I am not a native of Idaho. I was born in Northern California and spent most of my life there except for brief stints in New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona. Some years ago, my husband and I came to Idaho on vacation and fell in love with the people, culture and beautiful countryside we found here. We retired here five years ago. We love the slower pace of life that reminds us of how it was while growing up. I know progress comes to all places; but, sad to see the changes that come with a steady influx of people. When those people acclimate to the style of life provided here, it can be a blessing for them and their new state. Unfortunately, many come and want to change what drew them here in the first place. I am hoping whatever changes occur, they will not detract from the essence of what Idahoans have represented through their history ... friendly, honest, hardworking people who have time to be neighborly to all they meet, who are willing to help others in big ways and even in the smallest of ways. It’s been a joy and privilege to live here in Idaho.
Deborah Rede, Meridian