Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Jarvi Letter: Thank you

I am a volunteer with The Assistance League of Boise. The league provides clothing for over 3,000 Ada County students who are selected by their schools. We help students from grades K-6 find new clothes and shoes for their school year. It’s always fun to help these children, but today was an even greater pleasure because there were deputies from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office working right along beside us finding clothes for the students. They worked as hard as we did finding just the right fit. The students were so excited to have their assistance. It was a heartwarming experience watching their interaction. I want to thank these Ada County sheriff’s deputies for going beyond the call of duty. You made a special day, not only for the students, but the adult volunteers.

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Gold letter: Drilling on private land

Property owners know that we don’t own what’s underneath our land — like oil and gas — in most cases the state does. In 2015, legislators passed two bills that take away our ability to decide what happens on our private property. Thank you, Rocky Barker, for addressing Idaho Statute 47-317 and Idaho Statute 47-323 in a recent column, even though it is after the fact.

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Chase letter: Smug GOP

What are our state House and Senate leaders going to do? Adultery is a felony. They sifted through the financial records, rightfully so, to make sure the two miscreants did not abuse state funds.

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Tillberg letter: Bullying

Bullying in our society has reached epidemic proportions. Locally, we have experienced the consequences of bullying by an increased number of teen suicides. Recently, a 9-year-old third-grade boy in West Virginia committed suicide as a result of bullying at school. I can’t imagine his parents’ anguish because of the loss of their precious son. Nationally, this has happened over and over in many schools and cities.

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Swanson letter: Cleaning post office

After letting the Eagle post office know I was displeased with the cleanliness of the facility (it is covered with thick cobwebs and needs a good sweeping and cleaning of the doormats), I decided that after a year and it was still not clean, to take a broom to the cobwebs when I was picking up my mail. I was sweeping the front walk when the postmaster came out and told me I had to stop and leave. That they have a contract with someone to do it. I said it has been like this for years, and I am taking 10 minutes to spruce it up, because I have pride in my community. He again said I had to leave — something about liability — guess I might hurt myself or someone with a broom. Wow, I am shocked. No good deed goes unpunished. I will still carry a trash bag when I ride my bike or walk and pick up trash ... will they stop me from that, too?

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Bates letter: Alzheimer’s walk

This year my father passed away after a decade with dementia. I have told the story of Ron Bates for 10 years to anyone who would listen. Our family endured a financial hardship and emotional stress that you can’t understand unless you too have watched a loved one fade away, only a memory, as theirs disappear.

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Marvinny letter: Vote Piotrowski & Sturgill

I write to support James Piotrowski, who is running for U.S. Congress, and Jerry Sturgill, who is running for U.S. Senate. Both of these men are staunch supporters of Idaho’s beautiful public lands and for keeping them for the public. I am an avid fly fisherman and when I moved to Idaho recently it was because of all the public lands accessible for my fishing as well as my hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking. We must keep it open to all people.

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Wardwell letter: Labrador opinion

Raul Labrador’s Sept. 15 opinion fails to recognize that forest fires may have “natural” causes but they are exacerbated by climate change. Our forests are burning sooner, longer, bigger and hotter due to climate change. He has resisted doing anything about it claiming it’s too expensive to mitigate. The science and economics prove that Labrador is wrong.

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Roy letter: Taxes on the wealthy

There are a lot of questions about why the gap between the incomes and wealth of the very rich and the rest of us has grown over the last 40 years after shrinking for the previous 35 years. The answers are many, but one seems obvious. Between 1945 and 1980 the top income tax bracket was never less than 70 percent. During the 1950s and early 60s it was over 90 percent. Those tax revenues were used to hold the cost of education low, build the interstate highway system, help people buy their first homes, fund flights to the moon and many other things that helped the middle class with education and jobs. It wasn’t income redistribution, it was asking the most fortunate in our society to help fund opportunities for the rest of us.

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Samson letter: Raul Labrador

Raul Labrador is the very reason Congress is so dysfunctional. He and his freedom caucus do not know the definition nor the purpose of the word and duty to “compromise.” Obstruct is their purpose. It is time Idaho demand more from their representative. Idaho needs someone who can work with others in both parties for the good of our country.

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Freeman letter: Liquor law and Art

The local neo burlesque scene is exquisitely bawdy, Hogarthian in its satire, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. The relevant statute needs to be refined such that what’s not covered immediately adjacent to the circumference of the areolae need not be policed where alcoholic beverages are served. The Visual Arts Collective, and Anne McDonald and her cohorts, are artistic mainstays. Certainly, let the police do their jobs, but their resources and talents are better deployed elsewhere.

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Mingay letter: Muslim holiday article

The front page article on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with regards to the Muslin holiday of Eid was interesting. Said Ahmed-Zaid stated that what they are celebrating is the story of Abraham’s offering of his son Ishmael. The Hebrew Scriptures clearly state that the son who was offered was Isaac. Mr. Ahmed-Zaid stated that this difference is small and what is important is the moral of the story.

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Lindley letter: Interfaith camp

My thanks go to Bill Roberts and the Statesman for the story about Under the Tent of Abraham interfaith camp that was held at the First Congregational Church in August. I was disappointed, however, that Dr. Lori Conlon Khan, an originator of the idea, and present organizer from our church, was only depicted as “one of the campers” in the picture (though she could be mistaken for one of the kids). While teaching in the Boise school system and raising three young children with her husband, Ather Khan, in a two-faith family, she helped start “Peace Village.” Over the years it went through changes at the church, but was later discontinued. Several years ago with her then-high school age daughter, Khadija, Lori took it on again. Last year it was renamed “Under the Tent of Abraham,” and our Muslim and Jewish communities have wholeheartedly embraced and participated in the program to help our young people learn about the common base of our three faiths and an opportunity to share an exciting week getting to know each other better. Thank you, Lori, for your dedication to our children.

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