Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Legislative session

This disappointing legislative session is over. Instead of forgetting like we usually do, we must remember this enormous disappointment the majority of us who supported a full Medicaid expansion felt. Republicans spent the session not only trying to limit the expansion, which they did and Gov. Little approved, but then tried to kneecap the initiative process we used to try to help others.

The only legislators supporting our wishes were the Democrats. Same on the national stage, as Trump and the Republicans tried to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

Usually we forget how little our needs are met by the Republicans we elect. This time our memories must go long to 2020. All state legislators are up for re-election, plus Risch, Fulcher and Simpson in 2020. Crapo is in 2022 – can we remember that long?

We must. We must look beyond the R after names. Let’s remember it was the Democrats who fought for our wishes, our needs, at both the state and national level. They cared about our health and also about higher wages, student loan debt, infrastructure, family leave and affordable day care, among other things important to us. Vote them in for a change.

Dallas Chase, Boise

Honor code

I am writing in response to Saturday April 13 “Students protest honor code at BYU.” “What would Jesus do?” the sign says. First thing Jesus tells us is to repent of your sins that is turn 180 degrees, turn around and change your mind as to the choices you are making if those choices are not following the teachings of the Bible, the only authority we must follow. In order for forgiveness to take place true repentance in our heart must also be present, meaning we cannot continue to willfully partake in those sins or we cannot and will not be forgiven of them. Jesus is the son of Yahweh God Almighty, he draped himself in human skin to be born of a virgin, lived a sin-free life, was crucified on the cross for all sins and arose three days later, ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. The Bible says if you believe and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone, you will be saved. I pray for each of the men and women that have been confused by following a man’s doctrine versus God’s. Jesus loves you, follow him.

Scott Dixon, Meridian

Public land

The article titled “Study finds millions of acres of public land inaccessible …” April 10 starts with a false premise. The sentence, “At least, the public is supposed to have access to that land” is incorrect and has been since 1979. The public has no greater right of access to public land than government has to its own land.

In LEO SHEEP CO. v. UNITED STATES, 440 U.S. 668 (1979) the Supreme Court held that there is no implied right of access for the United States as it has the power of condemnation; moreover, since the federal government is the source of title to patented private acreage, the government could have retained a right of access for any purpose, and it did for some purposes, but generally not for recreational use. Therefore, depending on the legal source of title for the private land, blocking access and the historic record associated with access in the area, the only legal tools government routinely holds for assuring recreational access are condemnation and agreements.

Just because public land is landlocked does not make it illegally blocked. It might be, but whether it is must be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Kirk Williams, Boise

Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts’ column of April 7, “Who the hell is ‘we’?” validates Pat Buchanan’s point that he purports to criticize. “We” is everyone, including Martin Luther King and all the other great civil rights leaders of the 1960s, whose dream was integration, the inclusion of all Americans into a society where everyone’s opportunity, everyone’s status, everyone’s success was determined not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. “We” is every American, black, white, brown, male, female, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim or atheist who categorically rejects the destructive, tribal, Balkanizing, resentment-based identity politics of the left.

Millions of black Americans, obviously, are as fully integrated as the millions of descendants of English, German, Irish, Scandinavian, Mexican and all the other immigrants who make up our melting pot society. Buchanan is right that too many, from Al Sharpton to Jesse Jackson to Leonard Pitts, remain angrily and defiantly unassimilated. “We,” Mr. Pitts, is America. Try joining us, instead of standing to one side throwing rocks.

Stephen D. Leonard, Boise

Traffic rant

The article by Mr. Deeds was fine but left out one of the primary causes of driver frustration in Boise. In the course of my business, I crisscross town daily, and it’s not uncommon to drive from Eagle to E. Boise and stop at every light on the way. Traffic flow is a pipe dream here in Boise. Of course people push yellows hard. I do, though I draw the line at running red lights. Also, it’s a guessing game at major intersections which lane to be in for left, straight or right turn since there is no commonality, and don’t get me started on all the teeth-rattling, man-made potholes. Many reasons for grumpy drivers.

Dan Rounsevel, Boise