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Re: “UPDATE: Deceased Man Identified After Standoff with Boise Police

It is a tragedy that this young man lost his life. If the report is accurate shots were fired by the suspect first and when confronted by the officers he did not put his weapon down and instead pointed the gun at the officer. Is the officer suppose to assume that the suspect is not going to discharge the weapon? Police officers are trained to use their weapon in situations such as this one and their lives are just as important and valuable as the suspects. Police officers are first responders they put their lives on the line daily, they face dangerous, life threatening situations and to reference them as cowards is unwarranted and wrong. To assume that any officer puts his/her uniform on and plans on killing innocent citizens just because they carry a firearm is beyond the realm of reality. They are trained to diffuse situations but if you point a gun at a officer; the officer has every right to protect his/her life.

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Posted by Boise~Gem on 02/18/2015 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Minimum Wage Going Up in Oregon and Washington; Idaho Stuck at $7.25

Living in this state reminds me that we are indeed living in 'the third world' compared to the rest of our United States. The lack of empathy for the working poor is beyond comprehension. How many citizens of our state qualify for snap benefits even though they work full time? This state needs to wake up and smell the coffee, that would be if they can afford to buy it.

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Posted by Boise~Gem on 12/29/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Food Stamp Stagger Bill Checks Out of Senate Commitee After Emotional Testimony

I am amazed that Mr. Wissel is more concerned with the loss of income by not being able to provide the above mentioned grocery outlets that run out of his products that he supplies ~ How self serving is this attitude? How much money is he losing per the first of the month and what is his current income from providing his produce and or products to his contacted retail grocery stores? Is he aware of the fact that the above suggested changes will come with a price tag of $600,000 dollars to implement the changes that he would like to see in order to save his business at the cost of children and elderly that are food insecure on a daily basis. That $600,000 thousand dollars should be used to continue to provide snap with the resources needed to address the 10,000 new applications that are being processed on a monthly basis. I would like for our legislators to consider the bigger picture of why there are so many citizens that are in fact food insecure in this state. I would suggest that Rep. Perry take a look at what it is like to be food insecure, I would suggest that Rep. Perry take a pledge to only spend the same amount that others have from food assistance and then live for one month on what would be alloted for one person, put yourself in the same position that others face on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, and then come back and tell the citizens of Idaho what your experience was like ~ in fact I would like to see a pledge from all of the legislators to take on this challenge, do this for one month and then come back and make the same suggestions for the change that your so willing to ask others to endure, are you up for the challenge Rep. Perry? Are you willing to live through this experience in order to really have a basis for the bill that you are in trying to push through?

Posted by Boise~Gem on 02/20/2013 at 4:02 PM

Re: “John Prine

Thank You John Prine ~ you have provided your unique genius to all of us for years ~ I have been a fan for years and years ~ Idaho is so happy to have you here!!!

Posted by Boise~Gem on 08/21/2010 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Show Review: Bob Dylan

I am curious as to the age of Molly Kumar the writer of Show Review: Bob Dylan ~ in reference to the statement "His presence added to the sharpness of his lyrics and the talent of his band." HELLO MOLLY!!!! YOUR TALKING ABOUT BOB DYLAN!! A MUSICAL ICON AND SONGWRITER GENIUS! The fact that he even played a venue such as The IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDENS ~ IS AMAZING IN ITSELF! I would be interested in how long was his set, did he perform an encore, etc. . . . Molly, honey, sharpen your pencil and think before you write ~ thanks for the fashion update, I can die happy knowing what Bob was wearing at his gig in Idaho! I want your job!!!

Posted by Boise~Gem on 08/20/2010 at 10:41 PM

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