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Comment Archives: stories: News: Unda' the Rotunda

Re: “Home Away from Home

They are going to regret that. People come to Idaho because it is safe. Keep shouting "diversity" and will not be safe any more. Might sound racist, but it's just a sad fact, unfortunately.

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Posted by THINKFORACHANGE on 09/22/2015 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Idaho Tax Commission Sets 2016 Homeowner Exemption

Did you know that the Idaho Tax Commission dictates to the counties the value of the RES LOT OR TRACT you will find on your Assessment Notice?

Posted by frankr on 09/22/2015 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Idaho Tax Commission Sets 2016 Homeowner Exemption

I wish they had a Senior rate for home Taxes. Our home in Kentucky was twice the size and twice the value but because they cut a break for Seniors our taxes were a lot less than they are here for our home in Boise. Even with the homeowner exemption, I think they are too high.

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Posted by Carol Thacker Pullen on 09/21/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “9th Circuit Shuts Down Idaho's 2011 Anti-Union Law

Again, my "modest proposal": any act of the Idaho Legislature that's later deemed unconstitutional or against the law should have the costs of its defense in court assessed not against the State of Idaho and its taxpayers, but personally against the legislators who originally proposed the legislation in the first place.

There's been entirely too many ideologically-driven bills in our Legislature that find their way into law (even despite the learned advice of the best legal minds in the Attorney General's office at the time they're under consideration) which are later thrown out when challenged in court. The taxpayers wind up getting stuck with the tab for their defense.

New "user-pay" rule: if you want to dream up crazy, unsupportable laws and get your cronies in the Legislature to pass them, fine. Just pay us back when they're later thrown out of court.

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Posted by Just the facts, m'am on 09/17/2015 at 6:22 PM

Re: “9th Circuit Shuts Down Idaho's 2011 Anti-Union Law

The GOP is only happy when the law goes in their favor of cheap labor and more money in their pockets. What they don't realize, if they keep doing that, there will be no middle class and we will go after them to pay higher taxes to pay for all of the things that the middle class can't afford to pay for.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jewels in Boise on 09/17/2015 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Home Away from Home

Ridiculous. Freely opening the doors to refugees is a monumental mistake, particularly the Syrians. Muslims do not assimilate, they bide their time. Examine what's happened to the natives of Europe, Sweden in particular.

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Posted by JayaTheCat on 09/16/2015 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Home Away from Home

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Only working together, can we breathe free. We are of one planet and one people.

#SpaceshipEarth #LoveWillSaveUs

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Posted by Psycache Ziran on 09/16/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Idaho Health Officials on High Vaccination Exemption Rate: 'That Path Can Lead to Serious Illness'

What Idaho, and other states, are lacking is proper education about vaccinations. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-vaccine-war/ This is a great video about the importance of vaccinations and conversations from people both for and against vaccinations. A lot of people don't understand herd immunity. It saddens me that the very sickest of our population, less than 1%, are lacking proper protection because people are -choosing- to not immunize.

Sadly, here in Idaho as well as a few other states, religious exemptions are also reasons people don't take care of their sick kids with medical assistance. I feel this important to note because the people not taking their kids to the doctors are also part of this 9.5 % not vaccinating. Burst appendix? 105 fever? In pain? pray it away while a child suffers and dies. How could one possibly expect something to be done about vaccination if young peoples LIVES aren't being protected.

I've heard and seen people talk about no outbreaks from the lack of vaccinations... give it time. We have been lucky so far.

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Posted by AnonBoise on 09/07/2015 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Idaho Health Officials on High Vaccination Exemption Rate: 'That Path Can Lead to Serious Illness'

Natural selection will solve this problem one way or another. I've seen what pertussis looks like in an unvaccinated child and the horrible guilt the parents feel when the child dies. Oh well! There are some people who think they know it all.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CeCe on 09/07/2015 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Idaho Health Officials on High Vaccination Exemption Rate: 'That Path Can Lead to Serious Illness'

Um, they are, actually. Pertussis, for example.

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Posted by slfisher on 09/07/2015 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Idaho Health Officials on High Vaccination Exemption Rate: 'That Path Can Lead to Serious Illness'

Funny you would think outbreaks would skyrocket in Idaho according to this post, seems kind of weird they dont

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Posted by rich.breton.3 on 09/07/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Proponents Ignite Plan to Bump Cigarette Tax to Lower Tuition

Proof that there are those who are more than willing to steal from one group and give to another under the guise of taxation for the betterment of the society.

Smokers should not be forced to subsidize anything but their own future healthcare.

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Posted by Benj Hall on 09/07/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Idaho Health Officials on High Vaccination Exemption Rate: 'That Path Can Lead to Serious Illness'

For all the anti vaccination people, consider this. Polio, Leprosy and Small Pox are not likely to ravage your society, due to the global vaccinations against these infections. I'm sure there is a lot to be concerned about when it comes to immunizations but the bottom line is, You don't have the right to put all of humanity at risk for your petty and ignorant (religious) views on science.

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Posted by Benj Hall on 09/07/2015 at 12:07 PM

Re: “In Stunning Reversal, Idaho Prison Officials Ban Use of 'Barbaric' Dry Cells

I have personal knowledge of a non-violent offender who was NOT suicidal, NOT a threat to anyone, NOT "acting up" or "acting out", NOT breaking any rules and was put in a dry cell more than once. Everyone with knowledge of this practice is convinced the purpose of these dry cells is to punish and humiliate prisoners who are already at the mercy of prison staff. What about retribution of some kind for these men (not sure if the womens' prison is this barbaric) who have been mistreated and abused by this system. How about 2 days off their sentence for every 1 day spent in a dry cell?

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Posted by Very concerned on 09/03/2015 at 12:06 PM

Re: “In Stunning Reversal, Idaho Prison Officials Ban Use of 'Barbaric' Dry Cells

Stunning that Idaho can't think for itself, relies on the slap on the wrist to actually do something. Put your Broncos flag down and wake the fuck up.

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Posted by harrisonberryisahack on 09/03/2015 at 2:31 AM

Re: “In Stunning Reversal, Idaho Prison Officials Ban Use of 'Barbaric' Dry Cells

This turn of institutional face is good news and illustrates how effective Federal District Court Judge David O. Carter’s ruling against IDOC has been. Let’s hope these turns continue in other areas as well. Unfortunately, Director Kempf continues to sidestep his executive responsibility by stating that the change of mindset is based upon “research” rather than the federal court ruling.

During the recent Balla hearings IDOC unswervingly and vigorously argued that the dry cell practices were an appropriate means of offender management. IDOCs clear position in this regard during the hearings made perfect sense since during the time frame addressed in the hearings Prison Chief Kempf, who subsequently moved up the ranks as Deputy Director and now Director, was responsible for their continued use to punish offenders.

Director Kempf obviously has changed his public mind, which is a notch to the good for Idaho. However, as for the motivation behind the change, it is clear that the research he refers to pointedly preceded the court’s ruling against IDOC. One is skeptical that Director Kempf would wet down the dry cells without Judge Carter’s enforceable umbrage.

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Posted by MEChacon on 09/02/2015 at 9:27 PM

Re: “In Stunning Reversal, Idaho Prison Officials Ban Use of 'Barbaric' Dry Cells

I wonder if it is the best thing to isolate someone who is suicidal in the first place. On the other hand they most often need constant surveillance and limited access to objects that might make suicide more easily accomplished. Perhaps there are ways to provide the supervision and support without isolating the suicidal inmate. Perhaps other inmates identified as able to be supportive companions could be trained, paid and utilized to be part of a team that works with suicidal inmates. Perhaps there are other approaches as well that could be utilized without causing excessive costs. Maybe we need a task force to explore the issue and come up with recommendations.

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Posted by Steve Bushi on 09/02/2015 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Proponents Ignite Plan to Bump Idaho Cigarette Tax to Lower Tuitition

How about a kid tax? They're the ones reaping the benefits of lower tuition. This is just BS - and targeting a group of folks already paying 57 cents a pack to fill the state coffers. I think it's a very simple proposition: gas tax for people that use lots of gas and kid tax for people that have lots of kids they can't afford to send to school.

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Posted by Liz Clark on 09/01/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Proponents Ignite Plan to Bump Idaho Cigarette Tax to Lower Tuitition

Can't our 'betters' think of anything else to tax except booze and smokes, guess not.
Maybe if they are so into 'sin' taxes then they should legalize marijuana and tax that, best excuse for a tax I can think of.
Several years ago a tax of a whole penny was suggested per bottle/can of soda pop, sheesh the screams were echoing through the Snake River Canyon for weeks, practically went deaf until this great idea was laid to rest.
Even better, make the damn churches pay a 10% tithe. They could, at the very least, help pay for the now free to them infrastructure, that atheists have to pay for them.

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Posted by rodnchance2 on 09/01/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Proponents Ignite Plan to Bump Idaho Cigarette Tax to Lower Tuitition

Instead of just cigarettes, raise/start new taxes on: Fast food, alcohol, coffee, cell phone use, video game sales and makeup. Call it a youth tax or luxury tax. Soon college would be "free"!

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by WakeUp on 09/01/2015 at 2:58 PM

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