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Libs could always move away

     While reading the letters to the editor over the last few months it occurred to me that there is a devoted cadre of local liberal enviros who are disgruntled with the way things play out in the State of Idaho. I think I have a workable solution for their angst.

     Perhaps Linwood, Borg, Chris, Janet, et al should caravan together like the Merry Pranksters of yesteryear to say Seattle, or Portland, or San Francisco or no…better yet Berkeley. …

     It’s a win-win for everyone. They could revel in the camaraderie of their ilk, and we could rejoice in their prolonged and hopefully permanent absence from our heavy transporting, wolf hunting, gun owning neck of the woods.

Larry Frank

Kooskia

 

Could have saved a bundle

     I don’t know how many millions the inauguration cost we taxpayers, but it occurred to me that we could have put CNN’s Piers Morgan in the White House and gotten the same arrogance for a helluva lot less!

John A. Mosher

Kooskia

 

Why is discrimination ok?

     In response to my previous letters I have had two main reactions. I have had many people say that they agree with me and they wish change would occur. I have also had a smaller number of people curse me to my face. Those who say they agree with me don’t yet seem willing to work for a change. Those who curse me have offered no reason for their disgust of my beliefs. Both responses worry me.

     My belief is not a radical one and it can be summed up in one sentence. The government should not treat people differently because of their race. I did not come up with this idea on my own; I am merely parroting the ideals of great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. More importantly I am trying to promote the command of Jesus Christ to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

     On our reservation we have for too long allowed the government to discriminate us based upon our race. It is time that we put that practice to an end. If you agree with me then take action. You can write your own letter to the editor in hopes of shifting public opinion and you can contact your elected Federal officials and demand change. If you disagree with me then instead of cursing me try to explain why racial discrimination is a good thing and I will be happy to debate you.

Matthew Taylor

Kamiah

 

Business as usual until extinction

     Despite global warming deniers, science has the evidence to establish that global warming is here. The records show that global temperatures have warmed steadily and dramatically over the last 35 years. Global temperatures in the last 15 years include the 10 warmest years ever recorded, according to records by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The arctic sea ice is melting at record levels, and the ocean is steadily warming, since water absorbs 90% of the heat from global warming.

     The ocean has also become 30% more acidic due to carbon pollution, already killing some forms of ocean life. At the present rate, the acidity of the ocean will double by 2100, killing most life in the ocean. A billion people worldwide depend on ocean fish for much of their diet. Couple the loss of seafood with loss of agriculture due to drought, floods, and storms, and we could be looking at mass starvation in another 50 to 100 years, and the wars and pestilence that accompany it. Once we reach a certain level of warming, great amounts of methane will be released from the tundra and the oceans, raising the global temperatures dramatically and irreversibly to levels unknown to humankind. It’s entirely possible that it will lead to the extinction of mankind. Meanwhile, the public continues with business as usual, just as in the days of Noah.

Janet Cruz

Kamiah

 

History lesson

     In response to Matthew Taylor’s letter which uses the term race seven times, I’m made to believe he’s racist be it latent or overt.

     So Matthew, can YOU imagine a culture of human beings who called a geographic area home for some three or four hundred generations suddenly confronted with parties of human beings of different customs and belief systems passing thru their homeland in pursuit of an agenda unrelated to the customs and belief system of those already there.

     Then more and more of these foreign people show up wanting more and more of the assets of the first people, that treaties had to be negotiated to keep the peace. As more second people arrived the more was wanted of the first people’s homeland, what wasn’t taken by agreement was taken by force, justified by the second people by the belief that the first people were inferior and therefore unequal.

     And so the double standard carried in the minds of the second was imposed upon the first and the oppression and inequity bore a legacy that was imposed on the first people, for if we start at the eastern seashore, some 350 years.

     The protests on rights, taxes, business, hunting and judicial authority that Matthew cited go back to treaties starting in 1855, 1866 and 1877 where sovereignty within the reservation boundaries was agreed upon and guaranteed.

     So Matthew, do you propose, as it sounds, to violate the terms of agreements provided by the treaties and revive a policy of broken promises.

     Perhaps relocation from the Nimmeepoo reservation would temper your resentment to matters you don’t understand and agree with.

Walter “Baloo” Lane

Kooskia

     Postscript: Freedom for one at the expense of another is not freedom at all but bondage to the inequality of slavery.

     Observations of history: Nezperce is a name imposed by French trappers who passed thru this area before Lewis and Clark meaning “nose pierced” in French, “pierced nose” in English.

     Nimmeepoo (spelled different ways) is the people’s name for themselves meaning “our own people.”

     This reservation is one of two or three that were experimental with the allotment program which allotted each registered tribal member a parcel of land and opened the remainder to the Homestead Act. This is why tribal and private land holdings are checker boarder within the boundaries of the reservation in contrast to the many reservations where all land within the reservation boundaries are tribally owned and managed.

     Imagine if this reservation was in step with the majority of reservations in the United States. There would be no private ownership outside of tribal members and all of us second people would be living elsewhere.

     To have respect for another’s customs and belief system even if we don’t understand or agree with it is the path to equality.

 

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