THANK YOU ...
... for restaurant meals
On Monday, March 25, my husband and I chose to have lunch at JB's in Meridian (one of our favorite restaurants). I had a coupon for purchasing one meal and get the second meal for half price - a great deal.
I also had a coupon for $5 off the entire check when the meal was more than $25, which we would not be able to utilize. I saw a couple with their grandchildren sitting nearby and passed the extra coupon on to them. They thanked us for our thoughtfulness. Well when my hubby and I went to leave, to our surprise (and a little shock), our entire meal had been paid for. We were unable to express our appreciation to them for their kindness. "Pay it forward" has its rewards - in this life (or perhaps the next). Again, a big thank-you to that couple for their generous gift.
SHELLEY BARTLETT, Meridian
... for generous support
Rocky's Rescue would like to send out a huge thank-you to H3 Pet Foods in Meridian for your recent donations. We would like to thank all the volunteers throughout the Treasure Valley for your hundreds of hours of hard work and donations. Without you, our rescue would not be what it is today. Your donations and volunteer hours have helped us save over 70 animals the last few months. That is incredible. To our foster families, words cannot describe the work you do and the thanks you deserve. Keep up the incredible work! Anyone interested in joining our mission to save the lives of unwanted pets, please join us on Facebook, Rocky's Rescue. We are growing rapidly and would love to add you to our family of volunteers.
Save a Life: Adopt. Foster. Donate. Volunteer.
CARI WILLIAMS, Kuna
Leaders spent time on less important issues
Governor Kempthorne once said "We can't have too many Republicans in the Idaho Legislature." Wrong. We demonstrably can, if they are of the stripe of the current leadership bullies. These folks had plenty of time to waste on a foolish resolution to have the state take over federal lands, paranoid measures on imaginary gun confiscation, redistribution of a business personal property tax to local property taxpayers, and arguments against a state health insurance exchange. They found time to reject, for really stupid reasons, a well-qualified woman candidate for a position on the IDFG Commission. But the leadership just could not find time to deal with Medicaid, a failure hurtful to many Idahoans.
Yes, indeed, we can have too many of some Republicans in the Idaho Legislature.
DON CHAPMAN, McCall
U.S. Constitution restricts states
The marriage contract - contracts are the cornerstone of civilization and represent public declarations of intent. Contracts are declared between countries, between governments and citizens, between businesses and customers, and between citizens themselves.
Marriage is both a contract and a personal privilege protected by law. To some, marriage represents both a religious and a civil contract between two people. To others, it represents only a civil contract. The function of the state is to determine what is legal and to acknowledge those legal civil marriage contracts.
A state determining the legality and denying or disparaging the rights and privilege of two adult citizens to enter into a marriage contract - based on gender or religious tenants - violates the Establishment, Equal protection, and Privileges and Immunities sections of the Constitution.
The Constitution defines what powers the federal government has, leaving unspecified rights to the sovereignty of the states and to the people. However, it is explicit when specifying restrictions on states denying privileges reserved to its citizens.
AL BAUN, Boise
Politicians fail to address financial problems
As an "entitlement" recipient I know these programs have to be revised to save them. Many of us have paid in much more to Social Security than we'll ever get back, but that's OK. Seniors don't like Social Security called an "entitlement," however many people get benefits but have paid little or nothing, so it is an "entitlement" in many cases.
Means testing would go a long way towards fixing it, but some politicians refuse because Social Security paid to millionaires and billionaires comes back to the government in taxes and can be spent again. They have raided the surpluses in the program every year because "they know how to spend our money best."
This is a baby step away from raiding your bank account.
Medicare was sold as a means to help reduce the medical costs in our senior years. Taxes paid in over a lifetime would pay for it. Not so, it has turned into a welfare program with the costs shifted to our children on a 1-to-3 basis. In other words, we're borrowing from China $2 for every $1 spent on Medicare, then sending the bill with interest to our children.
TERRY PLATTS, Gooding