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Is Common Core Really the Answer?

Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 11:52 Written by Linda Yergler

Recently I sent out an email to local school board members and our State Legislators linking  two video's relating to our new Common Core Standards. The Idaho Department of Education responded with emails to ALL School Boards in the State and ALL Legislators calling these video's "misinformation" and a list of frequently asked questions. (FAQ's) My response to these FAQ's is attached in pdf format. (Response to Id DoE FAQ)

I take exception to calling a different point of view "Misinformation" and call on all parents and taxpayers to learn what is really behind these Common Core Standards (CCS) and how much they are going to cost us in dollars as well as quality of education.

I have linked to two video's. The first is Senator William Ligon, Georgia, who has introduced legislation to withdraw from the CCS.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODz4X0GO-Fk&feature=youtube

The second is Glen Beck interviewing persons involved with education explaining how CCS will harm our education system.  http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=25729091&topic_id=24584158

Please - take the time to get informed. This is important. The future of our children and our country is at stake.

NO to Unconstitutional Health Care Exchanges

Published on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:33 Written by Linda Yergler

Time is running out!

On December 14th Governor Butch Otter will advise the Federal Government if the State of Idaho will participate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by establishing a state run Health Care Exchange.  Not only will this exchange diminish health care but will cost the State (TAXPAYER) an astronomical amount of dollars to implement. Where will these dollars come from? Higher Taxes? Encourage Governor Otter to join with 22 other states in saying NO to a Health Care Exchange!

The additional staff the state would require to gather and maintain personal data to share with a federal database would increase the size of government immensely at a time when we are fighting for constitutionally smaller goverment. 

An additional burden and cost would be placed on employers as they would need increased staff to maintain information passed on to the state. If you are fortunate enough to have current health care through your employer, that could change. Indeed, that is already happening, as employers drop health coverage for existing employees. Health care is an expensive cost to businesses. Dropping current coverage and paying the fine for not providing coverage would be a savings for the employer, but, would diminish coverage for the employee through the exchange.

Health insurance is an issue that needs to be reformed, but these exchanges are NOT the answer.  A government mandate to purchase health insurance limits your freedom of choice. 

You can write the Governor at http://gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/contact.html  or call him at 208-334-2100 or fax him at 208-334-3454 and tell him NO EXCHANGE.

If you write either a letter or email, here are three samples to help you compose yours: Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3.

Contact Governor Otter TODAY.  Deadline is December 14th......

Too Much Emphasis on Conservation - Not Enough on Community Survival

Published on Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:15 Written by Linda Yergler

Shoshone County Commissioner Larry Yergler recently attended a two day WildLife Summit hosted by the Idaho Fish and Game.  Below is a response he submitted to IF&G Director Virgil Moore as well as Governor Otter, other County Commissioners, State and Federal Representatives.

Yergler expressed concern over the economic impact US Fish and Wildlife and Idaho Fish and Game regulations will have on our community as well as potentially impacting our way of life. Please view the Wildlife Summit by clicking IF&G Wildlife Summit.

In discussing the summit with Larry, he said "We must all get involved if we are to preserve our heritage and traditions for our children and grandchildren!"

Please use the Read More link to read Larry's letter to Director Virgil Moore in it's entirety.

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