Watch our Idaho senators closely between now and November. When Justice Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a moderate judge, respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. But Senate Majority Leader McConnell enacted a new rule, refusing to consider his nomination because, he said, it was an election year and voters had a right to have their voices heard. Now, when elections are only four months away and Republicans fear losing their Senate majority, he is ignoring his own rule. Even the Supreme Court has become a political football. ... American voters have the most at stake here, but their voices won’t be heard. Even though neither of our senators is up for election this year, tell Senators Risch and Crapo that voters don’t like this unethical, hypocritical double standard; and if they don’t loudly and publicly protest, we should show them the door when they are up for re-election. If voters had the right to have their voices heard two years ago, why not now?
Pat Entwistle, Boise
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Public school at home has been a life-changing experience for me, and Boise-area families should know about the free options available to them that go beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar school.
As the child of a military family, I have moved often, each time worrying about school. Before junior high, I enrolled in Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA), powered by K12.
This “virtual school” allowed me to learn from anyplace with a personalized curriculum so I could work at my own pace, either on my own or with help from teachers. I also participated in clubs and sports through the local high school, including track, cross country and hockey.
ITCA even offers events and opportunities, just like other Idaho public schools. I participated in BPA (Business Professionals of America) as well as a job shadowing event at the Micron facility.
My education through ITCA has provided me with the tools I need to be prepared for the future, and I want more families to know about it. From July 18-21, ITCA educators and administrators will be available to meet when K12 brings its mobile exhibit to Boise. I encourage your readers to come and learn more.
Harrison Jeannel, Boise
I volunteer to Save Dry Creek, a uniquely natural place 5 miles northwest of Boise, filled with flora, fauna, trails and places to hear the sound of silence.
Boise’s demolition, construction, removal of trees and threats to wildlife and open space concern me. Is this progress, smart growth, for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many? The multiple out-of-control developments challenge the spaces and places we consider integral and valuable to our Treasure Valley identity.
Boise’s mantra is “Making Boise the most livable city in the country.” Where is consideration for the entirety of our community? Where is the Boise many of us arrived to after leaving larger, more congested, less welcoming, less open cities? Are we driving away those unable to afford the rising cost of living in this place we all call home? The mayor of Boise spoke to recent graduating classes, “Go and get a good education, return and share your knowledge, contribute to the community from where you came.” Will these young people be financially able to return and contribute to the future of our community?
Save Dry Creek today and truly make Boise livable for tomorrow and always.
Kris Grimshaw Boise