Letters to the editor-06-29-2013

June 29, 2013 

THANK YOU ...

... for a good deed

Pay it forward.

After the storm of June 18, I found that the wind had broken our flagpole in front of our house. I noticed that the pole had been placed along our driveway, but I did not see the flag. My first thought was that it had blown away. As I searched I found that the flag had been folded in the triangle shape as we see them at presentations, laying in a box near our door.

Our heartfelt thanks to the good Samaritan who had taken the time to pick up the pole and showed great respect for our country's flag.

JOHN R. BALLARD, Boise

... for donating water

On behalf of the Kuna Cemetery, I would like to thank John Stear and Douglas and Gail McLean for their generous donation of irrigation water. Our appreciation goes to these community-minded citizens - Doug, Gail and John - for helping us make a difference this summer.

LINDA OSTOLASA, board chairman, Kuna Cemetery Maintenance District

... for a wonderful photo

Thank you, Kyle Green for the amazing photo of the "Supermoon" and thank you Boise for saving the cross on Table Rock.

MARYANN WINKLE, Boise

RELAY FOR LIFE

Time is drawing near

Can you believe it's less than three weeks until Relay for Life? We're counting down the days and working hard to make it the best Ada County Relay for Life yet! So far we have more than 50 teams and have raised more than $65,000, but there's so much more we can do. We need your help!

Please start a team, join a team, donate money, donate time or become a sponsor. Visit our website for more information. Go to www.relayforlife.org and search for "Ada County."

Relay provides the American Cancer Society with money to support vital, cutting-edge cancer research; provides cancer patients with free wigs, transportation to treatment, free lodging, etc.; publishes lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and develops a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

Join us at this event to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost, fight back against the disease, and help the American Cancer Society realize its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Put it on your calendar now and don't forget that Relay for Life is on July 12 at Meridian High School (1900 W. Pine Ave., Meridian).

SHAUNA SWENSON, Meridian

RESEARCH FUNDS

Support is welcome

I received a wonderful opportunity on Tuesday, June 18 to personally meet with Sens. Crapo and Risch and Rep. Simpson as part of the Idaho group attending the 7th annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.

Having co-sponsored the Recalcitrant Cancer Act in January, these fine men were very supportive of our request to continue funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to research deadly cancers.

Pancreatic cancer is a swift and deadly killer, has seen no significant improvement in over 40 years; has no early detection method and has a 5-year survival rate of just 6 percent. In 2010, my father went to his family physician with "some heartburn" in mid-March and lost his battle to pancreatic cancer the end of April, just about six weeks from diagnosis.

This year alone over 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, nearly 38,000 of them will die in the first year; most in 3-6 months. If you think medical research budgets should not be reduced contact your senators and representatives. Millions of lives depend on this research, time is running out.

PATTY ROWETT-MATLOCK, Boise

BOWE BERGDAHL

War needs to end

While we all hate to deal with the same people that have beaten and imprisoned this young man, we still must try to bring him home. He has had to go through a terrible four years, and it has only been his resolve and hope that he could one day come home to his family that has helped him survive.

His family and community has been through this as well. Not knowing, praying, and suffering a mental anguish that is torture to one's soul.

We have been at war 11 years. It needs to end and while many of our country's soldiers are not coming home, this is a chance to bring one of our soldiers home.

We must do everything we can to bring him home. We should never leave anyone like this young man behind to be subjected to captivity and torture. Let's end this war knowing we have everyone home.

BRENT CORNWALL, Boise

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