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Mail and Commentary Sept. 8, 2010

Quote of the Week: "I also find this article repulsive and filled with lies."

--ICARE, boiseweekly.com ("Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho," Feature, BW, Sept. 1, 2010)

BW: No Broncos

There are three things I particularly like about the Boise Weekly. Ted Rall, Bill Cope and the fact that you do not attempt to emulate the Idaho Statesman by shoving Bronco crap down my throat every single day. Today's front page feature ("Maryland or bust for one family of Bronco fans on their way to the Boise State season opener," Idaho Statesman, Sept. 1, 2010) about a family renting an RV they obviously can't afford to drive cross-country to see the game is a perfect example. Then I pick up BW and find an article on some ex-Bronco who hasn't played for 200 years or so. I don't care, and I'll bet most of your readers don't either. Stop right now. And take a vow that you'll never do it again.

--George Parker, Boise

CAFOs Turning Idaho into a Sewer

Great article and much needed for those in the political and connected world to read about (BW, Feature,"Cow Country," Sept. 1, 2010). Gooding County stinks, the air is unhealthy and the water is tainted with unknown chemicals. All the cries for intervention by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture has fallen on deaf ears. I cannot understand why Oregon and Washington have not sued the state of Idaho for degrading and contaminating the water that flows down the Snake River into the ocean. When will this become such an issue that the farmers and ranchers of Idaho will wake up and realize that the Idaho they love and depend on is a sewer with sterile non-productive land. I hope your article is forwarded to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and to the federal government as something needs done and the state will not do it.

--Judith Stockham, Gooding

Kuna Is So Much More Than A Parking Lot

I sure appreciate the nice, cultural, artsy pix of most areas and the parking lot/tract house pic of Kuna ('Hoods, Annual Manual). Hopefully that will keep dirty, stinking, unwashed hippies from the North End from coming out to see any of our highbrow cultural amenities.

--Mark Weaver, Kuna

BW Blows

I have been anticipating tickets for Primus/Portugal the Man. I usually count on the Boise Weekly for concert info, but in the case of this particular concert, you failed to inform me when the tickets were available for purchase. Now I am discovering that tickets are either sold out or are at least $70 each.

Obviously, Boise is lackluster as far as culture and the availability to said culture, but being the only decent alternative periodical here, I would hope you would try to push just a bit harder to inform the people of the valley that actually care to pursue good music/art. I admit that it is my fault for not looking elsewhere for what I want to know, but it is your fault as "the only decent alternative periodical" in the valley for not fulfilling the desires of your consumers. I am not expecting that every tour and/or band that comes through gets highlighted. I am, however, expecting your publication to print adequate information about the limited shows that we thankfully have access to. I am tired of having to drive to Portland/Seattle/Eugene/Bend/San Francisco to go to shows. I am also tired of expecting more from the Boise Weekly. Perhaps I should lower my standards. I guess that I, like you, have faith in this city. Perhaps we are both misguided.  

In the end what I really am getting at is that among the few uses for the Boise Weekly, concert information is not among them.

P.S. Your block party was a waste of time and effort.

--Aaron Bennion, Boise

*Editor's Note: While we make it our mission to be the source for live music in Boise as it happens, we could do a better job letting readers know when tickets go on sale. Keep an eye on Cobweb, where we'll be posting regular updates.

Curb Cup Mixed Up

As a professional musician of many years standing, I cannot think of a reason why you would insist on placing acoustic musicians next to electric ones. From what I have heard this was the second year in a row where this was the case at the Boise Curb Cup. The electric acts not only almost totally drowned out the acoustic acts' music to the audience members, they also made it nearly impossible for the acoustic musicians to hear (and therefore enjoy) themselves while performing--thereby putting them at a huge disadvantage. I talked to one acoustic band member who definitely will not consider participating next year unless this situation is seriously addressed.

One solution is to place all the loud acts (including those with loud recorded music) together down by the fountain and all the softer acts up toward the old Post Office. I heard similar complaints from many musicians and audience members, and the audience group I was in finally gave up and spent the rest of the time in a coffee shop.

Again, I ask organizers to put the feelings of the performers first and adopt a scenario enacted at most other similar events I have attended where acts are segregated by volume level.

--Ken Harris, Boise

A Scone By Any Other Name

I love the new Annual Manual! However, I take exception to the piece featuring Merritt's Cafe. Those fried things they serve are not scones. Scones are an Irish quick bread--fluffy on the inside and baked until golden on the outside. My mother was from rural Idaho and grew up with the item Merritt's serves; she called them "dough gods." I'm not saying one can't enjoy a dough god, but when you call their fried dough a scone you only encourage them in misrepresenting what they are selling.

--Carole Skinner, Boise

Messy, Messy

Yes, Afghanistan is truly a mess (BW, Opinion, "New War, Same Fears," Aug. 25, 2010). In fact it is so bad, that I have come to ask, "Just why are we there, anyhow?" We let [George W.] Bush and his buddy Dick [Cheney] convince us of those awful weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I remember our esteemed president smirking on the deck of a aircraft carrier and declaring, "Mission accomplished!" Never told us what our mission was. Those who poo poo'd our invasion there were declared unpatriotic, clearly un-American and troop haters to boot. Remember not too many years ago, Russia tried to invade the country. We were outraged and did our best to help those poor souls stand against those heathen barbarians. But it is time to ask, "What is our mission? Just why are we there?"

Could it be that we are busily involved in empire building one country at a time? And of course our defense system together gets about 64 percent of our national budget. We spend more every day over there than we spend on our educational system in a year. If we quit invading, invading, invading we would surely face a fearful financial depression. No senator or representative would offer a bill to cut defense spending in their district, of course. Take a hard, hard look, folks and ask, "Just why are we there. Really?"

--Tom Edgar, Boise