Recently we have notice various politicians seeking to run for president. How do you make a decision as to whom to vote for? When a politician makes a promise but does not have to keep that promise, how does that make you feel? I would think it would make you feel like you have been cheated, robbed. Last election Donald Trump made a promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, now we’re supposed to pay for it. He made a promise that we would have cheaper, better health care, and it appears that has fallen by the wayside. He made a promise that he would be too busy working to play golf, yet it has cost the American taxpayers over $190 million for him to play golf.
We need a law that holds these politicians accountable for the promises they make. Even to the point of impeachment. What good is it to the country if you are allowed to lie with no repercussions for your actions? Do we become a better country? No, in fact, we are made to look like fools.
It’s action time. It’s time that when they make a promise, they better have their facts.
Jerry Johnson, Payette
Thank you, Elizabeth Greene, for your article of March 31. There are many different types of people in Boise, Idaho. All with their own types of challenges and struggles. No one group deserves protection from persecution more than another group. Even if they are not like you. Thank you for sticking up for everyone. It’s appreciated more than you know.
Carol Moore, Boise
Why do we have elected representatives? Perhaps I’m laboring under a misconception, but I don’t believe that anybody ever said we need them to “think for us.” There are strong indications that the people of Boise don’t want another baseball stadium. We have one already.
Nor do we want higher taxes to fund an expensive new library that we may or may not need. What we need is a new city government that reflects the will of the people.
And, of course, we have the Legislature, who have sat on their hands while a lot of Idahoans go without medical care, and now those dudes want to take away the people’s right to promote initiatives. What happened to that “government of the people, by the people and for the people?”
Bieter has shown his true colors, and it’s time he rode into the sunset. And it’s time to replace the dinosaurs in the Legislature. I still have hope for Brad Little. For God’s sake, Boiseans and other Idahoans, think and then vote.
Jack Havlina, Boise
Migration from the northern triangle, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has increased 25 percent between 2007 and 2015. Guatemalans have increasingly made up a portion of families stopped at the border in 2018 and double from the previous years (mjpa.umich.edu). Crime and violence has been a focus as a cause of migration, but increasing evidence points to food insecurity and lack of rural development as forces for migration. President Trump has called for an end to all USA aid to these countries as retribution for allowing citizens to migrate. Cutting aid will actually accentuate problems and increase migrations. Sen. Risch, chairperson, and members of the Foreign Relations committee, should take a different approach. Increase government aid, which focuses on three goals: relieving food insecurity, fostering rural development and improving nutrition. Semilla Nueva (New Seed), a nonprofit based in Boise, works in Guatemala with farmers and their families to improve nutrition and increase profits for farmers. Their success shows that the right aid will make a difference in migration. People don’t migrate if they can survive and thrive in their own country. The United States should fulfill its obligations for international aid to help those living in poverty.
Ingrid Brudenell, Boise