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July 20, 2005

The trouble with Ted•Congratulations•The good old days•The Good Old Days


In last week's Lingo Yarns, the image of Ross Zietz T-shirt design should have been labeled "Fred and the Giant Eel."

Gino's Grill's hours should be 5-10 p.m., not open for lunch.

The trouble with Ted

Is Karl Rove: Worse Than Osama Bin Laden!? (BW, Ted Rall, "Karl Rove: Worse Than Bin Laden," July 13, 2005)

Karl Rove worse than he who religiously justifies the physical abuse of a wife?

Worse than those who murdered Theo Van Gogh for making a movie and issue a death sentence for Salman Rushdie for writing a book?

Worse than those who blew up the Buddha statue in Afghanistan?

Worse than he whose model of society is the seventh century AD?

Worse than those who advocate the moral superiority of religious conquest or endorse the death by suicide of the purest and brightest of their youth?

Worse than those who have hijacked the religion of 1 billion people?

Such statements do not add to the public discourse and downgrade the stature of your newspaper. Statements like that continue to turn the Democratic Party into the minority caucus of the radical fringe. The American left has completely abandoned the ideals of the New Deal and America's first trade unions. America's trade union membership has gone from 43 percent of the labor force to 8 percent in only 50 years-if you deduct the number of government workers from that number, the results are even more discouraging. But you call Bush a Nazi and it is all good, isn't it?

No political party has ever consistently run a country by putting catch phrases over substance. As for Ted Rall, he needs to go back on his medication.

-Mitchell P.

Editor's Note: Is the rhetoric spewed by Ann Coulter any different? Things can look different depending upon what side of the street you are on. Besides being incorrect about Muslims advocating physical abuse of women, there are Christian groups in America that advocate subjugation of women. Let's spin your "worsenesses" around. Worse than making a hit list of "evil men" playing cards, assasinating foreign leaders who disagree with America's political agenda or banning some of Muslim belief from visiting this country? Worse than blowing up ancient archeological sites in Iraq because there's a tank sitting next to it? Worse than a model of society based on 10 commandments written centuries before Christ (B.C.)? Worse than those who advocate moral superiority through religion? (Wait, you said that one.) Worse than those who send the best and brightest of our youth to fight for protection of oil interest? Worse than those who have hijacked the religion of almost 300 million for political gain? You see, Mitchell, these arguments can be made both ways. Critics might argue that it is the capitalistic corporate-backed conservatives that have weakened the unions. Both parties have always used catch phrases, but the current administration is particularly adept at it, with phrases like the "clear skies initiative" advocating relaxed polution standards and "healthy forest" promoting logging.


Happy 13, Boise Weekly, and many more to come.

I have picked up at least 90 percent of your issues, starting with #1. And I have read quite a few, too. My favorite issues were the early ones. They were new and novel, and they didn't have many ads, so they looked clean and compact.

The most memorable story was the one by Andrew Scutro about the young man who suffered brain damage due to cleaning toxic waste out of a storage tank.

-Art Ignotus,


The good old days

Dang it, the City of Meridian made a top 100 list, giving us national attention. Like we need more attention. The growth out here has been so fast and furious that the various planning groups and commissions can't keep up with bending over for all the developers as it is.

When our family moved from the big city of Boise to Meridian in the mid '70s, the town was around 2,000 in population. As a teenager I knew all the cops in town. Both of them. The first parade I went to had more people participating in it than were watching it. I got my first driver's license at the sheriff's substation on E. 1st St., now known as Main St. The road part of the test consisted of driving a deputy, one of our neighbors, down to Paul's grocery for his free cup of coffee and back.

Nowadays it's so crowded you can't sit on the front porch with the .357 and make the dogs dance without at least 10 of the almost 50 cops showing up. But I must admit I'm part of the problem. I now live in a subdivision that occupies a field I used to hunt in my youth.

Yet I still miss the good old days. Going to town meant a country drive to Boise down an uncrowded Fairview Ave. I forget what they charged at the Meridian Drive-In for a movie, but I think they changed it from charging by the person to charging by the car load out of concern for all the kids we used to hide in the trunk. And before the national fast food chains and strip malls came to anchor our entryway into town we had a somewhat vibrant downtown.

Seems as if all the good reasons my family moved here for, 30 years ago, are either gone, or on the verge of going away as rampant development destroys the way of life we moved here for. Change is inevitable, but has the current pace of change been well planned for? I think not.

-Eric P. Nielsen, Meridian

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