Letters to the editor-05-18-2013

May 18, 2013 

THANK YOU ...

... to talented singers

The Boise Music Week's Church Night performance May 5 by the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale was outstanding as they sang Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil."

These harmonic voices were a treat for listening pleasure! The blend of clear and bright female pitch with the deep and rich male tones uplifted the human heart in the beautiful Cathedral of the Rockies.

I want to thank these talented singers and their leader for the work they put in for this live, free and grand performance.

DIANNE HICKERSON, Boise

... to event organizers

If you missed the Boise Music Week you missed a marvelous time. The organization and talents of all those responsible for this most entertaining week are to be congratulated. Thank you! Thank you!

And while I am thanking people, my grateful thanks go to the Kleiner family for their generous gift of Kleiner Park. It is such a joy to see all the families enjoying walking, fishing, playing and picnicking.

I am fortunate to live near three Meridian parks. The Parks Department takes excellent care of all three. Thank you to these hard workers also.

KATHLEEN MAGEE,Meridian

... to nursing staff

How can I thank the pre-op nurses at St. Luke's Meridian. I had shoulder surgery on Dec. 5, 2012. Pre-op nurse Linda D. was the nicest and sweetest nurse. She explained everything as it occurred. Everything went extremely smooth for my first surgery. I never felt anxious with her at my side. She explained what would happen in surgery and where I would wake up. Thank you, Linda.

When I woke up in recovery, my 45-minute surgery had become three hours. Nurses Tara and Angie were real angels, no rest or laying back with them. The most famous words I'll never forget. "Breathe, breathe harder, get that oxygen level up. I don't want to hear the buzzer go off. Are you breathing?" The pre-op and post-op nurses were the best I could ask for. All my fears for surgery were eliminated with these angels.

I can't thank them enough for helping me with my anxiety toward this surgery. Thank you, Linda, Tara and Angie.

CHARLES WINKEL, Boise

... to Sen. Risch

I filed a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs January 31, 2012, and then I received four letters from the VA stating, "They were still processing my application" and they also apologized for the delay.

On January 29, I received another letter from the Records Management Center. On four different occasions they requested the records along with special searches, but to no avail.

I tried calling the 1-800-827-1000, but resulted in an endless phone loop. I also tried St. Louis, Randolph AFB, and Denver Air Reserve Personnel Center ... no luck.

After filling out a Privacy Act Release form supplied by Sen. Risch's office, I soon received a call from a real person at the VA. Lo and behold, everything fell into place and my claim was settled within two weeks.

Without the help of Sen. Risch and his dedicated staff, I would have just given up.

KENNETH V. BAUER, CMSgt (ret), Boise

... for setting example

Trout Unlimited just held their Fly Casting Tournament. Veterans volunteer to help, some with scars from many surgeries and some with mental scars that run deep. They fish with TU through "Project Healing Waters."

The winning team got new expensive fly rods donated from two Boise fly shops. JD is a guy that won. He gave his rod back to TU to auction off and raise more money. Bidding began sluggishly. A veteran in a wheelchair joined, spurring more bids. He bumped it again and it got more lively. Finally, a beloved TU member and beekeeper association president made the final bid. He walked quickly up to fetch his prize ... then walked just as quickly over to the veteran in the wheelchair. He silently placed the rod in his hands and squeezed his shoulder. Before the vet could utter a word, he walked back to the hill where he had been standing watching.

Another person won a rod that was raffled. He gave it to the young boy that had been hanging around, watching the men and women compete for fun and fundraising for a good cause.

We can aspire to be better people; thank you for your examples.

PAM HARRINGTON, Boise

... to Tim Woodward

What an extra gift it was on Mother's Day to read Tim Woodward's article telling readers to slow down and appreciate Boise's collection of public art.

A few weeks ago Woodward wrote a negative, limited commentary on Boise's public art scene and was surprised by the feedback. Karen Bubb, a fantastic ambassador for art in Boise, took him on a tour that opened his eyes to Boise's public art collection. It would seem Woodward now realizes we are very fortunate to live in a city that encourages and values public art, and what a diverse and growing collection we have.

It says a lot when a person can acknowledge other's differing opinions, investigate further, realize they were wrong, and then write about it.

Thank you, Tim Woodward. You impressed me.

STEPHANIE INMAN-TSOURMAS, Boise

... to dedicated teachers

I want to give a sincere thank you to the teachers, coaches and administrators at Shadow Hills Elementary, Riverglen Junior High and Capital High School. My son's development of discipline, character and citizenship is due in large part to his experiences in Boise School District. There are too many teachers to thank in one short letter.

There were many memorable experiences in elementary school, from Wagon's Ho to the Environmental Field Trip. In junior high he played many sports, learned Spanish, displayed his art and photography at a celebration of the arts. He developed his music talent through an outstanding orchestra and jazz band programs. High school included amazing experiences in football, rugby and student government. He was challenged by AP social studies classes and I know that this has encouraged his interest in pursuing a degree in international business in college. Both academics, sports and clubs have shaped his interests as a young man.

Thank you, teachers! If I win the lottery tomorrow I would give you all the huge bonus that you so rightly deserve but don't receive in this state.

SHANNON POWERS, Boise

DR. THORNBURGH

Caring doctor will be missed

His shoes will be hard to fill. Dr. Stephen Thornburgh has passed May 7, oddly enough on my birthday. He was the closest thing to (for those old enough to remember) Marcus Welby MD, played by Robert Young in the 1960s.

Dr. Thornburgh was the real thing, a cross between the character Dr. Welby and the noted Dr. Andrew Weil MD. In his modest office, in not such a great part of town, he helped many get through some tough health issues. It wasn't about the money or what drugs he could dispense, he actually listened to his patients and recommended treatment in accordance with his experience and with knowledge of the patient's constitution. He will truly be missed by many and I am sure a loving thought from all his patients to his wife and family he left.

BILL STAFFORD, Garden City

ELECTION

McEvoy deserves nod for commissioner

I am writing to offer my wholehearted support for John McEvoy, the candidate for re-election to the office of Canyon County Highway Commissioner.

I have known Commissioner McEvoy for 19 years, first as a member of the church we both attend, and as a family friend. I have also worked with John when I was a city councilman. As a man, John holds strong family values and a view that mirrors that of most of the constituents in the county. As a highway commissioner, he represents the people of the district honorably and ensures that our highways and our tax dollars are managed correctly.

Commissioner McEvoy has the common sense approach and drive needed to make a difference in the future of our county highways. I cannot stress enough my confidence in John McEvoy.

DAVID B. CLARK, former Caldwell City Council member, Caldwell

VALLIVUE BOND

Vote 'yes' to bond

My name is Xavier Kingston. I am a former student of Vallivue High School, graduating recently. I support the $50 million bond that is being proposed for the district, especially in its use of building a new high school.

I loved my experience at Vallivue. It was overcrowded when I got there as a freshman in 2008, and only got significantly worse when I graduated in 2012. It was very hard to reach classes on time when you had to reach the other side of the school. After lunch break, it was nearly impossible to navigate the main hallway. I started going outside and then back in to get to class on time.

By opening a new high school, opportunities will increase in both academics and extracurricular activities. My senior year we had large class sizes even in AP classes, and we seniors were the smallest class at the school last year. Most basketball seasons we cut over half the students who tried out, even having oversized teams. Athletes will be given opportunities they didn't have previously.

Please vote yes on Tuesday for the Vallivue Bond, to better increase the opportunity for all Vallivue students, present and future.

XAVIER KINGSTON, Caldwell

LETTERS PAGE

Statesman provides interesting mix

In regard to all opinion entries for Monday the 13th: I personally think the Statesman does a good job of selecting its entries for the opinion page.

The sometimes intelligent or ignorant(some in between) can be informative and/or entertaining. It is my favorite section even as a huge sports and outdoors fan. I giggle when someone threatens dropping subscription. You obviously read it and it sparks your opinion, which I value.

My mind has often been changed or solidified on various topics by these entries. I would also like to lobby for a science section so that we may exchange opinions on that subject.

KEVIN GWIN, Boise

CONGRESS

Members get a lot for so little work

I'm getting old - and I'm confused. I thought sequestration was going to involve all parts of the government and that it was to cut all budgets by 2 percent. I've heard or read about how it has affected the Transportation Department, Health and Welfare, Veterans and the Defense Department, to name a few. But I have not heard how it is affecting Congress.

Are their stipends being cut? Is that the reason for all their vacations and 3-4 day work weeks? I don't understand how people, who think the government should operate like a business, think a business would pay anyone for so little work - and allow their employees to set their own pay and perks. I hesitate to ask you to do a story and get all the information on their 2 percent cut, because nobody seems interested.

One other thing - would it be possible to have a simply law stating that from now on all costs of war must be paid as accrued?

HILDA PACKARD, Boise

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