Letters to the editor-11-06-2013

November 6, 2013 

Health care

Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, will likely be the most troublesome disaster ever to hit the United States. Its huge cost could be "the straw that breaks the camel's back."

Millions are jobless, homeless and indigent, and the government will have to provide their health care. This means millions of new patients when medical practitioners and hospitals are already in short supply. As in those countries with socialized medicine, the sick will be forced to stand in line for lower quality health care.

Obama and Congress have, however, provided for themselves, their families and many government workers - no changes in the super deluxe care they already receive. Also, Obama has allowed exemptions from Obamacare for many special groups. Is that fair?

But there is one quick solution. There's still credible evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is not qualified to be president. A fake birth certificate, Kenyan father, Indonesian citizenship never renounced, etc., etc. substantiate that. He has never had to face full scrutiny for qualification to be president. Thus, everything he signed and did while occupying the office will be null and void when he is disqualified. End of problem.

MILTON T. WILLIAMS, Boise

A common definition for "insanity" is performing or doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Congress has voted 40-plus times to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act) with no changes to the law. We just recently experienced a government shutdown with a corresponding debt ceiling debate that lasted until the 11th hour.

This same debt ceiling debate occurred in the summer of 2011 with the same results; kick the can down the road and hope for a different result. Our latest congressional fiasco resulted in a shorter kick on the same can. We get to do this all over again in just a few short months. So who is insane here? Is this the new normal for our elected representatives who are supposed to be working for the betterment of our country? Or are "we the people" insane by re-electing these same people and expecting a different result?

The only good news about the latest "deal" in Washington is that it overflows into an election year, 2014. Please remember what we just went through and then decide who is insane when you go cast your ballot.

FRANK MATTERN, Boise

One definition of insanity is to repeat the same action while expecting a different result, kind of like the Republicans trying to defund Obamacare. And speaking of insanity, I hope those of you in a lower income bracket realize that our governor refused federal money to help with your medical bills, good Republican that he is.

PATRICK HARREN, Boise

Anarchists

Now that the shutdown and debt ceiling have been addressed, it's time to review the conduct of those who voted against funding the nation's commitments. Those individuals don't fit the thoughtful profile of conservative Republicans and can be better described as anarchists. The word "anarchist" can be found in a dictionary, (seldom read among anarchists and their supporters).

In deference to Christian heritage, "anarchist" and "antichrist" are different but serve the same master; I digress. Anarchists function like ruminants fat on the blather of men with agendas of ill intent. They wander about the political landscape lowing and bellowing canned phrases and may seem cogent in spite of their predilection for green eggs and ham.

Sadly, Idaho is represented by three and one-half of these fellows who lost their way in the green vs. pekoe war that has ravaged the elephant herd.

It's time to let them know that congressional tantrums have no place in civilized governance by voting them out of office. Now I may have to vote for a Democrat or an independent because it's better to be represented by a liberal with a hammer than an anarchist whose sole intent is to burn down the house.

MARK K. PETERSON, Eagle

Tea party

Burning crosses, white robes, hoods, extreme racial hatred, all indicative of the Ku Klux Klan. A hate group whose goal was to eradicate all blacks, Hispanics and Jewish Americans. They're back, and they've added everyone of color, women's rights and the repeal of civil rights to their list. Their attire is now three-corner hats adorned with tea bags and guns.

They eat, sleep and breathe hate. A black president, to them is worse than death. They have infiltrated our government and are growing in numbers. Their imperial wizard stated, "Our goal is to take over the Republican Party." Raul Labrador, Republican, is one of their stooges. Senator John McCain calls them wacko birds.

This is not a movie we're watching, folks. This is serious and real. Those of us Americans who still have a brain have to wake up. Don't vote for and vote out anyone tea party related. I don't know about you, but I prefer the sound of crickets over the banjo and pig squealing.

RICHARD L. MICKEY, Boise

Lochsa land

We commend Sen. Risch, Sen. Crapo and Rep. Labrador for their Sept. 30 decision to intervene in the ongoing Upper Lochsa land exchange between the Forest Service and Western Pacific Timber. We agree that an exchange that is fair to all parties will require legislation.

If federal lands are to be divested into private ownership, the rights of the public to access these lands must be protected. The Idaho delegation members, after talking with all of the interested citizens, has laid out seven principles that provide an excellent blueprint for legislation. They state that the exchange legislation must be transparent, provide a net economic benefit to Idaho County, protect the environment, recognize the tribal rights, protect historic recreation and other uses, protect private property rights and that none of the protections should impose any additional fiscal burdens on the federal government.

There will undoubtedly be devils in the details - there always are - but it appears that proposing and passing well-designed legislation gives all interested parties the greatest opportunity to be heard and to have their goals met. Let us all work together as Idahoans to find a solution to this issue that will make us proud.

JIM KULM, president, Idaho Recreation Council, Meridian

Common Core

Common Core proponents seldom address the entanglement of the federal government and special interests in this educational "reform" package. Rarely do they mention that in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars and a No Child Left Behind waiver, Idaho committed to adopt common standards and assessments, enhance its personalized data collection and develop a system to define teacher equity and distribution.

They do not engage in a discussion about the wisdom of "one size fits all" instruction with its consequences of frustration and mediocrity. They fail to mention the dismal failure of the last quest of national standards leading to an alarming rewriting of American history. Instead, they continually refer to the process as "state-led" without mentioning that Idaho adopted these standards sight unseen.

Proponents promise local control, but our commitments to the federal government link teacher and school evaluations to students' performance on the federally funded national assessments. Standardized curriculum and pedagogy may soon become the save-all for poor outcomes and job security. Soon, Washington may just have its long sought victory of centralized control. Common Core ties the hands of educators, looks past children's individuality, and diminishes our state's educational sovereignty.

BECKY FOSTER, Idaho Falls

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