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Letters of thanks

Thanks for helping Filer Library

The Filer Public Library would like to thank Cactus Petes, D. L. Evans, Falls Brand Independent Meat, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Oasis Stop ‘n Go, Bartons Club 93, Matt Stokes State Farm Insurance Agency, Filer Mutual Telephone Company, Magic Valley Mall, Connie Misenhimer, Chick-Fil-A, Knutsons Kustom Kutting, and Fred Meyer for their generous donations to our library programs.

A big thank you to all who attended our fundraiser. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Filer Public Library


Highway 30 Music Fest a success

If you missed it, I am sorry. If you were there, you know what I’m talking about. This past weekend Gordy’s HWY 30 Music Fest played in Filer, Id. I will say the finest event I have attended in my years here in Twin Falls. Special thanks to Gordy and Megan Schroeder for organizing and managing such an outstanding event. Thank you to your host of volunteers, who made the experience second to none for all in attendance. Thank you to your event sponsors and vendors, for making an event like this happen. Lastly, thank you to your talent line-up, which continued to give and entertain, performance after performance. I suggest if you missed this family-friendly event, you put it on your calendar for next year, it certainly will not disappoint and you’ll be glad you did. Thank you to all at HWY 30 Music Fest for a great weekend!

Scot McNeley

Twin Falls

Appreciation for PSI

I had forgotten to pull my cans to the curb on waste collection day. I remembered the moment I heard the truck coming down the street. I had foot surgery just the day before so I was slow moving, literally hop-hobbling trying to get them moved in time to catch the truck. The truck driver, James, stopped his truck, jumped out and jogged over to me. He insisted on moving both cans and would not let me do it. He was professional and kind. Thank you James for your excellent customer service. You went above and beyond your required duties and I humbly appreciate your actions.

Way to go PSI for hiring such a valuable team member. This is not the first time I have witnessed an PSI employee going the extra mile. My family and I have lived in Twin Falls for seven years and consistently, without fail any interaction I’ve had with the drivers on collection day have been exceptional. In my experience this is the result of high standards and examples demonstrated by management. Again, my sincere thanks to PSI Environmental and especially to James who showed empathy and professionalism when it was not expected.

Joy Pruitt

Twin Falls

Team Leilah thanks sponsors

The Leilah Bike Team of the Magic Valley traveled to Logan, Utah on June 22nd and 23rd to participate in Harmon’s Best Dam Bike ride, a charity bicycle ride that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis Research and resources for patients suffering with Multiple Sclerosis. Leilah bike team rides in honor of Leilah Schroeder, who has suffered with multiple sclerosis for many years. The team was started by her son Greg Schroeder who wanted to honor his mother and help find a cure for this disease. The team started out with 4 members 10 years ago. This year the team had 54 registered team members and raised over $15,000.00 to help in this worthy cause. Special thanks to Stacy Reynolds, RN who alone recruited over 20 teammates, many of whom are nurses at St. Luke’s Magic Valley. Anna Huff was the top fundraiser bringing in $1750.00 The team would like to thank Cycle Therapy for the donation of a 2015 Giant Roam Hybrid Bicycle that was used as a raffle prize to help the team reach their fundraising goal, Clif bar generously provided nutritional needs for the team and Jeff Floyd of J.K. Floyd Photography for capturing awesome memories of the team.

Tami Charlton

Team Leilah

Kiwanis thanks all involved in Golf Tournament

Thank you for your courtesy publication of announcing the Filer and Kimberly Kiwanis Golf Tournament held on June 10th at the 93 Golf Course in Jerome. The benefit for children in the Magic Valley brings scholarships and help to many young people, which is the main focus of Kiwanis International around the world. A special thanks to the sponsors and golf teams that participated is very helpful in making this tenth event a rewarding experience for all participants.

Someone said it takes a village to raise a child and to paraphrase here, it takes sponsors, golfers, Kiwanians and a purpose to help young people be aided in preparing for life. Thanks to all who made this effort rewarding.

Bob Parish, Steve Cowger, Jan Hall

Other View: Trump clearly won't improve his behavior. Here's what the rest of America can do.

The following editorial appears in The Washington Post:

After his latest execrable tweets, it’s obvious that there is no point in urging President Donald Trump to act with greater dignity, respect for his office or, for that matter, self-respect. It isn’t going to happen. That makes it all the more urgent for the rest of us to think about how to safeguard civility and democratic values until his presidency ends.

It would be wrong to say that Trump’s attacks on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough Thursday were shocking, because his boorishness no longer can shock. But the hateful insults directed at the MSNBC co-hosts (and, in Scarborough’s case, Post columnist) did seem to take the capital city’s collective breath away. “Please just stop,” Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, Neb., tweeted in response. “This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.” Many others chimed in, urging Trump to apologize, to stop tweeting or even (in a moment of extreme wishful thinking) to resign.

Yes, Trump should apologize, he should stop tweeting insults, he should respect the awesome history of his office. Similarly, he should stop attacking the news media, which plays an important role in American democracy. He should take questions from the press more often, and he should answer truthfully. He should show more respect for women. He should, in short, act presidential, and he should continue to be urged to do so, not only by editorial pages but also by other leaders, especially in his own party, and by people in his administration.

But assuming he remains immune to such importuning, what can the rest of us do? We’ve given this some thought in the context of international relations, because the world had become accustomed to looking to the United States as a defender of democracy, human rights and liberal values. Admittedly the nation has played this role imperfectly, with dollops of hypocrisy and inconsistency along the way. But from World War II until now, the United States had not been led by anyone espousing selfishness as a lodestar. And that has made it crucial for others to fill the gap—crucial for Congress, civil society and citizens across the nation to stand up for freedom and for the United States remaining a beacon of freedom across the globe.

We’d say the same now about plain old courtesy and decorum. It may be beyond the power of any other politician to change Trump’s behavior. But all of us can model a different way of acting and interacting.

What gives us hope is the conviction that the American people are better than the misogyny and rudeness we see spewing from the White House. Our politics have always been rough and tumble, but most of us don’t want to see this kind of ugliness become the dominant trait. We should all be focused on preserving a little flame of decency so that, whenever the Trump era ends, that flame can be rekindled into the kind of discourse that would make the country proud again.

Idaho View: Idaho AG thinks it’s illegal to sell aerial fireworks here — so why do we allow it?

Since it is the eve of the Fourth of July weekend, it must be time yet again to remind the Idaho Legislature that its inconsistent, wink-and-nod policy of allowing the sale of aerial fireworks to unpermitted individuals is neither safe nor sane.

If nobody ever purchased these fireworks and misused them… well, I think we know better than that.

Friday marks the anniversary of the June 2016 Table Rock Fire, a blackened scar on our Boise Foothills history that burned 2,500 acres, destroyed Van Danielson’s home and possessions, and endangered thousands of residents. This came about because of a young man’s careless use of aerial fireworks — illegal to use in this state and doubly so in the Foothills, where all fireworks are prohibited. Taylor Kemp received jail time and was ordered to pay $391,790 in damages.

Community leaders who recognize that this kind of incident — or much worse — could happen again are trying to do something about it, and I’m with them. Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan got things rolling last year as the damage was being assessed, pointing out that we are literally playing with fire in Idaho if we continue to allow the sale of aerial fireworks in some Idaho counties (they are banned in Ada County) to people who then use them indiscriminately.

Rep. Mat Erpelding, the Democratic minority leader in the Idaho House of Representatives, dropped a bill this year to close loopholes in the vague law that allows retailers to sell aerial fireworks. Though that bill went down to defeat, Erpelding has continued to research the issue. That led to an opinion from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office on what state law says about the sale of aerial fireworks — an opinion his colleagues in the Legislature ought to read and act upon.

Paul Panther, chief of the AG’s criminal law division, said only people with a permit to put on a fireworks display — such as the one planned next week for Expo Idaho — can buy aerial fireworks in this state. According to the opinion, that means retailers cannot purchase and resell them and individuals can’t either — even if they follow the practice of signing some waiver promising to not shoot them off in areas where they are illegal to use.

Kudos to Doan and Erpelding for keeping this issue alive and pursuing a solution. Doan said in a Statesman story Tuesday that “law enforcement and fire officials plan to “work with and educate’ retailers to get aerial fireworks off the shelves.” Details of that initiative are still forming. I hope Erpelding continues to work with and educate his legislative colleagues with that AG’s opinion, and that these discussions result in legislation that bans the sale of aerial fireworks to anybody but the professionals who conduct fireworks shows.

It doesn’t make sense to sell fireworks that are deemed unsafe to use in this state. Idaho is sitting on a powder keg and needs to thoroughly douse it before another incident like the Table Rock Fire.

Ada County Magistrate James Cawthon, who sentenced Kemp, also lectured him about how lucky he was that the outcome was not worse. Cawthon’s words apply to this whole situation in Idaho:

“You’re lucky the Bureau of Land Management pumped every resource they had at it. You’re lucky Boise police put every unit, every officer on this. You’re lucky Boise Fire responded as quickly as they did and then unloaded every single station in the city, every single resource at their disposal.

“Their work in the middle of the night, in high winds changing three, four, five, six times amid that heat and that smoke, in the darkness saved lives, saved property. You’re lucky.”

So, Idaho, feeling lucky this weekend?