Letters to the editor: 09-23-2013

September 23, 2013 

Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

— President Calvin Coolidge

When President Harding died in office in 1923, Vice President Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president of the United States, known as “Silent Cal.” He was frugal with words, but impressive in action. In a time of scandal, extravagance and waste, he cut the budget and vetoed many government programs, reduced the debt, and promoted the prosperity of the Roaring ‘20s. He was re-elected to a full term but refused to run again.

With the current growth of government and national debt, America needs another “Silent Cal.”

JACK H. STUART, Meridian

Simpson/Smith

So the worst thing Mike Simpson can say about his challenger, Bryan Smith, is that he is a “trial lawyer?” Yeah, like trial lawyers Jim Risch, Mike Crapo and Raul Labrador? It’s time we had real representation in the 2nd District! It’s time to replace the Washington elite with the Bryan Smiths of America.

JIM C. HARRIS, trial lawyer, Boise

Nazarene

The explanation given for the name of the Nazarene denomination, in the article about NNU, was a head scratcher. I really think the reason our founders chose it was because all the simple names were taken, and because our leader, who had grown up in Nazareth, was often called “Jesus the Nazarene.” His early followers were also called Nazarenes, according to Acts 24.

Back to the early 20th century: if I’d been present at the creation of the denomination, I like to think I’d have voted against splitting off from the Methodists. And the name Nazarene mystifies most people today. But it’s worth recalling that God told Joseph to relocate his family to Nazareth (after their flight into Egypt) so that prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene might be fulfilled. He fulfilled many prophecies.

MARCIA BRACY YIAPAN, Nampa

Barbarians

In response to Barbara Nixon’s column dated Sept. 7 on “One Christian’s thoughts regarding Syria,” I would agree with the basic premise of her concerns regarding the situation we face in going to war in general.

Peace building, negotiations, work through extended diplomacy are preferable to war.

However, there are a whole series of people who the only thing they understand is death and destruction.

From the days of Genghis Khan and the Mongol hoards to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge we have had a word for them: barbarians. Today we call them rogue nations and terrorists. You cannot negotiate with them. You cannot make rational comprises with them. By our standards they are not rational. With such the only thing they respect and understand is death and destruction. Idi Amin comes to mind. We have had them in the past and we will have them in the future.

We cannot ignore these modern-day barbarians and hope they will come to their senses and offer a peaceful solution to our worlds problems. They must die.

NED SCARISBRICK, Boise

Cats

Have you ever heard the expression, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure”? Do you know what that means?

It means that people can make statistics say anything they want them to say.

I suspect that statistics on bird depredation by cats (Charles Garey letter to the editor, Aug. 21) were complied (or invented) by people with more sympathy for birds than for cats. Maybe these same experts could tell us how many birds hunters kill.

Fortunately there are humane organizations that care about cats. Besides the statistics on cat-killed birds there are many horror stories about lost, starved, abandoned or tortured cats.

Cat lovers are grateful to organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. Locally we have the Idaho Humane Society, Simply Cats, Just Strays and Conrad Strays. Why don’t cat haters direct their venom toward these compassionate folks rather than spewing it onto the pages of the Statesman.

If you are concerned about birds you could talk about environmental issues, but it’s probably more satisfying to blame cats when you hated them to begin with.

CAROL BACHELDER, Boise

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