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February 21 - February 28, 2007


I have to agree with Cope on the matter of the media adoration, as well as the invoking of the deity, regarding the Broncos' big win. Prior to the Bowl victory I submitted a letter to the editor of the Idaho Statesman voicing my dissenting view that, somehow, putting pictures of partying football fans on the front page of the Statesman while burying world news, including Iraq war news and GI deaths, way back on Page 15 was wrong. I simply asked, 'how will history judge us?' in our apparent priorities.

Now, in my four short years here, I have submitted dozens of letters to the Statesman and BW. (Yeah, I get free speech here, too! Tuff!) In all that time, only two pieces have elicited a response from any other writers. But by far the largest response was to the letter concerning news coverage of the Iraq war, the world and the Broncos. You would have thought I had declared war on Christmas, or something. Some of the responders even suggested it wasn't "supporting the troops" to complain about the backwards, upside-down priorities of the Statesman and also, many Treasure Valley citizens.

In the final analysis, FOOTBALL DOESN'T REALLY MATTER! War and peace, however, do matter.

--Chris Morris,


For The Unappreciated

I am writing today in hopes that my words may encourage others to consider their effect on strangers' lives, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

I deliver pizzas during the day-time, and I also bus tables at night. I've been in the service industry for over six years now, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I enjoy what I do, mostly because of the people I work with, but occasionally something terrible happens and that is the inspiration for this letter.

Today I delivered to a company whose name I will not mention for obvious reasons. Two trips up the elevator and into a labyrinth of an office. As I stood there damp with sweat eagerly waiting for a signature on the credit card slip, I wondered, "Will I be receiving a tip?" A quick signature is normally a bad sign, and it was. Nothing. Nada. I could already hear the kids saying, "Ahhh! Not cabbage soup again!"

In that very moment of what some would call selfishness, I felt as if every curse word in every language was shooting out of me like cannonballs. I did not put the "pedal to the metal" and drive recklessly shouting obscenities, although it was tempting. Instead, I went straight back to work, for the next opportunit y.

This is when everything came together. I pulled into the trailer park and found the home quickly as this particular customer orders quite often. Even though this man has lost a leg and is bound to a wheelchair, he always greets me at the door with a friendly smile and invites me inside. His elderly mother talks about the good weather we've been having as he signs the slip. Then he hands me a tip, which is well over 25 percent. These people with barely anything to call possessions have given me a reason to smile again. No, not the money, but the will-power to stay happy, no matter what.

In conclusion, smiling is contagious so don't be shy. Tell the cashier at WinCo how much you appreciate him or her, because I can say with experience, that it does make all the difference in the world.

--K.C. Martin



We are disappointed that the proposed legislation related to "dual enrollment" will have negative impact on the majority of the students in our state. We believe the entire bill is "mean spirited" against those who choose traditional public schools. The issue related to set fees mandating what a district may charge suggests some are thumbing their nose at "local control" as well. We believed Republicans supported "local control," yet this proposed legislation seems to want the state to meddle in local school districts. 

The idea that the Legislature has nothing better to address related to education than drafting something that takes away from the majority and rewards those that make a certain choice is outrageous. We have some schools that pose a great danger to our children, as was the case with the Middleton school. We are fortunate that no children or adults were injured, and there were no fatalities in that fire. The Legislature should be prioritizing the issues since it is on such limited time. Senate Bill 1141 is a bill that is designed to take away opportunities for children who attend traditional schools. An example--if a student attending Skyview wants to cheer for her school, this bill would allow an opportunity for a charter student to take her place. These programs are not city leagues. We have heard, in part, the logic being used is that these parents pay taxes as well. Our response: We pay taxes that assist in funding our prisons, health and welfare and charter schools. Thankfully, we do not utilize the services of the prison system or need assistance provided by health and welfare. We also have no say on what kind and how many charter schools are being funded. So why should the children in the traditional public schools lose priority in their own schools? 

It is very disappointing that some people seem to be targeting those children in Idaho's traditional public schools. We hope our Legistlature will oppose such a bill regardless of whether that was the intent.

Choice is choice, and one small select group should not have more at the expense of the majority of Idaho's children.

--Laurie Boeckel, June Blackhurst, Jackie Redd,