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Comment Archives: stories: News: Citydesk

Re: “City: No Truth to Rumor of October 1 Deadline to Cooper Court Tent City

I do not know what the answer is to the homeless problem and resulting encampments, but the city needs to find some solutions and create alternatives to the misuse of public and private property.

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Posted by JK on 10/01/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

Jesus Christ was living the law of Moses that said all men would have beards and long hair. He also healed someone on the sabbath day, breaking the rules of his own law,when some priests came to him to accuse him what did he say? Ye Hippocrates. its the Lords law and his church. Is he above the law? Damn right he is, and as soon as you all are perfect you can make the rules. But for now, we are commanded to live by his commandments. If you go to a college, you are under there rules for the time you go there. Deal with it.

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Posted by girl on 10/01/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Dismisses Boise Homeless Camping Ordinance Lawsuit

Matt, it's a basic human rights issue.
Speaking first hand to this let me explain that I am an atheist and I am homeless. The shelters are all religiously based, though they tend not to foist their belief heavy handedly, it’s still a focus of their programs. Freedom of religion means also freedom from religion, as someone who has very little choice about accommodations; I have to have those conversations about "God" which I find, detestable and ignorant. Some say, "That’s the price you pay for their charity." I would respond, "That’s why so many avoid those shelters." Hard to believe in God when you’re getting kicked to the curb by a Christian based society. No?

It's not about the chance of getting a citation, it's about the resources. Housing someone is cheaper than running them through the courts (criminalizing the destitute is immoral, yes atheists have morals.)

I avoid the shelters not just to avoid the religious aspect, but also to avoid those with mental health issues, released convicts and those with alcohol and or drug abuse problems. For someone like me, with a disability, the shelters can be a hazardous place.

Look up scoff laws and natural rights.

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Posted by Benj Hall on 10/01/2015 at 10:49 AM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

(continued) definitive. For instance, the data they used was from NICHE.com, a college ranking website, and if look at their "Smarest Students" ranking, you will find that BYU Provo ranks at 51 and BYU Rexburg is not in the top 100. However, if you look at their attractiveness rating for men and women, you find that BYU Provo is in top 25 for both and BYU Rexburg is in the top 100 for both. So, it appears that the "Hottest" ranking significantly skew the results. If you look at the methodology of the ranking you find that it

Posted by Totes Conservative on 10/01/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

Hi BYUALUMNI2015! So, I fact checked that third claim you made. That is, the BYUs have the "Hottest and Smartest" students. First, I googled that and found a Business Insider Article that had the title "25 Colleges Where Student are Both Hot and Smart."And it turns out that, according to this article BYU Rexburg is #15 and Provois #1. At this point, your third claim holds. However, if we refer to the data that the article used the results are not as

Posted by Totes Conservative on 10/01/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Dismisses Boise Homeless Camping Ordinance Lawsuit

Benj Hall: Are you saying that the Judge was incorrect? That there weren't sufficient beds at any of the shelters, and that someone was actually unable to engage in the activity of sleeping? Or are you just spouting off with some vague outrage?

Because, if there was actually someone who was unable to find a shelter bed to sleep on and they were actually unable to sleep on the sidewalk because of the ordinance... if there was actually someone harmed by the ordinance... they could bring a lawsuit against the city of Boise. So, if that person exists, that person should definitely get in touch with NLCHP.

I have compassion for the homeless, I really do. But, I am failing to understand why this law (as enforced) is so onerous.

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Posted by Matt Ledes on 10/01/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

As a BYU I alumni this year let me clear a few things up for everyone. First location of college doesn't matter at BYUI because tuition is membership based and not state funded as a religious private school. It cost the same if you are from Idaho, Florida, Australia or anywhere else. Secondly, we read and agree to abide by school rules no matter what they are by signing an Honor Code Agreement.Third, Our University has been voted every year for the Hottest and Smartest List that names only the top 20 schools nationwide. BYU Provo won overall hottest this year. The schools have high standards so that students look clean cut and classy at all times. We usually have potential future employers on campus and you don't wear extreme styles to professional interviews. Our image is professional and nationalally recognized. Until you have been on the campus or have taken missionary discussions to know LDS/Mormon, please don't discriminate against our way of life. Thank you. :)

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Posted by BYUIALUMNI2015 on 10/01/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Idaho Humane Society Takes In Dogs from Wildfire-Devastated California

I would love to have a blue pit like Buhda or Niko I can be in Boise Friday please let me know

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Posted by Daniel Hall on 10/01/2015 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Idaho Humane Society Takes In Dogs from Wildfire-Devastated California

Happy to see that Idaho's shelters have opened their doors.

Posted by Ruth on 09/30/2015 at 9:00 PM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

I don't like man buns but I don't like Mormons more so I vote shenanigans on this. If it were instituted before the school year then great, but to arbitrarily change half way through its BS. I am from Idaho, and I hated having all the stupid college kids showing up to ruin a great state each year.

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Posted by Meat the Boremons on 09/30/2015 at 8:38 PM

Re: “City: No Truth to Rumor of October 1 Deadline to Cooper Court Tent City

I understand the concept of homelessness and the need for a location for their needs, although I have never been there. I happened to take the off ramp at the location of the encampment yesterday and was amazed of the closeness to the city center freeway. It hasn't been that long ago that the very building they are camping around was hit by a car coming off the freeway. If I were homeless I think I could find any where else to be safer. ACHD may have some safety issues with this location also. It certainly forced me to take my eyes off the road when passing by.

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Posted by Boiseconcerned on 09/30/2015 at 7:42 PM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

This is the stuff I have a problem with, this conservatism extremism.....I started growing my hair out almost two years ago after my aunt passed away from cancer so I could donate it to another family struggling with a similar situation that our family went through. Hairstyles don't harm anyone, they don't enable learning, and for a religion that expresses free agency they sure are stripping that away at BYU-I

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Posted by Kinnon Peck on 09/30/2015 at 6:04 PM

Re: “U of I Students Work on Designs for Homeless Housing

Oh good. More housing for the poor can be immediately filled with refugees while locals are again left out.

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Posted by Jerry Branson on 09/30/2015 at 4:40 PM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

BYU is not only in Utah, there also is a satellite campus in Idaho...Rexburg I think but not sure.

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Posted by Kathy Downey on 09/30/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

When you enroll at a BYU campus you agree to abide by the honor code which is the same as the standards of the Mormon church. They signed the document. They knew before their first class. No messy hair, no smoking, drinking, coffee, or pre-marital sex. If they can't hack that, then they need to find another school. Oh, and btw and fyi, even the leaders of the church are banned from having beards and moustaches.

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Posted by Kathy Downey on 09/30/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Idaho Humane Society Takes In Dogs from Wildfire-Devastated California

I will be in Boise tomorrow. I am interested in either Buhda it Niko. I would like to take either one home with me TOMARROW. Please contact me and let me know what I have to so to adopt one if those two pups.

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Posted by Anna Pons on 09/30/2015 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Idaho Humane Society Takes In Dogs from Wildfire-Devastated California

It's Bad Rap...not Bar Rap. :) The link works, though!

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Posted by Amber Kostoff on 09/30/2015 at 1:54 PM

Re: “BYU-Idaho Bans 'Man Buns' On Campus

BYU is in Utah...Todd. And college is a great time for people to learn that you don't sign your name to an agreement you don't intend to honor. They signed - they agreed - they're bound. "you are morons"...was that a misspelling? Was that supposed to read "you are Mormons?". Cause you don't even know WTF state the school you're railing against is in...just sayin'.

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Posted by Amy Weir on 09/30/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “City: No Truth to Rumor of October 1 Deadline to Cooper Court Tent City

As someone who has found themselves homeless due to a work related injury, that the State Insurance Fund felt beneficial to dispute, I can tell you first hand what the conditions are like.
First off, this situation is a failure of our community, our government and capitalism as a whole.
Secondly, the drug issue is a misnomer, without money (homeless have very little money) drugs are unavailable. Pot, heroin and other drugs are costly, a luxury for those who have money. Poor people can't afford such luxuries. Alcohol on the other hand is cheep and easy to acquire.
Thirdly, there are very few resources for those who find themselves in the state that I am in. I have crushed and herniated disks in my lower back. I am in pain constantly. Without money, no doctor will help, no pharmacy will fill a pain prescription.

Four years ago, I ran for mayor of Boise with the homeless issue as part of my platform. It was my hope to take some of the property the city owns to build micro housing/ treatment centers/ job skills training to address this issue head on, increasing property tax on the banks to pay for it.

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Posted by Benj Hall on 09/30/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Terry Reilly Announces Patient-Centered Medical Home for Boise Bench

How about hiring an actual patient as an advocate? This job would entail helping other patients navigate the system along with working with the admin in creating a patient centered environment.

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Posted by Alan Brewington on 09/30/2015 at 10:02 AM


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