Idaho's precious Rubywill be sorely missed
The Gem State lost a precious Ruby last week. Ruby Stone, who called herself Stuby Rone, was one of Idaho's finest characters.
Ruby was the woman who House members in the film "Lincoln" shuddered over when the topic of franchisement came up, "Why this 13th Amendment could later lead to even giving women the vote."
Rep. Stone frightened men with her strong emotions. I heard male colleagues respond to Ruby's arguments in the lunch room, "Now Ruby, tell us how you really feel."
She played no games; she treated everyone with respect; she apologized when she was wrong and apologies are an anomaly in politics. She supported women's issues that were not always on her Republican Party's platform, yet her bark would never allow a guy to call her a RINO. She wasn't cloistered in ideologies or legalese.
Idaho will miss our precious Ruby. On the heaven-bound-bus, she's entertaining the riders with jokes. She'll start with the story of why she calls herself Stuby Rone and then move into a "joie de vivre" litany of characters and situations that will make even the most burdened legislator realize that life is good.
SHER SELLMAN, Mountain Home, represented Elmore and Owyhee counties in the Idaho Legislature from 1999-2003
Boise pastor heldfor Christian beliefs
First, I would like to thank the Statesman for the April 26 article about Pastor Saeed Abedini. I am asking for support and prayer for this American Christian from Boise, who was arrested in Iran in January. Pastor Saeed, originally from Iran, was visiting family and helping build an orphanage. What could be wrong about that? He was not doing anything illegal.
I am hoping our government and everyone who reads this will help to get him released from the violent Evin Prison. His wife and two children need hope and support. Pastor Saeed will turned 33 years old on May 7. Please send him a letter or birthday card at the address I have included below. Pastor Saeed has internal bleeding and other health problems from beatings in the prison. Now his kidneys may be shutting down. They will not give him the medical treatment he needs. On top of all this, he now is back in solitary confinement. Go to SaveSaeed.org for more information. They have no right to hold him just because he won't deny his Christian faith!
Islamic Republic of Iran
ZACH MCCAMMON, age 14, Cascade
Freedom's fundamentalsa highlight of conference
How appropriate! The Capitol's Lincoln Auditorium hosted a major conference dedicated to justice, equality, solidarity, collaboration and human dignity.
Perhaps these conceptual fundamentals of freedom will echo in the chamber to inspire Idaho's needy political leaders in the next legislative term.
The guests were participants from four continents in a colloquium to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of French Nobel Prize writer Albert Camus. The event focused on Camus' use of the natural and built human environments as scenes of interaction, work, play and consciousness.
The meeting underscored the importance of literature and narrative for understanding places as venues for ethical struggle to achieve greater justice. I commend professor Jason Herbeck of BSU's world languages department for bringing this international colloquium to Boise and for assembling the marvelous collaboration of so many BSU entities. Also, the Idaho Humanities Council, the state arm of the vital National Endowment for the Humanities, funded the impressive final lecture for the general public.
BSU's theater arts program staged a stunning presentation of Camus' "The Misunderstanding," which showcased the high quality of their work.
To my friends: I am not the "John" Owens of Boise who frequently writes letters to the editor.
JACK OWENS, Boise
Article misses some points
There are a few facts that were incorrect in Tim Woodward's article on Manley's Cafe.
The first is Marge Morrow passed away in the 1950s. The second is that Manley's son, David, took over the management of the cafe after his dad's death.
My mother, Virginia (a.k.a. Ginny) worked for Marge (before she died) and Manley for over 20 years. After Manley's death she was either let go or she quit, I'm not sure which, and David hired a new staff. I know he didn't run it long before selling out to two women who, according to the article, were waitresses there. I think had my mother continued to work there, the tradition of Manley's would have lived on as she was very instrumental in the day-to-day operation of the cafe and even did some of the cooking if needed. She was there every day from opening to closing, except on Wednesdays when they were closed or if the "Gone Fishing" sign was up). Manley's Cafe was surely one of a kind and I'm glad its legacy will live on. Not only was he an exceptional cook but a very generous man.
NICKY WILSON, Star
BAD TASTE CARTOON
Ban Lukovich's works
Mike Lukovich has surpassed his usual bad taste and pointless "cartoons" today. I would object to this depiction even if a donkey and Obama's face were pictured. Please, no more Mike Lukovich.
SCOTT JONES, Council