David Leroy’s May 16 opinion piece is confusing. He comments on the terrible 100 years of lack of black rights, which were granted primarily by the federal government, then bemoans the feds’ intervention in the lack of rights of the LGBT community. The rights of individuals in our country is not something that can be decided on a state-by-state basis, that would lead to division in the Union, not something we want to experience again.
Much has been discussed and debated about the management of federal lands within the state of Idaho. The federal government has controlled and managed these lands since Idaho became a territory. Since the beginning the federal government realized the need to have these lands available for the many diverse uses the citizens of the state need in order to provide a viable economy for its citizens. Idaho’s economy grew and thrived based on its natural resources.
I don’t get it. Well, yes I do; but really? With the air quality of Boise (and the world), why is it a good time to add a fire pit to the backyard? I totally get the fun and beauty. I love watching the flames, too, but what about the neighbors? With the nights staying warm, we are leaving the windows open and waking to the smell of smoke.
When will the government give closure to the Jack Yantis family? Maybe I have missed it, if so I apologize. However, the amount of time it has taken to investigate this officer-involved shooting is absurd. Four people directly involved, three still alive, eyewitnesses, and the possibility of video footage, and months later no conclusion? As a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, 12 of which as an investigator, if I had taken this amount of time on a “fresh” shooting, the sheriff would have replaced me. Granted, I have taken months to investigate a death; however, it usually involved a skeleton lying in the desert after being located by the dogs of sheepherders. However, in this case it appears someone or some entity is attempting to pull the wool over the family’s eyes. Let’s cut the baloney and provide a conclusion for the family’s sake.
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Forget the presidential library for this president. Instead a bronze statue depicting the commander in chief leading a charge with his pen (guns are not permitted) backed by a division of lawyers from the DOJ. This would be a fitting tribute for the gallantry actions against the masses of our public school districts, on the issue of OMG .... the use of bathrooms for transgenders. If your children are offended sharing gym lockers, showers or bathrooms with those being transsexual, then they obviously need more tolerance and sensitivity training by the state nannies. This is just the latest antic of the absent-in-chief in a lame attempt to change the demographics of our nation and society. Those adults who are intimidated with this lifestyle change (your president ran on this phrase) don’t understand diversity, and will consequently need sensitivity training as well. Why don’t we just take the male/female figures off the doors and replace them with “whichever”? Bathrooms without borders ... what a country.
The quote from Emmett School Superintendent Wayne Rush in the May 17 Statesman demonstrates exactly why President Obama and the Justice Department needed to step in on the transgender restroom issue. Saying his district reached an “accommodation” with a student to use a restroom consistent with the student’s biological sex means they failed to accommodate the student’s needs and, in fact, likely exposed the student to a risk of physical and/or sexual assault.
In regard to the recent Rocky Barker article on the Soda Fire rehabilitation, the statement that the “wrong species of sagebrush” was planted was erroneous. In fact, three native species/subspecies of sagebrush were planted. They were selected by experienced wildlife biologists and botanists based on the adaptability to the site, relative benefit to sage grouse, and availability of seed and seedlings.