What could be a more fitting tribute to our fallen soldiers than Larry King presenting Taylor Hicks, American Idol winner, this Memorial Day? It speaks volumes. God Bless America!
You're Alright, Blaine
I was heartened to read the words penned (or typed) by Mr. Jeremy Fryberger in this week's BW (BW, Letters, May 24). Until then, I was convinced that all Sun Valley area residents were arrogant elitists, perfectly content with mowing down the world around them to accomodate the multi-million-dollar homes and resorts that separate and insulate them from the rest of us. I'm glad I was wrong, and that there are indeed some who do understand that wolves, as well as grizzlies, coyotes and mountain lions, are an integral part of and play a vital role in the very ecosystem that is the reason many of us live in the Mountain West. Rarely does a day pass that I don't see the "Save 100 elk, kill a wolf" bumper sticker in my travels. My preferred version reads, "Save 100 elk, stop selling elk tags." What hubris suggests that we know more than nature itself about maintaining this resource and controlling a variety of species that despite our best efforts over decades to drive them to extinction, have managed to persist? We should instead be trying to learn from them.
When I was a Forest Service firefighter, we had a term, "the stupid zone," which describes the wildland areas in which people build ridiculously expensive homes, and then expect our government to expend vast resources and place peoples' lives in jeopardy to protect when the forest does what it naturally does, and cleanses itself periodically with fire. Similar logic is at the heart of the philosophy of groups like the Idaho Anti-Wolf Coalition, that logic being, "I'm going to live and play where I want, because I'm entitled to, never mind natural cycles, and never mind the indigenous species. Kill it all so I can have my view of the lake, or have my non-native cows raping the land and watershed, or so I can have a less clever animal to shoot at for recreation.
Passion I appreciate, but passion born of an ill-informed, myopic, self-serving position, not remotely considerate of the reality of the world around us, is exactly what Mr. Fryberger suggests it is--a sideshow.
Wanna Know Why You Lost?
Looks like Judy just doesn't get it (BW, Citizen, "Judy Peavey-Derr," June 1). She didn't mention uncontrolled sprawl, traffic, and deteriorating air quality. Development has to be rationalized for the good of the people as a whole, not just the financial interests of the developers and the politicians they back.
Ra Ra Ride
How about a little support for a great community service? I take the Number 9 down State Street to work and back almost everyday, and that bus is absolutely PACKED! With the skyrocketing gas prices, it makes sense to leave my truck at home and ride the Valley Transit. For $1 each way, I save about $4/day and get about 30 minutes of reading time. Coming from Seattle, where we had a truly integrated transit system, I can say that there are quite a few things that can be improved upon. But how is that going to happen unless we first support the transit system that we have?
How are we going to increase ridership? First off, we need to get more funding. Like Field of Dreams, if we build it, they will come. Some of the main reasons that there is not more ridership is because the buses don't come regularly enough, and there are not enough routes. Boise is still clinging to its Idaho ruralness, but it is time to embrace our urban reality. Answer congestion with sound transportation decisions!
Here's a few ideas to make the transit system better:
1) Increase funding. How on earth do you expect to improve the transit experience with no money?
2) Take a look at transit systems that work. Google has launched a new transit beta for Portland at http://www.google.com/transit but you should also take a look at Seattle's Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov. These are great because they make all the connections for you and find you the quickest route(s) to your destination.
3) Offer free rides downtown. Seattle and many other metropolitan centers do this. It's a great way to keep the congestion at manageable levels downtown.
4) Have patience. It takes time for the public to adopt a new way of doing things and they need to be assured that this service is here to stay!
Thank you to all the wonderful drivers and supporters of Valley Ride Transit!
File under: Huh?
Last week, as I drove out of the Clock Tower apartments, I spotted an Airstreamer parked on the side of the road with this personalized license plate: 1A N666R.
My question is, how could the Idaho department of Motor Vehicles let this one slip by? It didn't take but a single glance for me to realize the racist epithet that is parked in plain view of all who enter the Clock Tower apartment complex. My second question is, am I the only one that is outraged here? Why hasn't this plate been reported? Have we become so engrained in thinking that this term is OK or is the dept of motor vehicles really this dense and naive? This vanity plate is unacceptable and disgusting no matter who owns this vehicle and I have reported it. I am now waiting to hear what the excuse is going to be for approving it, or better yet, allowing it to exist. When I travel outside of the state and tell people of color where I am from, their comments and reactions clearly lead me to understand that it's not potatoes we are famous for.
I shop regularly at Albertsons and think it provides a quality shoppingexperience. The pharmacy is always responsive to my needs. In fact, there's nothing wrong with Albertson's that couldn't be cured by getting rid of Johnson and the board. They are neither grocers nor managers, but bandits. I hope the lawsuit filed by the employee/stockholder gains support and wins. Go for it!