Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sperry letter: Elect Rickards

Cecil Andrus left us with an unfinished court case. The feds refuse to share their nuclear plans for wasting Idaho. See PeterForIdaho.com for quotes from official documents regarding leaving plutonium dumped in Idaho. The documents reveal containment flaws that can lead to “catastrophic failure” in this flood zone.

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Pelazini letter: Ahlquist questions

In 2016 the chief operating officer, Dr. Tommy Ahlquist (according to his current LinkedIn profile) of the Gardner Company, presented a proposal for the Mace River Ranch. It was the first time I had heard of Dr. Ahlquist. His presentation was polished, self-assured and slick. According to the Gardner Company website they have offices in Salt Lake, Henderson, Nev., and Boise. They have built many commercial and residential buildings in those states. Their motto is “Building Community.” In Idaho they have built City Center Plaza in Boise, Library Square in Nampa, Eagle Island Crossing, just to name a few. Born in Utah and moving to Idaho, Dr. Ahlquist formed a development company called Ahlquist Development. This company merged with the Gardner Company and he became their chief operating officer. Idaho has become the fastest-growing state in the country, and the Gardner Company and others are going to be pushing for more development. If Dr. Ahlquist is elected governor, I wonder if the path will be paved more easily for the Gardner Company. It would also be interesting to see the list of financial contributors to his campaign.

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Chatlin letter: Elect Ahlquist

We have raised our family in Idaho because of Tommy Ahlquist. He recruited my husband from Denver to work with his ER group and he sold us on Idaho. His love for this state is infectious. Sixteen years later, we share that love. I am voting for Tommy because I want our kids to have the opportunity to come back here and raise their families. We will need a plan in order for that to happen.

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Richardson letter: Sen. Risch

On Nov. 13, 2013, according to Federal Election Commission records, Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch met with three lobbyists from Mercury Public Affairs, Vin Weber, Ed Kutler and Michael McSherry. They were lobbying on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a “think tank” set up by Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to front for Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russia Party of Regions.

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Lorentz letter: Free press

A free press is essential to the functioning of any healthy democracy, which is why the Founding Fathers included it in the First Amendment. A free press allows people to obtain information from sources not dictated or restricted by the government, thus imposing transparency and accountability on those in government. A free press helps people to be better-informed voters, make better choices on who/what to vote for and to act as a check on corrupt behavior in our government. Think of the free press as a watchdog on our government on behalf of the public’s interest. The lack of an informed public is what makes totalitarianism possible (Russia). Trump has embarked on the most aggressive/sustained assault on the free press in this country’s history in an attempt to undermine and delegitimize the media – even calling it the “enemy of the people.” Allegations that the press purposely publishes “fake news” is dishonest, misleading and self-serving. Attempts to create distrust in the media weaken the foundations of our democratic system. Liberty cannot be preserved without an informed public. Attacks on the press are an outright attack on our democracy.

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Ruta letter: CSI basketball

I recently attended the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament. College of Southern Idaho played great and was so much fun to watch. I wish they would have won the tournament, but they did great. And I was impressed not only with the team, but also with the cheerleaders, the bag dancers and especially the mascot. That Eagle was a true ambassador for your team and your school. I truly enjoyed watching them and hope they are there next year.

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Leinberger-Bolin: Guns

Thank the young people for standing up for no more killing. They are telling us adults we have failed them. And we have. Our record for gun deaths is the worst in the free world. We adults do nothing.

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Farmer letter: Guns

I am a gun owner. I have been working for years on a viable solution to the current plague of shootings and I believe it comes down to two options. The first would require all firearms in this country to be registered and tax stamped ($200) in the same way that automatic weapons currently are. This process would be carried out by the ATFE (Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives). It seems Draconian but you don’t hear about fully automatic weapons being used in crimes because they are severely controlled. The second option takes us into uncharted territory and is based on the premise that the NRA, which currently sells insurance for stolen firearms, would be required by the government to insure every weapon in the country for liability. The NRA would be held accountable for every gun it insures and would have to decide who gets insurance (and a gun) and who doesn’t. There are 300 million guns in the country. Ten dollars per gun per year. Three billion dollars in remittance should cover all the shootings in this country. It’s a travesty that the families of the victims of gun violence literally have to pay to bury their loved ones.

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Boozel letter: Young people

The Tea Party was formed by frustrated folks who felt they had lost their voice. What we are seeing with our young people is now the same legitimate phenomenon. Baseless propaganda to the contrary is indicative of a fearful and cynical attempt at tyranny.

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Wright letter: Spending resolution

It’s hard to realize just how horrible the actions of Congress and the president are in recently passing and signing the omnibus spending resolution. We are now headed to $1.5-$2 trillion deficits, “as far as the eye can see.” In addition, there is so much fraud and corruption of the Republic in the Omnibus, it’s hard to comprehend.

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Southorn letter: Thank you

On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 96, I would like to thank Jordan Rodriguez, author of many fine fishing articles for the Idaho Statesman, for visiting our pack to teach our Scouts about fishing. Jordan brought materials and handouts and for all who were there. Jordan did a great job fielding questions, showing Scouts (and parents) how to tie a fishing knot and how to handle a fish once it has been landed. Pack 96 has done all kinds of cool activities from community service projects to the Pinewood Derby, from scoring front-row VIP seats at Gowen Thunder to meeting the Boise Broncos, from sitting in tanks and helicopters on a Gowen base tour to going hiking and camping. (visit us at boisecubscouts.org) The visit from Jordan was easily as fun and informative as anything else we have done. The Idaho Statesman is lucky to have great contributors like Jordan. Thank you so much, Jordan. Tight lines.

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McCoy letter: Sinclair

The recent news on Sinclair makes me think about the Second Amendment issue. Gun rights people, including me, should be more concerned about this issue than someone taking our weapons. People are often using Hitler as to why we should never let the government take our weapons. If you read your history, Hitler was always putting down the news media. He didn’t want people to know the truth. Now we have Sinclair putting a message out on all their stations about not to believe the news media. That is exactly how Hitler started taking over, making the people not believe the stories. By the time the realization happened, it was too late. Wake up, people who are such strong supporters of our current government. Make them accountable for these stories because most of them are fake news.

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Santiago letter: ACHD

Lower Braemere Road was recently blockaded with significant detours and delays for thousands of commuters. Anyone traveling in the Highlands or on Bogus Basin Road and beyond experiences the impacts daily. The blockage shunts heavy traffic alongside an elementary school filled with youngsters. Apparently, the blockage benefits 27 homeowners.

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Marotz letter: Marsy’s Law vote

I’m writing to express my disappointment regarding the result of the recent vote for Marsy’s Law for Idaho. This important legislation would have given standing for crime victims to exercise their constitutional rights. This much needed update was held back by 28 members of the House of Representatives who voted “No.” They voted against victims of crimes who are thrust into the justice system through no fault of their own. Instead, they teamed up with the likes of the ACLU and defense attorneys who were opposed to this legislation because of obvious conflicts of interest.

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Fritsch letter: Jim Risch

One can’t help be thrilled that the potential Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee is Jim Risch. Jim, who shortly after being elected, said nothing works in Congress but the perks are fantastic. You know, things like being able to sit in the Olympic box seats with Ivanka and Mike Pence. Or telling the Munich Security Conference of the possible biblical destruction of North Korea. In addition, let’s not forget Jim had a hissy fit when he saw Cecil Andrus’ name in a bill and temporarily brought the national democratic process to a halt in a silly and meaningless procedural move. Isn’t it great to have one of our representatives on Trump’s junior varsity team?

The Race to Robie Creek starts its 2018 Odyssey

The Race to Robie Creek began at noon on Saturday at Fort Boise Park. This year's theme was "2018: A Race Odyssey."
Michael Katz