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(Editor’s note: Carol Asher submitted this statement to be read at the Nov. 19 Lewiston City Council meeting in regards to its mask-wearing decision. Council approved 4-3 a face mask or other covering be worn while in public, through Jan. 25.)

This Thanksgiving has me thinking back over all this year has brought—both the enormous challenges and the progress. Like so many Americans do during Thanksgiving, I am counting my blessings, and I look to this ending year and the year ahead with an expectation fueled by American resilience …

I am concerned by the statements made by your guest editorialist, Carolyn Bridges, MD in your latest issue of the Clearwater Progress [Nov. 12 issue]. People reading these articles might believe what these people say as they are presented as “authorities” on the topics of which they write ab…

Many civic leaders in Idaho and other states have issued orders during the past nine months affecting property or what happens on property. Do such orders apply to public or private property or both?

Some things I don’t understand about covid-19. Some states are seeing in the neighborhood of 1,000 new cases daily. The people making the decisions — county commissioners, mayors, governors, etc. — are saying we must wear masks and practice social distancing whenever we are outside our homes…

Having lived seven years in Vietnam, I know communism. Communism tells its citizens if they can go to church, or assemble for political meetings. It tells them who they can associate with. It tells them what news they can read, what programs they can watch, what music they can listen to, and…

POLICY FOR LETTERS: An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the CLEARWATER PROGRESS attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.

On the 17th of October, with some help from others, I built benches at Tommy Robinson Pond as an Eagle Scout project. It took about three months of planning to gather the materials and find plans for the benches that we could use. We found the best design that wouldn’t be overly complicated …

One of the most rewarding things about being a foster parent is creating lifelong connections with children as well as their parents. We were over the moon when we received our first placement and just as excited when our most recent “bonus kiddo” moved in. Over the years we have learned man…

Welcome Allison Kinzer as our 2020-2021 Lewis County Ambassador. Allison has been in 4-H for 10 years and is the daughter of Tim and Nicole Kinzer of Craigmont. Allison served at the 2019-2020 Lewis County Ambassador. Allison belongs to the Winchester Livestock 4-H Club and has enrolled in n…

Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our state’s livelihood and connection to the global economy.

Reduced availability of medical visits, and concerns about contracting COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic contributed to large drops in medical visits, including for preventive care. But now is the time to makes sure you are up-to-date on prevention. Even though I have no family histo…

It is a great benefit to our state that more than 115,000 veterans choose to make Idaho their home. Idaho veterans offer a helping hand to their fellow veterans, military families and broader communities time after time. I look to Idaho veterans, the veterans organizations they lead and the …

Adding to Jim Chmelik’s excellent article [Oct. 29 issue]: Our Founding Fathers, like us, were not perfect men, but they were great men, tasked with the formation of a government instituted to protect all men in the defense of their God-given rights; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

How’s this for our socialized public school system? According to the National Assessment of Education Progress recent statistics, only one quarter of our seniors are proficient in math and a little over one third in reading, with declining reading scores from 1992 to 2015.

If those who are managing this “pandemic” are so concerned about our health, why are they actively keeping promising treatments for “Covid” from us? There are plenty of doctors out there who are having great success in treating patients with “Covid.” Why are they being ignored and censored? …

Just a big thank you to Elder Durfee, Elder Groll and Elder Christensen, who are on their missionary studies in Kamiah at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for coming to our rescue Saturday, Oct. 24, and getting the outside and the Lending Shed of the Nezperce Senior Center cle…

Last week, I received word that a person in my congregation tested positive for COVID19 with symptoms to prove it. The adage my wife and I came to adapt earlier in the year proved true, “I’m done with decision-making in 2020.” We made the decision to keep the church open, informing congregan…

As the voting deadline approaches, it boggles the mind to believe there are still undecided voters out there. After the censoring stunts by the tech giants from Silicon Valley, Twitter and Facebook, they made it crystal clear they don’t give a damn about our First Amendment Rights – Freedom …

Your tax dollars are being used for one group’s multimillion-dollar business and it has to stop. It’s an injustice that is costing Idahoans and even taking some lives. You’re probably thinking, “Oh, there goes Carl,” but this is serious and this is what it means to each one of us.

As the voting deadline approaches, it boggles the mind to believe there are still undecided voters out there. After the censoring stunts by the tech giants from Silicon Valley, Twitter and Facebook, they made it crystal clear they don’t give a damn about our First Amendment Rights – Freedom …

“Great leaders we have had, but we could not have had great leaders unless they had great people to follow.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Lewis County Fair was held Sept. 24 through the 27, as scheduled. Many 4-H’ers, parents, grandparents and local citizens came out in support of the 4-H program, royalty crowing, parade and open class events. A few vendors were available in the food court and other nonprofit organizations…

If you watched the Vice Presidential debate Tuesday, you heard Democratic nominee Kamala Harris vigorously debate the deaths of over 210,000 Americans from a virus that no one (medical and scientific personnel) had ever heard of before, nor did anyone have expertise on how to treat it back i…

More thoughts on people not taking “Covid” seriously. Mary Davidson (Progress Oct. 1 issue) calls non-mask wearers stubborn. This implies that they know they should wear masks but just refuse to do so. What about the possibility that the non-mask wearers know something different to be true t…

Hello! My name is Brandy Tharp and I am here representing The Humane League, who is a non-profit organization for the welfare of animals, particularly ending the abuse of animals raised for food. You may have caught my previous letter last month that supported the importance of USDA, organic…

There’s a constitutional amendment on your ballot this fall, and to protect your representation in the Idaho Statehouse, you should vote ‘yes.’ This amendment, HJR 4, is a promise to you and every Idaho voter. The proposed amendment will permanently set the number of legislative districts in…

I realize we are still four weeks out from the General Election, but I have already learned some valuable lessons as a result of an ‘all absentee’ Primary and the robust election season as we move toward Nov. 3.

wo letters to the editor last week got my attention. Both suggest that Idaho County residents are not taking COVID 19 seriously enough. “Mask up!” “The numbers are staggering!” and “I’m ashamed of this county for being so stubborn…”, are the sentiments expressed.

Janice McGeachin Lt. Governor Recently, some organizations in Idaho have been agitating for additional federal spending to finance direct subsidies to individuals. Some have even resorted to publicly displaying banners on a busy street in downtown Boise calling on elected officials to further increase spending. Idaho has already received more than $2.5 billion in supplemental […]

With the partnership formalized between Kootenai Health and St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics in the spring, the opportunity to collaborate for patient care has expanded. According to Lenne Bonner, CEO, SMH-CVHC, “The ability to begin to function more as a healthcare region, instead of only working at the local level, and to […]

American “Exceptionalism”? As a nation of laws, just what is it that makes America unique or special in the world? One thing and one thing only, I believe! America’s specialty stems from our being, to date, the singular nation in all of earth to have been established, first with the deliberate focus and intent of […]

To everyone in the community who is wondering about the approaching deadline for signing the petition to Recall Governor Little, the answer is Aug. 4 (preferably before). The very last day for all of our awesome signature gatherers to hand their notarized signature sheets to Elizabeth Manley or myself is Aug. 5! On this day […]

First of all, I would like to thank Michael Jones and Mary Ann Blees for their dedication to their country, and the love they have for this country. It is absolutely a disgrace to the black race for the Democratic Party, George Soros and Black Lives Matter insisting that everything is racial injustice and racism […]

You have demonstrated a cowardly streak in your character that is unfit for an Idaho governor. You have disregarded the foundational rights Americans were given by their Creator, and you have shamed your name and family. The best service you can offer Idahoans now is to step away and liberate those in your charge to […]

If the word “racist” were used only when something racial was done or said, a person could/would hopefully make note, apologize, and make an effort to do and be better to their fellow man. The comment about Ms. Obama was not necessary NOR was the retaliatory insinuations about the Trump family members. In either case, […]

As a parent of two successful children who attended Idaho schools, I recognize the value of a good education. Skilled workers help attract business to the state, ensuring a strong economy and good paying jobs. Education opens doors for our children, giving them the option to learn a trade, attend college, or start a business. […]

By James L. Buchal Counsel for the Ringos and TPC Dear Mr. Evans and Mrs. Klement: The Clearwater Progress on July 16, 2020, printed a letter to the Editor from Mr. Evans which is false and defamatory concerning Robert and Bonnie Ringo and the Tiger Preservation Center (TPC). They do indeed run a nonprofit rescue […]

This letter is a tribute to Ben Jorgensen, the former editor of The Clearwater Progress, who gave over 20 years of his life to improving and molding our local newspaper until it became the outstanding media-work that it was. In letting Ben go, the paper has unfortunately lost its moral compass. During his tenure Mr. […]

Regarding Ted Sellitti’s letter last week, what a lame presentation of words. It appears to me you are a bitter individual with personal “issues.” Calling people names such as racists and stupid is juvenile and bereft of any intellectual content. If you can’t offer any insights or thoughts other than vitriol, then quit taking up […]