THANK YOU ...
... to ACHD and partners
Recently, the Ada County Highway District paved the section of the path that our Foundation for Ada/Canyon Trail Systems (FACTS) has been working on for three years on the south side of the south channel of the Boise River. It didnt have to. It did it because it is a community-minded partner with all of the other agencies that have been helping us with this path Boise city, Garden City, Ada County, Eagle, the state Department of Lands, flood control, the Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Parks and Recreation Department and countless private individuals and companies.
ACHD, when asked, has been there for every important moment for us. It helped with right-of-way negotiations, signage, flood control and now the paving. Without ACHD this project would not have been possible.
In addition to this generosity, ACHD has been kind and very considerate throughout the whole process. Our community is so fortunate to have such professional people working on our behalf to make our home a better place to live. Thank you, ACHD, for being wonderful neighbors and friends to us all.
JUDY PEAVEY-DERR, FACTS president, Boise
... for Christmas production
Congratulations and kudos to the Meridian Seventh Day Adventist Church on Black Cat Road for its incredibly well-orchestrated production of The Living Nativity in beautiful collaboration with its neighbor LDS church and choir. We were amazed and grateful for the entities and intense effort that it took to bless us all with the true meaning of Christmas. If you missed it ... hopefully youll be able to participate next year and carry the message forward.
KATHY KINMAN, Meridian
Meridian can be proud of its symphony orchestra
The Idaho Statesman should have had a reviewer attend the Meridian Symphony Orchestras Christmas Concert on Saturday evening, Dec. 1, at Centennial High School.
The orchestra played to a full house and received a standing ovation. The audience was well-pleased by the performance of the orchestra and soloists, and the delightful selections programmed by conductor and artistic director, maestro Jim Ogle.
Ogle has molded a collection of enthusiastic volunteer musicians into a fine-sounding orchestra. He has brought finesse, grace and professionalism to the group in a remarkably short time, attesting to his abilities and experience, and the skills inherent in these musicians.
Meridian can be justly proud of this orchestra.
ROBERT PORI, violist, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Boise
Support Operation Warm Heart
You can show your appreciation for the sacrifices 350 lower-ranking airmen and their families make to keep us safe, by donating to Mountain Home Air Force Bases Operation Warm Heart. Your contribution will help make Christmas special for airmen and their families. Santa will have toys to give to the airmens children, and provide Christmas food baskets with all the trimmings.
Also, your contribution helps give new parents blankets, diapers and other necessities. It enables the organization to stock a food bank, and provide short-term, emergency financial assistance to airmen.
Please make your check payable to Operation Warm Heart. Mail it to Operation Warm Heart, PSC 4188, Mountain Home AFB, ID 83648.
If you have questions, please call MSgt. Nicholle Fouke, 599-0402; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPT. BILL KIBBLE, USAF (Ret.), Boise
Shelters offer a better option
Tis the season to be gullible. A homeless man makes $60,000 per year. When will the people who drive by these frauds open their eyes and realize handing out a dollar or a five is just giving away free money to con men/women. There is one panhandler with five multicolored signs telling all passers-by of his plight. He holds one sign, braces two signs on the ground and then hammers two signs into the trees.
The city needs to do something about this, but until it does, the public needs to be aware of the frauds that wander our streets. Give generously to the shelters. Give with enabling eyes wide open to the fraudulent panhandlers.
RONALD SMITH, Boise
What became of the favorites?
When I moved to Boise June 1, I bought two or three copies of the Statesman and told my daughter, This is a good paper it has two pages of comics. Plus a couple puzzles.
Now three of my favorites are missing Rose Is Rose, For Better or Worse and Blondie. Maybe not Blondie so much, but the other two are really missed. Whats up?
ELIZABETH G. BATES, Boise
Whats a man to do?
Ive been getting the Idaho Statesman for over 20 years. I guess its out with the old, in with the new comic strips! All these years the only comics I looked at were Blondie, Dennis the Menace and Family Circus. Now theyre gone. Whats a man to do?
MICHAEL D. KRENNING, Boise
New cartoons: zero interest
Wow. Your daily comics page has really taken a big step down, and backward. I usually read or scan most of the strips there. After reading the newly added strips a few times, I find zero interest in continuing with them all of them. I have a hard time believing that your readers actually find them interesting or even somewhat humorous.
If one of the main reasons I subscribe to your newspaper is to enjoy the comics, then I would consider terminating my subscription. I am sure my opinion is in the minority here, which doesnt say very much for the majority out there.
DEAN J. KEARL, Kuna
See you on Sunday ...
I am sorry to say Im going to change my subscription to Sunday only. The paper gets smaller every day, and now some of my favorite comics are not in print form. I will miss my morning coffee and paper routine. While I strongly believe in supporting printed news and local business, I know I will get more comprehensive coverage of important issues online, and for free. Sorry, Statesman, I will miss you ... See ya Sunday!
PATTI FONCREE, Nampa