Consider safety of others
As a frequent user of the Boise Greenbelt, I would like to ask bicyclists to please announce their presence when passing walkers and bicyclists by either saying "On Your Left" or ringing your bicycle bell.
It is almost impossible for me to know that you are behind me and ready to pass. It becomes even more dangerous if bicyclists are riding and passing in pairs. I do not listen to music while I am on my bike just so I can hear what is going on around me. Please respect everyone's right to use the Greenbelt and be aware of the safety of others. Thank you.
RITA WILPERR, Boise
Put safety ahead of speed
To the two "gentlemen" cyclists who passed a lady with her white dog and myself with my bike on the Greenbelt at about 6 p.m. June 19 by the River Pointe apartments. We cleared the path for you, but your speed startled my friend. She nicely asked you to slow down. Your response of "Then get out of the G.. D... way!" was inappropriate and embarrassed me as a fellow cyclist.
You had a beard and wore what appeared to be a local cycling club shirt. I know you don't do your club proud. They work hard on preventing this kind of behavior. I hope this letter may jolt you into remembering that slowing down, being respectful and being safe is more important than your speed.
ANN FRANCIS, Garden City
Cyclists drive cars, too
In a recent letter to the editor, Bruce Boyles complains that bicyclists are taking over the roads, that cyclists don't abide by the rules of the road and that cyclists should have to pay a fee to maintain the roads on which we ride. News flash Mr. Boyles, cyclists also own cars so we are paying to maintain roads. Also, as a bike commuter I encounter boorish behavior from motorists every day. I encounter at least one form of intimidation on each ride I take. People either drive too close or yell at you hoping for a confrontation.
In terms of the law, in Idaho cyclists are required to slow down at red lights and stop signs and proceed if clear, obviously yielding to oncoming traffic. Sometimes we make mistakes just as motorists do. I find Mr. Boyles' letter troubling in that he views cyclists as the enemy.
This explains much of the behavior that cyclists encounter on roads around this country. Motorists should welcome more cyclists on the roads. After all, they are one less person you have to tailgate or collide with as you send out that all important text message.
JASON COOKE, Boise
Raise minimum wage; it will help the economy
I hear business in Idaho is going to increase the minimum wage? It is about time, wage is the ultimate consumer it all goes back into sales revenue to pay for business support cost and expenses, as without these items there is no such thing as business, as one has to spend money to make money.
There are three types of consumers; those are 1) supply side as production and manufacturing, 2) Service parallel to use and consumption side, as the service industry (real estate, accounting, hardware, trucking, education, etc).
Then 3), the aspect is priority, as this is in the use and consumption side, as labor, for purchases for life support and survival for, the continuity of the system.
Look up system.
Remember in and after 2008, destruction by the biggest financial recession depression since 1929, the war cry from all of the economy and the economic system was Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.
JOHN WEST, Emmett
Higher wages do not cause businesses to go elsewhere
The recent headline by Mayor Bieter indicating he wants to promote high wage business is in complete odds to the position taken by Gov. Otter, who takes pride in the fact that we rank number 49 in the nation for wages and touts that to 79 gun manufacturers as a reason to bring their business to Idaho. What is a source of embarrassment to the rest of us, is being exploited by our governor in an effort to draw more poor paying jobs to our state.
We should aspire to be more like our neighbor, Washington who has found that paying higher wages does not send business fleeing from the state but actually improved the life of both the business owner and their workers. Being proud of the fact we are close to being the lowest paying state in the nation would be like saying we are a state of high school drops outs and we are proud of that fact. We can do better.
CAROL PULLEN, Boise
Facts about produce
Pot calling the kettle black - I had to laugh when I read the article about the grocery chain suing the potato co-op about alleged price fixing.
Having spent over 50 years as a broker of fresh fruit and vegetables I watched growers being beat down to the last nickel for their crops, not even recovering growing costs.
Meanwhile the chains were marking up prices as much as 200 percent, not passing along any of these savings to the consumer.
For the record, the produce department in grocery stores is their largest profit making center.
Don't know many farmers making million dollar salaries and flying around in a fleet of corporate jets as the grocery retailers are.
ROCKY ROTHARMEL, Boise
NEW LETTERS/READERS VIEW POLICY TO START MONDAY
Monday we hope you begin using our online forms to submit Letters to the Editor and Reader's Views. Rather than sending them in via email, we hope you compose them on online forms found at idahostatesman.com or idahostatesman.com/opinion/.
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