Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hopkins letter: Thank you

I would like to thank all of the members of my family. And friends and neighbors who helped me with my birthday party. It was on Nov. 2, 2016, and I was born on Nov. 2, 1916. We had lots of neighbors, friends and relatives.

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Reed letter: Thank you

Thank you, volunteer Idaho Fish and Game commissioners, for your hard work and dedication representing the interests of Idaho outdoorsmen and wildlife. I especially appreciate the efforts of active and retired commissioners who have been standing up against political pressure to auction off big game tags and install a system allowing hunters with financial means to purchase bonus points towards drawing controlled hunt tags. That is not what Idaho hunting is about. Shame on Sen. Steve Bair for attempting to bully the commissioners into accepting these big-money-backed ideas. In the meantime, our professional Idaho Fish and Game Department is underfunded, resident fishing and hunting licenses cost far less than a tank of gas, and all of the sportsmen’s groups I know support simple fee increases.

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Geraghty letter: Thank you

One more thing to be thankful for during Thanksgiving season .... Mayor Dave Bieter, introducing a family of “new Americans ... from Syria” at the tree lighting ceremony. Showing class and warmth should not require courage, but it did, and His Honor met the challenge. What a breath of fresh air.

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Reeder letter: Thank you

Just a note of thanks, to whoever it was. My husband and I were shopping at the Winco on Fairview, and when we were done we came out and saw orange Starburst on our windshield. We both just thought it was an advertisement, but it was not an advertisement. It was a thank you note for my husband for his service, from an American that appreciated “all you have done.” That was amazing for all the turmoil in the country, it only takes one to say thanks for your service. That was so awesome and amazing, I appreciate that another person cares about my husband and all of the other service members in the world. Thank you to you, and all the veterans.

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Pluntze letter: Protesters

One of the many radiantly positive takeaways from the election is that it irrefutably demonstrated the ever-increasing irrelevance and ineffectualness of both the mass media and also celebrities when it comes to swaying voters. I’ve never seen more publications and celebs actively, angrily and repeatedly coming out against what turned out to be the winning candidate; whether it was The New York Times, The Washington Post, Katy Perry, Robert DeNiro, Samantha Bee or Bruce Springsteen. Voters clearly sent a very loud and important message of their own: “We really don’t care who you think we should vote for.” ... a message that unfortunately is currently not being heard by the gaggle of self-important, obnoxious, mass hysteria-driven protesters/media lovers who, oddly, seem to think it’s not a good or encouraging thing that we’ve now elected two consecutive non-firmly-entrenched-D.C.-insiders as president of this country. Only time will tell if Trump proves to be a true independent spirit or not, but he, like any other recently elected president, has the right to prove himself worthy of the office he was elected to, rather than being repeatedly harangued by selfish, childish, pointless protesters who have only proven themselves to be merely children growing older, not adults.

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Mortensen letter: Election

Micheal Moore wants to storm Trump Tower. Barbara Boxer wants to do away with the Electoral College. No one from the far right proposed marching, demonstrations, rioting when Obama won the elections. It was an election, and their person lost. Get over it.

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Mattison letter: Election

I’m confused. I thought that people in the United States valued education and encouraged our young people to become educated in order to increase their opportunities in life. I recall that in multiple surveys over several years, Idahoans rate education as their highest priority. Now educated people are scorned, derided and labeled “elites” whose role in government should be limited. What kind of message does this send to young people? Don’t bother getting an education? Donald Trump will find you a job? We’ll see how that works out.

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Martin letter: Election

First, I would like to thank the Statesman for allowing me a degree of latitude in publishing my letters over the years, and did not fault you when endorsement was made for Hillary Clinton. As an Independent, I did not celebrate nor did I seek counseling for depression on Nov. 9. I had no dog in this hunt as results of a powerful two-party system. Still, the scathing comments from HRC supporters in opposition to opinions expressed in letters by Trump supporters, I find very disturbing. As to the Obama legacy: I have analyzed and tried to comprehend how the son of interracial parents could not find common ground to bring this nation together. Known as the first “black” president, he had the heritage of both black and white lineage, but chose one ethnic group over another. I will leave it to political historians to judge his time in office. There’s a quote that says “great leaders are not born, they are made.” BTW, I’m the son of a Hispanic mother, and white father, and all American.

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Lunsford letter: Donald Trump

For most of us, what we see when we look in a mirror is ourselves. What Trump’s ego sees, when he looks in a mirror, is a gift to the American people. This man has an enormous ego. Like all egocentrics, he will seek to have more power and authority than any president has ever had or should ever have. If he gets this power, and there is more than a good chance he will, he won’t be content to govern. He’ll seek to rule and he would do it with an iron fist. He loves to dominate. Either “we the people” will keep a lid on Trump or be assured he will keep a lid on “we the people.” Trump said, when you’re famous you can do anything you want. He’s famous.

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Driscoll letter: Electoral College

Regarding Robert Ehlert’s column on the Electoral College, Nov. 17, I followed your argument until you stated, “The Electoral College brought us Bush, Trump and, yes, Abraham Lincoln, who gathered only 39 percent of the popular vote.” On its face, the Lincoln percentage seems startling. However, it is a red herring and very misleading. Four parties got 12 or more percent of the popular vote in that election, unlike today’s two-party system. Lincoln won the popular vote and the Electoral College vote. I would argue that he won despite the Electoral College, where slaves generated representatives and thus additional electors for the slave-holding states.

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Custer & Scott letter: Reaction to election

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nonpartisan nationwide organization of women and men who advocate for issues that are important to women and families. The membership of AAUW Idaho and its six branches — Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Long Valley, Moscow, Orofino and Pocatello — represents a diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds as well as political party affiliations. Our branch members have been active in community and advocacy activities in Idaho since 1909. We are united in our opposition to bias and bigotry based on gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

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Conn letter: Trump and the media

After reading all the liberal columns and the position of the Statesman, counting out Donald Trump, I understand why a man with no political experience was voted in. Our existing liberal president, in his desire to help causes other than the middle class, has created the following: $20 trillion debt; reduced military; reduced support of allies; more illegals entering and allowed to stay in several states; $1 trillion that was to repair bridges and roads, that disappeared; millions sent to Iran along with reduced overview; increased poverty in most states; race relations at an all-time low; shootings and crime at an all-time high, like Chicago; opponent Hillary Clinton who treated classified documents like family emails, who built a fortune taking money from our enemies for favors and speeches, whose husband was impeached, who promised more of the same as Obama.

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Bianchetti letter: Election results

Well, well, well ... This has got to be the worst election ever. To the Republicans out there, we Democrats have only just begun to fight. And don’t think we don’t mean it or can’t do it, either. That is why there are still demonstrators out there in millions and will not stop. All of those who believed Trump’s false promises like “Making America Great Again.” (A phrase used by Ronald Reagan in 1984.) Well, welcome to the new world of bringing the nation down. Those who voted will reap what they sow. This will not be a democracy, it will be a dictatorship. By the way, the nation was built “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Not for Trump. One more thing, there are more of us against him and his cronies than there is of the Republicans who could not stand up to him, but go with “party lines” instead of their heads. Don’t forget, we have the ability to vote you in, and even better, we have the ability to vote you out. Republicans, remember what you wish for ... it will come back and bite you.

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Ford letter: Salmon restoration

Norman Maclean, in “Young Men and Fire,” attributes to his father these words: “One of the chief privileges of man is to speak up for the universe.” Well, who’s to say that we are in a position to speak for the universe. Yet here we are, kicking around on this flicker we’ve been given to love and, seemingly, do not love. We’ve made some mistakes. We thought the bounty was infinite or we thought we might harvest out of proportion to what we earned. Now we’re all tripped up, aloof to dead fish, warm rivers, and starving orcas, balking at dam removal. Knowing that we are not speaking up for the universe, not even for this little part that we ought to be able to manage.

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Hecht letter: Energy independence

President-elect Trump’s “Energy Independence” website indicates he wants to “make America energy independent … while protecting the country’s most valuable resources — our clean air, clean water, and natural habitats.” Let’s start in Idaho, harnessing Idaho’s abundant sunshine, wind, hydro and geothermal energy.

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Hall letter: Incumbents

I can understand voting for change and the election of Donald Trump as president. Does it make sense then that at the same time, we re-elected Sen. Mike Crapo and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador? In order they have served 24 years, 18 years and 6 years in office. With the congressional approval ratings of Congress hovering at 20 percent, returning these incumbents to office does not seem like a vote for change.

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Beauchamp letter: Get involved

The probability of calamity from a Trump presidency grows more ominous every day. If he does everything he promised his followers, he will set back human and civil rights at least 50 years. The GOP “establishment” he railed against wants the changes he promised so they will likely become reality. His key staff appointments, including a white nationalist, suggest he will be influenced by the alt-right agenda. If you’re frustrated, feel helpless and don’t know what to do, I suggest: 1) Get and stay informed. Watch what Trump does, ignore what he says and hold him accountable at every turn, 2) Dig in your heels, stop being so nice and say what’s on your mind, 3) Get involved anyway you can; volunteer; write letters to the editor of your newspaper, to your state and federal legislators and protest the Trump/GOP radical agenda; join the Safety Pin movement (Google it), 4) Boycott businesses that support the Trump/GOP agenda, 5) Join or support the protest marchers who are exercising their constitutional right of expression and assembly and 6) Financially support the ACLU. It’s going to be a long, uphill fight. We might as well start now.

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