Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Woodard letter: Salvage logging

As a professional forester, I was pleased to see that the Forest Service is actively pursuing salvage logging and rehabilitation of the Pioneer Fire area. To recover 70 million feet of dead timber and replant some of the acreage is just common sense. Prompt recovery and repair of burned areas reduces the chance of a major beetle outbreak. Those environmentalists that would argue against rehabilitation of a fire area, simply lack basic knowledge of the forest ecosystem. I am sure there will be plenty of bugs for the woodpeckers.

Letters to the Editor

Evanson letter: BSU wrestling

It is my opinion that the decision to drop wrestling at Boise State is contrary to the mission of a state-financed learning institution. In addition to providing a learning environment their objective is to help the students build character. As a former human resource manager I hired a number of employees with a wrestling background. Their work ethic and virtues were outstanding. We hired attitude and taught skills. It was always evident that wrestling builds character; a virtue not taught in the classroom. Whatever the cost was at BSU to maintain wrestling, it would be worth it.

Letters to the Editor

Woodbury letter: Stadium proposal

Regarding the Boise stadium proposal — this is not a good proposal. This is located in an already congested area — Americana Boulevard and Shoreline Drive. Just look at the configuration pictures. There is no parking for the thousands of people who attend. There are apartments and other living facilities all around it. These people will be affected by all the noise, traffic, lights, fireworks, etc. And there are currently numerous medical facilities on the property.

Letters to the Editor

Trefaller letter: Wall Street

Rumor has it that Wall Street paid themselves $188 billion in bonuses for 2016 while the rest of the entire country only earned $44 billion. So it seems that all you get as an investor is what Wall Street can’t steal and it is still the best deal in town. Why does Wall Street and capitalism keep shooting themselves in the foot? This gimme, gimme program just gives the crazy socialists more ammunition. Why isn’t capitalism taught in schools? It is the best and we don’t appreciate it.

Letters to the Editor

Swanson letter: Eagle Road traffic

While trying to get from the north end of Eagle Road to the freeway on a recent Friday night, I remember when I moved here 34 years ago, that the map showed Five Mile Road going from the freeway connecting to Highway 55... in small print “to be completed soon.” Let’s get more traffic flowing north/south. Yes it means building some more bridges. Maybe if all the people that are moving into the area from other states would be forced to get Idaho license plates it would bring in some revenue. Let’s get going, ACHD, moving traffic should be a priority.

Letters to the Editor

Slinger letter: Trujillo per diem

I have been stewing about this for over a month now and, though I have tried, I can’t put it behind me. I am appalled by Rep. Janet Trujillo’s explanation of why she is entitled to the per diem of those legislators who live more than 20 miles away. She didn’t disclose that she could be living with her husband, Mike Moyle, in Star. But she did say she needed the income to maintain her household in Idaho Falls. I am retired from and worked for an Idaho state agency for 30-plus years and supervised employees who traveled more than half the year as part of their job assignments. Per diem was for meals and lodging expenses. It was never intended to take care of the home front and employees never expected that, though they certainly could have used it. Legislators are state employees also. We need to hold them to the same standard as our other state workers.

Letters to the Editor

Romano letter: Sex education

Idaho does not currently require sex education in any school curriculum. Title 13, Chapter 16 of Idaho legislation states that sex education is up to the church and family. Schools are only there to complement this knowledge, and the school’s focus is “helping youth acquire a background of ideals and standards and attitudes which will be of value to him now and later when he chooses a mate and establishes his own family.” The sex education in Idaho’s school system is severely lacking. Young adults are going to have sex no matter what we teach them; a school in Crane, Texas, taught abstinence-only sex education and ended up with 20-plus cases of chlamydia. We are perpetuating a stigma around sex education here and by not providing the knowledge for sexual health we create an unsafe environment for our youth. We need to implement a curriculum in our schools, one that includes the LGBTQ+ community, and in doing so we can educate Idaho’s youth and end this uninformed culture. A reminder, it is also Idaho law that parents may remove their child from any sexual education in class.

Letters to the Editor

Mowat letter: Labrador health care

Thanks to Rep. Raul Labrador for his instrumental vote in narrowly passing the Republican health-care bill. Raul voted for the bill without bothering to wait for the CBO report that would show the full cost of the bill or how it would affect his constituents.

Letters to the Editor

Knight letter: Compost containers

In reference to Lloyd Warner’s trash and recycling letter, dated May 5, I agree. Bribery and/or dictatorship? I do not like being forced into using a “compost” container, and if I refuse, I will be charged more money to “opt out.” Why was this not put to the people for a vote? Whatever happened to a democratic society?

Letters to the Editor

Klein letter: Gateway drugs

The myopic, narrow-minded, hypocritical decisions of governments never cease to amaze. I read recently that citizens and foreign visitors can be barred for life from entering the U.S. for admitting to past marijuana use. The government considers marijuana a “gateway drug” and its past use “a crime involving moral turpitude.”

Letters to the Editor

Holland letter: Lack of compassion

This letter addresses the pervasive attitude of a lack of compassion for another human being in time of need. On Friday morning, May 5, just past 9 a.m. on I-84 just east of the Eagle overpass, my son-in-law and grandchildren were headed to the mountains for a weekend with family. They were accompanied by the family dog, who had been rescued from the pound and loved for 10 years, being the only pet my 5- and 2-year-old grandchildren had ever known. For no reason he jumped from the moving pickup bed and was killed before their eyes. It was then that a woman (whom I hope reads this) stopped at the scene and instead of offering compassion to a family who were traumatized and hurting, she chose to drive a dagger through their hearts by saying that it should have been my son-in-law who was killed instead of the pet. It is this type of cruel individual that is becoming all too apparent in our world and I hope that this lady can look inside her darkened heart and find compassion for someone. I pray that she or her family are never traumatized only to have someone add to their pain.

Letters to the Editor

Bellan letter: Solar power

The Snake River Alliance kicked off their 2017 Solarize the Valley campaign in our backyard on May 8. We installed a 5.22-kilowatt solar system (18 panels) on the east roof of our home through the Solarize program in 2016, and it was easy and affordable. Our solar panels were installed by Alt Energy, a local company that added five jobs last year to meet the growing demand for clean and renewable energy. The Snake River Alliance has selected Alt Energy and Bluebird Solar and Light to install affordable solar systems for this year’s campaign. You can get a free site assessment for your home or business by signing up at www.solarizethevalley.org. We love using the sun to power our home and car. Please join us in switching to clean solar power. Sustainable is attainable.

Letters to the Editor

Ahrens letter: F-35 noise

Idaho’s elected officials would have you believe that bringing the F-35s to Boise is a positive move for its citizens. However, they aren’t giving us all the facts. The F-35 is the second loudest plane our military flies. There has never been a louder plane at Gowen. This will drastically change the Boise you know and love. If you think that only people who live near the airport will be negatively impacted, think again. But don’t take my word for it, let’s hear it for ourselves. I encourage you to write your elected officials and ask them to bring the fleet of F-35s here for a trial, so the taxpaying citizens of Boise can make an educated decision. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, why would we sign up for this without seeing what the noise impact will be for everyone, from children trying to concentrate in school, to citizens enjoying a quiet hike in the foothills? What are they afraid of? Perhaps the majority of Boise will start to wonder, “Why bring a supersonic jet to the middle of a metropolitan area when there’s an Air Force base 30 minutes away?” It certainly stumps me.

Letters to the Editor

Wilson letter: Affordable housing

I’ve recently read three articles that describe the affordable housing shortage in the Treasure Valley. They talk about single mothers, the disabled, elderly and veterans at risk of becoming homeless due to lack of an affordable place to stay. It made me wonder why there is always housing readily available to refugees?

Letters to the Editor

Szplett letter: Emissions texting

My older pickup travels less than 1,000 miles per year but still requires the emissions test. The little-used battery sometimes runs down. The dealer says that I can charge the battery and it will run fine, but I have to drive 100 miles before all the computer systems reset themselves to ensure that it will pass an emissions test. I have to drive 100 miles, use six gallons of gas, emit ozone from 100 travel miles, and spend $70 from my limited retirement budget. The truck’s computer already told me that it would pass. The very expensive vehicle testing program failed on all counts and needs to be revised.

Letters to the Editor

Roberts letter: Climate change

Regarding the Statesman’s coverage of the climate change marches on April 29: How many marches and rallies for climate change action will it take for our state and national leaders to consider legislation that would help us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels? We can see the changes right here in Idaho, with the longer and more intense fire seasons. At least 97 percent of climate scientists are convinced that humans are causing global warming by emitting heat-trapping gases resulting from burning fossil fuels — we need to change. Fortunately, there are rays of hope. Several of President Trump’s advisers are against pulling the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change; also, 19 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group that’s working on climate change legislation. Those who care about climate change should contact President Trump and request that the U.S. remain in the Paris Agreement, and also ask Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador to join the Climate Solutions Caucus.

Letters to the Editor

Nikkola letter: Import tariffs

Some very dangerous actions are being taken by imposing import tariffs on goods from Canada, China and Mexico. Our trading partners/allies will retaliate by imposing import tariffs on U.S. goods being exported to their countries. Canada has already retaliated against the 24 percent tariff on imported Canadian lumber by banning U.S. imports of coal. This is what happened with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 — which imposed import tariffs on agricultural products being exported to the U.S. Smoot-Hawley was meant to protect U.S. farmers but backfired when our trading partners/allies retaliated with tariffs on goods imported from the U.S. into their countries. This ultimately led to a 66 percent decline in U.S. trade, which no economy could sustain. The Great Depression soon followed. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so we’re counting on Idaho’s senators and congressional representatives to intercede on behalf of all Americans who will suffer the consequences of these foolhardy import tariffs.

Videos

Caldwell's Kelsey Cornwell sees dream realized with Patriots

Caldwell's Kelsey Cornwell recently made the New England Patriots' cheer squad despite having no formal cheerleading experience. Cornwell (front of initial formation) danced for the Reno Bighorns prior to joining the Patriots and performed at a Sacramento Kings game in March 2016.
mkatz@idahostatesman.com
Caldwell's Kelsey Cornwell sees dream realized with Patriots 0:21

Caldwell's Kelsey Cornwell sees dream realized with Patriots

Jail's just not the right place for the mentally ill, Nampa mother says 1:45

Jail's just not the right place for the mentally ill, Nampa mother says

A drone's eye view of the hallowed grounds at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. 2:33

A drone's eye view of the hallowed grounds at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

'Letters from Anne & Martin' performed in Boise after vandals mar memorial 2:33

'Letters from Anne & Martin' performed in Boise after vandals mar memorial