Letters to the editor-11-30-2013

November 30, 2013 

Thank you

This is to thank the young woman who came to my rescue at the Winco store on Fairview Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Since I recently moved here from California, I was not aware that they do not accept credit cards. I had only $35 in cash with me and no checks and had $50 worth of groceries in my cart. I was starting to put back items when she graciously handed a $20 bill to the cashier to apply to my order. I tried to get her name and address so I could send a check to her, but she declined to give them to me.

I was, and still am, amazed at her generosity and kindness. If she is an example of the residents of Boise, I can see one small reason why so many people are moving here from out-of-state. Thanks again, whoever you are.


On Nov. 21 while attempting to run down my incorrigible puppy in the parking lot of Albertsons on ParkCenter, I tackled the dog but lost my wallet. Forever thank you to the kind person who found it and left it at the service counter. Santa came early.


JFK memories

Everyone alive at the time has some recollection of JFK’s assassination. I was in Pocatello at my father’s house visiting when Cronkite came on and reported the incident.

Just six months earlier, June 1963, as an Army Ambulance EMT and Emergency Room Assistant then stationed at The United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., I had been assigned to take a physician to the helicopter landing site at the north point to cover JFK in case of a medical emergency while he came to address the Cadets at graduation.

I was not a fan of JFK, although I had voted for him as president, but the Bay of Pigs and the action in the region of the Gulf of Tonkin had eroded my support for him. Even when the helicopter landed and the crowd gathered around to greet him, which included Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert Humphrey, other well-known politicians and athletes such as Mickey Mantle, I was impressed. When President Kennedy came out of the helicopter and started down the steps, he had a visual aura surrounding him. It was the only time in my life that I have actually witnessed an aura around any person.


Cellphone courtesy

In this day of technology at our fingertips, I’m sure this topic has been beaten to death, but I thought I would give my opinion as well. Is it possible to attend an event these days without an individual incessantly looking at their phone or not having the patience to enjoy a show for a couple of hours without feeling the need to let everyone in their world know every detail?

I recently went to a concert and the woman in front of me could not keep her eyes off of her phone — and I don’t mean just looking at it a couple of times to check on a babysitter or otherwise. I mean not shutting the phone off for the entire show. Do you not realize that in a dark arena that the light off your phone might as well be a lighthouse beacon to everyone around you? Do the people in your life really care if your beverage is cold or what the person next to you is wearing?

Please, people, this is like any other consideration in a public setting: Put your phone down and enjoy the event you paid for or stay home.



In response to the Nov. 5 article about the study of billions of Earth-like planets: If I were an ET, I would certainly hesitate to make it known that I exist. Humans are very violent beings, and we are destroying our planet. Why would an ET want to say “Howdeedo?” In fact, maybe they are already here in invisible form. (UFOs have been spotted many times.)

Maybe if we become less aggressive and free of hate, ignorance and greed, we would learn to listen to what ETs had to say instead of trying to control things all the time. Maybe human beings are not so advanced after all.


Misplaced priorities

I always thought that I was fairly smart and reasonable and that I could understand both sides of an issue. But recently I have seen one of the most ridiculous, nonsensical paintings I have ever seen sell for $105 million. Then I saw an orange diamond (big deal) sell for $35.5 million.

C’mon, people, we are talking about shiny stones and talented children with really good crayons. I don’t get it. Whether it is gold, silver or diamonds, basically we are talking about shiny, maybe pretty, stones or metals. One hundred forty million to help people, period. I don’t care if it is diamonds, gold, art, baseball cards, whatever. There is something seriously wrong with our priorities and the way we think and feel about things.



The ACHD is fighting with the city of Eagle over the terrain park, Garden City over the dilapidated fairgrounds, and the city of Boise over meter alerts placed in the road. I don’t like wasting my tax dollars on agencies that don’t work well with others. It is time to vote those bums out. All of them. In the meantime, can I please have back my taxes that don’t provide essential services? Because you people are just washing our hard-earned money down the drain.


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