Professor David Adler recently wrote, Our unreal Congress: irresponsible and irrelevant."
Actually, the latter half of the title is a good description of Mr. Adler. The opinion piece is long on platitudes and devoid of data. It's true that members of Congress ducked holding town hall meetings. However, Professor Adler's characterization misses essential points. It was Congress that pushed back on Obama's spending binge and now federal spending is on track to decline at a rate (4 percent for last two years) not seen since the Korean War.
Another example is immigration and the president's push for amnesty. Congress is a co-equal branch of government and the fact that they have not signed on to Obama's amnesty push reflects attention to their constituents. What could be more relevant?
Now let's look at the other side of the coin. President Obama has lost four recent decisions before the Supreme Court on a 9-0 basis. President Obama has attempted to flout both the Fourth and Fifth amendments to such a degree that even his own appointees have ruled against him. What could be more irresponsible than openly flouting the Bill of Rights? I guess Professor Adler as the "House" liberal didn't notice.
FRED BIRNBAUM, Boise
A recent newscast on KTVB included a story about Nampa police officers donating a new bicycle to a young boy whose bike had been stolen. The clip showed the fellow riding his new bike and doing a variety of tricks, like standing on the seat. He was obviously overjoyed! But where was his helmet? The police officers should be ashamed that they did not give the boy a helmet to go with his new bike.
JOHN BIGGS, Boise
Vote third party
I wish to comment on the letter by Keith Nielson. I, too, have been in the world since FDR was president.
I agree with what Mr. Nielson wrote. It seems the Republicans blame the Democrats for the mess we're in, and vice versa.
I believe we need a viable third party. I'm disillusioned with both major parties. There are others who believe we need a viable third party. Perhaps, if the third party makes a good showing, the major parties will take notice. I urge voters to seriously consider voting for third-party candidates.
HERB KILLAM, Wilder
Carol Bachelder's recent letter regarding the wonderful attributes of cats compared to the chaos exhibited by dogs, inspired me to respond to her narrow perspective and total lack of knowledge.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. FWS recently completed a study on how much wildlife the vast population of free ranging cats kill each year. They estimated that domestic cats, including the pet Fluffies that spend part of the day/night outdoors and the unnamed strays and ferals that are always free roaming, kill a median of 2.4 billion native birds and 12.3 billion small native mammals per year.
Free-roaming pet cats (that escape out your slightly opened garage door) account for 29 percent of this bird kill and 11 percent of small mammals killed annually. The domestic cat is one of the single greatest threats to small wildlife. More birds and small mammals die at the mouths of cats than from any other anthropogenic cause. Think about this the next time your cat comes back into the house, cuddles in your lap and purrs lovingly and contently. It just had a wonderful time killing small native critters!
CHARLES L. GAREY, Garden City
Two questions about free trade:
- How have we become a world power previously without "free trade agreements?"
Since the 1990s the agenda of internationalists has been to merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico into one country with open borders. Name changes hide their agenda: NAFTA, then North American Union, then Security and Prosperity Partnership, now North American Leaders Summit. The E.U. started as a coal marketing organization, then more trade agreements and ending in a political union of European countries, no longer self-ruled, but dominated by rules not favorable to individual countries.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, to be realized by the end of 2015 between the E.U. and the U.S., is promoted by internationalists organizations with interlocking directors and personnel. They are funded by tax-free foundations and government agencies including our State Department, and hide their activities.
By the end of 2013 the Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, linking the U.S. with Pacific countries, is planned.
- Would China have become a major power without American entrepreneurs and consumers?
We have lost jobs, importing more than we export. Congress, defeat TPP and TTIP.
PATRICIA W. FELTS, Boise
Response to Aug. 7 "Catholics: Our Catholic Church stands solidly on two legs, Scripture and tradition."
Other Christians, standing on the one leg of Sola Scriptura, must end up wobbly as evidenced by their very many denominational divisions, apparently due to the lack of unified and authoritative scripture interpretation, rejection of seven Old Testament books, difficulty in finding anything in the Scripture attesting to all truth being found "solely" therein, etc.
As to nuns being confused (writer's reference to the July 28 CBS' "60 Minutes" segment giving air time to spokespersons of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious), I say no confusion. They just seem to think they can change church practices, dating from Apostolic times, to suit 20th century feminist agenda.
As to the writer's Scripture references and Pope Francis' comments about homosexuality, Catholicism interprets those biblical prohibitions as being against same-sex sexual-intimacy, and not merely against anyone's possible homosexual orientation. Many with the latter have been admitted to religious vocation. However, a few priests, engaging sexually with male minors, have set our Church up for hundreds of millions of dollars of lawsuit damages, hence now the justified concern about further ordination of homosexual men.
GREG BRUCH, Boise