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‎"I have watched with concern as the Idaho Education Association has portrayed in its campaign that all teachers are against the 'Luna laws.' As a teacher, I am voting for keeping the 'Luna laws.' The IEA is fooling teachers if they think throwing out those laws will get the Idaho Legislature to restore more funding to schools. When has the Legislature ever really cared about school funding? Does the IEA really think the money from the Students Come First will be redirected back to the schools it was taken from in the first place? No. The Legislature will use the money to give the state’s richest population another tax cut, or place that money in some other account. Sure, it’s terrible funding was cut so deep. It has had terrible consequences on schools. However, that money isn’t coming back if the laws are voted out. It is better for schools to pursue the course we are taking with the laws, than to assume the money will be redirected. Voting no will remove even more funding from schools. Is that what we want? The damage is done from when the cuts were put in place years ago. It’s time to go forward." -BRENT ADAMS, Clifton

Dear Editor:

Recently we traveled to Europe. While there we were struck by the visual signs of poverty that Socialism has had in the countries of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary. Each of these countries have been working for twenty years to shed the awful results of the years of communist socialism, and they have a long way to go.

Could socialism take over America? I pray not. I feel our election on November 6th is very important for the future of our country. By my vote, I choose principled conservative candidates at the national, state and local levels.

As an example, very close to home, Jim Chmelik has been a serious conservative and thoughtful Idaho County Comissioner. I will include him in my list of principled, conservative candidates.

Betty Alm


What would you think of an organization that gave away more than $65 million dollars to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow push coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Amnesty International, Aids walk Washington and other such advocacy groups? You would probably assume we were describing a liberal advocacy group.

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal editorial, “those expenditures all turned up on the finance disclosure report for the National Education Association.” (NEA)

Under federal laws passed during the Bush administration large unions must now disclose in much more detail how they spend members’ dues money. Needless to say Big Labor fought hard against the new accountability standards.

Now Big Labor, The NEA, is muscling in on Idaho to stop meaningful reform; not because they think it is harmful to students, On the contrary, reform will be most beneficial to put school boards and parents back in control of their schools and bring our children into the 21st century.

Propositions 1,2,& 3 strip the unions of their funding source, your tax payer dollars, and puts those dollars back where they belong, in the classrooms with students and teachers. Do we really need to spend your hard earned dollars on such organizations as mentioned above? What does support for such organization have to do with educating our children?

Go to idahofreedomfoundation.org and get the facts. Do not be fooled by the NEA and their scare tactics.

The Idaho County republican Central Committee


Time to reclaim our schools

I can remember when schools were actually run by the local school board.  We were taught what those local boards felt was best for the students in the schools.  Then I remember watching as teachers unions began to take over the running of local schools.  I then watched as State and Federal government entities started telling the local schools what they had to teach and how they had to teach.  It seems now that both these entities believe they know more about what our students should be learning than we do.  It seems they believe that we don’t want to properly educate our children, that we really don’t know what’s best for them and that we really don’t care about their education.  In short, they know more about our kids and care about them more than we do.  Hogwash! 

Our children are our future.  It’s time we took control of our schools back from these out-of-control beaurocrats.  As parents, we are all very concerned with the education of our children and grandchildren.  We should have control over who is teaching our children, not some inflated beaurocracy in Boise or Washington.  We should be able to reward those who truly teach our children and provide a true incentive for those who have the passion for this task.  And we need to ensure that all our children are given the proper tools for learning.  And let’s reward our teacher’s for doing a good job when they are doing it, not 30 or 40 years later when they are ready to retire.  Let’s do something new that will excite and support both our children and those who teach them.  Please join me in voting ‘YES’ on Propositions 1, 2 and 3.

Jon Menough, Ph.D. P.E., Elk City


Chmelik equals jobs; Rehder equals more Federal welfare


Here we are, election time again.  And we are faced with the same question we were faced with two years ago in the County Commissioners race:  do we want the candidate who supports reliance on the federal teat, or do we want to pull up our big boy panties and stand on our own two feet?  It appears to me that Mr. Rehder believes that more government is good, that we should not be telling the Federal interventionists to get out of our lives, and that we need to roll over to their wishes, regardless of the long term effects on our County.  It’s my opinion that the sum total of Mr. Rehder’s view of economic progress in the county is determining how to get more grant money from an already overly bloated federal system.

Most residents of Idaho County are strong individualists with character reflective of many of the founders of this nation.  We must not be afraid of standing up to our modern ‘King George’ in Washington and telling him to stop making edicts that run counter to our local needs.  We live in an area that relies on development of our resources – forests, minerals and our individual human capacity for innovative growth.  These things can be done effectively.  I believe Mr. Rehder would just as soon see our forests burn rather than confront those federal beaurocrats about many of the senseless policies of the Forest Service.  He would rather go hat-in-hand to these same people requesting another handout.  I guess he doesn’t believe we need any more pies.

I, for one, will be supporting Jim Chmelik.  Mr. Chmelik believes the people of this county are resourceful and capable of taking care of themselves, not relying on more welfare grants from Washington.  And Mr. Chmelik is not afraid to confront those who would do harm to our communities, whether they be in Washington, DC, or Boise – or Grangeville.  I look forward to working with Mr. Chmelik to bake more pies – and possibly try a couple new flavors.   

Jon Menough, Ph.D. P.E., Elk City

Are you considering voting for Mr. Rehder? Could I offer you some insights as to why you should vote for Jim Chmelik instead?

This race is a unique race, in that it isn't a choice between the lesser of two evils.  It is a choice between two good men, who are both dedicated to this community.

Mr. Chmelik is dedicated to getting Idaho County back into the forests – not only for logging, but also for recreation, and for rational environmental conservation and management.  Idaho County is dependent on its natural resources.  Proper utilization and management of those resources is vital for the continued existence of the county, and its future growth.

Mr. Chmelik is committed to fiscal responsibility.  As County Commissioner, he has fought hard to not raise property taxes,  by keeping county employee salaries flat, so the county hasn't had to have layoffs during these challenging economic times.

Mr. Chmelik is a conservative who bases his policy decisions on principles, and won't compromise his principles.

Mr. Rehder, is a good guy, and I like him personally. However he is in fact dedicated to many principles that are fundamentally about increasing dependence on the federal government. 

We need people in our local government who are willing to hold the line against further encroachments of the federal government on our lands, our rights, and our liberties.  The choice is clear.  For Jim Chmelik, Idaho County is first, for Idaho County, the first choice is Jim Chemlik.

Don Fletcher, Grangeville


October 5, 2012 TELEPHONE: (208) 962-3519


Students Come First
Grangeville, Idaho:     Idaho County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring an important Town Hall Meeting on October 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grangeville Elementary & Middle School to help the voters of Idaho County better understand the issues involved in the Propositions on the ballot on November 6th.
Jason Hancock, Deputy Chief of Staff for Idaho Department of Education will present a short, informative presentation.  He was one of the primary authors of this legislation, and is one of the most knowledgeable men in the state on the subject.  Following his presentation, there will be an open question and answer session, so that everyone's questions and concerned can be resolved.
Come learn the facts.  on October 17, at 7:00 P.M. at Grangeville Elementary & Middle School, 400 South Idaho Avenue, in Grangeville Idaho.




PAID Idaho County Republican Central Committee.