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Mail and Commentary Feb. 15, 2012

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Support BSD Levy

Thank you for George Prentice's article, "Do the Math" (BW, News, Feb. 1, 2012). I have preschool-age kids, so I have been following the Boise School District with interest for several years. Because of the district's extraordinary success, I have chosen to send my kids to our neighborhood schools when they reach school age. I know my children and their classmates will receive a great education from elementary through high school.

All four of Boise's traditional high schools are on the Washington Post's list of the top 7 percent of high schools in America. That is amazing. That statistic says an incredible amount about the quality of Boise schools. But because of devastating cuts in state funding and a decline in property-tax revenue, Boise's schools now face a $14 million annual deficit beginning next school year. District administrators have been responsible and accountable in cutting expenses while shielding the classroom and maintaining quality schools. In order to keep the district's high standards, we need to do more.

On Tuesday, March 13, voters in the Boise School District will decide on a supplemental, five-year levy to help erase this deficit. I urge everyone to vote yes so that we can maintain the small class sizes and outstanding programs that have made our district one of the best in the country.

--Kelly Fletcher,Boise

No on Obama

When Barack Obama took office, he promised America an era of "hope and change."

The stunning level of corruption stemming from the half-a-billion dollar Solyndra scandal and other scandals proves this was a lie.

Amazingly the liberal media won't hold Obama fully accountable for the sewage of corruption and cronyism flowing straight out of the White House.

From the "slush fund" stimulus packages and sweetheart deals with companies like General Electric, to paying kickbacks to unions and Obama lying about raking in campaign cash from fat-cat lobbyists, the liberal media refuses to do its job and be the ultimate check on government power.

Our nation urgently needs a fair and independent press for our democracy to thrive. It is outrageous--and downright dangerous--that the nation's press will not tell Americans the truth about the Obama administration's unethical and even criminal conduct.

I urge my fellow readers of Boise Weekly to visit the Media Research Center's website at mrc.org to learn for yourself the facts about cronyism and corruption tied to the Obama White House.

--Lois York,Boise

Rant Against Rall

The article by Ted Rall in the Jan. 25 edition of Boise Weekly is offensive to me (BW, Opinion, "The Corpse-Urninating Kids Are All Right," Jan. 25, 2012).

I'm a Korean War vet, did not see combat, but many of my friends did, some made the ultimate sacrifice. Who fights wars? Usually the poor to lower economic group males (and some females) of our society.

Yes, educated, not much past high school education. I was a high-school grad when I joined the Navy in 1948, in time for the Korean action.

Many kids serving now are in the same economic group I was: lower middle class, Hispanic-Irish ethnicity.

Nine members of my family served our country from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and now a nephew in the Air Force in Kuwait. All served honorably and received honorable discharge, including yours truly.

College grads who usually go into journalism many times are super people, some I would not give the time of day to.

My best friend from my hometown, Gonzales, Calif., followed in his dad's footsteps. Went to San Jose State, majored in journalism and ran our hometown tribune, a weekly paper. But, oh yes, he volunteered to serve his country, U.S. Navy, Korean War.

I don't know if Mr. Rall served or not. I doubt it by the way he talks of servicemen in his article.

It's the old story, people who never walked in the shoes of others, know little of what they write in a criticism.

Mr. Rall is probably a gentleman, but I doubt I would ever seek him out as a companion.

I'm a college grad--San Jose State. I had a 36-year career with the Department of Corrections, State of California.

My family who served would be "insulted" by Mr. Rall's description of combat vets.

Even though a small percentage of what he describes may have happened, it throws a "cloud" over anyone who served honorably and never "lowered" themselves to this negative description of servicemen.

--Edward Whalen,Meridian

Editor's Note: Due to the high volume of Mail received recently, many letters to the editor and opinions from Boise Weekly readers have been published at boiseweekly.com.

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