The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Women who paved the way

In wake of Tues­day, Nov. 6, his­toric elec­tion re­sults with record num­bers of women con­tenders ... 2018 is be­ing dubbed “Year of the Women.” These po­lit­i­cal war­riors should be given due credit. But they should also ac­knowl­edge the debt they owe to the trail­blaz­ing Women of 1918 of World War I who served “over there.” Num­bered among Amer­ica’s for­got­ten war veter­ans — the AEF Army Nurses, Sig­nal Corps op­er­a­tors like Anne Atkin­son of Em­mett,

Navy Yeomen(f) and more opened the doors to uni­ver­sal suf­frage, women politi­cians, and other ad­vance­ments.

I walk through sec­tion O in Mor­ris Hill Ceme­tery lo­cated on the Boise Bench and reach Block 110, Space 1, spot­ting the mil­i­tary marker cre­ated 30 years ago for Anne Atkin­son. Anne was one of two Idaho Sig­nal Corps (“Hello Girls”) who re­turned home to Amer­ica on Aug. 9, 1919, and found that their orig­i­nal mil­i­tary sta­tus had been re­versed to civil­ian con­tract work­ers. She fought 60 years for re­in­state­ment un­til Pres­i­dent Carter re­stored it and her right to a mil­i­tary burial. I place flow­ers and a Happy 127th Birth­day card on her marker and re­flect on her ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­ney. Please visit your neigh­bor­hood ceme­tery and thank all veter­ans for their ser­vice and sac­ri­fices.

– Kasi Picard, Moun­tain Home

Stab­bing could have been worse

Ruben Diaz is charged with at­tempted mur­der four months af­ter hav­ing been paroled, even though Diaz still had 19 years to serve of a 30-year sen­tence. Diaz lived at Han­cock House, a small shel­ter home for per­sons with men­tal health chal­lenges. Ac­cord­ing to Google Earth, three doors away from Han­cock House is Bare­foot Baby Nurs­ery School, which pro­vides day-care ser­vices for chil­dren 0-24 months, ac­cord­ing to their web­site.

It’s tragic that the vic­tim of the as­sault was an older man sim­ply in his yard rak­ing leaves. This could have been much more tragic had the as­sailant de­cided in­stead to at­tack the chil­dren in the day-care. I re­al­ize that both fa­cil­i­ties prob­a­bly have been prop­erly per­mit­ted; how is it that the per­mit­ting process al­lows vi­o­lent crime parolees to re­side so close to day-care fa­cil­i­ties? Is it ap­pro­pri­ate for shel­ter homes for men­tally chal­lenged per­sons to be al­lowed to serve as half-way houses for parolees? I re­al­ize that find­ing hous­ing for parolees is dif­fi­cult, it just seems to me that lo­cat­ing parolees so close to a day care is bad pub­lic pol­icy.

Wil­liam Ap­ple­gate, Boise

Don­ald Trump

In Jan­uary 2017, Don­ald Trump stood be­fore the Amer­i­can peo­ple and swore the oath of of­fice, which he has de­based prac­ti­cally ev­ery day since. He has sub­orned the ex­ec­u­tive branch and the leg­isla­tive branch of the govern­ment, whose fun­da­men­tal pur­pose is to serve the Con­sti­tu­tion and the Amer­i­can peo­ple, to serve his own in­ter­ests and his patho­log­i­cal need for adu­la­tion and af­fir­ma­tion.

On Nov. 7, fol­low­ing the midterm elec­tion, Trump pub­licly reaf­firmed his bru­tal war on the press, threat­ened the Demo­cratic Party and the in­tegrity of the two-party sys­tem and the sys­tem of checks and bal­ances, and per­formed his usual trick of re­flect­ing his own gross faults (racism, hubris, im­moral­ity) back on le­git­i­mate ques­tion­ers. He again an­nounced his free­dom to mod­ify the Bill of Rights based on per­mis­sion from a neb­u­lous “they.” His most egre­gious ac­tion, the fir­ing of Ses­sions, im­me­di­ately threat­ens the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which could re­veal the ex­tent of Trump’s law­less­ness. If our rep­re­sen­ta­tives do not speak out against these vi­o­la­tions, they are al­low­ing this “pres­i­dent” to use them as tools in his war to pro­tect him­self and his in­ter­ests. Speak out. Tell your rep­re­sen­ta­tives that we can’t let this cor­rup­tion con­tinue.

Felic­ity Biladeau, Boise

Idaho Power

I just read an ar­ti­cle where Idaho Power Com­pany is hav­ing a prob­lem with the EPA deal­ing with salmon.

Now, I am new to the area and I un­der­stand that elec­tric­ity is not as ex­pen­sive as other parts of the coun­try. But, I am also a so­lar nut for the quick ref­er­ence. In my short time liv­ing in Idaho I have no­ticed that there are cold days but a lot of sun­shine.

I would think that maybe Idaho Power might look into the idea of in­stalling so­lar pan­els on con­sumers’ roofs. They could get a dis­count or a monthly pay­ment for rental. It seems south­ern Idaho is just as good for so­lar as places like Ne­vada, Ari­zona, New Mex­ico, Texas and Cal­i­for­nia.

Even if you’re a home­owner, if you look on­line you will find a cou­ple of so­lar com­pa­nies that are for the DIY per­son. Go­green­so­lar.com and Whole­saleso­lar.com are two that I know of. You get the pan­els, plus the mi­cro in­vert­ers along with all the equip­ment needed to in­stall pan­els your­self at the price of $2 a watt. Want to save salmon, get so­lar.

Jerry John­son, Payette

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