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Attack of volunteer is plain rude

     I don’t know Linda Netto but her rude, malicious letter attacking Kevin Kehoe and the Harpster Fire District in last week’s paper needs a response.

     I’ve known Kevin and most of the other Harpster Fire people for many years. They all put in many hours of VOLUNTEER service to protect the lives and property of their friends and neighbors. Kevin has taken on a leadership role and has done so with honesty and integrity. He has worked hard to improve the department by providing training opportunities and procuring and maintaining equipment. He does not deserve to be beat up in the paper for some perceived paperwork error.

     Ms. Netto should be thanking Kevin for his dedicated service instead of whining because the District minutes don’t suit her. REAL neighbors get involved and help solve the problems. Others prefer to look for faults and complain. Too bad for everyone involved.

Lucky Brandt



Dems should not own guns

     In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

     In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan.

     In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.

     In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.

     In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.

     In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people in a school.

     One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not.

     Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

     SOLUTION: It should simply be illegal for Democrats to own guns.

Alfred P. Jones



Public servants lack educational roots

     I find it appalling how American voters continue to elect to their legislatures, both federal and state, persons apparently so ignorant and ill-informed: People frighteningly ignorant of both the letter and the spirit of the supreme law they so glibly (mindlessly?) swear to uphold. The disastrous effects of this blunder are increasingly obvious all around us.

     But should we really be surprised? Almost to a man, today’s politicians are products of a grotesquely socialist-oriented education system, and so, for all their initial “public service” intent, most lack solid roots, and thus easily become as political millstones around an already-drowning people’s necks.

     One glaring, current example here in Idaho: Obamacare.

     “Conservative” Republican Governor Butch Otter buys into, and consigns us all, to the death of it. And how does our state legislature respond to his unlawful act? With the legislative session having just ended, it accomplished nothing counteractive. Moscow area legislator, Dr. Dan Schmidt, sadly representative of all too many of his colleagues, chose to publish a guest editorial recently entitled Unfinished Business, lamenting the legislature’s failure to pass a particular proposed package which he purports would improve health care for Idahoans and also help our economy.

     Re-emphasizing my major point, Dr. Schmidt, there’s just one problem: Legislating “health care” is simply not part of government’s job description, period - not at any level. First, please go back and get a real American education (if you can still find one). Wake up, Idaho.

Carol Asher



Make sure your home is well marked

     When people have a fire or medical emergency they call 911. When people are in need of law enforcement they call 911. By making that phone call it starts the process to get emergency services to you in your time of need.

     Dispatchers are the first step in getting the help you need. They dispatch the emergency responders to assist you.

     We drop whatever we are doing and rush to assist you. We can only do this however if we can find you. We have GPS on our units to help us find some houses that are well off the paths and up on the mountains. We are not familiar with every road and address and the GPS does not always take us directly to the residence. It can usually get us to a general area at least, but what we rely on most is having a visible address outside so we can find you.

     A lot of times there are a group of mailboxes that have five or six addresses and then there are a few roads that don’t have names. Our GPS doesn’t usually pick that up. We try to get there as fast as we can, but when there are no markers or addresses to identify it takes valuable time to get you. These minutes can make the difference between life and death.

     We urge everyone to make sure that you have a visible address marker on your house and your driveway marked if the house marker is not clearly visible from the public road.      This applies to those in town, up the highway or up on the ridges.

     If you were given your address would you be able to find it if you didn’t know where it was? Is it identifiable enough so that fire, EMS and the police can find you quickly?

     Please take time this week to make sure that your address and street name are identifiable so we can find you when you need Emergency Services. It takes such little time, but in the event of an emergency you will be glad you did it and so will the emergency service providers. The county or city you live in can tell you what your address is if you are not sure.

The Kooskia

Ambulance Crew


Legislature should create a state militia

     One plan to protect the rights of the people (in this case, Idaho people) to keep and bear arms could be based on states’ rights.

     The Second Amendment to the Constitution states... “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.”

     The gun control crowd (liberals - progressives - socialists) has as their only real weapon the belief that this amendment pertains to state militias and not to “the people” of the state. While the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise there is no guarantee they won’t overturn their own ruling.

     The state government of Idaho should write a bill for the Idaho Legislature to consider:

     Make every citizen of Idaho who legally possesses or desires to possess one or more guns, a member of the Idaho State Militia. This militia would be well-regulated, requiring each citizen member to obtain a firearm of their choice, to safely handle and operate this weapon and keep it secure and well maintained. These citizens, a well-regulated militia, would have the duty, when called upon, to protect their State of Idaho and/or The United States of America.

     Other state legislatures would hopefully follow in Idaho’s footsteps providing havens for those who wish to be left in peace, free to at least have one liberty secure from the ever tightening grasp of the Federal Government.

     This is not a new idea, but one whose implementation is sorely needed and needed soon.

Chris Cooper



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