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Friday 05/06/2016
ANIMALS: Stop inhumane testing
Posted: May 06, 2016

Each year approximately 80,000 dogs, 20,000 cats, and 300,000 bunnies and hundreds of thousands of other animals are used to test cosmetics, household products, cleaners, and more for non-medical reasons. The dogs are tattooed, debarked, kept in cages and subjected to painful procedures and experiments — repeatedly. Their lives are devoid of sunlight, fresh air, fun and freedom. Seventy thousand of the dogs used are beagles because of their friendly, docile, trusting and forgiving personalities.

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COMMISSION: The missing candidate
Posted: May 06, 2016

I attended the candidates’ forum put on by the Kootenai Shoshone Farm Bureau, Coeur d’Alene Lakeshore Property Owners Association and North West Property Owners Alliance at Candlelight Christian Fellowship the other evening. I found it interesting that Fred Meckel recited his list of his accomplishments but failed to tell everyone that he’s a precinct committeeman on the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. Then I figured out why. “Missing Meckel” failed to show up for nearly 90 percent of the meetings. (http://www.kootenaigop.org/news/kcrcc-attendance-records-current-through-april-2016) A psychologist would label that “apathy!” This is a position he was elected to and he’s supposed to be representing Republicans in his precinct.

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PERMIT: No hypocrisy allowed
Posted: May 06, 2016

On April 29, The Press carried a story “Commissioner faces permit violation” referring to Commissioner David Stewart not having a proper building permit for a pole barn in which he has been living since 2006. Has Stewart resolved the permit violations? If not, what is the status?

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MALEK: He’ll work for you
Posted: May 06, 2016

I want to thank the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans for hosting the debate last week between Rep. Luke Malek and Art Macomber. It was a fantastic forum that was very well attended. I was shocked at the aggressive comments that Art Macomber made against Rep. Malek during the debate. It became very obvious that Mr. Macomber’s only attempt to outshine Rep. Malek was by insulting him and making up lies about Rep. Malek’s work ethic and work history.

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DUNCAN: Skills to succeed
Posted: May 06, 2016

I have had the good fortune to work with Leslie Duncan for more than two years on the Kootenai County Aquifer Protection District Policy and Budget Committee.

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CHEATHAM: Major accomplishments
Posted: May 06, 2016

North Idaho is fortunate to have Rep. Don Cheatham representing us in the Legislature in Boise. There is no logical reason to replace this dedicated conservative leader. He certainly should not be replaced by the untested blank slate candidate, Mr. Riggs.

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JUDGE: Go for Gutierrez
Posted: May 06, 2016

I hope all Idahoans will remember to vote in the one contested race that will be on all primary ballots May 17: the election for Idaho Supreme Court justice. Judge Sergio Gutierrez has far and away the most relevant experience of all the candidates. As the only judge in the field, “Judge G” was appointed to the bench by governors of each political party (to the District Court by Gov. Andrus, to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Kempthorne). He is a well-respected jurist who is known for following the law in his decisions, rather than any ideology. For these reasons, he was rated the highest candidate by Idaho judges and lawyers for judicial temperament and demeanor, as well as for integrity and independence.

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VOTE: For these six
Posted: May 06, 2016

I’ve always been surprised at how many people think we should cut government spending — just not their favorite project.

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BINGHAM: Defender of rights
Posted: May 06, 2016

It is easy for me to vote for Bob Bingham because I know he will make an excellent commissioner. How do I know, because he has been engaged in county government as an active citizen for nearly four years. Bob was one of the leaders in the fight to defend our property rights against the Unified Land Use Code (ULUC), he succeeded in getting impact fees rescinded and refunded and has brought a measure of transparency to the budgeting process. Basically, he’s already doing the job.

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AMADOR: Ready to serve
Posted: May 06, 2016

This is in response to the letter from Jean-Claude Flabel extolling the virtues of Kathy Sims and panning her opponent, Paul Amador. He cites Paul Amador’s lack of legislative experience and voting record.

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AMADOR: Time for change
Posted: May 06, 2016

As a longtime Coeur d’Alene resident, local businessman and family man, I care deeply about education and the long term economic and social vitality of our community. I have had serious concerns in recent years about the direction and voting record of many of our state legislators. Many of our legislators have made a habit out of voting against many important pieces of legislation that had the potential to benefit Coeur d’Alene. Examples include voting against the mental health crisis center, which has helped to divert individuals in crisis away from our local emergency rooms and jails and provides an important resource to our community and voting against enforcing our child support system, which would have made Idaho a safe-haven for so called “dead-beat” parents. Fortunately we have an honest alternative this election cycle, Paul Amador is an excellent candidate for House Seat! 4B. Amador is very well educated and a true Coeur d’Alene conservative, who will represent us well in Boise. Paul is focused on earning the endorsement of our community rather than the Washington, D.C., establishment. If you care about our community and are tired of political insiders constantly seeking reelection, please make sure to vote for Paul Amador on May 17th. Visit http://www.amadorforidaho.com/ for more information and background on Paul.

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SIMS: Dedicated servant
Posted: May 06, 2016

Kathy Sims is the right person to represent us as our State Representative in Boise. She has always made herself available to listen to the concerns of the citizens in her district. She has worked diligently to bring those concerns to the forefront for further discussions.

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BINGHAM: Man of action
Posted: May 06, 2016

Bob Bingham is a servant leader who cares about our community. For the last several years, he has invested his time and energy for the betterment of our county. Bob is a man of action. While most of us just complain about issues, Bob actually DOES SOMETHING. When a storm hits and trees block the road, Bob rolls up his sleeves and clears the road for his neighbors. When electricity is out, Bob loads up his truck with supplies and helps those in need.

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FILLIOS: The right choice
Posted: May 06, 2016

It is time to focus on the upcoming Primary for Kootenai County commissioners. History shows that the winning candidate will be selected in the Republican Primary on May 17.

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BINGHAM: A false conservative
Posted: May 06, 2016

Two years ago we elected a commissioner who ran unopposed and was not vetted. This year a candidate for commissioner in District 3 is misrepresenting himself. When a publication questioned Bob Bingham’s qualifications for office, one of his supporters panicked, writing that journalists should not vet his candidate, but that the public should do so unsupported. So, let’s do so.

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AMADOR: For a better future
Posted: May 06, 2016

As a parent of two children in the Coeur d’Alene School District and an educator in the district tasked with supporting teachers, I recognize the role of education in supporting a bright and positive future for Coeur d’Alene. I want the best for my children, their friends, and for our community. This legislative session, I urge constituents to look past rhetoric from candidates who claim they are education supporters and seek true advocates of education on the ballot. Kathy Sims claims that she supports education, but has voted “NO” on numerous education bills, including the teacher career ladder (HB 571) and children’s reading programs (HB 647). We need an advocate for our children in the legislature. We need Paul Amador to represent all people of Coeur d’Alene — he is a strong supporter of a diverse educational system, has worked with and listened to educators, and is truly focused on improving the lives of citizens in Kootenai County. Paul is also fiscally responsible and will ensure that all funds are allocated appropriately to do the most good for our community. On May 17, vote for Paul Amador for House Seat 4B to support our kids and our future in Coeur d’Alene.

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AMADOR: Has priorities straight
Posted: May 06, 2016

I am writing to express my support for Paul Amador for Idaho House Representative District 4B who is challenging Representative Kathy Sims in the upcoming Republican primary on May 17. As a mother of two small children who are entering elementary school the future of education in our state is a priority to me and my family. Paul Amador is a strong advocate for investing in public education and I believe he will bring new and innovative ideas to the education discussion. I also respect that he believes that a strong education system will aid in boosting the economy in the state of Idaho by preparing smart and well trained citizens. If you value a quality public education in the state of Idaho, please join me in voting for Paul Amador on May 17.

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MAY: Month for memories
Posted: May 06, 2016

Kudos to Penny Inglis (May Baskets story, April 29). So many old traditions are now a thing of the past and it’s rather sad that people are now so wrapped up in their lives and too busy to stop and do as Penny does, to bring a little joy to others through her kind gesture of May baskets.

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Wednesday 05/04/2016
AMADOR: Approachable, high character
Posted: May 04, 2016

With my six generations of local family and 45 years of local service in industrial relations and job development, I’m dedicated to voting for the best representatives in our area. After extensive direct interviews I found a special person to comment about. Paul Amador — what an easily approachable and highly educated candidate he is. With his Ph.D. in educational leadership and bachelor’s in agricultural economics, he works at the local University of Idaho Center as Director of Program Development.

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VOTE: For these candidates
Posted: May 04, 2016

After attending numerous candidate debates and forums, I believe the choices for Legislative District 4 are clear. After the debate between Rep. Sims and challenger Mr. Amador, Mr. Amador favored “Urban Renewal.” This made up my mind. Rep Sims must be re-elected. As we all know, our Urban Renewal board must listen to the voters. As for the other legislative seat between Rep. Malek and Mr. Macomber, we all know that Rep. Malek has done many good things for our state. Just ask any fireman! Mr. Macomber keeps saying that we should get the federal money out of Idaho and replace it with growth. Mr. Macomber is an ideologue and will hit a brick wall in Boise. I do believe experience counts and Rep. Malek should be re-elected.

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BINGHAM: A true conservative
Posted: May 04, 2016

Four years ago Bob Bingham educated the citizens of Kootenai County about our threatened land rights. We were able to fight against and defeat the 500-page ULUC. Bob did this as a favor to Kootenai County residents and was never paid for his work. Since there is now a second Land Use and Development Code being thrust on us, we don’t have time for on-the-job training, as would be necessary for the other candidates. Bob already knows this information and is ready to implement his expertise. He pledges to fight for us, remain true to his constituent base, never to trade a vote for any favor or benefit all while remaining completely transparent.

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CDA: A city with heart
Posted: May 04, 2016

As I sit on my front porch looking at the beautiful sky over Coeur d’Alene I find it imperative to share some recent thoughts. In the last few years I have been unfortunately witnessing a lot of friends and family members go through some type of struggle, loss of a family member, accident, and health issues to name a few and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the amount of people in our wonderful community who have helped those seeking some type of assistance. Just this past weekend I was able to help (along with some other family members) to hold a benefit to raise money for a wonderful cause to help out my sister’s mother-in-law. I was skeptical at first as to how well this would go; needless to say I was blown away. We wanted to stay local and promote the great businesses in this area. To say we were supported would be an understatement. We had so many wonderful people and businesses donate to help for medical expenses as the woman in question had a brain tumor. It truly was a great experience to be a part of, seeing how everything comes together and seeing the reaction of a woman who is obviously loved by many.

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KINDNESS: On display in May
Posted: May 04, 2016

Heard a knock on our door Sunday morning and opened the door but no one was there. But there was a Dixie cup with flowers and wrapped candies with the message, “happy May Day.” This is a community designed for 40 or older.

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TAX AIDE: Thank you, volunteers
Posted: May 04, 2016

This year, 100 IRS certified Tax Aide volunteers provided FREE income tax assistance to 6,100 taxpayers in Kootenai and Shoshone counties between Feb. 1 and April 15.

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RASMUSSEN: Forthright, honest
Posted: May 04, 2016

Duane Rasmussen is our choice for Kootenai County commissioner. I’ve known Duane since about 2002 and have always known him to be a forthright and honest man. Duane’s 38+ years as an attorney, including his work as an Assistant Oklahoma Attorney General, will certainly be an added bonus for the KBOCC, ensuring that their decisions are within county code and state law.

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PRINCE: An unfond farewell
Posted: May 04, 2016

Regarding drug abuse and dead entertainers like Prince:

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FILLIOS: Right for county
Posted: May 04, 2016

There is a choice for the Kootenai County commissioner who meets all the requirements of the elected position. That choice is Chris Fillios, who has resided in Kootenai County for 16 years, married to Linda, and has two grown children, daughter Melanie and son Eugene. Chris attended school back on the East Coast and holds a master’s degree in international politics and a bachelor’s degree in political science. He ran and was elected a commissioner of the East Side Highway District. His full-time profession is an associate broker with Tomlinson Sotheby’s Realty.

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MACOMBER: Focus on freedom
Posted: May 04, 2016

We had the opportunity to meet Art Macomber running for the Idaho House for Seat 4A. We were so impressed with his focus on freedom, responsible government spending, a desire to bring about economic development through lower taxes and fewer restrictions on employers.

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AMADOR: In touch with voters
Posted: May 04, 2016

North Idaho District 4B finally has a choice for strong and sensible representation in the Idaho House of Representatives. Paul Amador is running for the seat currently held by Kathy Sims, and Paul is by far the better choice.

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Sunday 05/01/2016
STORY: Hooray for ‘nay’
Posted: May 01, 2016

This Idaho taxpayer wishes to thank every one of those “Naysayers” identified in the article entitled, “Just Say Nay” in the April 26 edition of The Press.

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DOGS: Unleashed fury
Posted: May 01, 2016

I was saddened and quite frankly enraged to read about William Yeager, the Sandpoint resident who was deprived of a guide dog due to his neighbors’ unrestrained dogs. What is it about North Idaho dog owners who seem to think they have the right to ignore leash laws?

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CDA: Proof city cares
Posted: May 01, 2016

Being a second generation business owner in this great city, I have been very pleased with the care that has been given to us. The location of our business, Action Printers, is on the corner of two very busy streets — Third and Harrison. We have had several incidences of vehicles wrecking in or toward our building. As a result our employees have been nervous of an impending accident.

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AMADOR: He knows what matters
Posted: May 01, 2016

Politics are nowhere near my strong suit but where I find value in a candidate is when they genuinely take the time to explain their stance on the issues surrounding North Idaho. I have had the pleasure to work professionally with Paul Amador for the past two years. I can full-heartedly say that I support his candidacy for State Representative 4B.

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SIMS: Clearly qualified
Posted: May 01, 2016

Just who is this Paul Amador that is running against Kathy Sims for State House of Representatives?

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Friday 04/29/2016
CARTOON: Jackson was a ‘D’
Posted: April 29, 2016

You might check the facts before printing moronic political cartoons such as the one of Sunday, April 24, in your newspaper. I guess the cartoonist name is Margu-Lies which is fitting, since Andrew Jackson was a slave-owning Democrat which isn’t exactly the party of Trump. It is the party of Jackson, Robert Byrd, Orval Faubus, Al Gore Sr., etc.

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AMADOR: Strong conservative voice
Posted: April 29, 2016

As an active member of the Coeur d’Alene community, both in business and service, I have spent years working to give back to our community. We live in a beautiful place with so many opportunities for ourselves and for future generations.

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REBUTTAL: Wrong on all fronts
Posted: April 29, 2016

I read Darakjy’s drivel on how disastrous Democrats are when we Republicans are about to get our ​White House nominee’s ​head handed to us on a silver platter thanks to a year’s worth of Cruz or Trump attacks on each other that has become a worldwide embarrassment. Foreign nations are actually debating whether to allow either ​of our leading candidates ​entry into their country.

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BINGHAM: For property rights
Posted: April 29, 2016

Where did common sense go? Does Kootenai County have a short memory? Why are we rehashing the same stuff over and over again?

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SIMS: Up to the challenges
Posted: April 29, 2016

Please join me in voting for Kathy Sims on May 17. Kathy has been a valued part of our community for more than 40 years. She understands the needs and challenges of our community and has been consistent and steady as a legislator, working hard for limited government and lower taxes; for protecting the lives of the un-born and the rights and security of all of us. Kathy Sims does what she says and that is a rare thing in politics.

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RASMUSSEN: A friend indeed
Posted: April 29, 2016

I met Duane Rasmussen in 2002 when I was campaigning for judge. My wife and I have strong beliefs about Duane as a candidate for county commissioner.

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VIRGINIA: Of criminal intent
Posted: April 29, 2016

What is happening in the state of Virginia is what is contributing to what we are seeing in many parts of the world. We are electing those running with brain disorders to offices of authority such as what we presently have representing us in Congress. What happened to those electorate that were schooled, intelligent and had a lot of common sense? The governor of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Dem.), stood on the steps of Virginia’s Capital and told approximately 100 present that under his sweeping executive order permitting approximately 200,000 convicted felons who will be able to vote in the coming November presidential elections. Since he is a Democrat, doesn’t that tell you either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will gain many more votes that most elective state’s rules have ruled against permitting any felons, regardless of race or religious beliefs to cast a vote in any election.

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LETTER: Need for rationality
Posted: April 29, 2016

Senator James E. Risch

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
HELP: Family requests info
Posted: April 27, 2016

Next month will mark five years that our dear loved one was found dead by horn hunters off Bunco Road. We would like to place a memorial for him but we do not know the exact location where his body was found. We ask that anyone who knows the horn hunters who found him or has any information at all to please call (208) 916-6499.

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DUNCAN: ‘Politically unencumbered’
Posted: April 27, 2016

We fully and completely endorse Leslie Duncan for Kootenai County Commissioner. She has the education, background, commitment, integrity and ability to make a needed difference as a Kootenai County Commissioner. Leslie is honest, politically unencumbered and will represent the residents of Kootenai County in a very transparent way. We need representation that will serve “All” the people and Leslie is that candidate.

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WOLFINGER: Serves all citizens
Posted: April 27, 2016

We are writing to encourage voters to register for the upcoming election for County Sheriff. We specifically encourage you to vote for Ben Wolfinger (R). We have known Ben for several years and have worked with him in several different capacities.

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REBUTTAL: Oh dear, John
Posted: April 27, 2016

It is difficult to know where to begin in addressing the myriad inaccuracies and contradictions in John Huizinga’s letter of April 20 (OPINIONS: Ignorance is a right). While it is true that the United States is not a true democracy neither are we a “representative republic,” a term which is basically two words which mean the same thing. We are a constitutional or constitution-based republic. As such, we rely on the Constitution as the basis of our laws, our procedures for filling constitutional offices and vacancies, and to define the roles and responsibilities of those positions (offices) articulated therein. As for “party rules” being a means by which we “choose people to represent us,” there is simply no constitutional basis for parties to exist, let alone to be determinative in how this nation’s citizens select their representatives.

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GRADUATION: Snapshot in time
Posted: April 27, 2016

In between the mother’s swollen eyes with tears she finds herself able to capture her baby up there on the stage. From being in diapers to now proudly sporting her cap and gown ready to receive her diploma. Father’s lips quiver as he endeavors in breaking a smile rather than a tear but in the moment both break and tears of elation cascade down his face. From Little League practice and sundaes afterward to now graduation and her whole future afterward. Where did time go? How can my baby once just a child in my arms be a grown adult heading out into the world?

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VOTE: Rasmussen for commissioner
Posted: April 27, 2016

Duane Rasmussen is running for Kootenai County Commissioner. Duane is a well qualified candidate with the education, experience and common sense to do an excellent job representing Kootenai County.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
CONSOLIDATE: I’ll drink to that
Posted: April 24, 2016

A recent letter to the editor about consolidating our courts and county offices to the jail and fairgrounds location where there is plenty of lower priced property is an excellent idea. But the major drawbacks are:

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MEAT: Eat less, heat less
Posted: April 24, 2016

Because today is the 47th annual observance of Earth Day, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations.

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