to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Letter to the Editor:
Neighbors, miners, construction companies, and local governments must
unite to overcome threats from federal regulations such as EPA, OSHA and
MSHA. One man alone cannot fight such monsters!
The federal government is leading the attack on our right to private property.
History proves that once we lose our private property, we lose our freedom.
I attended the meeting where Dan Vaughn, Jason Berreth, and Russ Koepke
from Weippe gave their dire testimonies about their time consuming and
frustrating dealings with the MSHA, OSHA, and the Corps of Engineers on
Monday night, October 1st at the Weippe Library. The burdensome
paperwork, delays in permits, road closures, and lack of knowledge by the
public employees on paperwork are just some of the obstacles that are costing
hundreds of thousands of dollars, loss of jobs, and loss of work hours.
Just visit with one of these good men who are struggling to provide jobs.
How long their business can survive is questionable.
The Federal Land Planning Act of 1976 and the Federal Mine Act
of 1977 are keys to knowing the law on these issues and Dan and Jason have
been reading them cover to cover. Jason said that he
is one of seven who have defied MSHA in the U.S. He made them
get a search warrant before they could inspect their business.
He alone of the seven is the only one that has not suffered severe criminal
penalties, even prison.
Troubling and sad that this is happening so close to us
and many of us do not even know about it or what to do about it.
Stick close to your sheriff. Fortunately, the sheriff
is helping them with the situation. The sheriff has authority
over federal agents. A firm by the name of Holland & Hart
specializes in dealing with federal regulations by miners. The coordination
process by Trademark America and The Property Rights Council are options
to help combat these situations.
This is not just happening in Clearwater County but small businesses
in other counties are being attacked. I can cite 2 specific
examples in Idaho County and, of course, the mines in Silver Valley.
These men and others are asking the state to help them. Who
will be next? We must assert our states rights and say no to the
federal rules. We need to use the 10th Amendment.
It was commendable of Clearwater County Commissioner Carole Galloway
and Candidate Trever Heighes to organize the meeting to inform people of
the misery that is happening so close, but hidden from us.
Senator Sheryl Nuxoll
To the Editor,
Jim Chmelik has done a good job for us. He has the best interests
of the county at heart. Re-elect Jim Chmelik.
I Urge the People of Idaho County to vote for Jim Rehder. As
a former resident of Idaho County who plans to settle back in the county
when retired I want the best representation possible at the County Commissioner
level of Government and that means Jim Rehder as the next Commissioner.
I worked with Jim during the years I lived in Idaho County and he was always
willing to listen and render a fair decision on critical issues facing
the citizens. The County has more issues facing its future, and challenges
that take critical analyzing and evaluation; there is no one more qualified
to address these issues, find solutions and implement those solutions than
Jim Rehder. I urge the citizens of Idaho County place the best-qualified
person in the Commissioner’s seat…elect Jim Rehder Idaho County Commissioner.
To the Editor
To any objective adult capable of thinking outside rank partisan demagoguery,
when confronted, certain incendiary rhetoric ought to set off red flags
of warning. So it is with the Idaho Republican machine’s latest public
education rabble rousing. There is a common truism. When a
politician goes on and on for many pages of fine print just to induce passage
of some bill, ordinary voters can rest assured that whatever is proposed
ought to be rejected flat out. Legislation of many words hides much
mischief. There is another truism. Beware straw man arguments
and hanging effigies. Partisan puppet masters do not usually have
liberty (or education) in mind for marionettes.
Point in case, Republican partisan red meat rhetoric on education boils
down to Governor Otter’s repeated abuse of the term “union bosses.” Even
the cheapest demagogue among us must blush over such bold faced deception. Who
exactly here in Cottonwood ARE these nefarious “union bosses”? Are
they not our own neighbors? Further, I would ask our erstwhile Republican
“visionaries” to identify these so called union bosses throughout State
District 7 from Clearwater Valley to Nezperce, from Weippe to Kamiah.
For surely, I was under the impression local public schools cut a number
of teachers, operate under extreme underfunding, and yet still do a
tremendous job educating Idaho’s youth. But, I am an objective man.
If, as the Republicans suggest, our local educational problems are caused
by these nefarious over compensated union teachers, point these dastardly
Besides, the money saved by underfunding and under staffing Idaho primary
and secondary public education can always go to a more worthy cause…like
per diem increases for local Republican partisans to attend their Party
oaths before the Boise Säuberung bonfires.
To the Editor,
I support Jim Rehder for County Commissioner. After discussions and
meetings with the other commissioners and Mr. Rehder, I am convinced that
Jim Rehder is the most open-minded, and attentive to public opinion of
the four. He is reasonable in his support of SRS and PILT funding from
the federal government and will work to avoid burdening county taxpayers
with the large tax increase which will be needed if SRS and PILT are discontinued
before alternate funding from federal lands is available. He is not a demagogue,
who attempts to tell me how to vote in national elections, rather, he will
focus upon the needs of the county, placing county needs ahead of personal
ambitions. I urge thinking voters to place his qualifications ahead of
party affiliation. I am a registered Republican and I always vote for a
person with integrity, not just the party.
Dave F. Cooper
To the Editor,
Jim Chmelik for the future
Again the time is here for all responsible citizens of this country
to vote for that person who will best represent their interests and desires
in the operations of our government. It is very easy to get wrapped up
in special interest issues. Easy to come to the wrong conclusion
by not knowing all the facts and it is very difficult at times to decipher
through all the information in obtaining correct facts. We feel the
best and most sure way to vote for the person that best represents your
beliefs and interests is to truly know the ideology of the candidate.
It is also important to know that they follow their ideology not only when
it is easy and convenient but when in the face of opposition. Jim
Chmelik is the Republican in the race for County Commissioner.
He believes that less government is better and living within a budget is
not only the right thing to do but the responsibility he accepted when
elected as County Commissioner. Another very important trait in a
political candidate is the one who looks to the future and bases his decisions
on what will be the best for the future of our country and of our children
and not only what may be our special interest at this very time in history.
Our country is in very difficult times because past elected officials were
only interested in getting votes and made promises they could not keep.
Jim Chmelik looks into the future for what will be the best for our country,
and our children and then has the courage to make these hard decisions.
The decisions Jim makes will be based on his conservative, republican ideology.
For these reasons and many more, we support Jim Chmelik and ask you to
do the same.
Mike and Jana Frei
To the Editor
I have been honored to serve the people of Idaho County for more than
30 years, the past 17 as your county treasurer. In those years, I have
earned a great deal of respect across this state and the nation for
my dedication and leadership. Sadly, the respect I have elsewhere
is not shared by our county commissioners.
When I retired, I recommended my successor, the person with the most
experience who was best equipped to run the office. But that recommendation
was beset by politics; consequently, the commissioners ignored me and hired
the Idaho Republican Central Committee Treasurer instead.
I should note that there is no Democratic or Republican way of being
treasurer. Politics are completely immaterial. That’s why I
ran as an independent in the last election and that’s why I believe the
commissioners disregarded my recommend-dation and my expertise. It’s
an indignity that I will not soon forget. However, I cannot forget
that the commissioners have chosen – again – to put politics in front of
the people of Idaho County.
Their decision is unfair to the person who was the best qualified for
the job; it is unfair to the person who took the job, and it is unfair
to the people of Idaho County who expect better from their elected officials.
Please vote for Jim Rehder for Idaho County Commissioner. He
listens; he is knowledgeable about county issues and he is respectful of
constituents, fellow elected officials and county employees. Give
Idaho County citizens a voice. Vote for Jim Rehder.
Retired Idaho County Treasurer
To the Editor
Ray Payton and Steve Didier like to play fast and loose with the truth
and have mischaracterized the position of the county commissioners. I have
checked the public record and the entire commissions' signed statement
is alternative A, no action on the Lochsa Land Exchange.
Also to imply that Commissioner Chmelik does not listen, could not
be further from the truth. He attended every Lochsa land exchange meeting
except one, and rather than surround himself with favorable people concerning
controversial issues he went and met the opposition head on in their homes,
places of business or any place they could find to meet.
Jim Chmelik’s openness and willingness to discuss tough issue is a
credit to his character. He works for the people of Idaho County and understands
he represents all its constituents, Democrats, Republican, and independents.
His opposition would rather misrepresent his positions than offer solutions
to the challenges we are facing. Re-elect Commissioner Chmelik Nov. 6th.
To the Voters of Idaho County:
The two candidates running for County Commissioner in District 3 offer
two distinct choices. Commissioner Chmelik recognizes our challenges
and is working on seeking solutions with respect to utilization of our
public lands and creating real opportunity for next generation. His
opponent seeks the same solutions, but his solutions are more government
borrowing and spending on failed policies.
The borrowing we do today to FUND SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS will be placed
on the backs of our current generation. We are essentially telling
our children and grandchildren, "we care so much about you that we will
borrow this money and by the way, when you get a job you can start paying
it back." Commissioner Chmelik recognizes the responsibility we have
to the next generation.
I would urge you to Re-elect Commissioner Chmelik. He is an experienced
and successful businessman who understands the challenges we face.
To the editor,
This year the Idaho County voters have the opportunity to elect the
best candidate for County Commissioner.
I have known Jim Rehder since I have resided in Idaho County and have
found Him to be a sincere person with the best interests for the County.
Jim has served on numerous committees and is always ready to take the
next step in regards to the County and its citizens’ welfare, whether it
is in a public forum or spending time on an individual basis with His Constituents.
I support Jim Rehder for County Commissioner and urge you to look into
the facts and do the same.
Letter to the Editor:
Proposition 2 deals with Pay for Performance. The base salary for teachers
has not increased for 12 to 18 years now, depending upon who you listen
to. A number of schools are already paying the difference between what
the state is giving in salary appropriations and what the state mandates
(unfunded mandate) should be the base pay.
Funding for Pay for Performance, as well as for laptops, will be paid
for by the reduction in state salary appropriations. When the school districts
receive less money for their teachers they will be forced to cut back on
the number of teachers and programs they have. A Dept. of Education spokesperson
said this will eliminate the programs we don’t need. Districts will now
have LOCAL control, forced to keep teachers teaching to the common core,
and eliminating electives like art, music, and vocational programs.
The high stakes testing tied to Pay for Performance will force teachers
to teach to the test and very well may pit teacher against teacher. What
information won’t be taught anymore because somebody thinks it isn’t important?
There is more to education that books don’t teach. Do all children learn
and test the same?If we were in a machine shop, we could whip out widgets,
all the same, but that is not the case. Anyone who has ever taught for
any length of time knows that no two students are alike.
The only way any teacher is going to receive a bonus for their student’s
performance is if their school building passes adequate yearly progress
(AYP) set up by the state and dependent upon how the district wrote up
their local policy.
We all aren’t going to be doctors and lawyers. Do elective classes
have any value for our young people? Is everyone meant to go to college?
I know of several past graduates that never went to college and are successful
businessmen. Quite a few support my program at Prairie in one form
or another. I wonder if there will be a program to support in the future?
Who will be the loser?
Proposition 2 is bad legislation.
To the Editor
We want to give Jim Chmelik and the other Idaho County Commissioners
credit for doing a good job of managing our county. They are all experienced
private business people who understand how important it is to keep our
tax base intact. They use good free enterprise principles in protecting
Idaho County from ever increasing federal interference. They work well
together and have the best interest of the county as their main agenda.
Please join us in voting for Jim Chmelik and once again reject a big government
advocate for the important job.
Charlotte and Don DeArmond
To the Editor,
Chmelik’s Pies, Our Taxes
I was surprised to read in the Oct. 10 IDFP, County Commissioner Jim
Chmelik said: “The difference between my opponent’s party and mine is they
want to keep dipping from the same pie while my thought is to make more
pies.” I hope Idaho County citizens like pies and higher
taxes, because that’s what we’re going to be left with when Chmelik gets
done “fighting” for us.
Let’s see how his fight is going so far: In June he said our county
would be, “Dead in the water,” without $7 million of Secure Rural Schools
funding. In July he encouraged our Congressional Delegation to vote against
those same funds. He’s made three trips to D.C. , baking pies? Let’s hope
he hasn’t traded recipes with Mark Rey and Larry Craig.
Chmelik’s fight nearly cost us $7 million in much-needed funding. What’s
worse, he has no functional plan to replace those funds. Oh wait, he’s
fighting to privatize our public lands with a Congressional bill that’s
stuck in committee. They should name that bill, “Chmelik’s pie in the sky.”
So how will Chmelik bridge Idaho County’s $7 million shortfall?
The shortfall he’s been fighting for. More pies? Likely we’ll be stuck
paying higher taxes. Pies don’t build bridges, pave roads or teach students.
He won’t be selling public land for new revenues, he’ll be reaching into
our pockets. That kind of pie, Chmelik will step in.
I’m voting for common sense. I’m a Republican and I’m voting for Jim
Template Design by: