--Just Another John Smith Should be put on notice that none of the restaurants at The Village are based in California and the complex smell more of Las Vegas than California. The BW should be ashamed of itself for printing his bigoted comment.
When will the people of Idaho get wise to the GOP's fleecing of our education system?
RE, Lance Wells...
"I begin this letter by stating plainly that I don't think much of the majority of the nonsense that the Boise Weekly contains."
I begin my response by stating that your letter doesn't give one much reason to believe you think at all.
"I occasionally review it because "sometimes it is useful to know what kind of nonsense people are thinking."
Well, THAT...and people like you just love to look for things to gripe about...
"Certainly this is the case with the opinion pieces by Messrs. Cope and Rall, which could sorely tempt one to openly question whether or not everyone truly should have a right to his own opinion."
Yes, let's make sure people who do not share YOUR 'opinions' are silenced...welcome to the NeoCon Paradise.
"...without any accompanying silliness about the supposed rights of sodomites and pedophiles"
Care to provide ANY examples of where this has EVER occurred in this publication?
I didn't think so, as it never has.
As usual, for the NeoCon, if something doesn't exist to back up your hate or intolerance, just make some crap up...
"...or impassioned support for government mandates implementing the forcible seizure and redistribution of wealth"
Any PROOF of this laughable assertion?
Again...didn't think so.
Just more lies and propaganda...
Your name has already established that you are male, and I'm willing to bet that you are over 50...and white. The cliched, fearful, venom laced Conservative, too afraid to accept change, too thick to acknowledge his own demise...
" ...or any number of other poorly fleshed out theories so often extolled in your paper."
As opposed to the poorly conceived and often repeated lies within the bubble of the NeoCon universe...
Tell me, what is it LIKE, being a member of the minority in this country, filled with fear and hatred of a new and better future you are unwilling to consider?
See, I have to ask...because I'm part of the MAJORITY.
The people who think helping your fellow countrymen is REAL patriotism, that 'I've got mine, screw you, Jack' is about an UN-American as it gets.
Keep up the piss poor attitude, sport...enjoy it while you can, because your numbers are thankfully diminishing...while ours are growing....
The "IOUs signed by Uncle Sam" are actually Treasury Bills, the most desired investment around the world. Even if the US went bankrupt Social Security will be repaid before the Chinese T-bill holders.
RE: "Social Security Straight Talk"
The amount deducted from your paycheck is based on your income. These deductions go into a trust fund, with any excess used to purchase US bonds. Your payout is based on you income and contributions over your working life.
No income equals no deductions, and so it’s really your employment history and contributions that matters and not someone else’s.
Beware of claims that Social Security is bankrupt. This scare tactic is being used to try to privatize the fund. Meaning the wealthy can skim profits from fluctuations in stock prices, much like a 401K plan (create a bubble, sell high, let it pop, buy low, repeat..).
RE: "Social Security Straight Talk"
I wish it were exactly as Ms. Wassner describes it. But in the interest of accuracy, I'm going to make a couple of clarifications, based on my understanding. And if I'm wrong, PLEASE correct me!
"Social Security's funding stream is 100 percent reliable." The funding stream is involuntary contributions by employers and employees. Increased unemployment affects that funding stream negatively. And if the funding stream doesn't keep up with payouts, does it really matter how "reliable" it is?
"Social Security is in no danger of going bankrupt. The system has a huge surplus..." Oh, if only it were so! My understanding is that the money is gone - replaced with IOUs signed by Uncle Sam, and backed by the "full faith and credit of the government." If that fills you with confidence, excellent! I'm not so confident in my Uncle, who's already racked up $16 trillion in debt and increasing by billions every day. Should I still be loaning him money?
Regarding: Curious Timing
100% there with you! Having lived here (by mistake) since 1971, it never ceases to amaze me how our viewing is censored. I am not much older than you, Bill, and (having lived in many other areas) am floored by the irony of "less government, lower taxes, more freedom" at election day, yet continual subjugation of the masses continues all other times. I love this state for its beauty. As to the humanist aspect, it is interesting to live in a plutocrat theocratic oligarchy.
Ajax, I believe Mr. Peterson was mostly commenting that those racer/trainer -types are pretty scarce on the streets and trails, once the weather turns less-than-ideal.
I agree with you that it's pretty silly for him to criticize their gear-of-choice... but he DOES make a valid point. It's hard to argue that there are far fewer riders out on our streets between November and April, than during the warm half of the year.
There is so much to take issue with in regards to Mr.Peterson's article. For one, he assumes that all of these 'zooming by' 'neon clad' 'fair weather' types are commuting like he is. They are probably training for racing or just for the sake of improving their fitness in sport-appropriate clothing, and of course should pass him with ease! Calling them 'girlie girls' is assuming that they're all men. What about all of the women who ride (who also kick his ass). I also highly doubt that he sees anyone riding around on the Greenbelt on a full-suspension mountain bike either (with full-suspension being only for the girls because they are 'girlie'). Why would anyone want to follow his advice on buying a steel-framed mountain bike? Alloys are just as inexpensive and last as long and are faster/lighter.
Re: "real bikers don't wear neon":
Dear Mr. Peterson:
Shove your steel-framed luddite-mobile where the sun don't shine. Because apparently you like to ride where and when the sun don't shine.
Dear Al Holloway,
I really look forward to the day when I get to pry my dog's severed and bloodied leg from one of your beloved traps. Putting an animal through an unbearable hell of writhing in pain while its body slowly dies in a trap is INHUMANE and DISGUSTING. If you need to hunt your food, then trek out and hunt down the animal and kill it in one clean shot. You are not a conservationist and you are not responsible if you trap. What you are is ignorant and cold. Teaching your kids that it's a-ok to treat wildlife in that manner is so wrong.
"but does that mean special-interest groups should have the right to dictate what I do? ...They attack trapping first because there aren't that many of us."
First you blame special interest groups for being anti-trapping. Then you say you are a small group, with special interest. You sir are the special interest.
Trapping is a time honored tradition, such as being a barrel-wight. But it's time has passed. Many of us worry about the safety of our family and pets, and we are not a special interest group. Many did not understand the wording of the bill, and you can rest assured it will be addressed again.
Re: "No to Greenbelt Initiatives"
Mr. Solverson says the disputed path is on the south side of the river. It's on the north side.
He argues that opening the path to cyclists will make the proposed bridge a boondoggle. That may be so, but it certainly wouldn't become a "bridge to nowhere," as he suggests. There are numerous parallel stretches of Greenbelt on both sides of the river, and people use all of 'em.
He argues that Garden City's $1-plus million estimate is probably low, based on his experience as a government planner. (This despite the fact that ACHD is estimating a similar length paving project on the south side of the river to be well under $100K.) I believe Solverson and Garden City are both WAY off. The only expense to implement the initiative would be to pay an employee to take the "no bikes" signs down. In its current state, the pathway would be mostly "ridable" by a cyclist with rudimentary skills. And if the cyclist has to dismount to safely proceed, so be it. That's the nature of unpaved pathways. And the entire Greenbelt is "use at your own risk." (Sure, it would be nice if it were paved and wider... for both cyclists and other pathway users. But it's certainly not essential!)
Using Solverson's logic, Mayor Evans and his Council toadies could decide that the Greenbelt behind the new "Waterfront" housing development is "inessential." After all, there's a parallel path on the north side of the river... we don't need both! One of the two initiatives is to prevent such an arbitrary decision.
Finally, it seems disingenuous for Solverson to accuse cyclists of being "intolerant and selfish." The intolerant and selfish ones are those who are fighting tooth and nail to keep the cyclists off their precious back yard path!
Are there irresponsible cyclists on the Greenbelt? Absolutely! And they should be discouraged from their irresponsible ways. But there are also irresponsible pedestrians, dog-walkers, skaters, etc. Yeah, we should all be civil and cooperative.
I hope the citizens of Garden City say "Yes!" resoundingly to both initiatives.
(Full disclosure: I'm not a Garden City resident, so I can't vote. The ONLY time I've been on the quote-unquote "nature path" was on a protest walk. I'd probably ride on it occasionally if it were open, but my only "dog in the fight" is on behalf of my sister and brother cyclists who would use it regularly for both commuting and pleasure.)
How pathetic is Boise Weekly to reprint "Mick's" boilerplate screed about the "Repulsican Taliban"?!! Mick comments about the Repulsicans routinely on the website. But perhaps the print-edition readers don't get to enjoy that scintillating wit.
Vote Yes on HJR2 and you will help protect Idaho from radical activists. If HJR2 passes Idaho will remain Idaho and not be controlled by a bunch of well funded nonresident activists that have no idea what is best for Idaho, our communities, our wilderness, and our economy.
Idahoans on Nov.6, voters throughout Idaho, have the chance to permanently protect, their and the future generations yet to come, rights to hunt, fish and trap. The way that they can do this is by voting yes on HJR2aa, at the Nov 6th election. Antihunting, antifishing, and antitrapping groups such as the ones that Greg Moore heads and belongs to. would have you believe that IDF&G wouldn't be able to manage wildlife if this passes. Read the IDF&G commissions letter above again if your in doubt. This amendment protects IDF&G mandates to preserve, protect, perpetuate, and manage wildlife. Please VOTE with me to protect Idaho's right to manage it's resources. Don't let Idaho fall to the way California is run, by emotional rhetoric. They just passed a ban on hound hunting, hound hunters rarely kill the animals that they tree. It is a valuable tool in selective removal of the older more territorial animals. So more animals survive the critical first years. Yea way to go ANTI'S you saved them. Please VOTE YES ON HJR2aa NOVEMBER 6. Cast a vote for future Idahoans, for your grand kids, greatgrand kids, my grand kids,etc...
Greg Moore goes from NO on HJR2 to directly attacking trappers with opinion. Directly after makeing this statement, "If HJR2 is defeated, existing rights to hunt, fish and trap will remain in effect. Nothing will change." If he is willing to put a statement like that into writting, what else is Mr. Moore and his followers of animal rights activists hiding. In my opinion what that they are hiding is hunting, fishing and trapping are all on the chopping block. No trapping on public lands, no bear baiting, no hound hunting, no bow hunting"doesn't kill quick enough", no more rifle hunting because that gives hunters an unfair advantage. HJR2 would stop animal rights folks who will outnumber Idaho sportsmen and women in the future from forcing those changes down our throats.
First a disclaimer or two -- I'm not in Idaho anymore and I can't vote. And I'm not anti-hunting or anti-fishing, but I do think trapping is an utter abomination in the 21st century.
All that said, I don't think IDFG and the legislative supporters have quite thought this through. The actual language of the Constitutional Amendment says the rights of hunting, fishing, trapping, "shall forever be preserved." The Amendment, which by its very nature will trump state statutes, could well be interpreted to extend to the habitat necessary for the fish and game to survive to be fished and hunted. Notably, the drafters exempted water rights, but not logging and mining, for example. So, between logging and elk habitat, it seems elk habitat wins every time.
Who knows what the Idaho Supreme Court will do with the inevitable litigation, but if I had a vote, I might vote in favor, hoping that unintended consequences become the law of the land.
Greg Moore distorts facts to intentionally mislead people. While he regular states "there is no threat to hunting and trapping in Idaho" he is busy as the chairman of a group whose sole purpose is to ELIMINATE hunting and trapping in Idaho. Greg Moore IS A THREAT to hunting and trapping in Idaho, and he lies about that often.
Greg further distorts facts when he states that "hunters and fishermen kill their catches quickly, [but] trapping is a cruel and prolonged way to kill animals." Trapping is used to hold an animal in place. It's up to the trapper to decide whether to dispatch or release the animal. When the decision is made to release an animal, such as the case where a lynx was caught in a foot-hold trap last season, that animal is released unharmed. In the case of the lynx, Fish & Game was able to obtain valuable scientific data from that lynx before it was safely released with no injuries.
His statement that "Animals caught under water struggle frantically before they drown," is also false. Animals caught under water in a Conibear trap (typically set for beavers, mink and muskrat) are killed instantly by the trap. They do not struggle at all. This is a quick and humane end to a targeted animal, such as a family of beavers or muskrats that threaten public safety.
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