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This letter is in regard to the St. Maries SD41 board meeting that I attended on Oct. 7. My husband & I have three children that have been in the St. Maries School District for 12 years - our oldest just having graduated this year, & our two youngest in 6th & 9th grade.

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I was dismayed while I sat and watched the school board meeting on October 7 that two board members, Mark Reynolds and Pete Dirlam, so quickly went against their signed code of ethics by allowing Sandy Kennelly to bully them into changing their stance on mandating masks.

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There was a time when it seemed as if reporters wrote of nothing else. It was as if a secret message was released and suddenly news about “gender fluid” people was everywhere.

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There have been recent calls from Idaho Republicans asking Idaho Democrats to cross over and register Republican for the May primary to “save Idaho Republicans”. It seems Idaho Republicans are afraid of being run over by Idaho Freedom Foundation Republicans.

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I have a son that attends school in Fernwood and I am appalled at the outcome of the meeting last night. I was unable to attend due to only having one vehicle in the family at this time but a close friend of mine was there and she said it was a total JOKE and that parents were not allowed to…

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For many months now the nation has been mired in a vicious debate. A battle in which the two sides are so disparate in their views, so entrenched in their beliefs, there seems to be no possible resolution.

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The border crisis rages on even though the president and Jen Psaki will not admit there is a problem. We are on pace to have over two million illegal aliens enter just this year. The big problem at the border was brought to our attention by liberal democrats. These border agents are using wh…

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I attended the school board meeting on October 7, 2021, that was held regarding school reopening after a 2 ½ week closure for illness. The trustees present included Jody Hendrickx, Mark Reynolds, Sandy Kennelly, and Pete Dirlam. Jody Terrell, who is listed on the school district’s website as…

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So we all know about the border crisis. It’s been in the news quite a bit of late. The good news is the Joe Biden is taking decisive action – the trademark of this administration – to fix things.

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The Republicans voted against the final budget because our bills are around 40 billion a month and our government takes in 320 billion a month in taxes, that's enough to pay our bills and have plenty left over, no need to raise the debt ceiling like the Democrats want to. The Democrats want …

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I remember how I felt the wool growing on my back when they first taught me to scrub in medical school. I knew in my heart they were making me into a sheep. Why has it taken me so long to admit it?

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The writing wasn’t exactly on the wall, but its locale served the same purpose.

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In my opinion, if the faux president in the White House had just sat on his thumbs after he took office we wouldn’t be invaded by 800,000 illegals, not, by definition, migrants, in just eight months, with prices of $5.00 + a gal for gas, after having closed down our own source of fuel forcin…

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If corruption at the FBI received as much media attention as swollen testicles we might have a chance to fix things.

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When Idaho extended “crisis standards of care” to all of our hospitals in this state, there quickly arose the social media meme that all patients in hospitals were being declared “Do Not Resuscitate” =DNR. I guess that got some folks attention. It sure didn’t push for a big wave of folks ask…

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Well, well, well, it didn’t take long for Joe to show us what’s next. He said do the right thing, get vaccinated. Now vaccine mandates for everyone who are working at jobs where there are 100 employees or more. There were many other mandates and stipulations. First of all, who are businesses…

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So often when faith is mentioned, people jump back, thinking I’m talking religion. I’m not. We need faith to lead our lives. And I am worried about the faith of my fellow citizens right now.

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At the risk of spreading racism, we’re coming down on the side of math.

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Our enlightened world is now filled with very vocal social justice warriors who call out and attempt to cancel anyone who they perceive to offend their senses. So I’m wondering how those oh-so sensitive folks have missed one of the most obvious social injustices I have ever seen, namely the …

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So we’re taking a break from the world bad news this week to come clean. It’s never easy to make a public confession but it’s time we do:

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I grew up in a small town that exploded, faster than Meridian or Caldwell has, and that experience shaped me. I decided I wanted to raise my children in a town that didn’t suffer from such booms. But neither did I want to have them feel the busts.

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Biden takes Trump’s plan to have troops out of Afghanistan by May 2021, which included removing all American, all Afghans that help us in the last 20 years that wanted to leave, remove all our equipment, planes, helicopters, drones, arms and night op equipment that we had over there that Afg…

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There’s no other way to look at it. Joe Biden is being guided by Satan. Biden is the biggest threat to this country and the American citizens. Biden should resign or be impeached and then tried for his treasonous actions. At the hands of Biden we are no longer a superpower, the southern bord…

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It was back in my elementary school days when I could have political and philosophical discussions with my father. It was the golden years, before Vietnam, and his Greatest Generation, WWII credibility still glowed for me. It didn’t matter that he had no visible skills or initiative, other t…

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The United States military suffered a massive setback this week. So dire is the situation that some experts question whether the Pentagon can recover. Others say recent missteps will have untold ramifications throughout the world.

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What! Did anyone besides me read the article “BCH braces for influx of COVID cases” in the Gazette Record last week? Did you notice the few statistics that were given? There were 17 cases of COVID. Of the 17 cases recorded, nine of the people who had tested positive were fully vaccinated. Wow!

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Trump had a plan, leave Afghanistan one region at a time. Trump was removing Americans secretly as well as the Afghans and their families who wanted to leave. The Afghanistan government had agreed to pay us for all helicopters, tanks, truck, guns, planes and supplies that we left after we we…

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I am writing this because I cannot stand to see our country being thrown away like it is at this time. This is not something that has just started. I will have to say that it has accelerated as of late, for example the last six months.

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There are so many crazy things happening now there is little chance for the reasonable voter to keep track. What’s more, the crazy things are happening so much faster, that even when a person is tracking – it’s already changed.

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I had two senior pictures taken for my high school yearbook. I got the first done after a summer of beach time and football practice. My hair was long. It was 1971. My parents saw the proof and insisted on a retake. I believe they saw the long hair as a sign of disrespect.

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So the question begs: Which hypocrite is worse, the one who preaches at you or the one who curses you?

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So over 2,000,000 illegals have crossed the border, most are sick with COVID and our Administration has still put them on busses and sent them to cities all over this country without treatment and no masks. No wonder COVID is on the rise. Does our government think we’re stupid by telling us …

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For much more than a year after we dutifully invested our 15 days to flatten the curve we’ve been bludgeoned with the words, ‘follow the science.’

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As the number of Idaho Covid deaths slowly climbs past 2200, the other epidemic still rages. Masks won’t help, but social distancing might, if you stay away from the right people. It is estimated that about 280 people in Idaho died from drug overdoses in 2020.

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Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate (verbal or written). Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocati…

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So let me get this right. This new Variant strain is putting only unvaccinated people in the hospital. Not vaccinated people but the vaccinated are showing positive when tested, could they be showing positive due to the vaccine they had, therefore you have to wear a mask. Who are the people …

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To the owners, customers, anyone that was involved and witnessed my behavior at Heide’s restaurant... I apologize! It was wrong of me to take my problems out on innocent people. I am very sorry to my community. I’m sorry for my misbehavior.

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Reading the news of late prompts thoughts of trees falling in forests. Or to ask the question, if the media ignore a story, was it ever news?

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The twisted method we pay for our health care in this country just doesn’t seem to get people riled up like immigration, guns, abortion, or any of the other hot button issues. But it got the attention of Frank Vandersloot, conservative Idaho Melaleuca CEO in 2020, and he took his idea to the…

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As a recent refugee from the Democrat Peoples Republic of California, I take umbrage at Mr. Chmielinski’s recent letter parroting Democratic Party propaganda concerning Texas voter integrity legislation.

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It’s been a while since I wrote a letter to the SM Gazette. A long while. It looks as though I’m not the only one who quit writing letters. The opinion page has been rather bare of late. When Biden was elected it hit me hard. In the last six months its hit everyone hard.

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I’m writing this in response to Mark Chmielinski’s many letters to the Editor. In a letter printed in the July 14 Gazette Record Mark said “it’s up to us to unite.” Although he didn’t say it specifically his letter implied that he thinks we should get together and talk, put our difference as…

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Back in the antediluvian days, I was a government GS-4, Forest Service fire fighter. I did four summers on a Category One, interregional crew. Folks love the term “Hots Shots”, but the jumpers just called us ground pounders. They figured they were much cooler than us, parachutes and all. May…

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As bad as the news that you read every day can be, the news you never read can be even worse.