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Humanity

I was touched reading Bill Stevenson’s opinion piece published in the Aug. 12 issue of the Gazette. What came through in Mr. Stevenson’s story was his humanity. He tells of meeting, for the first time, a person who had become infected with the...

 

Garth Meyer

After 10 years of reporting for the Colfax Gazette, Garth Meyer headed south for a new adventure. Garth took a job for the Easy Reader in Torrance, CA, a city south of Los Angeles. I wanted to thank Garth for his many years of excellent reporting...

 
 By D.W. McCall    Letters    August 19, 2021

Exploitation of a pandemic

The little reported information on the elected officials getting a 7% raise is astonishing. My friends in the road department stomached no cost-of-living raise for two years because of the pandemic...

 

Freedom vs. socialism

In the free and open society of a constitutional republic, when you say something or do something, it is sometimes cheered or cursed, sometimes laughed at or applauded. But mostly and most beautifully folks just go their own way and mind their own...

 

Calls for action on climate change

Is it time yet to confront climate change? The weather we’ve experienced this summer foreshadows what we will experience more and more frequently in coming years. The situation isn’t hopeless: there’s still time to avert the most damaging...

 

Trump supported COVID vaccines

If there are any Americans out there who are still loyal to Donald Trump, listen up! Don’t be sidelined by “Trumpian talking heads.” Stay focused on Trump! He and Melania are both vaccinated, and Trump said, “I would recommend it and I would...

 
 By Jean Hall    Letters    July 1, 2021

Job requirements versus pay

What if you worked for a local company that requires you to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and hazmat endorsement on your driver’s license? Job requirements – handle all kinds of hazardous chemicals, do any mechanical that comes up,...

 
 By Lydia Fletcher    Letters    July 1, 2021

Show true compassion to LGBTQ

As I’ve been listening to the discussions around gay pride month, the argument I’ve heard that troubles me the most is the notion that we need to celebrate the LGBTQ lifestyle as a way to show love and inclusion to those who practice that lifesty...

 
 By Roger Whitten    Opinion    June 3, 2021

Letter to the Editor

In 10th century England, those found guilty of debasing the currency had one hand chopped off. If we re-instated this law, we would either have sane monetary policy in this country or a lot of one-handed politicians....

 
 By Bill Forhan    Letters    April 8, 2021

Real problem with salmon

Declining salmon runs, just like global warming/climate change is just another misunderstood problem that could be solved without removing any dams or spending small fortunes employing lawyers and environmentalists that do not understand the...

 

Telephone companies should be responsible

Today I received three phone calls. When I returned the calls according to my caller ID app on my telephone each one was fraudulent. The numbers they gave me were ‘no longer in service,’ according to the message by the phone company. A...

 
 By Amy Carlson    Letters    April 8, 2021

Prime Motivation Club

Appreciation for union leadership and workplace improvements cannot mean that every business must therefore subscribe to the union. While willingness to raise standards, offer education and training, and ensure onsite safety are excellent qualities...

 

Retain Skidmore as county health director

It is my opinion that Chris Skidmore remain as our county health director. He already knows what is required to fill the position; no training needed. And most importantly, he knows the needs of this community. He will continue to do an upstanding...

 

Thoughts on House Bill 1054

I understand the need for ethical policing but I must agree with policy director James McMahan - the bill is very vaguely written and does not acknowledge officer safety. This bill restricts the use of necessary tools our officers have to work with...

 

Letter insults shutdown opponents

Two weeks ago, a reader not only attacked Publisher Roger Harnack, but also insulted those of us who agreed with his comments and were actually encouraged by them. During prohibition, speakeasies were where Americans went for their alcoholic...

 

Drug prohibition should end

Publisher Roger Harnack’s Dec. 17 column has some insight: America loves prohibitions — 1915, drug prohibition; 1919, alcohol prohibition; and 2020, prohibition against spreading the new cold virus. Some features of prohibition,...

 

Best Gift Ever

Thanks to Onecho Bible Church in Colfax, we ended 2020 with the best gift ever in the mailbox. “The Chosen” is a must see, but even more so after a very emotional and tension filled 2020. More than anything, COVID-19 should remind everyone that...

 

Fraud charges

Yesterday, my 13-year-old son asked me about the election, and the fraud charges leveled by President Trump and his supporters. I thought about my answer for a bit, then used the O.J. Simpson trial, and that jury verdict, as an example of how humans...

 

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