Letters to the editor-08-08-2013

August 8, 2013 

CONGRESS

I am done with this finger-pointing and blame-placing by our political personnel, and letter writers. I've been in this world since FDR was president.

What I see is a Congress mostly blaming the "other" party for not getting things done. Seeing jobs created abroad while our unemployed keeps increasing. We haven't got the money or resources to aid our vets, but we can shore up another nation's workforce and give/sell them weapons.

What would it be like if we had a strong third party to buffer these finger-pointers and blame-placers? What we have doesn't appear to be working all that well. I happen to think it's way past time for a change, and I don't mean an R for a D or a D for an R.

Try not voting (in your favorite primary) for that well-heeled ($$$$$) front-runner. Don't vote for the "lesser of two evils." Vote third party or just write in a name. Be the term limiter. This election, do this and tell Congress we are sick and tired of their finger-pointing and blame-placing. Kick them out.

KEITH NIELSON, Shelley

OBAMACARE

Obama stated that his health care plan would cost us a mere $900 billion over 10 years. The most recent estimate of a Senate Budget Committee now places the amount at $2.6 trillion. All but the true believers from the left knew this was going to happen.

The outrageous cost is just one of the problems. Because it mandates businesses to provide Obamacare, many are now hiring part-time workers. Even Obamacare's call centers are avoiding insurance expenses by hiring part time. Then to top that, not only Congress, but unions, including the IRS, are now trying to get out of the Obamacare exchanges.

Sen. Max Baucus, one of the architects of Obamacare, now fears it will be a train wreck. They say there are 47 million uninsured, but take away the illegals and those who have health care access, and we are left with around 20 million citizens that need help with insurance. Some type of voucher system for them would cost far less than Obamacare and eliminate the need for 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce it. Let's eliminate the 20,000 pages of legislation and pass a new bill of no more than three pages.

JOSEPH J. DEWEY, Boise

SELFLESSNESS

A strong psychological drive in the human species is for recognition and acceptance. We humans are prone to promote self, and that is not all bad unless it is at the expense of others.

Altruism is being unselfish and suggests that the welfare of others is part of the human calling. It also suggests that our welfare resides in the welfare of others. President Eisenhower called it enlightened self-interest. When we serve others, we also serve ourselves.

Although the greatest drive in humans is for self-preservation, we would do well to not think less of ourselves, but of ourselves less.

HARRY DENNIS, Boise

LOCAL GAS PRICES

About the gas prices in the disregard by merchants of petroleum prices primarily in the city of Boise. Elected officials allow this price gouging to the citizens of Boise. Years ago, our governor, mayor, and attorney general kept gas retailers in check with prices. The wild increases when the gas prices have been coming down don't make sense.

I travel all over the United States with my career and have seen this happening. I manage plants that use primarily diesel trucks for transport and our costs are less. Also, Idaho is among the five lowest-wage states in the United States. Other cities in Idaho have considerably lower prices than Boise and all get the fuel the same way Boise does. It doesn't make sense. Wealthy merchants don't care because it does not affect them. Elected officials don't care because perhaps they ride around on the taxpayers' dime. Mr. Otter, please step up to the plate and lower the boom on these merchants. Moreover, I was in two different cities in Oregon two weeks ago - they were much less than Boise. Rich get richer and the poor get poorer sticks here. Smells like a smelly animal to me.

TIM B. KINCH, Boise

FOOD STAMPS

So here I am today, Aug. 1, finishing a trip to a local food retailer, and, lo and behold, I have the pleasure to get behind a couple of adults, tattooed up, of course, with five children in tow. All seven of them were sporting new shoes and clothing, and of course the female was squawking on a cellphone. Two heaping piles of groceries later, yep, all paid with food stamps.

MICHAEL DUNCAN, Nampa

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