Partisanship over people is the rule in debate
In 1997, my sister suffered three strokes and a brain hemorrhage due to a rare autoimmune disease. At the time, she had four young children at home. She and her children and I have been family in Boise for over 10 years and she has recovered remarkably even though she remains disabled. If it were not for Medicaid, she would have no insurance as she must have a legal guardian and is unable to work.
I am sadly disappointed that we are involved in partisan politics over the health care act. Lets begin development of the exchange and lets evaluate the Medicaid program under the act, so that those who are presently unable to secure health insurance can receive health care in Idaho. Its easy for those of us with health insurance to forget what it is like for those who are unable to secure it.
CAMILLE OLDENBURG, Boise
Criticism is convincing; conclusions are wrong
Several recent letters in criticism of Obamacare were well written, passionate and convincing. The only problem is they were wrong, filled with misinformation and FOX News agitprop.
Heres what the bill will do:
1. Poor people will be covered by Medicaid.
2. Old people by Medicare.
3. Working poor helped by subsidies for incomes up to 150 percent of poverty level.
4. The Medicare D doughnut hole will be closed.
5. The exchanges will leverage the national private insurance market.
6. Small business will be helped to provide affordable coverage.
7. Its not unconstitutional. The Supreme Court just said so.
Further, this is not socialism. Its a compendium of ideas from Republicans, the Heritage Foundation, and originally supported by Newt Gingrich (father of the individual mandate) and implemented by Mitt Romney. In fact Obamacare is a Republican bill. All the liberal ideas (single payer and public option) were dropped out of hand unfortunately.
CHRIS MORRIS, Caldwell
Conservatives needed in all areas of government
The recent decision by the Supreme Court is a perilous reminder to Americans that there are more than just two branches of government. The danger with the Supreme Court is that it is a case of the government deciding the legality of the governments own laws. It is for this reason that we must be selective in who we elect to office for the president nominates an individual and is confirmed by the Senate.
This past decision is proof that we need originalist justices on the court, those who would debate the intention behind the Constitution and its various amendments. The Constitution should be the guide for a justice not their ideological beliefs or even foreign laws.
Obama has proven himself insufficient for the task of appointing justices who would adhere to the Constitutions limits on government authority. He has nominated, and the Senate confirmed, women who violate individual liberty and state authority by arbitrarily expanding governmental power in violation of the Constitution. His appointees decisions on the Obamacare tax, Arizonas immigration law, and Citizens United are proof enough of this fact.
We must elect conservative representatives to all branches of government so they can then appoint originalist justices.
KYLE TUCKNESS, Payette
Taxpayers pay the price for terrible decisions
The Dynamis Waste to Energy project at the Ada County Landfill should be stopped before more harm is done. The approval of this venture is ethically in question from shady business practices, back-room deals and forced partnerships. Dynamis is unwilling to answer questions and provide documentation. The people of Ada County have paid the price once already when the county commissioners gave $2 million to Dynamis. We will continue to pay the price when the proposed facility processes 408 tons of waste a day, generating air pollution, waste byproducts, and ash. Forcing Idaho Power Co. to buy power generated by Dynamis at a rate higher than current rates hits the consumers yet again. All in all, this is a losing proposition for the residents of Ada County, the people of Boise, and the general public overall.
Boise and Idaho are too wonderful to impact in this way. Please put a stop to this as soon as possible.
HEIDI WAGNER, Boise
Project doesnt live up to lofty proponents claims
Theres an adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Ada County commissioners should apply this to the proposal to turn old tires and other garbage into fuel at the landfill.
Dynamis Energys claims sound wonderful: The plant would gasify garbage and produce clean energy, saving space at the landfill. Indeed, technology has come a long way since the days when filthy incinerators simply burned garbage. But not far enough.
But there is a downside that puts those bold claims in an entirely different light.
The company wants to gasify 408 tons of garbage a day. This will result in 30 tons of ash that the county may have on its hands forever. The process will also release a variety of pollutants into the air in a valley already plagued with inversions and bad air days.
This essentially is a big experiment, being played out next to the largest population center in the state.
There is no reason we should be expected to put our health and families at risk for a sweetheart deal between the county commissioners and an energy company. This proposal is the real rubbish and should be buried deep.
COURTNEY WASHBURN, Community Conservation director, Idaho Conservation League, Boise
Liberal tag doesnt apply; Thomas columns are proof
To those who think of, and refer to the Statesman as a liberal rag when they happen to disagree with an article by Dan Popkey or others; please consider July 13, when the entire space devoted to their editorial was a copy and paste job given to the snide and sanctimonious Cal Thomas. Heres an individual who spews his bilge alongside Hannity and OReilly on Fox News.
This paper also endorsed George W. Bush. Not exactly left-leaning, in my opinion.
I do realize I choose to live in the lions den of Idaho, and will smilingly tolerate the rant of the GOP-minded. How about a little bit of the same from those who cry foul so quickly?
TODD GIESLER, Boise
Comic relief appreciated
Thank you so much for confirming what I queried in my letter to you (published on June 12, 2012). By publishing the screed authored by Dano Savino, with quill pen dipped in pure venom, I fully realize that you feel as I do the words furnish comic relief from the horrific, daily news which overwhelms us all.
JANETTE MCFARLAND, Fruitland