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It’s been an awful couple months but the China virus brought some good news last week.

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The local comedic political soap opera continues and it seems Mr. Heath was unaware that he has made himself a public figure and subject to scrutiny. Politics bring the skeletons out of the closet and this is only the primary.

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The Idaho Department of Lands has sure taken the joy out of our living next to state land. By blocking off the gate, us folks aren’t able to ride up Wilson Mountain. We can no longer enjoy a ride in the beautiful Idaho mountains. Yup, you have cut us folks off, but the dirt bikes, renegade f…

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Just when I thought the Benewah Republican paper was an informational newsletter about local candidates for the 2020 election I see an “opinion” on the first page and an idiotic one at that.

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Kudos to Phyllis Hill and her people that work at the cemetery. The cemetery looks very, very nice and I have heard numerous compliments from people about how nice It looks.  From mowing, weed-eating, to picking up the cones they do a great job.  Recently, I saw two men on the hillside by th…

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It is unfortunate that someone like Ms. Secord is given so much ink to spread her vitriolic agenda. But when personal attacks are seriously defamatory and largely fiction, sometimes they deserve answer and correction. This is the case with Ms. Secords’s letter of May 13.

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Isn’t it ironic that one of the largest economic sectors contributing to the Covid-19 recession is health care? Almost half of the massive first quarter US GDP drop comes from losses in health care spending. Just when the “best health care system in the world” is needed to kick into high gea…

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For the third time, Peter Robinson interviews Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford Medical School for Uncommon Knowledge. Dr. Bhattacharya is cogent and articulate, and this conversation, a little under an hour long, is well worth your time. Among other things, he reports on a study he has just …

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As Lieutenant Governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair. I am also a small business owner. My family and I own four small businesses in the restaurant and automotive industries, employing hundreds of Idahoans. As a former member of the Idaho House of Representatives, I repr…

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People with better things to do than follow politics – and almost anything is better than that – won’t remember this guy. But Max Baucus was in the news last week and what he had to say is worth noting.

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Once again the seamy side of politics has reared its ugly head in our community. I refer to Pam Secord’s May 13 letter in the Gazette Record. This time her vitriol was aimed at Hari Heath. I don’t know Hari but apparently he has had somewhat of a interesting past. I do not bring that up with…

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I am writing in support of Tony Eells for Sheriff. I have worked with this administration for the last eight years and have been impressed with how well Sheriff Resser and Undersheriff Tony Eells have handled the day to day operations of the office. Morale in the sheriff’s office is high bec…

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This is not the world it was six months ago. Isolation, fear, uncertainty. All created by a plandemic designed to cast the world in fear.

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Years ago while I was working nights in our ER, Tami had to accompany accident victims, victims of crimes and occasionally criminals.

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Shame on the Gazette for letting Hari Heath write his own political spin article without fact checking Hari’s history of legal troubles.

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News, and then more news, about the Wuhan virus wears thin. But it is tough to ignore when every week there are more examples of hypocrisy by the ruling class.

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When Governor Brian Kemp announced that the state of Georgia would make the initial steps toward reopening the economy, the media went on the attack. He was called irresponsible and it was predicted Georgia cases would skyrocket. Also-ran Stacey Abrams jumped into the fray as part of her aud…

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I have written before about the value of knowing the cause of death to a community. Obituaries used to be reported in the newspaper, not paid personal notes as they are now. The cause of death was usually included in the reporter-written, editor reviewed piece. But the business of reporting …

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I worked alongside Wayne Glassman for three years on the Benewah County Republican Central Committee. I have always admired Wayne’s unwavering loyalty to his ideals of small government, transparent government for the people and by the people, and his resolute support of conservative ideals. …

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I am writing this regarding the upcoming Republican Primary Election and in particular Anthony Eells, one of the candidates for Benewah County Sheriff. I have lived in Benewah County all of my life. I started working for the Sheriff’s Office at 19, pretty much straight out of St. Maries High…

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Please support Tony Eells for Sheriff. I have known Tony for about eight years. I have been with him on patrol and have seen the professional way he conducts himself with the public during stressful situations.

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There were pictures of armed protesters in the Michigan state capitol last week. They came to publicly disagree with governor-ordered restrictions on activity in response to the ongoing viral pandemic. No shots were fired, but the internet flamed with outrage. I remember a day when protests …

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Mark Herring, a Democrat, is the Attorney General of Virginia. Like Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, Herring found it amusing to wear black face. He did so at a party in 1980.

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Casey Giornesto is the best qualified to be St. Maries’ new sheriff. He spent a tour in the U.S. Army as a ranger paratrooper with combat experience from 1983 to 1989. After being honorably discharged he got his college degree. Education includes B.S. Criminal Justice, EMT Certification, Add…

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My candidate for Benewah County Sheriff has 21 years of experience as a law enforcement officer: As a Benewah County Deputy, a Sergeant for the CDA Tribe, as a Patrol Officer for the Kalispel Tribe out of Airway Heights in Spokane, and is currently chief of police in Pinehurst, Idaho. This o…

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The latest COVID-19 cure: An injection of disinfectant. It may work, who knows, maybe it won’t, who knows. It could work or not, it may be worth a try, why not?

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We are writing this letter in reference to the upcoming election for Benewah County Sheriff. We would like to urge you to vote for Anthony “Tony” Eells in the May primary election.

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Few things look more ridiculous than a dumpy gray-head old guy with a man-bun.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the not-in-my-backyard bunch about the proposed cell phone tower in Pokey Creek. The last thing I remember reading about was an article where we were informed by Sharon Hart that residents opposed to the tower were going to hire a lawyer to stop it fr…

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I would like to commend the people that never get recognized from the schools around here. My wife works with the kids at the high school and I’ve spent the last two weeks going house to house of students outside of Fernwood as she makes sure they understood the learning packets and helps wh…

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Okay, okay, fine. If you want to get all nitpicky, COVID-19 isn’t the Chinese virus. It’s merely the latest Chinese virus. Any number of deadly pandemics have emanated from China for thousands of years, and it will keep on happening as long as the Chinese allow it to happen. But you’re not s…

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About a month ago when the shutdown was starting and the coronavirus was just starting to kill people in serious numbers in this country we had an uncomfortable conversation in our kitchen. It didn’t go well. I'll share it with you so maybe you can do it better.

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I’ve been plugging away at writing this column for over three years now so I thought I’d take a break. There will be no column this week.

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Millions of Americans are receiving stimulus funds deposited into their bank accounts this month. In their haste to prevent our economy from total collapse, I fear that our elected officials in Washington D.C. passed a stimulus bill that is somewhat misdirected.

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According to The New York Times coronavirus report, as of Sunday, April 19, 2:48 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there were 35,676 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Of those deaths, 18,690 were in the New York metropolitan area.

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Some people sound kinda’ crazy – right up until the real crazies do something stupid to show the first bunch isn’t so loco after all.

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The buzz drummed up around hydroxychloroquine by our President as a treatment for Covid-19 doesn’t surprise me. Honestly, a lot of politics is snake oil and he’s proven to be really good at selling it to some of us.

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Marshal Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto commanded the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II until he was killed in April 1943. Despite the dialogue from the 1970 WWII film “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Yamamoto probably did not say in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, “I fear all we have done is to …

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I would like to express my support to Tony Eells for sheriff. I think Jay is honorable and a very good person, but I do not think he has the experience needed for this position at this time. The other gentleman seems qualified, but I cannot verify this so I cannot support him. I will not com…

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Just out of curiosity I started keeping track of the number of adjectives used by President Trump in describing people, government agencies and businesses that please him, i.e., superb, fantastic, incredible, wonderful, marvelous, spectacular, etc. and I lost count somewhere around fifty.

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I worked with Tony Eells as a wildland firefighter, and have witnessed Tony’s professionalism and calming influence during an altercation. The wildfire I most remember Tony’s firefighter skills was on a fire in Canyon Creek. Tony was working with the dozer operator Howard Fauley, trying to c…

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Did you know that on March 27th the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) asked the public to avoid all nonessential open burning? The reasons given in the press release are:

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I agree with Dale and Robin Baerlochers letter to the editor, Tami Holdahl will be a good sheriff for Benewah County. Her honesty and drive to do what is good for all Benewah County citizens is her main goal. The list of her accomplishments is long. All you have to do is ask anyone who knows…