Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Carlson letter: License fee bill

On Jan. 27 , in a meeting not in the published agenda and therefore not readily available to the public, Rep. Marcus Gibbs, R-Grace, returned to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission the bill that IDFG had submitted proposing to raise license and tag fees paid by Idaho sportsmen/women.

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Vocate letter: Ban Muslims

It is hard to be tolerant of someone who wants to kill you. It is difficult to be forgiving when a person has just set off an explosion, killing several innocent people and injuring many more. It is impossible to have a rational conversation with someone who is shouting out slogans of religious dogma.

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Vavak letter: Get DEQ under control

Idaho legislators should follow Trump’s EPA playbook and get the Department of Environmental Quality under control. Their authoritarian approach to business project approval is hurting Idaho, keeping industries out. The RV industry is under attack in Idaho. Regulations imposed by DEQ stifle the industry, keeping the $5 billion industry out. Leading franchises won’t invest, developers can’t develop, lenders won’t lend, because Idaho DEQ time-frame constraints and unreasonable requirements don’t meet reasonable RV industry standards. DEQ keeps RV parks out. If it is happening in this industry, it is happening in others. Time for our leaders to respond and take appropriate action. Until then, beautiful Idaho will continue to lose tourism and tax dollars and RVers will continue to bypass this state due to lack of accommodations. Legislators, make America great and release the shackles of DEQ. Our thanks to Rep. Clark Kauffman, R-Filer, for his assistance so far in this matter. Finally, a public servant that serves the public.

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Rutter letter: Religious Exemption

The Idaho Legislature is considering two subjects that perhaps they should look at as one: Sharia Law and the Religious Exemption. The exemption already places religious law above state law and I bet some enterprising attorney could use it to expand those exemption rights. After all, if you can allow the death of a child in the name of religion, why not lesser things?

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Rodgers letter: Horse racing

The duplicity and vengefulness of Sen. Brent Hill is alarming. He takes money from Native Americans and never questions the constitutionality of the machines they use. He is fully aware of the huge increase in tribal gaming associated with the huge expansion at the Fort Hall Casino, the growth of the Idaho Lottery and expansion of Internet gaming in Idaho. He fully supports the Native Americans’ effort to crush the horse industry in the state of Idaho even though it creates huge hardships on citizens, youth and rural communities.

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Hovan letter: Shame on Risch and Crapo

Shame on Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo. How dare they put their and their precious party’s interests over the people of Idaho who they are supposed to be serving. Their phones were blowing up because we said “no” to Devos. And they went and voted for her. I have never been more angry than I have been right now. I didn’t like Obama’s education policies but this, this is beyond anything compared to that. As a father of a child on an IEP (Individualized Education Program), I am appalled that Risch and Crapo did this to my family. I will not forget come election day.

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Dixon letter: Term limits

I have decided to waste one of my letters to reply to Raul Labrador’s “Congressional term limits are necessary to ‘drain the swamp’ ” opinion piece (Feb. 8). He has introduced a proposed term-limit amendment of six two-year terms in the House AND two six-year terms in the Senate. With the AND, that means a total of 24 years. He praised George Washington’s presidential decision of two four-year terms, and I suggest that no one should serve in Congress more than eight years total in a lifetime. That could be any combination of House and Senate years. Example, one two-year term in the House, and one six-year term in the Senate. Then leave. Go home.

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Detmer letter: Lighten up

Lighten up people. Aren’t you tired of all the bickering and boycotting, the name-calling and narcissism, the derision and division, the anger and angst, the indignation and indigestion? Do you truly want to coexist, or just coerce? Find something to agree on rather than shut down free speech and understanding before it even begins? What are you all so afraid of? That we may actually go out to buy a shirt without checking the political belief of every board member of the company? That we might find some common ground even if just one square inch? That we may remember united we stand, divided we fall?

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Vrbanac letter: Immigrants and refugees

Illegal immigrants and refugees: Two points I’d like to make about these groups. Illegal immigrants and refugees of prime military age should stay in their respected countries and fight for what they believe are injustices. We see too many young men fleeing countries with social or military problems rather than stay and fight for what they believe in. If the USA was under attack, I would hope our young men would take up arms and defend the homeland.

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Sleger letter: Careless driver

I’m writing about the driver who ran me off the freeway twice the evening of Feb. 2 — they need to pay attention to their surroundings. Maybe next time they’ll be successful in taking a husband and father away from a family and spend some time in prison to reflect on their incompetence. People need to heed posted speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs, proper yielding, get off their phones, and drive as though a Driver’s Ed or police officer is sitting beside them. Stop driving like idiots.

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Sandhu letter: Indivisible Boise meeting

I am a member of Indivisible Boise Chapter 1. Indivisible is a grassroots organization that has many chapters throughout the country. Our two main concerns are that we feel the Trump agenda is dangerous for our country and we wish to model the values we see in the world by our actions. Our group has served Sen. Mike Crapo’s office with a petition signed by 1,000 people to please hold a Town Forum so that we may address our concerns to the senator. The senator has declined our request. Indeed, our representatives throughout the country seem to be ducking requests for Town Halls on the premise that they are being filled with “paid” protesters. This is completely unsubstantiated. The people of Boise who have requested this Town Hall meeting are hard-working citizens who are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to talk about these important issues with our senator. We will hold the Town Hall meeting anyway at 6 p.m. Monday in the Jordan Ballroom at BSU. If Sen. Crapo cares about all citizens’ concerns, not just those who voted for Trump, he will show up.

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Sirhall letter: Immigration

I’ve been following the public protests regarding the block on certain immigration and decided to weigh in on the matter. As I analyze aspects, I think folks are missing the real issue: the United States cannot absorb an unlimited number of immigrants, regardless of who they are and their overall race, color, creed, etc. War and climatic changes affecting short-term food production has produced, is producing and will continue producing an exponentially increasing number of immigrants. First, there is no constitutional right to or for immigration into this country. Secondly, host countries’ economies simply cannot support such immigration. England left the European Union in large part due to this unavoidable consequence. If left unchecked, our population is estimated to increase by 90 million over the next 50 years all the result of immigration. Our economy cannot absorb this population increase. Who is going to pay for all the public services provided? Minimum wage jobs won’t do it. Call it “Lifeboat Ethics” where our boat can make it with eight people and if we add two more, then all 10 of us drown. I readily admit that this is a most difficult issue, yet it is a discussion we must have.

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Simpson letter: Demonstrations

To all those having a tantrum over the destruction of property during demonstrations, you may want to remember the Boston Tea Party. I personally would not destroy property, were I to march. But there are those who will always get caught up in the fervor. Let me say that I do not condone personal violence, in any manner. However, peaceful demonstrations in the ’60s had few teeth until the violence in Watts. It was then that the government took notice. Now, we have a president who continues to demonstrate his inability to lead. So far, his administration is chaotic, he is making enemies out of our allies and continually demonstrates that he will “rule” as a dictator. If the Germans had demonstrated against Hitler, the world would have been far different. The “president” has insulted just about everyone on the planet, except rich, white men. Women, the LGBT community, minorities, Muslims, the press and our very freedoms are under attack. If these aren’t reasons enough to demonstrate, I don’t know what is. And beware, it will only get worse. If I had the health and the wealth, I would be out there too.

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Morin letter: MLK Day should be celebrated

The record snowfall last month caused havoc to commuters throughout the Treasure Valley. As a result, schools were closed for more days than are normally set aside as “snow days.” I understand that the days not allowed will have to be made up to stay on track with the scheduled curriculum.

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Manahan letter: Education scandal

Our young people, students, vote for the slavery and poverty of Socialism (Stalin, Hitler and Mao, etc. were socialists). These mis-educated kids would open our doors to those who hate the USA and our freedoms. They refuse to assimilate. To “vet” them, ask them if they accept Jews and the right of Israel to exist in Palestine? Their land for over 4,000 years. (Palestine was legally returned to Israel by the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations and the United Nations.)

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Kikuchi letter: Refugee ban

In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which resulted in my father and grandparents, all born in the U.S, being sent to Minidoka, an “internment camp” in eastern Idaho. I have often wondered why there was not more protest against this Executive Order at the time. I have also wondered what Executive Order 9066 might look like in my lifetime. Now I know. Last month President Trump issued an Executive Order “temporarily” barring entry to the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries and indefinitely suspending immigration for refugees from Syria.

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Boiseans honor Marilyn Shuler with words and song

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered to remember and honor Marilyn Shuler, longtime human rights leader, at a service at Boise State University. Shuler was director of the Human Rights Commission for 20 years.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Boiseans honor Marilyn Shuler with words and song 4:32

Boiseans honor Marilyn Shuler with words and song

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