Mail and Commentary Aug. 18, 2010 

Quote of the Week

"... No, Kustra is not BSU. He's president of the university. He's a man. He said something stupid ..."

--david, boiseweekly.com (BW, Opinion, "Attn: Bob Kustra," Aug. 11, 2010)

More than IWN

I enjoyed reading Carissa Wolf's recent article "We've Come a Long Way Baby--Or Have We? The state of feminism in Idaho" (BW: , Aug. 11, 2010: ). I would like to point out the omission in the article of AAUW's involvement with the now-defunct [Idaho Women's Network]. Current and past members of AAUW were there when IWN was formed. Kay Snyder of Idaho Falls, AAUW state president 1988-1990, passed the hat at a legislative training for women to raise seed money to form IWN. We have been a continual partner and supporter of IWN throughout the years, most recently at the 2008 and 2009 Equal Pay Day events. These events consisted of Brown Bag Lunch forums at Boise State followed by the "UnHappy Hour" at the TableRock Brewpub and Grill. AAUW is one of the nation's oldest women's organizations. Its mission states: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Idaho currently has six active branches throughout the state. Our state public policy chair, Sylvia Chariton, lobbied alongside Taryn Magrini at the state legislature for women's rights, which included Equal Pay Day efforts and state-wide daycare licensing.

--Patricia Alpine,Co-President AAUW Idaho

Scan Me, Sucka

After reading the note from the editor (BW, Note, "Whatchya Hiding Under That There Skirt," Aug. 11, 2010), here is my take on full-body scanners. Use the crap out of them. If it keeps me safer while flying, scan my ass! I don't care. Don't we all know what each other looks like under our clothes anyway? Yes, it is very intrusive. I am sure someone will find a way to take advantage of it, but in a day when people are putting their most intimate details on Facebook, etc., why is this different? Sometimes I think people just want something to whine about.

--Launa Schaffer,Boise

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