Letters to the editor: 01-07-2014

January 7, 2014 

Politics

Another dose of Bush and Cheney. After listening to all the whining about the cost of Obamacare and the deficit, I think we all need another dose of Bush and Cheney. One more good dose of them should teach everybody a lesson. They were experts at trashing a budget surplus, posing tax cuts for the wealthy and starting unprovoked wars against innocent un-armed people. They even targeted women and children when they tried to kill Saddam’s wife and daughters with their “Shock and Awe” missiles. After killing thousands of innocent people, which they didn’t even count, Bush held a victory ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Since Bush didn’t finance any of this, we are still waiting for Reagan’s “Trickle Down” theory to kick in. Our runaway deficit started with Bush and Cheney, because Clinton handed Bush a budget surplus that he immediately trashed, and we all know the rest of the story.

ROBERT G. SCHULTZE, Riggins

It seems to me we could have saved ourselves a lot of trouble by passing a simple law. The law should read “no legislator could vote on a law without reading or understanding it.” I know Nancy Pelosi would not have endorsed it. But what do I know?

AL DONALDSON, Caldwell

Same-sex marriage

I was touched by the Dec. 29 letter from Madelynn Lee Taylor. That the state of Idaho would disallow a decorated veteran such as Ms. Taylor from being buried next to her recently deceased partner of almost 14 years and wife of over five is an abomination that should cause Idahoans to hang our collective heads in shame.

There is a silver lining to such nonsense. In 2013, the number of states allowing same sex marriage nearly doubled to 18, plus Washington, D.C., and now includes (of all places) Utah. I predict 2014 adds another six to eight states and brings us a court decision forcing all states to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states. Once that happens, the silly notion that these somehow threaten a traditional family or marriage will end in all but the narrowest of minds.

So Madelynn, hang on and be strong. It is only a matter of time before your understandably profound disappointment becomes a thing of the past. For now, I guess Idaho will remain on the wrong side of history.

JOHN R. LOVE, Boise

Obama

When Obama was elected, I thought it was a step forward. I knew some would struggle with it, but I was hoping they would come around and accept it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. From the get go, those who oppose this man have fought him tooth and nail. They have found fault in everything he says or does. They claim their differences are strictly over his policies but, I am inclined to believe there’s more to it than that. This man is intelligent and well educated. He is the President of the United States and the leader of the free world and I personally believe he knew from the get-go that those who opposed him would show their true colors and black would not be one of them. I have said what millions believe.

ROY LUNSFORD, Kuna

Paper Delivery

I don’t have many heroes, but the gentleman who braves the dark and cold to deliver my Statesman each morning is certainly one of mine. He could just open his window and toss the paper onto my front walk, but he doesn’t take that easy route. He exits his comfortable car and walks up, often braving rain, snow and ice to drop the paper by my covered front door, out of the weather and within my reach.

It’s so easy to take these gracious services for granted, but let’s not. Please call your customer service rep and leave a generous tip for your delivery person. It will be much appreciated.

SHELLY ROSE, Boise

Mental Illness

I’m writing this for a forgotten part of our society — those with mental illness. The holidays are filled with hope, love, and togetherness. Many with mental problems don’t get to feel these emotions. Many are pushed aside, living alone in the darkness. Even family members push their own blood away. Most of these people are tough; they have to be. The average citizen wouldn’t make it through one day if they had to suffer these illnesses. I’ll bet everyone who reads this knows someone with mental illness.

Try to think about those less fortunate. Send a card. Pop in and say hello. Many of these people will be alone through the holidays. Imagine walking in their shoes for a day. Not one of these people asked for this. They just want acceptance. They just want love. They just want to be normal. They may never be “normal,” but we can help them feel they are. They are your neighbors. They are your friends. They are your children. Most are non-violent. Doesn’t everyone deserve to be included? Light a candle. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. We shouldn’t, either.

KEVIN W. MANESS, Boise

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