Letters to the editor

August 17, 2013 

Thank you ...

Thanks to wonderful people who came to my aid.

I lost my car keys while shopping at Wal-Mart recently. No luck at Lost & Found. I had two generous offers for a ride to get my second set of keys from my home. My favorite checker offered her car, which I accepted. Keys found! Life is good and so are good-hearted people.

ANITA WINKEL, Meridian

The staff of the Boise Vet Center-Readjustment Counseling Service would like to say thank you to the Vietnam Veterans of America organization. Their kind and generous donation of restocking our food pantry will help combat veterans of all eras and their families.

KATHY BROOKS, Vet Center office manager, Boise

Kidnapping

It appears that certain thugs and miscreants who murder and kidnap think they can get away with their crimes by escaping to the rugged back-country of Idaho. They are quickly proven wrong. Every. Single. Time.

You have to love this quote by Mark John, former Gem County sheriff and one of four horseback-riding Sweet residents who alerted the authorities to the suspects' location, "He may have been an outdoorsman in California, but he wasn't an outdoorsman in Idaho." Kudos and congratulations to the brave team of men and women who tracked the most recent scumbag down. We can all rest a little easier tonight. Justice served. Well done.

JOE NUMBERS, Boise

Idaho is best known for potatoes, producing slugger Harmon "Killer" Killebrew, Boise State football and now the thrilling rescue of abducted teen Hannah Anderson.

It was the teamwork of a number of law enforcement and other agencies including the FBI that helped bring Ms. Anderson home safely.

If our agencies worked like this more often, there would be far fewer missing people.

KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Salmon

Thanks to Rocky Barker for the article, "The heat is on for salmon," on the issue of warming waterways and the threat to local wildlife resources in Northwest.

The death of salmon in the John Day River and the hazard to hundreds of endangered Idaho Sockeye and Chinook salmon highlights the growing list of unexpected consequences from climate change. It's clear that salmon may not adapt quickly enough to survive the rising water temperatures and efforts of fishery biologists to aid or move salmon may not be enough.

The time for denying or ignoring the effects of climate change is over. It's time to take action. A carbon fee and dividend like that proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby and the Energy and Enterprise Initiative make sense. It's an economically sensible solutions that 1) will account for the environmental cost of carbon based fuels thus reducing their use and limiting the threat to fish populations from climate change and 2) won't grow government, returning all the fees directly to families.

I encourage U.S. Sens. Crapo and Risch along with Reps. Simpson and Labrador to adopt this effective and revenue neutral solution to stop this threat to our fisheries and environment.

TIM DEC, Middleton

Politics

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Those words were uttered by our late President Kennedy during his inaugural address.

Those words have been lost to time, but those words are what need to resonate with us today. Be it Republican or Democrat, we have allowed our nation to be taken over by special interests with motivations that lie in a single issue, as we stare into the greatest threat to our power since the Cold War. But unlike the Cold War, this threat is not hollow and it is many.

Selflessness - not selfishness - is our only way out of this self-imposed, self-destructive system that we have created for ourselves. In a representative republic, we are allowed the freedom to control what our representatives set as priority because - let's be honest - the only thing they want is another term. We have morphed this right into our own selfish needs and to fear actual compromise, our politicians are paralyzed, forgetting that bicameral system was created through "the great compromise."

The blame for the arguably least-productive Congress in U.S history lies in the mirror and it can end there.

EVAN HOPKINS, Meridian

Nature

In a biography about the religion of Thomas Jefferson, it was revealed that he thought nature and reason were very important. Indeed, he believed nature to be higher than manmade laws. In our world of global warming, can we at least try to coexist with nature? Can we try to stop using plastic bags and styrofoam which have a long life? (Styrofoam never biodegrades.) Can we be aware of trash on a trail and pick it up? Could we go out in nature hiking, camping, rafting instead of spending so much time on our cellphones and computers?

Let's be aware that people are part of nature. We are nature too, but not the superior. We are at the tipping point, but we can solve our problem.

As the Winnebago said: "Holy Mother Earth, the trees and all nature are witnesses of your thoughts and deeds."

MARY E. WELTY, Boise

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