LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

CWI bond

I am ex­tremely sad­dened and dis­ap­pointed by my fel­low vot­ers of Canyon County for the fail­ure to pass the bond is­suance for the ex­pan­sion of CWI’S fa­cil­i­ties. The fu­ture of our coun­try is in the ed­u­ca­tion of our pop­u­lace. Those who ob­tain a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion have a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to be­come con­tribut­ing members of our com­mu­nity and not an im­po­si­tion on an al­ready bur­dened sys­tem of wel­fare.

As a se­nior ci­ti­zen, I am grate­ful to those who funded my pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and feel an obli­ga­tion to help pro­vide the same to those who fol­low.

Should the op­por­tu­nity to vote for the CWI bond is­sue arise again, I urge my fel­low vot­ers to case a “yes” vote.

Guns

When I leave the house I try to re­mem­ber to say good­bye to my wife and tell her I love her, be­cause ev­ery time I leave to go to the Y or the gro­cery story, I won­der if I’ll be com­ing home. Bad things don’t hap­pen just to them, it could be us.

If you write some­thing with a pen­cil and you change your mind, you can use the eraser. Guns don’t have erasers.

It would be good if there was a way to stop any­one who was hav­ing men­tal prob­lems be­fore they hurt some­one.

Guns don’t make us safe. At some point it should be clear to ev­ery­one that the only way to be safe is to have no guns.

Get­ting rid of guns is some­thing the peo­ple will have to do; the gov­ern­ment will not be able to do it. In ev­ery city peo­ple could give up their guns, and then they could be welded into a sculp­ture that oth­ers could add to.

Don­ald Trump

Like a nar­cis­sis­tic child, Trump lies, throws tantrums, bul­lies ev­ery­one, blames ev­ery­one else for his de­fi­cien­cies, and sulks when he does not get his way. Trump taunts by yelling dirty names and re­sorts to pub­lic sham­ing. He puts his own self­in­ter­est ahead of ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one. But Trump wants more power. Trump be­lieves he is above an­swer­ing ques­tions be­cause he is smart and he knows ev­ery­thing. Af­ter all, didn’t Trump just tell you how smart he is, how won­der­ful he is and how lucky you are to be shamed and bul­lied by him? Trump is so smart he can tell lies and you, like the id­iot he is, be­lieve him. Oc­ca­sion­ally you see through his first lie so he tells a big­ger lie and you be­lieve the new lie. With­out ev­i­dence he ac­cuses his per­ceived en­e­mies of crimes never committed and you be­lieve him. Noth­ing is ever his fault. When you voted for him you voted for trash­ing of our Con­sti­tu­tion and our White House. You will­ingly voted to give up the rule of law, sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers and sim­ple ci­vil­ity. Will Trump fol­low­ers ever see through the con man sell­ing snake oil? Alas, I doubt it.

– Jean Kinda, Nampa

Lars Hansen, Boise

Joan Ehrn­stein, Merid­ian

The United States of Amer­ica has ex­cel­lent sci­en­tists and for­mi­da­ble in­tel­li­gence ser­vices. These ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als are known for thor­ough and rig­or­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions aimed at find­ing truth.

What does it mean when our pres­i­dent rou­tinely ig­nores and dis­putes their re­ports when he does not like their find­ings?

I cite the in­ves­ti­ga­tions that show that Rus­sia med­dled in our 2016 elec­tion, that the crown prince of Saudi Ara­bia or­dered the bru­tal mur­der of the jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, and, most re­cently, the com­pre­hen­sive re­port on cli­mate change that shows we are fac­ing dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences if we fail to al­ter our way of life.

What does it mean when we have a leader who wields tremen­dous power and ig­nores the re­sults of com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tions?

It means that we are in deep trou­ble and liv­ing in truly per­ilous times.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump be­lieves ev­ery­one should like him. Not true.

He must have trou­ble read­ing the midterm elec­tion re­sults.

He is now be­rat­ing Teresa May, prime minister of Bri­tain. Don’t we have enough prob­lems of our own with­out in­ter­fer­ing with Bri­tain and the Euro­pean Union?

Robin But­ler, Boise

Ge­orge Bam­bauer. Boise

Restau­rants and wa­ter

Re­cently, my fam­ily had the plea­sure of fet­ing a se­nior friend at a deli of­fer­ing spe­cialty Asian dishes. Cathy rep­re­sented a unique and dis­tin­guished ca­reer with the U.S. Air Force. Tak­ing our own seat­ing, we made our or­ders. No wa­ter was of­fered. Shortly af­ter start­ing on her noo­dle dish, Cathy be­gan cough­ing and chok­ing. When wa­ter was re­quested,, the wait­ress brusquely replied, “We don’t serve wa­ter, you have to buy it at our dis­penser over there.” Sur­prised and non­plussed by the above prac­tice, we at­tended to Cathy and sum­mar­ily de­parted. The fol­low­ing day I con­tacted Ada County Health Di­vi­sion ref­er­ence to restau­rant code com­pli­ance, and was in­formed that Idaho eater­ies are “not re­quired” to serve their pa­trons wa­ter.

It is ubiq­ui­tous that restau­rants serve wa­ter con­sis­tent with meals, and as com­mon cour­tesy to their pa­trons. Na­tion­ally this serv­ing of wa­ter is deeply em­bed­ded in the fab­ric of Amer­i­can cul­ture . Un­for­tu­nately our ex­pe­ri­ence was to the con­trary; profit over customer ser­vice. Al­beit, the above may ap­ply to a small per­cent­age of eater­ies, the larger concern is the po­ten­tial risk posed, par­tic­u­larly to chil­dren and se­niors by any es­tab­lish­ment that de­nies wa­ter. This prac­tice should merit fur­ther in­quiry and po­ten­tial leg­isla­tive ac­tion.

Jim Barker, BSU alum­nus, Viet­nam vet­eran, Boise

Ur­ban re­newal dis­trict

Boise City Coun­cil will ap­prove or deny the pro­posed Gate­way East ur­ban re­newal dis­trict by year’s end. (It was OK’D.)

Cre­ation of a new ur­ban re­newal dis­trict should not be taken lightly, as it will lock tax­pay­ers into fund­ing projects for 20 years and, un­like vir­tu­ally any other tax­ing dis­trict, res­i­dents never get to vote on if this dis­trict can take on debt.

A school dis­trict would have to ask vot­ers be­fore is­su­ing a 20-year bond to fund a project. How­ever, Idaho ur­ban re­newal law states an “ur­ban re­newal agency shall have power to is­sue bonds from time to time in its dis­cre­tion to fi­nance the un­der­tak­ing of any ur­ban re­newal project.”

Thus, vot­ers are ex­cluded from the de­ci­sion, and the is­suance of bonds is en­tirely up to the ur­ban re­newal agency, which, in Boise, is the Cap­i­tal City Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

The CCDC has al­ready pro­jected it will is­sue bonds in 2024, 2029 and 2034 to fund dis­trict projects, worth mil­lions of dol­lars.

Tax­pay­ers will be on the fi­nan­cial hook for mil­lions of dol­lars of debt, for 20 years. That’s a long time to be locked into some­thing you never had in­put on.

Lind­say Atkin­son, Boise

Li­ons Clubs

Since Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional was founded in 1917, Li­ons have worked on projects de­signed to pre­vent blind­ness, re­store eye­sight and im­prove eye health for hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide. In the past sev­eral decades, an­other health prob­lem has grown tremen­dously. Di­a­betes con­trib­utes to more than 5 mil­lion deaths per year, plus per­sons with di­a­betes are at risk of los­ing their eye­sight. Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional is ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple world­wide about di­a­betes. Many peo­ple think that only in­ac­tive, over­weight peo­ple get di­a­betes, but this is not true. Any­one can get di­a­betes if they have a fam­ily his­tory.

We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make a few life­style changes that could make a big dif­fer­ence.

Get up and do some­thing phys­i­cally ac­tive, such as walk­ing or gar­den­ing.

Sug­ary bev­er­ages are a prob­lem. Even real fruit juices have a lot of sugar. Sub­sti­tute wa­ter with a slice of le­mon or lime.

Cut down on desserts, pasta, bread and other foods that con­tain a lot of car­bo­hy­drates.

Don’t ig­nore your doctor’s ad­vice. Many peo­ple are told that they are border­line di­a­betic, but fail to make any changes that could keep them from get­ting the dis­ease.

Go to www.li­on­sclubs.org/re­sources/en/ pdfs/iad312.pdf for more tips.

– Deb­bie Wheeler, Nampa

The Cabin

State Forester Franklin Gi­rard birthed his 1939 “Cabin” for $1,600, on time, un­der bud­get. Gi­rard in­ge­niously tapped pub­lic-spir­ited Idaho tim­ber com­pa­nies and CCC boys to build it. Pri­vate busi­ness re­ally stepped up, when asked. Gi­rard left a legacy — one of Boise’s most gor­geous, en­dur­ing work spa­ces.

Pity our cur­rent city fa­thers now dis­re­gard Gi­rard’s les­son. City Coun­cil’s 4-2 vote Nov. 27 to give The Cabin the boot was a real missed op­por­tu­nity to fash­ion a pub­lic/pri­vate fi­nan­cial match, where ev­ery­one wins.

Left undis­cussed (pre­vented, in­deed, from even be­ing raised) was the pos­si­bil­ity of con­struct­ing an en­tirely new cabin for the writ­ers group, at a site of its choos­ing, yield­ing it po­ten­tially larger and more func­tional space, while leav­ing the his­toric cabin on its his­toric site, as so many cit­i­zens have sug­gested. Now, we’ll be giv­ing the ex­ist­ing “Cabin” a risky, $650,000 “Uber ride” into ex­ile, de­grad­ing his­tory, and stick­ing tax­pay­ers with the tab.

An en­tirely new writ­ers cabin — a much-needed, com­mu­nity-build­ing en­deavor, as a legacy for the next cen­tury — would prove a bet­ter, cheaper and more re­spect­ful op­tion. But vi­sion needs to be si­mul­ta­ne­ously imag­i­na­tive and fru­gal. Gi­rard had it; to­day’s Boise lead­er­ship re­mains my­opic.

David Klinger, Boise

Thank you

I just want to thank the Idaho Horse­men foot­ball team for help­ing with “Rake up Boise.”

They gath­ered up my leaves in such a short time. It would have taken me days to do that.

Thank you again to the Idaho Horse­men and Rake up Boise. It’s a won­der­ful ser­vice and this se­nior re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates it. – Au­drey Reed, Gar­den City

Thank you

A heart­felt thank you to those that of­fered us as­sis­tance when we hit a rock and blew a tire in the mid­dle of nowhere on Idaho High­way 21. Af­ter 17 ve­hi­cles passed by, watch­ing the sun set­ting and the snow be­gin­ning to fall it was get­ting a bit scary. But then Mike stopped and of­fered to send help when he reached civ­i­liza­tion down the road. Phew. Thanks Mike. And then, what felt like hours later, “Mike and Tammy” (hope­fully we got your names right) stopped and of­fered to give one of us a ride to the near­est safe haven. That, too, was much ap­pre­ci­ated. Thank you, Mike and Tammy. And while they were gone, Vince Stunja stopped and of­fered me, a total stranger, use of his spare tire, which we ul­ti­mately found would not fit but we tried and tried. And when I found that Vince is a USPS customer ser­vice su­per­vi­sor, I couldn’t help but think how his ef­fort to help even un­der such gloomy con­di­tions so to­tally sup­ported the Mail­man’s Creed: “Nei­ther snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night .... ” I can see why you have the po­si­tion that you do, Mr. Stunja, and thank you very, very much.

Terry Walt­man Sr., Boise

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