Letters to the editor - 6-16-13

June 16, 2013 

TRANSIT CENTER

Location near Capitol would work

So the "political elite" are holding out for a better deal in reference to a Boise transit hub?

Consider that riders should not have to walk blocks to and from a hub, and the choice becomes somewhat limited. It's noteworthy to take a look at Sacramento for example. Most who have been to the Statehouse there would agree it is one of the most beautiful in the country. Guess what? There's a bus terminal about one block away from the building. Rep. Vander Woude stated "those people" wasn't a reference to bus riders.

My perception is that any time that phrase is used it has a negative connotation. I lived in Reno for several years and the security provided at the transit hub there was excellent. I always felt safe and no one bothered public transit riders. Heaven forbid a homeless person should ask one of the "political elite" for anything.

AL BERNER, Boise

Solve two problems

My son and I were recently talking about the controversy over the location of the proposed transit center, and he came up with an idea to possibly solve two problems with one solution. There is also a proposed new baseball stadium. Why not buy some of the open land around Fairview and Main near the river and build the ball park and also put the transit center there.

It may inconvenience a few people that only ride one bus, because they would have to transfer to a second bus at the transit center to get to their destination. There could be a shuttle bus between the transit center, Downtown and BSU, that could run frequently enough to speed up the commute.

There would also have to be some kind of security on hand during the operating hours, for people's safety.

PHIL HANDZEL, Boise

Attitudes of elite are disgusting

As one of "those people" who would hang out in the new Boise transport hub, I want to express my disgust at the Republican leadership, who do not want us near the Capitol.

Does this Republican elite feel that we will compete with slickly dressed lobbyists of the rich and out-of-state corporations for legislators' attention?

We might drop in to lobby for the expansion of Medicaid in an effort to improve the health care of many Idahoans.

We might lobby against the current fiscal system that favors the rich and drives the rest toward poverty.

We might lobby for increased funding for public education.

We might lobby for improved public transportation.

We might lobby for securing our rights to form labor unions to increase democracy and equality.

We might lobby for adding the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's human rights act.

Thanks to the Legislature's subservience to the elite, Idaho has won the race to the bottom of categories such as personal income, health care, and education. Perhaps "those people" from the transport hub will be able to convince the legislators to do a better job.

JACK OWENS, Boise

RAUL LABRADOR

Congressman gets unfair criticism

In response to Eric Wilson's letter in the June 8 Statesman, "Raul Labrador: Actions not appreciated" which unfairly criticized our congressman for his speech at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day.

I was at the service that day and listened to Congressman Labrador's comments. I thought his remarks were received as poignant and thoughtful - appropriate to the occasion. As a veteran myself, I appreciated that the congressman considered the day's event so important to be present himself to speak and share his compassion and respect in person (though the governor sent his wife as a filler, as did Idaho's U.S. senators). By the way, our representative was gracious enough to take the time to talk with as many of the veterans that approached him (myself included).

It is sad that Mr. Wilson allowed his politics to blind him from what was a touching speech by a caring U.S. congressman, on a special day for our nation's veterans. The congressman left no question in anyone's mind of his respect for Idaho's veterans that served our country honorably.

Please set the record straight, and I know Congressman Labrador, God willing, will be there again next year.

RONALD L. STOKES, Meridian

NSA

Citizens should take part of the blame

I am totally supportive of the overt and covert intrusion of government into the personal lives of the citizenry.

People who believe in a government of, by and for the people with freedom, justice and equality under God have nothing to fear or hide, especially if Christian morality rules their lives.

Recently I heard former Chief Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on C-Span lamenting the fact that civics, as a required course of study in our public education system, has been removed from the curriculum. Her early educational experience involved the importance of civics that outlined the responsibilities and duties of a responsible citizenry that would promote a government of, by and for the people.

Our government has not been secretive. We were alerted to the recent wars before they were entered into. Our citizenry had a considerable amount of time to react to what the government intended to do. With no civic responsibility on the horizon, what is the government supposed to do? How many of our citizenry are interested in reports of suicides by members of our fighting military in Afghanistan and elsewhere? I would do more to indict our citizenry for being irresponsible than government for being secretive.

CECILIA B. LANGLAND, Boise

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