Letters to the editor from this week's Chronicle:

Refreshing Character
Raised in Wyoming and Idaho I was exposed to tough, salty people.  Most were homesteaders who had to look to themselves to survive.  No time for silly arguments of color, political correctness.  They came West to have a chance to own property and create their own life, bowing to no man, but simultaneously acknowledging and giving thanks to the Almighty for the chance.  They worked hard. Strength came from working the soil, a spirit of self-reliance.  These people had to work with a will and sore muscles due to limited machinery.  They had to bend to natural law of timing for seeding, cutting hay, raking hay, irrigating, harvesting, and lambing or calving season.  No government subsidies existed.  No insurance.  Saving for a rainy day, I learned, was a must for the reality of Mother Nature’s seasons had to be accepted: killings frosts, hail, wind damage, and drought.  So also was Her effect on livestock.  “Storage against a day of want” was essential.  The only constant resource or insurance against the elements and injury was prayer.  And it was often used in petition and thanks.  The life of the rugged West formed and forged some of the best people I’ve ever met.  Whining and complaining was rare, encouragement and effort was the mainstay. In this area, I see remnants and different land owners and shop owners who face risk and insecurity with the matching unbreakable, steady, and hopeful spirit.  It’s refreshing.  And it’s refreshing to see that the American spirit still alive.
Scott Perrin

To the Editor
Opinions are like where the sun does not shine. Everyone has one.  Why is it that politically correct people go nuts when someone stands up for their rights and principal?  We will stand with Senator Nuxoll for these reasons. She loves God, family and America and dedicates herself to better our way of life.  How many of you politically correct people ever put yourself up to make things better in this world?   All we ever see you do is criticize the ones that are working to save  our rights and freedoms as given by God and our Constitution.
Shorty and Marge Arnzen

To the Editor
In a recent letter to the editor a challenge was made that we were not a nation founded under Judaeo/Christian principles and a lesson in civics 101 was offered. Unfortunately it was incomplete. 
In the National Archives in Washington, D.C. sits not only the Constitution of the U.S. but also the Declaration of Independence which shares with the Constitution equal significance, for without it there would be no Constitution. The Declaration is written from a decidedly Christian perspective. 
The opening statement makes reference to Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God and it continues with “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” However, if this is not convincing enough the final sentence of the Declaration should send chills up your spine. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
There can be no more a Christian statement than this. You need look no further than the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. The signers were making an affirmation of the very faith they studied and lived. 
It is well documented that our founders were not men who lacked faith. They did believe in a Creator. Any attempt to revise them as such is an attempt to revise history to suit some other purpose.
It has become apparent that in our attempts to father justice through the political landscape we have failed and failed miserably and rightly so. We are attempting to solve moral problems through the political prism and it cannot be done. The only solutions to moral problems is morality. And in the words of G.K. Chesterton, “Men have not got tired of Christianity; they have never found enough Christianity to get tired of. Men have never wearied of political justice; they have wearied of waiting for it.” 
If we are going to give civic 101 lessons they should be complete. Our children deserve to hear the whole truth.
Thank you,
Jim Chmelik
Idaho County Commissioner

Letter to Editor
I’m sure that there has been enough said about Sheryl Nuxoll’s ignorant actions and her explanations of those actions; however, no one who voted for her should be upset or surprised.  She has been consistent in her commitment to her narrow beliefs.  The people to be upset with are those who are too busy, too lazy, or too bedazzled by the shining “R” behind a candidate’s name to do the research, check the record, and look at the facts before marking a ballot.
This incident, while childish in extreme, rude, ignorant, bigoted and all of the other adjectives that have been printed, was completely true to form for the senator.  She, in her arrogance, believes that she did what she did to stand up for you as she explained, “…since we’re the Senate we’re setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe.”
She won 67.4% of the votes of the registered voters who voted in the last election.  That appears to make her believe that she speaks for ALL Idahoans.  A few other facts might help her put that in perspective:  There are 22,919 registered voters in District 7, only 13,294 of whom voted.  Her 8,959 votes represent 39% of registered voters in the district, or not even half.  There are 753,840 registered voters in the entire state of Idaho.  This makes the number who voted for her approximately 1% (ONE percent) of the registered voters in the state. (Secretary of State website)
I did not vote for her, nor does she represent me in any way, and there are many Idahoans who are not represented by this senator.  Someone needs to make her believe that.
Dawn K. Kennedy-Haeder

Dear Editor:
Although I see the hour as very late, it is nonetheless encouraging to see more people, the world over, beginning to question a lot of the sorry mass media propaganda that daily passes for globalist "network news."  No where is this awakening more critical and crucial than for us here in America.
It's my understanding that a mere six mega-corporations fashion and approve virtually all establishment-generated information being fed to us daily, both electronically and in print.
Thank heaven that, to date, we still do have available a literal plethora of alternative news sources, most notably via the internet.
I suggest that Americans had best turn off their TV's and start paying more attention to these alternative voices, before the monopoly controllers succeed in regulating them off the airwaves, and they are gone forever.  What real choice will we have then?!
As one such option, a favorite talk radio network I like to recommend is Republic Broadcasting (RBN) out of Austin,  Texas. (www.republicbroadcasting.org). RBN's proud banner reads: Real News,  Real Talk,  Real People - - Because You CAN Handle the Truth!   Absent internet access, one can listen by speaker phone at (518) 317-1069.
Far from being mere hired readers of pre-scripted, pre-approved text, the broadcast hosts you'll hear are volunteers - so dedicated to the cause of truth and what's right as to serve for free!  They don't try to tell listeners what to think; only challenge and encourage them TO think - - i.e., dare to think for themselves.  Imagine that:  Such a "novel" idea!
(Thank You, Editor.)
Carol Asher
Kamiah, Idaho

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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