Letters to the editor from this week's Chronicle:

To the Editor
The Idaho delegation of Senator Risch, Senator Crapo, and Representative Labrador made a principle stance against financial insanity and said enough is enough. Insanity, as described by the late Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Currently, our federal government is borrowing forty-two cents of every dollar we are spending and our national debt now matches our gross domestic output. If we ran our households in this fashion, we would be bankrupt. The United States of America is about leaving something for the next generation to build on. The American dream that our children and grandchildren will have it better than we did. Our delegation’s vote is a vote to insure that the legacy left to us by generations past is carried forward. We cannot and should not saddle future generations with our debt; doing so ensures a forfeit of personal responsibility and sets the legacy we are leaving on a crash course toward a never-ending dependency on the government. 
America needs to be put back to work and it is the private sector that makes this economic engine roar to life. Today, America enjoys the highest standard of living and the cleanest environment in the world. Sadly, current government intrusions with high taxes, out of control spending and intrusive regulations are curtailing this engine. We have proven we can protect the environment and produce from our lands. However, radical environmental extremists are hell bent on curtailing economic activity and destroying the independent spirit that is the foundation of the American Dream.  Take a look at Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona--wild fires destroy essential wildlife habitat and our national treasures go up in smoke all in the name of caring for the environment.
Entire forests burn and not one mention from Al Gore and his climate change buddies about harmful greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere. This represents the left’s total hypocrisy and irresponsibility to future generations.
This will come to Idaho soon enough.  Just fly over Red River to Challis up to Salmon Idaho and on into Hamilton, Darby and Missoula, Montana and what you will see is an ecological disaster waiting to happen. The potential for this fire to rage will make the Big Burn look like a matchstick and yet the Earth Liberation Front, Friends of the Clearwater, Defenders of Wildlife and many other environmental groups look the other way at this coming disaster. Their actions are destroying the West and the dreams of many Americans. It does not have to be this way.
Put America back to work, lower our taxes, stop out of control spending and remove burdensome regulations. Attempting to regulate dust on farms is like regulating mosquitos in a swamp. It is just plain lunacy. We need to have practical, common sense regulations, which protect our environment and at the same time allow us to utilize the land to our benefit. Our public lands should be a land of many uses. And while we are at it, these lands should be returned to state ownership to be managed locally by the people who live here and have a truly vested interest to utilize and care for the land. Without the human experience, there is no relevance for nature’s existence.
Thank you to the Idaho delegation and your vote to protect American exceptionalism and the American dream. Thank you for your efforts to come up with a lasting solution--as challenging as that may be--rather than simply affixing a new SRS ‘band-aid’ with only enough adhesive to last for a year. Your courage will go unrecognized by the political left of the world, but not by those of us who know and appreciate Idaho’s amazing potential.
Thank You,
Jim Chmelik
Idaho County Commissioner District III
Skip Brandt
Idaho County Commissioner District II, Chairman

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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