Mail and Commentary Aug. 15, 2012 

Love Annual Manual

We recently moved in to Boise from way out in Canyon County. We've just had a ball trying out the great restaurants and events that are always ready for us. One night, we had the pleasure of eating at Mazzah (yum!) and found your wonderful guide to everything: Annual Manual.

Now, my question: When can we expect another edition? What a wonderful way to get to know our diverse area.

Thanks so much for the massive effort it must take to put out such a quality publication.

P.S. We went page by page through Annual Manual, and we found Pizzalchick among your selections on State Street, and since it was close to home, we gave it a try. Oh my ... wonderful. If we miss a week, we feel "deprived."

Thanks again!

--Ann Beebe,


*Editor's Note: Thanks, Ann. Annual Manual is an annual publication so you'll see the next installment on stands in summer 2013.

Keep Funding NIH

As Congress works on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget and the threat of sequestration looms, I urge Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson and Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo to support not cutting biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health.

Sequestration could result in an 8 percent cut to the NIH budget, which means 25 percent of the NIH 2013 research grants will lose funding. As one of the 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease, these cuts would be devastating to me.

NIH needs $32 billion in FY 2013 to continue research toward much needed treatments for people like my dad and those with other chronic diseases. NIH research funding is an investment in our country's future, and I will be watching for our congressional delegation's leadership on this issue.

--Lisa Bain,

Idaho state director,

Parkinson's Action Network, Meridian

Pill Popping

The following comments were posted at regarding the story "Video: Planned Parenthood Flash Mob, Pillamina, 'Not Going to Take It Anymore'" (Citydesk, Aug. 11, 2012):

"And luckily we were able to kill House Bill 530, which would have allowed employers to choose whether or not to include birth control in employee insurance plans."

Abortion is included in the birth control for employers. Employers don't mind paying for birth control, just don't want to pay for their abortions. They don't mind preventing pregnancy, just don't want to pay to kill babies

--A real woman

I'm afraid "A real woman" has been fed some bad information. Birth control has nothing to do with abortion. Birth control prevents pregnancy; abortion ends pregnancy. By including contraceptives in insurance plans, we are decreasing the need for abortion by preventing an unintended pregnancy from occurring. At no time has an effort been made at the state or federal level to mandate abortion care in employee insurance plans. The only time the two are co-mingled is when one follows the religious definition of life rather than the scientific one. If you leave religion out of public policy, there is no confusion whatsoever.


It was great to see the outpouring of support for women at the flash mob! We are standing up for our right to make our own decisions about our own bodies and we will not let anyone take away our rights!


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