Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Mueller report, concealed carry, rule of law


Attorney General William Barr repeatedly lied to the American people. By half-quoting and excluding any incriminating context, Barr lied to the American people about Mueller’s conclusions on the question of obstruction of justice. And you don’t have to take my word for it — Mueller himself said so in his letter to Barr. Not only that, but Barr lied to Congress, under oath, about Mueller expressing his concern to Barr about his summary of the conclusions.

Someone who lies under oath and so brazenly disregards his constitutional obligations in order to protect the president does not deserve to be America’s Attorney General. The AG works for the American people, not the president. Barr has shown that he is incapable of representing the American people.

Impeach William Barr now.

Daniel Cavazos, Boise

Concealed carry

In response to the article titled “Idaho officials want to ease conceal carry, weapon laws,” I believe that these changes could have a dangerous outcome to them. I came from a very small rural town in central Idaho where the culture was partially based around guns and everyone had them and knew how to safely use them. Growing up in today’s generation however and having started college recently I have met people from all over and the cultural identity of today youth from the ages of 18 to 21, and many of these people should not have access to a gun that they can buy wherever and carry wherever. I am not saying that these kids are gonna run around on killing sprees, but people my age are not mature enough not to just pull it out at sometime in the middle of the day to show it off or show off how cool they are. Without proper gun handling training they could potentially misfire and put innocent bystanders at risk of injury or worse. I would say that it sadly is just the cultural identity of my generation.

Jon Asker, Moscow

Rule of Law

The Rule of Law is a fundamental element in America, but especially regarding law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement at every level is charged with a very important duty: to render enforcement of the law to everyone in a fair, professional and unbiased manner. If any law enforcement officer, whether it be at the federal, state or local level, can’t perform these basic duties, you shouldn’t be in law enforcement and should resign from their position immediately and go into politics where you can apparently ignore the rule of law.

David Ginal, Boise, retired police officer with 34 years of law enforcement experience

Mueller report

When will our U.S. senators start taking their oath of office seriously? Volume I of the Mueller report details Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and Volume II details obstruction of justice actions by Pres. Trump.

Both Senator Crapo and Senator Risch chose to ignore Volume II, obstruction of justice. Sen. Crapo’s reaction: “Special counsel Mueller found no credible evidence to bring charges against Pres. Donald Trump with regard to conspiracy or collusion with the Russian government.” Sen. Risch stated “Having made thousands of prosecutorial decisions as a prosecutor, I know evidence of a crime when I see it, and what was presented in this case did not come close.”

Meanwhile 720 former federal prosecutors from all political persuasions said “As former federal prosecutors, we recognize that prosecuting obstruction of justice cases is critical because unchecked obstruction which allows intentional interference with criminal investigations to go unpunished puts our whole system of justice at risk. We believe strongly that, but for the OLC memo, the overwhelming weight of professional judgment would come down in favor of prosecution for the conduct outlined in the Mueller Report.”

Trump committed obstruction of justice but Sen. Crapo and Sen. Risch chose to ignore it.

Steven D. Simpson, Boise