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Why do we celebrate Halloween?” was the subject of the first sound-off letter in last weeks column.

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One of the daily routines I go through is sifting through the police reports to screen them for any items of interest that should appear in the paper. Fortunately, the majority of the time there isn’t much happening that is worth reporting, but once in a while there is a storyline that truly…

A little over a week ago,  a post by a Minidoka County School District employee, wrote comments on her Facebook and Twitter accounts regarding person/persons who have written not being real people and using aliases. Although she stated cautionary advice about letters sent to The Weekly Maile…

My wife said that our rates would go up when she heard that Burley was raising its rates.  She was right.  It would be interesting to compare Burley’s rates with Rupert’s.  

Dear Community,

CITY OF BURLEY UTILITY RATE INCREASES / GOLF COURSE SUBSIDY

As you can tell by all the signs in people’s yards, this is an election year. There isn’t going to be a forum so I would like to let you know where I stand.

The Forest Service is doing a lot things that no one really knows about or sees. They are taking away our access and getting away with it, but they are also destroying or getting paid by someone else to destroy our forest.

We would like to endorse Kimberli Seely’s candidacy for Burley City Council.  Who do we want on the council?  We want someone who is bright and someone who is a tireless advocate for the city.  Kim has voluntarily stepped up and served on a number of committees to improve the city: Centennia…

Every four years the voters throughout the State of Idaho have the opportunity to change the direction their city is moving. For voters in the City of Burley this is the best opportunity to put a stop to the never-ending cycle of utility bill increases as well as six-digit losses at the golf…

Our household used to consist of news junkies, always tuning in to broadcast television, internet news and local, regional and nationwide newspapers. It was assured that if something important was happening in the world, we would be among the first to know about it. How times change.

This past week we read a lot of great things, but one hit close to home. This being about the things we too have heard being said about community members in Minidoka and about the changes in our schools.  There are some wonderful things that are taking place, especially in the past couple of…

One of the highlights for our family this past summer was to attend a family reunion that took place near Kelowna, British Columbia on the shores of Lake Okanagan. The reunion was the first of its kind for me and my siblings as nearly all of us traveled to Canada to be with our cousins who l…

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The Burley-Minico football game is over and the food has been counted and delivered to our door. Santa’s elves at the Mini Cassia Christmas Council truly appreciate the generosity of our communities. We are back to work putting together Christmas packages for…

As a member of the Minidoka Schools Community, I am quite bothered in the way a number of people, “patrons” as we are known as, but I prefer to say that I am also a voter, home owner and tax payer as well and how we have been labeled by various school district employees,some who are administ…

To the city of Burley - I would like to know why the City gives up on its flowers so early in the fall. They are so beautiful all summer long and then it seems that right after Labor Day they quit watering them and in just a few short weeks they are looking shabby. Then last week the city be…

I responded to a recent Sound Off that was rather negative in regards to the KFAC renting out it’s spaces to a church.  They are erroneous on many counts, but here was my response on facebook.

I’ve been a Hunter Education instructor for 25 years. Recently we held a field day class for online students at Walt Charles Gun Club located at 100 East 324 South, Rupert, Idaho not at the Rupert City Shooting Range located at 500 North Meridian, Rupert, Idaho.

Iowa State college student, Carson King, had a need and he used his wit to fill it. Several weeks ago, the ESPN Game Day broadcast was on the Iowa State Campus to cover the Iowa/Iowa State football rivalry. The television coverage creates a huge interest with fans who do their best to get on…

I recently saw a social media post announcing the launch of he Water’s Edge Fellowship “Church” being held in the Little Theatre at Burley High School. As a tax paying citizen of this community I take issue with ANY “church” holding weekly services on public school property. As a Christian m…

We are writing in regards to the many letters and comments appearing here for a while now over the schools in our area. These letters come from educated people who are acting like children.

To the gentleman we saw and helped on Monday morning who fell after leaving the kids detention center, who fell up the street, we hope that you are ok.  We have been concerned and had not see you about in the market or local places since then. We know you did get hurt and could tell from how…

It’s common for dads to want to form a social circle around other men with similar interests. Some dads go bowling, others play golf, but the dads pizza club was quite different. It was made up of dads with broad interests, but they all had one thing in common – their children attended the s…

On Sept.13th, We had the honor to cook for the Flag Education Day for the entire 5th grade classes in the Minidoka County Schools, what a day it was The busses arrived @ 9 a.m. As I watched the children unload from the busses, (I thought here we go!!)Mass confusion  here we come!!, boy was I…

I would like to take a moment to thank the people that stopped to alert us of a garage and house fire we had on the morning of 9/7/19. If it had not been for you folks honking and yelling in our driveway, things could have been a whole lot worse. Thank you Gerald C., and some others that I d…

I wanted to thank the magician at the veterans car show on the Rupert square on Saturday. The kids are still talking about you. Levi, Acelynn, and Ryan are really loving the special cards you gave them. Us grown-ups are loving it too. Thanks again. What fun.

From the beginning of time there have been fathers with sons. Adam, as in Adam and Eve, got things started and from that beginning we have had an endless flow of fathers and sons.

We are Burley residents and we’d like to respond to the Sound Off published Sept. 3 regarding splitting the Cassia County School District. First and foremost, we’d like to say we wholeheartedly approve of the writer’s idea to split the county schools away from Burley. We are in complete agre…

Governor Little is following in his predecessor’s footsteps by creating yet another task force to study the next steps Idaho should take when it comes to investing in education. In the meantime, the legislature takes piecemeal steps to restore investments in our schools post “great recession…

Some years ago, when I was still playing church sponsored basketball, I had one of those experiences in life where I wished that I had used a little more of my brain power before I opened my mouth. I think when we are young the two switches sometimes get mixed up. One switch runs the mouth a…

Editor’s Note: The following submission is a response to the previous Sound Off. As the editor of the Weekly Mailer I felt that an immediate reply from the district would be helpful to the community and could help share the school district’s position.

I’m going to take a few moments of time to talk about this new concealed carry, being implemented by some of our stores. Number one - it’s not the guns that are killing people, it’s not the knives or any other type of weapon, if a person wants to he or she can make one. Are they going to pen…

Greetings Patriotic American: The following is a true American experience when guns were confiscated. 

Concerning your analysis of El Mirador Taqueria, in your second paragraph you admit that it is a Mexican Restaurant. I was in Mexico for 17 months and never saw ground meat. Hamburger is ground up meat that is not otherwise marketable. Hamburg is in northern Germany and if you want hamburger…

I am writing a letter of gratitude about my veterinarian Dr. Clyde Gillespie from the Animal Medical Clinic in Heyburn. He is truly in this profession because he loves animals and not just to get a paycheck.

First, I agree with the recent “Sound Off” letter I read, about Cassia Schools.  I think that the School Board feels that ‘in order to pass a bond, everyone (school community) has to get something or it won’t pass’ and it creates a lot of waste and mismanagement.  It’s also accurate, as the …

For two weeks in August our family had the thrill of blending our close family unit with other family members whom we have never spent more than a few hours with. With many looking on to see this experiment take place, we found that some were hoping for the best while others thought they wer…

We recently helped our daughter, Cheri, move from one apartment to another, something her brother had previously helped her with when he lived in the same college town. Now in flight school in Alabama, he was quite unavailable this time so it fell on us to help because “you have a pickup tru…

I have been thinking a lot in regards to the Cassia County School District and the issues that we are facing.  I have tried to keep and open mind pertaining to the bonds and the reasons why they have failed in the past. I know a few of the School Board members personally and think they are w…

I was recently reminded of an event where my then 90-year-old grandmother socked one of my cousins’ square in the eye. It began innocently enough with my cousin giving her a hard time about being in his way. Her response was to warn him that she could take him down with one smooth stroke. He…

I admit to having trouble understanding the rationalization of gun control. Why do we think guns are the problem? When a drunk driver causes an accident in which people are killed we never blame the automobile. When a driver falls asleep and crosses the median and hits a family in a minivan …