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Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 10, 2012

Idahoans on Nov.6, voters throughout Idaho, have the chance to permanently protect, their and the future generations yet to come, rights to hunt, fish and trap. The way that they can do this is by voting yes on HJR2aa, at the Nov 6th election. Antihunting, antifishing, and antitrapping groups such as the ones that Greg Moore heads and belongs to. would have you believe that IDF&G wouldn't be able to manage wildlife if this passes. Read the IDF&G commissions letter above again if your in doubt. This amendment protects IDF&G mandates to preserve, protect, perpetuate, and manage wildlife. Please VOTE with me to protect Idaho's right to manage it's resources. Don't let Idaho fall to the way California is run, by emotional rhetoric. They just passed a ban on hound hunting, hound hunters rarely kill the animals that they tree. It is a valuable tool in selective removal of the older more territorial animals. So more animals survive the critical first years. Yea way to go ANTI'S you saved them. Please VOTE YES ON HJR2aa NOVEMBER 6. Cast a vote for future Idahoans, for your grand kids, greatgrand kids, my grand kids,etc...

Posted by Patrick Carney on 10/14/2012 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 10, 2012

Greg Moore goes from NO on HJR2 to directly attacking trappers with opinion. Directly after makeing this statement, "If HJR2 is defeated, existing rights to hunt, fish and trap will remain in effect. Nothing will change." If he is willing to put a statement like that into writting, what else is Mr. Moore and his followers of animal rights activists hiding. In my opinion what that they are hiding is hunting, fishing and trapping are all on the chopping block. No trapping on public lands, no bear baiting, no hound hunting, no bow hunting"doesn't kill quick enough", no more rifle hunting because that gives hunters an unfair advantage. HJR2 would stop animal rights folks who will outnumber Idaho sportsmen and women in the future from forcing those changes down our throats.

Posted by Jared Boley on 10/13/2012 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 10, 2012

First a disclaimer or two -- I'm not in Idaho anymore and I can't vote. And I'm not anti-hunting or anti-fishing, but I do think trapping is an utter abomination in the 21st century.

All that said, I don't think IDFG and the legislative supporters have quite thought this through. The actual language of the Constitutional Amendment says the rights of hunting, fishing, trapping, "shall forever be preserved." The Amendment, which by its very nature will trump state statutes, could well be interpreted to extend to the habitat necessary for the fish and game to survive to be fished and hunted. Notably, the drafters exempted water rights, but not logging and mining, for example. So, between logging and elk habitat, it seems elk habitat wins every time.

Who knows what the Idaho Supreme Court will do with the inevitable litigation, but if I had a vote, I might vote in favor, hoping that unintended consequences become the law of the land.

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Posted by Terry J. Harris on 10/13/2012 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Oct. 10, 2012

Greg Moore distorts facts to intentionally mislead people. While he regular states "there is no threat to hunting and trapping in Idaho" he is busy as the chairman of a group whose sole purpose is to ELIMINATE hunting and trapping in Idaho. Greg Moore IS A THREAT to hunting and trapping in Idaho, and he lies about that often.

Greg further distorts facts when he states that "hunters and fishermen kill their catches quickly, [but] trapping is a cruel and prolonged way to kill animals." Trapping is used to hold an animal in place. It's up to the trapper to decide whether to dispatch or release the animal. When the decision is made to release an animal, such as the case where a lynx was caught in a foot-hold trap last season, that animal is released unharmed. In the case of the lynx, Fish & Game was able to obtain valuable scientific data from that lynx before it was safely released with no injuries.

His statement that "Animals caught under water struggle frantically before they drown," is also false. Animals caught under water in a Conibear trap (typically set for beavers, mink and muskrat) are killed instantly by the trap. They do not struggle at all. This is a quick and humane end to a targeted animal, such as a family of beavers or muskrats that threaten public safety.

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Posted by freetrapper on 10/13/2012 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Sept. 19, 2012

Can anyone explain why Kristen Armstrong is appearing with Sarah Palin and Rudy Guilliani at a political rally? Is she getting ready to run for office? Or just wanting to ruin her brand as the All American Woman?

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Posted by mike.reineck on 09/19/2012 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Aug. 8, 2012

So what?

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Posted by Tom Harris on 08/22/2012 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Aug. 8, 2012

According to "Tom Harris, Executive Director; Harris was formerly the Executive Director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project and a Director of Operations of the Ottawa office of the High Park Group (HPG), a Canadian PR and lobbying firm."
They also point out that "The ICSC affiliate group in Australia includes advisors such as Vivian Forbes and Professor Ian Plimer. Mr Forbes is a director of coal export business Stanmore Coal. Professor Ian Plimer is a director of at least five mining companies, including Ormil Energy, which in June 2011 received state approval to drill near Sydney in search of coalbed methane." and "The web sites of the International Climate Science Coalition, the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, and the Australian Climate Science Coalition are all hosted at the same IP address, by a single Internet service provider in Arizona.[6]. ICSC's executive director was unwilling to comment on this apparent linkage."…

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Posted by ericn1300 on 08/11/2012 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary May 9, 2012

Hey, Chris Jones...

"With Ted Rall, Bill Cope and such articles that always attack the right and always support the left"

RED RALL supporting the LEFT??

Thanks for making it crystal clear you have never actually read pathetic Ted's 'writing'...he bashes our President in almost every column he writes, including the issue your silly letter was published in.

"I am retired and do not need to prove anything to anybody"

Wow, defensive and angry, right out of the gate...what a NeoCon, eh?
WHO exactly ASKED you to 'prove' anything, sport?

"How can your staff curse the American way, try to help change it to a socialistic or communistic system that will, by its very rules, put you out of business?"

How can YOU ask such a cliche ridden, baseless, STUPID question?
So BOISE WEEKLY 'curses America'? HOW? By questioning authority and the people who wield power? Get REAL. They (and NO Liberals) 'curse''s unpatriotic NOT to question things, to NOT point out when America is doing something WRONG...and guess what, flag waver? WE DO things that are wrong as a country from time to time...if YOU choose to turn a blind eye to such problems, YOU are the one cursing this country...with your arrogance and IGNORANCE.

"I do, however, recognize your continued secular humanistic propaganda that is destroying this nation with lies, innuendoes and spin factory facts."

Anyone can throw around laughable terms like 'continued secular humanistic propaganda''s a bit harder to actually SHOW this being done. No, what is actually occurring is that the BOISE WEEKLY prints something you DON"T LIKE or agree with, so you lamely label it 'secular humanistic propaganda'...

"When you normalize immoral and deviant behaviors..."

'Immoral and deviant behaviors' by WHOSE standards?
Bible thumping loudmouths like yourself, who want to impose their 'higher morals' on OTHERS, who in no way affect them other than 'offending' them? Pass, thanks. Your pompous moral BS offends guess what? We cancel each other out.

But if you refer to some other authority for making the decision as to what is immoral or deviant, maybe it's the majority of society? Likely not, as the majority have voted in favor of gay marriage, equal rights and so you lose there, too.

You, sir, are the problem.

The likes of yourself wish to shove your beliefs and 'values' down the throats of the non conformists, making everyone and everything 'acceptable' by YOUR pathetic, outdated, bigoted standards...whereas people such as myself adopt a slightly more humane and realistic, if not ADULT perspective:

Live and let live.

If someone else makes decisions I do not agree with...WHO CARES, as long as they in NO WAY affect me? And no, you can't use the 'slippery slope' and 'society will suffer' crap here...people should be allowed to be whoever and whatever they wish, as long as their decisions do not LITERALLY and REALISTICALLY do harm to others.

It's that whole 'land of the free' thing you likely claim to love so much...

Remember, 'patriot'?

-Kevin Karstens
Proud 'deviant and immoral' American citizen

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Posted by karcreat2 on 05/11/2012 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary May 9, 2012

Ted: "The biggest newspapers and magazines tend to skew right-ish."

Good one! I am amused!

(Although an argument can be made that from HIS viewpoint, they seem to skew right-ish. Everybody has a tendency to see his own point of view as the "balanced" one.)

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Posted by bikeboy on 05/10/2012 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary May 9, 2012

Hi Chris,
In an ideal media universe, each newspaper would provide a wide range of political views from far left to far right with every viewpoint in between. As things stand, however, the biggest newspapers and magazines tend to skew right-ish. How many far left columnists are there in, say, the San Francisco Chronicle or the Statesman? None.
One of the great parts of the alternative press is that it gives a voice to the left—which does, after represent, nearly half of the American people. (Polls show that most Americans oppose capitalism and would prefer socialism and/or communism.)

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Posted by Ted Rall on 05/09/2012 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 14, 2012

Dear Anthony Benson, I know you want us to accept you as a deep thinker, but when the only "conservative" figures you mention in your overlong letter are reactionary racists Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter, you reveal the shallowness of your own thinking. And then there's the Tea Party, whose principles you appear to espouse but which has arisen at a time when federal income taxes are at an historic low. Talk about an inconvenient truth! I ask, admittedly rhetorically, Is this the best you and your fellow "conservatives" can do? Sadly enough, it seems to be.

Posted by Tony C on 03/21/2012 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 14, 2012

Terry Hunter, I agree with a lot of what you said and I am someone who would consider themselves a 'cyclist' too! I don't like it when I see people riding on the sidewalk. That is for pedestrians. If a cyclist is on the sidewalk, they should be pushing their bike. It is especially dangerous when they come flying through a crosswalk at traffic lights. I'm surprised we haven't had a death due to that kind of activity yet! Cyclists should take their RIGHTFUL place in the street and on the roads. And for 'ignorant' drivers who are always complaining about how 'those Spandex-clad freaks' fly through stop signs and lights, well, it's because they can! The Idaho law basically results in cyclists being able to treat a stop sign like a 'yield,' and a stop light as a 'stop sign.' Meaning that if the intersection is 'clear,' a cyclist may proceed without stopping at a stop sign. At a stop light, a cyclist must stop, but if the intersection is 'clear (safe),' they may proceed through. In actuality this helps that same 'griping' motorist because the cyclist can be long gone and 'out of their way' sooner so they don't have to be 'inconvenienced.'

Posted by ajax on 03/19/2012 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 14, 2012

RE Anthony Hunter and his whiny, childish tirade:

"Each time I read your column, it is very difficult to get the essence of your message due to a very high signal-to-noise ratio."

Somehow, I DON'T think that's the actual reason Anthony 'doesn't get it'...

"Let's give one more try to rational discourse."

'Rational discourse' that apparently includes childish name calling (while accusing COPE of doing the NeoCon) and a total ignorance of reality?

"As we can see by the dismissal of Pat Buchanan from MSNBC, there is a concerted effort to not only vilify and condemn conservative principles but to deny those who advocate them an opportunity to speak"

Actually, Tony, they vilify THEMSELVES via those words of hate and intolerance that spew from their mouths...but you just don't note that very well, better to blame the 'liberal media', as usual...

"You repeatedly condemn any conservative person or group even when it isn't necessary. Do I need to provide examples from your own column? Ann Coulter's "meaningless avalanche of words" and "sound like a demented hag" are present. "Tea Party rabble" is another one"

'Isn't necessary' is a pretty objective term, Tony.
I, like Cope, feel it IS necessary when 'people' like Coulter spew hate, intolerance, bigotry and evidently do not, but again, this is subjective, I suppose.

We also wait until said words are out there, then we form an opinion, such as 'avalanche of words' or 'rabble', because that's what they end up being...see how that works?

No, no of course you don't...

"Well, you are in severe need of something, I am just not sure what"

THAT much is apparent...

"Also, it is my opinion that there are some deep-seated problems from your past which drive you to such extreme views. Please consider obtaining some professional help to purge your psyche of these traumatic memories. Counseling, medication and electroshock therapy should all be options."

Yup, that sure is 'rational discourse', all right. You betcha.
Good thing you didn't 'stoop to their level', as Rush would say, huh?

"My IQ did not drop 50 points because I choose to embrace conservative principles and the Constitution"

So when exactly DID it drop?

"Unlike leftists who want an equality of outcomes, conservatives believe in equality of opportunity."

'Opportunity', as long as you are white, male, and not gay, etc.

"Unlike leftists, who use an emotional plea followed by a call for immediate action, I waited over a week before even considering a reply to your column. Even though there were plenty of opportunities for me to do so, I resisted the urge to commit ad hominem attacks"

Oh, you mean 'ad hominem attacks', such as 'it is my opinion that there are some deep-seated problems from your past which drive you to such extreme views. Please consider obtaining some professional help to purge your psyche of these traumatic memories. Counseling, medication and electroshock therapy should all be options'...?

Maybe you should have waited an additional week or two...though I must admit, I doubt it would have improved your attempts at 'rational discourse'...

-Kevin Karstens

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Posted by karcreat2 on 03/19/2012 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 14, 2012

I disagree with you Kelly, but I understand what you are saying. To me the difference is the community membership in the Boise Co-Op. When John McGee the State Senator gets a DUI, I want to know. When Ken Kavanaugh and Ben Kuzma both get DUI's, I want to know. To me, that is public information. I'm a citizen of Idaho. I'm a member of the Boise Co-Op. So, along those same lines, when the Co-Op decides to stop helping the Little League after years and years of support, I also want to know about that too.... of which, I'll form my own opinion.

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Posted by afterthoughts on 03/14/2012 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 14, 2012

Great, thought-provoking letter from Anthony R. Benson. But alas, I'm guessing it will only encourage Mr. Cope, who reminds me of a child trowing a temper tantrum in the hopes of getting the grown-ups' attention.

Terry Hunter is right about cyclists on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, too many casual cyclists perceive the sidewalk as the safer alternative, when the opposite is true. The safest place for a cyclist to be is in the street - obviously in the bike lane when one is available - going in the same direction as traffic and being predictable and defensive.

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Posted by bikeboy on 03/14/2012 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 7, 2012

I hadn't read Judy Taylor's letter until I read Jimmy Hallyburton's response, above. Jimmy is absolutely right on all counts! He acknowledges that Judy "pointed out some real flaws with cyclists" - yeah, there are plenty of irresponsible and/or selfish cyclists out there; I see 'em every day. If the motorists and cyclists can acknowledge that "they don't own the road" - that we're all trying to share the limited infrastructure - and we can pay attention, know and obey the law, and treat each other with a bit of courtesy and respect... 99% of the problems can be non-problems. BE SAFE! BE COURTEOUS!

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Posted by bikeboy on 03/09/2012 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 7, 2012

Emerald, we so appreciate your letter and your comments. I think part of the problem stems from our ticketing system, as that night in question was complicatedly over-sold and therefore a bit too rowdy.

I think it's partly up to us at Story Story Night to set the stage better for the slammers (don't worry, our musician Dan Costello and I have a fun plan for our upcoming shows) and also for the crowd with the right pace and structures to create harmony. But yes, in the end, Story Story Night is all about celebrating and respecting each other's experience, and we all need to keep that in mind.

We will be announcing a new solution for ticketing that we hope will accommodate all parties (meaning those who want advance tickets to save a seat, and those who want to be more spontaneous and buy at the door). So stay tuned at, and thanks for all of your support.

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Posted by IdahoJessica on 03/07/2012 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Feb. 22, 2012 - Online Edition

I suppose I stand corrected, Miss Daigle. Space limits not withstanding, there has been little real reporting by any organization on this levy, including the Weekly. It does seem something more responsible than just a puff piece on the District/Friends by Mr. Prentice might be in order.

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Posted by jwr2 on 02/22/2012 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Feb. 22, 2012 - Online Edition


I believe that I've published every letter I've received on the levy vote, except for one that came in just after my deadline. For the record, that's a pro-levy letter. The anti-levy letters above were published online only because of space constraints. We ask that letters to the editor not exceed 300 words; when they do, they're often top of the cut list. I wish that wasn't the case but it is the reality of print. If you'd like to submit a letter to the editor, I'd be happy to consider it:

Rachael Daigle, editor

Posted by Rachael Daigle, Editor on 02/22/2012 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Feb. 22, 2012 - Online Edition

Apparently the Weekly is not "alternative" enough to put "NO on the Levy" letters in its print edition. Only pro levy letters have been in print editions so far, despite the two outstanding online "NO" letters above. Formulaic and emotional "yes" letters that regurgitate school district templates are o.k., but well written and and factual "no" letters are not? Hmmm.

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Posted by jwr2 on 02/22/2012 at 1:07 PM

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