Letters to the editor: 09-03-2013

September 3, 2013 

Lincoln debate

It's not often that I attend debates, but this one is worth making the trip.

Abraham Lincoln has always been an interesting person to me both as a leader and as a person. When I first learned that there was a darker side to him I was shocked and even saddened, but in the end, learning more about the man has only made him more real to me. I am excited to hear what Thomas DiLorenzo and David Leroy have to teach me about Lincoln, and I anticipate that will leave the debate with more knowledge than I have.

I consider myself a life-long student of history, and this is an event I just have to attend.

For those who want to join me, the debate starts at 8 p.m. at the Morrison Center on Sept. 10. The Morrison Center is part of Boise State University and is not far from downtown Boise.

I hope to see you there.

LEE BARRON, Corral

I am both surprised and pleased that Thomas DiLorenzo is coming to Boise to debate local Lincoln cheerleader David Leroy and to set the record straight on all the harm that Abraham Lincoln did to this nation. It has been set that the victor writes the history books and nowhere is this more true than in the case of Abraham Lincoln and his subjugation of liberty in pursuit of empire.

DiLorenzo’s books are amazing, and if you haven’t read them, you certainly should. I hope that you will join me in attending this informative and educational debate at the Morrison Center on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.

MATTHEW CLEMENTS, Nampa

Electric vehicles

Every day I pass Boise drivers in their gasoline or diesel cars and trucks and I wonder if they have any idea how cheap it is to run an electric vehicle. They burn through $50, $70 or $100 tanks of fossil fuel with regularity.

I drove my all-electric Nissan Leaf to Idaho City and back Aug. 17 and I estimate that the electricity cost $1.30. In a big gas guzzler the bill could easily have been $20.

On Aug. 20, I drove the Leaf down from Bogus Basin and my car generated energy the whole way down with its regenerative brakes. When I reached Simplot Hill at the bottom of the mountain, my battery had much more energy than when I began at the ski area parking lot. I estimate the round trip to Bogus cost me 64 cents in electricity.

Electric vehicles are cheap to fuel! Boise drivers are hemorrhaging $20 bills fueling their cars and trucks, but there’s a better, cheaper way with all-electrics.

REED BURKHOLDER, Boise

CATO Institute

Simply a coincidence that the Statesman ran simultaneous stories on a report by the conservative CATO Institute which painted Idaho’s pathetic record for public support for a typical welfare family as an “extravagant” average of $11,150 and a story letting its readers know that another low wage call center was being welcomed into the Treasure Valley?

Though the story on public support for poor, ill and indigent citizens made clear that public financing has fallen by 31 percent since 1995 and is currently barely above the poverty level, the CATO Institute (which is funded by the ultra conservative Koch brothers) thinks Idaho ought to further reduce funding in order to free the adult family members to take low wage, sweatshop jobs that may be available.

Now, which low-wage, sweatshop jobs are being touted on the same page in the Statesman? Yes, fly-by-night call center jobs, which pay the second worst wages in the U.S. and have a 70 percent turnover because of the working conditions.

My suggestion: If the Statesman needs to lobby for the local sweatshops or the Koch brothers, it should register as such or let their readers know that they have new functions within the community.

KENT TAUCER, Ontario, Ore.

How can you call the CATO Institute a think tank when the statements from these so-called intelligent people are anything but smart? The institute simply represents the Republican Party, which is barely recognizable today, compared to their icon Ronald Reagan.

They comment that the unemployed benefits are too much and that they should be reduced to inspire the welfare recipients to get jobs. What jobs, what type of pay? Working for Walmart and not getting any benefits that will have to be supplied by the state? Or get an education paid for that will probably end up with a job going overseas, or earning wages that will most likely be mediocre?

The solution is to increase wages to help people out of welfare, and companies to hire employees full time with benefits, which historically has stimulated the economy and cut welfare needs — but this will never happen when the party that loves the wealthy and considers the poor worthless is the one giving the advice.

DARYL PULLEN, Boise

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