Here are our Letters to the Editor for July 21.
The battle against harassment
I was recently asked what malicious harassment meant and I remembered our first annual conference of the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1987. This meeting was prompted by the now defunct Aryan Nations annual conference of 1986.
Our coalition of 5 states, to include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, with representatives from the governor’s offices of each state, made a rather stark and politically incorrect statement, that together, as a coalition, we will increase the awareness of mutual sensitivity towards a goal of community collaboration, to promote a change in the political and social climate in 5 states, that traditionally were focused on maintaining a policy, that intimidation and violence against those of a different religion, color, or ethnic origin, was acceptable to continue, based upon acceptable local standards purposefully blind to our U.S. Constitution.
I continue to remain easily convinced, that the original board members of the N.W.C.A.M.H. saw a dire need, almost 30 years ago, to promote, to assist, and to help those, often times, unwilling to come forth, due to fear and effective intimidation, and that slow and painful process culminated in the enactment, of malicious harassment laws in three western states. Lim limt, Bill Wassmuth, for your vision, faith, and values, believing and supporting the value of everyone.
James Gordon Perkins
Upper Columbia Human Rights Coalition
Get out and vote!
The number of registered voters for the Aug. 2014 primary election in Stevens County was 28,757, 11,626 ballots were cast (40.42 percent).
To break that down, it usually takes a plurality of 50 percent +1 of the voted ballots to win. So 5,814 voters decided the issues on the 2014 ballot for 28,757 registered voters.
Twenty percent of the registered voters made the decisions for the county. (Where are the eligible citizens who are not registered voters?).
As of July 18, 2016, there are 29,056 registered voters in Stevens County (voter registration is still open until July 25 for the 2016 primary; check with the election office 684-7514)
There are many, many candidates on the 2016 primary ballet. Do your research and choose wisely. (You don’t have to vote on EVERYTHING on the ballot).
Make your VOTE count.
How about a huge (90 percent or better) turnout? 🙂
Republican Precinct Committee person