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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “'We're Running Out of Time'

Did Dr. Mote provide any meaningful evidence of the culpability of human activity in the climate changes we are experiencing? It's easy to say, "there are more people and they are producing more greenhouse gases and the climate is changing, so the three must be tied to each other." But it's not very scientific. A scientist will understand that solar activity, geologic activity and many other variables also affect the climate.

In 1815, the Tambora volcano erupted, and had such a profound effect on the climate that it produced "the year with no summer."

What are we willing to gamble in economy and lifestyle, in the hopes we can alter the climate in a positive way? Will Dr. Mote give up his car? How about YOU, dear reader? Will you pay more for consumer goods? They'll cost more, if manufacturers are compelled to no longer use the least-expensive energy sources for manufacturing, transportation, etc.

I ride a bike, all year 'round. But I get the impression that most of my fellow citizens wouldn't do that willingly.

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Posted by bikeboy on 12/10/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “'We're Running Out of Time'

So was anything mentioned about the Chem trails that are sprayed during the day and night? I wonder about his views on Chem trails, Pro or Con.

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Posted by Karen Sufficool on 12/10/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Starbucks Eyes Booze, Food, Technology to Boost U.S. Growth

Give Starbucks your tired, poor, hungry, huddled masses and trickle down a little Coffee, Booze, Snacks and Free internet and, voila! a booming economy! Its Magic! Notice the uncanny resemblance of the Starbucks Logo as an updated version of the Statute of Liberty?

Posted by Mick on 12/09/2014 at 11:29 PM

Re: “U.S. Declines to Upgrade Protections for Grizzlies in Idaho, Montana

What the hell is wrong with the U.S. Fish and Game when their published report states an annual decline in 0.8% does that compute to being stable. There is something seriously wrong with their handling of this situation!

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Posted by Edna McConnell on 12/09/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “U.S. Declines to Upgrade Protections for Grizzlies in Idaho, Montana

Disgusting! Fire them all and get new!

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Posted by Janyse Cunningham Madsen on 12/09/2014 at 12:51 PM

Re: “U.S. Declines to Upgrade Protections for Grizzlies in Idaho, Montana

The US Fish and Game has failed the Grizzlies again. No surprise, they are all a group of hunters and trappers with bear fur rugs in their bathrooms and animal heads in their Kitchen. This wil take a lot of work from activists.

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Posted by Quiwie on 12/09/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “What's Next? Big Plans for Boise's Central Addition

frankr
I did say "I believe the money for the skate park came from private sources..."
OK so ALL the money isn't a donation, but "the J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation announced a $1 million donation to jumpstart the project. The Tony Hawk Foundation, Boise Skateboarders Association and the City of Boise will also chip in for the $1.25 million makeover" so the major part is from donations.

Did I say it SHOULD BE a dangerous place, NO! That area needs to be fixed up, including finding a way to solve the homeless issue in that area!

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Posted by Karl Fengler on 12/08/2014 at 9:59 PM

Re: “What's Next? Big Plans for Boise's Central Addition

Karl your belief is wrong TAX DOLLARS WILL BE USED FOR RHODES PARK to fix it up. Really should a Boise park be a dangerous place for homeless or UNhomeless people?

Posted by frankr on 12/08/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Video: The Netherlands Has a Holiday Blackface Problem

As a third generation Belgian American (Flemish too) , I can say this : Zwarte Piet has to do with the Spanish Moors , and if you really go into the history, why they were chosen was because Spanish had ruled the low lands for years and years and years. Of course in modern history, zwarte piet' face is blackened with soot because of going down the chimney, unlike in America where Santa gets dirty from the chimney.. And in America, the elves are the 'slaves' if you think about it. in the Dutch / Belgian tradition, St. Nicholas, of which the character of Sinterklaas is based upon, freed the slave Petrus, who was so thankful that he decided to serve St. Nicholas the rest of his life.
Yes, it is in a way based off of slaves but not in America... and this is a EUROPEAN history. If I go into history, then we should be as American no longer celebrate Thanksgiving because that is offensive to Native Americans, I am offended because there is a German King on the Throne of Belgium (Well yes he is Belgian now) and my ggreat grandmother was born out of wedlock in 1880 from a Belgian royal. She had to come to America because of controversy. I am part Flemish too and Flems are offended because we had have no rights and to wanted freedom for a lot of things - even today . Pagans are offended because of Christmas being celebrated on their holiday, Christmas was NEVER celebrated on the 25th as it was a Pagan holiday and back in the day, it was changed (look it up) . Point is, this is a silly thing to get all upset over when people don't know the full history. This article doesn't tell the full story about Zwarte Piet.

Posted by Rachel Kent on 12/08/2014 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Russ Fulcher: 'I Knew These Things Were Wrong'

Anyone but T-Party ... putting people who hate government in charge of government is a bad idea.

Posted by biggb on 12/07/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “An Improved Grove Plaza Experience

RE : "Multi Modal Transportation Center"


A). "Multi Modal" implies, well, MULTIPLE modes. Best I can tell this thing is merely a glorified Bus Garage that doesn't hold many buses and contains zero provision for other - ahem - modes of transportation like say, a taxi stand (they say it will; but, having reviewed the plans I see no provisions).

B). The structure is a potential deathtrap as there is only one egress for buses that can only accommodate one buses's width which means - at a minimum - that a stalled / broken down bus in the egress lane will trap ALL the buses.

Additionally, the CNG tanks on the top of the buses - should they ignite (as one did on Main St. a few years back @ http://www.kboi2.com/news/6644002.html ) - the property damage and potential loss of life would be catastrophic.

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Posted by John Q. Public on 12/07/2014 at 6:20 PM

Re: “An Improved Grove Plaza Experience

I heard GBAD needed to get public vote to go ahead as well?
I know Dave Bieter said (in BW) that the land that GBAD owned was to FAR and that is why it made sense to have the Gardner Company develop the center next to Gardners bank property on CCDC land but in hindsight maybe the FAR walk would have made more sense?

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Posted by frankr on 12/07/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Rolling Stone Backtracks on Virginia College Rape Story

Why wasn't this treated as a law enforcement case from the beginning, instead of as fodder for yellow journalism? If what this young woman claimed is true, the perps should be in prison.

Posted by Vasif on 12/06/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Rolling Stone Backtracks on Virginia College Rape Story

"What victim will now want to come forward, and at what cost?"

The Rolling Stone decision does not have a chilling effect on truthful victims coming forward. It has a chilling effect on untruthful victims exploiting the very real problem of sexual assault for their own ends (fame, money, attention, etc.) This casts a cloud of doubt over all sexual assault cases, to the detriment of the real victims.

An accusation of sexual assault can destroy someone's life. It's not an accusation that should be made or taken lightly.

Making sure the facts are straight and questioning inconsistencies is responsible investigative work, whether you're the police or a journalist.

Any exculpatory evidence should be explored. Innocent until proven guilty.

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Posted by kingogames on 12/06/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “EV in the TV

"Most of those 2000 hours were spent restoring the car, not converting it to electric power."

The fact remains that the builder's 2000 hour effort resulted in a vehicle that can carry two in fair weather, and can travel no more than 50 miles every 4 hours.

Another liability for electric vehicle ownership that is often overlooked is the relatively short battery life and the high cost of replacement batteries.

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Posted by Patience Dogood on 12/04/2014 at 8:18 PM

Re: “What's Next? Big Plans for Boise's Central Addition

"The snapshot is similar to any of hundreds of images in a typical Boise family photo album: children walking across the Boise Foothills with a clear blue sky hanging over the Treasure Valley. Thousands of homes and a handful of downtown towers dot the landscape, but the forefront of the photo is defined by children in search of a safe but adventurous path.

"That's perfect," said Bieter."
Where does this ADVENTUROUS PATH lead the children for jobs? Out of Boise? I get tired of hearing and reading about measures to keep our children safe. Like the yes vote that passed in November at the cost of firefighters pensions?? Then in December have the city leaders want to spend $1,000,000.00 to enhance a skate park.? THAT $1,000,000.00 COULD GO A LONG WAY TO HELP CHILDREN SEARCH FOR THEIR SAFE BUT ADVENTUROUS PATH!

Posted by frankr on 12/04/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “What's Next? Big Plans for Boise's Central Addition

I believe the money for the skate park came from private sources specifically to fix up the skate park. If it's left the way it is now to deteriorate and become a more dangerous place for the homeless, there will be more incidents like the murder of the homeless man from Portland.
These are separate issues and need to be addressed differently. Funding can only come from Private sources or Taxes, both ways money should be spent for what it is earmarked.

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Posted by Karl Fengler on 12/04/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “What's Next? Big Plans for Boise's Central Addition

"The snapshot is similar to any of hundreds of images in a typical Boise family photo album: children walking across the Boise Foothills with a clear blue sky hanging over the Treasure Valley. Thousands of homes and a handful of downtown towers dot the landscape, but the forefront of the photo is defined by children in search of a safe but adventurous path.

"That's perfect," said Bieter."
Where does this ADVENTUROUS PATH lead the children for jobs? Out of Boise? I get tired of hearing and reading about measures to keep our children safe. Like the yes vote that passed in November at the cost of firefighters pensions?? Then in December have the city leaders want to spend $1,000,000.00 to enhance a skate park.? THAT $1,000,000.00 COULD GO A LONG WAY TO HELP CHILDREN SEARCH FOR THEIR SAFE BUT ADVENTUROUS PATH!

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Posted by frankr on 12/04/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “EV in the TV

Chicken and the Egg? I don't understand that: Waterman said " ...the infrastructure to charge them is weak".

This statement is not true; the infrastructure is there. You charge your electric car at home. It is full of fuel every morning when you go to work. I'd gander that 90% of people in Idaho drive less than 50 miles round trip a day. Any electric car on the market today could meet their needs without requiring additional infrastructure.

An electric also the perfect second car. 60% of households have two cars already. Make that second one electric, and the gas one can be used for those weekend trips to the mountains.

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Posted by corbin dunn on 12/03/2014 at 10:01 PM

Re: “What's Next? Big Plans for Boise's Central Addition

Mr who thinks homelessness is always temporary. It is not at times did you know at our current minim wages it would take two of the those jobs full time to pay for the place to live? Or that our section 8 housing takes up to two years on a waiting list? Or that having a shelter address for your home address often means being by passed for a job? Or the population of homeless people with mental health/drug addiction is so overwhelming that the only place they can seek help at is terry Riley's? We can't ignore one the demographics that continues to grow with our city. There needs to be focus on our city as a whole not just for our so called middle class

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Posted by Amie Van Curen on 12/03/2014 at 8:46 PM


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