Letters to the editor-09-21-2013

September 21, 2013 

Thank you ...

Our deepest thanks and appreciation to Albertson’s associates and first responders:

Rob Robertson has worked at Albertson’s for 24 years and has been at the Eagle/McMillan store for the last 10 as the general merchandise manager. While at work on July 29, he had a serious medical condition that caused his heart to stop. Bryce Greenwood, a Kuna volunteer fireman and an Albertson’s employee, was with Rob when this occurred. Bryce immediately initiated CPR. Kristopher, a U.S. Bank employee and Judy, a nurse practitioner located within Albertson’s, responded and assisted Bryce.

The paramedics quickly responded and tried feverishly to revive Rob. They successfully resuscitated and transported him to a local hospital. Rob was in a medically induced coma for six days and in the ICU for two weeks. Amazingly, he has fully recovered and is back to work now.

We would like to thank Kurt Friesh, store director, and all of the Albertson’s employees for their prayers, well wishes, and support during this tragic time. Thank you Bryce, Kristopher, Judy and Ada County Paramedics, Station 10 for your quick thinking and response. We are so blessed to have Rob back!


We would like to thank a thoughtful young woman and two gentlemen that witnessed my husband taking a bad spill on his scooter.

We attended the Boise State/Air Force game and were returning to our van. It was dark and busy with Bronco fans doing the same thing when my husband turned short on a wheelchair ramp and tipped his scooter over. The young woman immediately came to our aid and while I was grabbing my husband’s hands to see if he was all right, the two gentlemen had his scooter upright and had him sitting on it. My husband fortunately only sustained scrapes and a sore shoulder.

Once again thank you. Thank you Bronco Nation and go Broncos!


I want to thank Lance Stephenson, all the patriot guards and Southwest Airlines for the trip to Washington, D.C.

I am a World War II vet and I loved that trip.

I want to thank all the people that donated money to make it possible.

Thank you.


During my professional career I visited hundreds of Idaho public schools, and I saw amazing things happening in each and every one. How lucky we are to live in a state with such dedicated public school educators.

Now, in retirement, I have volunteered as a grandparent at Star Elementary School; and my appreciation for teachers and other public school employees has only grown.

Recently, this amazing school celebrated the installation of a full-size, quarter-mile track constructed on its playground. Due to the leadership of physical education teacher Lennette Meyer, principal Carla Karnes, and St. Luke’s (and Idaho Gold Medalist) Kristin Armstrong, along with many others, Star Elementary School students and the Star community have a wonderful new place to learn, exercise, and excel.

Those who wonder if our state’s public schools are succeeding only need to visit one to see the miracles that are happening each day. Star Elementary is one example, but we’re all fortunate to have a great public school just around our corner. Congratulations, Star Elementary. And thank you to all Idaho public school educators for what you do for our kids and our state every day.


Suicide prevention

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is a serious public health problem that takes an enormous toll on families, friends, classmates, co-workers and communities, as well as on our military personnel and veterans.

These are just a few of the myths and facts about suicide (from afsp.org).

Suicide: Myth vs. Fact

Myth: Suicide can’t be prevented. If someone is set on taking their own life, there is nothing that can be done to stop them.

Fact: Suicide is preventable. The vast majority of people contemplating suicide don’t really want to die. They are seeking an end to intense mental and/or physical pain. Most have a mental illness. Interventions can save lives.

Myth: People who take their own life are selfish, cowards, weak or are just looking for “attention.”

Fact: When you fear someone you know is in crisis or depressed, asking them if they are thinking about suicide can actually help. By giving a person an opportunity to open up and share their troubles, you can help alleviate their pain and find solutions.

For more information or help with suicide, please go to afsp.org

RUBIE GALLEGOS, AFSP advocate, Meridian

Cloud Storage

After reading "Dilbert" in the Sept. 6 Idaho Statesman, then listening to Nicole Perlroth's interview about the NSA on PBS, I realized we're missing a bet.

We should turn the NSA problem around and make it pay for itself. Since the NSA is stockpiling all this digital data, Congress should make them into a huge “cloud storage” medium. If everyone bought their cloud storage from the NSA, they'd probably make enough money to fund their operation — and pay off our national debt in only a few years. Thus killing two birds (problems) with one stone.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me!


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