THANK YOU ...
... for supporting bond
I wanted to give a big thank you to all the voters who voted yes on the Vallivue School District bond for a new high school.
It felt wonderful to have 75 percent of all votes to be votes that were in favor of building a new high school for our district and to make improvements in other school buildings in our district.
The voters in our district realize the importance of investing in the future of our community and on planning for growth that could have had a negative impact on the quality of education if it was not acted upon quickly.
Thank you to all of our parents and district employees who took time away from their own families to help promote the bond, and thank you to Pat Charlton for the leadership you provide for our district.
It feels great that we got the bond passed on the first try. I am proud to teach at Sage Valley Middle School, part of the best school district in the state of Idaho!
ALLAN ONEY, Meridian
Process is not so simple
A recent Letter to the Editor ("Hydrogen conversion can help save millions," (May 3) espouses powering locomotives by converting water in a tender to hydrogen via an on-board hydrogen generator powered by an electrical generator.
This would be great if the electrical generator didn't take much energy to run it. But that violates the first law of thermodynamics.
Water is hydrogen that has been oxidized. Burning hydrogen generates much energy (the Apollo moon rocket, space shuttle). But if you want to reverse the reaction via some sort of "reformer," you need to put back the energy that came out during the oxidation.
If you have enough diesel fuel on board to do that, you might as well just burn it to run the train. There would be fewer conversion inefficiencies (diesel to electricity, electricity to hydrogen). I have experience reforming other liquids to hydrogen and other compounds (methylcyclohexane to hydrogen and toluene for hypersonic aircraft propulsion and cooling). It involves a high temperature, high heat transfer, catalytic heat exchanger/reactor.) It is not just a simple "running it through a hydrogen convertor."
The first law of thermodynamics will not be violated!
DR. CAOIMHIN P. BARR, Boise
Make event safer
American Heart Walk logistic failure: It is a great deserving cause and needs lots of public and city participation, but forcing the walk to take place on the Boise streets while there is a world-class walking path next to the river is ludicrous. Elderly folks and children have a difficult time crossing streets and climbing curbs.
The large number of people do not fit on a narrow sidewalk. Note to the American Heart Association ... Please, please schedule the walk when there is not a race already occupying the Greenbelt, so the walk can be an enjoyable event again.
If the city does not allow the Greenbelt to be used for a few hours of heart walking, the City Council needs to rethink its idea of Greenbelt usage. Make the Heart Walk a safe and fun event again, or be prepared to lose participation.
MIKE MARTIN, Boise
Inaction hurts students
I am an 81-year-old man. I would like to have someone explain why our governor, Mr. Luna, the Idaho Legislature and State Department of Education threw 15,000 Nampa students under the bus.
These young people are our finest and our future. They deserve our help and encouragement.
Nampa passed bonds to help, but I can't see where the state helped one little bit. In fact, they treated Nampa children like an ugly step-sister.
I hope this isn't sour grapes because the voters didn't like Props 1, 2 and 3. I wouldn't bet money on it because these are very anti-education people in Boise. In fact, the last two presidents of the University of Idaho left because they could see education isn't very important in Idaho.
Last we had $30 million to $40 million left when the voters turned down Props 1, 2 and 3. It would have been no problem to help Nampa with $5 million to $8 million. Also, I see we have $129 million increase in sales tax.
The fine people of Nampa and their children deserve help from the state.
OK, governor, man up and do your job.
CHARLES E. BRATTON, Caldwell
Get it right, please
OK, folks, I can't take it anymore.
When you are abbreviating a number or anything else and use the apostrophe key, Don't just hit the apostrophe once and leave it like that, to wit: Class of '13. When you do that, you look like an idiot. (I am referring here to newspapers, web writers, and the printer who produced the graduation announcement we got in the mail.)
Hit the apostrophe key twice so it looks like this: ''13; then delete the upside down one. That will leave you with the correct form: Class of '13.
MARGARET GOODMAN, Meridian