So, Gov., what was
by PAT MURPHY
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne believes the "threat" to life and property
at the state Capitol seems to have passed, and he’s dismantling his
wartime fortifications, do state legislators have the spine to demand an
explanation for the five-month closing of State and Jefferson streets and
stationing of round-the-clock armed National Guardsmen and Idaho State
has never revealed details of the "threat" that prompted what
seems to have been excessive precautions as well as unnecessary daily
inconvenience to thousands of motorists negotiating downtown Boise, plus
costs the state can hardly endure during its budget shortfall.
the "threat" at this late date isn’t likely to jeopardize the
survival of the United States. After all, if the threat was real and not
fanciful, it surely was no secret to those behind it—if there was one.
only adds to suspicions of his motives and judgment by removing the
Capitol’s defenses even as President Bush continues to bombard Americans
with chilling visions of future terrorism.
Kempthorne should explain, and allow the public to judge whether he acted
in panic because of some imagined terrorism; got caught up in the
theatrics of pretending we were at war, or had genuine grounds for
Boise is an
unlikely target of terrorism, especially the Capitol, whose paperwork and
personnel are relatively unimportant strategically to the function of the
state or the nation.
the way Gov. Kempthorne and lemming Republican legislators have
willy-nilly squandered the state surplus and thrust Idaho into a budget
crisis, frittering away hundreds of thousands of dollars on questionable
Statehouse protection is merely more of the frivolous easy-come, easy-go
mindset that prevails in the state capital.
governor disagrees, now’s the time to call the hand of doubters and
convince them there was indeed a "threat."
world over recoiled in horror at Andrea Yates’ mass murder of her five
children in Houston, leaving some of us wondering how come husband Russell
Yates got off so easy.
Andrea Yates was known to be suicidal and haunted by mental devils. She
was only marginally capable of being a trustworthy parent, despite her
professed love for children and reputation as a caring mother.
Russell Yates seemed indifferent enough to not only burden his wife with
successive pregnancies, but seemed never to lift a finger to intervene to
protect his children from risks of an unstable mother.
As he makes
the rounds of the national TV talk shows excusing himself, Russell Yates
points fingers at doctors for not sounding the alarm about his wife’s
No one is
more sensitive to a wife’s needs than a husband. And no one is more
aware than a husband of dark impulses in a troubled wife and mother.
parents everywhere will agree that Yates seemed aloof to the safety and
well being of his children in the hands of a mother demonstrably flirting
Yates is a father who mindlessly believes "God will provide"
without any human effort.
what we’ll hear of Russell Yates in the near future, with his wife
doomed to at least the next 40 years behind bars (until she’s in her
70s) and he no longer has any responsibility for children and the Texas
prisons system is responsible for his wife.