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Opinion

Earthquake myths about the Pacific Rim

A tragic month along the tectonic subduction zones that surround the Pacific Rim has also been a spellbinding one for seismologists. A magnitude 6.2 quake on April 14 was followed a day later by a magnitude 7.0, together killing about 50 in the Kyushu region of Japan. Less than 24 hours later, a magnitude 7.8 in Ecuador killed more than 650. Major deep earthquakes in Myanmar and Afghanistan in April were also deadly, and a series of quakes this month struck Vanuatu, too.

Letters to the Editor

Welty letter: Mother Earth

Thinking of Earth Day, which is every day — just walk on our Mother Earth with reverence and thankfulness. When you walk, you can do as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests: While walking and breathing, say, “Yes, yes, yes” and “thanks, thanks, thanks.” We need to slow down, being grateful for all the Earth has given and loaned to us.

State Politics

Hey Idaho voter! Gonna sit this one out?

Hey you, passionate new voter! Yeah, you. Yes, you’re energized about the national presidential campaign. So will you channel that energy and enthusiasm into local contests being decided May 17? Or will election fatigue or indifference see you sitting at home on Election Day instead of deciding whether to defend or defeat Idaho’s status quo? The cure for feeling left out of the process is to get involved.

Local

Initiative proposes sweeping changes to Idaho’s campaign finance laws

Holli Woodings, who chairs the initiative campaign, says signature gatherers around the state have collected the nearly 48,000 signatures necessary to make the November ballot. They also tried to collect 40 percent over that mark, to compensate for any signatures that aren’t found to be valid. Saturday was the last day to collect signatures.

Letters to the Editor

Sirhall letter: Light rail

I read with interest Mayor David Bieter’s comments regarding light rail. I both concur and offer additional concepts. Ada County recently received an “F” rating for its air. I believe it is related to the downtown traffic because of the geographical features of downtown. Light rail could help solve this problem by creating a core area prohibiting general traffic which would curtail emissions. We could add a line from the airport to downtown. We must also assess developers with a surcharge for the congestion and air deterioration resulting from their projects bringing more traffic to downtown. Why should we citizenry absorb the cost of deteriorating air quality and possible loss of federal funds? In other words, there is nothing wrong with making them pay a fair share of the true cost. This light rail could originate out past Caldwell and end in same the building where the buses will congregate. And, for parking in the core area, asses a surcharge on each space, again reflecting the real cost associated with their downtown parking. Portland and Seattle have developed highly successful light rail working with buses. Time for Boise to do the same.

Letters to the Editor

Rodgers letter: Horse racing

It is a sorry day when one person has so much power in our state they can control us and those we elect. I say we should throw them all out and start over if they allow that to happen and don’t even get to vote because of one guy bullying them. We certainly need to look closer at who we are electing and make sure they are not taking money for their vote from the Tribes and others. Sen. Brent Hill needs to go and so does anyone who votes for him to lead the Senate. Where are people like Jim McClure and Len Jordan today?

Letters to the Editor

McCoy letter: Prince

I was living in Sheridan, Wyo. when Prince came there. There was a contest on MTV and the hometown of the person who won would have Prince come for the showing of “Purple Rain.” Sheridan was and still is a small community so I was able to see Prince arrive and attend the movie. The irony of that situation was that Kenny Rogers had just filmed “Wild Horses” there so I worried about how Prince would be received but everything went off well. He was such an unassuming star and changed many people’s mind about him.

Letters to the Editor

Logsdon letter: Common sense

Where has our common sense gone? The leading Republican presidential candidate is a petulant child who calls people names and the leading Democrat is a pathological liar. We have a president who is more interested in the price of a cable television box than actively fighting terrorism? The same president only enforces the laws he likes? We give illegals drivers licenses and potentially the right to vote? We are teaching the Koran in schools and continuing to ban the Bible? We want all public restrooms to be gender neutral, with a 7-year-old girl and 40-year-old man together? We want to raise the minimum wage, with the consequence of destroying entry level jobs and closing small businesses? The “white entitlement” issue means I am a bad man because I am white? Black Lives Matter and their tactics are being accepted? Al Sharpton owes the I.R.S. $19 million and still gets access to the White House while Willie Nelson had all of his property sold for less money? We want to give everyone a trophy and hold no one accountable? Our race relations and foreign relations are a mess. Where is this once great country headed? Into despair.

Opinion

States should do more to forgive some criminals

The U.S. is supposed to be a nation of second chances, but for the 70 million Americans with a criminal record, we're not doing such a great job. Even among those whose crimes were nonviolent and committed long ago, too many still bear a scarlet letter. So it's encouraging to see many states now moving to expunge or seal the records of nonviolent crimes that aren't repeated.

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After 50 years in public service, Leon Panetta hopes to pass on his passion to another generation. He spoke Jan. 18, 2016 in Boise.
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