I am writing to let you know that I appreciate your candor in your editorials. I enjoy reading them each week. I especially enjoyed the editorial addressing the need for "new blood" in the community. I agree with you wholeheartedly.
1. We have a sheriff's department that is rife with corruption and a tendency to be choosey about who they bully and harass. Some people can do almost anything, and some people don't have to do anything at all to be subjected to the arrogant bullying that some of the staff with the sheriff's department indulge in.
One does not have to do anything wrong to be served with complaints, petitions and be subjected to charges that have nothing to do with reality. While there are deputies that I know to be very good people and strive to do their job well and treat people with respect, (hopefully they know who they are), I would say that most of the sheriff's department could use some "new blood."
2. We have people in the emergency medicine system that appear to be without the knowledge they need to do their job well. They don't even know how to get to the Tipanuk/Oasis area on the best route and in a timely manner. On numerous occasions I have noted an ambulance coming to provide emergency assistance out in the area, coming from the direction of Boise! Which means that they used the freeway and went miles out of their way instead of using the direct route of Ditto Creek Road, which would get them out here in much less time.
I have personal experience with incidences in which wounded or injured out here would not be here if it weren't for some of the people that live out here.
And there is the issue of, once again, the arrogance, disdain, and complete lack of respect that some of the ambulance people direct at people.
To be rude and ignorant to a registered nurse on the scene of an accident, who has identified herself as such and who is only there to offer assistance until they get there, is despicable and inexcusable.
Those who treat their fellow citizens in this manner, themselves deserve no respect. Yes, we need some "new blood."
3. And we have the politics here that appear to be "designed and maintained" for certain people but not for everybody. Perhaps this is something that you would find in many places, but there are many things here in Idaho, including Elmore County, that belong in the last century, or even further back in time!
As a nurse I have lived in a number of places, and never have I lived in an area that is as inhospitable, arrogant, "cliquish" and antiquated as this area. Wake up people; YES, we need new blood here!!
-- Rebecca Deppen