Regarding Rep. Mark Patterson and his concealed carry license I have three things to say:
It is ridiculous to write legislation that asks law enforcement officers who have sworn an oath to uphold the laws of the city, county, state and federal government, to not enforce the law, any law. It puts them in an untenable position that limits their ability to protect the public and themselves. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs educating.
Sheriffs Raney and Killeen are both strong advocates of gun rights and have a proven history as such. Additionally, having worked for both men reviewing, issuing, and revoking CCW permits for over 15 years, I can attest that they carefully measure each application against the specifics of the law. They do that because they are professionals. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs educating. Wake up, Boise, get rid of this guy.
PAM BABBITT, Nampa
Ive always used the Statesman endorsements as one of many data points when considering political candidates.
I have assumed they were based on interviews with the candidates and a review of their voting records.
I found Dan Popkeys article on Rep. Pattersons history with the legal system and his refusal to offer details about much of his background enlightening.
I wonder if the Editorial Board will follow Dans example and be more rigorous in its future review of candidates backgrounds before making an endorsement.
BOB FRITSCH, Boise
When is Gary Raney up for re-election? Im very suspicious of him hes more interested in the federal-local fusion center concept, complete with all the money, toys, and training that comes with it, than local law enforcement.
I believe this is why he was working against Pattersons House Bill 219 and similar efforts, including the breach of confidential information on Pattersons concealed weapons permit application.
Patterson may or may not have 40-year-old skeletons in the closet, which he may or may not be able to eloquently explain, but the sheriffs actions, taken together, represent a terrible affront to liberty.
We need a local, constitutional sheriff. A sheriffs office thats a mere field office for the DHS, DOJ, etc., is extremely dangerous, encouraging the militarization of the officers and divided allegiance. In short, the sheriffs attempts to pave the way for federal gun regulations are not acceptable here in Idaho. We desperately need a solid constitutional candidate for sheriff ... and soon.
SEAN BORZEA, Boise
Its sad to learn of Ben Ysursas decision not to seek reelection as Idahos secretary of state. He is an extraordinarily principled individual, dedicated to the statutory requirements of his office and to the citizens of our great state. He will be sorely missed.
Early in my career, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Ben and been able to take advantage of his expertise and guidance. There was only one way to do the job: by the book.
As others have noted, it is absolutely critical that Idahoans do everything in their power to ensure our next secretary of state is as principled, nonpartisan, and evenhanded as his or her predecessor.
Ben, I join all Idahoans in commending you for a job well done.
DEAN SANGREY, Garden Valley
The Statesmans editorial board praises Secretary of State Ben Ysursa on the way Ysursa goes about the job. Ben deserves praise from all Idahoans for running his office in a nonpartisan and evenhanded way.
His work on the Idaho Land Board, however, is a different story. Mr. Ysursa voted to approve the Land Boards Asset Management Plan for the state to buy commercial real estate with school endowment money. www.idl.idaho.gov/am/amfiles/122011-AMP-final.pdf
In addition to a 414 unit storage facility and brew pub in Boise, the plan calls for buying office, retail and light industrial business (page 23).
The secretary of state believes that the Land Board should operate a profit-oriented business within a government agency. (page 26) In order to do this the plan aims to change social and political attitudes and values, markets and products. (page 28)
This is a dangerous plan for Idaho and puts the state in direct competition with private enterprise. This Land Board Business Plan must be rejected and it will take the strong leadership of Lawerence Denney as secretary of state to stop it in its tracks.
ROBERT FORREY, Nampa
What is happening to Idaho? First, the public servant running our health exchange is making $175,000 a year.
Next we have Gov. Otter going to Coeur dAlene to raise money with liberal New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Butch used to claim to be a conservative, even a libertarian. Now after watching him push the health exchange, we know the truth; he has become another big government politician, granting favors to special interests. Unfortunately a perfect Ottercare companion to the Obama-hugging Christie.
PEMBROKE T. RATHBONE, Marsing
In Gov. Butch Otters recent article regarding the government shutdown, he stated, Our state agencies were working behind the scenes to determine if state or even private sources would be allowed to pay some of the federal workers needed to ensure our economy could keep moving.
Has he gone completely mad? Since when has any federal worker ever done anything to keep our economy moving?
Most of them are employed to help stifle whats left of a once vibrant and growing economy i.e., OSHA, EPA, USDA, NRCS and the list goes on and on. Every government job is created by destroying one in the private sector.
It was this tax-and-spend philosophy that led to our economic meltdown in the first place and Otters position is keep on taxing, spending and regulating to keep our economy moving. Exactly the opposite is needed.
BOB VICKARYOUS, Bonners Ferry