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Mail May 28-June 3, 2008

Takes Green To Be Green

I headed to the Idaho Green Expo excited to learn new, healthy habits that would make both the earth and myself better. I recycle and use proper light bulbs but wanted to know what else I could do.

The first interaction I had was with a lady who had stickers proclaiming its wearers as "carbon neutral." She asked me, "How did you get here today?" I honestly admitted that I drove; she immediately shrugged herself away in disdain. Suggestion: Don't antagonize those who voluntarily come to learn and support your event.

After that I headed into the circus—booths and booths exclaiming how I can improve the earth if I fix up my house and eat organic. Except I rent, and the organic products are way above my budget. What I learned from the "Green" Expo was that to be green, you needed to have the green. Very smart business people picked up on the trend of individuals obsessing about being the "greenest" on the block. Since I was way below the average income level, I had nothing to offer the planet. I walked away from the event downhearted. Even the hours of volunteering I've done apparently meant nothing since I couldn't get decent insulation for my residence.

The very first thing I should have seen was a booth with a list of 10 things everyone can do to help. Everyone—students, elderly, kids, everyone. Who knows, that booth may have been there, but I could not find it in all the commercial activity.

If this "green" trend is really going to be effective, it won't happen solely from the top down. Everyone needs to be included, so being "green" won't be a temporary trend, but a way of life.

—Melanie Berg, Boise

Butthead

"Bill Sali is a butthead," I heard someone say recently, and I immediately realized that Bill Sali suffers from an acute form of rectal cranial inversion more commonly known as head-up-the-butt syndrome. Since this has become endemic in Idaho, Dr. Proctor, a representative from the Centers for Disease Control says we should provide rectal-cranial-inversion antidote kits to those infected. The kit includes a crowbar to pry the cranium from the anus, a heavy duty chamois cloth to remove fecal matter from the face and eyebrows, a level to ensure the head is properly aligned with the shoulders, and a copy of Thinking for Dummies to restore normal brain functions. With proper use of the rectal-cranial-inversion antidote kit Bill Sali can be cured of this terrible disease. Please join me in sending Bill Sali a rectal-cranial-inversion antidote kit—he desperately needs it. A vote for Bill Sali is a vote for special interests.

—D.W. Thomas, Boise

Be Like Oprah

The queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey, has decided to go vegan for 21 days, and she invites her viewers to join her. Her Web site provides a helpful menu, recipes, and opportunity for comments.

Oprah's stated reason: "How can you say you're trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?" As an added benefit, she expects to cleanse her body of the saturated fat, cholesterol, pesticides, antibiotics and pathogens in animal products.

I hope that Oprah's experience leads her to continue a vegan diet for life, and I invite your readers to take her 21-day challenge and discover the benefits for themselves.

—Glenn Newkirk, Boise

Hey, Brothers

A very enjoyable article on Freemasonry (BW, Feature, "On The Level," May 21, 2008). If I weren't so old, and didn't live so far away, I would love to come out during your celebration.

I offer fraternal greetings to all my brothers in Idaho, and may the Almighty look with favor on the great state of Idaho.

—WB Byron W. Schull, Richmond, Indiana