Tired of the calls
It's a cuckoo's nest out there.
I'm about ready to have my phone disconnected. We are getting unwanted phone calls from every radical tea party nut and gun nut in Idaho at all times of the day and night. The NRA must be working overtime protecting the rights of gun nuts and the rich and powerful gun lobby. The gun lobby would lose billions of dollars if assault weapons were banned, and it is spending millions to see this doesn't happen.
All they have to do is tell these nuts that Obama is trying to steal their guns which couldn't be farther from the truth. President Obama is doing his best to stop more mass killings of our children; and the only way to do that is by banning the private ownership of assault rifles.
I'm an 84-year-old veteran and don't have time to listen to a bunch of nuts that think the government is out to get them. There seem to be a lot of soreheads out there who would overthrow our government to get it their way.
ROBERT G. SCHULTZE, Riggins
A veteran's observation
As a veteran of the Armed Forces, I find it interesting almost all of the gun rights advocates with whom I've discussed the issue of reasonable gun controls -universal background checks, registration of firearms, assault weapons bans and limits on ammo clips - have neither served in the military nor have their children.
My conclusions are not based on a scientific poll, but I find the correlation remarkable. If only those people would volunteer and serve in the Armed Forces, they might find it easier to accept the premise that military-style weapons do not belong in the hands of ordinary citizens, even law-abiding ones.
Military-style weapons are not designed to hunt wildlife or defend persons or property outside of a military or law enforcement context. If those same people want to hunt wildlife or defend their persons or property, they should purchase traditional weapons.
If the people I canvassed and those similarly situated decline to serve in the Armed Forces to fulfill their weapons fantasies, I guess they have other priorities, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, who avoided military service because he had higher priorities even when his country was at war.
ROBERT BLEVINS, Garden City
Guns and cigarettes
Why collect guns? It makes no sense, since there may be 300 million of them!
However, did you know that 61 percent of all gun deaths are suicides? That's over 19,000 a year. And the weapon of choice is a S&W .38. While automatic weapons can spew death at 30 rounds in a flash, and are the deadliest guns, they are not as frequently used. But when used on people they kill more, more quickly than the old .38 special. So they should be treated differently.
I suggest that government, including the surgeon general and private advertising agencies, should mount a campaign (remember cigarettes?) that aims to reduce the iconic status of guns, just as we did with "cool" cigarettes.
I propose that legislators' role is to raise taxes on weapons based on their kill capacity: high on automatics, lower on six-shooters. And insurance should be required on guns based on their actual kill rate per 1,000. Handguns would be higher, automatics lower.
Finally, physicians and mental health workers should be required to ask depressed or violent patients if there is a gun in their domicile, and include its temporary removal as part of a treatment plan.
REV. JON K. BROWN, Boise
Question One: Doesn't Mexico have strict gun control laws?
Question Two: How's that working for them?
SYDNEY MOZINGO, Nampa
Labrador pushingamnesty strategy
Despite the fact immigration law has never been enforced, Congressman Raul Labrador says "new" immigration reform legislation is necessary to bring the more than 11 million illegal aliens "out of the shadows."
Legislation granting permanent legal status and access to any job - immediately - before securing the border, before requiring businesses to use employee verification, before ending birthright citizenship, etc.
This inundation of guest/permanent workers into the U.S. labor market will put them in direct competition with the 22 million un/under-employed Americans. Health care and access to entitlements will add trillions to the deficit over what these predominantly low-skilled workers pay in taxes.
We've all heard before the false promises of enforcing immigration law and securing the border. Now budget constraints will provide a convenient excuse to deny benchmarks.
In reality, what Labrador proposes is the initial step in a two-step amnesty strategy.
Once this massive guest worker program is law, the Democrats will accuse Republicans of creating a caste system along racial/ethnic lines in America. This (legitimate) protestation will lead to bipartisan legislation granting citizenship.
When Labrador stands up in every venue railing against "amnesty," he is actually endorsing the end game - citizenship for millions of illegal aliens and the loss of American sovereignty.
CAROLYN COOKE, Coeur d'Alene
America turning into a Marxist state
Pay taxes? You'll love this - bottom feeding "don't pay any tax" liberals keep people like Barack Hussein Obama in office. The bottom 20 percent of the voters (liberals) average tax bill was $284. Uncle Sam handouts to liberal government democratic sycophants result in an effective 0 percent federal tax implication. Not one conservative voter is in this class.
The top 20 percent of tax payers (conservatives) average tax bill was $55,533, representing 71.8 percent of the total federal tax burden.
The top 1 percent covered nearly 30 percent of the remaining taxes -a staggering $514,144 average per payer.
Burden is a word liberals don't know ... they have none. They're in big-paying government/union jobs. Guaranteed federal income tax pays all their bills. Is it any wonder they gave Barack Hussein Obama another four years to create the largest deficit in U.S. history. They don't care.
Government waste at the website CAGW.org is nearly $1 trillion annually. Six people doing the job two could easily do. Overkill. No controls. Only government does this.
Stop voting for liberal Democrats who are turning America into a Marxist socialist state hellbent on controlling your income, life and family values.
And God bless America.
DANO SAVINO, Nampa
Need faster connection
Please, please somebody answer a question for me; why is the public Wi-Fi access at the Boise Public Library so atrociously horrible? According to www.speedtest.net, the average download speed, in the morning, at BPL starts at about 1 Mbps. As the day progresses, I have seen this drop to less than 1 Mbps, all the way down to 36 Kilobits per second. This is practically a nonexistent connection!
BSU Albertsons Library, averages, even at peak hours, a good 15 Mbps, and even over 22 Mbps! Now that is a good high-speed Internet connection!
The BPL librarians tell me there is no difference in Wi-Fi signal strength on different floors, or in differing floor locations (north wall/corner, east wall, etc.) But that is patently not true. There are differences in signal strength at different locations. Albertsons, on the contrary, has superb signal strength no matter where you go on campus! Why can't a modern big-city library, like Boise Public Library, obtain a good, high-speed Internet provider? I think the BPL management has put a cap on bandwidth access.
DAVID HEWITT, Boise
Debate has two sides
The opening paragraph in a recent climate change "news" article written by Katherine Bagley of InsideClimate News should be seen as very alarming, and unfortunately true, by anyone who reads it, regardless of your political or idealogical leanings.
Ms. Bagley wrote: "This potentially ends an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation's classrooms."
Yes, how dare we allow thoughts that disagree with the official government position to be heard by our children? How dare we stand in the way of the federal government dictating what will be taught in our classrooms?
This alarming statement by Ms. Bagley neatly sums up the liberal progressive agenda that is taking control of our federal government and our country. Do you really want a country where you are not allowed to express your skepticism? It is time to push back folks. Your freedom to think and express yourself is disappearing rapidly.
DAVE CLEMENTS, Eagle
Warming proponentstry to win either way
On March 6, you published a disturbing article telling us that leftists views (approaching religious fever) on global warming will be indoctrinated into our kids minds from the eighth grade on. The weird thing is that one of the organizations promoting this, the National Center for Science Education claims to oppose "the teaching of religious views as science." Yet most global warming alarmists approach the subject with faith rather than science often resembling religious fanatics.
For instance, the Earth has not warmed since 1998, yet their faith still tells them the Earth has been warming during this period.
Because the facts challenge their faith, they changed their preaching to climate change rather than global warming. What challenges their faith though is the climate is always changing no matter what humans do. Because the logic of skeptics disturbs their faith they have formulated a win plan.
If it gets hotter, it's climate change, but if it gets colder they are still right. If the weather is dryer it's climate change, but so is more moisture. There is no course the weather or climate can take that will cause them to revise their faith.
JOSEPH J. DEWEY, Boise
Back on comedy tour
Red alert! It appears Gidget is back on the G(great-grandma) O(ldtime) P(olitburo) comedy tour. Isn't she supposed to be up there keeping an eye out on those pesky Russians?
DAVID K. DILISA, Meridian