Mail July 23, 2008 - July 29, 2008 

Canine Abuse Charges Dropped

On Jan. 16, 2008, Deanna [Darr] wrote an article entitled "Dog Eat Dog" about allegations of abuse made by Keoni Lima against Richard Yanez, and his business, The Dog House.

We are happy to report that the prosecuting attorney refused to pursue the allegations made against Richard Yanez, as there was no proof that Lima's allegations happened. The prosecution and defense interviewed the other members of the leadership class that Lima attended, and when it was learned that the facts didn't remotely represent what Lima claimed, the prosecution chose not to pursue the charges. We should point out that Lima made the claim to the Idaho Humane Society, and the IHS brought the charges forth.

On May 19, 2008, the charges were officially dropped. Those many friends of the Yanezes and The Dog House who sent e-mail responses to Darr's article in BW are smiling and rejoicing in the fact that a good, kind man who has devoted his life to our canine family members has been exonerated.

—Tom and Elaine Gloeckle, Boise

Moscow, Murder, Guns, More

"Shots were heard all over town" is a literary embellishment (BW, Feature, "Massacre in Moscow," July 9 and 16, 2008). I lived in a place where I could hear literally everything and didn't hear a sound (yes, I was awake and sober). I also knew someone who lived in downtown and was walking home at the time of the shooting (no, no one ran out and warned her someone was on a rampage). She also said she didn't hear a thing and was absolutely shocked when she heard the news. Other than that, I can't wait to hear the other installments. Sorry for being picky.

—LolitaBonita, online

I disagree with the first comment. I live close to two miles away and definitely heard the shots. Thanks for the story. Many of us are still puzzled. Your story helps, but [I] wish you'd have covered more details like how he had a concealed weapons permit following his conviction, what happened to Jason and Crystal's baby, etc.

—UIGrad, online

So how would a city gun ban have prevented Jason Hamilton from going on his shooting rampage? Hoffman seems more concerned with villainizing guns and gun owners, and not too concerned with facts. Seems to me there were laws already in place that should [have] kept Hamilton from having firearms prior to the shooting. Why were these laws not enforced? There is a gun ban in place on Virginia Tech's campus and that has kept no one safe. Nor have gun bans kept murders in Washington, D.C., down. Perhaps Hoffman would have us believe the only logical answer to violent crime and violent criminals is submission. Oops, time to go clean my guns now.

—JoeBloIdaho, online

With regard to the "Shooter II" article, a perpetrator of domestic violence can also have a serious mental illness. This case shows that we have a long way to go in dealing with both issues.

—Mike McCarthy, Twin Falls

Nuke-Tamination

When it was announced that a nuclear facility was to be built at the junction of the Snake and Bruneau rivers, I urged downstream irrigators to protest it because water contamination could end their irrigation. That exact scenario just played out (July 7, 2008) at the Tricastin nuclear site in France where two rivers have been contaminated with radio active material. Irrigation has been stopped.

I called Senator Larry Craig's office to see if the facility was an Areva one. It is. Areva wants to place one like it near Idaho Falls. Should we learn from this incident? Imagine radioactive contamination of the Snake River or the Snake River aquifer.

—Charles Howarth, Eagle

7 Billion Bill Copes

Good article, Bill (BW, Bill Cope, "7 Billion Beasts, July 16, 2008). I read another interesting statistic today. There are 14,001 species of ants in the world. They just found the 14,001st a short time ago. Isn't that amazing? 14,001! But what the letter writer from Star fails to understand is that far before the last of the wild animals perish we will be long gone—his kids, his grandkids, all of us. Like the canary in the coal mine, all these other animals are indicating that the angle of our dangle isn't quite perpendicular to the heat of the meat anymore. In other words, when we reach a certain [level] of animal extinction we will no longer high hinkity donk on the honky tonk. All this makes me more pessimistic than ever. Even if we can be made to reduce our personal carbon footprint by half—not going to happen—but we allow the population to double, we will have gained exactly nothing. The problem is the environmental movement always used the phrase, "Save the Planet." Hell, we don't need to save the planet, we need to save ourselves. The planet will be just fine regardless of how we assault it. Our total existence from Adam and Steve to the end of mankind will be a minor footnote in earth's history. Not hardly even worth a mention.

—BigGear, online

Thank you Bill, for a logically ordered, well-written, easily readable column, a welcome contrast to some of your work, especially last week's column (the less said about that one the better for everybody, eh?). Money is, of course, not the root of all evil. Overpopulation is, but you and I are apparently the only ones even talking about it, and nobody is doing anything about it (even the hardcore environmentalists won't touch the issue). But then, we can ignore it and things will take care of themselves, but in ways we may find to be very unpleasant. And after eight more years of Republican rule and religious extremism, and we will become Africa: "one hell of a mess." It's hard to be optimistic.

—Rod in SE Boise, online

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