Beware of candidates with an ax to grind; they may use it to chop off your voting hand.
The apparent need to appeal to a political “base” creates this dangerous electoral conflict and threatens the very fabric of democracy. Take, for example, the continuing efforts of the Idaho House to restrict ballot initiatives. Under various pretenses (including avoiding the California conundrum of too many ballot items and the claim of protecting our rural minority) our supposed “representatives” have treated the majority of voters like a mob that needs to be controlled. Now, it’s the majority that requires protection.
This is an ancient political paradox leaving only one reasonable way for the public to protect itself from the ax of elected officials battling for a base: the ballot initiative process. It is a process that works, as last year’s election proved when a super-majority of Idahoans wanted unrestricted Medicaid expansion and their elected representatives refused to comply. The only way the public got what it wanted was with a ballot initiative. Now, those same elected officials want to use the ax of power they hold to hack away at that important constitutional protection. So beware, Idaho. Beware.
Mike Ruskovich, Grangeville
Protect Idaho Kids
In Violet Fuller’s letter titled “Freedom” she states: Protect Idaho Kids promotes information from the Centers for Disease Control, which Robert Kennedy Jr. calls “a cesspool of corruption” and “a snake pit of big pharma lies.”
Really, we are to accept the statements from RFK Jr. over the CDC when it comes to health care? RFK Jr. is a well-educated lawyer, and some of his family have given their very lives in service to our country. However, the scientific community has repeatedly debunked the premise he uses to spread fear about vaccines. Contrarily, epidemiologists, microbiologists, virologists, statisticians, molecular biologists and clinicians staff the CDC. They number approximately 15,000 in 170 occupations and 80 percent hold bachelor’s degrees or higher; almost half have advanced degrees.
Yes PIK relies on the findings of the CDC, and others with exceptional credentials to try and change Idaho’s religious exemption laws that allow parents to refuse medical care for children in favor of faith healing. PIK strongly supports religious freedom, but when beliefs cause harm to others, in this case vulnerable children, that is unacceptable.
Idaho’s religious exemption laws should be changed to protect these children.
Bruce Wingate, Protect Idaho Kids Foundation founder, Boise
One can run for president of the United States without a citizen initiative, but cannot vote on a superfluous library proposal without one. Disappointed but unsurprised.
Jrene Rudolf Asher, Boise