Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Bjorn letter: Sen. Jim Risch

Last month, Idaho Senator Jim Risch participated in a U.S. Senate hearing on president’s constitutional authority to use nuclear weapons without legislative branch approval. During this hearing, Senator Risch demeaned the entire discussion by declaring it merely “academic.” Worse, he also attempted to diminish the relevance of the Constitution of the United States of America by declaring that it was “written in a day when things were much different than they are today, moved much slower than they are today.” He concluded his remarks by declaring that in “today’s world these decisions [about war] have to be made in moments and … Not going to be made by Congress”

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Nagle letter: Judge Roy Moore

Have you heard of the new Specialty Zoo opening in Alabama for all the Evangelicals supporting Judge Roy Moore? It’s called the Hippocrit Zoo, and the first exhibit will feature Pastor David Floyd, of the Mervyn Parkway Baptist Church in Opelika, Ala. Pastor Floyd says; “All of us have sinned and need a Savior. Of course, moral character is still important. But with Bill Clinton or Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby, we’re talking about something completely different. You have to look at the totality of the man. That’s why I support Judge Moore. I’ve prayed with him. I know his heart.”

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Lyndel Letter: Overcrowding

The West Ada School district is bursting at the seams with students. It’s so overcrowded the district is looking into a school bond proposal. In the last three years, the district has added 1,676 students. Many parents believe public charter schools are an important part of a solution to the challenges our school district is facing.

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Ford letter: Repeal ACA mandate

Network news is full of misrepresentation. Recently, Channel 2 reported, “… the mandate (in “ACA”) … was put in place to encourage young, healthy people to buy insurance … .” Since when is coercion from the “IRS” “encouragement”? It’s force. Coincidentally, when looking up the definition of coercion, a recent example was given from the web, a Wall Street Journal article citing the “… mandate penalty for not buying insurance.”

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Keierleber Letter: Economic Growth

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” — Pope Francis I, 1936-

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Buhler letter: Reclassifying cannabis

Cannabis is classified by the DEA as a schedule one drug, which posits that it has no current medical use with a high risk of abuse, yet no research to validate its classification. Rescheduling cannabis to a class four drug would allow for research that is needed to properly schedule the drug. This is not a ploy for legalization of marijuana, this is a plea for research. The war on drugs, during the Nixon administration, left cannabis being lumped in with other class one drugs like heroin. The only research into the effects of cannabis came by way of gas-masking monkeys and depriving oxygen to their brains. This led to the notion that cannabis kills brain cells. As a country, we’ve come a long way since then; it’s time to be sensible and communicate our science efficiently. Especially in a time where legalization may be around the corner for most states. Rescheduling cannabis, to allow research, is a sensible way of truly understanding, bad or good, the effects of cannabis and where it stands as a controlled substance. I ask readers to reach out to your elected officials and ask for sensible classification backed by research, not misconception.

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Caufield letter: Don’t donate junk

Please feel free to take my opinion … or leave it. The other day, as I drove into my local gas station’s parking lot, I noticed one of those donation drop-offs that are spread around the Treasure Valley. Though I have never left donations, I know they are meant for clothing and small items which can fit inside. As I got closer, the area surrounding this little donation center was filthy. Someone had thrown pure junk all over the parking lot near this donation drop-off site. There were old mattresses, swimming pools, kids’ toys, bags full of “blank” and I thought to myself how sad it is that common sense is seemingly being thrown to the wayside more and more with each passing day. I wonder if the individuals exhibiting this pure lack of respect realize that the employees of the areas where the donation sites sit must go out and pick up all your trash. I find it hard to imagine that this is in their job description. This is but one example that makes me wonder what goes through the minds of these people. Let’s try to help our community look cleanlier, in several ways.

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Buchta letter: Why is kneeling wrong?

Why is it wrong? I’ve grown impatient waiting for someone to explain the notion that NFL athletes who kneel during the national anthem are wrong. Why? Who originated this idea, and why is belief in it so widespread? Kneeling in church is not considered disrespectful, it’s considered a sign of humility, and respect — it is an expected behavior.

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Basinger letter: Changing climate

Safeguarding Idaho’s Economy in a Changing Climate brought together many local business leaders and natural resource managers. They understand that climate change is already affecting Idahoans and are taking action now. To stay competitive, businesses must invest in energy efficiency and lower fossil fuel use. Resource managers are planning for variable water supply and longer, hotter summers. It’s a strange contrast from the message coming from our state government, where the majority party treats climate change as a non-issue. My hope, as a volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby advocating for a non-partisan solution to climate change, is that events like this will change the conversation in Idaho. We will see the opportunities that are the flip side of the very real challenges.

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Woodburn letter: Surgeon choice

As a person who is humbled by God every day, I was fascinated with the Nov. 16 paper. The Depth article about actually listening to people to understand what is really happening in their life was amazing. So often we mask our own true pain by fighting social issues we will never personally endure or attempting to convince others to support political candidates that we chose. What truly matters? How about supporting others with what they are struggling with … in their own life. Then, the front page story. I am blown away that a hospital would ask for public input on what types of surgeries it performs. The physician’s family had a “ride into the sunset plan” which was destroyed as he tried to control another human’s incredibly painful life choice that was grappled with from a very young age. How about a sunset that involves more listening, less judging — more compassion, less righteousness — more heeding “who are you to judge your neighbor,” rather than correcting others who for a lifetime have faced a struggle that you have been extremely blessed not to endure. Please focus your attention on loving your nine children. Only God knows what challenges they each will face in this lifetime.

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Walker letter: City Council

Throughout the campaign for the Boise City Council, most candidates spoke to the importance of affordable housing near the downtown core. Now, the new council members have the opportunity and duty to put their words into action. CVS Pharmacy is proposing to demolish over 20 affordable residential units in order to construct an ugly box store and to pave nearly an entire block at 17th and State streets. This project needs to be rejected for numerous reasons, primarily that it will be a new and permanent blight to State Street. It will demolish affordable housing and structures that have historical value. Boise does not need another box store and a large, paved parking lot downtown at the expense of affordable housing, good planning and development. When this matter is appealed to the city council, do the right thing and turn down this application. The city council has no legal obligation to approve the conditional use permit or the variance requested.

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Waters letter: Mass shootings

There continues to be what are referred to as mass shootings where authorities just can’t seem to figure out why they are happening. The simple answer is all over the press and television news. Crazy people want their name and face in the news on their way out. It’s the 15 minutes of fame syndrome. When some fool runs out onto the field during a baseball game the TV cameras refuse to show them. How about the press not showing pictures and naming names. You can still cover the event. Like I said, simple answer.

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Tuttle letter: BSU football

If you are a Boise State football fan, it was a disappointing start of the season after a complete meltdown against Washington State on the road and then a humiliating loss to Virginia at home. The offensive line was anemic, the running backs couldn’t gain yardage, and Brett Rypien was completely out of sync. Credit the Boise State coaching staff for the incredible turnaround and the seven-game winning streak. The BSU players, during that stretch, executed the game plan to a perfection. To the naysayers who earlier were calling for the firing of Coach Harsin and the benching of Brett Rypien to satisfy some instant gratification, patience can sometimes be a virtue. The 87-yard touchdown pass from Rypien to Richardson in the Air Force game was reminiscent of past explosive BSU teams lead by Ryan Dinwiddie and Kellen Moore. Depending on how the remaining games turn out, there could be some discussion for Bryan Harsin as “coach of the year” in the Mountain West Conference and Brett Rypien as MVP.

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Thode letter: Idaho voter records

“We’ve done our research after we read the article,” said Secretary of State Lawerence Denney in the Nov. 15 issue of the Statesman, referring to delivery of Idaho voters’ information to the Voters Registration Crosscheck Program. He continues, “I thought the program was very secure … maybe it wasn’t.” Mr. Secretary, you’ve got the cart before the horse. Research first, then act. And most of us wouldn’t dream of sending sensitive personal information out into the blue without being very sure the program was secure. No maybes. Secretary Denney is belatedly trying to be responsible, but if anyone has identity theft or voting problems as a result of Secretary Denney’s reckless actions, you can bet he’ll figure out a way not to be held responsible. Now, when’s that next election?

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Weston letter: Downtown stadium

I oppose the downtown baseball stadium advocated in the Oct. 22 Statesman article. My husband and I moved to Boise from Dallas, Texas in 1950. I recall watching a baseball game at a stadium on Walnut Street (vicinity of the now Municipal Park). That baseball park did not survive, nor did a 1903 downtown baseball stadium. So now we are considering constructing another downtown baseball stadium that will be a much bigger deal. In the article, Boise was compared to Fort Wayne, Ind.: “The stadium transformed downtown, which was a rundown, crime-ridden area. Before the stadium was here, people were afraid to go downtown.”

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