to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
I think we've enjoyed as much of this as we can stand: Democratic "leadership"
in the Senate, House and White House has resulted in reduced liberties,
unprecedented massive spending, higher taxes, and loss of jobs. Vote Republican
for sensible government and a return of individual freedoms and more local
Here that means: Otter, Labrador, Roberts, Shepherd, Nuxoll, Crapo,
Luna, Rockwell, Chmelik, and other conservative Republicans.
The proposed Constitutional amendments will erode our rights, lessen
our control, and allow for more government competition with private business.
Please vote "NO" on all of them.
I see lots of ads for Jim Rehder for Idaho County Commissioner that
fail to note he is a Democrat. Is he ashamed? He should be, along with
Democrat Minnick. Please remember Jim Chmelik and Raul Labrador, Republicans,
for those seats.
Letter to the Editor,
Spending must be cut, taxes need to be lowered so our economy can prosper
to put people back to work. To do this we need conservative leaders in
D.C. Even Walt Minnick agrees that new Republican leadership is needed
in Washington. So we the people of Idaho need to elect Raul Labrador to
Congress November 2 for less Government.
Shorty & Marge Arnzen
Jim vs. Jim
Having personally known incumbent Jim Rehder-D (commissioner, Dist.
3 Idaho Co.) and challenger Jim Chmelik-R for a number of years, I feel
Jim Chmelik is a better fit for Idaho Co. residents. His Pro-life,
Pro-gun, Low Taxes, Pro-growth, Anti-Wolf, and protection of our constitutional
rights stance is consistent with what the majority of constituents want
for Idaho Co. I know he will bring a fresh approach to economic growth
and the fight against the increased big government intrusion into everything
from wolf management to natural resource management.
On the other hand, in his own words the current commissioner knows
how to “work within the system”. Being active in securing replacement
funds for roads and schools he has worked to get federal (taxpayer) dollars
to replace timber dollars. These will expire and nothing more than
a temporary fix and another government entitlement program. In my
opinion Jim Chmelik will work towards a permanent fix of holding big govt.
responsible and returning revenues and control back to the people of Idaho
Co. The Democratic incumbent is also receiving a full public pension
and as a taxpayer I feel that alone is a conflict of interest to serve
in public office. Also being a proponent of term limits I feel his
6 yrs. of incumbency is long enough. Do we need more of the same or more
of a change?
Therefore I give my support to Jim Chmelik for Idaho County Commissioner.
Please vote for Chuck Rogers and Jim Chmelik as Idaho County Commissioners.
Join with “We the People,” in place of supporting political party labels
and platforms. Experience with us the freedom and freshness of the political
breezes that are sweeping across our country today. It is a very liberating
feeling! We do need these changes in our County Commission. We do need
both of these new fresh faces—now.
Bill and Carol Grady
Amos 5:24-“Let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like
a never ending stream.” (Our scripture and prayer for Idaho County since
The Gray-Haired Brigade
The gray-haired brigade is referred to as senior citizens, old fogies,
geezers and in some case dinosaurs. Some of us are “baby boomers” getting
ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little
slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were.
We worked hard, raised our children, worshipped our God and have grown
Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill and that
is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there a few things
that need to be taken into consideration. In school we prayed to God and
read the good book, studied English, history, math, and science, which
enabled us to lead America into the technological age. We had to provide
our own transportation to and from school. Most of us remember what outhouses
were, many of us with first-hand experience. We remember the days of telephone
party-lines, ten cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our
homes. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are
electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars
started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days. We are probably considered
old fashioned and outdated by many, But there are a few things you need
to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II and fought
in Korea and Vietnam. We can quote the Pledge of Allegiance, and know where
to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with
pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn’t fight for Socialist
States of America; we fought for the “Land of the Free and Home of the
Brave.” We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the
words of the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and God Bless
America by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks
as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read about in history
books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.
Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least
one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it and
died for it and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody
is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against
all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep.
There are those who want to destroy this land we love; but like our founders,
there is no way we are going to remain silent. It was the young people
of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell
for “hope and change” which in reality was nothing but “hype and lies.”
You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you
don’t like it after all.
You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers
and “climbing the social ladder” to be involved in such mundane things
as Patriotism and voting. It appears that we care more about our grandchildren
than some care about their children. Many of those who fell for the “great
lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we
gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead
drank the kool-aid. Now you’re paying the price and complaining about it.
No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you
voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the torch of
liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.
Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Gray Haired Brigade is here, and
soon we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower
than you would like but we get where we’re going, and in November we’re
going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the Deceiver
in the White House or to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to We
the People and We the People plan to reclaim our Land and our Freedom.
We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing
it along to our grandchildren.
So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance,
stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor your country, and thank
God for old geezers of the Gray-Haired Brigade.
Shorty and Marge Arnzen
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to support Jim Chmelik for
Idaho County Commissioner. Ever since I first met Jim a number of years
ago I noticed that he has spent a lot of his time working for good, responsible
government through serving time and effort in the Idaho County Republican
He has come to the State Legislature several times thru the years working
on issues important to Idaho County citizens.
He is a true conservative believing that government at all levels should
be economically efficient. He believes that enabling the private
sector to develop jobs is the solution to the present economic woes rather
than turning to federal deficit spending solutions.
He is a man of character which is reflected through and verified by
his wife and children
He has the qualifications to be the next Idaho County Commissioner.
Paul Shepherd, Riggins
District 8 State Representative
As Idahoans, we have a rare chance to elect a governor that has the
integrity, vision, and wisdom to lead this state into a new future.
A future that brings government back to the people and out of the hands
of special interests. Keith Allred will govern for all of Idaho, not just
the wealthy and well connected. He will lower taxes and properly fund education
by cutting the unfair tax exemptions and sweetheart deals that are costing
us millions in revenue.
Keith Allred’s strength is focusing on the common values that
unite us rather than the differences that divide us. This non partisan
approach is reflected in the broad support he is getting from Republicans,
Independents, and Democrats throughout the state.
As Dennis S. Hansen, former Republican Senator from Soda Springs states,
“I am very impressed with Keith’s ideas, vision, and ability to solve problems.
I was even more impressed when I found that Keith was not tied to any political
platform, but primarily concerned about the everyday citizens of Idaho.
He is not bought by special interest groups that influence government away
from the people.”
Let’s vote for ourselves and our future by electing Keith Allred as
governor on November 2.
Mary Ann High
Grangeville, ID 83530
Letter to the Editor
This is the time for reason and balance. We need candidates who
decide issues on the facts after doing their homework and the necessary
research. We need candidates like Leta Strauss who does not rely
on emotional catch phrases that create wedges between groups. Leta
Strauss understands the connection between a good state education and job
opportunities. She is knowledgeable about the issues and sticks to
those that are in the domain of the office for which she is running.
Leta Strauss is well read, intelligent, and exhibits common sense.
These are attributes our state sorely needs.
To the Editor
I’m a Democrat- and the recent Republican ads are right: “I don’t get
I don’t get:
Why Idaho’s predominantly Republican legislature was so willing to
slash the public school budget by $128 million;
Why Otter’s tax commission was allowed to short - change Idahoans by
cutting some sweet, secret tax deals with big corporations;
Why state Republicans want to abolish the 17th amendment, which allows
us to elect our U.S. Senators;
Why Otter crippled the State Parks’ budget with cutbacks, even though
tourism is a burgeoning Idaho industry;
Why Otter initiated a clandestine plan with Big Oil to transport megaloads
of equipment through our uniquely beautiful Clearwater/Lochsa corridor;
Why Otter pushed a 138% increase in vehicle registration fees for Idahoans,
but only a 5% increase for the trucking industry, because “that’s all it
was willing to pay”;
Why Otter was afraid to debate Allred in Lewiston.
TO THE EDITOR
I enthusiastically support the retention of Jim Rehder in the Idaho
County Commission. We have a tireless individual already serving
ALL of the County residents who represents the County’s interests on the
State and Federal level whenever possible and supports Cities and businesses
as no one else I have seen in my 50 plus year residence here. And,
as a bonus, he works well with the other Commissioners to get things done
for the County. What else could you ask for in a Commission candidate?
Please join me in supporting Jim Rehder in his bid to retain his County
Denis B. Duman
Letter to the editor
As the Republican speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives, I
enthusiastically endorse Jim Chmelik to be your next Idaho County Commissioner.
Jim Chmelik has worked hard standing for conservative values and has worked
diligently to build trust among his fellow Republicans, rewarding him this
past June with the Vice-Chairmanship of the Idaho County Republican Party.
As a father and business owner he understands the role of government
in our lives should be limited, our taxes low, and our opportunities endless.
His perspective from the private sector will provide the answers we need
to oppose the liberal policies of the Democrat party. Please join me in
supporting Jim Chmelik and vote Nov 2 to bring a true conservative to the
Idaho County Commission.
Representative Lawrence Denny (R)
Speaker of the House
To the editor,
Jim Rehder has done a terrific job as Idaho County's Commissioner.
He is constantly meeting with the taxpayers in every part of
Too many times good folks like Jim get painted with the same brush
as the Washington DC politicians. He is all about solving problems
and is not about politics. Jim always listens and is always
looking for solutions to our issues.
His hard work has helped all taxpayers and a vote for Jim Rehder will
continue to help all of us in Idaho County.
The Great Political Hoax
The Republican Party could end abortion tomorrow!
Yet, they are not about to give up the power of their political wedge
issue. The power to bash anyone not in their camp - at all levels
of government . . . . . .
The Supreme Court's majority ( 5 are conservative republicans)
have controlled the court for 4 years now- all of them appointed
by Republican Presidents. These 5 conservative judges control what
comes before the court. What's taking them so long on
revisiting and overturning Roe vs. Wade??? Maybe, those who
control the Republican Party don't want to see the issue go away because
it's a big vote getter for their party?
Why did the Republican National Committee (GOP Headquarters)
offer employee health insurance covering ELECTIVE ABORTIONS
FOR 19 YEARS until November 2009? See Google: Elective
abortion clause, RNC.
A few of the perennial letter writers of the Chronicle need to do some
soul searching and direct the blame and anger at their own
party who seem to have pulled off the Great Political Hoax!
To the Editor
We support Jim Rehder for Idaho County Commissioner. Jim and his wife
Sally are devoted to their family; they have raised three children who
are well respected and model the same type of values their parents instilled
in them. Jim's motto is "Family First." Jim has a long history
of community support for schools, businesses and church. We have watched
him as a County Commissioner for the past six years, and we see a hard
working, dedicated person who listens to people and seeks what's best for
Idaho County and the families who live here. When we have gone to Jim regarding
issues related to our business, he has always addressed our concerns and
promptly followed up with the outcome. Please cast your vote to reelect
Jim Rehder as our Idaho County Commissioner.
Chad Jungert and Jan Rehder Jungert
Letter to the Editor,
Who intervened to stop the governor’s proposed 138% increase of vehicle
registration fees? Keith Allred (not butch otter)
Who found a $10 million error in the governor’s transportation funding
bill? Keith Allred (not butch otter)
Who favors a review of every tax exemption as a means of increasing
state revenue? Keith Allred (not butch otter)
Who understands that cutting $128 million from Idaho’s public school
budget was a short-sighted decision? Keith Allred (not butch otter)
Who wants to adequately staff the tax commission to facilitate collection
of $100 million in overdue taxes? Keith Allred (not butch otter)
Who embraces diversity of opinions as a means of shaping policy? Keith
Allred (not butch otter)
Who will always consult with Idahoans before making a major state decision?
Keith Allred (not butch otter)
Who will always speak with truth and integrity? Keith Allred (not butch
Keith Allred has spent “most of his life trying to find solutions that
rise above special interests”. Doesn’t it make sense to give Allred
a chance to restore Idaho to its glory as “the sun coming down the mountain”?
Who should we elect as governor? Keith Allred!
To the Editor
On Nov. 2 there will be two choices for Idaho's State Superintendent
of Public Instruction.
The first is Dr. Stan Olson, whom has worked in the educational field
for 40 years. He recently retired from being superintendent to the Boise
School District for eight years. He had his Doctorate in Educational Leadership
and understands the concerns and problems with educators today.
The second is Tom Luna. Under Tom Luna education took a $69 million
cut in 2009 and a $128.5 million cut in 2010. If not for the Jobs Bill
thousands of teachers and staff would have lost their jobs in Idaho. Idaho's
per pupil investment is second to last. Only Utah spends less money on
Do we want to be known for not investing in our children's future for
their educational needs?
Tom Luna has no classroom experience before being elected. He received
his degree in measurement online in 2002.
Who are you going to choose to help manage our educational system?
What do you want for the students of Idaho - leadership with experience
and funding for education or more cuts to education?
I think our children deserve more. We need a change in leadership for
To the Editor,
I vote Stan Olson for Idaho State Superintendent of Public Schools.
Stan Olson is a respected, proven leader in education. Consider the differences
between the candidates. A comparative analogy is whether you’d choose to
have your child be taught by a substitute (tom Luna) or by a trained, professional
educator (Olson)? What parent chooses a substitute? Luna is a businessman
and politician. He hasn’t an education or administration degree. How is
he capable of making experienced, knowledgeable decisions impacting on
a child’s education?
Luna is supported by Idahoans for Choice in Education, a political
action committee claiming choice in education; but, rather than working
with the Idaho Education Association to advocate choice, they oppose IEA.
Does this mean Luna too is at odds with the IEA? ICE appears self-serving.
Their real mission is charter, virtual and home schools; traditional schools
seem excluded. Does Luna support their mission to the detriment of public
If choosing an educator, past principal and retired superintendent
of the Boise School District is considered status quo, tell me how choosing
a businessman and politician makes education better. Who hires a person
lacking credentials when there’s a highly qualified and successful candidate?
Stan Olson is the obvious choice.
To the Editor
Well folks, it's that time again. Cast your ballot for Jimmy
Rehder for County Commissioner. Regardless of party affiliation
and how much mud can be slung by his opponents, his positive actions speak
out loud and clear. You won't find a better candidate. He's
proven himself time and again as a leader in our county that we can trust.
(plus his wife Sally sings like a nightingale).
Letter to the editor
Jim Rehder stands up for us, when it comes to accessing rivers in Idaho
County. I am very impressed with Jim's skill at getting to the truth
of an issue and then making a good fact based decision.
He protected us from a special interest group's attempt to add more
regulation to the lower Salmon River. Jim got the facts, and was
the FIRST public official to send his opposition to Idaho's congressional
delegation and the governor. He performs his job well as a commissioner.
I also like his work on the management of wolves and getting Riggins the
land they need for the new Salmon River Gun Range. Jim Rehder is
a guardian of our freedoms in Idaho County! Please come out and vote
to reelect Jim Rehder on November 2nd.
Owner, White Water Extreme
Editor’s Note: The letters below are ones we didn't have room for in
the print edition.
VOTE FOR EXPERIENCE
Would you hire a miner to build your new house? Would you be
in favor a writer of romance stories as head of our Idaho Agricultural
Department? Would you contract someone with no legal training to
defend you in a Court of Law. Why, then, would anyone vote a person
to serve as the Idaho Superintendent of Schools, that is has no direct
experience as a teacher, Principal, or Superintendent in any public or
private school. Candidate Tom Luna has never been an educator, Principal
or Superintendent in any public or private school.
In November, I urge you to vote for Stan Olsen as the State Superintendent
of Idaho Schools. He is a life-long educator and just recently retired
as the Superintendent of the Boise Public Schools. He understands
school finance, has creative and realistic plans to improve education in
the State of Idaho, and is an experienced educator who will seek to provide
the best education possible for our children. I have heard him speak
and am very impressed with his potential leadership, his past educational
experience, and his ability to get things accomplished. In
November, Vote for Stan Olson as Idaho’s next Superintendent of Schools
In this election I see a breath of fresh air in Idaho politics.
Jana Kemp, the Independent candidate for Idaho Governor has risen above
partisan politics by reaching out to Republicans, Democrats, and
true independents to give Idaho voters a choice for real change.
One of her opponents does not really want to be governor, and the other
has never held public office. As a member of the Idaho house in 2004-2006,
Jana Kemp spoke up for open government to the dismay of both parties.
Jana also proposed $25 million in savings for Health and Welfare.
As governor Jana Kemp will make state government transparent and get rid
of the “good ole’ boys” mentality of our current governor. Jana has
been a successful, independent Idaho business owner for over 17 years.
Her focus has been helping other businesses be successful with her leadership,
management and training skills. As governor of Idaho, Jana Kemp will bring
her skills of communication, leadership, and business management to the
governor’s office. She will also bring integrity, honesty, openness
and accountability to our state government. If you are tired of politics
as usual, vote for a true independent, Jana Kemp for governor.
To the Editor
I have served with Representative Labrador for several years.
During that time I have come to respect and trust his advice and views
on many issues that the State Legislature deals with. In all that time
the one thing I learned was that Labrador is honest. Whether or not
I agreed with him I learned that he means what he says and says what he
I am very dismayed at how statements he has made has been taken out
of context and used against him. I have never seen him to be two-faced
on any issue.
He really does know that we the people cannot stand any more deficit
spending by government on any level or taxation on any level. He
really does understand that federal mandates not only is costing our future
generations economically but also costing them freedoms. He really does
understand how illegal immigrants are costing all levels of government.
Raul is a conservative and proud of it. He has proven to be a
conservative leader in the Idaho Legislature.
Raul Labrador will serve as a conservative leader in Congress.
Remember he says what he means and means what he says.
Paul Shepherd, Riggins
State Representative District 8
Letter to the Editor:
I fully support Jim Chmelik for Idaho County Commissioner. I
am ready for a change in Idaho County. I am ready for a commissioner
that just gets the job done not one that continually talks about what he
is doing and will do for us but never gets it done.
Mr. Chmelik’s opponent is a “true politician”, he
goes to all the “right” meetings and knows the politically “correct” people.
I used to be one of those politically “correct” people until resigning
from the Salmon River Joint School Board. Now that I am no longer
a person of leadership he does not give me the time of day. What
an eye opener for me!
My personal frustration with the current county commissioners is that
I have been working on solving a garbage issue in the Riggins area since
April 2006. Jim Rehder has assured me several times that he
is working on this issue. Earlier this year he has passed the
problem on to Skip Brandt and very little has been done. There is
still a large problem and a great solution has been presented to them!
The question that I now ask myself is “What is it that I want from
my elected officials? Do I want them to be members of all the correct
organizations? Do I want them to be part of the “political establishment”?
The qualifications that I require for the county commissioners that I will
vote for is they need to possess integrity, a hard work ethic, be pro-business,
and hold taxes to a minimum while providing needed services.
If we keep Jim Rehder in office I believe that the county will see planning
and zoning, higher taxes, and higher salaries for country workers
in the near future. During this tough economic time that agenda
may not be what is best for Idaho County. Instead, let’s
give Jim Chmelik a shot at this very important position in our county.
Public Employee’s will be under attack this Legislative session!!
Idaho’s middle class, especially public employee’s, are going to be
thrown under the bus this coming legislative session again. The average
citizen needs to stop listening to the misleading statements by the Republican
Party, particularly when they say NO NEW TAX’S. They forget to remind
you that they received huge tax brakes for their rich members under President
Bush; and we, the average Americans, now have the burden of paying for
We need balance in Government, that hasn’t occurred in Idaho since
the days of Gov. Evans and Andrus.
When the Right took complete control of Idaho under Gov. Batt things
started on a downward spiral of greed. Law’s were created to take
away the rights of the average person; right to work was created to do
just that, not to give you a job. Jobs now are shipped over seas or workers
simply work illegally for cheap labor for the special interests running
Idaho by the thousands. If we keep buying into this type of Government
we will soon be at a place of no return for the Middle class and the American
worker will have lost everything except the right serve the right wing.
Once again, the legislators are looking for more free money.
They will tap into the Public Employees retirement System and once again,
put it at risk or dissolve it if you let them. As a group Public
Employees can finally make a difference, VOTE FOR THE OTHER GUY!!
The easiest way for success in Idaho will be for Public Employees everywhere
to vote in a new Governor. This more than anything will bring balance
back to the Capital. If every Teacher, Professor, Aid, Student, public
employee of any sorts VOTES FOR THE OTHER GUY, we will make a difference!!
Be sure and VOTE!
Because of the present Pelosi/Reid/Obama agenda Democrats are abandoning
their party in large numbers. As I talk to Idahoans I see many who
no longer support a party, but are determined to vote for the best candidate.
Many Democrat candidates have stopped talking about issues and gone
to character assignations and misrepresentations. Typical are the
TV and radio ads of Congressman Walt Minnick. Minnick has taken unclear
statements made by Raul Labrador about illegal immigration and twisted
them to mean just the opposite of what they were intended to mean.
Many people can see through these ads and are changing their support
to Labrador. Labrador is one of the few who has a clear program for
solving our immigration problem.
Labrador does not stand for amnesty; he has never stood for amnesty
and further, as an immigration lawyer, he well knows how to solve our illegal
immigration problem. Our country cannot continue supporting large
numbers of illegal immigrants: It is therefore imperative that we vote
for Raul Labrador. If you have doubts about his stand simply check
out his web site. www.Labrador4Idaho.com
To the Editor
My husband and I usually disagree about politics and who to vote for.
But we agree that the best candidate in this year’s election for governor
in Idaho is Jana Kemp, who is running as an independent. Jana
is not affiliated with any political party and so you might not have heard
much about her. You can see Jana Kemp in the gubernatorial debate
which first aired on October 13 and compare what she says with Keith
Allred and Butch Otter.
If you missed the debate you can see it online at any time here:
There will be another gubernatorial debate on Idaho Public Television
on October 28 (8 pm to 9:30 pm).
Every vote counts. Make sure you vote for the person who you
think can do a great job as Governor. For me, that choice is
Jana Kemp because she has experience both as an elected official and as
a small business owner.
Be an informed voter and vote for the person who can do the best job.
I am voting for Jana Kemp because she is a person who has ideas and integrity.
Independent candidates can win–Minnesota had a governor who was an
independent candidate. But independent candidates can only win if
people vote for them. My husband and I are voting for Jana Kemp,
the candidate who brought us together. If Jana can do that, imagine
what she can do for Idaho.
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson
To the Editor
Since the October 13th gubernatorial debate, I’ve heard several people
remark that Jana Kemp was the best candidate, yet they weren’t voting for
her because they didn’t think she could win. First, there are no guarantees
in politics–if the polls were always right, we wouldn’t need elections
at all. Second, voting for a less qualified candidate because you think
the more qualified candidate can’t win is exactly how we get the mediocre
leaders we are now burdened with. Third, the privilege of self-government
and the right to vote are such precious gifts, they should never be used
casually or cynically. Each of us has a responsibility to cast his or her
vote for the best candidate. If we do less, how can we possibly expect
a better outcome?
I’m voting for Jana Kemp, the best candidate for Governor.
Idaho is headed for a train wreck!
After watching the recent gubernatorial debate I think one thing is
clear, Idaho is headed for a train wreck, regardless of who becomes the
Allred is unequivocal that if he becomes the governor he will not cut
education any further. However, with the state already 300 to 350
million short on revenue collections and growing, the only way to prevent
more cuts is to raise taxes. Interestingly, he followed by saying
the state’s personal income tax was one of the highest in the country and
needed to come down to stimulate the economy; a position I endorse.
So how would he save education from further cuts and reduce the personal
income tax at the same time? He would put a sales tax on services.
Currently Idaho has about 1.75 billion dollars in sales tax exemptions.
However, to offset the current revenue shortfall and provide a reduction
in the personal income tax, the amount of sales tax on services needed
would constitute the largest tax increase in Idaho history! Allred
says he’s an independent running as a democrat, but he sounds like a true
democrat to me.
Otter on the other hand refuses to take further cuts off the table
while he ducks the question of whether he’d sign a tax increase into law.
He admitted in the debate Idaho is about to go over a cliff. Unfortunately
for Idaho, he has no idea or the courage if he did, to know what to do
I predict, unless there is a major restructuring of government, which
will not happen with our current leadership, whoever becomes the next governor
will sign into law a temporary tax increase that will become permanent!
Otter and the legislature have been living on borrowed time; balancing
the budget with federal stimulus and rainy day money. Now the chickens
of bad policies and poor leadership in Idaho are about to come home to
So buckle your seat belts and take your pick Idaho, it will make little
difference who becomes the next governor.
Most of my life I’ve avoided politics. I’ve believed that weeding through
the truth and fiction in the political arena would require constant observation,
aided by spies. So I’ve steered clear from the pulpit, and I make my statements
There is some danger in this political inaction. I know it. We need
leaders. Hopefully we can trust them to do the right thing. I’m not locked
into any party. I’m an independent thinker. I believe political decisions
should be based on common sense, and the good of the people, not party
politics or lobby agendas. But it doesn’t seem to work that way anymore,
particularly in Idaho.
Six months ago my husband told me he was going to run for US Senate.
He has always read voraciously about politics in this country, and he was
frustrated that no one in Idaho was willing to oppose Mike Crapo - again.
Tom is self-made, eloquent, and honest. Go online. Watch the debates. He’s
fighting a David and Goliath kind of battle, but I’ve seen him use a slingshot
-- and he’s got very good aim. This time Idaho has a choice. Tom
Sullivan. Vote. www.tomsullivanforsenate.com
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