Letters to the editor-08-10-2013

August 10, 2013 

Thank You ...

I want to give tremendous thanks and praise to the wonderful staff at the Eagle Public Library - Steve, Janice, Jeanie, Terri, Megan, Diane, Carol, Joan, Cathy and Vicki. They all do a magnificent job at taking care of customers with astute professionalism and superb interpersonal skills.

As society continues to grapple with the onslaught of social media in myriad formats, it is extremely refreshing to have the aforementioned personnel available for assistance, whether facilitating new technology for all ages or chasing down that elusive book or magazine that someone would like to read (for pleasure or for a school project).

Again, I truly thank the Eagle Public Library staff members for all that they do, and I always look forward to their friendly faces when I visit them.

PAUL K. LINDAUER, Boise

Sharing the trails.

Thank you to all the bike riders that yielded to the horseback riders up at Bogus Basin on Sunday, Aug. 4. We, as the horseback riders appreciate your consideration and willingness to share the trail with us. If the trail was wide enough, we in turn were more than happy to let you go by. You guys are awesome. It just proves that we can all enjoy the great outdoors.

TONI ROHM, Meridian

iPad Statesman

A big thank you to the Idaho Statesman for offering an electronic version of the paper that actually looks and reads like the newspaper.

I read the paper every morning on my iPad and find it remarkably easy to navigate. Before the "e" version, I found it hard to read the small print (aging eyes, darn it), but with my iPad version, I simply touch the story I want to read and it pops up in larger print. Then I touch the "close" button and, voila!, I am back to the page I was on. The only thing that would make it perfect is if you offered the ability to do the crossword puzzle electronically. Work on that, won't you?

Might I also suggest that you donate iPads to senior centers and retirement homes, complete with an "e" subscription to the newspaper? It would certainly make it easier for seniors to keep abreast of the news, without straining their eyes.

Again, thank you for the iPad version of the Idaho Statesman. It is fantastic!

LAURA ENTERLINE, Meridian

Cats

Apparently Tom Cunningham, of Emmett, has never had a purring cat sit on his lap (Letters, July 20). The cold night last February when my mother died, my cat, Suzie, sat on my lap and purred, and it helped enormously. I don't know what I would have done without her.

Boise does not have a cat ordinance, but it does have a dog ordinance, for good reason. Dogs running loose used to tip over garbage cans. They get run over, attack other dogs and children and kill other animals, like chickens. They will even attack livestock. When I was a child, a pack of farm dogs reverted to the wild and killed a mother sheep and her lamb in a shed on my grandfather's farm. They were family pets. It was horrible. It took me years to get over it.

Cats may sometimes yowl at night, but the barking of a neighborhood dog can be a problem. Which ones are mail carriers more afraid of, dogs or cats? Think of parks: "No dogs allowed except on leash."

I like dogs, but I love my cats. I would choose the company of my cats over the company of Tom Cunningham any day.

CAROL BACHELDER, Boise

Senior Benefits

I am going to be 62 in October. I am thinking about collecting my Social Security early instead of waiting until age 66 when I would get a little more each month.

I read in the business news awhile back that people like me will never get back what we have paid into the system, simply because we can't live long enough to do so.

I went by the Social Security office recently to get more information and find out just how much I have paid in so far. I have been paying into the system since I was 16 years old.

If I start to collect at age 62, I would have to live until about 157 years old to get back what I have paid into the system during the last 46 years. I did not calculate how long I would have to live if I waited until age 66, but I would imagine it would be in the high 140s or low 150s.

PHILLIP HANDZEL, Boise

Gas Prices

While I share the same frustration and pain at the gas pump as other Boise residents, if I could get an answer to the following question it would go a long way toward satisfying the ongoing concern regarding "price gouging." We have been told our gas prices are above the national average for a variety of reasons. Understanding gas retailers need a "fair" profit margin to service their customers, can someone share with us what the national average profit is for a gallon of gas versus. what our Boise retailers average? If our gas retailers are in line with the national average, I have no beef and will continue to share the pain. If they are above the national average profit, then there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

DENNIS THOMSEN, Boise

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