to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Letter to the Editor:
We really enjoy reading the segments of the history of Cottonwood in
commemorating our 150 years. The pictures and stories are very interesting.
Thanks to all that are helping with this effort.
The Jerry Richardson family
Letter to the Editor
The Idaho County Farm Bureau supports the Idaho County Commission in
its attempt to protect our tax base and prevent a taking in the overall
land in Idaho County. The current lands in question represents 1/5 of all
private productive timber within Idaho County.
The original involvement in this issue represents forward
thinking and a willingness to protect the economic base of Idaho County.
For the first time ever a quantified number was attached to an action taken
by a federal agency and what this action would mean to the communities
they work in. For far too long, federal agencies have been taking from
our economic base and it has not been recognized; the economic analysis
commissioned by the Idaho County Commission has shed some light on these
circumstances. In quantifiable numbers, any action taken by the Forest
Service which does not leave the county whole in its productive land base
will result in the loss of jobs and our tax base. Forty thousand acres
of private productive timber ground represents 128 jobs, $8,000,000.00
in economic activity and over $90,000.00 in annual property taxes to the
county and state. It is time for the Forest Service to recognize its moral
and fiduciary responsibilities to the communities they work in.
Sincerely, Idaho Co. Farm Bureau Board of Directors
To the Editor
I want to address the ďLochsa Land ExchangeĒ.This exchange issue is
about keeping the tax and productivebase in Idaho County whole.
Most are aware that Idaho County has 5,430,528 acres. Of this acreage,
4,523,385acres, 83.3%has become federal land!
Once the Federal Government has ownership of our land the tax
and production once realized on it are gone forever. Stop the takings!
Iím sure that you, and the majority of the town, are aware of the incident
that took place on the boysí basketball bus recently, though you may not
know the truth of the matter. For the sake of this letter, Iíll simply
inform you that one of the boys pushed his genitals into the face of another
boy on the bus; the others merely pulled their pants down to pelvic level.
Now, if something like this is happening, something about bus travel ought
to change and the boys need reprimanded.
In terms of reprimand, I believe the punishment doled out by the administration
was not severe enough in relation to the crime in one case, and in the
others fit fairly well.
However, as far as bus travel, the boys are being separated from the
girls. Now isnít the point of changing bus travel so that things like this
will stop? As far as Iím aware, yes, yet separating the boys from girls
wonít end this, merely ensure that if some boys being jousting with their
genitals, few girls will see, and vice versa. The reason this happened
in the first place, aside from general stupidity, is insufficient supervision.
Chaperones for every bus trip Iíve been on sit in the front seats and face
forward almost constantly, missing most everything that happens on the
bus, something students have capitalized on. If incidents like this are
going to be stopped, chaperones must stop neglecting their duties and spread
out among the students to supervise more effectively.
Something I suspect most of the community is unaware of, however is
that incidents far more severe than that which occurred on the bus have
been happening at the school for at least as long as I have been here.
Boys in my class have had other menís genitals placed on their facial area
almost daily in weight lifting classes, and freshmen guys in sports endure
sexual harassment of the same, and sometimes greater, intensity, something
which I believe is called hazing.
More than bus travel, something about the schoolís, and the coachís
policies need to be altered. In regards to this, I claim to have no answers;
I ask only that the school change something about this situation so that
future students neednít suffer this. Because unless something changes,
this trend will continue to be part of male culture at Prairie High School
for countless years, just as it has been for my time at Prairie.
This past week was anti-bullying week at the high school, and Iím sue
many of you would agree with me that sexual harassment is an extreme form
of bullying, and one that needs to be stamped out. When children are sent
to school, that school assumes legal responsibility for both their actions
and their well being, and currently, many studentsí well being is in jeopardy
because not actions have been taken that will stop this chronic pattern
of sexual harassment. I ask only how long it will be until Prairie High
School faces a scandal similar to Penn State.
To fix the bus problem, simply spread out the chaperones on the bus
so they can monitor the students more effectively. As to the sexual harassment
that has somehow become integrated with the schoolís male culture, I donít
claim to know how to fix it, but I do know that the administration must
take relevant steps to stamp this problem out and make Prairie High School
a safe place for its students once again.
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