November 1 - November 8 

Corrections

In last week's Mail section, the first letter in the grouping "Dems: Hansen's OK. No, Really" did not have an identified author. Betty Richardson of Boise wrote that letter.

Also, in last week's election guide, sharp readers may have noticed that in the state Legislature race for District 15, position A, we identified two Democrats as vying for the same seat--which, of course, is incorrect. One of the candidates, Jerry Peterson, identified his personal hero as "John F. Kennedy." The other, Lynn Luker, said his hero was "Jesus Christ." Figured out yet which one's actually a Republican?

This Land is Our Land

Rachael Daigle's article "Strangers in a Strange Land" (BW, Feature, October 25) represents a new low for Boise Weekly. That the article is biased in favor of illegal immigrants is hardly surprising. What is appalling is that the author simply assumes that the desire of some illegal aliens to work in this country requires us to accept them. There are no first principles for Rachael Daigle. What happened to the notion that the rule of law still applies, that illegal immigrants are breaking our laws and that forging documents is a serious crime? Perhaps the reason that illegal immigration is such a problem in America is that Americans like Rachael Daigle have sent the following message to Mexico from their positions in the media, academia and even government: "We care more about your status in this country than we care about our own people. We sympathize with you, and we are in solidarity with you."

--Fred Birnbaum

Boise

Sali Sali Sali

Editor's note: Yes, we know the election is over. But what fun to see what people had to say before they knew the results.

What's the difference between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bill Sali?

One is a short, bearded religious zealot who wants to take away women's rights. The other is the president of Iran.

--Anonymous envelope slipped under our door, with photos included

Compassionate or Constitutional?

We constantly hear complaints of "business as usual" in politics and then lambaste every original thinker who comes along, endlessly proving Solomon's observation that there is truly "nothing new under the sun."  For example, while serving 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, John Adams introduced an anti-slavery bill every Monday in defiance of a rule his contemporaries passed prohibiting it. His response to their exasperation was that he was duty-bound to represent his constituents, a unique idea that earned him re-election six times. 

Fast forward 200 years to Bill Sali, another independent thinker whose public record reveals little inclination to chase lemmings, a fact easily illustrated by recalling Bruce Newcomb's now famous (and childish) "fricking idiot" outburst about Sali's supposed lack of "compassion." 

Hmmm ... has Idaho's oath of office pledge to uphold the state and national constitutions been replaced by one mandating "compassion?" Does the word "compassion" even appear in Idaho's constitution? Should Sali's votes on legislation impacting the health, emotions and finances of every Idahoan be based on factual information (Pssst--Google "breast cancer-abortion" for enlightenment) or on his leader's opinions? His example perfectly illustrates Sali's commitment to principle in the face of strong opposition, a trait reminiscent of Adams' obstinacy concerning slavery.    

But perhaps most importantly, do Sali's numerous re-elections to public office indicate whether or not he honors his duty to represent his constituents? That one's pretty much a no-brainer to anyone not a "fricking idiot." For sure, he could represent me.   

--Keith Lunders,

Elk River

Sali has my vote

Not being a politician, I've never worked with Bill Sali in legislative matters. I have, however, contacted him a number of times on matters I was concerned about. Bill has never failed to respond to my question or comment, and, while I didn't agree with his position on one of the items which sticks in my mind, he explained his stand so I can understand where he is coming from. I didn't change my opinion, but I now see why he voted as he did.

I was most impressed by the fact that Bill responded to my call. Usually I get a form letter which doesn't come close to addressing what my original call was about. When I've contacted Bill, I have always received an actual response, and I consider that a very professional way to handle business. As I said earlier, while I don't always agree with Bill, I will be voting for him.

--Blake Newell,

Boise

Sali Campaign

Normally, I would support the Republican nominee. However, it is my opinion that Bill Sali is not competent to represent me in any political setting. I would be ashamed to say that I supported someone who made the types of statements he did regarding abortion and breast cancer while serving in the Idaho Legislature.

Additionally, I have been receiving what I thought to be harassing phone calls at all times of the day and evening from the number 208-000-0000. For the past several weeks when this phone number would show on my phone and I answered, no one responded. If I didn't answer the phone, the answering machine picked up, and then over and over, a mechanical voice would say, "If you want to place a call hang up and call your local operator."

I called my telephone service and reported the harassing phone calls, which I received even though I am on the do-not-call lists. Finally, I got a live person and found out it was Sali's campaign that was doing the harassing. Please do not cast your vote for Bill Sali.

--Elizabeth Miller,

Eagle

Pornographic politics

Is this why there are so many perverts, adulterers, child molesters and homosexuals in the Republican Party? The GOP accepts contributions from a top gay pornography maker. The Republican National Committee is a regular recipient of political contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, the owner and CEO of Marina Pacific Distributors, one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States.

--Nancy Cook,

Boise

BUSH'S "FAMILY VALUES"

I think the American people are finally beginning to learn what George W. Bush's "family values" really are: ignorance, bigotry, intolerance, avarice, deceit, incompetence, corruption, hypocrisy. I certainly hope these "values" are being kept out of our public schools.  

Let's endeavor to confine the teaching of Bush's "family values" within the purview of such experts as Karl Rove, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Bakker, Oral Roberts, James Dobson, Ralph Reed and Jimmy Swaggart.

Faith-based initiatives are, or should be, a role for churches to play in this country and should be kept out of the political arena.      

Separation of church and state is a founding principle of this democracy; it must remain so!

--Paul G. Jaehnert,

Vadnais Hts., MN  

Rall is the Problem

Does Mr Rall have an inside line to the CIA? How does he know there were "Thousands kidnapped and hundreds tortured" (BW, Rall, October 18). Lincoln suspended habeus corpus because it was necessary. I wouldn't call that un-American. Equating our president with Hitler is outrageous. It is nothing short of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. I don't believe we have the right strategy in Iraq, but there are better ways to disagree than the tactics of Mr. Rall. Haven't we learned from Vietnam? The enemy waited for public opinion to turn.

--Ken Trefaller,

Boise

Some people love BW

I'd like to just say how much I love this collection of independent news and opinions. I always pick one up whenever I see one. It's absolutely great that it's free, too. That alone, to me, is a sign that the makers of the weekly actually care. By next year, to help keep it free, I'd like to help monetarily support it if I can. If I had more time, I'd comment more specifically on particular articles, authors and cartoons, but for now, all I have time for is to just say good job and thank you. P.S.: Freewill Astrology in the back is one of my favorites!

--Tamara Maynard,

Mountain Home

The Enron scandal was nothing compared to this

High Social Security payroll taxes have contributed to yearly Social Security Trust Fund surpluses until the surplus is now in excess of $1.7 trillion. However, Congress has elected to sacrifice Social Security on the altar of corruption by spending the entire surplus. The U.S. Treasury has been forced to cover up the congressional embezzlement by issuing non-negotiable IOU bonds to the Trust Fund.

This "Gotcha!" means that Congress must determine how to legally fund the IOU bonds when they mature. The choices are: Increase taxes, sell legitimate Treasury bonds or monetize the debt. Congress will select the easy way out. The Federal Reserve will be asked to crank up the printing press and create money out of thin air. Of course, debasing the currency means that the dollar becomes a peso and your Social Security check will only buy some coffee beans or, at best, a bowl of java.

Currently, the yearly program surplus is about $180 billion. To save Social Security, the yearly surplus must be invested in precious metals so that future Social Security recipients receive something of value. Yet Congress will scream out a refusal, claiming that it will doom Social Security. What really frightens them is that we will gain control of our Social Security program and they will lose a cash cow.

Some day in the future, when the Social Security eagle takes off on its monthly mission, what would your rather receive in your hand? A gold coin or a worthless Federal Reserve note?

SadDam Sentenced

I am glad that Saddam Hussein's trial is finally completed. Now we can proceed with the crimes against humanity by President George W. Bush.

--Larry Polsky

Boise

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