Letters to the editor: 08-28-2013

August 28, 2013 

Student housing

College students, like everyone else, need a place to live, whether they are attending classes or on summer break. The Lusk and Royal streets location for more student housing isn’t only the best place to build, but just about the only logical place left to build them.

The thing is it doesn’t really give a very good access to and from the university because you have not just one main traffic route, but two main traffic thoroughfares separating the two locations. Yes, there is the Greenbelt access under the two bridges at 9th Street and Capitol Boulevard, and also crosswalks at University Drive.

With possibly more than 1,000 students coming and going, there still may be need for a third access, and this is where my idea is going. Just like the sky bridge over Overland Road, one should be built over 9th Street and Capitol, because I see a lot of people running across these busy streets between University Drive and the two bridges. This is just a thought, but safety first is most likely the most important thing. Don’t you think?

RHETT C. BOWLING, Boise

World War II veterans

No one joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after June of 1941, but many of the obituaries published often say the deceased was in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

The U.S. Army Air Corps became the U.S. Army Air Forces in June of 1941 as a component of the U.S. Army, along with the U.S. Army Ground Forces and the U.S. Army Service Forces; and even though the Air Force did not officially become a separate service until 1947, it operated as one from that time on.

It is estimated that between 600 and 1,000 World War II veterans die each day. Sadly, many of their grandchildren and even children know very little about their service. It is important to know the facts about these vets’ service.

Talk to the World War II vet in your life. You will have to ask them about their service, because most will not talk about it willingly for whatever reason, but you will be fascinated by what you find out.

STAN MCKIE, Boise

Terrorists

In 2009, Nadal Hassan, the Army psychiatrist who shot 13 people and wounded 30 while yelling “Allah Akbar,” was still getting paid his salary, and his terrorist attack is now being called a “workplace shooting.” The victims, meanwhile, are struggling to pay their bills.

The state trooper who released the actual photo of the Boston Marathon suspect in retaliation to the glorified Rolling Stone magazine cover was temporarily suspended from his job and is now on the graveyard shift.

How ironic that the ones who tell the truth are treated the worst by our justice system.

TONI SWEENEY, Boise

Aircraft carrier

The recent short article “Battleship reunion draws 300 former crew members” (Aug. 17, page A3) about the World War II USS Intrepid misidentifies the type of vessel it is.

The Intrepid, now a museum ship in New York, is an aircraft carrier, not a battleship. The battleships of that war were named after states, e.g., the USS Missouri and the USS Iowa. Cruisers were named after cities (e.g., USS Los Angeles, USS Boise), and submarines often after sea life (think Nautilus). World War II aircraft carriers carried a variety of types of names (Saratoga, Yorktown, Wasp, Hornet, Intrepid, Franklin, Bunker Hill — to mention a few).

Today the rules have changed. Aircraft carriers are named after presidents, submarines after cities (again, the modern Boise is a Los Angeles class submarine), and battleships — well, they are no more except as old museums. Happy sailing to all the former crew members who served!

DR. CAOIMHIN P. BARR, Boise

Mike Simpson

I find it interesting that Mike Simpson’s television ad asks for your vote and that he states that one of his primary positions is to “create jobs.” Here is a man who has consistently voted against every jobs bill that has come before him. I would like to know why the voters of the 2nd Congressional District would re-elect a person who claims to be interested in creating jobs when the only job he’s interested in is his own.

CHARLIE WALTHER, Boise

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