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I frequently read newspaper articles claiming that the Bonneville Power Administration has spent at least $17,000,000,000 (that’s 17 billion) attempting to recover Columbia Basin threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. This claim needs clarification.

I have a conviction. “If I am going to complain or criticize, I should be just as quick to compliment and praise.” I seldom complain, because I see every difficulty as a tool used by my God to help me to mature my trust relationship with Him. I often compliment and praise because it can bles…

In a data-driven society, reliable broadband access is no longer a luxury, it is a lifeline. Nevertheless, it is estimated that 250K Idahoans have limited or no access to broadband. Reliable broad-band infrastructure is an urgent priority for many rural communities. These communities experie…

We need better roads and bridges in Idaho to support and sustain our economy and our Idaho way of life. Transportation is the lifeblood of our economy and is necessary in order to move goods and people to and through our state. Our legislation, House Bill 342, is a comprehensive solution to …

Communist ideology asserts the state should take care of people. For a government to take care of people, it has to be big, requiring ever increasing control, so citizens must surrender their individual freedoms to gain some communal welfare, or social security.

Removing the Snake River dams is the most hopeful solution for saving our region’s dwindling chinook salmon populations. The science is clear that restoring pristine spawning habitat in the lower Snake River might be the only option this species has left. It is also clear that removing these…

Idaho has an opportunity to improve our children’s ability to read and write, support working mothers and create an early childhood education system we in Idaho are sorely missing. This year, Idaho received a $6M grant from the Trump administration to improve our early childhood education sy…

The Idaho House of Representatives will soon vote on Senate Bill 1110, which, if adopted, will make it virtually impossible for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to propose a law change for consideration by fellow voters. Gathering enough signatures to get an initiative — a pro…

I was a member in good standing of the Lawyer’s Bar (Washington, California, Maryland and D.C.) for 25 years. I never had an ethical complaint and maintained the highest standards of fiduciary conduct for my clients.

A good friend here gets the Progress, then shares it with me. I enjoy the letters of others who often take passages of the Old Testament to back a thought of their own. I thought it might be of interest to many to know how our Old Testament made it to modern Bibles we read; how it began.

We need better roads and bridges in Idaho to support and sustain our economy and our Idaho way of life. Transportation is the lifeblood of our economy and is necessary in order to move goods and people to and through our state. Our legislation, House Bill 342, is a comprehensive solution to …

Supporters of privatizing education are about to change the Idaho Constitution and 130 years of education policy without going to a vote of the people. Instead, those who want taxpayers to fund private schools should take their case to the people and let them decide as the Constitution requires.

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For those who know me, there are few things in this world which I feel more passionate about than Idaho agriculture and water. Both have been cornerstones of my life since I first drew breath and the political career that has largely defined the second half of my life.

I was surprised that no one responded to Mr. Staab’s March 4th letter, which he wrote in response to Mr. David Manley’s Feb. 25th letter. There were several historical errors in his letter which I would like to point out.

You do not have to believe as they do to be saved. But, you must be doing the best you can with what you understand as God’s will for your life, for the right reason, while seeking greater understanding of God’s will. In the creation week, our Creator established two immutable memorials whic…

Life is stressful, and most people are interested in padding themselves with as much security (against harm/loss) as possible. The price for that security is a fascinating study. The life of a nation is no different.

When it comes to the topic of broadband, most of us recognize that broadband connectivity is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness, and a better way of life. However, what many don’t recognize, is that Internet connectivity in Idaho is fairly spread out, with…

Last week in the New York Times, I read that during the pandemic, Utah’s economy has grown 8 percent, which is good being that both Texas and Alaska showed a minus in their economic growth, but Idaho’s economy grew 10.5 percent, the best in the nation. Last year, there was an attempted recal…

Hurray for the Idaho County Commissioners Skip Brandt, Ted Lindsley, and Denis Duman for being united and making a public comment in the Lewiston Tribune against Congressman Mike Simpson and his mystified proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams.

I wanted to thank Priscilla Giddings publicly, while there is no pending election and while the legislature is taking a break, for being what I consider a true statesman and conscientious representative.

To Citizens of Idaho County: In this county, it is not necessary to create such sanctuary cities because on Sept 23, 2003, the then commissioners of Idaho County enacted an ordinance, No. 45, affirming that the county would adhere to the Bill of Rights.

Representative Mike Simpson’s Guest Column last week inspired me to write down a few thoughts. You can learn more from someone by what they don’t say or do than by what they do say or do.

Thank you, Commissioner Brandt, for starting a conversation on protecting and not infringing on the “Constitutional rights” of the people to keep and bear arms, and that right shall not be infringed. I would dare to offer that the good commissioner’s reasons for his reluctance to the idea of…

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Referring to this, President George Washington said “that the said Constitution be never co…

In the March 4th, 2021, issue of the Clearwater Progress, state senator Carl Crabtree posted a featured editorial opposing a plan by Congressman Mike Simpson to apparently destroy our dams in the Northwest. In the following March 11th issue, Mike Simpson responded to this editorial stating t…

The reason for my sounding the alarm about the COVID “vaccine” (Letter, Feb. 18) is that hundreds of doctor’s, researcher’s and scientist’s are voicing concerns and issuing warnings about it, voices that are being censored by Big Tech and ignored by the media. In light of this, is it vital t…

It’s my opinion that Skip Brandt’s Feb. 25, 2021, guest editorial regarding the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance is missing the point. I’m perplexed that an elected official can so misunderstand the people he serves.

God specifically led us to Idaho County almost 22 years ago. We’d been seeking Him for a place to live more simply and closer to the earth, a place that wasn’t overrun with people, money, and regulation, a place where we could train our children to be wholesome, respectful, and productive.

Last year, MVSD asked the property owners to pass a $3.9 million levy. There was no stopping this school district from asking for more than the patrons could give. Now whether it was the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic shutdown, the patrons of this community rejected the levy by a resoundi…

Most people do not understand why America is sinking deeper into communism despite how much many people are opposed to communism. Originally our Founding Fathers created the American State National Citizenship with their God-given constitutional rights.

I wanted to respond to Dave Manley’s letter to the editor last week. Dave makes the excellent point that the founders had “criminal minds” that decided to, instead of fighting one another for power, worked together to give us the Constitution and protect our rights for future generations. By…

There have been several articles written for review on COVID, and I have appreciated the time and efforts that the authors have made in submitting their opinions. I will approach the subject area from a different angle, and it is my desire to help motivate one to do their own research and no…

It has taken me a moment to come up with words that are print-approved after learning that Congressman Mike Simpson is spewing rhetoric to remove dams in the Northwest. Congressman Simpson asked elected officials from around the northwest to stand with him, and as of today I am here to say t…

Commissioner Brandt [last week’s guest opinion] wrote that a 2A declaration is redundant and potentially risky. However, as I understand it, the petition is not for a law, and Mr. Brandt’s response is inapt. The real issue is county policy, and Mr. Brandt avoided that question. IMO, a strong…

A number of reminders to be more consciously aware of the above reality specially pressed home to me last week. On Wednesday I had driven a neighbor to a business appointment in Orofino, returning without incident. But while waiting in the car as this friend completed more errands back in to…

America was founded by a bunch of criminals. Collectively they’d done hard time, been mistreated, and been scarred for life, but given the opportunity for societal reform, they summoned the energy and reinvested themselves to produce the noblest treatment of mankind extant.