Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Boozel letter: Rep. Labrador

Congressman Labrador has recently stated that he is proud to promote a “culture of life.” Interesting. In my profession, we promote a culture of safety. In this pursuit, we leave no stones unturned. No subject is considered offensive, untouchable or sacred. No outside money is ever allowed to cause a safety solution to be discarded or a problem ignored.

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Sheils letter: F-35 noise

We are third-generation Boiseans and we love our city. My baby brother and I used to ride our bikes over to the governor’s mansion on 21st Street in the 1950s and wave to Gov. Robert Smylie. We now live on the second bench and are opposed to the F-35s coming to Boise. Idaho should welcome the F-35s where they belong, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, not in the state’s largest, by far, metropolitan area. Having vacationed in the Phoenix area for the past numerous years, we have experienced life under the screaming noise of F-35s flying out of Luke AFB, which is about 20 miles from downtown Phoenix. When those birds fly by, your house windows shake, you can’t hear your wife (arguably a good thing) and outdoor enjoyment is significantly impaired. Don’t take my word for it; instead, have a couple of F-35s do a flyover of the Statehouse and City Hall. That would, in my humble opinion, end the favorable flapping of the F-35s coming to our fair city.

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Welty letter: Open carry

Did the man at the local grocery store, who had a gun in a holster at his hip, really need a gun to buy a can of fruit and some celery? He made many people nervous and wondering if they really want to shop at that store anymore. Pity comes to mind for this man and his wife, who think they have to show a gun, especially at a good store. Idaho is open carry, which many people don’t agree with — me being one of them.

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Voloshen letter: Vegas shooting

In the wake of the terrible shootings in Las Vegas, I wrote to Senator Crapo asking for him to put country above party and push for stricter gun laws in this country. I asked him not to quote the Second Amendment, of which I am very aware, and not to tell me how much he enjoys hearing from his constituents. I asked him to do something productive, instead of, once again, towing the party line.

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McCoy letter: Donald Trump

I am still amazed that Trump’s base can’t see that he is the wrong man for the job. Since day one he has been concerned about crowd size, voter fraud and everything else except running the country. Why should a president be concerned about what the NFL is doing when there is a crisis going on that needs his attention? Trump is not interested in making America great but making himself richer and more powerful. We are going down a dangerous road and need to change the course. I have voted both Republican and Democrat over the years, but always considered the character of the candidate. All those that think he is great need to consider that he had exemptions during the Vietnam War that really were not valid. All us who went there and served didn’t want to die or be maimed. We believed in what we were doing, at least in the beginning. I had many conversations with fellow grunts who all said that we didn’t agree with the demonstrations but supported their right to protest. Trump had a decision to make and chose the way of a coward, not an honorable man.

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Lodal letter: Health care

After much reading and listening, I think I can see what is missing in the health care debate. Empathy and compassion. It appears what Republicans value most is keeping a campaign promise in repealing Obamacare. I understand this; we all want to be credible. But dig deeper and the basis of their proposals clearly places government’s role in health care as a higher priority than the well-being of American citizens. I believe that is a fatally flawed approach.

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Fisher letter: Vegas shooting

A tapestry of pure and consummated evil drew itself over Las Vegas, closing to an end the day’s otherwise normal celebratory music event to an utter moment of horror, despair and complete dismay. Dozens of precious lives were lost in a senseless, causeless and cowardly shooting by one devoid for human life.

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Corbin letter: Vegas shooting

As we mourn the events in Las Vegas, I wonder about politicians or their spokespersons who question whether this is the time to discuss gun violence remedies in the wake of such shootings. I see it as a “delay, distract and forget” strategy which our political leaders use all too often to avoid real, effective and perhaps uncomfortable solutions. One must merely look at previous domestic mass shootings to see this at play.

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Beyer letter: Military code

The United States military has clear and concise rules that apply to everyone in uniform. It’s known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The last section covers everything that isn’t covered specifically. That section is called “Article 134. General Article.” That section reads, “Though not specifically mentioned in this chapter, all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of by a general, special or summary court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the discretion of that court.”

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Anderson letter: Vegas shooting

I just watched in horror the mass murder of innocent people in Las Vegas. Are we to say again, “tsk, tsk,” and go on with our lives? When did America start tolerating the murder of children by children in schools, or adults killing others in schools, churches or gathering places? I would like to know the names of current congressmen who voted to lift the ban on assault weapons and the names of congressmen who receive campaign contributions from the NRA. I fear you have blood on your hands. When did the NRA stop being the benign organization that taught children rifle safety and morphed into gun runners who muscled their way into Congress? Until we decide enough is enough and emulate Australia by asking our citizens to turn in their assault weapons, I’m afraid America will no longer be great — again and again.

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Wax letter: Bicyclists

I feel I need to reply to Jim Smith’s inaccurate letter about bicyclists. He mentioned an article in the Statesman. But he missed the article pointing out that there are good reasons for different laws for bicycles and automobiles. For example: They help everyone by decreasing the time it takes to get bicycles through some intersections. I do follow the yield laws. I am not entitled when I go straight through an intersection on a green light and am hit by a car turning right on red. Nor do I feel I am entitled when, as a pedestrian in a crosswalk with a walk signal, I have to jump out of the way of a car turning right on red. Yes, Jim, we all have to share the road and look where we are going.

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Bermensolo letter: F-35 mission questions

F-35 mission — more questions than answers. I was invited and attempted to take part in a live telecom Sept. 28 from 6-7 p.m. In fact, other concerned citizens made the same attempt but their questions were not aired as well. For that reason, I am including my questions in hopes that that they will be answered.

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Mattison letter: Donald Trump

I do not think that Trump supporters were a “basket of deplorables” but I do believe that they were duped and deluded. They believed that Trump would “make America great again” and turn the clock back to a time when white men ruled the world and women and minorities were kept in their place. Trump promised to “drain the swamp” but he has increased pond scum by appointing multimillionaires who believe that taxpayers should pay for their chartered air flights and personal travel. Trump promised to create manufacturing jobs and bring back coal, but these jobs are lost, not to foreign competition, but to technology, and they aren’t coming back. Trump promised tax cuts for the middle class but proposed a bill that gives huge tax breaks to the wealthy, increases the deficit, and leaves the middle class with nothing. Trump has brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with foreign policy by tweet and threat. Eventually, Trump supporters will realize that they have been duped and that they and millions of other Americans are worse off than they were before Trump took office. No matter what Trump promised, he has done nothing but create chaos.

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Nourse letter: Halloween costumes

Among the hallmarks of the month of October are specialty Halloween shops and Halloween displays at various stores around town. While Boise area retailers seem to be careful to avoid selling Halloween costumes that would be offensive to people of various faith traditions, Catholic priests and Religious are fair game. We visited one of Boise’s specialty Halloween stores and found an entire rack of costumes mocking priests, nuns, and Pope Francis. Costumes of our Savior Jesus Christ were also available. (A reasonable person could assume that customers in these stores aren’t shopping for costumes to wear in church pageants). These demeaning costumes are aimed at one particular religious denomination: Roman Catholics. We hope that Boise area retailers will remove these offensive costumes from their racks.

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Landers letter: Homeless and veterans

How sad that I heard this woman complaining about the homeless and telling her mother that they are all drug addicts and alcoholics. I told her quit being so judgmental because how sad there are vets who are homeless. What bothers me is that people discriminate and harass the homeless and make fun of the children in poverty who are hungry and starving, yet there are restaurants that throw away food when it could go to the shelters to help those who are hungry. I’m tired of the people who are critical of vets who have PTSD because they have no idea what these vets have been through, nor do some people seem to care. Poverty, homelessness, suicide, hunger, PTSD should not be because it all ties into mental health and maybe if we funded so the help was there, then maybe life would be different for those who struggle. I have had the drug and alcohol problem and spent a lot of time in P2 at the Veterans hospital and I know a lot will judge me because I also have been homeless looking for a place to stay, so I’ve been there.

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Klinger letter: Cecil Andrus

Some years ago, long before relocating to Boise, I encountered the late Cecil Andrus and his lovely wife Carol at a Boise Library! evening lecture. I was a stranger in town, trying to decide where I wanted to spend the rest of my life in retirement.

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Branson letter: Elect Brad Little

I am supporting Brad Little for governor. He is a native of Idaho and has been lieutenant governor for many years. His involvement with the Idaho Senate has also been excellent experience. I believe he is the most experienced person and best choice for governor.

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