As a "Goatsucker" I extract the blood "truth" from goats "the salient issues of the day."
Enjoying retirement after a lot of "Monster" and "Conspiracy" television work on shows like "The X Files."
Like "maryscary" I too am baffled why Ms. Rearick would say "No one said, 'Let's act on this tragedy and get organized,'" said Rearick, referring to the deaths of three cyclists within one month in 2009. "Why? There wasn't any leadership. We're trying to provide that."
Actually, before the Mayor's Cycling Safety Task force even met and did a wonderful job developing policy that was made law in January of 2009 (e.g. "three foot to pass"), two local concerned citizens lead the way and initiated the first "Bicycle law and Safety Panel" July 11, 2009 that involved many of the players eventually appointed to the mayor's task force.
The Boise Weekly even covered the event under the heading "More Paneling on Bike Safety in Boise" http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archiv…
I'm disappointed that the Weekly didn't fully research Ms. Rearick's statements or check their own story database before publishing this story.
not a fan of the underlying assumptions implied by these findings. Continued growth at the expense of established historic districts (between the 23rd-28th intersections on State St.) is TERRIBLE POLICY and I don't give a damn if you find funding for this.
We're heading the wrong way with transportation planning by assuming BIGGER =BETTER. Political pain will nil whomever supports an expansion like this without mass-trans being considered. Come on City of Boise and ACHD officials, start thinking in more creative ways or you'll be drawing unemployment.
Please provide evidence to support your four points. It would be good to compare what documents and evidence you have supporting your claims against the statements made in this article.
This is one of the best Guest Opinion's ever published in the BW. COL(R) Wong offers a clear definition and differentiation of Strategic, Operational, and Tactical that all who analyze politics, policy should understand. Much of the mistakes made politically and policy wise emanate from a lack of understanding about these concepts; This article should be required reading as a "planning 101" primer for all who care about where our country and state are headed.
Apparently "Ralleuc" & "BeckieC18" enjoy their information in tidy, bite size portions that are nice for a snack, but offer no substance. You're both missing the point that finding substantive information on Mr. Litster is challenging because he can't even provide a bio to the official candidate page on the cit website!
Affirming one candidate's educational degree, while ignoring the other candidate's is simply wrong. In my opinion, it's because we've been conditioned to absent mindlessly highly value the MBA without placing it in context. "Ralleuc's" question about TJ's work for Idaho power is valid and I look forward to seeing him answer it. Let us also question Mr. Litster's association with his brother, Bill Lister, the attorney who can't practice law for 2 years because of multiple cases of professional misconduct and who was behind the smear phone calls against Chuck Winder in the 2003 election.
Mr Thomson is easy to research as a candidate because of his openness while Mr. Litster has offered no bio, website, or any substantive information on himself as a candidate to te press.
I agree with the criticism regarding how these gentleman's educational backgrounds are portrayed. Mr. Litster's "Harvard MBA" is viewed by me as a detriment on his qualifications because Harvard MBA's are the brilliant scholars who created the financial catastrophe the US is in right now. In addition, his affiliation with Micron's business decision making acumen (or lack of in this case) shouldn't be held as a positive one.
This is a PUBLIC office, not a business. TJ Thomson's education reflects perfect qualification for public office, such as the one he's runing for:
* Boise State University, Bachelor of Political Science; Minor in Communication
* Indiana University, Master of Public Affairs – Policy Analysis, Public Administration
TJ's private business (Idaho Power) and government background (NASA) coupled with his public policy and administration education make him the most qualified candidate for Boise City Council.
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