Guest Opinions

Free speech includes right to criticize the courts, president

I have never been a supporter of President Donald Trump and probably never will be. I do believe, however, there is at least one thing he has a right to complain about. The national press and talking heads have recently seized on the president’s attacks on the courts. Some have said his tweets will create a constitutional crisis. Calm down. We are nowhere near a constitutional crisis — at least not yet. In fact, the only decision we have is on an interim order pending trial.

Letters to the Editor

Roy letter: Moyle tax cuts

Mike Moyle is at it again. Proposing tax cuts, promising that they will stimulate the economy and make us all more prosperous. It’s the same story that some in the Republican Party has been putting out for the last 35 years and promising to shrink the debt. George H.W. Bush called it Voodoo economics. In 1980, the top-tier federal tax rate was 70 percent. By 1988 it was 28 percent. People making millions saw their taxes cut 60 percent. Middle class people barely saw any cuts, some saw increases. The result was that the income gap, which had been shrinking for 35 years, began to grow. The growth in the economy didn’t happen, the federal deficit didn’t shrink, it exploded.

Letters to the Editor

Bergesen letter: Pillars

Communities have many pillars — not only the brick and mortar kind but human pillars — pillars of influence, strength, virtue, trust, kindness and generosity. This month our community lost three pillars — all within weeks of one another.

Letters to the Editor

Loveland letter: Horse racing

The racehorse community is looking at another summer with no racing at Les Bois Park, and the small county fair tracks are trying to survive without the supporting funds that come from Les Bois. The Idaho Legislature thought the operators of Les Bois Park were bluffing when they said they couldn’t operate the park and would have to close without the revenue from the Instant Racing Machines. Meanwhile, Indian Gaming and the Lottery roll on, business as usual, despite the fact they are also electronic gambling devices. When the Idaho Racing Commission discussed a possible solution with the governor to help the struggling industry, Sen. Brent Hill, Rexburg, immediately started talking of defunding the Racing Commission. Perhaps it would be easier to understand if Hill was waging an equal attack on all gambling venues. What does Hill have against horse racing? Para-mutuel gambling has been present in Idaho since the ’60s. Racing is part of our heritage and if Les Bois Park closes it will probably be lost forever. People in Idaho are upset by this, and when it’s time to vote again we will remember.

Letters to the Editor

Idita letter: Bieter and ACHD

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and his hand-picked minions on the City Council want you to believe that the city can do a better job maintaining the streets of Boise than ACHD. I am satisfied with the ACHD’s response to this winter, but very dissatisfied with the response from Bieter and his lunch bucket brigade. Bieter, quit wasting my tax dollars waging your personal vendetta against the ACHD. How do you propose to keep the streets clear when — during the snowfall periods — you could not accomplish the simple task of keeping the city parks cleared of ice and snow? Case in point, the park down the street from my residence did not see a plow, snow shovel or grain of ice melt this winter. You take great pleasure in kissing babies, cutting ribbons, and never seem to avoid a photo op, but as mayor of Boise what have you accomplished? Oh, that’s right, you recently declared Boise as a “Welcoming” city. I would welcome the announcement that you will not be seeking re-election. Hey hey, ho ho, Mayor Dave Bieter has to go. Haw haw, hee hee, Ludwig and Thomson, let’s make it three.

Letters to the Editor

Hopkins letter: Trump’s wall

So Donald Trump wants to build a great wall along the Mexican border, no doubt a great idea. Keep America safe again. Using that logic should we not also build a wall along the Canadian border? They are dangerous, too. And how about the East and West Coasts. A wall similar to Hitler’s Atlantic Wall in France to keep out those pesky Americans would certainly be a good thing. Trump is certainly turning out to be a great president, perhaps the greatest ever.

Letters to the Editor

Harkness letter: Medicare Advantage

Over a year ago, my husband had a heart attack. If it were not for our AARP Medicare Complete plan, I don’t know where we’d be today. The coverage we have is amazing. For all of the costs associated with his heart attack, we were only required to pay about $2,000. Our experience proves that Medicare Advantage plans work to meet the needs of seniors.

Letters to the Editor

Elliott letter: Moyle’s tax bill

Republican Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Janet Trujillo have proposed a tax cut bill to spend part of the budget surplus. The bill should read “Giving Back to Idaho’s top 1 percent.” This bill would benefit those who make more than $400,000 a year an average of a $1,562 tax cut. These top 1 percent families neither deserve or need a tax break. On the other hand, those Idahoans who earn $38,000 to $59,000 would see a $32 decrease in their tax bill not even enough to buy a sack of groceries or fill their gas tank one time.

Letters to the Editor

Davis letter: Medicare Advantage

Among the turmoil over the future of our health care system, I wish to highlight one program that’s working right for 92,000 Idahoans like myself — Medicare Advantage. Following the show of support for Medicare Advantage from Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently, it’s worth both thanking them for their support and turning our attention toward Idaho’s U.S. representatives. As a low-cost, private option that helps seniors like myself get access to critical preventive care as part of a comprehensive coverage plan, Medicare Advantage is helping me live longer and live better. If you, like me, rely on this program, now’s the time to make your voice heard.


Interior Secretary Jewell recounts events that kept her up at night

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board on a visit to Idaho Jan. 3, 2017 in the waning days of her administration overseeing federal lands. She responds to the question of what events kept her up at night.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Interior Secretary Jewell recounts events that kept her up at night 4:17

Interior Secretary Jewell recounts events that kept her up at night

Why the Idaho Statesman endorses political candidates 1:48

Why the Idaho Statesman endorses political candidates

Boise Sanders supporters hold firm 2:32

Boise Sanders supporters hold firm

Leon Panetta on public service 1:44

Leon Panetta on public service