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Bring back our fish

I have grown up in Boise, Idaho. My dad was a wildlife biologist for Fish and Game and US forest service. I grew up fishing and enjoy our great outdoors. I have grown up understanding the balance of all species and the whole interconnectedness of our world. My dad taught me to value each species for its special part in the ecosystems. I have taught elementary school in the treasure valley for 30 years. I started off in college wanting to be a biologist but decide I can teach our child about our wonderful world and all the species that live in it. I have also worked for the Idaho dept of Fish and Game being facilitator for their education program, Project Wild for 23 years. This program is offered to teacher K-12 across the state. Being involved with this program has given me the opportunity to be involved with fish biologist and many other biologists in the department. I have been at the fish traps sorting wild and hatchery fish. The wild fish numbers are in desperate need of a bold solution to their survival. I have seen the declining numbers of fish over the decades. Our band aid fixes are not working! The numbers of our wild Salmon are drastically declining. The hatchery fish allow for sport fishing only! Hatchery fish are not helping the wild Salmon and Steelhead genic pool or maintain the Wild numbers of fish.

We need drastic solutions to bring back wild fish. We’ve tried the same things over decades there are just band aids for quick fixes. We need bold ideas to bring back our fish, including putting removal of the four Lower Snake River dams on the table.

Tori Doell, Boise

Shame on politicians

I am so sick of seeing our once great nation being torn apart by something as meaningless as politics! Remember when people of different political beliefs could actually talk to one another and work across ideological differences to accomplish that which would benefit our nation? Now we have political parties that are controlled by the most radical elements of the party and work to discourage, and defeat, any party member who does not kowtow to the official party line. When was the last time we were offered a choice for President who was not deemed the most likely to win?

Whatever happened to once important values such as integrity, compassion, moral and ethical standards and doing what is right regardless of consequences at the ballot box. I have been waiting for so many years for someone like that to come along, but alas, too often I go vote and hold my nose because I know that I am going to cast a vote for a person that is the lesser of two weevils (misspelling intentional)!

Here, I am going to paint all politicians with a broad brush, but they are all liars and the higher up the ladder they go, the more frequent and bigger the lies.

I would love to have the opportunity to support, and vote, for a candidate that was not a liar, adulterer, crook or a person of low moral and ethical values. I don’t care about their color, sexual orientation, gender, religion, ethnicity or even political persuasion; I would just like someone who believes in our country and will pursue objectives that are in the common good, regardless of the effect on their political aspirations. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so, and shame on the American people!

David Peterson, Nampa

Thank you Sen. Risch

Last July, a group of RESULTS members, myself included, visited Senator Risch’s office in Washington DC and asked him to cosponsor SR 260, a bill that addresses maternal and child malnutrition across the globe. I was happy to hear Senator Risch voice his support for the bill during the Idaho Cares About Foreign Affairs lunch on November 1st.

Thank you for cosponsoring the bill and pledging to move it through your committee, Senator Risch.

I hope to also get your support for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which we also discussed with your staff in D.C. These tax credits are pro-work, pro-family financial lifelines for people working in low-wage jobs. Both credits encourage people to work while reducing poverty, and, together, they lifted almost 8.9 million Americans above the poverty line in 2018.

At RESULTS, we aim to end poverty in the US and around the globe. I look forward to working with you to make sure this happens, as you put it, in the most effective, efficient way possible that does the most good for the most vulnerable.

Georgette Siqueiros, Boise

Thank you West Ada

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the West Ada Community for their support of students in the West Ada District. The Education Foundation of the West Ada School District has been able to provide thousands of lunches for students, pay for sports fees, instrument rentals, and so much more for students in need. We have also been able to provide extra musical instruments and tools for some creative and innovative classroom lessons.

Since 2017 our community has donated to 985 teachers, and 73 different programs in West Ada School; staff members have received 443 grants for classrooms in West Ada.

Your donations paid for shoes for a student who was sharing shoes with his dad, coding supplies for classrooms, and sensory items for some of our most at-risk students. We are so proud to be part of West Ada.

Thank you for supporting students in West Ada.

Robin Long, Meridian

McLean for mayor

It is sad to see Boise’s streets become so congested and so many people get hurt or killed just trying to get around. Growth has its benefits, but we need safe neighborhoods as much as a vibrant downtown.

We need a change in attitude in City Hall about the impacts of growth. Boise needs a problem solver like Lauren McLean as Mayor.

As President of the City Council, Lauren has brought people together. Through dozens of listening sessions and community meetings, she’s listened to the voters.

Vote for change in the Mayoral run off election December 3rd. Early voting starts on November 18th at Boise City Hall and the Ada Country building at 400 N Benjamin Lane and runs through November 29th (except Thanksgiving). Lauren McLean will help break the gridlock in City Hall.

Wendy Wilson, Boise

Grover’s a stellar company

Retail is a limited space for humanity and humility. Grover’s plumbing and electrical in Nampa define what is right with our world. I have continued to have an unwavering relationship with this company. They are stellar in their approach and application to keep customers at large happy. Given that, they are a model of how a society could and should care about those around us.

Brian Davis, Nampa

Track should be habitat

As a home owner in Garden City, I was a strong supporter of the horse racing track that brought many beautiful horses, their propertied owners, and thousands of participants to my little town. The races brought 200 jobs and lots of money to Garden City and partially funded our schools. But alas, that fun has gone away, only to be turned into a swift race for developers competing for the highly valuable land along the river.

I’m glad that the County Commissioners are looking at the future of the former racetrack and the Fairgrounds and intend to insure that public involvement is maximized. However, for me the most valuable portion of the 250-acre parcel is not so much the Fairgrounds or the ball park but the old rundown racetrack. The middle of the racetrack has a creek in its midst and the whole track is a legal wetlands, supporting wildlife including fox, deer, muskrats, ospreys and other hawks, many species of birds, and flocks of geese. With this opportunity upon us, we could insist that the habitat be saved in a natural park to include 70 acres of the former racetrack. That might make up for the squeezing of the native habitat which ever-expanding apartment and home building in Garden City has decisively destroyed. The people of Garden City deserve a large, beautiful park, not merely another development.

I also appreciate that the County will tear down the old and rotted horse barns. I assume that taking down those old buildings will also allow the County to take down the fence that separates citizens from their land. The racetrack has been fenced, padlocked, and hidden for too many years. And it should be ours!

Mike Medberry, Garden City

Fish are key

I have been fortunate enough to grow up roaming the mountains and rivers of the West. As a skier, angler, rafter, and lover of nature, I know the impact that salmon and steelhead have on Idaho’s ecosystems. I have been lucky to observe these fish in some of the most magnificent places, places that were built by salmon, and places that will crumble if they stop returning.

Salmon and steelhead are the heart and soul of Idaho in more ways than one. Culturally, ecologically, and economically, they are some of the most important species in the West. With their nutrient rich bodies, these fish have fed Idaho’s ecosystems and human inhabitants for millenia.

Think of salmon as red blood cells, pumped out by the heart, or in this case the ocean, to deliver oxygen to the body. They move through the veins of our planet, our rivers, bringing life to everything they touch. Right now, our planet is sick. Blood clots plague our veins, cutting off entire ecosystems from the heart. However, there is a treatment. Removal of four blood clots, also known as the four lower Snake River dams, would be an enormous step towards restoring our planet’s pathways. Salmon and Steelhead can recover. These fish have evolved to overcome obstacles that would stop most in their tracks. All they need now is a fighting chance. Removal of the four lower Snake River dams would give them that.

Change can be scary, but it’s necessary if we want to keep these fish around. Idaho cannot be what it is today, and what it has been forever, without salmon and steelhead. These fish are the cultural, ecological, and economic foundation of our state. They are too important to let go of. I choose to fight for them. Do you?

Asa Menlove, Boise

McLean for Boise

The time has come for new leadership in Boise with Lauren McLean.

We campaigned for Lauren early on because of her track record for supporting things we believe in including trails and open space, conservation, recycling, renewable energy, smart transportation and managed growth. I personally worked closely with Lauren during the first Boise Foothills Open Space campaign 1999-2001. I felt that our broad-based coalition moved mountains because of her leadership and a true, community-wide grassroots campaign.

Since that time, Lauren has been engaged in our community non-stop. Whenever I have questions about city issues, I can count on Lauren’s ability to listen and get answers.

I’m excited about having new leadership in Boise. I think Lauren is a person who loves Boise and Idaho to the core. She will bring a new, fresh vision to the city that will be inclusive and empowering for all of our citizens to build on what we love about Boise and take things to the next level. Don’t forget to vote early, or vote on Dec. 3.

Steve Stuebner, Boise

The deadline for letters about the Boise mayoral and Caldwell council runoff elections is noon Nov. 27. After this time, the Idaho Press will not accept any new opinion content relating to the runoffs.

We will make every effort to include all election letters; due to space constraints, we are unable to print every letter received. All letters received before the deadline will be published on idahopress.com.

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