Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Trade war, rodeo, Trump, guns

Trade war

In summer I travel from Boise to earn my living as a commercial salmon fisherman on Bristol Bay, Alaska. Recently, I became an unwilling front line fighter in President Trump’s trade war. That’s when the Chinese government responded to Trump with a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on Alaska seafood, including Bristol Bay salmon.

About a third of the Alaska salmon catch is sold in China. With this tariff we stand to lose Chinese sales and market share that the industry has been struggling to build over the last 20 years. What sales we do make in China will in future be at lower prices. China is our largest customer, so prices in Europe and here in the U.S. will experience downward pressure too. My income will be reduced.

Why are we in this trade war? I thought the problem was Chinese theft of high tech intellectual property. President Trump could address that specifically. Instead he has drafted thousands of fishermen into a pointless fight, where we have nothing to gain and much to lose.

Phil Lansing, Boise

Rodeo cruelty

As a kid, I attended several rodeos with my family, totally ignorant of the pain and suffering I was helping to perpetuate. Now that I’m older, I can finally see the rodeo through the eyes of helpless, innocent animals and wanted to write today to help others do the same.

Can you imagine being so completely confused and terrified from the loud crowd, being chased, violently roped and slammed to the ground, having spurs, electric prods, flank straps and other such cruel devices used on you, and being left with deadly internal injuries for someone else’s entertainment? The late veterinarian C.G. Haber, a slaughterhouse inspector for more than 30 years, described animals discarded by rodeos as being “so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was still attached to the flesh were the head, neck, legs and belly. The rodeo circuit is nothing but a cruel detour for cattle who are on the road to the slaughterhouse.”

Watching grown men and women bullying and injuring animals, many of whom are just babies, should not be deemed “good family fun.” Please help protect these sentient animals by boycotting rodeos.

Peggy Mondada, Boise

Past presidents and Trump

In comparing America’s presidents:

George Washington: “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” “Be not glad at the misfortune of another, though he may be your enemy.”

“Honest Abe” Lincoln: “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.”

Contrast those words of real presidents with Trump’s: “When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, …” “The point is that you can’t be too greedy.”

Trump praises dictators: Putin, Kim Jong-un, Dutarte, Erdogan, Mussolini, Xi Jinping. He envies Xi making himself president for life. Trump accepts “aid and comfort” from our enemies and alienates America’s staunchest allies.

How is this not treason? Con men like Trump exploit human gullibility. He stokes greed, anger, and spews endless lies. Rather than uniting us, Trump seeks only to divide and conquer — all to massage his boundless ego. Trump is “fake news.”

America: it’s past time we denounce “Don the Con” for the execrable criminal that he is. Lock him up.

Lon Morgan, Boise

Gun safety

I have avoided saying anything political but when the president told a group of people in Montana that if you are a Democrat that you want anarchy that is where I draw the line. I am a law abiding citizen, I do not want gangs running the streets or condone violence. I don’t care if you own guns. But just like you have to prove that you are capable to drive a car you should have to prove you are a capable to own a gun. I want a safe country for my children and grandchildren to grow up in. Why Mr. Trump do you think as a Democrat I would want anything else? I want clean air, water and food. I want laws that protect our citizens and our animals. All our citizens. So please, if you are a Democrat stand up and say BS Mr. Trump.

Marguerite Verbree, Boise