LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

DMV prob­lems

I re­cently re­newed my driver’s li­cense at the of­fice on Ben­jamin. I un­der­stand that there is a wait time. I un­der­stand that it takes a while to process ev­ery­thing for the new star driver’s li­cense. What I do not un­der­stand is why it took four hours to do this. I was fully pre­pared for two hours. Did not bring any snacks, knew that I could get wa­ter if I needed it. But four hours to do a sim­ple 10-minute process is ab­surd. At one point I counted 15 sta­tions that were empty of em­ploy­ees help­ing peo­ple. What is the ra­tio­nale for this? If there is a crowd of peo­ple and there are empty spots, find an em­ployee who can help. It is in­con­sid­er­ate and in­ap­pro­pri­ate to make a ci­ti­zen wait four hours to re­new a li­cense. I am re­tired but what if I was an in­di­vid­ual who had to take time off of work? There were lots of young kids in the wait­ing room. To Ada County, to the su­per­vi­sor of the depart­ment, I would re­spect­fully re­quest that you hire ex­tra help. It is a sign of re­spect to the peo­ple you serve.

Fran Ciarlo, Boise

Solv­ing prob­lems

It would be nice if peo­ple could put aside their dif­fer­ences and fix the prob­lems that need fix­ing like home­less­ness, poverty, sui­cide — be­cause we need to pro­mote jobs and op­por­tu­nity and af­ford­able hous­ing but also pre­ven­tive health care. We have a prob­lem with obe­sity and di­a­betes, and one way is to ban growth hor­mones and too much an­tibi­otics in the food we eat, be­cause it needs to be nat­u­ral and at a af­ford­able prices to buy it. Be­cause what is hap­pen­ing is more dis­eases and over-med­i­cated pa­tients, but also the food is caus­ing de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple through the growth hor­mones. We need to be more tol­er­ant of oth­ers and help vets to over­come PTSD and other is­sues by creat­ing more doc­tors, nurses, coun­selors to meet their needs and health care. We need to find a so­lu­tion to hunger be­cause a healthy na­tion is a strong na­tion. All th­ese is­sues could be solved if we come to­gether and ap­ply our­selves to fix­ing it rather than al­ways fight­ing. We are in the 21st cen­tury and we should be solv­ing prob­lems, not creat­ing them, and our health care should be on top of their game as with ev­ery­thing.

John Lan­ders, Wilder

Pas­tor Yadon’s col­umn

I’d like to en­cour­age Pas­tor Yadon (Oct. 21 re­li­gion col­umn) to turn off Fox News and re­con­sider his view of the Ka­vanaugh hear­ings. The pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence is in­deed a vi­tal prin­ci­ple in our le­gal sys­tem. How­ever, this was not a crim­i­nal trial. It was a con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, where more than 99 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion would be re­jected. It was a chance to mea­sure the neu­tral­ity, tem­per­a­ment and ju­di­cial phi­los­o­phy of the can­di­date. The bar should be very high for the high­est court in the land. Ka­vanaugh fell far short un­der the pressure of that hear­ing. He didn’t even pre­tend neu­tral­ity and his tem­per­a­ment nicely re­flects the man who nom­i­nated him.

Fi­nally, Pas­tor Yadon asks us to pray for a stan­dard of jus­tice where we can all find safety. That’s fine, but let’s also vote for one, be­cause most of the pop­u­la­tion are at far greater risk than Judge Ka­vanaugh.

Kevin Ger­aghty, Boise

So­cial Se­cu­rity

GOP Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mccon­nell of Ken­tucky has been on the news lately an­nounc­ing that Congress “will have to” cut So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care ben­e­fits to re­tired U.S. tax­pay­ers in or­der to re­duce the fed­eral deficit, which he claims is not be­cause of Trump’s tax cuts for the rich — but be­cause of So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care. But Mccon­nell has failed to men­tion the $285 tril­lion that Congress “bor­rowed” from the So­cial Se­cu­rity Trust Fund dur­ing Ge­orge W. Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to fund the war in Afghanistan. So when is this $285 tril­lion go­ing to be re­paid? And why is Congress threat­en­ing to cut So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care ben­e­fits when the SS Trust Fund is owed this money?

Janna Nikkola, Boise

Trump and the en­vi­ron­ment

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump but I was more than will­ing to give him a chance to prove him­self. I’m not go­ing to go into his mas­sive tax cuts for the wealth­i­est among us or his con­stant ly­ing and name-call­ing or even his pref­er­ence for the most cor­rupt and cruel lead­ers on this planet. What I will talk about is his de­struc­tion of any­thing en­vi­ron­men­tal. To the ben­e­fit of mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar com­pa­nies, he has rolled back reg­u­la­tions that pro­tect our air, wa­ter and our open spaces, as well as our coast­lines. Do I need to point out the fact that if we don’t take care of this planet we live on, none of this other stuff will ul­ti­mately make any dif­fer­ence what­so­ever?

Joanne Bonelli, Merid­ian

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