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Cheers to the Nampa High School football team and their coach Dan Holtry for making a 9-year-old boy’s birthday the best ever. What great kids they must be.

Cheers to the young couple and another sweet lady who gave me a hug after my car accident on 11th Ave. North. Thanks for forcing my door open so I could get out. Thank goodness for the chain link fence which hung on to the car’s underside and got it finally stopped. Scary moment, to say the least, and I am so thankful no other vehicle was involved.

Cheers! to Music Theater of Idaho! Their performances are always first rate. They are a wonderful asset to our community, and the local talent is amazing! I’m looking forward to reading a review in this newspaper on their upcoming production of “Cats.”

Cheers for our family for getting rid of all cellphone services and going back to land lines! We still have cameras on the phones, and internet at home. We are doing all the great things we love, by not using/staring at our phones. It is such freedom and we absolutely have our life back! Cellphones are useless sad toys that whittle away your life, and cause problems. Track how much time you spend on your cellphone and let it go! Never again! Not missing ours one bit! Loving to live and communicate again!

Jeers to whoever is responsible for the fact that I have been denied the opportunity to watch and listen to the two broadcasts of the current Democratic candidates this month, because I can’t afford unlimited access to the internet, the cable or all the other media sources that carried the debates. Who is responsible for this? How can I possibly make informed decisions? If my limited income prevents me from affording the sources that are available, does this mean my vote doesn’t count? Why did none of the major broadcast corporations carry these debates? Can anybody tell me? There’s something really wrong with this picture.

Jeers to the people who walk their dogs, and think it is beyond their responsibility to clean up the messes the dogs leave behind. It’s particularly shameful when there’s dog waste bag dispensers and trashcans in the area, and you still see poop lying next to trash cans. That doesn’t say much for the person who allows this, and really says “I don’t care.” We’ve got way too much of that here in Nampa; if you walk anywhere around town you know what I mean. You know who you are, you know that leaving that mess behind is wrong (if you don’t, leave your dog at home!), and please realize that no one else thinks it’s cute. Grab a couple extra bags when you walk by a dog waste bag dispenser; next time you’re out you’ll have one available if the pooch makes an unexpected mess. No wonder places are posting “no dogs allowed” signs, you can’t blame them if the dog owner’s community has allowed these places to have poop everywhere. Unsightly, unsanitary, and WRONG!

Cheers for the quick and professional reaction from the lifeguard crew at Roaring Springs park yesterday, 7/30/19. A young girl suffered a seizure while floating in the Lazy River. Her companion struggled to keep her afloat in the floating tube and a crew of four lifeguards jumped into the water to keep her afloat and pull her out to safety. Their cool heads and high caliber training certainly prevailed during a stressful time for this park visitor.

Jeers to Meridian’s new Discovery Park, and the recent Hillsdale park. There are many huge expensive boulders, bur not one bench for grandparents or parents to sit while supervising our charges. The Rec Dept. says its in their long term plans, but how about sooner rather than later? I am one of three grandmothers who routinely take our charges to the parks to play together, and these new destinations are disappointing and extremely tiring.

Jeers to the six cars that just had to zoom around us, as we went the 20 mph in downtown Nampa. Only for us ALL to be waiting at the same red lights ahead of us! What was their point? What is anyone’s point for speeding and not following the posted speed limits? Also jeers to tailgaters who cannot slow down fast enough, God forbid that car in front of you has to hit their breaks abruptly! Slow down, and Back off Bumper Humpers!

Jeers for so many political jeers. Do we not hear enough of this all during the week? On every TV and news channels and newspapers! Would rather hear of local non-political jeers/cheers. Just saying.

Jeers to the dictatorial and disingenuous Boise Mayor David Bieter who doesn’t trust the people of Boise to do the right thing — i.e., what he wants them to do — so he will do it for them. Boise doesn’t belong to David Bieter but to the citizens, who are perfectly capable of deciding whether they was to vote on his pet projects.

Jeers to the maniac flying his plane low over the Sand Hollow area at midnight.

Jeers again to the idiot who persists in flying their plane extremely low over the Sand Hollow area at hours when normal human beings are trying to sleep.

Cheers to the men and women who serve because they are America’s finest and deserve the best America has to offer, because we as a nation need to do more for mental health and suicides of our veterans. Jeers to the lack of resources and funding for mental health because we are seeing too many people dying and homeless. Cheers to our police and paramedics who are on the front lines and in the trenches trying to save lives, but our elected officials need to do more because too many lives are being lost.

Jeers to President Trump for not getting the memo that, as a Republican, you are not allowed to criticize a minority. Their race gives them total immunity from criticism. As president, you should know that, sir. Furthermore, when you are accused of racism, you have no right to fight back. Your role is to hang your head, remain silent and lose elections with quiet dignity, like Mitt Romney and John McCain. Haven’t you heard a thing the media says?

Jeers to all of those ex-Californians who state they left California because the liberals and illegal aliens RUINED OUR STATE. As a life-long Idahoan maybe it’s that Californian ATTITUDE you bring to Idaho, not that you are from California that many life-long Idahoans detest.

Jeers to the West Ada School Board. So you get the taxpayers to fund the building of a new elementary school in southeast Meridian called Hillsdale, and two years later you are 150 students over capacity. So now you want to get taxpayers to fund the building of another new elementary school to ease overcrowding. Wouldn’t it have been less burden on the taxpayers to build a larger Hillsdale elementary school to begin with??? Doesn’t one large elementary school to handle growth make more sense than building two small elementary schools??? Didn’t you see all the new rooftops planned in Century Farm, Sky Mesa, White Bark, Paisley Meadows, Wells subdivision and all the other vacant land in this area that Meridian City Council will enthusiastically approve for developers to build more rooftops? Why don’t you plan ahead instead of looking behind? The level of incompetence in the West Ada School board’s handling of growth is totally incomprehensible. And those of us who are retired and on fixed incomes continue to get hit with new taxes from every taxing authority in the Treasure Valley as well as increased property taxes as home values increase because the legislature can’t be bothered to raise the homeowner exemption. What a great place to live!

Cheers to Cottonwood Behavioral, Saint Luke’s, VA Hospital and VA clinic in Caldwell because the social workers, doctors and all the staff have given me hope because they help me in so many ways, especially depression.

Jeers to people who are judgmental of those who have mental health issues because God does not judge, but people do, and it is the problem in America. Jeers because we are quick to judge a book by its cover without opening it, and people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Cheers because America is too great to hate.

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