Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Johnson letter: Democrats whining

I am a conservative Republican and I voted for Donald Trump. I am oh so tired of Democrat whining. The election was a trouncing, 306 to 232, a blowout. The hypocritical Democrats, the self-proclaimed all-inclusive party, are anything but. If you are one of the 63 million that voted for Trump there will be no party invitations coming your way.

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Blaser letter: Take care of pets

On Jan. 6th we were following a pickup truck through Horseshoe Bend with a dog crate in the bed. As we got closer we could see a short-haired dog inside. The standing temperature was negative 14 degrees. The poor dog looked miserable. There was not a cover over the crate. Shame on the owner. People complain about leaving pets in cars when it is 100 degrees. This is no different. This is just as cruel. I wish we could have gotten the license number to report such awful people.

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Berlin letter: Alzheimer’s

The U.S. Senate has held hearings to determine the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This Cabinet position will have a direct impact on how the new Administration prioritizes the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016 — with more than half of that ($160 billion) being paid by Medicare and Medicaid. By 2050, the costs of Alzheimer’s disease are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. There are approximately 23,000 Idahoans suffering from Alzheimer’s and related dementias. There are also some 70,000 Idaho caregivers trying to meet the needs of these individuals. We need the Senate to ensure that the nominee for HHS Secretary will continue to follow the recommendations of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease mandated by Congress in 2010. The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is a place where both Democrats and Republicans can come together to start the New Year with hope and optimism for the millions of Americans living with this disease. Please contact Sen. Mike Crapo and urge him to make sure the nominee for HHS Secretary supports an increase in Alzheimer’s research funding this year.

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Bachelder letter: Republicans in Congress

Should we pity the poor Republicans in Congress now that they don’t have Obama to kick around anymore? I remember when Obama was first elected they said, “We won’t let him get anything passed.” At the end of his presidency they said, “We won’t have a hearing for his Supreme Court nominee.” Now they have Trump to contend with. I’d like to see them bully Donald Trump the way they bullied Barack Obama. I can hardly wait. Let the new era begin. I’ll be here LOL.

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Krenning letter: Jet noise complainers

Each and every time I read a letter from people complaining about the jet noise from Gowen Field it drives me nuts. Do they not know that Gowen Field has been there since 1945? Don’t they understand how many soldiers have trained there and went to war for our freedom? Yes, many of them came home, but how many paid the ultimate price and didn’t? Each and every time you hear or see a jet we all should be looking up and saying thank you. Not, ‘oh that was loud.’ I’m sure a lot of people don’t even know where the A-10s are right now. Well, they’re not at Gowen Field, they’re doing what they have been trained to do. Just think of the history that Gowen Field has played in Boise since 1945. So it’s hard for me to understand how the people complain about the noise. Boise get real, be more thankful for all of our past, present and future soldiers. Something our great city should be proud of — #1 Gowen Field.

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Jones letter: ACHD unprepared

I live on a small cul-de-sac in Eagle. Recently, during the snowstorms, we received no plowing of our street. To date, there still has been no plowing. It has gotten to the point where the mail carrier, the paper carrier and the garbage services will not go down our street. Therefore, we’re not getting our mail or newspaper, and the garbage has been delayed. I moved here from Pocatello about four years ago. This much snow is often normal there. Most of the time, the streets would be plowed within two days of a storm. I can’t understand how a city this big can have such a lousy snow removal plan. It’s really pathetic. I realize it usually doesn’t snow this much here, but this is Idaho and it is winter. The truth of the matter is that they were ill-prepared here to deal with the snow. Someone has “dropped the ball.” Taxpayers should be irate. I’ve heard lots of excuses from ACHD, but no real substantive reason. This makes one wonder what else they’re not prepared for?

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Hill letter: Trump’s mental stability

Is Trump insane? Kathleen Parker, Washington Post columnist, recently wrote: “People who voted for Trump refuse to critique his behavior through any lens but that of having won a contest. ‘We won, you lost — get over it’ is what now passes for a serious dialogue about matters of immense importance.” Trump’s behavior, his mental stability, is not something that can be excused with simpleminded platitudes.

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Ford letter: Repeal Obamacare

Obamacare not only raised the price of medical insurance, have you wondered why car insurance prices keep rising? Obamacare. That’s right. Obamacare, having increased the price of medical care, has led to insurance companies, pledging to pay medical bills for people hurt in accidents, to raise premiums to cover their increased costs.

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Barton letter: Clear dryer vents

With all the deep snow next to our homes, dryer vents are being blocked by the snow. If you have a dryer vent that is down near the ground it may be unable to exhaust the air from your dryer. This is a safety issue because the dryer must be able to vent properly to avoid overheating the duct or the dryer itself. This could cause a fire in your dryer.

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Nielson letter: Take advice

I lived in an organization where minority ruled. It’s called the military and most of the time it was good. However, there always came a time when a newly polished gold bar felt he knew more than an E-7 of 20 years knew.

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Johnson letter: Dietrich case

In March of 2016, Idaho’s Attorney General’s Office charged a white high school football player, John R. K. Howard of Dietrich, for abusing a black high school football player with a disability by kicking a coat hanger into his rectum. The charge was dropped from “felony injury to a child” with major punishment to three years of probation with the possibility of no record after probation. The AG stated it was “not a sex crime” and that it “was not a racially motivated crime.”

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Oliver letter: Recycling

I applaud the Statesman’s piece on New Year’s resolutions for “the folks in charge.” It made me wonder what resolutions I would have, and I quickly came upon a glaring spot for improvement in Boise: to better our recycling practices. This is more than just providing adequate recycling bins — though that could certainly use a boost. My apartment is still without recycling receptacles despite requests to my landlord. Lunch spots downtown serve up hundreds of foam disposables daily. Walks through alleys reveal trash dumpsters full of cardboard and cans, not to mention our glass “recycling” situation. I wonder if we are making the connection between our actions and the consequences for the natural beauty of Idaho we all revere.

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Bastian letter: Patriotism

Many things we as a nation hold dear are now froth with derision and scorn. Recently, Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts refused to post the American flag on campus because it was offensive to many of the students. A pro football player has repeatedly taken a knee as the national anthem was being sung/played at NFL games prior to kickoff. Others question the Boy Scouts of America reciting the words: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.”

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Savino letter: Random thoughts

We’re down south in Arizona for winter but missing paradise in Idaho. What’s the big attraction here? I have no idea ... it got to 120 last summer (heat lasts for 6-7 months above 95-100). Since we got here after Thanksgiving, nightly 38-45 degrees, flooding rains, highs in 50s-60s, wet, damp, cold and heater on every single day.

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Meyers letter: Vitriolic letters

Do you, as editors, choose letters that contain absurd vitriol on purpose? I’m referring to a recent letter from Shannon Jones, which is a complete travesty in its content. How does this meet your standard of “taste?” I have noted that other published letters seem to be running about 4-1 in favor of hysteria regarding the Trump administration. I realize The Statesman has a leftist bent in a mostly conservative state, but what journalistic value is achieved by printing letters where the content is ridiculously panic-stricken with speculative allegations of corruption, suffering, etc.? Where were these citizens when a Russian company made a $2 million donation to the Clinton Foundation shortly after Hillary signed off on a transfer of control of uranium stock piles, or granting political favors from other large donors while she was Secretary of State? President Obama is hardly one to call qualified when he assumed office as a 2/3rds term U.S. Senator and former state legislator. Let’s leave history to judge the quality of his presidency. Donald Trump was elected president precisely because of the fumbling of the status quo. I, and millions of others, are looking forward to an administration of action, not politically correct words.

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