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I was speaking specifically about District 5 , but let's include North Idaho. Logging and mining and the associated spin offs raised generations of families in this region. We consume mineral and timber resources that come from somewhere. We have mineral and timber resources here, let's produce them here and get the jobs and profits into our economy. Not everyone can or wants to sit behind a desk writing software or having a seasonal tourist industry job. Mining and logging jobs pay well and are what some peOple are made for. The fate of forests on the east side of the cascades with our dryer climate is to burn, get eaten by bugs or be harvested. I would prefer a sustainable continuous harvest rate be established. We need a whole economy, starting with the extractive industries. Those areas you moan about, they are beautiful to me as is, and in a very few years will be beautiful to you again. Our forests have a production cycle that is about a human lifespan, so things should always be changing. The infrastructure projects you mention consume tax dollars. New private industry jobs and products create tax revenues. We need the private industry jobs.
Good article, with just a little drama thrown in. I did indeed change plans and go on the Republican Boat ride in order to share a venue with Cathy, but I did not have to crash it as it was open to all. It was a fun event and when I met with Cathy she was very gracious to her challenger. I even met people ( 3 ) who had already voted for me. Tom Horne
Good fair article, with just a touch of drama added. I did change plans and pass on the Pullman Forum to go on the Republican boat ride, thinking it was an opportunity I could not miss, but I didn't crash it. It was open to anyone who wanted to attend. It was a fun event and when I spoke to Cathy she was very gracious to her challenger. Tom Horne
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