War stories were a treat
Saturday, March 30, my wife and I were invited to have breakfast with the Marine Corps "Old Timers" at Quinn's Restaurant. Of the 20 or so Marines, we were surprised at the number of World War II veterans - some in their 90s.
Each had a story to tell me about their service in the Marines and all were just great individuals.
One had bombed and helped sink the largest Japanese battleship of the war. Each had a story about their service on Guadacanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Saipan, Iwo Jima or Okinawa. One had been seriously wounded on Saipan and thus missed Iwo Jima. He thought his wound was a good thing. Some had fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
When we left, Bette and I turned to each other and said together, "We just had breakfast with some of the greatest generation."
May similar generations follow these men.
LARRY WOODARD, Meridian
The system is broken
We value the work of our country's forefathers at the Constitutional Convention, but the great document they produced did not establish a true democracy. In fact, their work resulted in a republic that created many of the problems that plague our country today.
The principle of federalism, which provides for a division of powers between the states and federal government, two senators from each state, and congressional districts, all contribute to the present paralysis in Washington, D.C.
Even the archaic electoral college system allows for a minority president.
Because of these facts, the value of each person's vote at election time is diminished and hence Congress is run by people more interested in serving the narrow interests of their constituents and in getting re-elected than they are in serving the country as a whole.
Representation based on geography rather than on population prevents a true democracy.
HARRY A. DENNIS, Boise
Ban assault weapons
Sen. James Risch in responding to a letter I'd written to him wrote "Gun control legislation is based on the faulty premise that guns cause crime. Gun control laws result in only criminals owning guns, which can only increase the crime rate."
I responded writing that people with criminal intent and the mentally unstable allowed easy access to guns are right NOW increasing the crime rate. How can Risch and others in Congress deny the common sense solution of universal background checks for every gun purchase that is favored by 90 percent of people?
Refusal to reinstate the assault weapons ban has seen increase in brutal crime such as the recent murder of schoolchildren. Many of those kids might still be alive had the ban been reinstated. With that kind of mayhem, what is of necessity now is massacre control!
Despite lunatic conviction that government will take away our guns, nothing proposed threatens Second Amendment rights.
We need to urge Risch and fellow legislators to show moral courage and stand up to the NRA with its economic stranglehold on them. Congress needs to do what benefits the American people whom they have sworn to serve and are supposed to work for.
Gate is not welcome
Shame on the Laguna Pointe Homeowners Association for installing a gate to block the final section of the Greenbelt to Eagle Road. The opening to this final section was something both commuting and recreational cyclists, runners and walkers had been so looking forward to.
We urge the Eagle city leaders to work to reopen this section of the Greenbelt so all may benefit from its use and we urge all Greenbelt users to press for the removal of the gate.
TOM AND JUDY WALDERA,
Plastic bottles litter roads
Why do people in Idaho tolerate trash on their highways? Especially plastic bottles filled with yellow liquid (pee bottles) left on roadsides, especially overnight stopping places for semi-trucks?
Driving on U.S. 20/26 from Idaho Falls to Mountain Home recently, I observed a semi-truck stopping location at a rest area/weight station for IDOT just outside of Carey. There were 27, count them, 27 plastic bottles littering the area, all of which appeared to contain urine. I have pictures to verify it.
If Idaho is too great to litter, why is littering with urine-filled bottles allowed?
Why can't local law enforcement folks enforce the laws - you know where these litter areas are in your patrol area!
Semi-truck and long-haul drivers - hold it until you get to the can and then dispose of the bottles in a hygienic manner! Please?
MARK DREW, Boise