to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.)
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