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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Mail

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 9, 2011

Dear Misty Bright: Obviously you're a very sincere person, and I applaud you for it. Sincere people have pure hearts, and often don't recognize sarcasm when they see it. So let me assure you that both Pete Simmons and myself are only using sarcasm to make a point.

Of course, if Pete really is for real, that would be scary indeed.

Posted by surfidaho on 03/11/2011 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 9, 2011


"I had the same type of teachers that were only there for a paycheck."

Which equates that ALL teachers are 'only there for the paycheck', then?

You really shouldn't be so quick to make an all encompassing, laughable seriously detracts from any credibility you MAY have had in your post.

Maybe you should have stayed in school longer?


Posted by karcreat2 on 03/10/2011 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 9, 2011

Hey, Jocelyn Goldsberry...

"For one, him being a part of the Bush administration has nothing to do with anything he is doing right now"

Oh, no...of COURSE not! I mean, it wouldn't say anything regarding his character, lack of morals or convictions...would it? (insert eye roll here)

"I would have been so grateful for a laptop when I was in high school"

Yes, accepting a bribe meant to compensate for the lack of actual teachers made available to show you how to USE it would have been a HUGE bonus, right?

"Most of those kids weren't there because they know about the bill or about Tom Luna, they did it to get out of school for the day"

I'm sure you verified this by actually talking with said students, right? I mean, otherwise it's just a load of 'fortune teller BS'...and you wouldn't engage in THAT sort of behavior now, would you? Ypu paint yourself as so much BETTER than that, after all...

"Lastly, saying that he could have vandalized his own property because he was involved in the Bush administration is a load of shit. It was not planned or done by someone he knows, it was done by someone who clearly can't handle things maturely."

Someone, say, who uses the word 'shit' in an editorial letter maybe?

Again, how do you know this was 'shit' as you say? Again, are those crystal balls in your pocket, or are you just biased to see me? You are likely correct on this point, though...I mean, for someone to engage in self vandalism like that, just to get their way would be as lame and unbelievable as someone fabricating phony evidence and lying a country into an invasion of another country that posed absolutely NO threat whatsoever...



Posted by karcreat2 on 03/10/2011 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 9, 2011

RE, letter by Pete Simmons...

This...this is a gag, right? Has to be a joke. C'mon...just admit's a prank letter, right?

No one is literally that stupid. Come on. Where is Ashton Kutcher? Come on out! I've just been 'Punk'd'...right?


Posted by karcreat2 on 03/10/2011 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 9, 2011

"I would like to add that we could save more money and our heritage by limiting education in Idaho to the eighth grade. After all, we don't need this "humanitarian, scientific" indoctrination of our children. Knowing how to write their names should be enough. And look at the money it would save. No high school. "

To Mr. Simmons,

Really? No chemistry, physics, or algebra? Not to mention language classes (so students can be aware that's there's a world outside the English-speaking Euro-centric one?). There's a reason that Hitler and Himmler's ultimate goal for Poles was an education limited to the eighth grade. Do you want a state with a tiny elite and vast masses of half-educated workers? How can you be so unabashed about such idiocy? Have you watched the movie "Idiocracy?" Your comments are ridiculously laughable. Instead, I just find them sad.

Posted by Misty Bright on 03/09/2011 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary March 9, 2011

I agree with J. Goldsberry's comments regarding Tom Luna's proposal. I had the same type of teachers that were only there for a paycheck. Only a few select took a personal interest in their own teaching habits, let alone an interest in any of the students. I have studied Tom Luna's proposal and I believe there are some very good changes that are coming down the pike. His ideas are clear and concise, they are productive, and cost effective. Teacher productivity needs to be made a focus in order for student productivity to increase. This is only a start, but it is a good start. Student laptops are a thing of the future. It is common practice in most college courses and promotes increases learning ability. Simply stated, welcome to the year 2011.

Posted by Carmiekaykay on 03/09/2011 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary February 9, 2011

Project Filter’s continuing issue with BW running SNUS ads, as I stated before, has partly to do with the contradiction between BW’s stated mission “to contribute to the well-being of the community” and that of RJ Reynolds, which is to make millions by addicting new customers and keeping their existing ones. Yes, it offends our sensibilities that BW continues to run these ads. In no way, however, does Project Filter want to insult the intelligence and independent-mindedness of BW’s readers.

For decades, numerous studies have shown that media and advertising does influence individuals to use and to start using tobacco products (much like the way they influence people to purchase a type of soda or sneaker). If this were not the case, I can’t imagine that tobacco companies (or Nike) would spend the millions they do each year to advertise their products. A very recent study found that media, peer influence, and secondhand smoke exposure were the most important factors influencing smoking initiation and were common to all racial/ethnic groups in that study. Here’s the reference: Peers, Tobacco Advertising, and Secondhand Smoke Exposure Influences Smoking Initiation in Diverse Adolescents. American Journal of Health Promotion 2011 25:3, e1-e11.

Above all, these SNUS ads do nothing but promote a continued addiction to nicotine. RJR’s claim that switching to snus as a way to get people to stop smoking is just false. There is no data to support that statement. This nationwide SNUS campaign of theirs is well-funded and intense. Big tobacco knows that SNUS appeals to teens in school because the product can be hidden from sight. But if you read the posts on Facebook, snus is not substituting for a smoking habit. Do a search on Camel Snus or Snus and you’ll discover that the product’s ability to go undetected is exactly why it’s so appealing to youth while they’re in school.

Yes, BW needs to run a business, but it’s disheartening that this is how they’re staying in business. Keep in mind: Tobacco companies spend $58 million a year marketing their unhealthy products in Idaho. And Idahoans spend $319 million a year to cover the healthcare costs of smoking-related illnesses.

We understand that BW is in the business to keep their publication on the newstands, but their long-standing publishing of articles addressing other important health-related and social justice issues run smack into conflict with their choice of this advertiser. Project Filter’s role as a state public health agency is to continue to speak out against the harmful effects of tobacco. We’re not overzealous, but we certainly are passionate about the work we do.

Posted by Project Filter on 02/09/2011 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 12, 2011

I wish people would do some research about Snus before lumping it into the same category as cigarettes. Snus is associated with far lower cancer rates than cigarettes, mostly because you don't smoke them. It may not be as good as an apple for you, but in terms of harm reduction, I think we should be encouraging all smokers to start snusing. In addition to reducing the harm, people like K won't know when people around him/her are snusing.

Posted by PedroMartin on 01/28/2011 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 12, 2011

Hey Jean...

I'm betting that quitting smoking will NOT be 'the hardest thing I ever do'...THAT award goes to taking my best friend, Nacho (yes, a cat, LOL) in to be put to sleep at age 18 due to kidney failure/cancer last year...never had to suck it up like I did to do that, I cried for a week, non-stop afterwards...(I doubt quitting smoking will cause me to shoot the waterworks like a pre-teen girl the way THAT did...jeez, at least I HOPE not!...;)

Thanks for your kind words and support...and hey, did you see, we got mentioned in this weeks 'Civility' editorial in BW!...;)


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/22/2011 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 12, 2011

You're so right, K. I often, unfortunately, realize after the fact that I've badly communicated my message. You helped highlight that in your comment. And all my support goes your way in quitting smoking. It's the toughest thing you'll ever do, but it can be done. That sounds like a great New Year's resolution. All my best wishes to you for a productive and healthy 2011!

Posted by Jean Calomeni on 01/14/2011 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 12, 2011


Well said.

You should have explained your case like THAT in the letter you submitted to the paper...I cannot disagree with a single word you said, I agree on everything concerning that stupid Snus crud...I'm a smoker, and will likely quit in a few years (as it is, it's my ONLY vice, I do not drink, do drugs, etc at all) but for now I enjoy it...but I always make sure to smoke in places outdoors (even at home), well away from others (at least 100 ft...why subject them to MY nasty habit, right?...;)

Again, well said...and CIVILLY said...thank you.


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/14/2011 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 12, 2011

Hi, K,

I’m sorry you missed the point of my comment, but, most likely, I wasn’t clear enough.

The fact is, Boise Weekly regularly runs articles and publishes ads related to health and social justice issues. The paper routinely covers these topics: HIV Aids, equal pay, climate change, food insecurity and poverty, gun control, nuclear waste … I could go on and on.

Yet, when it comes to tobacco, an issue directly related to health and social justice, we rarely see a mention of it in the Weekly. Instead, prime ad space is given up to an industry that has a well-documented, shady history when it comes to targeting ethnic groups such as blacks and hispanics, the LGBT population, and lower socioeconomic individuals. The tobacco industry knows full well that smoking rates in most of these individual groups are the highest in the nation. These individuals are the most addicted among us.

I work in public health. Perhaps I should have identified myself fully in my initial comment. I’m doing so now only to help make my point clearer and to let you know that I did pick and choose—I picked the one thing I’m the most passionate about. And, tobacco has far more serious health and economic consequences than alcohol and whatever sex issues you referred to.

The Camel Snus ads are blatant in their claims that switching to snus will help a smoker quit smoking. What the company omits telling customers is that the people who switch will still be addicted to nicotine, making it far more difficult for them to actually quit smoking. The addiction is still there, and when an occasion arises when cigarettes are more available than the snus, the individual will smoke.

If BW is going to take the time to thoughtfully cover other issues about health and social justice and to also make the claim that their mission is to contribute to the well-being of the community, providing ad space to an industry that does nothing but promote sickness seems counter to that mission.

Posted by Jean Calomeni on 01/13/2011 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Jan. 12, 2011

@ Jean Calomeni, Boise:

After reading your complaint/letter, I looked about in vain for another you may have penned wherein you complain about the liquor ads, sex ads, etc always seen in newspapers such as the BW...hmmm...nowhere to be seen.

So I guess you just pick and choose whatever YOU find offensive to bellyache over, NOT the products and services that actually ARE the most harmful or offensive?

Yeah, really does suck how those printed ads FORCE one to buy their products, don't it?

Truly, I pity your obvious inability to think and make rational decisions FOR YOURSELF, as most BW readers do. Good luck with those 'other papers' you spoke of, as I'm more than willing to bet they too will be advertising SOMETHING you do not agree with...maybe you should stick with coloring books, they don't have any advertising, do they?


Posted by karcreat2 on 01/12/2011 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary December 8, 2010

Hey Jan (RE, 'Sin Tax')...

Guess what?

I'm a smoker, and I agree with what you proposed almost 100% (could we make the increase just a tad LESS than the $1.50 per pack you proposed, tho? How about 75 cents? I've made myself a promise, when generics hit 5 bucks a pack, it's time to quit...;)

See, unlike many who bitch and complain at the notion of 'their taxes being raised', I am fine with it, if it means helping those that need it. And I live in a small appartment (will likely never own a house, but who cares? I stink at home repair and when something breaks/needs replacing in an apartment, it's taken care of, FOC...;) income is way down there in the 'lower middle class' region, but I am proud to participate in helping out my fellow Idahoans/USA residents.

Too bad the self absorbed, petulant, egomaniacal 'I earned it, it's all MINE!' crowd, known as the 'top 2%' of our richest doesn't see it the same way, huh?

Good idea tho...I support you in your thinking, Jan...just a shame that there are doubtlessly others who will pitch their little fits and stamp their little feet at the idea of sacrifice for others. Not very it?


Posted by karcreat2 on 12/09/2010 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary October 27, 2010

Thanks, BW, for running my letter. As soon as I got on your site to look for it, I ran into an ad from K12, the online, for-profit education company that has the taxpayer-funded Idaho Virtual Academy contract. K12 has been advertising aggressively to poach students from our neighborhood schools. What a way to prove the point in my last sentence!

People interested in reading more about K12 may enjoy a commentary I wrote last week at Facebook. I'd suggest reading it before Election Day! But it'd also be a good story for an interpid BW reporter to look into post-November 2 ... say, when the Idaho Legislature is looking for more ways to slash school funding during the Ides of March.…

Posted by Julie Fanselow on 10/27/2010 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary October 20, 2010

I understand Mr. Storey's concerns about the advertising style being used by proponents of HJR4. However, there is a very real connection between federal health policy changes (from this administration or any other) and HJR4. There are countless mandates from Washington DC that impact hospitals...some good, some bad. The idea is that HJR4 gives hospitals more options on how best to meet the requirements of those mandates and the many rules and regulations that come from the Feds. Regardless of your opinion of the current form of health reform, HJR4 gives hospitals flexibility to meet the requirements. HJR4 definitely deserves a YES vote.

Posted by lisaeck44 on 10/20/2010 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Mail and Commentary October 6, 2010

Kudo's Ringelsletter, it's sad to lose Old Boise Guitar...can't imagine what it's long time owner Johnny Shoes is feeling about now. Also have to agree about the musician thing. For a long time, I've wondered about a seeming lack of support for local artists. I am not a musician, but I have always been a concert junkie who's observed this odd cultural myth that if it isn't from out of town, it isn't worth seeing. Festivals, like Eagle Fun Days are notorious for spending big bucks on out-of-state bands. Truthfully, Idaho is rich with great musicians, and no one can have a greater impact,and perhaps social responsibility, for getting them heard than the Boise Weeekly and writers like Michael Deeds. I enjoy reading their work, but when you look at the multitude of out-of-town bands being paid big bucks to perform in the Boise area virtually every day, it gets downright ridiculous...if not the closing of Old Boise Guitar.

Posted by Haywagon on 10/07/2010 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Interactive Mail: Volume 1

i love boise weekly. they provide a great mix of local news, culture, reviews and upcoming events. they were one of the first things i grabbed when i moved to the area and i still pick up a copy almost every week. if "killing trees" is really your biggest gripe RECYCLE - otherwise leave BW alone. they are doing a great job! (the only thing that would make them better is using some of my art for their covers)

keep rockin BW.

Posted by hinsel on 10/07/2010 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Interactive Mail: Volume 1

Actually, Jason is dead right. After Rall and Cope, there's not much else you can get your teeth into in the Boise Weekly. The reviews of cheap Mexican eateries that go on and on about the heavenly re-fried beans, are banal, to say the least. As to the coldest beer in town, did anyone ever think that the reason it's so cold is because it has no taste? For crying out loud, give us some substance... Otherwise you will end up as a weekly version of the daily "Bronco Bugle." Otherwise known as the Idaho Statesman.

Posted by George Parker on 10/07/2010 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary Aug. 25, 2010

Hey Cody Kerns:

Thanks for what was obviously intended as a satirical letter...VERY funny stuff, there! Especially loved the ' Ted Rall (who, to his credit, called for Obama's impeachment 15 months ago)' bit...just hysterical! Obama being impeached for all the positive work he has done...HCR, lowering taxes (the lowest now since 1950, by the way), opening up stem cell research again, upping woman's pay, saving the economy, and so on...when GW Bush, who lied us into a billion plus 'war' and killed thousands of good Americans, ruined our worldwide rep and SO much more...was NEVER impeached...very funny stuff! Or your bit about 'Obama surged Afghanistan and that it's his tar baby. Ditto Gitmo', when anyone with an IQ past double digits KNOWS that GW (again) was responsible for getting us stuck in Afghanistan/Gitmo to begin with (hardly Obama's 'tarbaby...oh, nice racist remark too, by the way...HYSTERICALLY ironic!)...truly funny, funny stuff!

So thanks again for the bellylaughs...truly, you are a gifted humorist...I mean, just thinking about how anyone could take all that gibbersih SERIOUSLY is making me start to chuckle again!

-Kevin Karstens

Posted by karcreat2 on 08/30/2010 at 8:15 PM

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