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August 10, 2005

Corrections • Googled • Au contraire • Pee-Yew • PU-2 • Turn the Channel • Bombs=Bad • Editor's Notice


In Boise Weekly's Basque Issue (BW, "Being Basque," July 27, 2005) the correct spelling of the Bishop Kelly High School president is Dave Lachiondo.

And again in Boise Weekly's Basque Issue, the Citizen interviewee, Amy Salisbury, was incorrectly identified as "Anna" (BW, Citizen Calendar, July 27, 2005). Boise Weekly apologizes for this mistake and the editor responsible will be flogged.

And a third time in Boise Weekly's Basque Issue (BW, "A Short Basque History," July 27, 2005) We said that Boise has the largest population of Basques outside of Spain. We meant to say the largest population in the United States. France has the second largest population of Basques outside of Spain.

Last month, in Christopher Shnoor's article (BW, "Fragments," Arts, July 20, 2005), Marlowe Hoffman was incorrectly identified as Stewart Gallery's intern. She was an intern at one time, but is currently the gallery's Director of Exhibitions.


Neat piece about the many uses to be had from Google (BW, "Googled," August 3, 2005), but you forgot one: Googling your name. I put my name in quotes and ran a search and found out I have a doppelganger in Arizona, who is "a violent, white supremacist skinhead nicknamed "Ben the Marauder." Identifying marks: a swastika tattoo on the shaft of his penis. Turn-ons: ethnic cleansing and 1800s Indian massacres.

-Ben Verschoor,

Au contraIre

In your response to a letter by a reader (BW, Mail, July 20, 2005), you indicated that Muslims didn't mistreat women. I'd like to refer you to a blog entry from a fellow calling himself fjordman in Norway. He paints a picture which may be quite different from your view. (http://fjordman.blogspot.com/2005/08/rape-nothing-to-do-with-islam.html.)

I can, with some research, refer you to mainstream media articles about cases of Muslim gang rape that occurred in Australia recently.

I hope that you will read the entire article and not dismiss it out of hand.

-Larry Morse


The public hearings are now over on the Department of Energy's proposal to establish production of plutonium-238 powered batteries for use in remote locations, including outer space. Except at the Idaho Falls hearing, the meetings were packed with opponents, while supporters were few. Probably most people outside of the Idaho Falls area see no harm, but they have so little to gain from such a small project, that they lacked motivation to speak out in support.

News accounts generally described the meetings as raucous and rowdy, except at Idaho Falls. Friends and I attended all of them and can verify that. Many project opponents were quite arrogant in rudely interrupting the DOE speakers explaining the project, abusing the question period with lengthy comments under the pretext of asking questions, greatly exceeding their fairly allotted comment time, then acting as victims when they were finally cut off. Much of the audience treated this behavior as acceptable, and, to their shame, so did some of the news media. It was as though they were more interested in a circus than an honest exchange of views. It was as though they felt they were so right that ordinary rules of civil behavior didn't apply to them.

-John Tanner,Idaho Falls


Coalition 21 sent representatives to last week's public hearings to plead the case for the consolidation, at DOE's Idaho National Lab, of the production of plutonium-238 fueled batteries used in deep space probes like Cassini.

Local papers understated the mood of the anti-nuclear crowd, led by the Snake River Alliance and podiatrist Peter Rickards in Sun Valley and by Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free in Jackson, with adjectives like raucous and rowdy. Marty Huebner, who attended for us at Sun Valley, was reported by the Boise Weekly as becoming so upset that he flipped off the crowd.

His version of the incident is that in the 100 or more environmental hearings he has attended, on controversial issues like salmon and logging, the rednecks who come to protest can give a lesson in civility to the upscale Sun Valley crowd who rioted at the plutonium hearing.

Our president, John Tanner reported the decorum at the Jackson hearing to be little better. John has the distinction of being called an idiot by no greater an expert than trial lawyer Gerry Spence. The occasion was John's attempt to defend the ill-named nuclear waste incinerator at a Jackson hearing several years ago.

-George Freund, vice president, Coalition-21

Turn the Channel

Tim Butler wrote, "We can't get any information from our local TV stations or the local newspaper . . ." about the "brave young American servicemen and women who lose their lives weekly ..." (BW, "Where's the Beef," Mail, July 27, 2005).

Try changing the channel. The News Hour on at 6 p.m. on Idaho Public Television, hosted by Jim Lehrer, does more than mention a number of killed troops. It shows each of their pictures, and honors them with a moment of silence ... every day.

I don't think any of us can rely on NBC, CBS, FOX , or ABC to accurately portray anything that goes on in the world, let alone the number of troops that are killed. They are owned by corporations whose primary interest is ratings and keeping the stockholders happy. Now is a perfect time for everyone to look into alternative outlets for news. Turn off CNN (which is owned by Time-Warner) and try listening to NPR (91.5 FM).

-Lori Frisk,



As the 60th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki approach, it seems like a good time to review the morality of these events in relation to today's situation.

The United States is the only nation to attack another with nuclear weapons. We also know it was the only time in history that those attacks were possible because Japan had no credible atomic retaliatory capability.

The usual response to any questioning of the morality of these events by the "Greatest Generation" is, "Hey idiot! You wouldn't even be here if we didn't do it!" Well OK, that's a powerful argument. My dad is a WWII vet and would have been involved in the invasion of Japan. These choices were made by other men in other times. So be it. And just think, if I weren't here you wouldn't get to read this letter!

But there is danger in accepting the rationale of 60 years ago in today's situation. The argument that many of us would never have been born if nuclear weapons had not been used against Japan can just as easily be applied to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq today and wherever the next wars are planned. After all, we could have obliterated Afghanistan and saved hundreds of Americans and their progeny, not to mention the soon-to-be-dead thousands of Americans in Iraq. How many millions of American lives would eventually be saved if we had just carpet-nuked Iraq to give them democracy and save the world from Saddam's nonexistent WMD stockpile?

The lesson the whole world learned from the August 1945 events was that atomic weapons should never be used again. Let's hope our supervisors in BushCorp aren't the first ones to forget that lesson.

-Chris Morris, Caldwell

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