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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Note

Re: “Ice Cream Social Activism

How many flavors? How many states? And NO federal ruling to "protect" us from the hateful biggots who are so un-educated that they can only see chocolate , vannila and strawberry? Thank God (litteraly) that we only have the pennis and vagina. If medical science ever develops a third sex . . .your magazine woud be larger than the New York Times, the judicial system would be overbooked for five decades and the "add the words" crowd would be calling for an encyclopedia of new legislation.

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Posted by Roger Wells on 03/04/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Do We Need Police Oversight? Ask Spokane

When we speak of HUMAN DIGNITY we think of LAW that is a HELP and a GUIDE, teaching by EXAMPLE and counseling in WORD the ART of SELF-GOVERNMENT while HONORING the FREEWILL SOVEREIGNTY of each and every INDIVIDUAL BEING. Giving Our Direction and vision.

Posted by Ophidia on 02/27/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Frozen Beavers and Snow Leopards in Love

The opening statement by Zach Hagadone describing using a sawn beaver for bait is sad and ironic. It is sad, because he writes about conserving threatended wildlife and simultaneously dismissing the keystone species upon which these animals depend, as "bait".

Supported by relaundered stories from the 1940s, Idahoans are deceived about the status and value of Idaho's beaver. (See The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/06/leave-it-to-beavers/308980/ ). It is no fluke that we must dig back 67 years ago to find some "feel good" press about beaver management in Idaho.

Using IF&g trapping data, we found that indices of beaver populations have been steadily declining in Idaho for the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the ecological benefits of beaver are being quantified with intense and renewed interest accross the globe. The ecosystem services provided by beaver have been estimated at $50,000 PER BEAVER and up. Beaver not only support countless native species, endangered wood duck and threatended spotted leopard frog but also help store water and carbon, reduce peak flood damage and create natural firebreaks. Surely you can find some spam to bait your traps with, Zach; leave Idaho's beavers alone.

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Posted by Beaver Johnson on 02/22/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Fit to Print

"Case in point: our fellow alt-weekly, Willamette Week, in Portland, Ore., whose reporting on influence peddling in the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber led to his resignation earlier this month."
An investigative report on deals cut (IEN, CIA, others?) by Idaho's governor might provide a similar public service. Clem would just as soon hand over the reins to Brad so he can run as an incumbent; might as well speed up the process.

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Posted by rabula publice on 02/19/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Frozen Beavers and Snow Leopards in Love

That headline invites some pretty raunchy comments, but I won't go there. BW readers have good imaginations.

What are badgers? Are they mustelids? I know I could Google "badger" and get a quick answer, but I would prefer a human response from a human questioner. Badgers can be mean, but I haven't yet heard of a "Badger Derby" where professional pelt buyers offer prizes for the most badgers killed in a day.

Badgers seem very scarce to me these days. Are they actually dwindling in numbers, or do I just not get out enough? I almost died once when the horse I was riding stepped into a badger hole while galloping out of my control because he knew he was on his way to the barn and out of the sun.

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Posted by boi22toy on 02/11/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “One Toke Over the (State) Line

Idaho's marijuana laws are among the worst in the nation. There's an Idaho marijuana reform lobbying effort going on in the next week. Support those efforts by contacting your legislators.

http://legislature.idaho.gov/who'smylegisl…

http://www.legalize208.org (check under "Events")

Posted by Dan Bontio on 02/03/2015 at 11:02 PM

Re: “One Toke Over the (State) Line

The Idaho Governator claims that there is no medical basis in medical marijuana. Perhaps he should, if he can, read the current issue of Scientific American.....

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Posted by jim on 01/29/2015 at 12:18 PM

Re: “One Toke Over the (State) Line

Lots of self-professed "limited-government conservatives" are all that, until fellow citizens are engaging in activities that those "conservatives" don't approve of. A true conservative opines that it's none of the government's damn business what I do or don't ingest... as long as I'm not putting somebody else at risk. (Prohibition - as much as it seemed like a good idea "on paper" - failed. But it's still illegal to drive while under the influence - as it should be.) Somebody explain to me why it isn't gross hypocrisy for the state to operate the liquor business, while simultaneously prosecuting people who smoke the occasional reefer in the privacy of their homes.

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Posted by bikeboy on 01/28/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “No Time to Worry

I don't know if Mr. Hagadone reads these comments... but if he does...

1) Congratulations on your new child! Having a child (and I'm on GRANDchildren now) is one of the high points of the human experience. Speaking for myself... if there's ANYTHING that convinces me there's an Intelligent Designer, it's looking at a marvelous, complex, fully-functional, perfectly formed newborn child.

2) Fundamentalism can be dangerous IN ALL FORMS! If there's any place in the "civilized world" where free exchange of ideas tends to be suppressed, it's in the hallowed halls of higher learning! If you dare to deviate from the currently-held orthodox views of the "intellectual class," you're likely to be shouted down. It's a blessing to have multiple sources of information, and the wisdom to be a good listener and a critical thinker.

3) Thanks for choosing a common-sense "traditional" name - Eleanor - for your child! It seems pretty common these days for parents to gift their children with names that they'll go through life trying to explain, and/or telling people how to spell.

I hope Eleanor enjoys a long and healthy and adventure-filled life, and I wish the best for her parents and older brother.

Posted by bikeboy on 01/21/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Je Suis Charlie

It's George Bush's fault!

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Posted by Not Sure on 01/19/2015 at 6:19 PM

Re: “In Stuff We Trust

Punish the poor till they all die and reward the rich for their successful avarice. Vote Repulsican first, last and always! Capitalist Pigs shall inherit the earth!

Posted by Mick on 12/09/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Rep. Corn Dog (R-Idaho)

"Call it subversion. . ."

Call it perfidy.

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Posted by Vasif on 11/27/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Rep. Corn Dog (R-Idaho)

And if lying doesn't work, Idaho Dems might try running candidates who aren't prone to shooting up office supply stores or filing for unemployment payments when they lose an election. They could even try to find out why their brand is so toxic and change their platform accordingly, because, damn, only idiots do more of the same thing and expect different results.

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Posted by Patience Dogood on 11/27/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Crime and Punishment in Payette County

Are they really fracking? I was told because of the type of soil they are not!

Posted by Terri Pinkham Vandemark on 11/24/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Crime and Punishment in Payette County

If Earth really is our mother, and I believe she is, then the frackers of Payette County are motherfrackers.

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Posted by boi22toy on 11/19/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Crime and Punishment in Payette County

Thank you Zach for your kind words! I am very proud to say that I am but one small cog in the wheels of hundreds (possibly thousands) of Grandma (and Grandpa!) Gadflys who care enough about our children, grandchildren and community to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable.

In my humble opinion, we owe it to them.

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Posted by Gadfly on 11/19/2014 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Rep. Corn Dog (R-Idaho)

If the Republican Party is "the only game in town" … and if most people in this state will automatically vote against anyone with a "Dem" opposite their name (no matter how qualified they may be) … and if the closed Republican Party primary each May pretty much determines who gets elected in November … has anyone thought of the obvious? Register Republican and run from within the party. Call it subversion, but when the game is stacked against you, you have to play the hand you're dealt. Perhaps some otherwise liberal candidates with "Rep" beside their name might infiltrate, force change, and generally cause turmoil from within the ranks … rather than running as Democrats and automatically going down to defeat every two or four years, in the cyclical "Groundhog Day" scenario we've witnessed for too long. Might be interesting to have a insider putting these guys on the spot for a change.

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Posted by ChangeAgent on 11/14/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Snow, Short Fiction and Election Talk

Can you tell us who the judges for 101 are this year?

Posted by Bob A Bobbers on 11/06/2014 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Boise Weekly Gets a Makeover

Great artwork. Thanks for your contributions to Boise's arts and literary scene!

Michael - http://bit.ly/1xSdaS6

Posted by Michael Strickland on 10/05/2014 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Showing Both Sides of the Boulder-White Clouds Debate

Wilderness™ Brought to you by Carls Jr.

Posted by Beef Supreme on 09/23/2014 at 2:53 PM


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