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The past two months have been nothing like anything I have experienced in my life. Having just had my 59th birthday, I can look back on the past 60 days as something I have never experienced in my six decades of life. Those twenty years older than me might remember the trials and sacrifices …

I was raised in Rupert, ID and now live in Vernal, Utah.  I own my own truck and deliver food to places in Portland, Arizona, Texas and Wisconsin.  Upon entering Idaho, from Utah, we are required to stop at the Cottrell Port of Entry.  On Saturday, April 18th, I drove into the Port of Entry …

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A number of years ago while at a newspaper conference in Chicago, I came upon a display of the twenty best ads of the year. There were a number of clever layouts but one of them really caught my eye. It was a full page and had a graphic of an old-time country church. There was little writing…

Education is the key to the opening of doors in a person’s future.  Teaching is a rare privilege to help students unlock those doors. So, it is with some regret that I am retiring from teaching for CSI after 27 years.  That is 54 consecutive semesters for those keeping score at home.  1993 s…

On behalf of students and educators in our districts, we call on district officials to approve budgets that will ensure stable, supportive, safe, and healthy schools for our students.

First of all, I would like to thank Dan Schaeffer for having the guts to run against incumbent McClellan, who has run unopposed for all of his terms (5).  After 10 years, we have a candidate for a refreshing new horizon with optimism for the future and very qualified.  When you think of a pe…

To the uninformed person (and those who may have agreed) who wrote about abandoning the school buildings in favor of online school:

To the person who wrote about cutting funding to our schools because we have been forced to home school our children  

In order for each of us to have arrived on earth we needed a mother. Yes, our fathers had a small part to play in the equation, but it was our mothers who made it happen.

We would like to urge voters of Minidoka County to vote for Kent McClellan for his re-elect to continue to serve the citizens of our county for another term as Minidoka County Commissioner.  We think our county would benefit because of his knowledge and service he has given us in the past. W…

Everyone is thinking this but nobody will just say it. I will. President Trump, please go golfing. Just shut up and let the professional healthcare folks in government do their jobs. It's bad enough that folks are calling their doctors to find out what kind of disinfectant they should ingest…

I heard on the radio that one guy wears latex gloves, sprays them with disinfectant before and after leaving a store.  I’m all for playing it safe, but isn’t that going a bit too far?  Are we to assume that all grocery items and merchandise in the stores are contaminated?

We all know that COVID-19 is no laughing matter.  We all know what to do and what not to do.  But hearing too much about the virus is depressing and being depressed is not good for one’s health.

Hello everyone – hope all is well with all of you, as we go through this awful virus.

The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) is Idaho’s largest business organization representing employers advocating for economic opportunity.  The mission of IACI is to provide leadership, collaboration and education in the development and implementation of effective public po…

There has been several inquiries from food insecure families who have lost their job because of COVID19 or who are presently working part time about the availability of securing food.  The Mountain View Food Pantry has received several more shipments of food from the United States Department…

All of us need to be reminded how lucky we are to live in Idaho, particularly Minidoka County, where we still believe in the values that made our nation great and are sheltered from many of the problems our nation faces today.

Today I went to the Mountain View Christian Church Food Distribution.  Four lines of cars in front of the church – four lines beside the church, and one line all the way back to the street that runs past Mountain View grade school.  People were being turned away that needed to use the restro…

These are trying times with hardships, health concerns, limited incomes and all-around change. Those of us who have been around for decades have seen trying times, but short of the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 which happened before most of us were born, these feel like the worst days we have…

It would be difficult to experience what we as Idahoans have gone through over the past three months and not admit that it has changed us. Our communities are close knit and personal – and that’s why many of us are here in this beautiful state. But that closeness can come at a price where th…

I am an employee at Smith's in Burley.  Last week we were pleasantly surprised when Puder's Pizza delivered enough pizza to feed all 80 employees at our store.  I have heard they have done this for other local essential businesses also.  That would have been costly at a time when business I …

The first part of your letter, Mr. Arp, was about the virus, but the main intent is spelled out in your rant against socialism, isn't it? It is grossly apparent that the person attempting to sway public sentiment and introduce fear as a motivational sledgehammer is you, not the media or anyo…

It's amazing how many people are out and about even after the Governor 

With all the panic & stockpiling going on since the Covid-19 outbreak, why aren’t signs posted throughout the stores: ALL SALES ARE FINAL!  NO REFUNDS, & NO EXCHANGES!  This may make people stop and think about what they're purchasing if they know they aren't able to get their money …

Everyone has different priorities on what they find essential. As a running store and the virus goes, we are doing the best we can with abiding by the order the Governor placed on the state yesterday.  For the businesses that get to stay open regardless of reason, great for them. There are s…

     Years ago there was a late-night tv show called "Mad-TV". There was a character in one sketch named, "Stuart". Stuart, the character, made me laugh, and so do you, Mr. ‘O’. Stuart was only concerned with that which revolved around him. It was the utter ridiculousness of his narcissism t…

I understand that our community is doing many things to demonstrate that it is pro-business, but It seems to me, and others that I have spoken with, that sometimes it goes too far. I write about the Mr. Gas Car Wash in Burley that from the beginning has staged cars along the sidewalk running…

     Mutations in nature happen spontaneously all the time. Most mutations are not "viable" and are absorbed into the environment in which they may occur. Some, however, result in "lifeforms" that we see in diseases or illnesses. This is the obvious source of the infamous "Coronavirus". Cont…

I admit that this is the opinion of an old person but here it is for what it’s worth.  I think that the world should just go back to normal and take the hit from this virus.  I think the cure is much worse than the disease.  The mortality rate from drinking and driving is much higher and we …

Replying to Mark Ogawa: I’ve been a registered conservative Republican since before Regan was President. I’ve voted mostly for conservative Republicans through the years because they supported the same values as do I, not because they had a big red R beside their name.

When it comes to the REA, it’s very simple. Follow the Money! These employees are paid more than any other co-ops or electric companies around. Many of them make well over 6 figures. It’s very over staffed when you compare to similar companies.  Yet they want to cut everyone else’s capital c…

After the several articles in the sound off as of lately I decided to do some looking around. I suggest that anyone interested to get on the “Duck Valley Sho-Pai Tribes – Public Information” facebook page. I’m very concerned that Raft River Electric is not planning a community meeting in our…

After the leave of a certain employee what is going to happen at the REA? Do we hire another person who doesn’t care about the REA? The best thing would be having the first one that got fired rehired. But we all know she is way too good for what the REA has become. She was one who honestly c…

I find it interesting that our general manager at the REA CO-OP would call the weekly mailer editor and owner to “talk” about the recent articles in the sound-off. I am confused as to why he pretends to not understand why nobody is crazy enough to sign there name to a letter about the REA. H…

I can’t believe that Mr. Black would have the unmitigated gall to place a call to the editor and owner of the Weekly Mailer, asking him to silence the members of the co-op that he actually works for. (If readers of the Weekly Mailer missed this, please refer to Jay’s column in last week’s ed…

Thank you Mr. Lenkersdorfer for your comments last week in your editorial about the concerning policy change at Raft River Co-op! It could not have been addressed more clearly! For those who missed it, it’s very much worth reading.

If you are an investor in the stock market you will likely have lost nearly one third of your portfolios value in the past ten days. Though this is nothing like the great depression of 1929, it is substantial enough to get everybody’s attention.

Im not really sure how many people are on probation in the mini-Cassia area (although I hear it is too many).     But here’s a thought or possible solution to the growing number of probationers in the area – legalize marijuana.    Idaho is way past due addressing this.    I guarantee it will…

As member-owners of Raft River Co-op we’ve seen “Make Your Voice Count” numerous times the past several months in relation to the upcoming Annual Meeting and election of board members. I find that phrase “very interesting” especially since changes were made to the policy about members attend…