THANK YOU ...
... to two generous people
I want to share with you a story that has so positively affected my fiancee and my lives, it' s hard to believe it only happened so recently.
My fiance, Jess, and her friend, Lindsey, were in Twin Falls on a Saturday looking for her wedding dress. While there, she met a nice couple with whom they were chatting during the fitting. Once Jess found that dress, she went to pay for it and found that the gentleman she' d met had paid for her dress in its entirety. He also left them $100 to go out to a nice dinner.
When Jess called me to tell the story, I could hear the tears in her eyes and couldn' t be happier for her to have such a wonderful gesture bestowed upon her. After having lost our 4-year-old Dachshund, Bella, to a spinal disease, my grandfather passing away, and Jess having some drawn-out medical issues all in the last three weeks, nothing has ever proved to me the existence of such kindness in our world today. To George and Carolyn, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
NICOLAS WENDLOWSKY, Star
Celebrate each day
What a wonderful day it is. Rain, snow or sunshine, it' s always wonderful when you' re still breathing. From climate change to gun control, science to religion, or Democrats to Republicans, it seems like there is an issue every day. I hardly pick up a newspaper or watch the news because it seems like a waste of time to worry about. Why can' t we just be thankful for food, water, shelter and a job for most? Instead of want, want, want, why not give, give, give to those who are desperately in need?
I make less than $20,000 a year, cannot afford a car, live in a rundown apartment, but I thank God for what I am blessed with. It's funny, they say the 99 percent because even the majority of them still have more than they need, it almost seems like the other way around. I'm not here to join the argument. I'm just here to remind everyone no matter the issue or your financial status, I love you and God loves you. Have a blessed day and pray for one another as I am praying for you. Just enjoy fellowship.
JACOB PARRA, Emmett
WOMEN' S RIGHTS
Work needs to be done
My bumper sticker reads, "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." Sally Reed (Statesman front page feature, March 26), a feminist icon who lived in Boise, rode an unjust probate court ruling all the way to the Supreme Court in 1971. Idaho law at the time stated that "the male must be preferred over the female," so her ex was automatically awarded administration of her son's estate.
The 1971 decision applied the 14th Amendment equal protection clause to gender, and caused the overturn of similar, biblically based, "male is the head of the family" laws across the country. Such a milestone in judicial history, and to think it started right here in Boise. And 42 years later, our Legislature is still trying to make decisions for women on the antiquated notion that men know best. Can anyone say ultrasound bill? We have come far in the battle for equality, but there is still work to be done.
I salute the Statesman for making this story a front page feature, as we struggle to drag America into the 21st century. And a belated thanks to Sally Reed for her contribution.
JAN ROWE, Boise
A 'red state' tradition
It is with a feeling of relief that I see some state legislators depart our fair city. Some years, the nicest thing you can say about the Idaho Legislature is "It could have been worse." Well, it could've been a lot better. I appreciate that it's difficult finding money to run our state, but the way the Legislature gives it away and shifts the burden to those less able to pay is breathtaking. We'd benefit from more creative and courageous leadership.
The older I get, the more certain I am that some of our majority party, during the legislative session, will: 1. Blame the federal government for most of our problems. 2. Eagerly accept much more money from our federal government than we pay in federal taxes, to keep our state operating smoothly. I guess it's a "red state" tradition.
The fact that the majority party in the Legislature finally voted, after much chest-thumping, teeth-gnashing and rending of garments, to create a state-run health care exchange is appreciated by those of us who would like to lower our health care costs, or simply be insured and perhaps avoid that popular Idaho pastime called "medical bankruptcy."
JOHN W. POST, Boise
Re: The article on climate change by Samuel Larkin. Yes, there is global warming, but to say it is man-caused is not correct or scientific. If anyone says that humans cause global warming, it is their theory. Can someone explain to me how we have had at least four ice ages before the industrialization of this planet? With that said, how is man to blame for global warming?
BARRY SCHELLING, Meridian