Letters to the editor: 11-12-2013

November 12, 2013 

Government

To blame a particular party, person, or period for our current government debacle is ludicrous. If the urge strikes, try looking in the mirror. The ever-mounting debt, outdated subsidies and the never-ending pork barrel of spending.

Information overload, if you ask me. Every day we are bombarded by information from all corners of the world, “give us this, buy this, have this,” and the ever colossal, “you got to do something about this.” Why us, why not them?

We criticize those who question, we demean those who offer change, yet we roll over and allow ourselves to be taxed or gouged for programs we don’t need or want.

Government cannot become our babysitter; government needs to take a back seat. Reform should be the talking-point issue, not more bureaucracy. Term limits for all lawmakers, state and federal. Let’s take back our government, as our forefathers intended, a government for the people, by the people, not a ventilator-breathing dinosaur, being fed oxygen by corporate greed.

I understand the need for government, but less is all I ask. I saw the shutdown as somewhat refreshing, and I loathe the thought of it occurring again.

STEVE GRAVES, Star

Politics

I have been reading the letters to the editor. I must say, where has our country gone? We are no longer the country of the people, for the people and by the people. When it comes to voting, let’s get rid of all the incumbents and put in people who care about the people and not just getting elected to another term.

Go to Washington and look at the halls of Congress. They are empty unless there is something that will help them get re-elected. In the ’30s, a program called Social Security came about. All investors were to receive a cost-of-living increase, and none of the money was to be put in the general fund.

If we would have operated this program correctly, it would have paid for itself. Our Congress played with it and embezzled — look it up. In reality our Congress is guilty of embezzlement. Let’s get the freeloaders out of office and put in people who care. I think there are only those that want to be re-elected but don’t care about the country. There is proof.

DON FARLEY, Meridian

Geothermal energy

A recent BSU survey asked Idahoans what Idaho’s highest priority should be in meeting our electricity demands. Seventy-six percent answered green/renewable or conservation and efficiency are what’s needed. The good news — Idaho holds a massive amount of renewable energy right beneath our feet, in the form of geothermal energy! A 2006 Western Governors’ Association Geothermal Task Force report states that Idaho could potentially produce 855 megawatts of power by 2015 and 1,670 megawatts by 2025.

Please support renewable energy such as geothermal as a replacement for dirty coal-burning power plants.

LORI POE, Boise

Land takeover

The special interest group that would benefit most from a state of Idaho takeover of federal lands is the timber industry. Yet on Oct. 28, during a legislative interim committee hearing on this issue, the timber industry balked at the idea.

Only one on the four-member panel, timber industry lobbyist Jim Riley, even suggested it was a “fruitful avenue to pursue.” Beyond that, timber industry representatives offered familiar alternatives to expand logging on federal lands, such as hobbling environmental review.

The timber industry’s tepid rejection of federal land disposal came after three panels representing tribal, sportsmen and environmental interests strongly condemned the idea.

This marked the second of two public lands hearings where the facts and public opinion line up against advocates of a state takeover. At the Aug. 9 hearing, Deputy Attorney General Steve Strack definitively proved Idaho’s founders did not want responsibility of federal lands.

The irony is that the interim committee was created by state lawmakers who supported a state takeover. Seven months later, that committee has become a powerful soapbox for why land transfer is a bad idea.

DEREK FARR, Grangeville

Zions punctuation

The Gardner Co. has two tasks to complete on the new 8th and Main building: alter the spire, of course, and add an apostrophe to the name of its prime tenant. There is only one Zion — the central physical location to which Latter-day Saints have gathered. Therefore, when one tries to use the word in the possessive case, it must read Zion’s Bank, not Zions Bank. Just sayin’.

STUART HOTCHKISS, Boise

Bown library

I am writing because I am concerned that the Library! At Bown Crossing may never be made. The Boise Library! at Bown Crossing was proposed in 2005 to be made in 2010. They said they didn’t have enough money, but they’ve built the other three proposed libraries. I think that they should place the Library! at Bown Crossing as one of the top priorities. Boise should build the Library! at Bown Crossing. The residents of East Boise have been waiting to have their own local library. It’s unfair to be left out.

NOAH RICKS, age 12, East Boise

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