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Re: “Not My Values

Yes, thank goodness we live in a country that provides clean tap water as well as safety and security to all of its citizens and whose free and open elections are completely above reproach. It would be shameful to take those things for granted.

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Posted by Eugene Dabs on 03/01/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

Thank you, Harrison, for covering this story. However, I believe your conclusion that this issue is a lost cause is premature.

The original plan was approved in 2010. Since then, the developer has changed, the acreage has changed, the number of houses has changed, the commercial space has changed, the number of schools has changed. All of these changes are substantial. Boise Hunter Homes should have to apply as a new application, not as an "amendment" to a different plan. I believe the Board of County Commissioners is justified in denying the "amendment" on these grounds alone.

There was no notice for the public hearing on 12/15/16 as required by Ada County Ordinance and Idaho Code. Posting notice is not hard. If, as they claim, Boise Hunter Homes plans to develop a unique, farm-to-table community, shouldn't they want as many people to know about it as possible, since such a special plan will surely benefit the community? Or...

If the Board of County Commissioners deny this "amendment," will Boise Hunter Homes develop the original approved plan? If they will not, a denial would stop this whole project. This important question must be answered before a final decision is made.

Posted by Stephanie Rael on 02/19/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The developer should not be able to get away with this. They have cobbled together a scattershot, completely unworkable plan for Wildlife. it is an insult to Ada County residents to consider that "mitigation" for this project could include a conservation easement somewhere unknown 30-50 miles away in Elmore County. Plus, the "Open Space" for the Theme Park shoves the deer and elk right out by the main Highway to Horseshoe Bend --- creating a death trap for both animals and motorists.

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Posted by Katie Fite on 02/19/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The application amendment was sought because the existing plan won't pen out. The suggestion that the status quo is worse than the amendment is a developer talking point which ignores the underlying motive/necessity that the amendment be sought in the first place.

If the Commissioners want to find ways to preserve this place for its remarkable history, its incredible agricultural values, and for the wildlife habitat -- the best way to do so is by preserving the status quo: voting no on the amendment before them.

Should the commissioners vote no, or in the alternative remand to the PZC, Ada County citizens will have more time to negotiate opportunities to preserve the very values mentioned.

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Posted by begreen on 02/19/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The original plat expired February 10. They could not approve the amendment and have the process start over. We could save it. It will take leadership with forsite.

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Posted by Josie Jensen Erskine on 02/18/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The Ada County Commissioners have the power to stop it. Yes it should have been stopped 10 years ago and it will be painful to stop now...but better than regretting not taking a bold action today. They have the power and they can change the outcome. Saying they can't is a cop out, as is holding the vote at 9am on Tuesday when public participation will be minimal.

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Posted by Heidi Wagner on 02/18/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

I am not sure what Country you were raised in but I do not recognize the place you describe in this opinion piece. If you want a woman President then you need to run someone better than Hillary Clinton.
I have been around since the beginning of this Women's Movement and have never experienced the things you paint as everyday facts. My daughters were taught by example that the world was open to them. They also watched a Father who worked very hard to give them many of those opportunities.
Do you ever give much thought to the women living in Iran or Saudi Arabia? Until Trump's administration requires me to wear a black sheet over my head and stone me to death for Adultery I will take my chances with the USA.

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Posted by Janis Woodruff H on 01/23/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

This may be the first time I've read Far From the Margins. Brilliant piece. Thank you.

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Posted by Henry on 01/19/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “From the Far Margins

I have had experience with things you talk about in this writing. First, I have a third of an acre of property that is surrounded by trees and bushes making it near invisible in the summer. I have had many stay in my yard for periods of time while getting back on their feet. I also know people who have tried things and been ticketed and sent away by draconian city ordinances. There needs to be a major change not just the mayor's lip service.

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Posted by NuclearShadows on 12/29/2016 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Civics Lessons

please refer me to information that explains how Idaho and the Nation's schools are including civics and government courses in standard course work.
I am afraid it is being left behind, which is unacceptable for our young citizens.
Thank you.
Mack Moore

Posted by Mack Moore on 11/22/2014 at 3:42 PM

Re: “The Strange Life, Times of Tom Luna

"If you search the Idaho Statesman archives, everything between 2007 and 2012 on Tom Luna is missing. Just adding that to the mix." -- Commenter "cwech" on my Daily Kos blog:…

Posted by Michael Strickland on 09/13/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Trojan Horse

Ms. Sabala:

Why do you continue to post here and in other electronic venues, including the Albertson Foundation funded "Idaho Education News," as if you are merely a concerned citizen, an average onlooker, and a typical soccer mom who happens to be surprisingly well-informed about both Northwest Professional Educators and the American Board of for Certification of Teacher Excellence?

Why are you so shy about revealing the fact that you are VICE PRESIDENT t of Northwest Public Educators and STATE COORDINATOR of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

Don't hide your light under a bushel basket, Ms. Sabala. Idaho voters, taxpayers, parents, teachers, and a host of other people want you to step out into the spotlight, because they also want to make informed, thoughtful decisions about education in Idaho. They cannot do so if you continue to tout such organizations as Northwest Professional Educators and the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence without also making clear that you have a financial and professional interest in both organizations. To make the claims you've made without a disclaimer is intellectual dishonesty, and it strips you of any credibility you might've once had. Please, knock it off.

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Posted by Kevin S. Wilson on 09/14/2013 at 10:50 PM

Re: “In Support of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinances

Aah but what geneb forgets is that nicotine replacement therapy that Big Pharma peddles does not work 92 to 98% of the time depending on the study. That leaves between 92 and 98 out of a hundred people still smoking and many of them trying to quit using these useless patchy/gummy/thingies over and over and over. That's good repeat business by any standards. As for their dangerous drugs such as Chantix and Zyban, they are facing law suits all over the world from people who went so far as committing suicide on them.

Posted by Iro Cage Canada on 08/29/2013 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Trojan Horse


The American Board (ABCTE) is an official, alternative route to teacher licensure in the state of Idaho. ABCTE is a non-profit and has produced highly qualified, well respected teachers in the state. Rural school districts struggle to find qualified applicants for many of their vacant positions. The American Board provides an opportunity for districts to grow their own teachers from within their community. If a person has a bachelor's degree and wants to become a teacher, they can enroll in ABCTE's online, self-paced program to become a highly qualified teacher. The average age of an ABCTE alum is 39. The American Board assists career changers that want to become teachers by providing a simpler process to meet that goal. There are many well respected teaching professionals in the state of Idaho that entered their classrooms with the assistance of ABCTE.

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Posted by Cherri Sabala on 06/27/2013 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Trojan Horse

Thanks for getting this message out there. I am sharing this article with everyone that I know.

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Posted by Kaywin Cottle on 06/26/2013 at 7:23 PM

Re: “In Support of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinances

Smartin quotes a tobacco-testimony-funded doctor with no history of studies whatsoever? HA!
And some other character. She had to clamber over under around and through mountains of legitimate evidence of secondhand smoke harms to uncover these two aberrant cherry-pickings.

I especially like her "BIG PHARMA" conspiracy theory.

Count the ads on TV: Pharma makes proportionately FAR more $$ from its hugely expensive meds that treat cancer, heart disease, COPD and other tobacco-related diseases.

If Pharma were out for profit only, they'd be advocating _against_ tobacco control measures, so as to increase demand for their expensive tobacco-related disease meds.

Maybe they'd be out spamming message boards with utter BS. . . .

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Posted by geneb on 03/21/2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “In Support of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinances

When you Google-Scholar “P Even,” you find that this “expert” has apparently not participated in a single study relevant to tobacco use. Period.

Then he says:

"If I had deviated from official positions, I would have had to pay the consequences. Today, I am a free man."

Translation: "I was too much of a coward to tell the truth then, but you should believe me now. Honest. Really. Really really really."

But he never said boo one way or another on the subject because no one ever asked him. Why should they? He knew nothing, had no standing at all. It'd be like asking a veterinarian to give insights on brain surgery. And no one's ever interviewed him about this, though pro-smoking advocates ballyhoo his nonsense, post it on websites and deluge msg boards all over the world with it (in violation of copyright laws).

Just another smoking French administrator.

The whole campaign stinks to high heaven.

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Posted by geneb on 03/21/2013 at 11:38 AM

Re: “For the Sake of Democracy, Elect Women

The two party system in this country is corrupt beyond repair. Nothing will change until people realize that simple fact. I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands.... quit using the term democracy. Our country was never meant to be a democracy where the will of the 51% nullifies the will of the 49%. Read the Constitution.

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Posted by Democracy is mob rule on 01/05/2013 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Attention smokers

I realize that these comments are quite old but have to make one in regards to BTR and his idiocy. It is certainly discrimination when the landlord won't tolertate stink and stains from smokers but will tolerate stink and stains from kids, animals, and any other life form with stinky habits. Once all of that is banned in rentals, well go ahead and ban the smokers too. NUFF SAID!!

Posted by sanders-halligan on 07/18/2012 at 11:26 AM

Re: “In Support of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinances

They have created a fear that is based on nothing’’
World-renowned pulmonologist, president of the prestigious Research Institute Necker for the last decade, Professor Philippe Even, now retired, tells us that he’s convinced of the absence of harm from passive smoking. A shocking interview.

What do the studies on passive smoking tell us?

PHILIPPE EVEN. There are about a hundred studies on the issue. First surprise: 40% of them claim a total absence of harmful effects of passive smoking on health. The remaining 60% estimate that the cancer risk is multiplied by 0.02 for the most optimistic and by 0.15 for the more pessimistic … compared to a risk multiplied by 10 or 20 for active smoking! It is therefore negligible. Clearly, the harm is either nonexistent, or it is extremely low.

It is an indisputable scientific fact. Anti-tobacco associations report 3 000-6 000 deaths per year in France ...

I am curious to know their sources. No study has ever produced such a result.

Many experts argue that passive smoking is also responsible for cardiovascular disease and other asthma attacks. Not you?

They don’t base it on any solid scientific evidence. Take the case of cardiovascular diseases: the four main causes are obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. To determine whether passive smoking is an aggravating factor, there should be a study on people who have none of these four symptoms. But this was never done. Regarding chronic bronchitis, although the role of active smoking is undeniable, that of passive smoking is yet to be proven. For asthma, it is indeed a contributing factor ... but not greater than pollen!

The purpose of the ban on smoking in public places, however, was to protect non-smokers. It was thus based on nothing?

Absolutely nothing! The psychosis began with the publication of a report by the IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer, which depends on the WHO (Editor's note: World Health Organization). The report released in 2002 says it is now proven that passive smoking carries serious health risks, but without showing the evidence. Where are the data? What was the methodology? It's everything but a scientific approach. It was creating fear that is not based on anything.

Why would anti-tobacco organizations wave a threat that does not exist?

The anti-smoking campaigns and higher cigarette prices having failed, they had to find a new way to lower the number of smokers. By waving the threat of passive smoking, they found a tool that really works: social pressure. In good faith, non-smokers felt in danger and started to stand up against smokers. As a result, passive smoking has become a public health problem, paving the way for the Evin Law and the decree banning smoking in public places. The cause may be good, but I do not think it is good to legislate on a lie. And the worst part is that it does not work: since the entry into force of the decree, cigarette sales are rising again.

Why not speak up earlier?

As a civil servant, dean of the largest medical faculty in France, I was held to confidentiality. If I had deviated from official positions, I would have had to pay the consequences. Today, I am a free man.

Le Parisien

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Posted by Harleyrider Davidson on 10/14/2011 at 4:46 AM


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