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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I do not celebrate the 4th of July. I also do not celebrate the 25th of December, the 11th of November, the 14th of June, or the 14th of February. However, I do celebrate Independence Day, Christmas, Veterans Day, Flag Day, and St. Valentine’s Day. This difference may seem trivial to you, bu…

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You have some misinformation in the June 2, 2021 edition of the paper. In the article by Lloyd Huff, “Thousands of fish to be stocked in state water,” it implies that Round Lake near State 3 will be stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout.

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One million dollars in one hundred bills weighs approximately 22 pounds. One billion=22,000 pounds, one trillion=22,000,000 pounds. Thirty trillion equals 660,000,000 pounds equals two 105,000 ton nuclear-powered aircraft carriers plus 285, 70-ton Abrams main battle tanks plus 50,000, two po…

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Words cannot explain how disappointed I am in our city and county officials.  This past Sunday was the veteran’s memorial service held in St. Maries.  How many of our elected officials attended that service? NOT ONE.

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The Big Lie changes reality. To believe it, people must disbelieve their senses, distrust their fellow citizens, and live in a world of faith. The Big Lie demands conspiracy thinking, since all who doubt it are seen as traitors. The Big Lie undoes a society, since it divides citizens into be…

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Most people probably dislike hypothetical questions since there cannot be an answer to something that’s never happened. It still makes me wonder, what if? In the case of the January 6 U.S. Capitol invasion by various people, whether they call it an insurrection or a visit by tourists on a no…

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If we refuse to accept reality and treat each other as mortal enemies, we will be the Divided States of America, rooting for each other’s failure. This is not the way politics and government are supposed to work in our great country. We are supposed to be the United States of America – not t…

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Doc Rapp and his nurse Dee took care of me for the first 18 years of my life. Doc Rapp showed me what a doctor was supposed to act like. Returning to St Maries in 2015 I’ve been blessed with good health until January. By ambulance I went to BCH and was immediately taken to Dr. Wheeler and th…

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Watching world news recently my attention was caught by the number of burials taking place around the world (because of COVID) and I wondered how long before some restrictions on internment would be made.

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I wanted to respond to the article about Healthcare Sharing Ministries. I have been part of one for over 11 years. I’ve served on their steering committee for nine years, had a baby, had two surgeries, ER visits, doctor visits, prescriptions etc. and I can tell you that they work.

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We are losing three very valuable St. Maries school district employees this year. Mr. Andersen currently is our Middle School principal and his wife Mrs. Andersen (an elementary teacher) are retiring at the end of this school year. I don’t know if we can talk either of them into staying. In …

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I find Biden’s willing embrace of American Rescue Plan legislation that’s supported by more than 75% of Americans a clear-cut case of putting Americans needs first. You have to know that the Democrats are the only ones who truly care about real Americans. Not a single Republican lawmaker in …

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The Idaho legislators every year shirk their constitutional obligation of properly funding education. Rather they choose to put the burden on Idaho’s property owners with bond levies. Adding insult to injury the legislature appears bent on cancelling the Idaho lottery from participating in P…

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As the “new guy” on the city council, in an appointed (not elected) position, I feel the need to express support for Mayor Tom Carver. In my months of attending meetings trying to learn how city government works, as well as my more recent months serving on the council, I have found Tom to be…

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I would like to congratulate Mr. Huff for his reporting, revealing facts pertaining to the city’s decision to cancel the law enforcement contract with the county and hire the chief of police chosen 3 ½ years ago. You broke down a little of the city’s brick wall transparency policy. Like thei…

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Seeing the Olrando, FL, C-PAC Republican extravaganza made me think of the Chinese saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Most certainly the six-foot golden statue of their idol the “Donald” in all his magnificent glory with red, white and blue shorts and even his golden wand to bless…

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In my several years of serving as chief of staff here at Benewah Community Hospital, I have had the privilege of working with the entire BCH team to provide outstanding and compassionate care to our friends and family here in St. Maries. This past year has been a once in a lifetime experienc…

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The thing that baffles most opponents of Trump is that he and his supporters show a blatant disregard for facts. My understanding that factual and non-factual truths could coexist grew after a long period of intellectual dissonance between scientific and religious belief.