Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Appel letter: Thank you

Thank you to the good Samaritan at St. Luke’s. I lost a post office mailer on the way to the Borah Post Office (a “coffee on the car roof” episode). A person from St. Luke’s found the package, took it to the post office, paid the postage and sent me a postcard telling me it was “in the mail.” Perhaps all is not lost.

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Loshbaugh letter: ACHD

I just listened to the “information” guy from ACHD on the radio discussing the last-minute bill about cleaning sidewalks. What seems to escape everybody’s reality now is that complaints this winter weren’t about the sidewalk in front of a house except where ACHD had undone all the homeowner’s efforts. The complaints were about the miles of uncleaned sidewalks along Five Mile and all through downtown Boise and Meridian and all along routes where people walk to reach bus stops or go shopping or walk their dog. That is not a homeowner’s responsibility. ACHD is especially responsible since ACHD caused over 95 percent of the issues with all those walkways.

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Ford letter: Bills being held

Idaho’s legislative session will probably end soon. A lot of topics I wanted them to vote on have been stashed. Have the things important to you been voted on? Committee chairmen have set aside many proposed bills that the people would like to see come up for a vote. Legislators have told me they’re allowed to do this because of rules established by previous legislatures, and there’s nothing we can do about it. What kind of representation is that? Some bills that are being held back are Common Core and SBAC test repeal and privacy with regard to immunizations. A bill requiring subjects to be brought up for a vote if they had five sponsors from each party was denied a hearing by “leadership.”

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Chapman letter: Salmon restoration

“Report: Restoration Efforts in Columbia Basin Working,” in the March 6 Statesman, says the feds have helped salmon and steelhead by improving habitat and dam passage. By lumping all salmon and steelhead, the feds have claimed a three-fold increase in adult returns since the 1990s at Bonneville Dam, obscuring effects of the federal hydropower system on the 13 wild groups of fish that led to listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Bennett letter: Donald Trump

Everywhere Trump’s failures can be seen. In his bloated speech to Congress, Trump bellowed that “the time for small thinking is over.” This coming from a small-thinking man who wasted his first weeks in office tweeting about Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nordstrom’s removal of his daughter’s products.

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Atwell letter: Protected species

The March 11 Idaho Statesman included a short story about an area near Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center which is temporarily closing to allow nesting bald eagles the best chance to hatch and raise chicks. According to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act , destroying the eggs could lead to a prison sentence and a fine of up to $250,000. I would like to live in a country that extends the same interest and protection to an unborn human being.

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Alvarado letter: Art of listening

Thank you, Dr. Dan Zuckerman (March 6, “With no time to lose, a Treasure Valley cancer doctor gets real”). Would that more could put aside everything in a world spinning ever faster to practice the art of listening and absorbing the truths they are offered. What is a chance encounter to one might be the whole world to another. I am humbled to know that this quality of reflection and honesty still exists.

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Meyer letter: Grizzly delisting

I was disappointed to read the Feb. 24 article, “Montana weighs asking Congress to lift grizzly protections.” The resolution in question, HJ15, would ask Montana’s congressional delegation to seek grizzlies’ removal from the endangered species list in Congress. The delisting process is already underway for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears. USFWS is considering over 450,000 public comments submitted on the Yellowstone delisting as well as input from independent experts. HJ15 seeks to silence all of those voices and turn a deaf ear to science.

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Zuckerman letter: GOP health care

I am very alarmed by the replacement to the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is the same as Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office underestimated the number of people who would enroll in the Affordable Care Act because they didn’t anticipate that states like Idaho would not expand the Medicaid program. Using the underestimated figures to argue that the Congressional Budget Office’s figures cannot be relied upon is a (deliberate?) misunderstanding of the reliability of those figures. The proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will leave millions of people in the USA without any healthcare at all. The CBO has shown that, in the first year of the proposed replacement healthcare, 14 million people in this country will lose healthcare coverage.

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Thomas letter: GOP health care

I’m writing to ask my representatives to please oppose the American Health Care Act. The bill would gut Medicaid by billions of dollars — harming people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for essential services. It would block Medicaid patients from seeking care at Planned Parenthood — restricting access to cancer screenings, breast exams, and STI tests and treatments and forcing health centers to close. Across the board, this bill is an attack on our civil rights and liberties. Millions of people stand to lose health care coverage if the ACA is repealed. There is no question that those who are already most in need will be hit the hardest, and I’m calling on my representatives to stand up for their rights. I need my representative in Congress to strongly oppose the ACA repeal bill. The ACA played an important role in ending discriminatory health policies and practices. It made health care coverage fairer and more equitable nationwide. Please do not dismantle this law with reckless legislation.

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Rice letter: GOP health care

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million Americans will lose coverage under President Trump’s health care proposal. Is that the real story? Or is it the 52 million who will lack health care insurance in 2026 — one out of every seven Americans. That puts the U.S. at the bottom of 34 developed countries.

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Pickernell letter: GOP health care

After reading the Statesman’s Thursday March 16 page 4C article on the Republican health plan about workers over 50 paying up to five times the amount for their health coverage, $1,500 more in your 50’s, $3,200 more at 60 scares me. After working hard for 40 years and needing some occasional medical maintenance to make it to retirement I’m already paying $6,000 a year for the cheapest silver plan and have a $6,000 deductible. That’s more than I pay in Income and Property taxes. Even dogs have a sense of what is fair. Ten million Americans will lose their coverage next year, another 24 million in the next decade according to the CBO. That’s not what I voted for. If you feel the same way contact Sens. Mike Crapo, Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson, Raul Labrador to help working American citizens stay healthy enough to pay their taxes and make it to retirement. Oh wait, they don’t seem to return calls or they just send back generic e-mails. I wonder if President Donald Trump does the same?

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Norris letter: GOP health care

What are the Republicans “tax credits” for heath care? Most poor working families have little or no income tax because of their low income, so if tax credits are a deduction, they wouldn’t do poor people any good. What good would a $1,000 deduction do when you already pay no tax? In this case, they still couldn’t afford heath insurance. Could this be clarified?

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Cromwell letter: GOP health care

Stay healthy, Idaho. The GOP is tripping over itself to repeal the ACA. Costs and benefits of the new plan haven’t even been analyzed. Idaho’s delegation is largely mute on the matter — no surprise. They awarded themselves guaranteed health coverage ages ago. The burden is on their constituents.

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Bergquist letter: No mandatory health care

What authority does the Constitution give the federal government to be involved in any way with health care or health insurance? Why not repeal PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) in its entirety and let the Free Market actually be free to work? Sen. Mike Crapo is promoting the American Health Care Act (AHCA), providing states with $100 billion to “design programs,” and give certain Americans “monthly tax credits.” That certainly sounds like another social welfare program, Obamacare Light, imposed at the federal level with financial incentives designed to bind the states to them.

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From the Boise All-Ages Movement Project to an acoustic Doug Martsch concert on Thursday, March 24, 2017, Treefort has music for everyone — and there's only more to come. Events run through Sunday.
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