Mail and Commentary Sept. 7, 2011 

"If you think that beating a pathetic Georgia Bulldog team says anything, you are terribly wrong ..."

--Anonymous (boiseweekly.com, Cobweb, "Broncos Beat Bulldogs; Blue and Orange Pride Lives On," Sept. 4, 2011)

Ah ... Boise

Living in Boise is kind of frustrating, but I can't help but laugh. It's like we have the hip version of serious gang issues--something along the lines of serious cult issues.

I feel like I am constantly living in some horrendously drawn out rant about how ridiculously pretentious people are getting nowadays. We have some sort of unspoken turf war always going on between Dawson Taylor and Thomas Hammer downtown. I feel like I'm penetrating the iron curtain every time I cross Eighth Street on my way to nowhere. The antisocial and psychologically unstable high school students seem to be climbing the social ladder via the high-highway or the way-underground of social extremes. I would hate it so much if it weren't so hilarious. It seems like such a self-cannibalizing concept to try and love irony so much that you live a heartbreakingly predictable life.

I'm just glad that it is seen as a somewhat edgy/stylish thing to stray from the social norm, because it makes me feel like I fit right in with all my small-town quirks. Boise is truly a weird and beautiful place. I think as much as people want to have their differences here, we can all get along very well because we can all relate to each other in some way or another.

--Amanda Leigh,Boise

Respect the Unions

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday? The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America's workers. The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored. Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly attributable to unions. To cite but a few: the 40-hour work week, paid holidays and vacations, sick leave, grievance procedures, collective bargaining and generally superior wages.

Unfortunately succeeding generations have come to take those benefits for granted. Those benefits came about because of unions and soon became the norm for union workers and many non-union workers as well.

All American workers owe a debt of gratitude to organized labor for its achievements.

--Paul G. Jaehnert,Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Bankers Go Directly to Jail

Who's going to sue the U.S. government for aiding and abetting the mortgage and securities fraud? Banker bailout was aiding and abetting criminal activities from within banks. I only want to see bankers go to jail not get fined.

--Mike Sherwood, facebook.com/boiseweekly

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