Obama, Hillary fail in emergency response
When Hillary campaigned against Obama to be the Democratic candidate for president, she ran a campaign ad in which she proposed a hypothetical question. Essentially, the question was when the 3 a.m. phone call announcing a crisis comes to the White House, between the two of us, who you would rather have answer the phone.
On Sept. 11, 2012, we got the real life, tragic answer; neither one. When the call came that the American ambassador in Benghazi was under attack Obama had an early morning flight to catch to attend a fundraiser with party fat cats, so he went to bed. Hillary did what Clintons always do when caught in a compromising situation - cover up and lie.
In the military, we were taught to always watch your buddies' backs and never leave anyone behind. Hillary and Obama failed miserably in their responsibilities at Benghazi to do just that.
America, and in particular those who are sent to dangerous parts of the world to represent and protect America's interests, deserve better than these two who continually put their own personal interests and political ambitions above all else. Four Americans died at Benghazi. The 2014-16 elections will soon be here. Remember Benghazi.
RICK WILLIS, Meridian
Nations live in Dark Ages; don't bother with change
I think in Syria, we're backing the wrong side. Every time we back the rabble, they shoot us with the guns we gave them. How bright is that?
The Middle East is still living in the Dark Ages. They only understand tribal warfare and inconceivable religious conflicts. Democracy? Human rights? Forget it.
Because dictatorship is the only form of government that makes sense out there, I say it was a mistake to replace Saddam Hussein. Yes, he killed 5,000 people, but George W. killed 20 times that many, plus 5,000 of our best young men, and the thing is still going on. The CIA should have replaced Gaddafi with a clean and relatively sane dictator, like they've done in the past.
Speaking of the CIA, I'd like to request the tea party to sequester all 50 intelligence agencies, including the CIA and FBI, until they are placed under one roof with one director. Those that don't fit under the roof should be disbanded. 911 was unnecessary, and WMDs a foolish prank. There's no room for turf guarding in the world we presently live in.
JOE BEJSOVEC, Boise
Act like pros, please
I was born and raised in Boise, spent 40 years in radio broadcasting, have been speaking professionally since 1955 and have this request: Will a few local TV announcers please pronounce some names and words correctly? It's not "LAY-bwah park," say "leh-BWAh." It's not "moss-COW" (as in the animal), say "MOSS-coe." It's not "oh-WAH-hee," say "oh-Y-hee."
There are many more on the list. Be a PRO and pronounce it so." Don't say "perfessional," say "professional." Don't say "pertect," say "protect." And it's "inSURance," not "INsurance," just as it should be "deTROIT," not "DEtroit."
Accenting the wrong syllable seems to be in vogue, not only locally, but on national TV, too. It may be cool to speak this way, but it is not correct. Spoken English is taking a beating these days, do your part to make it right, please.
BOB KELLOGG, Meridian
Law violates Constitution
In the letter from Jessica Dildine, June 21, she correctly states "nothing trumps the Constitution." She states incorrectly: "In the U.S., Shariah law is used only in cases involving arbitration, contracts and international law.
In 2011, the Center for Security Policy released "Shariah Law and American State Courts." This assessment of state court cases stated: "findings suggest that Shariah law has entered into state court decisions, in conflict with the Constitution and state public policy."
Twenty-one cases dealt with Shariah marriage law, 17 were child custody cases, five dealt with Shariah contract law, one was about due process/equal protection, and one was a combined case dealing with marriage law and child custody.
Shariah law was utilized or recognized in 15 cases at the trial court level and in 12 cases at the appellate court level. We need "American Laws for American Courts" enacted in all 50 states. Shariah law is the basis for every demand that Muslims make on a non-Islamic society. In Europe, multiculturalism and "political correctness" have allowed Muslims to gain a strong foothold and many predict Europe will be Islamic within two or three decades.
For the complete study cited above, go to www.ShariahInAmericanCourts.com.
WARREN GROVER, Meridian
Congress should act to solve financial crisis
Even though I am nearing retirement, it would be irresponsible for me to leave my employer financially unstable.
Like it or not, this is a problem that faces all of us, but there are realistic positive solutions that exist to handle this situation. Action has to be taken, and taken soon.
Two bills introduced in Congress this year, S. 316 and H.R. 630, both called "The Postal Service Protection Act," can overturn the financial concerns of the USPS and make it realistic for us to continue to provide service for many years to come. Please contact your representatives in Congress and ask them to support these bills. No tax dollars are used whatsoever. We want to use our own resources to solve our own problems, but it takes literally an act of Congress. Why focus on negative solutions when there are positive solutions that exist?
The closing of mail processing plants and the elimination of six-day delivery of mail to five-day delivery, or less, will be more burdensome on the customers who use the USPS. Reductions in services are totally unnecessary.
The people of America deserve the best possible service.
JOHN PAIGE, president, Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers, Pocatello