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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome back Mr. Cope.
Omigosh! Willya look at this?!! More Bile from Bill! (Votta countrie!)
I've kinda assumed that since election day, Bill had prolly been kicking his dog, throwin' stuff across the room, lashing out at Mrs. Cope, etc. FANTASTIC it is, that Boise Weekly has seen the need for a professional name-caller! Some artists work with paints or musical instruments... Bill's talent is "poison pen," for sure!! Welcome back, Bill. (I don't know why I added that... he professes to never read the comments.)
His totally-predictable attack on Evil Trump would have a lot more weight if, in the paragraph before, he hadn't sung the praises of another serial liar/cheater - she of the Pant Suits! The ONLY reason I voted for Trump (while holding nose) was on account of the Democrat alternative. I bet millions around the country felt the very same way. (It's unfortunate that Idaho's choices for president - Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz - were sent home early.)
Oh! This is about BABIES' gender! (At first glance, I thought maybe a "gender reveal party" was where two or more people get together for "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours"!!)
Is this Germany, sounds like a Nazi Socialist Party Alt left News Report....
Bradley, as a member of the new Whole Food Plant Based for Life Meetup.com group and one of the organizers for Treasure Valley Vegans I cannot thank you enough for your thoughtful letter. I've been running thin on energy for organizing our group thinking that perhaps I should move my energies to more urgent matters while also battling the nagging, undefined notion that that might not be the right strategy. Your letter put everything in focus. Please join us! ~ Heidi
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.
It's refreshing to have a change of commander-in-chief, when your little "counterculture" paper can migrate from Party Organ (at least with regards to Chairman Obama) back to yapping Chihuahua of the Loyal Opposition. Too bad so many other "journalists" have already done the "Trump is Hitler" thing. Pretty hard to be creative in a new and fresh way.
Hopefully your mom is still upright and taking nourishment, Zach.
Why don't we give Trump a day or two, or maybe a week, to see what develops? I'm guessing he won't be showing up on the upper porch at the White House, with American-Flag red armband and a megaphone.
If, by April 15th they are teaching Army recruits how to goose-step, I'll be right there saying "Well, Zach warned us..." (Unless Der Trump has shut down the Opposition Press by then.) Do you think he'll prefer "Heil Trump" or "Heil Donald"?
Zach, you should advise Mom to take a valium and relax. The sun will come up on January 21. Life WILL go on. Far more of her fellow Idahoans are breathing a huge sigh of relief as Dear Leader Obama steps away (if he's really able to - I'm afraid in his mind, he's Dear Leader for Life). We survived it!!
Trump wasn't my first choice, but I'm happy to give him a chance. Like Obama before him, I sincerely hope he's a very successful president! (As measured by the true State of the Union.) And I'm sure happy we're not swearing in a President Hillary this week! She's so crooked that Huma needs to help her screw on those pant-suits!!! (God bless Dr. Thompson!)
This may be the first time I've read Far From the Margins. Brilliant piece. Thank you.
The Boise Weekly says on it's mission statement page that comments made to letters shouldn't be "don't be libelous, slanderous, threatening, defamatory, hateful or abusive.
That being said, could it (the BW,) also make an effort to not publish plagiarized pieces by PETA disciples? (That would be just about anything someone submits with an anti-meat theme.)
For instance, Ike Schneider's "letter" (1/11) is a copy of the following two "letters to the editors":
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35143244-78/2017-time-for-plant-based-meats.html.csp - Elijah Hennison, Eugene, OR Jan. 3, 2017
http://www.goerie.com/opinion/20161230/2017-promises-to-deliver-new-vegetarian-options-letters-to-editor - Dick Wahlberg, Erie, PA Posted Dec 30, 2016
Oh, and do a google search on "The plant-based food revolution is going mainstream." to see the three hundred plus (300+) more "letters" by dozens of devoted deceivers dedicated to PETA's dogmata.
The Boise Weekly might also want to consider charging PETA for its "press releases", or more accurately defined "heretofore free advertising", in the future. Isn't that how other organizations (businesses, charities, clubs, festivals) get the word out on their beliefs?
In closing my non-libelous, non-slanderous, non-threatening, non-defamatory, non-hateful and non-abusive, yet truthful request, I wish PETA all the best in their personal nutrition diets.
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.
When some person or entity is "notorious", it is (by definition) so well known and flagrant about something that nobody disputes whatever characterization is made...such as a notorious criminal gang that operates in a specific neighborhood.
To describe the Birch Society as "notoriously anti-Catholic" is absurd in three respects:
1. Nobody except this author thinks the JBS is "anti-Catholic"
2. Approximately 40% of JBS membership and 2/3 of its original office staff in Belmont MA (its HQ) was Catholic and two Catholic priests served on the JBS National Council (the governing body of the JBS).
3. The only official government investigation ever conducted into the JBS was a 2-year investigation by the California Senate Factfinding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities, This Subcommittee was controlled by Democrats who were allied with the then-Governor of California (Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, a Catholic). Significantly, they never found any anti-Catholic bias within the Birch Society -- even though several Catholics were members of that Subcommittee.
Consequently, we must conclude that Bill Cope is a notoriously ignorant and bigoted individual.
Gee, don't know what trial you attended. George Zimmerman did none of the things you described, except justifiably kill someone who was attacking him with life threatening blows. The Trayvon Martin was an innocent angel crowd perverted the justice system in Florida, and stupid rants like yours continue to do so. I am quite sure there are many facets of your character that are as distasteful as his. And, by the way, your writing sucks.
I am no supporter of Zimmerman, but this article (or whatever it is) is severely lacking in the fact check department. First: Martin was 17, not 14. Second: The Stand Your Ground law was never used as a defense in the trial. Third: Stand Your Ground laws have been used as defense more often by black people than whites. So, the contention that it benefits whites and was written so black people could be murdered is a sack of lardy horseshit.
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