Is This Burning an Eternal Flame?
Beautiful metaphor, Zach. And it sounds like you know forest fire science pretty well.
If a 2 or 3 week "government shutdown" (that 80% of the population reportedly didn't even notice) can be likened to a forest fire, damages national credibility, etc., etc., just wait and see what will happen when the National Debt House of Cards collapses! THAT, my friend, is what should be keeping you awake at night. Unless you, like far too many people, think we can just keep printing more dollars to distribute, with impunity.
Congrats, the gov now records all your phone records, email content, txt messages, has the ability to tap into cameras around the country, knows where and how you make a living, knows what you drive, what you own, who you converse with, who you associate with, and now.... will have access to all of you health records. As shown by the NSA leaks they need very little probable cause or even a warrant (the secrete courts is a joke) to access the information on a whim. They are keeping dibs on everything you do, so dont get out of line or disagree with them.
Hey Biker Boy, just because a government function does not provide immediate gratification to you on a personal basis does not mean it is without merit. Obamacare will provide health insurance to millions. It is the greatest thing to happen to America since Medicare. I know you could care less, so why don't you opt out so you can personally pay your medical bills when someone clips you from behind while pedaling down the road? Or would you prefer that the citizens picked up the bill via the county indigent fund?
That's a fine editorial, Mr. Hagadone. Except... are you laying the impasse totally on the GOP? I thought you were the "alternative" source of news... that sounds pretty MSM.
Is Obamacare ready? Why do so many special interest groups, large corporations, etc., get an exemption, while the unwashed masses are being pushed into it, like it or not? (And polls consistently indicate that the majority of citizens don't want it, at least in its current condition. Probably because they're all ignorant, and should trust Harry Reid and Dear Leader to do what's right, huh?)
Please don't single out the Republicans when you start your condemnations of "reckless political self-interest"! There's plenty on both sides of the aisle.
On the second day of the "shutdown" (and so far no meltdown), I tend to agree with Jay Leno... my big fear is that it will start up again!
BEST TWO FOR 1 SPECIAL:
Bart and Stephanie Bell a.k.a. HOTDOG SANDWICH!
Nice to see some props going to these folks,
They are very community minded and as far as many are concerned true BOISE ICONS,
Alternative or not!
Great addition to your list.
I wouldn't allow a stray dog to sleep on my doorstep and defecate in front of my place of business, let alone a stray human, if there was anything that could be done about it. Perhaps some good old fashioned enforcement of vagrancy laws could put an end to this. I know there is some shelter space for the homeless in Boise. Is the amount of this space inadequate? Or is this an example of people who refuse to submit to the rules of said shelters choosing to sleep on the street instead? Soon the weather will not allow for sleeping on the street. I hope by next summer, some solution to this problem is found. I suspect that homeless people who are not heavily into substance abuse can find safe shelter in our city and are not inclined to sleep in business entryways and use the sidewalk as a toilet. Surely there are existing laws against such behaviors that could be enforced.
This is a difficult issue. As a business owner we have had homeless people sleep on our steps. My heart breaks when I see it. However, there are dilemmas that must be overcome:
1. I have employees that come in early and they have to ask them to move in order to open the door. This is typically not a problem but I fear for the female employee that attempts to gain access to the office before it gets light, with nobody around.
2. I have opened the door to urine, defecation, vomit, blood, cigarette butts, and trash; not something that is conducive to a safe or normal business environment.
While it saddens me greatly to see people in such a state, I don't know how to handle the situation without causing them to "move on". While the ACLU is busy defending the homeless the city is working on creating a safer environment for the business owners and their customers.
Please understand that "safer" doesn't mean the homeless are physically attacking people. But blood, urine, and defecation are considered hazardous. And the police cannot do anything about that unless they are actually caught in the act.
Again, it is a difficult issue with both sides needing understand and resolution.
Colleges today are most of a privilege which is very sad. Education has to be affordable. While children are in the university, they should study instead of spending sleepless nights at work or working the second shift just to afford paying off things like commodities, libraries and other. The reason why they start working, which leads to missing classes, is because they borrow as less as possible for the education. Is this what education has to look like? Oh and of course, missed classes lead to bad marks. Yes, kids can turn to services like http://myessayservice.com/ to help them, but I still think that this is not the same. And things are only getting worse.
You need a best date night category for those business that are unique to defy your current classification. For example: http://www.paintnsip.com
wow! really Zach....sitting in front of a condo-complex is fraught with meaning? Of what.....a developer who created a property for the folks... in the hopes of making a few bucks and at the same time created construction jobs...landscaping jobs.....real estate/Realtor jobs......the new "things the folks" needed to purchase for their new digs......and of course the taxes/tax base....etc. If the property created such disturbing thoughts... you and your family could have moved on down the street and picked a spot that would have given you a sweeter vibe! As far as the poor security guy just trying to do his job....perhaps a paycheck to support his family....perhaps helping out his elderly parents.....perhaps a part-time gig to pay his Boise State tuition! I would think that the assembled crowd would understand that the street they are standing on is a PUBLIC through-fare.....and when a car...no matter who is driving it...... is trying to pass that anyone sitting in the street....would pick up their lawn chairs and just kindly move aside.......that seems rational to me. As far as the "elegant living" complex you refer to.....are you as equally upset with all the $$$$$ properties that have been built/being built in the Treasure Valley? Your editorial comments smack of Doctor Zhivago.....not the Spirit of 13.
To me "sustainability" means keeping intact the things that make Boise a nice place to live, work and raise families, but I fear many of those things are already lost.
Bill Cope got skunked again? After this much time, you'd think the Idaho Press Club would come up with a "Best Rant from an Old Left-Wing Coot" category, just so he could carry home a prize!
My buddy Jim showed up to school one September, sporting a cast on his arm. I asked him what happened.
He had pushed his bicycle to the top of the hill at Camel's Back park, because he wanted to see what it was like to ride straight back down. By the grace of God, he only broke his arm. (And this was high school! You'd think he'd a-known better!)
EAT THE RICH, be like a Zombie.
Solid article Zach, Chuck Winder is an example of someone that needs to be voted out of office. The vagina probing, reefer madness statist needs to retire.
These right wing nut jobs are a smear on Idaho and a complete rejection of the Christian faith. Whoever denies his brother, mother, sister and child from the best healthcare available is not someone anyone of us should have representing us in the role of government. Beware however, that they all carry concealed guns so don't taunt them, I'm sure the way Idaho law works,
for them to shoot constituants is probably ok, just another unknown Idaho "special law" for the power seekers. This crap makes me sick.
You can have his words but we want him to stay in Sandpoint.
Zach is a great choice. I miss the Reader but I'll be excited to see his work for BW.
If Zach had a baby, he's more talented than I thought.
Why is it not news to write about a show? As a music editor in Portland (portland tribune, and writer for the mercury, blastless, etc.) we did that all the time to hype, share, promote, explain in plain terms what was coming to town or how to understand the music. It is news.
This was what made Portland!
I strongly disagree with this approach and i find it lazy, negative journalism.
That was what makes Portland a satisfying, supportive place to be an artist. The promoters, writers and editors all believed in the artists! They are highly supportive, and still are. My friend when she was music editor of Billboard she had rules like this, but you write for the Boise Weekly!
Band member: Hey why don't you write about my band
You: What has your band done lately?
Band member: Well we did X Y and Z things
You: Tell me more about Y
You write that down, find a trend, write a story about three local bands all using brass experimental in their rock music, or whatever.
It just makes things better.
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