Letters to the editor-05-11-2013

May 11, 2013 


Stamp out hunger through today's mail

Thanks to the entire Treasure Valley for participating in today's Stamp Out Hunger food drive!

City and rural carriers will be working overtime, many without pay, to pick up food along with today's mail. This food is left by residents of Southwest Idaho from Payette to Mountain Home and all points in between. Once picked up by your mail carrier, it will be sorted at Valley post offices by over 200 volunteers.

Stamp Out Hunger is the largest food drive in the country and the largest single-day drive here in Idaho. The community's support in helping to feed hungry Idahoans is truly amazing. To be at the post offices and watch literally tons of food roll in is a remarkable thing to behold.

You make it possible to feed Idaho's children, seniors, underemployed and ill. Thank You!

CATHE SCOTT, Community Engagement Coordinator, The Idaho Foodbank


Apply standards to art

BUY IDAHO. We hear and see that all the time. But does that not include hiring Idaho artists for public art?

From what I have seen in Boise, there is no dearth of talent and ideas from local artists.

And how the heck can the local artists get experience in doing public art if artists from outside Idaho are hired because they have done it before? Since they live in Idaho, local artists would buy their supplies in Idaho, build Idaho-inspired (lived) art, and then stay and spend the money awarded in Idaho. Win-win for Idaho (and Idaho artists).

It is another boondoggle: Telling us what we want, instead of asking us. We could/should vote on it - like the Best of Boise.



Sober section is essential

One out of every 4 adults in the Treasure Valley most likely needs help with alcohol or drug dependency. How many of those adults admit they need help and take steps to find help?

In 2005, as a researcher for the BSU Center for Health Policy, I co-authored a study - Treatment on Demand: The Need for Detoxification Services in the Treasure Valley. At that time, over 300 people in our community each month were asking for help with their addictions - most often in the midst of a personal crisis.

With the work of many government entities, committees and individuals, in 2010 the Allumbaugh House opened. The sobering station in that facility was paramount - and the first step toward recovery.

I was appalled to read in the Statesman on April 30 of the closing of the sobering station at the Allumbaugh detox facility - due to funding. Sobering is the first step in treatment. It must be available in our community.

We are all making changes to adjust to the recession, the new "sequestered" economy - but we cannot take away essential services to start people toward a sober life.


Time to close sober detox

I belive it was a good idea for the Allumbaugh House to close the sober detox. This allows the staff to focus on the patients that are there because they want and need help.

In jail they have a so-called "drunk tank." It shouldn't cost the taxpayers to keep an intoxicated person at the hospital. There will never be a permanent solution for a sober detox, maybe take them to the rescue mission or drive them home if they haven't committed a crime.

Allumbaugh House should just put a few more beds in the sober detox room. Maybe we should look at the prescription abuse rate instead of alcohol-related ER visits, bet that would be more a reason to find resources to fund a wonderful place like Allumbaugh House.

Allumbaugh House is there for people who want to get better, the staff is knowledgeable and making this happen. Officers are the trained people to handle intoxicated people; just look at all the arrest they make, too many for the officers to handle.

Last thing maybe one of the hospitals can open a wing for people that want/need detox for the night, just bill the patient.



Lobbyists pay for shelters

Tax loopholes are designed to benefit specific individuals or groups. Most tax loopholes are bought and paid for by lobbyists. During the presidential campaign Mitt Romney repeatedly called for the elimination of tax loopholes. Rep. John Boehner recently indicated that the Republicans are now opposed to the elimination of tax loopholes. The economists tell us that if we doubled the tax on the top 1 percent they would still pay less than they did before Reagan took office. The Republicans are afraid that elimination of tax loopholes would cause a tax increase for certain billionaires. They are allowing their ideology to interfere with their common sense.



Congress doesn't listen

Regarding letter in the April 25 Statesman from Richard Sanders, Boise ... we could not agree more. It seems the House and Senate have forgotten to listen to the people.


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