Letters to the editor-07-16-2013

July 16, 2013 

CYCLING

Traffic laws apply to all

Re: "Cyclist Injured" (July 11). If the person injured was in fact riding against traffic, I wish all bicycle riders would read this and understand the dangers in this practice. Riding a bicycle against traffic, especially through an intersection is, in my opinion, the most dangerous thing you can do. A vehicle entering the traffic from a stop sign is usually not expecting someone coming through in the wrong lane. I have had this happen many times, have stopped in time to avoid hitting the cyclist as they come on through - glaring at me as though I was at fault. Well, regardless of where the fault lies, a resulting collision will certainly be worse for the cyclist! In riding against traffic, it is not a question of if you will be hit by a car, but only when you will be hit.

ROGER MYERS, Boise

SHAMING STUDENTS

Harming children should force mass resignations

Idaho, your public shaming of people without regard to the amount of injury is appalling!

Regarding the Associated Press article about the teacher who let students write on the faces of classmates who failed to meet reading goals, being allowed back in the classroom: How can public humiliation have a value in the education system?

We should ask for the immediate resignation of the teacher, the Board of Education, and the superintendents all the way up to the governor's appointed lackey, Tom Luna. This travesty done unto more than one child without regard to the effect of this public humiliation upon their lives is a gross negligence.

Mr. Otter, if you too choose to stand by your appointed representation of the values of community education in this case, you should also offer your resignation.

This is not a moral that Idaho and its parents carry. To allow this teacher to continue unchecked directly shows the value you are placing upon community and your constituents.

CHAS DELLA SILVA, Boise

GAY MARRIAGE

Senator's view disappointing

I was disappointed by the remarks of Sen. Brent Hill as quoted in Dan Popkey's excellent article of June 27. When asked about the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality, Hill said, "accommodation for same-sex marriage in Idaho is highly unlikely."

Imagine, if this were the position of Idaho's leadership in the wake of the 1968 decision in Loving v. Virginia? Such a remark would have had no validity whatsoever because the decision in Loving rightfully ruled that states had no choice but to recognize marriages between whites and nonwhites. The court wrote, "Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival."

It would have been less confusing to all concerned if, in the decision in DOMA, the court had shown courage as bold as the court of the late '60s, by not only finding Section 3 of the DOMA unconstitutional, but to have pulled the entire law off the books. Such a result would have simply accelerated a process that will most certainly take place.

LISA SHULTZ, Boise attorney

Gays bring no harm

Regarding the letter to the editor on July 8, "Gays are changing society," I would like to know one way in which "the gays" being allowed to marry those they love has changed society.

My parents' marriage nor my sister's marriages have been changed. My family has not been changed, nor have any of my rights as an American. In fact, the only thing that has changed is now a man or woman may marry whom he or she loves.

The words "gay" and "homosexual" may not appear in the Constitution. But in the preamble the words "We the People ... secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity" do.

Being able to marry the person that one loves is a blessing of liberty and freedom that should be enjoyed by all. The Constitution is not a document that establishes discrimination, but freedom. Freedom to do what one wishes in "the pursuit of happiness," to quote another founding American document; as long as that pursuit does not harm others, it is of no concern to others.

I guarantee that marrying another person certainly does not bring that harm. The "gay agenda" is this: Marry whomever they love and be happy.

MATTHEW DELANGE, Boise

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