Letters to the Editor

Letter: Legislature

Other than my wife and family, I can’t think of anything I cherish more than improving mental health and breeding thoroughbred horses — watching the growth to full potential.

Born and raised in Idaho, I grew up surrounded by breeding and raising livestock. Racehorses were the thoroughbred of all livestock. Now all the breeding, grooming, training, riding, hauling, feeding and veterinary support of these majestic animals in Idaho is about to go away because of a knee-jerk reaction by politicians over the appearance of pari-mutuel gambling in Idaho that is constitutionally allowed. The bill opposing the machines was initiated and sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, who offer full-scale casino gambling that is not allowed in Idaho.

Treating mental health problems would be greatly and safely expanded in Idaho by a bill that is being held in committee by a retired physician, Rep. Fred Wood, who stated he does not want more people prescribing medications for mental health problems. The bill’s only opposition is the Idaho Medical Association. Sort of like the Native Americans protecting their monopoly on machine gambling.

Mark Twain said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” Enough said.

Clay H. Ward, Kuna