LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR: ELEC­TION

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Paulette Jor­dan

Last Satur­day I was in­vited to have cof­fee with Paulette Jor­dan and dis­cuss our work at In­ter­faith Sanc­tu­ary Shel­ter. I have fol­lowed Paulette through her gu­ber­na­to­rial run but quite hon­estly did not know what to ex­pect when meet­ing her. We went to Java, and over a cup of Mex­i­can hot choco­late for me and a Zen Matcha for her, we talked.

She asked me all kinds of ques­tions, and what struck me dur­ing our con­ver­sa­tion was how deeply she lis­tened and how she thought­fully pro­cessed the in­for­ma­tion. I then took Paulette to the shel­ter to meet our guests. You can learn a lot about a per­son when they come to our shel­ter. We serve the most chron­i­cally home­less, which can make it dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to feel com­fort­able.

I learned in an in­stance who Paulette Jor­dan was when she walked into our shel­ter and greeted our guests with so much open­ness and re­spect. She lis­tened to their sto­ries and shared her hopes and dreams for Idaho. She won so many hearts on Satur­day night, mine in­cluded.

Paulette Jor­dan is a can­di­date for the peo­ple who is fight­ing to serve our most vul­ner­a­ble, and she un­der­stands that cre­at­ing jobs, rais­ing the min­i­mum wage and in­vest­ing in health care will strengthen our com­mu­nity. Be­cause of my time with Paulette, I will vote with con­fi­dence on Tues­day.

Jodi D. Peter­son, In­ter­faith Sanc­tu­ary

Yes on Prop 2

One of the things that I love about liv­ing in Idaho is the gen­eros­ity and the com­pas­sion of the Idaho cit­i­zens. In 45 years that I have been liv­ing here I have wit­nessed many times when Ida­hoans have spent time and for­tune to help peo­ple, wher­ever they are, who are suf­fer­ing and are in need from one thing or an­other be it war, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, home­less­ness, or other hu­man tragedies.

This time you are be­ing asked to reach out to help 62,000 hard-work­ing peo­ple who have no med­i­cal in­sur­ance be­cause they work at jobs that do not of­fer health care and they do not qual­ify for Med­ic­aid. With­out health in­sur­ance, many of these peo­ple would be forced to make a choice be­tween put­ting food on the ta­ble and life-sav­ing care for com­mon dis­eases like asthma, di­a­betes and can­cers or even sim­ple pre­ventable care. Surely this is a so­cial jus­tice is­sue.

Please add your name to other Ida­hoans, in­clud­ing a ma­jor­ity of Re­pub­li­cans, Democrats and In­de­pen­dents, and vote Yes on Propo­si­tion 2 to ex­tend Med­ic­aid in Idaho. It is the right thing to do.

Henry Krewer, Boise

Vote for Amer­ica

Vote for Amer­ica — Trump would want you to be­lieve that this elec­tion is about jobs and border se­cu­rity. These are crit­i­cal to Amer­ica but these val­ues are not uniquely held by Re­pub­li­cans. Trump is mis­lead­ing Amer­ica that he is the only one who can MAGA. We the vot­ers are Amer­ica and we chose the kind of Amer­ica we be­come. We can de­mand poli­cies to pro­mote jobs and border se­cu­rity. We can also de­mand hon­esty and in­tegrity from our gov­ern­ment. This pres­i­dent and too many of his Repub­li­can coun­ter­parts are se­verely lack­ing these qual­i­ties. With­out trust we have no con­fi­dence in our gov­ern­ment. Trump con­stantly lies and mis­leads the Amer­i­can peo­ple. He has fa­tally wounded our democ­racy and di­vided our coun­try. We the Amer­i­can peo­ple de­mand bet­ter. Un­til this pres­i­dent is no longer pres­i­dent — we need a strong voice in Wash­ing­ton to rep­re­sent our val­ues. This elec­tion is about Right vs. Wrong, Truth vs. Lies, United Amer­ica vs. Trib­al­ism. Trump is run­ning from the truth but the truth has a way of sur­fac­ing. Amer­ica is watch­ing. Please vote for Amer­ica.

Prop 2

Good or false phi­lan­thropy? Con­sider Idaho’s Prop 2: Med­ic­aid ex­pan­sion. Many say “What about the sick, the lame, the poor, or this case, low in­come ‘able bod­ied adults?’” They say, “Let’s turn to the law. The law will solve it.” But if passed, can the law alone solve it? Is the law it­self the breast that fills it­self with milk? Noth­ing en­ters the pub­lic trea­sury for the ben­e­fit of one cit­i­zen with­out force­fully “tak­ing” from an­other cit­i­zen. Law is a force “to take.” Is it a good force? Well, if I am put in jail for rob­bing some­one to pay for my med­i­cal bills, are the cit­i­zens of Idaho (not mem­bers of the Leg­is­la­ture in this case be­cause this is a cit­i­zens’ ini­tia­tive) go­ing to jail for “plun­der­ing” me by the “force” of law to pay their neigh­bors med­i­cal bills? This isn’t a harsh judg­ment or a non-char­i­ta­ble po­si­tion. It rightly asks the long term ques­tion, how can a pro­gram be sus­tain­ing if it in­jures one group of peo­ple to ben­e­fit an­other group? Is it not pos­si­ble to have un­in­tended con­se­quences of “well in­tended” leg­is­la­tion, or poor leg­is­la­tion? If we want re­spect for laws, we have to have re­spectable laws.

Ken Az­bill, Boise

Scott Per­rin, Cot­ton­wood

Russ Fulcher

I have known Russ Fulcher for over 30 years. I re­ported di­rectly to Russ for over five years at Mi­cron, and the more I have known him the more I re­spect him. He con­tin­u­ally demon­strates a rare and cov­eted com­bi­na­tion of char­ac­ter, com­pe­tence, dili­gence and in­tegrity. An­other qual­ity I have dis­cov­ered in Russ Fulcher over the years is he truly cares for his fam­ily, coun­try and com­mu­nity. It is for these rea­sons that I whole­heart­edly know that he will bring a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and com­pe­tent skill set to Con­gress on be­half of Idaho.

I am writ­ing this let­ter to let other Ida­hoans know the in­cred­i­ble in­tegrity of Russ Fulcher who is run­ning for Con­gress. Russ al­ways did what he said he was go­ing to do and if he wasn’t able to ac­com­plish that, he would ad­mit it be­fore it im­pacted my busi­ness. These days of politi­cians who prom­ise ev­ery­thing and de­liver al­most noth­ing has to stop, and vot­ing Russ Fulcher for Con­gress would go a long way to ac­com­plish that end here for our peo­ple in Idaho. Russ works hard for the peo­ple of Idaho. – Matthew J. Br­nusak, Merid­ian

Vote GOP out

The warn­ings are out: This midterm elec­tion is prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant one in our lives so far, be­cause what’s at stake is noth­ing less than re­turn­ing our democ­racy to “We the Peo­ple,” pre­serv­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care, health care cov­er­age for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions, re­in­stat­ing con­sumer pro­tec­tions, healthy wa­ter and air, trust with al­lies, bank­ing over­sight, civil rights for all, and com­mon de­cency. The Repub­li­can party of Lin­coln and Eisen­hower is no more, but in­stead has be­come the tool of the bil­lion­aires, big-pharma, mega-banks, and any­one with a mas­sive check­book to buy in, and play at the con­gres­sional casino. This is not a party of hope, but of greed, and has thrown its long-held prin­ci­ples of fis­cal con­straint and eco­nomic wis­dom into the shred­der. With tar­iffs that now re­quire fed­eral sub­si­diz­ing and a war on science, it has stepped back into the last cen­tury and the age of the Rob­ber Barons. “Trump’s tril­lion­dol­lar-plus deficits are put­ting Amer­ica on a path to fis­cal ruin... The Trump deficits that will soon reach and ex­ceed $1 tril­lion are per­ma­nent and will only get worse in the years ahead.” — USA To­day.

Vote as if your life de­pends on it, be­cause it may.

Yes on Prop 2

Sam Pre­ston (not his real name) is a solid Ida­hoan who works full time, earns min­i­mum wage and pays taxes, but he is not en­ti­tled to health in­sur­ance through his small em­ployer. He earns too much to qual­ify for Idaho Med­ic­aid, but he is barely able to sup­port his wife and three small chil­dren. He cer­tainly can’t af­ford to buy health in­sur­ance or pay for health care “out-of-pocket,” so he and his fam­ily go with­out health care most of the time.

Sam and his fam­ily are the kind of peo­ple who would be helped if Ida­hoans vote to al­low “the work­ing poor” to qual­ify for Med­ic­aid (Propo­si­tion 2) on Nov. 6. They would then be able to get pri­mary care for their fam­ily, avoid trips to the emer­gency room, and stay out of the hospi­tal. These are the good peo­ple you will help if you vote “yes” on Prop 2.

This change in Med­ic­aid el­i­gi­bil­ity would bring big eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Idaho too, but the best rea­son to vote yes is be­cause it’s the right thing to do.

Char­lie Ford, Po­catello

Chad Boult, MD, Boise

Rob Ma­son

We need a leader with vi­sion, with in­tegrity and above all, the ex­pe­ri­ence and willing­ness to work across the aisle to pass mean­ing­ful leg­is­la­tion for Ida­hoans. Rob Ma­son has that vi­sion, the ex­pe­ri­ence and tem­per­a­ment to lead such an ef­fort.

Rob will work to im­prove our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, to pre­pare our chil­dren for the emerg­ing chal­lenges of Idaho’s grow­ing econ­omy. He will fight for ac­cess to af­ford­able health­care for all Ida­hoans. Rob will cham­pion poli­cies that en­able our econ­omy to con­tinue to grow while pro­tect­ing the valu­able re­sources in our pub­lic lands and the ac­cess to those lands that we Ida­hoans en­joy.

I en­cour­age those in Dis­trict 16 to vote for Rob Ma­son, our next rep­re­sen­ta­tive for House Seat 16B.

Paul Coop­er­rider, Gar­den City

Brad Lit­tle

The Demo­crat can­di­date for Idaho gov­er­nor is Paulette Jor­dan. She is the least qual­i­fied can­di­date to run for gov­er­nor in my life­time. But that does not ex­cuse her from an­swer­ing ques­tions about her cam­paign.

Marc C. John­son ( Lewis­ton Tri­bune Com­men­tary of Oct. 19) asks: Why did Jor­dan pay $50,000 “for var­i­ous con­sult­ing ser­vices” to at least four out-of-state en­ti­ties he de­scribes as “shells” (no ac­tual place of busi­ness)? Why was $110,000 paid to two Wash­ing­ton D.C. firms for fundrais­ing? Why was $1,000 paid to a Cal­i­for­nia elected of­fi­cial “… who is con­sult­ing for the cam­paign ...?”

Jor­dan’s lat­est re­port is de­scribed as “a black box of ques­tions, con­tra­dic­tions and head-scratch­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies.” He asks the ques­tion “where was all the money go­ing and why?”

I have known Brad Lit­tle for al­most 50 years. Through­out his life he has been a leader in many civic, agri­cul­tural and busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions, served in our Leg­is­la­ture and for many years has been lieu­tenant gov­er­nor of Idaho.

I be­lieve there are few in­di­vid­u­als who have a greater knowl­edge of Idaho and its 44 coun­ties than Brad Lit­tle.

Please vote for Brad as our next gov­er­nor of Idaho.

Yes on Prop 2

We’ve all heard the num­bers on Med­ic­aid ex­pan­sion, in­clud­ing how it will save our state money and how many Ida­hoans it could cover. As pres­i­dent of the Idaho Ru­ral Health As­so­ci­a­tion and a Fam­ily Physi­cian, I can tell you how lifechang­ing ex­pand­ing Med­ic­aid will be in ru­ral Idaho. We have a his­toric op­por­tu­nity to in­sure ru­ral Ida­hoans whose lives will be im­proved with health­care ac­cess.

Too of­ten our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties are for­got­ten by gov­ern­ment pol­icy. At­ten­tion and fund­ing go to big­ger cities, and ru­ral towns end up with less than they need. Idaho vot­ers fi­nally have an op­por­tu­nity to change that.

Ex­pand­ing Med­ic­aid is one of the best things the peo­ple of Idaho could do to sup­port ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. It would pro­vide cov­er­age to thou­sands of Ida­hoans who des­per­ately need it, cre­ate jobs, and strengthen the ru­ral hospi­tals that small towns de­pend on. We have the chance to save the state money while also sav­ing lives. The health of our state de­pends on it. On Nov. 6, please join me in vot­ing yes on Propo­si­tion 2 to ex­pand Med­ic­aid.

Mary Bari­naga, MD, Boise

Prop 1

Steve Rice, Lewis­ton

The me­dia bias is alive and well, even in Idaho. De­spite laud­able goals of Prop 1 — re­viv­ing the horse rac­ing in­dus­try, help­ing ru­ral Idaho and schools — the print and tele­vi­sion me­dia con­tinue to doubt the mer­its and po­ten­tial up­side. Isn’t it the re­spon­si­bil­ity of me­dia to check facts and call out hypocrisy?

Prop 1 is not com­plex, not con­fus­ing. It’s about au­tho­riz­ing his­tor­i­cal horse rac­ing ter­mi­nals that were re­vi­tal­iz­ing our live horse rac­ing in­dus­try in 2014-15.

Rev­enue from this lim­ited and trans­par­ent form of gam­ing is es­sen­tial to mak­ing horse rac­ing in Idaho com­pet­i­tive and self-sus­tain­ing. “Yes” on Prop 1 is a vote for sav­ing an iconic in­dus­try, put­ting peo­ple back to work, help­ing ru­ral fam­i­lies and lo­cal economies.

Dirk Chris­ti­son, Boise

Kristin Col­lum

There is a clear dif­fer­ence be­tween can­di­dates for Idaho lieu­tenant gov­er­nor. All who sup­port Propo­si­tion 2 (Med­ic­aid ex­pan­sion) need to re­al­ize Jan­ice Mcgeachin was the one who pro­posed Res­o­lu­tion #1 at the Idaho GOP 2018 Con­ven­tion, stat­ing “the Idaho Repub­li­can Party for­mally op­poses the ini­tia­tive to ex­pand Med­ic­aid el­i­gi­bil­ity…” She will do ev­ery­thing in her power as lieu­tenant gov­er­nor and pres­i­dent of the Idaho Sen­ate to op­pose im­ple­men­ta­tion of Med­ic­aid ex­pan­sion, de­spite what Idaho vot­ers may want.

How­ever, Kristin Col­lum whole­heart­edly sup­ports Med­ic­aid ex­pan­sion and would guide the Leg­is­la­ture in a diplo­matic im­ple­men­ta­tion process. Kristin is a vet­eran with the skills and pas­sion to serve. She states, “I’m run­ning for Idaho Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor be­cause I run to the fire. When I see a prob­lem, I want to be part of the so­lu­tion. At this time, we need to come back to the mid­dle, work to­gether for what’s best for our state and our peo­ple, and get things done.” I have heard her speak at events and watched her de­bate. I can hon­estly say I have never had more re­spect for a per­son run­ning for a state of­fice. Please vote for Kristin Col­lum.

– Kathy Dawes, Moscow

Cindy Wil­son

As an Idaho ed­u­ca­tor, I ap­pre­ci­ate Cindy Wil­son’s straight­for­ward, hon­est ap­proach to­ward solv­ing many of the chal­lenges we face in ed­u­ca­tion in this state. Her 33 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as an ex­cep­tional teacher in both ur­ban and ru­ral school dis­tricts gives her in­sight into how to guar­an­tee a “uni­form and thor­ough” sys­tem of pub­lic schools for all Idaho stu­dents. Her pas­sion for en­cour­ag­ing civic en­gage­ment of stu­dents is laud­able, and her ex­pe­ri­ence on the Idaho Board of Cor­rec­tions gives her a unique per­spec­tive on how to keep Idaho stu­dents in school and out of trou­ble. Although she is run­ning as a Demo­crat, she has re­ceived wide­spread sup­port from both par­ties. As stated on her web­site, “Cindy knows how to work with just about ev­ery­body. She’s a fis­cally con­ser­va­tive Demo­crat who be­lieves that Idaho kids are a sound in­vest­ment re­gard­less of pol­i­tics.” Please join me in vot­ing for Cindy Wil­son.

Lee Anne Eareck­son, Vi­ola

Yes on Prop 2

I am a sim­ple gar­dener en­joy­ing my life in Idaho. I also con­sider my­self a re­li­gious per­son that val­ues de­cency and re­spect to­ward each other. The cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate of name call­ing, false la­bel­ing, and de­mo­niz­ing peo­ple with whom we dis­agree is most un­set­tling to me. This tac­tic means to dis­tract us from the im­por­tant is­sues con­fronting us. This is not how I would want to be treated and this is not how I have raised my chil­dren. In fact, it is my de­sire to take care of other Ida­hoans when­ever I am able. Ida­hoans have an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide health care and af­ford­able health in­sur­ance to many of our fel­low cit­i­zens by vot­ing for Propo­si­tion 2. This is a re­spon­si­ble way for our gov­ern­ment to make our cit­i­zens healthy. Healthy cit­i­zens are pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens. Only one gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date sup­ports this. One is of the party that pro­motes dis­re­spect and divi­sion, the other of­fers hope and re­spect. As an in­de­pen­dent voter I will be vot­ing for Propo­si­tion 2 to ex­pand Med­ic­aid and vot­ing for Paulette Jor­dan for our next gov­er­nor. The choice is sim­ple to me.

Thomas Neale, Boise

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