Letters to the Editor: 01-03-2014

January 3, 2014 

‘Duck Dynasty’

Lawerence Denney, running for secretary of state, seems to think bringing the “Duck Dynasty” actors to our state will increase his chances of winning election.

While I find these people to be mildly entertaining as a TV show, I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind who would want their actual family to emulate this messed up household.

People like Denney who bring people like this as a promotional effort only encourage that misconception. Their Christmas album is OK. I pray they do not in any way, shape or form, represent Idaho, or how people feel it is right to raise a family.

That Denney thinks they might is all I need to know. He does not get my vote in this coming election. Nor do any of our current national representatives/senators. The exception is Simpson. I might give him a second chance. But I am not happy with him, either. At least he did the right thing when it counted recently.

One thing is for sure, Denney has already shown me he is a bad choice.

BRAD K. COOK, Middleton

Humane Society

Shame, shame on those veterinarians who are now on this vendetta to restrict the services of the veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Shelter. The vets are entitled to provide the same excellent care to our pets; after all, they had to obtain their education and skills the same way you did.

How can you limit their services to spay and neuter, other than the fact that you are worried about losing a dollar or two? Come on, if people in this community on limited resources and their pets need medical attention, are you willing to reduce your fees? Probably not, so they turn to the only options, the IHS, or no care at all.

How can you possibly think you will be losing out on a large volume of customers? You vets need to spend a day inside the IHS to see what these tireless people do for the pets that need homes and medical treatment.

Hopefully, our community will contact their vet to see if they are on this journey against the shelter. If so, guess what, we can and will find a new vet. Please voice your dissatisfaction and write your congressmen.



Did you read about the war of the owls? Apparently there are two kinds of owls in northern California that don’t get along very well. The paper ran colored mug shots of both types of birds. They looked the same to me, but apparently the barred owl is a dangerous immigrant that needs to be shot.

A team of specially trained biologist have already gunned down 26 barred owls to help protect the more beloved spotted owls. My question is, why is one owl better than the other? And what right do we humans have to decide which will live and which will die? I’ve got nothing against either species, but I do have a problem with playing favorites and arming biologists.

I have already begun a screenplay and will soon be seeking financing for a major motion picture. When I cast the owls I won’t be doing so with an eye to making one group more sympathetic then the other. I’m calling it: “The Whoing of the Owls.”


Early learning

When Idaho legislators consider education bills in the 2014 session, they should pass legislation proposed by District 16 Rep. Hy Kloc that would create an early childhood education pilot program.

According to researchers Jack P. Shonkoff (Harvard University) and Deborah A. Phillips (Georgetown University), the early years of life build the foundation for the rest of our life. Research shows that during early years the brain develops most of its neurons and when neurons are developing “intake of new information is critical.” The Johns Hopkins University Early Learning website states that “early education can play a critical role” in developing neurons.

Student achievement in high school where I teach or success at university is connected to learning in very early years. Research has also shown that early education develops cognitive and socio-emotional abilities. According to the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, cognitive development “improves school performance, raises math and language abilities, and sharpens thinking/attention skills.”

As a result of this research, several states have implemented preschool programs and others are following suit. Idaho can support student achievement by passing Rep. Kloc’s early childhood education legislation that would develop preschool programs in elementary schools in our state.


Legal Parents

I could not believe my eyes when I read the article about the two lesbian mothers. One is the legal parent of their two sons, and the other wants to adopt. Her petition to adopt was denied because the two are not married.

I believe the judge is overlooking two important facts. First fact is that in Idaho many, many children have two parents who are not married. That includes all children who are born out of wedlock, currently about one-third of births, and all children whose parents are divorced. The children whose parents are not married might outnumber those whose parents are married.

The second fact is that our society believes strongly that children are better off with two parents. In case of some unfortunate future it gives them twice the chance of child support, twice the chance of survivors Social Security, twice the chance of still having a real live parent if one dies. The one and only reason Darcy Simpson was not allowed to adopt is discrimination against lesbians, and shame on us for putting that ahead of the welfare of her two sons.


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