Letters to the Editor

Letter: Wildfires

Please help me out. In the August 28 paper, you reported on a national politician visiting here in Boise. His message seems to be that national politicians don’t know much and all decisions about “wildfires” should be done locally. I’m trying to remember that not too long ago when Cecil Andrus was governor and Jack Murphy, a Republican, was lieutenant governor, there was a major wildfire in North Idaho. It was nine-tenths on federal land and one-tenth on state land. The lieutenant governor, who was in those days a part-time job and only worked during the legislative session, suddenly became a full-time job in trying to persuade Congress to also pay Idaho’s one-tenth of the fire bill or Idaho’s portion would literally bankrupt the state. Is that what he wishes?

Roger Williams, Boise

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