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Letters to the Editor January 11, 2017

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Idaho Is Too Great For This

Dear Editor,

In March of 2016, Idaho's attorney general's office charged a white high-school football player John R. K. Howard of Dietrich, Idaho for abusing a black high-school football player with a disability by kicking a coat hanger into his rectum. The charge was dropped from "felony injury to a child" with major punishment to three years of probation with the possibility of the offense being removed after probation. The AG stated it was "not a sex crime" and that it "was not a racially motivated crime".

Every article that I have read includes details of the history of racial slurs used by those involved in this case toward the victim, it also includes the act of kicking a hanger into the victim's rectum and some mention the act of "humping."

To deny that this crime involved race, to deny that the intent was forced and unwanted sexual domination is to abuse the power of authority. We must ask ourselves as Idahoans, is this acceptable? To lie and protect community members that are racially and sexually abusive?

As a community, we should seek accountability from the Idaho attorney general through a public statement expressing commitment from his office to learn about implicit bias on gender, race and ability. As a community, we should seek accountability from the Dietrich School District to undo a culture of hate, violence and racism.

Idaho is too great for this.

—D. Naomi Johnson


Trump Can't Trump Compassion

Dear Editor,

We all know Donald Trump as a reality television star with his show The Apprentice. Like him or hate him, he is the president-elect and will be in charge of the world's largest superpower. Not only is he racist and homophobic, he is also sexist, Islamophobic and has degraded more people than he will probably ever "raise up."

Donald Trump stands for separation and hate rather than love and unity. He makes fun of handicapped citizens, makes horrific remarks about women on videotape and, yet, America still voted him as president.

Some say "stop making it a big deal, it's over," but Donald Trump, you are not my president and you never will be. I don't stand for hate and I don't stand for separation. I stand for love, unity and respect for everything and everyone that lives on this beautiful planet. We are one human race, not just one nation.

Everything and everyone is deserving of love. We shouldn't have a president who preaches nothing but hate. America, I know that it is hard, but it is important to unify and stand as one because Donald Trump can't trump our compassion.

—Alicia Brodersen


New Year's Resolution

Dear Editor,

The coming New Year's resolution should be pretty obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry.

A dozen start-ups, led by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating plant-based burgers and other meats that are more delicious, convenient and healthy than the old-fashioned animal-based variety. They are backed by tech industry pioneers like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google principals Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Even animal meat behemoth Tyson Foods has announced a $150 million venture capital fund to explore and invest in these products.

The plant-based food revolution is going mainstream. Hundreds of school, college, hospital and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday. Fast-food chains Chipotle, Panera, Subway and Taco Bell are rolling out plant-based dinner options.

And American consumers are responding, with fully reducing their intake of animal-based meats, milks and other food products.

Let's make this New Year's resolution about exploring the rich variety of delicious, convenient, healthy plant-based dinners, lunch meats, cheeses, milks and ice creams available in every supermarket. The internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.

—Ike Schneider



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