Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor


In response to the “Hatred” letter by Mr. Elking: Sir, I listen to both sides: talk radio and NPR. I hear little about hate on NPR, but I hear plenty of hate on talk radio. I hear how “they” (liberals, Democrats, Muslims, LBQT, Hispanics, blacks, immigrants, etc,) hate Pres. Trump, Republicans, America, freedom, capitalism, guns, good Christians, babies and even millennials.

None of those things are true. The people who are saying those things want you to believe that “they” hate “you” because it makes it easier to hate “them.”

Oldest trick in the book. Really hard to find common ground when one side plays that game. Listen to both sides. There is way less hatred than you are led to believe.

Eric Gironda, Boise

Government regulations

We should all be alarmed by the cavalier dismissal of regulations that safeguard the food we eat, water we drink, cars we drive, airplanes we fly in as the Trump administration systematically dismantles those laws and the agencies that enforce them by naming corporate wonks and Trump lackeys to lead them. Government agencies tasked with public health and safety, fair and honest banking, the public education system, housing and urban development, our standing in the world, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, are all under attack. All that makes America function and keeps Americans healthy, safe, housed and fed rests on decisions made by a dangerous and dysfunctional administration.

This affects us all. This is not a red issue or a blue issue. This is a human issue – a national issue. We’re talking about survival, about the environment that sustains us and all life on Earth. Remember this when it’s election time. And take action now – call and write your representatives and senators often. Survival vs. corporate greed. These are our tax dollars. It’s that simple. This is important.

Susan Westervelt, Dreary


Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door. If you recognize this quote, it comes from the Statue of Liberty. Approximately 12 million immigrants came through that border checkpoint at Ellis Island till it closed in 1954.

Now we have an even better quote to greet the immigrants at our southern border. “System is full, can’t take anymore, sorry folks,can’t take ’em.” Apparently, the only golden door is at the Trump tower.

Bill Burns, Boise

Smart growth

Infill projects are supposed to be smart growth on vacant or underused property or between existing buildings. You would assume that Planning and Zoning would be actively involved in monitoring these projects, to make sure they fit within the existing neighborhood scheme. Wrong. On April 9, I attended my first public hearing before the Boise City Council to voice my opposition to a planned infill project. The only council member that seemed to know what they were doing or had any intelligent questions about the matter was Elaine Clegg. In my opinion, the other council members need to be voted out of office. Our area is single-family residences and the project was to build two-story rentals directly against our fence lines and view. It didn't matter that this project would decrease the value of our homes or that the infill could be accomplished with single-level units. It seems the only thing that matters is lining the pockets of developers. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same experience at the hands of Boise City Council.

Mary Reithmayr, Boise