Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Lyons letter: Immigrants

This past summer I was able to visit New York City. While I was there I was able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I saw very visibly the effects immigration has on this country. The stories I heard of people who came to the United States and made a life for themselves is quite amazing. My stepmother was able to see pictures and see the name of her grandfather, an immigrant from Sweden. She was so grateful to be able get a better understanding of her roots. There are millions of examples just like this, yet President Trump has attempted to put heavy restrictions and stoppages of immigration. The United States is a melting pot and a place for people who need to get out of terrible situations to come and find a new life. We are a country that should have open arms to those who need our help and not put walls between us. Something needs to change.

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Gonzalez letter: State surplus

Why not reinvest our state’s surplus and make sure folks can feed their families? We have a state budget surplus that is nearing $139 million. This is a boon for our state as it faces some serious challenges ahead in improving our education system, which according to Education Week is ranked last in the country in financing our schools and repairing our crumbling infrastructure. Yet, lawmakers are proposing (HB67) to cut state revenue more than $50 million through tax breaks that would disproportionately benefit the wealthy and harm those who depend on schools and roads to get where they need to go. It’s short-sighted and potentially harmful.

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Fairchild letter: Bus riding

There is a reason people aren’t riding the bus. When my car broke down, I had to walk nearly a mile to reach the nearest bus stop. Then it went in the opposite direction from where I needed to go. I had to reboard a different bus to go where I needed to go in the first place. A drive that normally took 20 minutes turned into an hour and a half. I ended up borrowing a friend’s bike. It was faster. The routes could be much better planned. Create a “spoke system.” Two circular routes around the city ... one closer in than the second, then have buses that just run into and out of the city. The first time I ever visited San Jose, I was able to find my way around in a timely manner. I suggest consulting them on how it’s done right.

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Erisman letter: Bus ridership

I’d like to offer a perspective on the lack of bus ridership. We live in an area where it’s a convenient 10-minute walk to a bus stop, which is then a convenient 15-minute ride downtown. But we seldom ride for one simple reason. Lack of evening hours. As retirees, we don’t need the bus for commute, but we do like to go downtown for restaurants and other entertainment. The lack of evening service prevents this. I noticed that Eugene (with whom we were compared) has service to 12:30 a.m.

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Bishop letter: Grizzlies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife has recently decided to consider “delisting” the grizzly bear. Unfortunately our state Senate Natural Resources Committee voted 5-2 to support the effort. A part of the proposal would have the Idaho Fish and Game Department “manage” the bears after the delisting. What a horrible idea.

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Williams letter: Bieter and ACHD

I think it is a real cheap shot for Mayor Bieter and other local politicians to jump on the ACHD during a major snowfall plus very cold and prolonged weather event. To me it is obvious that one highway district that plans, coordinates and implements traffic control, road building and maintenance on a countywide basis is not only the most efficient and cost effective, but also the most able to assist the smaller cities and rural part of the county with their road needs. All of Ada County should operate as one coordinated system. It is the best for us all, and that includes Boise.

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Wilkerson letter: Medicare Advantage

In less than 60 days, CMS will announce funding for Medicare Advantage, and the time is now for Idaho seniors to tell our congressmen to demonstrate a strong show of support for continued funding. My Medicare Advantage plan, which is privately administered and offers comprehensive coverage, allows me to lead a healthy life, assured that I will be able to receive the care I need. If federal funding is reduced for the program — possibly making my plan unaffordable for me or causing my provider to reduce my coverage — I’d be in real trouble. Idaho seniors, it’s time to speak up for this critical program.

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Roy letter: Moyle tax cuts

Mike Moyle is at it again. Proposing tax cuts, promising that they will stimulate the economy and make us all more prosperous. It’s the same story that some in the Republican Party has been putting out for the last 35 years and promising to shrink the debt. George H.W. Bush called it Voodoo economics. In 1980, the top-tier federal tax rate was 70 percent. By 1988 it was 28 percent. People making millions saw their taxes cut 60 percent. Middle class people barely saw any cuts, some saw increases. The result was that the income gap, which had been shrinking for 35 years, began to grow. The growth in the economy didn’t happen, the federal deficit didn’t shrink, it exploded.

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Bergesen letter: Pillars

Communities have many pillars — not only the brick and mortar kind but human pillars — pillars of influence, strength, virtue, trust, kindness and generosity. This month our community lost three pillars — all within weeks of one another.

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Loveland letter: Horse racing

The racehorse community is looking at another summer with no racing at Les Bois Park, and the small county fair tracks are trying to survive without the supporting funds that come from Les Bois. The Idaho Legislature thought the operators of Les Bois Park were bluffing when they said they couldn’t operate the park and would have to close without the revenue from the Instant Racing Machines. Meanwhile, Indian Gaming and the Lottery roll on, business as usual, despite the fact they are also electronic gambling devices. When the Idaho Racing Commission discussed a possible solution with the governor to help the struggling industry, Sen. Brent Hill, Rexburg, immediately started talking of defunding the Racing Commission. Perhaps it would be easier to understand if Hill was waging an equal attack on all gambling venues. What does Hill have against horse racing? Para-mutuel gambling has been present in Idaho since the ’60s. Racing is part of our heritage and if Les Bois Park closes it will probably be lost forever. People in Idaho are upset by this, and when it’s time to vote again we will remember.

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Idita letter: Bieter and ACHD

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and his hand-picked minions on the City Council want you to believe that the city can do a better job maintaining the streets of Boise than ACHD. I am satisfied with the ACHD’s response to this winter, but very dissatisfied with the response from Bieter and his lunch bucket brigade. Bieter, quit wasting my tax dollars waging your personal vendetta against the ACHD. How do you propose to keep the streets clear when — during the snowfall periods — you could not accomplish the simple task of keeping the city parks cleared of ice and snow? Case in point, the park down the street from my residence did not see a plow, snow shovel or grain of ice melt this winter. You take great pleasure in kissing babies, cutting ribbons, and never seem to avoid a photo op, but as mayor of Boise what have you accomplished? Oh, that’s right, you recently declared Boise as a “Welcoming” city. I would welcome the announcement that you will not be seeking re-election. Hey hey, ho ho, Mayor Dave Bieter has to go. Haw haw, hee hee, Ludwig and Thomson, let’s make it three.

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Hopkins letter: Trump’s wall

So Donald Trump wants to build a great wall along the Mexican border, no doubt a great idea. Keep America safe again. Using that logic should we not also build a wall along the Canadian border? They are dangerous, too. And how about the East and West Coasts. A wall similar to Hitler’s Atlantic Wall in France to keep out those pesky Americans would certainly be a good thing. Trump is certainly turning out to be a great president, perhaps the greatest ever.

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Harkness letter: Medicare Advantage

Over a year ago, my husband had a heart attack. If it were not for our AARP Medicare Complete plan, I don’t know where we’d be today. The coverage we have is amazing. For all of the costs associated with his heart attack, we were only required to pay about $2,000. Our experience proves that Medicare Advantage plans work to meet the needs of seniors.

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Elliott letter: Moyle’s tax bill

Republican Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Janet Trujillo have proposed a tax cut bill to spend part of the budget surplus. The bill should read “Giving Back to Idaho’s top 1 percent.” This bill would benefit those who make more than $400,000 a year an average of a $1,562 tax cut. These top 1 percent families neither deserve or need a tax break. On the other hand, those Idahoans who earn $38,000 to $59,000 would see a $32 decrease in their tax bill not even enough to buy a sack of groceries or fill their gas tank one time.

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Davis letter: Medicare Advantage

Among the turmoil over the future of our health care system, I wish to highlight one program that’s working right for 92,000 Idahoans like myself — Medicare Advantage. Following the show of support for Medicare Advantage from Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently, it’s worth both thanking them for their support and turning our attention toward Idaho’s U.S. representatives. As a low-cost, private option that helps seniors like myself get access to critical preventive care as part of a comprehensive coverage plan, Medicare Advantage is helping me live longer and live better. If you, like me, rely on this program, now’s the time to make your voice heard.

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