Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Election

Sharon Ullman

I support Sharon Ullman for Ada County commissioner because she exhibits integrity, fiscal competence and experience. She has held the position, and also been involved in various community issues and county government for nearly 10 years before she was elected, which will lower the long learning curve. We need elected officials who truly care about making a difference in our community, and will stand and speak truth, even when it is difficult to do so. I trust Sharon Ullman to put the people who elect her first.

Candi Villarreal, Boise

Kristin Collum

Here’s why it is important to elect Kristin Collum to be our next lieutenant governor:

Medicaid expansion: The majority of Idahoans favor Medicaid expansion, and so does Kristin. Her opponent? Not so much.

Leadership: While in the Army, Kristin learned leadership skills from Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She then worked as project manager for major tech companies in Idaho. Kristin’s largely volunteer campaign staff is drama-free, thanks to her leadership.

Fiscal responsibility: Kristin doesn’t waste thousands of dollars on private planes like her opponent. Kristin’s campaign respects the grass-roots donors who give so generously to her campaign. You can trust her to spend tax dollars responsibly.

Bipartisanship: Kristin will work across the aisle to accomplish Idaho’s goals. Electing her to lieutenant governor will give Idaho some much-needed balance. Her opponent cultivates support from extremist groups who will further divide us.

Please join me in support of Kristin Collum for Idaho’s lieutenant governor.

Donna Yule, Boise

Vote Democrat

Many recent letter writers have deplored our congressional delegation’s virtually total support of all things Trump. It is time to start changing out some of our four delegates. Two are up for re-election this Nov. 6. We can and should vote them out. Both have Democratic candidates running against them, Cristina McNeil in District 1 and Aaron Swisher in District 2.

McNeil’s opponent ran as a Trumpster during the Republican primary. Swisher’s opponent, incumbent Simpson, has never trumpeted himself as a Trumpster but has also rarely spoken out against him or refused to vote for anything Trump wanted.

Considering Trump was never a Republican and has few if any ideals and no understanding of the Constitution or our system of government, he has sure turned the GOP into the cult of Trump. The entire party is on the verge of being corrupted by a corrupt, principle-less megalomaniac.

Meantime, vote in Democratic candidates. They are concerned about you, the worker, the everyday person. They are concerned about your health care, your or your children’s college education, better wages, infrastructure, and our social safety net.

Dallas Chase, Boise

Don’t vote GOP

I want to speak to this upcoming election. I’ve paid into health insurance all my self-employed life, and aside of from here and there injuries, never used it. I’m 61 and heading toward “socialized medicine,” which is called Medicare. It’s interesting that the current medical system is structured so that when you are healthy insurance companies profit off you, but over 65 when you’ll need help with your health expenses, Medicare (we taxpayers) takes over. This year, I’ve been in the emergency room three times. Before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), my deductible was $10,000 and then I had to pay 30 percent of whatever costs were charged with no cap. Today, my deductible is $6,600 and that is my total hit for this condition they tell me I have. Something around 72 percent of Americans can’t absorb a $1,500 car or other expense, and a great many of you are voting Republican, who desire to disable this health care system that would financially destroy you, me and those 72 percent of Americans previously. Same with Social Security. Republicans want to destroy that too. Why? We 72 percent have little retirement savings either. Serve your best interests. Please don’t vote Republican.

Mark Cook, Boise

District 15

In response to Russell Spencer, Sept. 23 letter, if Spencer was willing to exchange some words with Jake Ellis, he would not question his integrity. From the national eye, Idaho’s District 15 Democratic candidates are far from the Democratic stereotype. Jake is a fiscally conservative man who believes courts can handle many controversial issues. His platform focuses on concrete problems shared by all Idahoans. Protecting public lands, increasing the quality of life for hardworking families, and enforcing state government transparency and accountability. These matters aren’t partisan, but bread and butter.

Everyone falls in the political middle in some way, and he’s not hiding but admitting that fact. To question his integrity because he doesn’t slap on the title “Democrat” with every introduction is a futile argument, because that’s not his purpose for running. He is running to represent all the voters in his district. He wants to knock on every door and address Idaho issues rather than spew party buzzwords. Fixating on partisan labels blocks the meaningful and productive conversations we need to create change.

Polarization gets nothing done, and Spencer’s trying to delegitimize his candidacy solely because he won’t focus on differences is exactly what’s wrong with this state.

Claire McKeown, Boise

Brad Little

If you’re someone who cares about Idaho’s public school system, then Brad Little deserves your support in the upcoming election for governor. As a state senator and later as lieutenant governor, Brad has seen how decisions on funding and programs are made at the state level. More important, as a member of the Emmett School Foundation (and as the husband of a schoolteacher), Brad also understands and supports the importance of local involvement in K-12 schools. This combination of local and state-level experience gives Brad a unique perspective on the issues schools and school districts are facing right now: funding, recruiting and retaining the best teachers, and how to prepare kids today for the workforce of the future. I truly believe he will be an “education governor” for Idaho.

Alice Hennessey, Boise

Yes on Prop 2

After working as an oncology social worker for 13 years, I have seen firsthand how Medicaid expansion will be a critical lifeline for people with cancer.

Too often I saw Idahoans who had worked hard and paid taxes their entire careers lose health insurance as a result of cancer. Many of my patients qualified for monthly disability benefits just slightly higher than the monthly Medicaid income limit for adults with disabilities. Unable to afford COBRA premiums, trying to get by on limited disability income, and caught in the federal “Medicare waiting period,” they quickly became both uninsured and impoverished.

Many lost what little savings they had, ended up with enormous medical debt, and/or chose not to receive treatment, for fear of the financial burden it would put on their families. Those who lost insurance and did get care typically received assistance from the state’s catastrophic care fund, which is paid for with tax dollars — a lose/lose for patients and for the taxpayer.

Individuals and families should not have to sacrifice basic financial security when they are ill and need health care. Expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do. Please vote yes on Prop 2.

Lori Watsen, Boise

Yes on Prop 2

Do you value these services: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, our military, our police, our firefighters, our public libraries, our roads, our public schools, our sewage treatment plants, airport security, our court system, public broadcasting, our postal system? What do these services have in common? All of them are socialized government services, that is, paid for by our taxes. The United States economy has both capitalist and socialist components.

Because more than 60,000 Idahoans signed the petition, Proposition 2 will be on the Idaho ballot Nov. 6. Some people oppose Proposition 2 because they say it is socialism, and they want us to believe that all socialism is scary, but the above examples show that socialized services benefit society. Proposition 2 will use federal money to begin Medicaid expansion for many Idahoans who have no medical coverage and must use emergency rooms for their medical needs.

A majority of states have already chosen expanded Medicaid coverage. In Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, Idaho Education Association, the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association, and other organizations are in favor of Prop 2.

In the privacy of the voting booth, vote yes on Proposition 2 to improve quality of life in our great state.

Betty Slifer, Filer

Brad Little

Why don’t more Idaho students go on for higher education? Obviously one reason is the cost: it’s getting more expensive every year to get a post-high school education. As the Republican candidate for governor, Brad Little has released his “Idaho Education Plan” and among other ideas, he wants to increase dual-credit opportunities for high school students. What this means is that students enrolled in high schools can also take classes that award university credit, giving them a leg up when they go to college and, just as important, shaving off some of the time they will have to spend to earn their degrees. Apparently Brad Little understands the difficulty families may have paying for higher education and he’s willing to do something about it. That’s why he’s earned my support in the upcoming November election for governor.

Verna Brady, Boise

Vote out incumbents

I don’t know what’s worse, us going to war in a foreign country or our representatives that “we” elect to office going to war against their opposing political party in the face of the constituency that elected them. Work for the people for a change and help us, not trying to cover your rears to get re-elected. Let the body count begin, throw all the incumbent self-righteous bums out to see if we can get a functional government.

Get out and voe Nov. 6. Then “we” can talk about “Make America Great Again.”

Kevin Best, Boise