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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.

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I had decided to drive to Coeur d Alene on this past Saturday morning. It was a beautiful morning and as I was leaving town driving down Main Street. I saw a family walking up the sidewalk, one of them carrying a small child on their shoulders. I noticed as they were walking a woman with the…

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Please allow clarification of your recent editorial where you wrote of MA Democrat governor. The governor, Charlie Baker, of MA is a Republican. If he were a Democrat, the correct way he’d be called would be Democratic Governor (not Democrat) Baker. We do not call Republican governors, Repub…

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I am writing to ask for the public’s support and YES vote for the St Maries School District’s supplemental levy that is on the ballot March 9, 2021. This levy is a replacement for the current levy that expires June 30, 2021. It seeks the exact same amount of funding as the expiring levy prov…

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I was pulled over twice last week for minor infractions. I deserved a ticket for one, and received none. Instead, I was witness to two of the most professional officers I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.

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My name is Tina McGann and I am the proud parent of three students at Kootenai High School. I am writing to you today to encourage voters to support Kootenai School District’s supplemental replacement levy March 9.

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First off, thank you Doug and Kristi Payne for your work at maintenance and facelift for the Loggers Memorial on Main Street. Yes, there have been those who have lost their lives in the timber industry and it is important to remember them.

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Gazette Record readers, if you have been watching the real news (FOX) you would be aware that Biden just allowed 12,500 illegals from our southern border into the USA, all with no health checks for COVID.

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“It takes a village to raise a child “ is a well-known proverb. It draws us back to the meaning of community and how important it is to get support from others for helping to raise our children. Kids will also benefit from being around different people and learning from other adults. In othe…

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Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher. Burke is regarded by most political historians in the English-speaking world as the father of modern British Conservative. Winston Churchill quoted him often, Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind”, in 1953 used Burke as …

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My fellow Idahoans, in particular, those who are excited that our state senate has introduced a “heartbeat” bill (S1085) that will presumably diminish abortion in our state.

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Just read your latest diatribe. This hypocritical socialist thinks that the problems in this country come not from the left, but from reactionary fascists like you. (Does it surprise you that we hypocritical socialists also know how to call people stupid names?)

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The nation has already decided that it needed a new president. That was resolved in November. What it is witnessing is evidence that it also needs a new Republican Party.

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Saturday’s CDA Press carried a report on Friday’s basketball game between Lakeside and our Lumberjacks. This nail-biter classic game was won by our Lumberjacks. Both teams played with great skill, heart, sportsmanship and class.

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We are now approaching one full year of being told to be afraid, stay at home, close our businesses, cover our faces, social distance, and it is to keep us safe, safe from each other, while most all small businesses have been erased, and our economy destroyed.

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I don’t dispute the genuine horror, outrage and sadness genuinely patriotic people feel at seeing the desecration of one of the most potent symbols of American democracy. I share those feelings. But another part of me is glad about it.

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In response to the column, Logic from the Left, it is a shame and a disgrace that a 15-year old girl lost her place on the cheerleading squad to using the N word on social media. Yes, she should have not done so. Yes, much rap music is what you call sewer music, meaning, it’s assumed, dirty.…

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The Founding Fathers were considered “terrorists” by the British long before that word was fashionable in the media of the day. But to generations of ordinary citizens and veterans yearning to be free they were patriots.

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I am writing about a seduction that happened in our country. In a seduction the party being seduced is conned into believing what the seducer is telling them even when what is being told is distorted or even  not true. The problem with this is that sooner or later the seduced ends up being h…