Mail and Commentary July 21, 2010 

Pizza Politics

In reference to a June 23 food review of Twig's Cellar by Tara Morgan (BW, Food, "Twig's Cellar"), my first thought when reading Tara's review was that if she was "hankering" for pizza, then along with her pedestrian wording she should have frequented a pedestrian venue. Perhaps her expectations were more along the line of Domino's or Pizza Hut.

First of all Twig's is not a "pizza joint." Pizza is just one of a variety of items on the delectable menu. One is not only presented with a variety of gourmet pizzas on this menu--the witty proprietress allows one to design their own.

I am a "gourmet pizza" aficionado and have sampled more than my share from many different corners of the world. I must say Twig's ranks in my top five favorites. The crust is a perfection of crisp and tasty flavor along with a great blend of my preferred ingredients. The secret recipe sauce allows for a tangy infusion to delight any palate. I only discovered this secret hideaway about a month ago and it will be one of my frequent stops when I am "craving" a gourmet pizza and a glass of champagne in a warm downtown establishment with an uptown atmosphere.

--Penny Sheldon, Boise



One State Show

So the unrestrained invisible hand of the free market drills a hole in the Gulf that pops its cork and lets out untold gallons of oil to despoil the coasts and sea life, while destroying the work prospects of all fishing and tourism sectors.

The same invisible hand fumbles time after time, trying to shove the cork back into the hole, illustrating that one should always have a solution ready in case of an emergency.

Speaking of solutions, the same ineptness has allowed "experts" to destroy the economy on a world scale and any solutions have only yielded weak results in rectifying the problem. In the current debate of solutions, one side wants more stimulus, which did work for FDR, while the other side wants to cut Medicare, Social Security and education in the hopes of satiating the "bond vigilantes."

One solution not being considered seriously by either camp--unless you're outside the beltway--is a public-bank option. North Dakota, ironically a conservative red state, has been operating a government run bank since 1919. They have a $1.3 billion surplus, full employment and can fully fund all public services. They are divorced from Wall Street and run their own show. You'd think Idaho could show some independence and do the same, but I guess serving Wall Street rules is the order of the day. One brave soul, James Stivers, ran on a public-bank platform, but lost his bid in the last primary. I guess the invisible hand will continue to steal from Idahoans by gutting their services and privatizing their future.

--Kevin Bayhouse, Boise

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