to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Earlier this summer I met Jessica Chilcott, a social worker and active
volunteer from Sagle, Idaho who is running for District 7 House, Seat A.
Her enthusiasm for education issues really impressed me. Her website
quotes her: “I know that education continues to be the single most
effective way for individuals and families to get and stay out of poverty.”
Our state’s commitment to education has not only stalled it is sliding
backward. We are 50th in the nation in high school grads who go directly
to college. Five years ago we were ranked 43rd. Many schools
are going to four day weeks. Idaho college graduates owe an average
$26,751 in student loans, 11thhighest in the nation.
Idaho is dead last in K-12 per pupil expenditures and, not surprisingly,
we’re 49th in the nation for per capita income.
Chilcott understands the link between education and lifetime earnings.
She is anxious to represent us in House District 7.
The seat is currently held by Rep. Shannon McMillan, a second-term
Republican from Silverton who was investigated by the House Ethics Committee
for voting against a bill where she had a conflict of interest. Most
Idahoans can have their wages garnished if they have a civil judgment against
them. HB 510 was aimed at erasing the exemption for elected officials.
She voted against erasing the exemption because she has had multiple civil
judgments against her.
It’s time for a fresh perspective. I urge you to vote for Jessica
Chilcott, a strong voice in support of education and economic progress.
Frei for Idaho County Commissioner
Mark Frei is an excellent choice for Idaho County Commissioner on November
4th. He brings strong leadership skills and a financial background
to support his vision for increased economic opportunity for residents
of Idaho County. Mark represents all residents of the county as an
honest, hard-working, and independent thinker. He supports strong
education and solid family values as demonstrated through his active role
in his church and school community. Mark’s positive energy, sound
management practices and deep roots in Idaho County will make him a great
DEATH, DEBT, AND DIVERGENT!
A letter to the editor of the Cottonwood Chronicle last week has prompted
me to send along these thoughts on the upcoming commissioner election.
I do not know Jerry Zumalt personally, and I assume he is a very credible
candidate. But I do have these concerns!
He is a Democrat! So I must assume therefore that he adheres to
the Democratic position on the three items named above!
First DEATH. For years the Democratic party has championed the
right of a woman to dispose of an unwanted child by abortion, a figure
which has reached an astounding total over 50 million today, dividing out
to somewhere around 3000+ a day since 1973. As a Democrat, I assume
Mr. Zumalt agrees with his party's position! At least I have never
heard him take a loud stand against it. Thus, no vote for me for
Second DEBT. The accumulated debt under the Obama administration
now exceeds $17 trillion! Staggering! And depressing! Because the
constant flow of about $85 billion/month into our economy under "Quantitative
Easing Infinity" has set loose the demon of inflation, which, despite the
rosy disclaimers of our government, is hitting all of us in higher prices,
and has yet to show its really ugly head, which is guaranteed to hit us
hard in the future!
Finally DIVERGENT! The meaning? "To scatter in different directions!"
The Democratic Party has definitely done this over the years, as 50 years
ago when I often voted Democrat, neither myself or anyone then would
have dreamed the party endorses gay marriage! Now I am not going
to judge people of that persuasion, but hey! Marriage?
Are you kidding? Just consider the problem two males or two females
have in creating a family! Wow! Mind boggling!
So does Jerry endorse these issues? Never heard him come out strong
repudiating them! So, no vote from me, even though these issues rarely
emerge in a county election!
On the other hand, Mark Frei, son of my friend and classmate, Ron,
represents everything that I hold dear! No matter that he is related
to another commissioner! Who cares? What really is of concern
to me is the future of our country and the survival of the ideals
which have made this nation the envy of the world! So go, Mark!!!
You have my vote! And enthusiastically!
To the Editor
As a Vietnam Veteran and member of the VFW, I urge you to NOT vote
for the people listed in the Republican Advertisement stating that Democrats
will abandon veterans and all military. This is not true and reckless.
Mark Frei, Skip Brandt, Paul Shepherd, Shannon McMillan, Kathy Ackerman,
Sheryl Nuxoll, and James Zehner were listed on this ad in the Free Press.
As a Democrat and a Veteran, I was offended. Lets get responsible
people elected this year, we can vote in November for George Perry running
against Skip Brandt, Jerry Zumalt running against Jim Chmelik's brother-in-law
Mark Frei, Jessica Chilcott running against Shannon McMillan, also on the
ballot are Casey Drews against Sheryl Nuxoll and Ken Meyers against Paul
Shepherd. Lets send a message that it is not alright to make up your
own facts. If those listed do not agree with the massage in the ad,
how did it's authors think they would? ?
When you are standing in the voting booth on November 4 and see a candidate's
name with a "D" beside it, what does that mean to you? To me that "D" means
at some level that person agrees with the national Democratic Party and
what it has done to our country. It means that candidate believes that
an ever expanding government and the ever increasing taxes that go with
it is the answer to all our problems. More regulation, more social programs,
more open borders, and less personal liberty all result in less business,
fewer good jobs, and more debt.
Party is important. It indicates the personal values of the candidate.
Please vote for Idaho values: less government, lower taxes, and more individual
freedom, responsibility, and opportunity. Please vote Republican. Thanks
To the Editor
The new Tiered certification program presented by Tom Luna before he
leaves Idaho should scare everyone! Certification of teachers will be tied
to teacher evaluations. This should not be a problem if we could
control all our students. A better solution would student need to
show improvement as all students are not alike. This new program was to
be studied for two years before changes were implemented; instead it has
been pushed through in six months. The current Tiered Certification rule
unfairly and unnecessarily links a teacher’s certification (license) to
an evaluation done by a local administrator. Certification should be the
responsibility of the state–signing off on the training and credentials
of a potential teacher and allowing them to pursue employment. If you really
study the proposal, I am afraid there will be an exodus of teachers leaving
the state and Idaho will have problems recruiting new teachers. Written
comments may be submitted before October 21st to the state board chief
planning and policy officer Tracie Ben at email@example.com. Please
voice your concern on this matter!
To the Editor
Frank Church once said that a main problem with our government was
that there were no statesmen anymore, only politicians. Statesmen
work for the good of the people and the country while politicians work
only for the good of their party and their elections. I think all
of us are tired of that. A small group of Republicans and Democrats
met with A.J. Balukoff in Grangeville to ask questions and learn what he
believes is best for Idaho. We had an unhurried, respectful visit
with this intelligent, well informed, reasonable, balanced, honest man
who is not a politician but is running for office to make a difference
on issues important to us all. He intends to collaborate across partisan
lines to fairly represent all of us without big money and special interests’
influence. Sounds like Idaho has a statesman! A.J. Balukoff
has my vote, and I hope he has yours.
Dawn K. Kennedy-Haeder
To the Editor
What can be more important than your right to vote? As Secretary
of State it will be my job to protect your right to vote and to have your
vote count by ensuring that the person who casts a vote is eligible to
vote under the law. You may be sure that I will do my utmost to uphold
the integrity of the election process and ensure the sanctity of the voting
booth. My opponent wants to make it easier to vote in order to increase
voter turnout. Studies have shown easier doesn’t equate to more voters.
I will not give up security of the ballot for convenience.
My background as a farmer, logger, miner and long-time member of the
House Natural Resources Committee and current Chairman gives me a unique
perspective with respect to Land Board decisions.
Recently the Land Board purchased commercial property. Early
on I was an outspoken critic of this action. It is my opinion that
the state should not be in competition with private business.
The Secretary of State’s office is recognized for its tradition of
non-partisanship, integrity and fairness With your “yes” vote on Nov. 4,
I will continue those traditions.
Secretary of State
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I identify with the T.V. ad of the Republican who will vote for A.J.
Balukoff. As a Republican, I am totally dissatisfied with those in
power now who refuse to listen to their constituents.
With open mind, I attended a meeting with A.J. Balukoff in Grangeville.
Attendees represented both parties and a cross section of citizens.
I discovered a gracious, intelligent man without a hint of ego, who
answered questions without trying to gain votes by being politically correct.
Besides improving our education system, does he believe in the second
amendment? Yes. Will he surround himself with Republicans and Democrats
to explore ideas to create better solutions? Yes. Is he aligned with Obama as
some T.V. ads want you to believe? No! A.J. voted for the Republican candidate
in the last presidential election. Would he have vetoed guns on campus?
Yes! Because of the danger and money to implement this imprudent law.
Is he against discrimination of any citizen? Yes.
These are a few subjects covered. What did I come away thinking? Here
is a decent, reasonable candidate who is down-to-earth and identifies with
the common citizens of Idaho. Cross the line and vote for A.J. Balukoff.
Fourteen of my 17 years with the Idaho Legislature were spent as Lawerence
Denney’s administrative assistant. If I did not believe in him, trust him,
I would not have stayed. I watched him as he made difficult decisions,
even though he knew some of his decisions could be second-guessed by the
press and the opposition would do their best to discredit him. From
personal observation I know that with Lawerence we have someone who has
an unswerving desire to do what is right for the citizens of Idaho.
I encourage you to look beyond the innuendo, twisting of the facts,
and false accusations. Instead consider his experience, his background,
his principles, his family values and his desire to do what is right for
Idaho. I could not have asked for a better “boss”. Join me
in casting your vote for Lawerence Denney, Idaho’s next Secretary of State.
To the Editor
Work Hard. Tell the Truth. Put People First. What
wise and worthy guidelines for your life, profession and public service.
This defines AJ Balukoff as Idaho's best choice for Governor. . .along
with a cadre of other non-R candidates.
It has been well documented that:
Butch Otter has done very little to elevate Idaho from the basement
of education funding, take-home wages, human rights.
Vote for AJ Balukoff, he is principled and positive and actually gets
"Boss" Denney is notoriously unscrupulous; Vote for an ethical
Secretary of State, Holli Woodings
Ron Crane has irresponsibly mismanaged and lost millions of Idaho dollars.
Vote for a real, certified public accountant, Deborah Silver.
Ms. Ybarra is short on education experience and voter confidence.
Vote for Jana Jones, a true and tested educator.
Jim Risch brags about his easy job of fence-sitting in Washington.
Vote Nels Mitchell, a smart advocate for Idaho.
Mr. Labrador is too polarized to be effective in Congress.
Vote Shirley Ringo, a calm and keen representative for all of Idaho.
Shannon MacMillan has been totally ineffective as a bench warmer.
Vote for Jessica Chilcott, a lively, fresh outlook for District 7.
This is the year to make a difference. This is the opportunity
for turning Idaho around to face the light of day as the sun comes over
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