Mail and Commentary Oct. 19, 2011 

No LDS Lambasting

As much as I love ya, Boise Weekly, I've got to call you out on one thing: your veiled, and in some cases not-so-veiled, anti-Mormonism. For Bill Cope, the idea that Mormons are soulless reactionaries bent on denigrating and controlling all non-Mormons is one of his many obsessions. But the problem can be found elsewhere, too, especially in George Prentice's recent story about the Hollywood Market, which I found to be short on facts and long on innuendo (which is unfortunate because I enjoy his reporting for the most part).

All I ask is that you guys take it down a notch. Can you do it for this longtime fan and LDS liberal?

--Jeremy Jensen, Boise

10 Years in America

Ten years ago, life in America was wonderful. Steve Jobs was busy innovating at Apple and giving us all kinds of brilliant new products and ideas. Work was plentiful and employers were hard pressed to find enough qualified folk to fulfill their quotas and deadlines.

America was optimistically determined. We would and could defeat the terrorist threat easily. Bob Hope was yet once again entertaining our troops overseas. Johnny Cash was still writing and performing songs that were truly of American origins, music and song filled the air. Life was good; all was as it should be.

Today, all three of these fine gentlemen are gone, and now, unfortunately, America is left without Jobs, Hope or Cash.

--Rick Haley, Boise

Smoke this

In reference to the proposed no smoking ban: I admit it. I'm a responsible, productive smoker. I don't throw my butts on the ground, don't smoke in others' cars, or even in my home, but I do smoke around others in a bar when I enjoy a smoke with my cocktail.

Although my loved ones would like to see me give up the habit, I'd like to see them give up some of their habits as well, but I don't tell them I'll have them outlawed. I don't want big brother telling me what to do. I don't need to be directed by the city fathers to curtail my habit in an establishment that has allowed it for more years than they are old.

I would gladly go without in a park, but really, a bar? Too much. If they need something to do, they should outlaw the loud, annoying music that emanates from speakers at gas pumps and in restaurants. It may be damaging my hearing and causes what may have been a private conversation to become a public one.

This ordinance is akin to the "no jumping off bridges" issue that was discussed earlier this year. It has been done for many years but a few bad apples were ruining it for those who are considerate, respectful and responsible. Lumping the good with the bad is senseless.

There are many things that are annoying or injurious to others that I don't do or agree with, however they aren't outlawed. I avoid them. If I go to a drinking establishment and it's too smoky or noisy, I simply leave. If the council feels the need to make bars less smoky, have the city mandate air ventilation systems. Bar owners don't lose business and non-smokers are placated. Win-win. What's next, outlawing smoking in my back yard?

The council should enact the Golden Rule: "Do unto others."

--Kristin Haustveit, Boise

Fight Pancreatic Cancer

My heart goes out to the family of Steve Jobs, his friends and colleagues. He was an American icon and one of the greatest visionaries of our time. His passing is such a great loss for our country.

I did not know him personally, but I shared something in common with him--pancreatic cancer. Last week was the one-year anniversary of my wife's passing from the disease. She survived only four months after being diagnosed.

Although Mr. Jobs battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer (pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor), his passing, if due to the disease, serves as a harsh reminder of the relentlessness of this deadly cancer and the lack of pre-screening methods and effective treatment options available. We must take action to ensure scientific progress is made to give pancreatic cancer patients a fighting chance.

We need our members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733) so that we will have the necessary funding to make true progress against this disease. To learn more about this important legislation and how you can make a difference, visit

I hope all those inspired by Jobs will honor his memory by joining the fight against pancreatic cancer. Together, we can know, fight and end this deadly disease.

--Dwight Tovey, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Boise Affiliate

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