THANK YOU ...
... to Humane Society
What a great thing the IHS (Idaho Humane Society) has done by rescuing those dogs in southern Idaho. They deserve a pat on the back. Because of that, I took them over a bunch of dog/cat food, and towels and blankets, and I have signed up to do volunteer work with them as well. (I hope more people do the same). What I saw while I was out there was incredible. They were doing such a good job with all the animals out there.
The whole idea of IHS is to be humane and ours has always rose to the call to help all animals, even in the face of ridicule, and I want to make sure you know that there are people in Ada county that appreciate what you do. Thank you.
WAYNE CROFT, Boise
VA has too much wait time
The War on Terror has waged for the past decade, and sadly, has remained out of sight and out of mind. I understand the combatants of a forgotten war not getting a proper welcome home, but the VA failing them is completely unset. I plead to our legislators that at least those returning be at least granted the benefits they earned.
All that an eligible beneficiary has to do is call the VA call center, endure a 30- to 45-minute hold time, then be directed to their local VA benefits center. Appointments are scheduled within two weeks 49 percent of the time; the other 51 percent of people will experience an average 50-day wait period. The average claim will be processed in a mere 272 days, about the same time it takes a person to go from conception to birth. A year wait to reap the funds they need is unacceptable.
Unless the government of the people by the people and for the people streamlines the VA, the potential of some of these young adults won't be realized and they will sink like an anvil in a sea of combat stress and unemployment.
PATRICK EVANS, Boise
Market charges are unfair
I was very surprised when I parked in the parking lot next to the new Farmer's Market and was informed by a very nice man where I could pay for the parking. Since I did not plan to stay longer than a few minutes, I moved my car to a parking place on the street. I later learned that they are charging $2 to park for two hours. I assumed that there would be no charge for parking on a Saturday.
I realize that agreeing to go along with the parking charge was probably a condition in getting to use that space for the Farmer's Market. However, having to pay to park there on Saturday for just a few minutes is not something I am willing to do.
BARBARA EDWARDS, Boise
People are digging deeper
Many of us ignore proven financial principles and set ourselves up for financial failure. Below are examples.
1. Buy now and pay later is the pathway to debt and financial bondage; and yet many of us pay up to 18 percent extra for things we purchase.
2. Thrift and frugality are either ignored, not prized or honored. "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without" isn't part of our financial mind-sets. We have bought into the philosophy of planned obsolesce. Fix rather than replace falls on deaf ears.
3. "You don't have to buy something new to buy something good" is considered obsolete or pooh-poohed. Secondhand stores, garage sales, estate sales, etc. are overlooked by the vast majority of Americans.
4. "Everything is cheaper when you cut out the middle man" is not understood or valued. Failing to cook rather than eating out is a classic example.
Time-honored and proven financial principles are either not taught or practiced in America today. When was the last time you heard the words of Benjamin Franklin - "a penny saved is a penny earned?"
MORRIS BASTIAN, Boise
GOP blocks progress
The Republican Party is killing America. Think that's harsh? It's the truth. Instead of creating jobs, they continue to block job growth and are now eliminating existing jobs and destroying businesses.
It's stupid talk when people say the sequester is good and it doesn't seem to be hurting. My good friends and neighbors, after months of hard work and investing their life savings into starting a business, now find it may all be for nothing. Why? The sequester. How can this country make a comeback if we have idiots blocking everything? That includes the four cowards elected to represent Idaho.
They have been more concerned with serving themselves than the people. Enough. Let's give them something to really drink about. Our no votes. Also, can we expect them to give back some of their salary like the president is doing? I bet not.
Two words come to mind, disgusting and shameful. Their no votes for gun control add more fuel to their fire. They should be made to look the parents and families in the eye of the fallen children and teachers from Newtown.
RICHARD L. MICKEY, Boise
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