Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Depression, JUMP, thanks, Trump, Risch, Crapo

Help for depression

I’ve battled depression and anxiety for years now, and it hasn’t been an easy road, especially since depression is such a taboo subject. I’m writing this to not only bring awareness about depression, but also to give those who struggle a bit of hope.

I have been in therapy for a long time and although it’s been great, there are a lot of days in between where I struggle with it. I felt so hopeless and like I had nowhere to turn to. Then I was told about Pathways Community Crisis Center of Southwest Idaho. I was treated with respect and understanding because the staff battled with depression and other issues before going to work there.

I was told I could return anytime 24/7, it is an amazing place to go when you’re struggling and feel like nobody else understands. It relies on funding and I believe that there is no greater place to fund than Pathways and others like it. I’m extremely grateful for what they did for me; if you need a quiet place to relax and destress, you’re always welcome at Pathways Community Crisis Center.

It is my greatest hope that this letter helps someone.

God bless.

Bob Vincent, Boise

JUMP signage

My wife, Carol, and I were spending a day in your beautiful and friendly city, on our way home to Maryland from a two-month working trip to the west of you. While heading downtown, we were startled to see something that no doubt was a well-intentioned creative effort that could have unintended consequences.

Straight ahead was a modern building that (we learned through a Google search) is called JUMP — Jack’s Urban Meeting Place — whose laudable efforts to “bring people together to promote creativity, innovation, and collaboration” I’m sure folks in Boise know.

So what could possibly disturb us?

Attached to an upper-story glass balcony railing is the word “JUMP,” in all caps with an implied exclamation point, in huge, red letters.

Having just read myriad sad and troubling analyses of the nation’s rampant suicide epidemic that’s affecting old and young, rich and poor, famous and obscure, victims and their families alike, this piece of advertising art struck us as misplaced and unfortunate.

If I ran JUMP, I’d pay whatever it cost to move that gigantic word somewhere besides a high ledge.

Ted Landphair, Takoma Park, Md.

Thank you

Thanks to my pushy friends Candi and Rita for taking me to the emergency room at Saint Alphonsus on May 24. The emergency staff took over and got me breathing, I had a viral infection so they admitted me to isolation unit. Dr. Caroline McFarlane showed me X-rays of my lung to show left and right lungs where blocked. Nurses Charlotte and Christine showed me how the aero bika broke up the mucus so I could breathe, and next day my left lung was cleared. Were working on my right lung to clear when I had a heart attack. Nurses Jackie and Donna put nitro under the tongue and I was sent to cardiac unit. Still under Dr. McFarlane I had another problem, and nurses in the cardiac unit, Tracy and Ed, got my heart from racing.

I want to thank the nursing staff and doctors at Saint Alphonsus for the excellent care. And to my pushy friends, Rita, Candi, Joanne, Stephanie, Glenna and April. I am now healing and recovering at home.

Rosemary Pierce, Boise

Donald Trump

When Donald Trump declares “America first,” he’s leaving out American consumers. We’ve known for over 100 years that tariffs and protectionist trade policies are bad for consumers.

Who are they good for? Only bellicose politicians and the big businesses they aim to bolster.

Anyone who would pick up a history book would know this. Is that too much to expect from an American president? Sadly, I know the answer to that question.

William Rice, Boise

Sen. Mike Crapo

Sen. Mike Crapo, who heads the banking committee, has threatened Citigroup and Bank of America for trespassing into “public policy” over the gun issue. These banks, joined by other financial institutions, have only reacted to the airy nonsense and paralysis that afflicts the GOP as schoolchildren are slaughtered. The banks have decided to refuse credit to gun suppliers who sell to kids under 21 or to buyers failing background checks; they enlarged their ban to firms selling AK-15 style rifles. A modest but welcome effort, I’d say. Senator Crapo issued a sanctimonious warning to the banks: Stay away from congressional turf or abandon hope of any future support. Business as usual in Trumptown. It’s as if a fire department stood aimlessly around while a house burned down. When the neighbors showed up with hoses, the firemen chased them away. Rather than yapping about the banks, why don’t Senator Crapo and the other Idaho Republicans in Congress do something positive for America, like make it truly great? As for Crapo’s threats, that bit of nastiness could cut both ways when the senator and his GOP allies pass their begging bowls around for campaign contributions.

Bruce Smith, Ketchum

Donald Trump

If you believe that the United States is a tripartite system, and that Congress has the obligation and the authority to require that the president fulfill his constitutional duties and uphold the oath that he made at his inauguration, please vote in November, and in November 2020. This Congress has made it clear that they recognize no such obligation and authority. They are content to allow this president to remake the presidency, which many of us view as a sacred trust, into a blatantly illiberal, corrupt, crisis-driven and commercial enterprise that recognizes one political party as legitimate and one gender, one skin tone and one set of political beliefs as acceptable. But this is not acceptable. The American dream required that a king and his repressive government be overthrown. We now have a president who disregards the bedrock documents that guide our nation. His king-like claims to unchallenged power threaten the checks and balances that our forefathers set in place. If we as a nation passively accept this twisted notion of an unchecked, self-serving presidency, the fault is ours. We will be complicit. Do not accept this betrayal of our American principles and ethics. Vote for American values.

Lisa Biladeau, Boise

Sen. Risch

Stunned by James Risch’s remarks to Judy Woodruff on PBS on June 12. He tried to explain away Trump’s dealing with the North Korean dictator about human rights (nothing), Trump’s cancellation of joint exercises of the U.S. and South Korea, Trump’s maltreatment of the Group of Seven, especially Prime Minister Trudeau, and more. The term that comes to mind is collaborator.

I was born and raised in Wisconsin. My father was a five-term Republican sheriff of Douglas County, 1943-52. I remember Senator Joe McCarthy and his “commies everywhere” conspiracy rants and the Army-McCarthy hearings when Mr. French said, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

From 1958-60 I served with the U.S. Army in Europe, 221st Missile Battalion, and in 1961 was teaching military officers in West Berlin when the infamous wall was built, Aug. 12, 1961, to prevent East Germans from fleeing.

Have you no sense of decency, James Risch?

Lauren Ekroth, Las Vegas

Sen. Risch

So, I watched the PBS account of those infamous “summits” this week. Watched and listened in horror, really, as the president made total fools of the USA — and Jim Risch right there tripping over himself defending him. What the hell is going on here? One of my hopes in this time of seriously diminishing hopes, is that other intelligent countries and allies will realize that not all the American people are just a bunch of idiots going along with this administration. And I resent having it act like it represents all the citizens here ... for sure not this citizen.

Janet Haroian, Boise