Letters to the editor-06-28-2013

June 28, 2013 

SUPREME COURT

Human rights affirmed too

The June 26 decision by the Supreme Court should be celebrated as a victory for human rights in general, and not just for LGBT. I am thrilled to think that if one of my children is gay, then he or she will be treated equally. I mourn for those who were never able to openly love; for those who were and are still being denied basic, human rights simply because of their sexual orientation. We must quit recycling the same arguments, and open our hearts and minds to the idea that human beings really are all created equal.

SUMMER DUPREE, Boise

DIVORCES

Teach couples to negotiate

Fifty percent of all marriages in the U.S. fail today. When they remarry, 50 percent of those marriages fail. Statistics as seen on TV. This means that in a lifetime a person has multiple partners. Just shorten up that time between partners and now you have marriages with more than one partner as speculated in by following generations. Traditional marriages, monogamous, are no longer supported.

Reaching basic agreements through negotiation, such as through amicable agreement and how to negotiate in a marriage is no longer taught. In our fast-paced life today patience is short in these personal negotiations. Tick-tock, history is a mystery and time marches on.

A citizen with concerns.

JOHN OCKER III, Boise

CITIZENS AIR JOB CRITIQUES

Postal bosses: Pitch in

John Paige's June 11 letter regarding the Postal Service was interesting. The burden of fully funding retirement benefits in such a short timeframe is extreme compared to usual corporate practices. However, using his numbers, the total shortfall is a little over $9 billion which, after considering the $5.5 billion retirement expense, leaves another negative of about $4 billion.

In reducing that, I would respectfully suggest they look hard at their work rules. A personal example: Annoyed with the usual long line for a window clerk, I commented on "either another post office or expanding this one" and was directed to the postmaster's office. Told to walk right in, I did, finding the gentleman at his desk reading a publication.

The conversation peaked when I asked him, under the circumstances with an unmanned window, was it possible for him to fill in briefly while the waiting line was so long. The answer was, under the rules, he was not allowed to.

This is not to criticize the majority of those folks. We have a super delivery lady and the airport has an outstanding clerk. There are many others. Their work rules have to be hindering many of them who want to do their work more efficiently.

BOB JESSEN, Meridian

Work road projects 24-7 at the busiest intersections

Living in the midst of the road construction in Meridian and Eagle, I have observed several things that bother me. No one working on Saturdays. No one working at night (they have lights for that). In fact, usually we only see one or two guys out there working at a time. Where is the manpower and where are the hours? I would think it would be some kind of consideration to the taxpayers and citizens to get this project completed in a timely fashion. I am flabbergasted that there is no sense of urgency. I for one am getting really tired of this annoyance. Common sense tells me that when you shut down major north-south routes, you would not do work on the alternative routes, but yet that was the case. There have been road closures and lane closures on Meridian Road, Linder Road, and Ten Mile all at once.

Can we at least pick up the pace a little? Seems like this project bit off a little more than they can chew.

KAREN SWANSON, Meridian

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