THANK YOU ...
... to Ada County officers
Thank you Ada County Sheriffs Department!
On Friday, Sept. 28, I had a terrible day. I got rear-ended, my car a complete mess. Even scarier was the fact that my 3-year-old son was in the back seat, just right in front of where the car was struck. Needless to say I was freaked out but even more so was my son. He was scared and quite inconsolable as we stood on the side of the road waiting for the authorities.
I have heard that cops carry teddy bears to give to kids who are involved in accidents, I just never thought my family would be on the receiving end of one. The sheriff came over and told my son he wasnt getting the chance to spend time with the bear and he that needed a friend and would my son take care of the bear for him. Wide-eyed, my son accepted the bear and now insists that Crash go with us in the car every time. A big thank you to Officer Vickers and to the Ada County Sheriffs Department. It feels good knowing that they take into account the feelings of even the smallest victims.
AIMEE HOVAN, Boise
... to area firefighters
The Sheep Fire started at Lucile, seven miles north of Riggins, Sept. 6. By the time we got to our place on Slate Creek, 13 miles north of Lucile, Sept. 12, the fire was a short mile up the hill from us. Firefighters, Idaho County Sheriffs Department, and equipment from Montana, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Idaho was on the road and in the air. They had already come in around our house and other dwellings and had moved firewood and other combustible material from around the buildings. They set up pumps, laid out fire hoses and later put up sprinklers.
The next day the same crew from Eureka, Mont., helped me remove a tree and other vegetation that was ladder fuel, reaching toward the house. All the folks we encountered were professional, friendly, cordial, polite and helpful. As the fire advanced an Arizona hotshot crew cut a fire break straight up the ridge that later served as a safe place to start a fire break when the fire advanced. The backfire crew had been on the line all night and long into the next day. We cant say enough to express our appreciation and admiration of these well-trained professionals. Thank you firefighters.
DAVE AND KAY FERGUSON, Eagle and Slate Creek
... to caring firefighters
I would like to thank all the firefighters and 911 personnel that came out to my house the other night. I had croup that brought on an asthma attack that left me gasping for air. All of the men had big hearts and a genuine caring as they rushed me to the hospital. Thanks for your quick response!
SHEILA RENEE ALLSUP, Meridian
... to many contributors
The 2012 Rock Party was a huge success. The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology rocked out on Sept. 16, with hands-on kid stations, hillside geology hikes, gold panning, museum exhibits and much more.
More than 90 museum and community volunteers made the afternoon happen. Special thanks to museum volunteers, teachers, Timberline High School students, Idaho Humanities Council, Idaho Botanical Garden, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Idaho Statesman, Event Rents, Tates Rents-Broadway Avenue, Office Max-Broadway Avenue, Boise Weekly, Treasure Valley Family Magazine, Boise Independent School District, Traffic Products and Services Inc., SignsNow-Orchard Avenue, and College of Western Idaho-Horticulture.
SHIRLEY EWING, Rock Party coordinator, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, Boise
SEE SPOT WALK
Parking situation not improved
Before last year, See Spot Walk was a joyful event. We were able to park in the Boise State University parking garage, walk to Julia Davis Park, meet and parade through Boise, down one lane of traffic only, where people were excited to see so many dogs and costumes. Then we returned to the park for more activities.
Last year there was no parking in the BSU garage because of the football game and no parading in Boise city for some unknown reason. We were confined to Julia Davis Park.
This year, there is no BSU game in town but still no parking in the BSU garage and no parading in Boise city again. Why? If we were bicyclists, Boise streets would be shut down for our event. This year, See Spot Walk participants, observers and regular park patrons must fight for parking places in Julia Davis Park.
Dog lovers and owners are second-class citizens here in Boise. I am a senior citizen, a lifelong resident of Boise and a graduate of Boise Junior College (A.A.), BC (B.A.) and BSU (M.A.). And I say: Shame on Boise city, shame on Mayor Dave Bieter and especially shame on BSU.
EVELYN WORDEN, Boise
Base amount on quality of service
Regarding Larry Fernsworths Oct. 1 letter about a gratuity. It sounds to me like he feels he is entitled to a tip of more than 15 percent. Mr. Fernsworth needs to be reminded that tips are not entitlements, but are earned for service.
KEN STEARNS, Meridian