I’m from Idaho Falls, Idaho, maybe 40 minutes from Pocatello, depending on how fast you’re going on an open country highway that is sometimes two lanes (“Travel and Getaways,” October 13). Anyway, I could tell you every step of the way starting from San Diego. I have been a San Diego reader for almost one year. My point is that the way you are talking about getting to Pocatello is so hard that you have to jump out of a train. It’s not that bad. Idaho has so many nice places to see that you can get to in any four-cylinder or V-6 from the 15 going north and maybe waste $80 on gas and drive 16 hours and probably have the best west-side road trip you can experience, starting with Las Vegas, then the grand view of Arizona, Salt Lake City, and passing Pocatello, stopping at my sweet home, Idaho Falls, where the heart of the Snake River runs, which I was born 50 feet from.
Next time you write about the great state of Idaho, make sure it isn’t like getting a train from the ’40s and jumping out just to get to a town that doesn’t even know you wrote about it.
Too Little, Too Late
Thank you for the in-depth article by Thomas Larson regarding the criminal episodes in the life of James Kurtenbach (“Debt. Arson. Murder,” Cover Story, October 6).
It’s hard to believe that this deceitful person received a sentence of only 15 years and 8 months. In my view, he should have been given either the death penalty or, at least, life in prison.
That Smell In El Cajon
Re “Debt, Arson, Murder” (Cover Story, October 6).
I was watching the news one night, and one TV station (where were the other news dogs?) had a reporter covering the trail, so I was captivated by the story. I was going to El Cajon the next day and made it a point to stop by the courthouse and check it out. What impressed me was Kurtenbach was decked out like a Philadelphia lawyer, and he had Paul Pfingst defending him (maybe he did it pro bono, fat chance). I thought this guy was on the skids, and here’s an ex–city attorney, and this was his fourth defender. Then the jury gives him 15 years and 8 months. He should be facing life in prison. Something’s rotten in El Cajon. Another excellent story by the Reader. Well done.