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Parents and educators hear a lot about how important it is for our young students to be able to read at an early age. Studies show that children still struggling to read by the end of the third grade fall further and further behind and many never catch up before they graduate from high school.

Now we all know why Joe Biden ran such a weird campaign from his basement bunker. The Democrats had a plan to bring Biden across the finish line. The plan was to manufacture by fraudulent actions enough votes to surpass any amount of Trump votes. It was a multi-pronged action; they used a co…

The word museum in the Webster dictionary means: an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value.

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The right to free speech is one that is a core value of our civilization. The right to vote, another value that defines our civilization apart from the others around the globe. We are not beholden to a king, church, or ideology. This was by design, not by chance. On Jan. 6, 2021, we have see…

We are excited to announce the proposed formation for a new ambulance district for the people and by the people from the community. The name of this proposed ambulance district is Valley United EMS Ambulance District. We are a concerned group of Kamiah EMTs who are independent from the city …

Thank you to the best community ever for your participation in the 2020 Christmas Sharing Tree. We helped 35 children have a better Christmas. Four of those were last minute that we were able to help. A special thanks goes to the Kamiah fire chief and his helpers who took five of the 12 tags…

Saving for retirement is important but often difficult, especially when faced with the increased uncertainty of the pandemic. When paychecks have to cover mortgages, rent, car payments, food, utilities, gas, college and other important obligations, steady retirement savings is often challeng…

When Tom Mueller grew up in St. Maries, his logger father hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. A guidance counselor urged him to become an airplane mechanic. But his math teacher asked if he was going to become an engineer.

I keep seeing opinions regarding the constitutionality of wearing masks. Many state governors require it and many seem afraid of the Republican party and just strongly recommend wearing them. What I don’t understand is why people are opposed to some state laws or mandates but not others? The…

Each year, the fewer hours of sunlight, stormy weather, isolation, and holiday season brings stress to many in our region, nation and the world. Many people become overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and sometimes suicidal during stressful holiday seasons. The Regional Behavioral Health Board (B…

Two big recent articles how the pandemic has affected the court system, and forced delays of trials, and, according to DA MacGregor, lots of mediation. Or not, as what happened to me.

Each week it is reassuring to read a number of true American-spirit opinion letters published in our local papers. For that, we are forever grateful ... and encouraged.

The Idaho Business for Education Board of Directors, which represents nearly 250 businesses across Idaho, has unanimously voted to lend its full support to our local government officials — mayors, city councils, county commissions, school leaders and health district members — who are doing a…

This Christmas, 201 children will have Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots in the Clearwater Valley; eighty-six children from the Kooskia and Stites area, and 101 from the Kamiah area.

I recently had the opportunity to speak on the Senate floor about important progress under way on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to improve the health of the forests that is a great example of the benefits of collaborative efforts. The following contains parts of the speech, and a…

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It wasn’t so long ago that Idaho newspaper editorial pages and TV newscasters couldn’t shut up about Medicaid expansion. They’d opine almost daily on how wonderful it would be to extend the government entitlement program to thousands more participants in the Gem State. Media paraded would-be…

In news articles and letters to the editor, the lefties demand that state and local authorities make the “difficult” choice and require mask use. Why is that choice difficult for them? It’s difficult because the majority of “we the people” don’t want it. This is America. We are free to wear …

To share with you, your staff, and your readers a Christian perspective on Christmas and to relieve the heavy emphasis on COVID, I’d like to offer a few verses. There is more to this season than “magic” trees, reindeer, and Santa. There are cattle and sheep!

The Kamiah Kiwanis Club would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Sandie Daeges and Rose Roberts for their efforts in making the annual Kamiah Christmas Sharing Tree a successful event. The years of tireless dedication by Sandie and Rose to this event has helped ensure that many child…

Two big recent articles how the pandemic has affected the court system, and forced delays of trials, and, according to DA MacGregor, lots of mediation. My experience this year — really puts the big “H” in hypocrisy — is what passes for justice in these trying times.

“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it” is certainly a truism for today. Your Opinion page (Progress 12/10/20) bears that out with the continuing mantra that masks are effective. Dr. Brix, U.S. Coronavirus Response Coordinator, states that those not wearing masks are “supe…

We believe that it is important to compare March Covid-19 fatality projections by “experts” this spring with the current situation. This grave misconception becomes clearer as we understand that a rising fatality rate can be overstated by hospitals for financial gain. Because of apparently d…

Idahoans have endured a lot over the last year. On both an economic and personal level, we have collectively been through more hardships in 2020 than in any other year in recent memory. In spite of these many adversities, I have seen great courage and resilience among Idaho’s people. It has …

If masks are not effective at stopping the transmission of airborne infectious agents, why do doctors and nurses wear them when performing an operation? It is for the protection of the person receiving the operation, to keep them from getting airborne infectious agents into their system thro…

Why does Idaho (pop. 1.7 million) have 919 COVID-19 deaths and Australia (pop. 25 million) have 909? Why does Oregon (pop. 4.3 million) have 885 deaths and Utah (pop. 3.3 million) have 849 fatalities? Norway (pop 5.4 million), has reported 328 deaths while nearby Sweden (pop. 10 million) has…

Most people have a healthy respect for science. However, when science becomes the victim of cancel culture, it can’t operate productively. A good example is the constant drumbeat to wear masks, supported by good intentions, but lacking scientific proof. Mask wearing is actually harmful.

As participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces. Realizing that many may not have the chance to contact me, I post information about various issues of importance on my website, http://crapo.senate.gov. One of the i…

I would like to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for all of our community and church friends who helped make our 2020 Community Thanksgiving Dinner a wonderful success. It took an incredible team of people to make 160 meals available to our community, and I would like for you to kn…

Laura Smith, representing Syringa Hospital (Progress Nov. 19) advocates continued widespread use of masks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 due to its alarming spread. If the masks are effective, why the alarming increase in cases?

We would like to thank our fans, alumni, boosters, the Kamiah High School administrative staff, teachers, parents, the media and players for working hard and supporting the boys on a successful season. Making the playoffs and traveling to Malta was an awesome experience for the boys, and it …

(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…