If you follow Bob Kustra’s advice to watch a ballgame announced by Dave Sims and Mike Blowers, you better be a Mariners fan, because these are two of the worst “homers” in broadcasting.
Their shameless rooting for Seattle is not only beyond annoying, it is disgracefully unprofessional. I realize that most announcers today will show their bias because they are employed by the teams for whom they announce. But it is not necessary to gleefully cheer for their employer’s team while diminishing or completely ignoring good plays made by the opposition, as these two do.
I grew up listening to the greatest play-by-play man in the history of the game, Vin Scully. Of course his heart was with the Dodgers, but you could never tell from his outstanding broadcasts. (I am not, by the way, a Dodger fan). I have the MLB Extra Innings package and have access to every major league broadcast. Many announce teams do show their bias, but not to the extent of Sims and Blowers.
So, if you love the Mariners, enjoy. If not, do as I do when their broadcast is forced upon you – mute the sound.
Bruce Harris, Meridian
I would like to give a big shout-out to all the Idahoans who worked so tirelessly to secure signatures for the Medicaid expansion initiative last November, and as well to those who signed it, thus ensuring access to much-needed health care for over 60,000 of our fellow citizens. How proud you must be to have the initiative so resoundingly passed. Oh, but wait. The Idaho Republican-led Legislature has a totally different take on the matter. How dare the citizens express their constitutional right. How dare they try to tell us what to do. We are the only ones who can determine what is best for Idahoans, and we will not let their hostile action take place ... not on the Medicaid initiative nor on any initiatives in the future. We have spoken, all hail us.
Janet Beauchamp, Meridian
I attended the Senate hearing regarding HB 206 allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to carry concealed weapons inside city limits. The bill does not require a permit or training to carry concealed weapons. I listened to the testimony from parents, teachers, law enforcement, survivors and concerned citizens. I heard over and over again that the bill should be amended to add a training requirement. This sentiment was not limited to those who opposed the bill, but also by several citizens who wanted the bill passed with the addition of training requirements.
When the testimony was over, Sen. Winder said he had not heard any testimony that HB 206 should be amended to add training requirements. The committee voted to send the bill to the Senate as is with a recommendation that the bill be passed.
I was extremely disappointed with the committee’s recommendation. I felt that those hours of testimony were wasted. Obviously Sen. Winder had already made up his mind to send the bill as is to the Senate.
Idaho shoul require training and a permit before allowing 18- to 20-year-olds to carry a concealed weapon in city limits.
Cynthia L. White, Garden City
Being a retired civil engineer, I am a little concerned about the project on the steep hill in Camel’s Back Park.
There is a massive amount of weight being placed at the top of a steep and very unstable hill. I am wondering if it can stay in place during a severe rainstorm. I am sure the engineering is sound, but it might be appropriate for the project engineer to put an explanation of the design in an article for the Statesman.
Odos Lowery, Boise
Regarding North End dog walkers, I have walked my dog every day for the last 14 years. Therefore, I’ve discovered there are three types of walkers:
Type 1 allows their dog to defecate wherever the dog wants, then they leave the poop there.
Type 2 cleans up after the dog, but leaves the bag of poop there.
Type 3 clean up after their dog and carry the bag away to dispose of properly.
Which type are you? I’m Type 3, but Types 1 & 2 are all over the North End. Be aware of what you are doing to this beautiful city.
Penny Orton, Boise
Go fishing on Chesapeake Bay with Sen. Mike Crapo for $15,000? Hey, maybe we could visit former Sen. Larry Craig in his houseboat on the way.
By the way, does the $15,000 cover the Uber and bar tab?
Wayne de la Motte, Boise