Anne Frank Memorial
The new Marilyn Shuler Outdoor Classroom at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial shows the world that Idahoans support human rights like never before. New displays range from video stories of human rights issues here in Idaho to information on genocides around the world. There are many lessons we must never forget.
As a volunteer docent, I regularly witness the emotional impact this memorial has on visitors. How moving it is to contemplate the statue of Anne Frank peeking out from the hiding place to the life-affirming chestnut tree.
How powerful it will be for visitors to see and feel the new Spiral of Injustice sculpture and recognize the importance of using language that does not lead to avoidance and discrimination.
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This memorial, anchored by Anne’s diary, integrates the space between our Greenbelt and our Library! We thank Boise and Boise Parks and Recreation for making the land available for the memorial to be built and cared for by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.
The ribbon-cutting is Thursday, Sept. 20, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please come to the south end of 8th Street and welcome this wonderful expansion of one of Boise’s top attractions.
Paul D. Rolig, Boise
Trump tax returns
It is my understanding that as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Mike Crapo has the power to acquire federal tax returns from any citizen, including the president. This is due to a law passed in 1924 to address conflicts of interest at the time of people like Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.
Considering our so-called president’s deference to Putin, we must certainly wonder whether there is something in his finances that might explain his behavior.
Upon learning that this is in Senator Crapo’s power as a member of the committee, I cannot understand why he does not pursue such an action. It would remain confidential until the committee decided it was in the public interest to publicize it.
If there’s nothing to hide, then there would be nothing to publicize. And that question would be answered.
John Vladimiroff, Hailey
Honor – Duty – Country, these words were the foundation of John McCain’s life. Where can these three words find a place in today’s America? Certainly they will not be among the leadership of the Senate, the House of Representatives or the White House. Nor will they find a prominent place in most statehouses, county offices or city halls.
Our nation is much poorer with John McCain no longer among us. He was called the “Conscience of the Senate.” I would call him the Conscience of America. Who will take his place? Surely not any of the president’s sycophants currently serving in the Senate or House. They have shown that they have no concept of honor, duty or country.
Lest you think McCain was a saint, let me assure you that was not true. I seldom agreed with him. What I support and applaud is his dedication to getting this unwieldy, contentious democracy to “work.” He sought compromise on solving the nation’s problems. He understood the need to move in small steps to accomplish what would be best of the country.
As retired Navy I salute him, as an American I honor him. Senator, you surely will be missed.
Gil Beyer, ETC USN retired, Sandpoint
Thank you for the excellent coverage of the death of Sen. John McCain. I am a lifelong Democrat who greatly admires the gentleman, I even seriously considered voting for him in 2008. That said, I am a little disappointed in the new online format, it seems stories disappear very quickly. I am quite sure that is why I have not read a single tribute to Sen. McCain, a conservative Republican and decorated war hero, from any of our Idaho politicians — not the governor, our U.S. senators or U.S. representatives. Not a word from the leader of the Idaho Republican Party. I am also quite sure these individuals would never put current politics over honoring a true American patriot; indeed I have simply missed their kind remarks because of the many articles celebrating Sen. McCain’s abiding love for our great nation, his dedication and courage. A remarkable man, he will be sorely missed.
Christine King, Boise
Dogs of America, unite.
Please join me in uniting against President Trump’s recent use of “dog” as a derogatory term against the human race.
Raise your legs in protest against using that word to denigrate people in general.
I don’t have a Twitter account or email, but if I did I would use hashtag #dogsRus.
My name is Poppi — I’m a heeler/cattle dog mix.
My human parents are Dee Gore and Richard Peterson, and they have approved this letter.
Dee Gore, Boise
I am a transgender woman who lives in Boise. To the man who yelled at me and misgendered me and to the woman who called me “it” and “she-man” and laughed at me, you frightened and hurt a human being. To the woman at the grocery store who smiled and chatted hairstyles with me and to the man on the elevator who remembers my name and talked about the Pacific Northwest, you made my day happy. To people who stare at me, I understand you cannot help noticing; gender stereotypes are deeply ingrained in our culture, but I wish I would not be noticed, and certainly not stared at, so if you politely look away after noticing, I appreciate it. Being transgender is not a mental illness. Please search “American Psychological Association transgender FAQ” and read more.
Megan Harris, Boise