First, I noticed the comic strip Tiger was gone, then, a day or two later, gone was Family Circus and Dennis the Menace. Whats going on? Whats next? It doesnt take long to read the paper these days, but I do still enjoy the comic strips. Now, they seem to be disappearing along with so much of the grand ole newspapers we used to enjoy. Sign of the times, I guess.
GAIL NEEL, Boise
INL AND NUCLEAR WASTE
Leave Idaho cleanup agreement intact
Regarding the Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission commissioned by Gov. Butch Otter.
I commend this group and Chairman Jeff Sayer for their thorough and thoughtful work in assessing the challenges and opportunities regarding nuclear energy in Idaho. Its difficult and time-consuming work, and is important to our state.
As pointed out in the proposed progress report, Idaho Falls and much of eastern Idaho is highly reliant, economically, on the INL. Idaho must do, responsibly, what it can to preserve the jobs and economy of that section of our state.
Many of the proposed expansions and preservation of INL and other nuclear-dependent facilities can be obtained only with greatly increased federal and state funding. I doubt these would be forthcoming.
I do not support modification of my nuclear waste agreement nor extending the deadlines specified therein. I doubt that there would be more than a small percentage of Idahoans who would vote to do so, if the question were put before the electorate.
The LINE Commission proposes to continue its work. I believe that is appropriate. However, the recommendations for the creation of more and duplicative Idaho agencies make little sense to me.
PHILIP E. BATT, former governor of Idaho
GARDEN CITY GREENBELT
Confusing initiative doesnt serve voters
The vote to ban bicycles on the walking path section of the Garden City Greenbelt was quite clear to anyone voting yes or no on Proposition A. Proposition B was obviously, deliberately and intentionally written in an ambiguous manner to confuse voters, even when read carefully.
It was like watching Fox News, where you actually know more about something before they tell you than after they tell you. The very clear intent of Proposition B was to give the Citizens for an Open Greenbelt people one last desperate shot if the bicycle ban was upheld by Proposition A, which by the will of the people it was.
Creating a transparently deceitful proposition with ridiculous and confusing legalese should embarrass anyone supporting COGs initiative. It not only deserved to be repealed, it was.
BILL PINKNEY, Garden City
People have spoken; unite behind Obama
This is my first letter to the editor. I would like to mention one item that has concerned me after listening to and reading post-presidential election results.
A good share of the discussions have centered on how certain groups voted (Latinos, Caucasian, African-American, young, old, male, female, etc.). I believe each time we refer to different groups, we tend to separate, rather than unite our country.
We are all American citizens. No matter how informed and passionate I am about my chosen candidate (I voted for Romney), every other persons vote is just as important as mine.
My wife and I have five grown children all voting age. Four of us voted for Romney and three for Obama. Each of us made up our own mind. Im totally fine with that. I respect everyones right to make their own choice.
Now that the people have spoken, I am prepared to move forward and support President Obama and our great country any way I can. Were all in this together. Lets try and remove the discussion of certain groups from our conversations and treat each other with respect as individuals.
DAVID CARMACK, Meridian