Letters to the editor-08-03-2013

August 3, 2013 

THANK YOU ...

Thank you to the greater Boise region for hosting the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft this past week. On behalf of the PGA Tour and its Web.com Tour, we appreciate the warm welcome and incredible support provided to our players and all the other out-of-town guests.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the many volunteers, sponsors, Jeff Sanders Promotions, Hillcrest Country Club, and especially Albertsons, for continuing the longstanding tradition of delivering a high-quality PGA Tour experience in Boise.

We eagerly look forward to returning in 2014 and to making an even bigger impact in the community.

BILL CALFEE, president, Web.com Tour, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

To Gayle, from Boise, who attended the Knievel Days festivities in Butte, Mont., last weekend.

Thank you for being there for my wife when she fainted. Holding her head in your lap until the EMTs got there was very kind and has not gone unnoticed. Again, thank you for being her angel.

TERRY AND PATTI DUNFEE, Butte, Mont.

I want to thank the special shopper at WinCo that turned in my gold necklace and garnet pendant on Friday, July 26.

ALEIDA HOUDYSHELL, Boise

BIKE COURTESY

Though I no longer ride a bike, I am sympathetic with the many Boiseans who do. I share your concerns about poor bike lanes and discourteous drivers. But I live on Hill Road, and I can’t tell you how many bikers I see riding two, three or even four abreast on a narrow, winding road.

I’m sad to say that more often than not, they make no effort to ride single file even when they’ve got cars stacked up behind them. I know talking with friends is fun, but a bike ride on a busy street is not the time to do it. When I drive a car, it’s my responsibility to control that car and make room for others. Can someone tell me why so many cyclists don’t do that? I would sincerely like to share the road, but this behavior puzzles me.

JEAN MCNEIL, Boise

DANGEROUS DRIVER

While riding my motorcycle on Fairview Avenue, I was nearly struck by a woman driving a jacked-up Jeep. (I know, what do you expect, it’s Fairview, right?).

The driver shot out into traffic from a car lot entrance, passing through a small gap in the first row of traffic, and nearly hit me as she passed into the second row of traffic, which I was traveling in. The driver took a chance, and the result was nearly an impact that might have killed me.

I am 51 and have been riding motorcycles on the street for 30 years, and it was as close a call as I’ve ever had. I have a kid and a wife and things I still want to do. You nearly ended it all for me, Jeep driver. You also nearly crushed the 45-year-old motorcycle I’ve been keeping alive. All because you couldn’t wait to pull out onto Fairview Avenue so you could go buy a sofa or a tropical fish or whatever.

Maybe you should try saying this: “I’m sorry, officer, I was just on my way to get a fish and then I accidentally killed this motorcyclist.” How does that feel?

GUY OROZCO, Boise

IMMIGRATION

No one disagrees that our immigration system is broken. However, people disagree how to fix it. We are taught that undocumented immigrants come here and abuse the system, when in reality the system abuses them. Families are separated and destroyed in our present system, and it is time for reform.

In the United States and in Idaho especially, we believe strongly in the family unit. The family is our most critical institution, and it is time for action to be undertaken to keep our families together. The U.S. government must change its immigration policies, ones where families are defended and supported. This can be accomplished if our congressmen pass the immigration reform bill that allows for family unity and a pathway to citizenship.

It is up to you as a community member of Idaho to let your congressmen know what is needed to keep Idaho families together.

BLAKE HARRIS, Boise

SHARIAH LAW

I want to thank Warren Grover for citing an important source concerning Shariah law. Center for Security Policy released a study in 2011 titled “Shariah Law and American State Courts.” This report was one of the most valuable sources that I consulted in my research. A synopsis of the cases begins on page 29 of the report (www.ShariahInAmericanCourts.com).

Grover is correct when he states that American courts employed Shariah law in marriage and custody cases, as well as in arbitration and contracts (Christian and Judaic laws are used in the same way). But as I stated in a letter June 21, these cases involve foreign laws. Technically one could say that the court utilized Shariah; however, this is because various interpretations of Shariah are part of many foreign countries’ laws.

Anti-Shariah bills are superfluous as nothing can violate the Constitution. Muslim and non-Muslim Americans are concerned by the ramifications such laws could potentially have on international business, adoption, divorce, etc. Above all, these laws send a message of fear and misunderstanding that harms national unity as well as America’s commitment to principles of religious freedom.

JESSICA DILDINE, Meridian

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