Mail November 7-November 13, 2007 

Jeff is Crazier

Seldom is a slanted point of view so blaringly obvious as it was in Jeff Johnson's letter to the BW (BW, Mail, "Helen's Crazy," Oct. 24, 2007) concerning the eminent Dr. Helen Caldicott's stance on nuclear power. Rather than overturning a single fact underlying her position, it was filled with vague criticisms and obtuse misinterpretations. Contrary to Mr. Johnson's opinion, Dr. Caldicott's facts and arguments are all painstakingly well-documented, and not just by "anti-nuclear propagandists" but by the Carbon Trust, the International Energy Agency, and the World Health Organization. Mr. Johnson complains that Helen apparently requires the whole world to run out and buy rickety inefficient furnaces to dry their clothes indoors. Is he serious? As for drying them outside, "What if we live in a locale where there is no sun most of the year?" he demands. Well, what if you don't?! In any event, last I checked, we live in Boise, where the Chamber of Commerce tells us the sun shines 234 days of the year. Mr. Johnson's letter never mentions any other specific points in the article, except to claim that Dr. Caldicott would "kill millions by not allowing them to heat their homes." Come on, Jeff, really? Is Mr. Johnson claiming that radiation is not harmful or that even modern nuclear power plants regularly emit radiation which the regulatory authorities allow? Is he old enough to remember Three Mile Island—or Chernobyl, for that matter? Does he deny that the billions of dollars in subsidies to the nuclear industry could carpet the roofs of America with photovoltaics with money left over for investments in cheaper renewable power sources like wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal and wave power? Nuclear power is neither cheap nor green. Talk about naivete. Wake up, Jeff, and smell the fallout.

—Roger Hubichinski, Boise

CIEDRA Still Stinks

Recently, a tri-fold color brochure (printed and mailed by Rep. Mike Simpson at taxpayer expense) arrived in Custer County mailboxes. Titled "Economic Development for Custer County," it shows 15 roads and trails in the Boulder/White Clouds that will be preserved forever for motorized use. It states the "transfer" of federal lands will enrich communities, and that "CIEDRA is a perfect compromise developed and supported by Idahoans."

Nonsense. CIEDRA has broad opposition in Idaho and zero co-sponsors in Congress. Fifteen Idaho outdoor groups oppose it. Privatizing 6,000 acres of your public lands is a precedent-establishing travesty. The bill damages two visionary and successful laws: The 1972 Public Law 92-400 creating the SNRA and the 1964 Wilderness Act. CIEDRA creates broken chunks of psuedo-wilderness cut by motorized corridors. It is an unfunded mandate.

CIEDRA is a great leap backward for conservation. It privatizes public lands. It carves up a central Idaho ecosystem. Idahoans and citizens nationwide are horrified with its precedent of using public lands as Congressional pork.

CIEDRA is an abomination. Please tell Rep. Simpson to withdraw this fatally flawed bill and to stop wasting your tax dollars for slick, self-serving and expensive propaganda brochures.

—Scott Phillips,


Other Crap, Too

Point taken about dog poop left on trails in the foothills (BW, Mail, "Your Dog's Crap," Oct. 31, 2007). It is indeed disgusting and bad citizenship.

Now what do you propose about the horse and mule crap ... equine diapers?

—Carol Orshan, Boise

Thanks, Ted

Thank you, Ted for writing this column (BW, Rall, "Hey Soldiers: Quit Whining," Oct. 31,2007). I plan to buy your book. Another matter I wish you would address, if you have not already, is the statement "the soldiers are defending our freedoms." No one should have to dig to figure out the fallacy of this statement. It should leap right out at them. The soldiers, if they defend anything, defend the government while the government works steadily to diminish our freedoms. The soldiers also inflict the United States' foreign policy on the rest of globe.

—Odis Ellis, online


Our Mountain Guide in last week's issue (BW, Mountain Guide, October 31, 2007)incorrectly stated lift ticket prices at Brundage Mountain Resort. They are $48 for a full day adult pass, $34 for a junior between 12 and 18, and $22 for youth ages 7-11. Children 6 and under ski free.

Because of an editing error, we incorrectly stated that Larry Grant didn't have a campaign manager in 2006 (BW, News, "Purple Dreams," Oct. 31, 2007). Well, he did, and her name is Teri Tate-McColly.

The following names were misspelled in our Bogus Basin story (BW, Feature, "Still Bogus After All These Years," Oct. 31, 2007): Sepp Benedikter, Sib Kleffner, Bill Bach, Sverre Engen.

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