Boise Police Officer Casey Hancuff has 100 subpoenas in the next three months. Also, the Boise Police Department has a 98 percent conviction rate for DUI arrests. The story "Pizza For A DUI" (BW, News, March 14) contained incorrect information.
Bistro at BoDo, located at 409 S. 8th St., is no longer serving dinner, and they serve breakfast all day.
The main theme "Suckered Again" (BW, Ted Rall, March 21) is right on the money: U.S. service personnel make heroic sacrifices and our leadership promptly forgets their most solemn pledge to care for the casualties of conflict. That is the way it is.
But there were two errors in the article that just bothered me because the devil is in the details. First, the fall of Saigon, now Ho Chi Min City, signaled the end of the Vietnam conflict. Second, depleted uranium is not used in bombs, it is used in cannon rounds.
Again, these details do not affect the main premise of the article. I'm just picky when it comes to historic and military accuracy.
My thanks to Boise City for granting neighborhood reinvestment funds for a project we've been working on for over a decade. I should be celebrating, but as I read the list of reinvestment grants this morning for such comparatively unnecessary things as paving alleys, building a bike trail, making ornamental signs, and installing a drinking fountain on a bikeway, I felt that our community was missing or ignoring the dire need to focus on providing remedies for the meth epidemic, that many equate to a pandemic, and its short-term and long-term devastating effects on our communities, our families, and our country.
The media has been providing a March Meth Madness campaign, which is long overdue, as is the need for accessible rehab facilities that are sorely lacking. After a big build-up for the revelation of available facilities, only two were named, one providing food and rest, the other a religious entity, neither adequate for the size and severity of the problem.
Last year, we wrote several city and state agencies for months requesting drug rehab resources for our neighborhood newsletter, and got zilch in return.
My hope is that all the neighborhood associations receiving reinvestment grant monies consider re-dedicating those funds to something far more important and far-reaching, drug rehab facilities.
In the spirit of freedom of speech and the First Amendment, I have some questions for all College Republicans.
1. How many American men and women service people would still be alive today if President Bush had picked someone else to be vice-president? 2. How many Iraqi women and children would still be alive today if the United States Supreme Court had decided differently? 3. How many black people could have been saved in New Orleans if the president could read a weather report? 4. How many people could be provided with health insurance if only Jesus would tell the president to? 5. How many college students could graduate with less debt if we did not have the president's "welfare for the rich" system?
I am just trying to use humor to draw attention to serious issues facing America today. One last question, how ironic is it that white Republicans are trying to portray themselves now as being "repressed" or "singled out" in the state of Idaho?
BRING 'EM HOME
This week, members of Congress have a chance to vote on bringing the troops home by the fall of next year. In the 11/06 elections, the majority of Americans voted to end this insane war and cease the futile effort to change Middle Eastern politics. The enmity in that region has gone on for thousands of years, and no American meddling will change that.
Tell your representatives to vote to end the war in Iraq. We have more pressing work to be done at home--impeaching Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rove; solving the environmental problems; cleaning up the corruption in politics; immigration; health care; balancing the budget. Let's put our efforts where they can do the most good for our country.
--Paula S. Byerly,
BOISE TOO GREAT FOR HATE
I do not want to live in a city where swastikas and other hate messages are plastered anywhere. And I do not plan to move, so it's the hate-mongers who will have to move, or mend their ways. The desecration that the Islamic Center of Boise and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial recently suffered is not tolerable. I do not care whether my neighbors are Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, or Christian--Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, or what have you. I do not care about my neighbors' skin color, or their ethnicity, or their family structures, or, frankly, whether they have valid visas, so long as they are peaceful.
I do care whether every individual is free to live, work, play, and profess whatever belief (or disbelief) he or she wishes, without fear of harassment or persecution. I do want all my brothers and sisters in humanity to feel welcome in my hometown.
Our homes, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, and churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, halls, etc., should display "Hate-Free Zone" signs. Such an effort is being started by The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho. Contact Pam Baldwin at email@example.com" or call 208-368-6772.
--Paul D. Rolig,
president, Humanists of Idaho