Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Aragon letter: Nuclear weapons

Seventy-two years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, the United States became the first and only country to use nuclear weapons against Japan in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today’s arsenal, with 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world, includes explosives with yields much greater than those dropped in 1945. This threat is unacceptably high.

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Dougherty letter: Mandatory helmet law

Matthew Conde’s July 30 Opinion on Mandatory Helmet Law was so incomplete. He uses 2015 stats, leaving many out. As stated, there was 611 motorcycle involved accidents, 28 were fatalities. For the year, economic impact was $381 million in traffic delays and “lost productivity” (whatever that is). First, $381 million is 10 percent of all Idaho crashes, cars were $1.4 billion, of the $3.8 billion. As for the push for mandatory helmet law, of the 611 motorcycle involved crashes in 2015, 56.8 percent were wearing helmets. I have been riding motorcycles since the ’70s off and on, and regularly since 1991. I do wear a helmet, but also ride in town on short rides without. Mandatory helmet laws will only show a small change, if any. Best example. NASCAR is one of the most safety conscious motor sports in the world. Dale Earnhardt was wearing a helmet, Hans device, strapped into a carbon fiber seat tub, when he hit a wall on an angle, at a lower speed, but died when his brain bounced around in his helmet wearing skull. I recommend wearing helmets, but not a law.

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Wilkins letter: F-35 mission

The F-35 would indeed benefit Boise and all surrounding areas. Not only benefits us but gets Boise’s name around the country in a very beneficial way. My wife and I have lived in the flight path of Gowen Field for almost 20 years. As a Vet I love hearing our protectors in the sky maintaining their skills. Just imagine every city or county in America saying “we don’t like the noise”? I, for one, don’t want Boise heading towards a sanctuary city. Every little step heads that way. Just look around the country.

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McCoy letter: Donald Trump

This is reference to Carol Bachelder’s letter, “Donald Trump and ‘the Swamp.’ ” First of all let me preface this with the statement that I am not a Republican, Democrat or Independent. I am an American. I have always voted for the person, not the party. That is probably a novel idea here in Idaho. In fact, I had someone tell me that if Charles Manson lived in Idaho and ran as a Republican, he would probably get elected. If she can only say that the worst thing she can see that Trump has done so far that made many people mad is that he defeated Hillary Clinton then she is wearing blinders or Trump-colored glasses. He had three deferments from Vietnam and none were really things that should have kept him out of the draft. He has constantly belittled people which indicates a bully. When he talks, he repeats the same words two or three times and then before finishing a sentence goes on to another topic. He is arrogant and supposedly loyal but has been dropping loyal supporters like it means nothing. We all need to let him know that he should be fulfilling his duties of the president.

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Love letter: State Street weeds

Northwest Boise along State Street from Glenwood into the western end of downtown has become “weed central” along sidewalks, center dividers and shoulders. Though this is one of the most frequently used gateways into our beautiful downtown, nobody appears to bother spraying so they come back even worse from one year to the next.

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Graeff letter: Putin and Russia

After reading Joseph Dewey’s July 26 letter I’ve become impressed with my longevity. I never thought I’d live long enough to see an Idaho Republican toady for a Russian dictator. In extolling Mr. Putin’s attributes, Mr. Dewey notes his “85 percent or higher” approval rating and opines that “A Stalinist type tyrant could never achieve this.” I would suggest that high approval ratings come easily when you murder your political opponents. Mr. Dewey’s letter begs another question: How is the Russian Federation different from the old Soviet Union? A few ways: Some of the Soviet “republics” have split from the parent empire, which is good. The Russian Mafia has become a power in international organized crime, which is bad. Mr. Putin’s former employer, the KGB, is now the FSB, which is a BFD. My wife and I just returned from eastern and central Europe, which were under the Soviet boot from 1945 to 1989. We visited sites where the Czech and Hungarian revolutions were put down and talked to locals about the Russians. I suggest that Mr. Dewey do the same. Our president’s common cause with kleptocracy and authoritarianism is no reason to abandon the U.S. policy of Russian containment.

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Dixon letter: Eat American

With the current big push to “Buy American,” I would like to push “Eat American,” and direct this request to the major, and small, seafood restaurants, to start buying at least their large shrimp from U.S.A. producers along the Gulf Coast, and using their financial muscle to save the Gulf shrimpers from overseas competition, and no telling what quality.

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Goyden letter: Downtown noise

What a joke. The mayor and his council acolytes make a law for car noise. There already is a law for unreasonable, obnoxious noise. But it isn’t enforced. So the special interests, i.e. money, strike again. If you live outside downtown, noise from cars, trucks and especially motorcycles is of no consequence to his majesty. You just have to endure it because you don’t count in the mayor’s thinking.

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Williams letter: Donald Trump

President Trump is terrorizing this country. An Alaska senator voted her conscience on health care, and as her constituents wanted her to. Then she and her fellow Alaskan senator got phone calls from Interior Secretary Zinke with threats that all the economic and other federal financial support to Alaska would be in jeopardy if she doesn’t toe the Trump line.

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Szplett letter: Hybrid fees

Registration fees for hybrid vehicles: Most of us are subsidizing the few people who can afford hybrid vehicles. Idaho’s average vehicle is driven 12,000 miles per year at 20 MPG. This equates to 600 gallons of gasoline per year. State and federal fuel taxes total $0.504 per gallon, or $300 per year. Vehicles that don’t need gasoline still use the roads but are subsidized by retired people like me with 18-year-old pickups. ITD and ACHD have long lists of roadway needs. Adding $300 to annual registration fees will help with that backlog and eliminate the need for me to subsidize vehicles that I cannot afford.

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Kennedy letter: Oil and gas

I recently attended a presentation by CAIA (Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability). They are a watchdog group examining regulations for oil and gas drilling in Idaho. CAIA is a group of concerned citizens whose mission is to have the state enact regulations that protect communities’ property rights, air, water, living and recreational space from irresponsible oil and gas drilling.

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Haberman letter: F-35s, loud cars

Does everyone see the irony here? The mayor and city council won’t abide noisy cars on our city streets, and at the same time they are rabidly lobbying for the F-35s to be stationed here. These aircraft are at least twice as loud as any we have previously heard. They decry the lack of affordable housing but are perfectly willing to displace hundreds of citizens from their established homes. They tout the livability of Boise but would destroy it. Could they possibly be more hypocritical?

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Smith letter: Thank you

This is a public word of thanks to the unsung heroes who are making the transition to curbside composting a success in Boise. Somewhere behind the scenes there are employees of the city of Boise and Republic Services who are working together to improve the waste disposal system. While acknowledging that any project this complex will have a hiccup or two, our personal experience is that disposing of our house and yard waste has never been easier. We have been surprised at how much of our waste ends up in the composting and recycling bins, with very little impact on the landfill. That little kitchen compost container we ordered is very sanitary, easy to use and shockingly smell-free. This retired teacher gives the visionaries and all those involved a solid A.

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Bastian letter: Uphold rights

When laws, statues and constitutional rights are not upheld and protected, strange things like the 1838 Extermination Order, that authorized the Missouri state militia to drive the Mormons from the state of Missouri, take root in our body politic. When Mormons appealed the matter to the president of the United States, he replied, “Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you.”

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Anderson letter: Dogs

I have a dog. I get it how much joy they bring. Reading the morning paper July 29, I read how dogs have been part of the e-coli problem at our new and beautiful (and very pricey) Esther Simplot Park. Well, here’s another issue. I understand that having one’s pet with them at all times is deemed by some to be life essential, but if you must bring them into grocery stores, please do not put them into the food basket. That same dog butt that carries e-coli into Quinn’s Pond is left in the basket where the next several people put their food and then transfer it to their fridge and pantry.

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Turner letter: Oil and gas

Regarding the lawsuit between CAIA and the Department of Lands, as a property owner, and as a taxpayer, I would like to know why the Department of Lands seems to have the oil and gas industry’s interest ahead of the citizens of Idaho. Taxpayers pay their salaries, and we depend on them to protect us and our rights, not exploit us. If it’s determined that there is oil and/or gas under my property, and if the oil and gas company says that at least 67 percent of the mineral owners around me want to lease their land, then I have to let them drill. If they don’t have 67 percent after 120 days, then the number goes to only 55 percent. Even if I have not signed a lease, or agreed to let them drill under my property, I could be “forced pooled” against my will. What other industry gets away with that? We need transparency, we need accountability, and we need government employees who remember who they work for.

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