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mail - June 16-June 22, 2004

NAME THAT TUNE

The June 16 issue of BW had me singing David Bowie.

Not "Changes" or "Chinagirl," though those are fine ones. No, this had me singing the one that mysteriously seems to be on a lot of people's minds lately.

I don't know why I can't get it out of my head. I mean, so many wonderful things are happening right now. Sixty-one percent of my countrymen believe Genesis to be literally true. It's good that they reject thousands of pieces of scientific evidence to the contrary, in favor of the word of a book written when most people traveled no more than 10 miles from home in their entire lives. Who can argue with that kind of history?

And our president is of a like mind. It's reassuring, because as he explained so eloquently, specs and logs don't build countries, religious people do. These people will always keep in mind that they're more religious than their neighbor, even if they don't say so. Especially if their neighbor is a "threatening" Muslim. Muslim neighbors do have their uses, though; they make great political platforms.

And Mr. Allen Marsh has enough confidence in the "straights" of this country to group them all with him in his fight against homosexuals. Well, everybody knows what assumptions make out of U and Me, but hey, Jesus will help him change.

Yes, from the stalwart frontliners fighting to keep the transgender agenda out of our movies to those brave Alabamans who tried so hard to keep their race pure, this country still does me proud. Yet, that infernal song just won't get out of my head. It goes something like this: "I'm afraid of Americans / I'm afraid of the world." I don't know where it comes from, but "I'm afraid I can't help it / I'm afraid I can't."

--Kelsea Shuldes,

Boise

CHEW THIS

A classic from cartoonist Gary Larson's comic strip shows a typical suburban scene. An eyeglass-wearing father is standing out in the front yard beside his young son, and they are looking over the wooden fence rail into his neighbor's yard. A pair of wolves is entering the neighbor's house while another pair can be seen hanging out in the windows. The neighbors are nowhere to be seen. The father is half-turned to his son and says, " I know you miss the Wainwrights, Bobby, but they were weak and stupid people--and that's why we have wolves and other large predators".

If we really lived by the laws of Far Side ecology then, the leadership and greater membership of the Idaho Anti-wolf Coalition would have been eaten many years ago. The coalition is wasting their money, as well as the federal government's money, to press a lawsuit that would force the removal of all wolves from Idaho. The foundation for this suit is the absurd claim that introduced Canada wolves are a different species from the local Idaho wolf. Ask any and all of the wildlife professors in North America what they think of this premise and they'll laugh their heads off. Chances of this lawsuit being successful are nil. In addition to this lawsuit, the coalition has promoted the illegal use of poison to kill wolves resulting in the near death of numerous pet dogs. The coalition should quit propagandizing and get beyond the anger/denial phase of their psychological trauma. Wolves are here to stay. God put them here for a reason. Who were we to exterminate them? Learn to live with it.

--Anthony Vick,

McCall

JUST SAY NO

In mid-July the U.S. Senate will debate and vote for the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). President Bush fully supports the Federal Marriage Amendment, which will amend the U.S. Constitution by defining marriage as, "between one woman and one man."

To date, approximately 118 U.S. House Members and 13 U.S. Senators have co-sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment. No member of the Idaho Congressional Delegation has co-sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment. Senators Craig and Crapo, Representatives Otter and Simpson have sent a clear message to President Bush that Idaho has no intention of passing the FMA.

Only the Federal Marriage Amendment will supersede Massachusetts' passage of legalized homosexual marriages from being forced down the throats of Idahoans. The U.S. Constitution's full faith and credit clause will force homosexual marriages to be legalized in the state of Idaho without passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Relying on the legal system to resolve this problem will only give activist judges the power to decide. The entire nation needs to decide this most important issue on a state-by-state basis by voting for the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Idahoans must contact each member of the Idaho Congressional Delegation and demand their full support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. A clear public statement for the support of the FMA from each member of the delegation should be issued. Where is the leadership of our elected officials? Leading parades are wonderful but when will we see some heavy lifting on this critical issue?

--Kelly Walton,

Burley

REAGAN D.O.A., RALL M.I.A.

I really enjoyed Ted Rall's column about Ronald Reagan.

Unfortunately, I had to find it in the Internet. It seems it had been censored from the pages of Boise Weekly.

The true Reagan legacy is in the mass graves and torture rooms of Central America--"So, let us stop talking falsely now, the hour is getting late.

--Larry Kiser,

Boise

DEFINING CASTLE

Boise Weekly's A&E News item (June 9) about handmade books attributed to James Castle referred to him as "Idaho's self-taught autistic artist." Although Castle was indeed self-taught, it is far from established that he was autistic. The theory that Castle was autistic is a recent one propounded primarily by Tom Trusky of Boise State. It, however, remains very much the minority view among Castle experts, and is not subscribed to by Castle's family who, of course, knew him best.

In the course of my own research on Castle, I have yet to come across other commentators who share Trusky's view. Deaf since birth, Castle never learned to read, write or communicate in sign language. Although he attended a school for the deaf one year, he was declared "uneducable" and sent home. Trusky himself has written that this action by the school administrators probably had more to do with their own prejudices about those born deaf than Castle's refusal to learn, which would seem to undermine suggestions that Castle exhibited the classic symptoms of autism. Castle's work reveals him to have been not only artistically literate, but a warm and witty human being who conversed the only way he knew how--through his art.

--Chris Schnoor,

Boise

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