Letters to the editor: 07-22-2013

Idaho StatesmanJuly 22, 2013 

Men's actions

Referring to Wm. R. Place's letter. Talk about being self-centered and self-serving.

How many men would say "If you don't want to carry this baby I'll carry it for us?" Why should you have to dictate what a woman should be able to do with her life?

Have you ever had spontaneous sex? Skipped a period, been concerned about putting a child in the welfare system?

Then there's "where is daddy?" My youngest was two when her daddy decided he didn't want to work anymore and left. She would meet him at the end of the driveway when he came home from work and carry his lunch pail in the house for a cookie. She is 40 now and has never seen or heard from him since.

I worked through it all. Then Planned Parenthood came around and men are trying to strip that. Low wages and no birth control. Is that supposed to be helpful?

I would like to know what you men have against children. You want to replace their teachers, cut school programs and raise the interest to further their education.

Why don't you men clean up your act and stop acting like "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" doesn't apply to women!

TRUDY DAY, Boise

Gay lifestyle

Carol Bachelder and I have had our debates over the years, but I have to back her up on this one (Letter to the editor: Gays are changing society). God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. If you want to be gay, that's your business. This is incredibly still a free country, even under Obama administration. You can do whatever you wish. To yourself.

But you do not have the right to force a twisted lifestyle on an innocent child, and no court should ever grant an adoption to a gay couple. Neither should our tax dollars be used to subsidize perversion by giving these people the same benefits of normally married folks.

Homosexuality is not a normal lifestyle, despite some of the public schools in the People's Republik of Kalifornia that teach and promote it.

Do it on your own dime, but don't ask the rest of us to support it.

I'm not impeding on anyone's rights, either. Just like with drug users.

I don't care if you overdose, but don't let me catch you trying to sell to my grandkids.

MIKE BRADBURY, Mountain Home

Guns and wages

Re: June 28 Reader's View by David Lehman ("Bieter mistaken on value to Idaho of jobs in gun industry"):

Mr. Lehman appropriately defends Gov. Otter's presentation inviting gun/ammo manufacturers to our state (letter dated April 25).

The governor did include several factors that would be favorable to a prospective business.

The fact that in this letter he boasted our wages are 21 percent lower than Connecticut's does imply to some of us who are not politicians a "race to the bottom." The governor has no intentions of improving this state's wages.

I appreciate Mr. Lehman's perspective and his defense of Gov. Otter's letter based on his experience, though I truly think Mr. Lehman's main purpose of this article is stated in the beginning of his last paragraph: "Instead of 'soft launching' his (Bieter's) campaign for higher office..."

STEVE ROSTRON, Boise

Executive order

I have spent many days hiking and camping in the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains and cannot understand why some people want to have President Obama designate the region as a national monument when it is protected as part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

Surely, these people have something better to do than to mess with success.

JUSTIN HAYES, Boise

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