Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hayes letter: GOP, CHIP

On Thursday (June 7) U.S. House Republicans voted to eliminate $15 million of what they called “wasteful spending.” Nearly half of that $15 million was funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. On Friday (June 8), the Center for Disease Control reported that the 2017-2018 flu season set a record for child flu deaths.

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Bachelder letter: Gun insurance

There is something new in the gun control argument (Jill Jasper, “Guns” letter to the editor, May 27, Idaho Statesman): Gun insurance. She points out that when vehicles kill people, intentionally or unintentionally, there is usually insurance in place to pay for damages. When guns kill people (and they do), “... families and taxpayers have to cover the costs of shootings.”

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Shipman letter: Detention centers

When U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is denied access to a federal child detention center, we all need to take a second look at what is happening in this great nation of ours. That is the job of Rep. Raúl Labrador and Sens. James Risch and Mike Crapo. They need to do it.

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Keyes letter: Star

In response to Susan Nieto’s letter, “Star growth”: We took public input at our Jan. 19 public hearing, where over 70 percent of the testimony did not oppose the Willowbrook annexation. We tabled the decision until May 1 to better plan and improve it.

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Hugon letter: Domestic violence

Robin Stone has resolved the crisis of domestic violence. Stone is the father of Ian Stone, who recently murdered his girlfriend. Stone was quoted in the Statesman as saying that his son was not abusive, and that “false domestic violence reports, used as a weapon, is [sic] also domestic violence against men.” The issue, then, isn’t the murder; it’s that she talked about the pre-mortem abuse.

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Ginal letter: Rule of law

I am a retired law enforcement officer with 34 years of experience, including the FBI. It is very disheartening to see the upper levels of our government placing themselves above the rule of law. I’m aware that many members of my profession are very conservative and support the upper levels of our government in our wonderful country. My question to my fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters: Are you committed to enforcing the rule of law or are you a fake law enforcement officer?

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Bartlett letter: Micron jobs

Micron is announcing record earnings — and the corporation will be eliminating some positions (a whole division) in Boise by August. Apparently this is a long-term strategic plan to maintain competitiveness in the market. Where are they moving these jobs? To Singapore, in Southeast Asia.

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Stucker-Gassi letter: NAFTA

The U.S. enjoyed a $2.5 billion agricultural trade surplus with its NAFTA partners before 1993. By 2014, that surplus eroded into a $1.1 billion trade deficit with Mexico and Canada — a $3.6 billion swing. If that number leaves you feeling whiplashed you’re not alone.

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Lowe letter: Nostalgia

Nostalgia can be harmful if it holds one’s attention in pain for a past that does not exist anymore. Even so, I must say, I will miss the casual and imperfect perfection of Camel’s Back Park when the “pristine” look of sidewalks arrives. There is something cold and ugly about concrete and asphalt; something inhumane to the eyes and heart of many of us. Too perfectly tidy and organized in copycat fashion are those parading, city sidewalks. Glaringly man-made and celebrated by many as progress, for me, they symbolize the loss of simplicity, honesty and gentleness of a more natural way of living that is so obviously missing in all aspects of our commercialized, computerized, socially, psychologically and statistically evaluated (efficiently?), copycat, wish-phished, pop-culture lives today.

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Kidd letter: ABC and Roseanne

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” read a terse statement from ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey, which moved quickly May 29 to expunge any history that Roseanne ever existed. Why was this axed so fast? When others within ABC are still there for hate ideas far worse. For example, Jimmy Kimmel grabbed headlines with his constant attacks against President Trump and his family members. First, he mocked Melania Trump for her foreign accent during Easter festivities at the White House as she was reading a children’s book. This is clearly a shot at her ancestor lineage and associated accent. The first lady knows six languages that includes English. Plus, the first lady knows the Latin alphabet. That makes her a pretty impressive linguistics learner. Is Kimmel a linguistic learner?

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Nations letter: Semantics

Semantics have become an invaluable tool for Dems. Remember “extremely careless” and “grossly negligent?” Then FBI director James Comey used the former term when he declared that no “reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of an illegal private server for classified e-mails. By avoiding the term “grossly negligent,” the sine qua non for such cases in the national intelligence realm, Comey was able to end the “Clinton matter” — then attorney general Loretta Lynch’s feeble attempt at semantics. The infamous Steel Dossier, put together and funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC with foreign sources was simply re-branded by Dems and the media as “opposition research.” “Salacious” went away, replaced by those two words. Now, the clandestine source used to surveil the Trump campaign is embraced as an informant rather than a spy (albeit paid by the FBI). This was a covert effort to infiltrate the Trump campaign, and not just to gain access to a single source, but the Dems always seek the most benign phraseology to suit their means. Then, the phraseology is passed on en-masse to their political pundits, and far left media.

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Fuller letter: Medicine

The campaign to persecute the Followers of Christ parents for not using mainstream medicine is not about protecting children. It is about protecting the humanists’ agenda — particularly the financial interests of Big Pharma medicine.

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Weedon letter: In memory of a memorial

I loved to walk on a path in Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park. There was a quietly beautiful spot along the path with an old log bench to sit and relax to the sound of the rushing river. Beside the bench was a large rock with a plaque carrying a short poem in memory of someone’s loved one. The poem was, as I remember it, “We walk amid your silent footsteps. Now sunshine dries our tears.” Behind the bench and memorial stone were two crabapple trees, blooming beautifully in the spring. Then came the flood and this year, in high water, I saw the area was fenced off. The river was undercutting the bank. Slowly I watched, as over the next few weeks the rock and then the bench slid into the river. Now the trees stand alone on the edge of the undercut. Soon they will follow. Sorry to see them go.

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Lorentzen letter: The vulnerable

In the face of record low unemployment and a soaring stock market, let us not overlook the situation of the poor in our country. According to a recent U.N. study, nearly 41 million in the U.S. live in poverty, 18.5 million of those in extreme poverty. Children account for one in three of U.S. citizens in poverty, making it the industrialized country with the highest youth poverty rate. Poverty is also deeply linked to social discrimination, with African-Americans being 2.5 times more likely than white people to live in poverty, and with double the unemployment rate. The U.S. also has a staggeringly large homeless population of 500,000 people. A truly great nation protects its most vulnerable with policies that provide social safety nets. We can and must do better.

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Ford letter: School shootings

Have you noticed all the school shootings have taken place at public not private schools? Even the colleges, I believe were all public colleges. Could that be the result of excluding G-d from public schools? We’ve allowed people misinterpreting the First Amendment:

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Japs letter: Watch for wildlife

I was traveling south on Locust Grove Road on a Monday evening in May when I stopped to let a family of ducks cross the street. I then watched in horror as two drivers in the northbound lane drove right through mama duck and her babies. Thankfully the next vehicle stopped and the family was able to cross safely. This is yet another example of self-involved individuals who could not care less about others. A sad commentary on the depths society has sunk to.

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Fugate letter: Alta Mesa

In regard to Keith Ridler’s AP story on Alta Mesa: Since 1963 Idaho statute has mandated all operators keep records going back five years and produce records upon demand by the state. During the 2017 Legislature, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA), was instrumental in passing H301, making detailed monthly reporting of hydrocarbon production mandatory. However, IOGCC Administrator Mick Thomas revealed at a recent meeting that they have spent 15 months attempting to draft a “reporting form” with Alta Mesa. So 15 months after passing the new law we are still allowing this company, which has been nailed for fraud and theft of royalties for millions of dollars in other states, to dictate our regulations here and sidestep turning over those reports.

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