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Re: “Mail July 26, 2017

Now, I think you two should make up. Everyone knows Cope froths at the mouth. Let it be.

Posted by David E. Tuttle on 07/26/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Mail July 12, 2017

Three of the four letters decry the "transfer of wealth" from poor folks to those darned one-percenters... who obviously don't need more wealth. (I'm sure it's just an interesting coincidence, and not that the authors were using some sort of boiler-plate to compose their letters.) But it raises an interesting topic. If poor folks are being given free (to them) health care, and then that free health care is withdrawn or otherwise adversely modified, can it really be called a "transfer of wealth"?

This country is $20,000,000,000,000-plus in debt already. I s'pose if you aren't a taxpayer or money-earner, that's no big deal. But at some point, I can't help but feel the House of Cards will collapse. Who will provide the free health care, post-collapse? (And free college, too, while we're at it?)

Full disclosure - I'm NOT a "one-percenter" - far from it. I'm lower middle class, struggling to keep head above water, pay my taxes, and keep my family insured.

Posted by bikeboy on 07/13/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Letters to the editor: January 25, 2017

Bradley, as a member of the new Whole Food Plant Based for Life group and one of the organizers for Treasure Valley Vegans I cannot thank you enough for your thoughtful letter. I've been running thin on energy for organizing our group thinking that perhaps I should move my energies to more urgent matters while also battling the nagging, undefined notion that that might not be the right strategy. Your letter put everything in focus. Please join us! ~ Heidi

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Posted by Prairiesun on 01/27/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor January 11, 2017

The Boise Weekly says on it's mission statement page that comments made to letters shouldn't be "don't be libelous, slanderous, threatening, defamatory, hateful or abusive.

That being said, could it (the BW,) also make an effort to not publish plagiarized pieces by PETA disciples? (That would be just about anything someone submits with an anti-meat theme.)
For instance, Ike Schneider's "letter" (1/11) is a copy of the following two "letters to the editors": - Elijah Hennison, Eugene, OR Jan. 3, 2017 - Dick Wahlberg, Erie, PA Posted Dec 30, 2016
Oh, and do a google search on "The plant-based food revolution is going mainstream." to see the three hundred plus (300+) more "letters" by dozens of devoted deceivers dedicated to PETA's dogmata.

The Boise Weekly might also want to consider charging PETA for its "press releases", or more accurately defined "heretofore free advertising", in the future. Isn't that how other organizations (businesses, charities, clubs, festivals) get the word out on their beliefs?
In closing my non-libelous, non-slanderous, non-threatening, non-defamatory, non-hateful and non-abusive, yet truthful request, I wish PETA all the best in their personal nutrition diets.

---Steven Desens
Covina, CA

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Posted by Steven Randall Desens on 01/14/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 30, 2013

--Just Another John Smith Should be put on notice that none of the restaurants at The Village are based in California and the complex smell more of Las Vegas than California. The BW should be ashamed of itself for printing his bigoted comment.

Posted by ericn1300 on 10/31/2013 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Luna's Puzzle

My posts

Posted by Jared Stephen Daye on 10/19/2013 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Luna's Puzzle

When will the people of Idaho get wise to the GOP's fleecing of our education system?

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Posted by BC on 08/07/2013 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary June 12, 2013

RE, Lance Wells...

"I begin this letter by stating plainly that I don't think much of the majority of the nonsense that the Boise Weekly contains."

I begin my response by stating that your letter doesn't give one much reason to believe you think at all.

"I occasionally review it because "sometimes it is useful to know what kind of nonsense people are thinking."

Well, THAT...and people like you just love to look for things to gripe about...

"Certainly this is the case with the opinion pieces by Messrs. Cope and Rall, which could sorely tempt one to openly question whether or not everyone truly should have a right to his own opinion."

Yes, let's make sure people who do not share YOUR 'opinions' are silenced...welcome to the NeoCon Paradise.

"...without any accompanying silliness about the supposed rights of sodomites and pedophiles"

Care to provide ANY examples of where this has EVER occurred in this publication?


I didn't think so, as it never has.
As usual, for the NeoCon, if something doesn't exist to back up your hate or intolerance, just make some crap up...

"...or impassioned support for government mandates implementing the forcible seizure and redistribution of wealth"

Any PROOF of this laughable assertion?


Again...didn't think so.
Just more lies and propaganda...

Your name has already established that you are male, and I'm willing to bet that you are over 50...and white. The cliched, fearful, venom laced Conservative, too afraid to accept change, too thick to acknowledge his own demise...

" ...or any number of other poorly fleshed out theories so often extolled in your paper."

As opposed to the poorly conceived and often repeated lies within the bubble of the NeoCon universe...

Tell me, what is it LIKE, being a member of the minority in this country, filled with fear and hatred of a new and better future you are unwilling to consider?

See, I have to ask...because I'm part of the MAJORITY.
The people who think helping your fellow countrymen is REAL patriotism, that 'I've got mine, screw you, Jack' is about an UN-American as it gets.

Keep up the piss poor attitude, sport...enjoy it while you can, because your numbers are thankfully diminishing...while ours are growing....


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Posted by karcreat2 on 06/13/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Dec. 12, 2012

The "IOUs signed by Uncle Sam" are actually Treasury Bills, the most desired investment around the world. Even if the US went bankrupt Social Security will be repaid before the Chinese T-bill holders.

Posted by ericn1300 on 12/13/2012 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Dec. 12, 2012

RE: "Social Security Straight Talk"

The amount deducted from your paycheck is based on your income. These deductions go into a trust fund, with any excess used to purchase US bonds. Your payout is based on you income and contributions over your working life.

No income equals no deductions, and so it’s really your employment history and contributions that matters and not someone else’s.

Beware of claims that Social Security is bankrupt. This scare tactic is being used to try to privatize the fund. Meaning the wealthy can skim profits from fluctuations in stock prices, much like a 401K plan (create a bubble, sell high, let it pop, buy low, repeat..).

Posted by RealHairyMan on 12/13/2012 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Dec. 12, 2012

RE: "Social Security Straight Talk"

I wish it were exactly as Ms. Wassner describes it. But in the interest of accuracy, I'm going to make a couple of clarifications, based on my understanding. And if I'm wrong, PLEASE correct me!

"Social Security's funding stream is 100 percent reliable." The funding stream is involuntary contributions by employers and employees. Increased unemployment affects that funding stream negatively. And if the funding stream doesn't keep up with payouts, does it really matter how "reliable" it is?

"Social Security is in no danger of going bankrupt. The system has a huge surplus..." Oh, if only it were so! My understanding is that the money is gone - replaced with IOUs signed by Uncle Sam, and backed by the "full faith and credit of the government." If that fills you with confidence, excellent! I'm not so confident in my Uncle, who's already racked up $16 trillion in debt and increasing by billions every day. Should I still be loaning him money?

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Posted by bikeboy on 12/12/2012 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 31, 2012

Regarding: Curious Timing

100% there with you! Having lived here (by mistake) since 1971, it never ceases to amaze me how our viewing is censored. I am not much older than you, Bill, and (having lived in many other areas) am floored by the irony of "less government, lower taxes, more freedom" at election day, yet continual subjugation of the masses continues all other times. I love this state for its beauty. As to the humanist aspect, it is interesting to live in a plutocrat theocratic oligarchy.

Posted by Nicholas Hall Jr on 11/21/2012 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Nov. 7, 2012

Ajax, I believe Mr. Peterson was mostly commenting that those racer/trainer -types are pretty scarce on the streets and trails, once the weather turns less-than-ideal.

I agree with you that it's pretty silly for him to criticize their gear-of-choice... but he DOES make a valid point. It's hard to argue that there are far fewer riders out on our streets between November and April, than during the warm half of the year.

Posted by bikeboy on 11/14/2012 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Nov. 7, 2012

There is so much to take issue with in regards to Mr.Peterson's article. For one, he assumes that all of these 'zooming by' 'neon clad' 'fair weather' types are commuting like he is. They are probably training for racing or just for the sake of improving their fitness in sport-appropriate clothing, and of course should pass him with ease! Calling them 'girlie girls' is assuming that they're all men. What about all of the women who ride (who also kick his ass). I also highly doubt that he sees anyone riding around on the Greenbelt on a full-suspension mountain bike either (with full-suspension being only for the girls because they are 'girlie'). Why would anyone want to follow his advice on buying a steel-framed mountain bike? Alloys are just as inexpensive and last as long and are faster/lighter.

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Posted by ajax on 11/13/2012 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Nov. 7, 2012

Re: "real bikers don't wear neon":…

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Posted by bikeboy on 11/09/2012 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Nov. 7, 2012

Dear Mr. Peterson:

Shove your steel-framed luddite-mobile where the sun don't shine. Because apparently you like to ride where and when the sun don't shine.

With love,


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Posted by Lloyd on 11/09/2012 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Nov. 7, 2012

Dear Al Holloway,

I really look forward to the day when I get to pry my dog's severed and bloodied leg from one of your beloved traps. Putting an animal through an unbearable hell of writhing in pain while its body slowly dies in a trap is INHUMANE and DISGUSTING. If you need to hunt your food, then trek out and hunt down the animal and kill it in one clean shot. You are not a conservationist and you are not responsible if you trap. What you are is ignorant and cold. Teaching your kids that it's a-ok to treat wildlife in that manner is so wrong.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Posted by paix607 on 11/08/2012 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Nov. 7, 2012

Mr Holloway,

"but does that mean special-interest groups should have the right to dictate what I do? ...They attack trapping first because there aren't that many of us."

First you blame special interest groups for being anti-trapping. Then you say you are a small group, with special interest. You sir are the special interest.

Trapping is a time honored tradition, such as being a barrel-wight. But it's time has passed. Many of us worry about the safety of our family and pets, and we are not a special interest group. Many did not understand the wording of the bill, and you can rest assured it will be addressed again.
Speedy Gray

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Posted by Speedy Gray on 11/07/2012 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 31, 2012

Re: "No to Greenbelt Initiatives"

Mr. Solverson says the disputed path is on the south side of the river. It's on the north side.

He argues that opening the path to cyclists will make the proposed bridge a boondoggle. That may be so, but it certainly wouldn't become a "bridge to nowhere," as he suggests. There are numerous parallel stretches of Greenbelt on both sides of the river, and people use all of 'em.

He argues that Garden City's $1-plus million estimate is probably low, based on his experience as a government planner. (This despite the fact that ACHD is estimating a similar length paving project on the south side of the river to be well under $100K.) I believe Solverson and Garden City are both WAY off. The only expense to implement the initiative would be to pay an employee to take the "no bikes" signs down. In its current state, the pathway would be mostly "ridable" by a cyclist with rudimentary skills. And if the cyclist has to dismount to safely proceed, so be it. That's the nature of unpaved pathways. And the entire Greenbelt is "use at your own risk." (Sure, it would be nice if it were paved and wider... for both cyclists and other pathway users. But it's certainly not essential!)

Using Solverson's logic, Mayor Evans and his Council toadies could decide that the Greenbelt behind the new "Waterfront" housing development is "inessential." After all, there's a parallel path on the north side of the river... we don't need both! One of the two initiatives is to prevent such an arbitrary decision.

Finally, it seems disingenuous for Solverson to accuse cyclists of being "intolerant and selfish." The intolerant and selfish ones are those who are fighting tooth and nail to keep the cyclists off their precious back yard path!

Are there irresponsible cyclists on the Greenbelt? Absolutely! And they should be discouraged from their irresponsible ways. But there are also irresponsible pedestrians, dog-walkers, skaters, etc. Yeah, we should all be civil and cooperative.

I hope the citizens of Garden City say "Yes!" resoundingly to both initiatives.

(Full disclosure: I'm not a Garden City resident, so I can't vote. The ONLY time I've been on the quote-unquote "nature path" was on a protest walk. I'd probably ride on it occasionally if it were open, but my only "dog in the fight" is on behalf of my sister and brother cyclists who would use it regularly for both commuting and pleasure.)


How pathetic is Boise Weekly to reprint "Mick's" boilerplate screed about the "Repulsican Taliban"?!! Mick comments about the Repulsicans routinely on the website. But perhaps the print-edition readers don't get to enjoy that scintillating wit.

Posted by bikeboy on 11/01/2012 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 10, 2012

Vote Yes on HJR2 and you will help protect Idaho from radical activists. If HJR2 passes Idaho will remain Idaho and not be controlled by a bunch of well funded nonresident activists that have no idea what is best for Idaho, our communities, our wilderness, and our economy.

Posted by Doublej on 10/29/2012 at 2:21 PM

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