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Mail and Commentary, March 23, 2011

Quote of the Week

"Can we stop calling Luna's Bills education reform bills? They contain changes for sure. They in no way represent any reform ..."

--idahoh2o (boiseweekly.com, Citydesk, "Revised Third Education Bill Revealed," March 18, 2011)

The Dude Would Not Approve

Shame on you for the words that are used in your full-page, full-color advertisement for the Cocktail Compass. Your words are, and I quote, "You need the closest bar and you need it now." Balderdash. It reads like you're encouraging uncontrollable consumption of alcoholic beverages. Is this what the Big Lebowski believed in? I think not.

--James Bammert, Boise

Golf Claps

A big thank you to the Red Light Variety Show. I was fortunate to see the Time Machine hosted at the Visual Arts Collective. I thought the individual performances, pace of action and the variety of skits all combined to make this a remarkable show. My personal favorite was the robot fight. Thank you for all of your hard work, and I look forward to the next Red Light Variety Show.

--Richard Mussler-Wright, Boise

More Family Holidays

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. One hundred years before we had automobiles, families lived close to each other. But now young people have to go where the work is, in most cases 500 or more miles from their parents' home. Consequently family members, siblings, children, grandchildren, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins don't see each other very often, and in many cases don't know each other.

Plan A: To make it easier for families to get to know each other better, the Friday before Labor Day should be a legal federal paid holiday. That way family members could travel on Friday, visit and get better acquainted on Saturday and Sunday, travel home on Monday and go back to work and school on Tuesday. The roads are not icy on Labor Day weekend as they are for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Plan B: For those who think that we don't need another paid federal holiday, consider moving Veterans' Day, which is close to Thanksgiving, to the Friday before Labor Day. From World Book Encyclopedia we read: "In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day ... In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans' Day to honor all veterans." Now that Frank Buckles, the last WWI veteran, passed away on Feb. 27, I think that Veterans' Day should be moved to the Friday before Labor Day, and it would be called Veterans'/Family Day. That would give us a four-day weekend when the roads are not icy for families to get together and get to know each other better.

Take a little time to write your Congressman.

--Nate Brenneise, Payette

BW Readers Are All About the Choice

At facebook.com/boiseweekly, the following comments were made regarding the Senate State Affairs Committee's passage of a 20-week abortion ban measure.

Unbelievable! Did I step into a time machine or what? Why are we revisiting old issues when there are much more important things to discuss?

--Dawn Scott

I believe we are seeing the rise of America's very own Taliban with the increased efforts to inject religion in our lives and to restrict the rights of women.

--Michael T. Bishop

I find it disturbing that the same people who want this are also the same people who call themselves "patriots" while they advocate taking away people's freedoms.

--John Mayton

Ridiculous! Catering to a conservative agenda while putting women's health at risk is unethical. How can anyone say that a fetus is more important than a woman? Besides, what happens to a woman's body should be her choice.

--Jacqueline Wayment