Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Zeller letter: School shootings

What will it take for Americans to wake up and demand action? We have just seen another massacre at Parkland School in Florida with 17 students killed and many more wounded. We have gutless politicians to thank, but let’s not forget to thank the National Rifle Association for its persistent refusal to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Oh yes, and special thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court for slandering the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Obviously, Mr. Cruz (the shooter in Parkland) was a member of “a well-regulated militia” as the Second Amendment stipulated.

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Liekis letter: School shootings

The time for reasonable restrictions on gun ownership is overdue. We’ve already endured far too many mass shootings of Americans, including children who barely started their first year of school. How many more of these tragedies must happen before our representatives in Washington do something?

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Daley letter: School shootings

The sickening slaughter of our schoolchildren by deranged people who use their “Second Amendment right” to purchase their weapons of mass murder has got to stop. What can we as individuals possibly do to make a difference? I will make a suggestion of one action we can all do. It requires no personal sacrifice, no inconvenience and no reason not to at least give it a try. For this upcoming election, if you are planning to vote, please consider not voting for any candidate (for any office) who accepts campaign contributions from the NRA. If your candidate supports “gun rights” but does not accept contributions from the NRA, fair enough. Support them if that is your choice. I believe freeing elections of NRA influence will lead to more reasonable and sensible gun laws. Please consider this for the 2018 elections – for the sake of our schoolchildren.

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Beattie letter: School shootings

I’m terribly saddened by the deaths of those schoolchildren, for a parent to lose their child in any way is heartbreaking. I didn’t shoot your children, I didn’t shoot any child or person, neither did my guns. I won’t go into a child’s life is more important than my gun rights, the two just do not coexist. My gun rights stand by the simple fact that the world is filled with people who want to cause pain and loss and wish to take away by force what is mine. I have a right to defend myself, history is filled with criminals using guns to just take, if I could have a wish, it would be that not another person would die by criminal means. But it’s our human nature to sin and take advantage, so the ability to defend yourself is a God-given right that should not be limited to just our fists or club, in old age those fists get weaker, so we need an equalizer to make the bad guys equal to us regardless of the age. and that is guns. Do not limit my right to live in peace, by my ability to defend.

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Stevens letter: School shootings

I am an old lady and I just need to vent. It is alarming the direction our country is taking and shameful that we are having so much gun violence. I think our senators and representatives should return the blood money they have taken from the NRA and sit down and find some common-sense solutions to gun violence. I have always been an advocate for the Second Amendment, but I don’t think anyone needs a large arsenal, an AR15 or a concealed weapon. I am starting to wonder if I need to carry a weapon to defend myself from all those who feel they have to carry a weapon everywhere they go. Have we allowed this to go to the point of no return? What are we Americans so afraid of?

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Kaufman letter: School shootings

The Florida students of the horrific mass shooting were so blessed to have BSU’s Mike Virden’s friend, Aaron Feis, give his life as a human shield. Had the Idaho congressional delegation and/or Governor Otter been in that situation, I wonder if they would have been diving for cover.

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Finley letter: Solar power

It is truly disappointing that the new homes being built across the valley are not using solar as a standard feature or even offering it as a listed upgrade to choose from. If all the homes being built in this valley had at least some solar power usage to help offset the energy drag on the whole system, perhaps the dams could be dismantled or modified for salmon rehabilitation. The solar potential in this valley is real. Homes built with solar power are going to hold their value at a much greater rate, and I do believe homebuyers would be far more interested investing in their homes this way. Most new homes offer more square footage, and with this added square footage comes higher taxes, also in subdivision HOAs. Along with these larger homes come an energy bill increase, and I’m sure it’s a big one. I personally wouldn’t want to spend so much on increased monthly expenditures if I could eliminate some.

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McCord letter: HB 568

What has happened to Idaho? This state used to be conservative. This state used to believe in smaller government and local control over local issues. This state used to believe in the U.S. Constitution and the rights of American citizens. This state used to believe that local decisions should be decided locally without big government interference.

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McCardell letter: Raul Labrador

I write to thank Congressman Raul Labrador for clearing up a mistake that caused me a lot of grief. I’m 66 and have hunted all my life. But in recent years I’ve gone hunting worried about whether I might lose my firearms.

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Franzen letter: Weather predictions

So I am confused. The three TV stations’ weather people are giving the forecast for the Treasure Valley in Idaho? I know we get to hear all about Redfish Lake, Sun Valley, McCall and sometimes Portland. My point is whatever this computer model they claim is great does not seem to work. Recently the weather people were telling us about the 2 to 4 inches of snow we would have that Saturday, and in some places 7 inches. That weekend I saw no snow. It seems to me since they have relied on the computer so much now the weather is never right. I wish I knew back when I was young what I know now. I would become a weather person, be wrong 95 percent of the time and have a job for 20 years. With all the technology of today, I cannot grasp why the forecast cannot be a bit more accurate. I do understand weather is not exact, but in years past it was better than it is now.

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Martin letter: Climate change

Climate change should be included in Idaho’s K-12 curriculum. Climate change is real, and the adverse effects are happening now worldwide. Cape Town, a city of 4 million people, is going dry. Paris is flooding. Idaho forests are burning. Our weather is abnormal.

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Christensen letter: Health care plan

In the article, “Idaho says no Obamacare needed for some new insurance plans,” we learn a great deal about Idaho’s plans to allow insurers to offer “skimpier” health care options, despite Affordable Care Act provisions and without federal approval.

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