LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: ELECTION
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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