Mail and Commentary, Sept. 1, 2010 

'Hood How To

I was so looking forward to opening up the Boise Weekly Annual Manual to see all of the positive things about the Treasure Valley. My husband is a Boise native, and I spent nearly every summer here while growing up. We moved back to the Treasure Valley after 10 years in Seattle and have touted the benefits of living here to our friends and family who were surprised at our move to a "small town." We moved to Kuna into a great neighborhood with plenty of kids (we have five) and awesome neighbors. How disappointing it was to see the picture of Meridian and Kuna that was chosen to represent our communities. Really, a picture of some for rent apartments taken from a church parking lot? Not a picture of the main street, the skate park, the BMX track, Kuna park with Indian Creek running through, Kuna farmers market, Swan Falls Dam, or even the new proposed location of Kuna City Hall? Kuna High School is very impressive. Scenic views of the Treasure Valley are easy to find as well. Why paint this "picture" of a great community by showcasing nothing representative of the area? And why group Kuna and Meridian together as they both have much to offer? I am insulted, as I am sure many others in Kuna and Meridian are as well. Shame on you.

By the way, my family lives on the Bench and your depiction of that area is lacking in judgment as well. Let's take some pride in all the areas of the Treasure Valley. We have much to be proud of.

—Kari Randel,Kuna

Smells Snotty

Your opinion reeks of emotional backwash, elitism and closed-mindedness (BW, Opinion, "Attn: Bob Kustra," Aug. 11, 2010). Normally I dig your column so I'll assume you didn't mean to lobby for cutting educational opportunities in Boise, since that's nonsensical considering the state of the economy and lack of industrial employment in the Treasure Valley. I assume you understand the value of a working-class university to its community and its incentive for businesses to relocate to Boise. I assume you didn't mean to devalue the hard work put into education by nontraditional students (making up a large part of the BSU student body), who earn degrees by overcoming more obstacles than their traditional classmates. I assume you were caught up in a wave of devotion to your alma mater and your wallet's current contribution to your daughter's education in Moscow. But you know what they say about assuming ...

--Amy Knight, Nampa

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