February 2, 2005 

Swisher—sweet • A blast from the past • Tasty Morsels

Swisher--sweet

I loved it (BW, A Lion Looks Back, Jan. 19, 2005) and it was a fine tribute to a legendary man I have always regarded with the utmost esteem and respect.

Perry used to be a regularly contributing columnist to your publication. He is missed. I think he ought to do it again. If he were possibly willing, I would think his professional background, wit, common sense and other extraordinary talents would be just the right ingredients for providing interesting material to your readers.

--Hal Turner, Eagle

a blast from the past

I had to smile when I read this line in Carissa Wolf's article (BW, Unda' the Rotunda, Jan 26, 2005): "Kill the demand and you'll kill the supply..."

I would recommend that the lawmakers read The Opium Wars (available at the Boise Public Library). For those who end up on the waiting list, I'll give you a preview: This was the very same argument that the British used when Chinese rulers begged them to stop crippling China with opium imports from India. The balance of trade was badly skewed in China's favor due to the relatively recent passion the British developed for Chinese tea. To even things out, the British introduced opium to China.

You don't have to read the book to get the story--type "Opium Wars" into your favorite search engine. There are some good recaps of the situation. The parallels between the Chinese opium problem over 100 years ago are startling. History does, indeed, repeat itself, and those who don't learn from the past will repeat it.

--Cathy Bourner, Boise

Tasty morsels

In all fairness to restaurant critic Waj Nasser (BW, Mosaic Restaurant and Wine Bar, Jan. 19, 2005), his prose is great, he's funny, and blessedly irreverent. I look forward to his review when he comes back from yet another trek into Boise's slim restaurant market.

However, I'm wondering if he could manage a restaurant visit without a girlfriend in tow (I'm not going to assume she was brainless, but given the picture painted ...). I wasn't sure if I was getting an in-depth mouthful of her body or dinner ... and she just got in the way lying on the table with said skinny body parts moving all over the place. By the end of the review I couldn't even remember what the appetizer was. Annoying for me, as a woman, maybe not so annoying for male readers. But you know how it is, women are more likely to complain about such things.

--Dabi, Boise

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