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Same old, same old…

     “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

     It seems to escape everyone, but perhaps especially the elite, learned few we call “leaders,” that the fundamental nature of this world, fundamental human nature, is violent, volatile, at best unpredictable. Somewhere in the world as you read this, there is violence, suffering, evil, untoward acts of Mother Nature or Man or both. Even so-called “Acts of God.”

     In the course of world and human history, no god, no man, no law or government or other body has ever changed these fundamental facts. Nor will they ever.

     Yet, we seem to ignore, deny, forget, sputter and suffer again, and again...ad infinitum. Ad nauseum.

     And nowhere is ignorance of the obvious more evident than in American politics in general, and the current administration in particular!

John A. Mosher

Kooskia

 

Do your research, Mr. Taylor

     In response to the letter from Matthew Taylor; first the government definition of an American Indian reservation:

     “In the United States there are three types of reserved federal lands: military, public, and Indian. A federal Indian reservation is an area of land reserved for a tribe or tribes under treaty or other agreement with the United States, executive order, or federal statute or administrative action as permanent tribal homelands, and where the federal government holds title to the land in trust on behalf of the tribe.”

     To clarify for Mr. Taylor, the Nez Perce reservation is not the only place people are treated differently and live by different sets of rules. For example, on a military base the branch of military has the sole right to prosecute its residents. Local law enforcement has NO rights on base.

     In the U.S. as a whole, there are many different laws based on your race, resident status or income level. The very wealthy and very poor do not pay the same taxes, nor do legal immigrants, who are exempt from paying taxes for several years after moving to the U.S.

     In the area of the country I was raised police officers were told NOT to arrest or even ticket anyone that looked “strongly Hispanic” because it would cost the local courts too much money to prosecute them and if they were found to be illegal immigrants the red tape was unbelievable. In the Southwest, police are told the opposite, to target people that they think look Hispanic because they could be illegal.

     The reservation was set aside by the federal government strictly for Native Americans in exchange for the majority of the land they historically inhabited. Your forefathers are the ones who set this land aside for the Natives.

     They are a sovereign nation and have the right to set and live by their own laws and jurisdiction. Maybe you should do some research on why the reservations were created and reassess the choice you willingly made to move here from McCall.

     If you find you still have a problem with “one race” maybe this is not the place or profession for you. Please realize that as a Kamiah Marshal living and working on the Nez Perce Reservation you are paid to protect and serve all the residents here, you should not be the least bit prejudiced if you are to perform your job correctly and as you are intended to do.

     Lastly, taking away the rights of others does not add anything to your rights, it merely opens the door for your rights to be taken away as well.

Jennifer Walker & Laura Droz-Oatman

Kamiah

 

Displeased with divisive rhetoric

     I’m disappointed in the leadership of this paper for printing such divisive rhetoric as seen in last week’s editorial titled, “Shouldn’t Everyone Be Treated Equal?”

     The residents of our area are all part of the same race – the human race. There are numerous examples in our country where people have different rights and privileges based on things as varied as their age or whether or not they served in the military. Native Americans retained certain rights separate from other Americans in their treaty negotiations with the U.S. government. If you’d like to stand up for justice why not look into all the treaties our government has made and broken over the past two centuries.

Margaret Sand

Kooskia

     Editor’s Note: The writer’s reference to Mathew Taylor’s editorial was in point of fact printed as a letter to the editor.

 

Wall of division should be removed

     The division of the races is never a good idea. Throughout world history it can be seen that whenever a Government applies different rules to different people based upon their race it breeds nothing but disunity and harms the social cohesion of a community. Many have claimed that different races of humanity can be separate but equal, that we can live near each other but live by separate rules. However, history has shown that in the context of race relations separate but equal is never equal.

     Humans are already prone to forming groups and then learning to hate those that aren’t part of the group. It takes education, force of will and love for us to overcome our differences and work together for the benefit of all. The last thing we need is Government coming in and creating another set of legally separate groups (Indians and Non-Indians). By giving different sets of rules to different people we just add fuel to the already common fires of jealousy, contempt and unfairness. Let us tear down this wall of division that the Government has set up and learn to see each human as an individual sovereign person created in the image of God, influenced by but not wholly defined by ancestry.

Mathew Taylor

Kamiah

 

Way to go commissioners

     Congratulations recyclers, volunteers, commissioners and all who have donated time, expertise and equipment for site development!   Because of your support and dedication, Idaho County Recycling is well on its way to reaching the goal of a long term, sustainable recycling program for our area (at zero cost to the county). In three years, three months over 750 ton has been diverted from the landfill with an average of over 25 ton currently being recycled monthly.

     Special kudos to the County Commissioners, who due to ICR’s success, recognized the importance of the recycling effort and included a small potential reimbursement for diverted tonnage in the new solid waste contracts. Although this is a small amount, approximately 1/8th of the cost to haul the recycled materials as garbage, and applies only to the percent of total tonnage collected from the county residents, it is big for ICR.

     Including recognition of recycling in the 10-year solid waste, not just garbage, contract is an important step in the right direction. The Commissioners need to be commended for their vision into the future. Not only is this program a success for Idaho County but has also received recognition as a model for rural recycling.

     Thank you for doing the right thing,

Janie Fluharty

Grangeville

 

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