THANK YOU ...
... to American Cancer Society
Thank you to the American Cancer Societys Great American Smokeout a mile marker for those who are ready to quit smoking. It was also a celebration for non-smokers to rally in support of individuals who are quitting, smokefree businesses, and laws providing health and safety to the community.
This was the first year Boise celebrated the smokeout as a smokefree city. But not every city in the Treasure Valley is smokefree. Just next door many dread going to work because their jobs allow smoking indoors. Non-smoking employees are put into unsafe working conditions, and many are not able to find new employment with the poor economy.
No one should have to choose between a good job and good health.
More than 7,000 chemicals from secondhand smoke can aggravate or cause health problems including cancer, respiratory infections and asthma. It is responsible for 46,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,400 deaths from lung cancer each year among non-smokers.
Join me in supporting the smokefree businesses in the community, congratulating those overcoming their dangerous addictions, and voicing your support for a Smokefree Treasure Valley.
Learn more about secondhand smoke and how to voice your support at www.SmokefreeIdaho.org.
DAWN SNAPP, ACS CAN,
lead volunteer, Boise
... to man who found wallet
There are still a few honest people out there.
Recently my wife and I were waiting at our childrens school, Anser Charter School in Garden City. We were waiting to take a walk with our son to the river with his class. As we were getting out of our truck to meet his class my wallet fell out and I didnt noticed it. I thought I left it in the truck.
We went down to the river with his class and then when coming back, a gentleman came over and asked me if I had lost my wallet. To my surprise he handed it to me. He had been waiting to give it back to me for at least 45 minutes. I opened the wallet, everything was still there, even the $100 bill. Talk about a shocker.
Yes, Boise, there are still honest people out there.
The gentlemans name is James Burton. He had an Australian accent. If you know James, you are very lucky to know him. What a great person! Thanks James Burton, youre one in a million.
DAVE RODEN, Boise
... to voters and supporters
I would like to give a very sincere thank you to all the voters that chose to elect me as your new District 10 state representative. I certainly enjoyed the thousands of conversations I had with all my constituents, and I am very humbled that the voters have put their trust and confidence in me.
My family and I have endured through some very personal and distasteful character attacks stemming back to some of my youthful mistakes, but in the end I was elected because people understand that we have much bigger issues to concentrate on, and most dont appreciate dirty politics.
This entire campaign I have taken the ethical high road, never once bad-mouthed my opponent or his campaign, and most of all actively listened to the residents of District 10. I also told the people what I bring to the table for District 10, and what my public policy views on our major issues are. Now the real work begins.
I look forward to working hand in hand with you to make Idaho the best state in the Union. May God bless you.
BRANDON HIXON, District 10 state representative-elect, Caldwell
... to an independent candidate
Eagles Al Shoushtarian, former city councilman, was the independent candidate for District 14 Senate on the Nov. 6 ballot.
His campaign team achieved its goal of offering District 14 voters a worthy option at the polls.
Al received 7,213 votes, or one-third of the total votes cast for the Senate seat that encompasses Eagle, Star, NW Meridian. This is an exemplary achievement that speaks well for the effective independent campaign in a strong political party district. Al is for the People, not a Party rang true.
The supportive voter turnout for Al Shoushtarian is evidence that many thousands of voters are dissatisfied with the performance record of political party politics at the state Capitol. Thank you, Al, for offering voters a choice at the polls.
PATRICIA MINKIEWICZ, Eagle
... to race organizers
I want to say thank you to all the organizers and volunteers that helped with all the races (biking and running) this year.
Training for a race is difficult but without their help the race wouldnt be possible. Also thank you to the people who come out to just cheer and encourage at these races. Your encouragement helps more than you could possibly know.
ANDY FLORES, Boise