Letters and OpinionS

Let’s hear options before deciding

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners created an optional form of government review committee (OFGRC) comprised of volunteer citizens. The meetings are available on YouTube. I viewed the June 30 meeting. The purpose of the OFGRC is to study the permitted forms of...

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So this is what Gov. McGeachin looks like

Thanks goes to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is giving Idahoans a sneak peek at what she’d look like as the state’s governor. A pretty picture it is not. The announced Republican candidate recently issued a toothless executive order when the governor was out of town....

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Clearing Up Levy Disinformation

I first began to pay close attention to the Post Falls School District in 1995. Overcrowding in the elementary schools led the district to propose moving the kindergarten students to the old Frederick Post building. Half of the building served as the alternative high...

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School Safety Starts with Mental Health Counseling Not Guns

I would like to comment on the school shooting that happened in Rigby Idaho on Thursday, May 6th. If there had been armed employees in that school, it could have been so much worse. Thankfully, no one died including the obviously disturbed young girl who was the...

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Support Post Falls School Levy

I’m writing today as a parent of three kids who have been/are being educated by the Post Falls School District. My two daughters began their education at Seltice Elementary and both are graduating from the University of Idaho this year with honors. My son is currently...

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Social workers’ role

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 713,200 social workers in the USA with hundreds being employed in Idaho. Many of you may have people in your lives who are social workers. Although you may know a social worker, you might wonder, "what does a...

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Community schools deserve support

Many Kootenai County residents felt dismay at a recent My Turn by the Chair of the local Republicans and his 70 Committeemen (Any Committeewomen?) They proudly worked to defeat the supplemental levies run by the local boards. Thankfully, the levies all passed but one,...

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Unwise and unconstitutional

I hope most Press readers saw the compelling Guest Opinion “Dear Legislators: Either obey the Idaho Constitution or amend it” by Jim Jones and Ben Ysursa (Sunday, March 21). Their column calls out Idaho lawmakers for attempting to circumvent the Idaho constitutional...

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Idaho Legislature Banging On Wrong Drums

The 2021 Idaho Legislature is at it again. So far this session a number of bills have been proposed both by the Senate and the House. In its usual fashion, various members have proposed nonessential, voter suppressing fluff to let us know they are working night and...

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Medicaid: Hands Off Our Healthcare

Dear supporters of Reclaim Idaho, Last month, Governor Little included in his budget proposal $118 million in "Medicaid cost containment." Let's be clear: These are cuts to Medicaid, and there's no good reason for these cuts--especially not during a pandemic. Here's...

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Coronavirus may be big winner in legislative session

Just as the threat of the coronavirus is growing, the Idaho Legislature seems hell-bent on undermining the governor’s ability to deal with it. Republicans in both the Senate and House are peddling measures to hamper Governor Little’s authority to rein in the spread of...

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Why should Trump be impeached and convicted?

A Sunday editorial, “Focus on the future, let go of the past,” called for President Biden to stop the impeachment of former President Trump. This demands a response. The editorial appeared on the front page where readers are accustomed to finding objectively reported...

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Tell Republicans to Stop Pretending

Tell Republicans to Stop Pretending

On New Year’s Day our local Republican officials told the Coeur d’Alene Press how they will pretend to help us during the 2021 Idaho legislative session. First, they will propose legislation making the Public Health District “more transparent” by bringing it under...

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Happy 90th Everett

Happy 90th Everett

Everett Headrick, a Hayden Lake resident since 1982, is celebrating his 90th birthday today, Dec. 27! Ev was born in Moscow, Idaho. He jokingly recalls his mom saying he was "the darndest Christmas present she ever received!" He became older brother to Don (deceased)...

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HYPOCRISY: Thanks for exposure

HYPOCRISY: Thanks for exposure

Thanks to The Press editors for exposing the two-faced hypocrisy of the KCRCC chair and the Idaho Freedom Foundation leadership. It’s not just that these people helped themselves to a federal program that others need more than they do. It’s the narrative about the...

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Fact-checking Congressman Russ Fulcher

Fact-checking Congressman Russ Fulcher

With reference to Chuck Malloy’s column on November 27, “Fulcher stands by Trump in ‘fraud-gate’’’, Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher states, “Shining a light should not hurt anybody. . . ” He further states, “I also found out that Joe Frazier (the legendary boxing...

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Annual Food Drive Generates Overwhelming Response

Annual Food Drive Generates Overwhelming Response

Last week, the Kootenai County Democrats’ Community Outreach Committee put out a final call for our annual food drive — and the community answered with an overwhelming response! Because of the incredible generosity of KC Dem members and the local community, in just...

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Americans Deserve an Orderly Transfer of Power

Americans Deserve an Orderly Transfer of Power

Kootenai County Democrats respect people who hold values that different from our own, as long they are morally sound. That’s one reason we supported Joe Biden as our candidate. He is a centrist who has said many times that he will be President for all Americans, and...

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Support COVID-19 Mask Mandate

Support COVID-19 Mask Mandate

Not long ago, Senator Mary Souza wrote a letter to the Panhandle Health District (PHD) that called for the loosening of its COVID-19 mask mandate. The letter was co-signed by Souza’s fellow Republican lawmakers Senators Steve Vick, Don Cheatham, & Carl Crabtree,...

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Accreditation at Stake

Accreditation at Stake

With regard to the upcoming North Idaho College nonpartisan trustee election, we have witnessed an attempt to inject a partisan ideology into the campaign that if successful could result in a new Board majority with the power to adopt policies that could result in...

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Masks and rights: Who trumps whom?

Masks and rights: Who trumps whom?

“My body, my choice!” A refrain from the abortion rights movement is now the battle cry of those insisting there’s a right against wearing masks or being vaccinated during a pandemic. When the Board of Panhandle Health District met last week to consider a facemask...

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Responding to “Asleep at the Wheel” Editorial

Responding to “Asleep at the Wheel” Editorial

Dear Editorial Board: Do not assume voters are “asleep at the wheel.” In your March 13 Editorial, you stated that 831 voters chose presidential candidates who were no longer in the race. Do not assume these voters were uninformed or misinformed. According to the...

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Reentry Center: Look Hard at Merits

Reentry Center: Look Hard at Merits

Weighing in on the current debate about whether Kootenai County should accept an Idaho Department of Corrections re-entry center, I am on the “pro” side. As a teacher and administrator at Anchor House/Idaho Youth Ranch for twenty years working with troubled,...

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Implement Medicaid Expansion as Written

Implement Medicaid Expansion as Written

KOOTENAI COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – February 11th, 2019 - The Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) is pleased with the Idaho Supreme Court’s decision to rule that Medicaid Expansion in Idaho is...

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2020 Presidential Race

2020 Presidential Race

The 2020 presidential election is upon us!!! Kootenai County Dems let’s embrace it!!! Happy New Year to everyone! I am beyond excited about what we can accomplish in 2020. All it requires is some new and old ideas and some new and old habits. And yes, there are some...

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Families Belong Together

Families Belong Together

Written by Zoe O’Brien Photography from CDA Families Belong Together Vigil   It’s 2018 and we are one nation under hate, and responsible for the separation of all 2000+ families coming over our border seeking asylum. How is it fair that I can come home every day...

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Kootenai Dems Reject Federally Forced Separation

Kootenai Dems Reject Federally Forced Separation

Based on a LTE-Submitted to the CDAPRESS June 6, 2018 We, the Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee, protest the fact that, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions's “zero tolerance policy,” officers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement forcibly separate...

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