They won the primaries, now the real work begins

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 9:47 AM
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  • Mr Orban,

    Although I appreciate the fact that I'm allowed to own firearms, you're right! The only way politicians could make an economic difference concerning firearms is if there were several businesses in the state that sold firearms, and laws pass preventing them from selling them or reduce their sales, or a law changed that put them at legal risk of being sued if someone was shot with one of their firearms. Thank goodness that is not happening elsewhere, right?

    Additionally, since firearms are not normally used for game hunting in the great state of Idaho, state tourism wouldn't be negatively affected if more government control were introduced - which is a relief. Thankfully, we do not have violent or property crime in Idaho, so no one needn't worry about arming themselves. This is not the wild west after all.

    Finally, I sense your annoyance with the constitution and anyone that even speaks of it - which is indeed cumbersome for many of today's more socialist liberal progressives, and any discussion of it needs to be obfuscated with a word salad of case law to be relevant. Why don't our politicians just put it away already? - Yours Truly, Gern

    -- Posted by GernBlanstol on Sun, May 22, 2016, at 12:19 AM
  • Brian,

    Unbelievable: "During the political forum in Mountain Home, I saw instances where candidates wanted to spout off their political ideology or, even worse, started quoting the Constitution. Quite honestly, this doesn't concern me."

    If the Consitution doesn't "concern" you there are plenty of places you could move (Russia, China, North Korea, Turkey, etc) where you wouldn't have to worry about your rights being protected by such a pesky document.

    -- Posted by Northside on Sun, May 22, 2016, at 3:11 PM
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    It's good to see that card stacking and hasty generalizations are still viable logical fallacies to include in a response to an editorial.

    In a state like Idaho, especially in Elmore County, there is very little need to quote from the Constitution because anyone who'd dare publicly promote a position that deviates from the Constitution has no serious shot at being elected to public office (at least not in this State).

    It's like saying "I support our Military." Well, thank you for the support, now, let's get past the fluff and talk about what are you going to do to keep the base from closing, promote more Airmen living in Mountain Home instead of commuting from Boise, and encourage local involvement from the large portion of your population that doesn't live here long enough to put down roots.

    Every politician claims to support the Constitution, at least their own interpretation of it. Loving the Constitution more than the next guy is not a campaign position. Passing legislation that further insulates a right that is not being threatened is not an effective use of time or money.

    Brian says he wants to hear the actual plans the candidates have, I echo that sentiment. When the election that matters most in this County is the Republican Primary what I want to see from the candidates is substantive positions and support for plans that will invest in the future of this area.

    Flag waving, constitution thumping and baby kissing have their places in the election cycle, but they hold the same value as the wrapping paper on a nice gift.

    -- Posted by Silverstone on Mon, May 23, 2016, at 11:37 AM
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