001, we had lived in the Kooskia area for over 10 years. We believed that the Progress had lost much of its small town paper identity in part because of its editorial support of extreme right wing thought. Just about every week you could predict a letter to the editor or a "guest editorial" written by someone expressing what I would describe as fear, paranoia, and even hatespeech. The writers would frequently rant about how the United Nations, Hillary Clinton, and other evil groups were in the process of taking away our liberties and the American way of life. These letters warned of the ghastly consequences that were going to land upon us if we didn't stand up and fight against these enemies of freedom. And God and/or the Bible were also frequently mentioned as supporting characters in the call for action. Although maybe there was some merit in what these folks had to say, we did not think that the editorial page of a small town weekly paper was the appropriate forum for that debate. So we bought the Progress.

     When we purchased the paper we instituted a policy that encouraged letters that discussed local issues. We also recommended to our editor that the paper focus on local stories in our news section and not to print news that did not specifically affect local people or businesses. Our area is served by a very fine daily newspaper that has plenty of news on national and global events for people who are interested in that news coverage. Attempting to report these issues and events in our limited weekly space would be counterproductive. Also, writers who want wider coverage for their opinions would do much better to submit those letters to the Lewiston Tribune, which would enable them to get their message to tens of thousands of people instead of just our local communities.

     We welcome letters to the editor from anyone who has a thought to share on our city or county government, schools, businesses, or even those that praise or criticize (in a respectful way) behavior of people in our local communities. Many times I have seen letters to the editor from out of state visitors that thank our local residents for their very out-of-the-ordinary kindness. On the other hand, over the 13 years that we have owned the Progress I have also seen letters that question the actions or policies of our local governments, schools, law enforcement agencies, and others. I believe this kind of discussion  and debate leads to a stronger community and a viable  newspaper that focuses on what is happening in that community is a valuable service. I hope that our readers acknowledge this philosophy and feel welcome to continue sending letters to the editor that are relevant to building our stronger community.

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


     A "Celebration of Life Picnic" for James (Nick) Higheagle will be held Friday, July 25, at 4 p.m. at the Kamiah Riverfront Park. Nick passed away June 18, 2014 in Nampa Idaho.  Family and friends are welcome to come celebrate Nick's life!

     Kamiah Nimiipuu Health 7th Annual "Titoquann si'kip tuan was" Youth Wellness and Culture Camp will be July 29-31 at the Kamiah Nimiipuu Health Conference room and the Wa-a'yas building. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.  There will be fun group games, fitness activities and guest speakers will provide youth wellness and nutrition tips.  There will also be Cultural arts and crafts, Teepee competition, Nimiipuutimpt (Language) and storytelling.  There will be daily door prizes, incentives and awards.  All youth ages 5-18 are welcome to attend.

     Diabetes and early Heart Disease/ Hypertension are preventable. Let's get moving. Prevent diabetes! Young people, you are our future!  For camp registration and information contact Marilyn or Angela at Kamiah NMPH Clinic 935-0733.

     Cheers and "le-le-le-le"  for our very own Shoni Schimmel! Shoni was awarded WNBA  All Star game,  MVP (Most Valuable Player)!  It was "Rez Ball" at its finest!  Congratulations Shoni!  "We are proud of you!"

     Jackson Sundown was inducted to "Idaho's Hall of Fame" last Friday, July 18 at the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge. Silas Whitman, Nez Perce Tribe Chairman, gave the welcome and Allen Pinkham Sr. gave the tribal perspective of Jackson Sundown. Professor Attebery did the introduction of the Idaho's Hall of Fame. This was a very prestigious event for family of Jackson Sundown and Nimiipuu!

     The Chief Lookingglaass Pow-wow Committee will have Fry Bread/Indian Taco sale Saturday, July 26, at the Lookingglass Senior complex 11 a.m. until sold out. Dallon Wheeler will deliver, contact him at 935-5788. All proceeds will go to the Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Aug. 15 - 17.

     Birthday blessings to Wendell Davis, Marcus Oatman III (Mork), James Penney, Roxanne Reed, John Oatman Sr., Sharon Saez and to my beloved dear, (but bossy) older sister, Nancy Rae Wheeler!

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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