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It’s ok to reasonably disagree, not vilify

     To the writer who doesn’t understand my position on guns. Let me explain. Irony is when you make a statement that is so outlandish that everyone knows it’s ridiculous. The idea I presented about hiring millions of security guards to protect schools was so outlandish that I thought even a third grader could see the irony. My mistake. Sorry that he took it seriously.

     In fact, my family has always owned guns. I see no reason why legitimate gun owners should not own all the guns they want, because respectable people do not go out and murder people with their guns. More people carrying concealed weapons is probably a good idea.

     In reply to the writer’s insistence that it was all in good fun to suggest that I was no longer welcome here in gun loving Idaho because of his contempt for my supposed viewpoint, this is closer to slander than just good fun. If I called him a pot bellied beer guzzler, without knowing anything about him, and suggested that we don’t like his “ilk” around here, that’s not just friendly teasing. I would just drop this subject, but our society has become all too quick to vilify people they disagree with, call them derogatory names, ridicule their opinions, and even issue veiled threats.

     This attitude is behind most of the mass shootings and gun violence. How about a little respect? Most issues are not all black or white, even beer guzzling, so there is plenty of room for reasonable disagreement.

Janet Cruz



The nation crumbles while we pick daisies

     Carol Asher’s letter awakened me to my part in the responsibility “we the people” share, at least by paying taxes, in the most brutal destruction of the most innocent, in the “closing of the noose” on our inalienable rights, and our role in the oppression, strife, death and turmoil around the globe.

     We have been “picking daises” while our beast has slipped loose of its constitutional bridle.

Tim Rowin



Words are powerful, use them rightly

     Regardless of the publication, I find letters to the editor interesting, sometimes informative, even entertaining. Once in a while, however, they are saddening and dismaying.

     A noted author once wrote, “If you wish not to reveal your true self, never write for publication.”

     Putting one’s experience into words, respectfully voicing one’s ideas, feelings and opinions, can be a good thing. Passion, constructively directed, can be a powerful and positive force. Anger and vehemence, verbal and written assault, character assassination, dismissal of human individuality and worth, never so. Some of us lose sight of the difference. Born of the need to be heard, desperate to be right, some of us simply ignore and discard the above simple truths...and not just in letters to the editor.

     Respect or the lack thereof—our words and demeanor—come not from the tongue or a pen, but rather from the soul, mind and heart. It is a product of personal character. It is who we are.

John A. Mosher



Clear Creek International Airport open by permission

     With the snow melting I was finally able to land on my private airstrip located on Clear Creek for the first time. This is a very challenging airstrip requiring an airplane with short field performance and advanced piloting skills. That said the runway is depicted on the FAA aeronautical charts and is available to any pilot in distress due to mechanical problems or weather.

     I would not like to see any pilot get hurt utilizing this private airstrip therefore landings there are by permission only. Contact information is available on-line by searching 79ID “Clear Creek International.”

     My plan is to remain a good neighbor keeping landings on Clear Creek to a minimum. Yesterday after landing a neighbor remarked, “I didn’t hear you come in.” I’d like to keep it that way.

     Now that the airstrip is completed I’d like to express my appreciation to the Idaho County Road Department for providing fill in the form of road debris from nearby road repair projects. This is a great service benefiting both the road department and land owners.

     In addition I’d also like to express my appreciation to my neighbors for their help with the runway construction providing additional heavy equipment and expertise. Idaho County Light & Power Co-Op also did a great job relocating the power line however this was at my expense, “ouch.”

     The runway has been seeded with 300 pounds of grass seed last fall. My plan is to just keep it mowed. A person driving along Clear Creek Road probably wouldn’t realize that it is a runway unless they noticed the windsock or just noticed my airplane parked there. Anyway this has been a long grey winter and I look forward to blue skies and green grass this spring.

James Black

Clear Creek


The argument is based on qualifications, not me

     Dear Flora,

     You have a wealth of years and experience behind you and I think I can learn from that. Please enlighten me.

     I observed that Mrs. Nuxoll could not provide a single, legitimate example of a job-killing regulation. Maybe I was being too harsh on her. Maybe, from a business perspective, it isn’t actually important to know, after explaining to the rest of us that it is regulations, along with increased taxes, which specific regulations are killing business. Maybe it isn’t important for someone who wishes to make decisions on behalf of business, to actually know what kills and what creates business. Maybe it isn’t necessary for our elected officials to know the material they claim is doing us the most harm. After all, one doesn’t need to know what specific poison is killing us in order to find the specific correct antidote.

     One doesn’t need to know what creates, contains, or spreads the poison. One doesn’t need to know what effects the poison has… One only needs to know that poison exists and that poison does harm. Poison Ivy for example. One only need know the name, and one can easily avoid it. As a matter of fact, maybe even the name poison ivy is superfluous. Maybe just the word poison is enough. Poison bad.

     Since, as Mrs. Nuxoall personally stated, it is regulations that are killing jobs and depressing the economy here in north central Idaho and doing away with these poisonous regulations will cure the economy here, don’t you think it is an obligation for her to know the material in order to inform her constituents what specific poisonous regulations she intends to fight, in order to alleviate their market uncertainty?

     How is my logic flawed? But wait. This was never about me or my qualifications to ask the question was it? It was about Mrs. Nuxoll’s qualifications to answer it. So why bring me into this at all…unless you’re attempting to misdirect us from the issue?

James Foley



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