Added fees will hurt businesses
The logic that Boise's administrative services uses for adding evening and weekend parking fees in the Downtown area is a lame excuse for trying to validate revenue increases.
The notion that parking patrons abuse the free parking after six and on weekends and take up spots too long, thus hurting businesses, is weak. Consider that most retail shops are closed after 6 and on the weekends. Also consider that one reason I and others go Downtown for dinner or events and not to alternatives that have parking is the free parking.
I am not hard opposed to paying a couple dollars for parking, but I am opposed to getting a ticket if my dinner goes beyond my estimate by the overzealous Downtown parking police.
To burden patrons with parking fees is short sighted and a detriment to a viable Downtown competing with all the other options. I would hope that Downtown businesses would recognize the folly in this consideration and lobby against its adoption.
BARON LOCKARD, Boise
Reduce sun exposure
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
Melanoma accounts for less than 5 percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. One person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes. In the U.S. in 2013 an estimated 76,690 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed and an estimated 9,480 people will die of melanoma. About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure radiation from the sun.
Skin cancer is easily prevented.
Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Do not burn. Avoid tanning booths.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15-30 or higher and reapply often. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
Remember that Relay for Life is fast approaching. Join us July 12 at Meridian High School. For information on how you can help, go to www.relayforlife.org and search for Ada County.
SHAUNA SWENSON, Meridian
Remember sacrifices of those who serve
"Is this Chip Sayre? Yes. The Father of Corporal Brett Sayre United States Marine Corps? Yes it is. This is Sgt Callilow of the United States Marine Corps. I regret to inform you your son Brett has been wounded while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan."
It's a phone call that I received May 27, 2010, and it haunts me to this day. On this Memorial Day weekend I remember that horrible day and give thanks that Brett has healed, still a U.S. Marine promoted to sergeant. Cpl. Jacob Leicht, Brett's, best friend, was killed by the IED that wounded him. My family will never forget the sacrifices my son gave and continues to and the ultimate sacrifice Cpl. Leicht made that day. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.
CHIP SAYRE, Kuna
A proper retirement
Hey, do you have a flag that has seen better days? Do you want it "retired" properly? American Legion John Regan Post No. 2 is accepting flags that need to be disposed of properly. Please call Harold Eshelman at 377-4771 or Teresa Barnes, 484-9487 to arrange delivery or pickup. Flag retiring ceremony will be at Maple Grove Grange, 11692 President Drive, at about 6:30 p.m. June 10 (call for exact time).
TERESA BARNES, Boise
Statesman should ban unworthy columns
I am asking the Idaho Statesman to take one small action to make this a less divisive and antagonistic society: Print no more of Charles Krauthammer's commentaries.
This is a man whose sole purpose in life seems to be to belittle anyone, especially our president, who does not see the world as he does. His recent commentary titled "Obama creating environment of intolerance" is in fact, the epitome of intolerance. His words are blatantly hateful and insulting to our nation's president.
Krauthammer is straight out of the lineage of Hitler and Mussolini. His singular purpose is to constantly belittle President Obama, but if anyone were to ask Krauthammer to offer one idea of how to solve this nation's problems, his only answer would be to be "get rid of Obama." That is, in a word, juvenile and not worthy of publication.
This nation is in trouble because our society is divisive and fractured. Krauthammer and his relentless criticism only makes this situation worse. Get rid of Krauthammer and others like him. I believe that "one man's terrorist is another man's patriot." Get rid of one terrorist -Krauthammer.
DEANE ZELLER, Boise
Cartoon was disgusting
Mike Luckovich's editorial cartoon (if you can call it a cartoon) in the Saturday, May 25, Idaho Statesman was disgusting. So he thinks the Republicans are beating a dead horse in their efforts to learn what really happened in Benghazi? I wonder if the loved ones of our murdered Americans agree with him - I don't think so! In my opinion, Luckovich has a nasty and biased outlook when it comes to those who don't share his view, and his latest depiction is no exception.
MICKEY ANGELL, Boise
Stay tuned for next steps on bond issue
Thank you to everyone who supported the May 21 Eagle City Hall bond election!
Unofficially, 2,281 votes were cast, with 2,075 (90.97 percent) in favor of the bond and 206 (9.03 percent) against.
With this mandate, we've taken an important first step toward ownership. What are the next steps? Why are they important?
First, county commissioners must canvass the votes and certify election results by May 31.
Second, during the ensuing 30-day contest period, the election outcome can be formally challenged until July 8.
Third, bonds will be issued and sold. The City Council approved Ordinance 689 that defined bond-related parameters that, if they remain within bounds, will require no further action. Bonds could be sold by late July 2013.
Fourth, by offering frequent public comments, we must ensure our City Council makes bond payments through annual budget appropriations, not by increasing our property taxes. (All standing council members favor this approach; nevertheless, it must be re-decided each fiscal year.)
Fifth, by asking tough questions and insisting on transparency, strong justifications and proper analysis, we must ensure city officials optimally use the net annual savings.
Our active, continuous participation in this process, especially the fourth and fifth steps, is critical to achieving our objectives.
JEFF KUNZ, Eagle
'Real' scandal ignored
The flap about the IRS "scandal" misses the real scandal. The organizations asking for tax exemptions are mostly fronts for people who want to get a tax write-off for political contributions that they would not get for honest political contributions. That the organizations allow them to be anonymous is an added advantage for those ashamed of their contribution who do not want their friends, customers, clients or shareholders to know about them. It is not a scandal that IRS tried to systematize the process.
The scandal is that people found a way around the law and custom that political contributions are not tax deductible. Instead of a partisan witch hunt, Congress should be investigating the misuse of public service and charity organizations to fund political activities.
KENNETH VISTE, Boise
Blame the 'nuts'
Let's get one thing straight. The blame for the spike in gun sales in this country lies solely on the backs of the gun nuts of this country, many of whom reside right here in Idaho.
People think that they need to possess more and bigger guns than their neighbors in order to feel content with their little lives. Last month a government amendment calling for greater background checks, which would have helped find the Adam Lanzas and the Jared Loughners of this country before they do their killing, failed to get enough votes including the two clowns elected by this state, even though it had a 90 percent public approval and a majority of votes in the Senate.
This is the government dysfunction that the citizens of this country are now saddled with. As long as the gun nuts of this country continue with their hysteria and as long as there are people willing to push the blame onto somebody else, nothing will change, and for most life will go on as usual. Others may not be so lucky.
ROD BRUMBALOW, Boise
More answers needed
In reply to Mr. Mike Bradbury of Mountain Home, May 28. Thanks for asking the questions that all Americans should be asking. But I have three more questions. Why is no one investigating voter fraud in the 2008 and 2012 primary elections? Or improper campaign contributions? Should elected officials hold offices that were illegally obtained?
DON DUSTIN, Boise