Mail and Commentary Jan. 13 

Couch Potatoes

Recently I received another e-mail from a dear friend who thinks I should support her causes. After a year of deleting her e-mails without comment, I finally decided to answer and here is what I wrote:

I do believe in everyone's right to an opinion even if it disagrees with my own. I love President [Barack] Obama. He is doing the best that he can given the tremendous circumstances that he inherited. For all of those people who think the majority that elected him somehow has disappeared let me advise you: I am starting a new party. I call my party the "couch potato" party. That is because for various reasons, we tend to sit on the couch and don't come out unless there is dire need, like there was in the last election. The couch potatoes are, by and large, an educated community who discount the ravings of others (particularly the tea baggers) as non-threatening, so we while away the hours with more important issues, like mortgage foreclosures, paying exorbitant doctors' fees not covered by our health-care plans, and loved ones who are dying in foreign wars for no reason other than oil profits. We are tired of detrimental e-mails about our current president, who was duly elected by a majority of the public, but we sometimes delete these e-mails as trivial and not worthy of response.

So, in closing, let me simply say that we are out there. We support President Obama in every way; and if there is a need, we will turn out in droves to the election polls to have our voices heard again in 2010 and in 2011 and in 2012 and so on. Oh, and by the way, thanks for listening to me rant.

--Patricia Ann Murphy,

a citizen and a voter, Boise

Trial by TV

As a U.S. citizen and veteran, I write on the proposed civil trial for the 9/11 detainees to say and to ask your readers: Why do the detainees receive a civil trial and not a military trial? They are not U.S. citizens. Civil trials must be conducted pursuant to the U.S. Constitution. How many detainees will walk free? Violations of their Constitutional rights, speedy trial, etc. Why do the American people--taxpayers--have to defray the cost of a trial that will last two years plus? Depending on how many family members testify at those [trials] 3,000 men, women and children were murdered on 9/11. To reduce the cost of housing, transportation, feeding--not to mention security--why is the trial not being conducted on closed circuit television like many of our courts have been doing for years?

--Richard Temple,

Boise

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