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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Note

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 -

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

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

These proposed monuments, parks and Wilderness™ areas are more of God's Natural Cathedrals™, places for those who worship nature as a religion, and such designations do nothing to address the ecological ills of the planet. For example, it's OK to drive your gas-guzzling-carbon-spewing SUV to the trailhead to take a walk, but riding a bicycle on the trail is sacrilege. The hiker is temporarily blinded to the resource extractions and wars required to manufacture and fuel the motor vehicle, whereas building a bicycle uses a fraction of the resources and it lasts longer. Also, a person riding a bicycle on a trail is less likely to leave the trail, less likely to camp out (fires, cooking residues, etc.), because carrying all that gear makes the bicycle unwieldy. But to the Wilderness™ worshipper, taking a wheel into the woods is akin to wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Goat of Mendes into a Christian church.

And Idaho, Utah, etc., are going to lose tourists to Colorado and Washington, for a reason that should be obvious to anyone paying attention. No amount of monument or whatever designation will address that issue.

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Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2014 at 12:24 PM

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

Your friend sounds like he gets butthurt easily. Unless if he has reason to be offended, its like he is sticking up for asian people when he hears what looks like a white person tell an asian joke to an asian person, and that white person is actually half asian. Rediculous sir.

Posted by DonkeyShoes411 on 09/21/2014 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

I'm very confused by the comments regarding the Idaho legislature being "corrosive" toward education. While Idaho spends less on students, test scores are still high. Idaho spends near the bottom nationally on a per student basis but ACT scores are ranked #15. Idaho teachers are doing more with less, it seems. Isn't that a testament to how great our teachers are? With slightly more than 1/2 of the states revenue going to education, what are the suggestions for cuts to redirect those $ toward education or are you advocating tax increases? Finally, the legislature is chosen by the voters. To suggest the legislature is corrosive is to suggest the same of the voters. Not sure Idahoans feel they are, themselves, corrosive toward education. But that's what I wonder.

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Posted by Joe Stallings on 08/26/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Yay for Idaho beer!

Posted by Idaho Brew Magazine on 07/10/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “It's Your Turn

Ridding the World of Saddam was probably worth it if only we had the good sense to stop there. Now who's got the good sense to realize that Iraq is actually 3 independent nation states? 1.Kurdestan 2.Sunniland 3.Shialand But I share your opinion of the BCR Bunch.

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Posted by Mick on 07/02/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “It's Your Turn

Cope flogs the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Beast once again. Ain't nostalgia great?!!

(Full disclosure: I didn't read it, I just skimmed it.)

Thank goodness we have a world-class statesman in the White House today, who has the New World Order purring like a well-oiled machine! /sarcasm

Happy Independence Day, everybody! (THAT war wasn't so futile, apparently. Other than the fact that we've come full circle and are once again subservient to an all-emcompassing Empire.)

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Posted by bikeboy on 07/02/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Thinking Hands

Sorry Bill, you blew it. Your theory is shorter than a worm's penis. What about all the gifted musicians who can play like crazy but are intellectual and emotional retards. Top Gun hand eye coordination isn't cross wired to intellectual, emotional or ethical envelopment. That's actually a fascist idea. The Idiot Savant is an extreme example of this.

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Posted by Mick on 06/18/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Thinking Hands

Bill, you have an interesting theory there. But it's a chicken-and-egg dilemma - which came first? (I'm a little skeptical that the evolution from club to spear made the brain smarter... it probably was the other way around. But ya never know.) It's revelatory to watch an infant gain increased dexterity with each passing week and month. (I'm blessed to regularly observe a 15-month-old granddaughter.)

Here's a question for YOU, Bill... why do they call 'em "smart phones"?

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Posted by bikeboy on 06/18/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Zach: "It has never taken me more than 10 minutes to drive from my house on the Bench to BWHQ, on Sixth and Broad streets..."

Switch to a bicycle!

I've lived on the Bench for nigh unto 40 years, and have worked downtown (11th and Bannock) for nigh unto 20. I haven't driven a car to work since 1997... cars are for the weak!! (Sometimes in the dead of winter it takes longer, but 10 months of the year I make the trip in about 15 minutes.)

Posted by bikeboy on 06/04/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Why is it when the vocal minority yell, that the media thinks that they represent the majority?

They don't.

While 200 confused BLT people tried to get a hearing, how about the thousands of us that called our state legislators and said. NO... we don't need special rights for BLT people.

Then on the other hand, when a group of people that do represent the majority speak up, the media calls it bullying. The NRA represents the Majority of Idaho law abiding gun owners, and we have spoke. We don't feel a need to yell and shout, we voluntarily join the NRA to represent our voice. They do it quite well, and the NRA is ME, not some out of state corporate entity.

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Posted by luvmy45 on 04/03/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

While this paper was so concerned with this issue of special rights for special class of individual you lost sight of our freedom and liberty in the following bill.

Guilty without trail to fund the government.

"The House Transportation and Defense Committee, on a voice vote, has approved legislation that would significantly broaden the role of the Idaho National Guard. House Bill 367 seeks to amend existing law to allow for circumstances when the Idaho National Guard and the Idaho Military Division could be utilized as a state law enforcement agency."

"The proposed expansion of state law enforcement authority to to the Idaho National Guard for asset forfeiture participation purposes poses grave danger to property owners in Idaho as this law will intensify the predatory search for valuable real properties that are the incidental site of criminal activity. Indeed, the defense of a recent, highly-publicized federal asset forfeiture against the Motel Caswell in Massachusetts indicates that these counter drug investigations often begin when special agents comb through arrest and property records, looking for opportunities to raise revenue through strategic forfeiture proceedings. It is also worth noting that Idaho's forfeiture laws provide very poor protections to property owners. As the Institute for Justice notes in its "Policing for Profit" report:"

"Based on limited data, while Idaho appears to only modestly pursue forfeitures against property owners, its civil forfeiture laws still put the property of ordinary citizens at risk. To forfeit your property, the state only needs to show that it was more likely than not that your property was used in some criminal activity—the legal standard of preponderance of the evidence. "

"To recover seized property, an innocent owner bears the burden of proving his innocence. Moreover, law enforcement in Idaho reaps all of the rewards of civil forfeitures—they keep 100 percent of all funds and face no requirement to collect or report data on forfeiture use and proceeds. "


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Posted by Robert Muse on 03/30/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

I wonder why the Idaho Sheriff's association has endorsed this concealed weapon bill for carrying on campus?

Could it be because they are the only constitutionally elected law enforcement official in the United States and must protect the 2nd amendment rights because of the oath of office they swore this oath too??

Did you know there is not a greater authority in a county than the Sheriff? The governor or president is a sub servant when in a county to the Office of the Sheriff. Neither the President or Governor are elected law enforcement officials.

So ask yourself which opinion matters a police chief appointed or a campus president appointed.

The Sheriff is the Supreme Law Enforcement Officer period.

So if I were Governor which opinion would matter? Remember what just happened in Colorado with restrictive gun control? First time 2 Senator were removed from office. Who supported their removal? Sheriffs.

So which has the true elected law enforcement opinion and standing... a Police Chief, Campus President or a Sheriff?


The Governor does realize this I assure you with a heated primary coming up.

Posted by Robert Muse on 03/10/2014 at 2:17 AM

Re: “Warts and All

I wonder if Jill Gill and her big brain as a political/social "scientist" would be willing to have a copy this issue included in the recruiting literature given to every potential Boise State student accross the nation? And then of course be able to explain her taxpayer supported salary and decline in enrollment because no one wants to send thier kid to what sounds like (according to Jill and the Boise Weekly) a Nazi death camp . . .Idaho.

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Posted by Roger Wells on 02/18/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Warts and All

This week I read every word of your magazine. Especially the blue report. Starting with the picture on the cover, I have never seen so much hatred, spitting, hissing, name calling, finger pointing, bigotry and hypocrisy in this magazine. In fact I am confused about who hates who. What color are you people at the weekly? Do you not have any Christians at the place. Don't you live here in Idaho also or do you fly in once a week from a non "hate" non white non Christian "liberal" place you would probably call paradise . . .just to bash on Idaho.

I live in Idaho because my parents moved us here from California as children. So I grew up here and happen to love the place. And I am white because I was born that way. I am a man because I was born a boy. So maybe you can not understand this, but I am a white man from Idaho and I do not hate blacks, Jews, gays, women or "transgender" people. I am also not a "conservative" or a Republican. I (and my sisters) worked very hard for Butch Otter when we were little kids, so we didn't know any better. Today I think the man is just another rich pig and like all politicians (including "liberal" Democrats) cares only about money and power.

But the most offensive thing to me in this weeks issue was the Christian bashing. On every page the inference was made and the loose connectivity was there: white, Idaho, men and Christian (that of course would be me). From there, I could barely keep up with the absurd ties, ridiculous logic,misinterpretations and hateful message trying to connect me to historical events in Idaho, Aryans, Nazis, terrorists, the KKK and even Bigfoot. It was unbelievable. Eve screwed a snake so I must "hate" Jews . . .ya know . . .cause that's what Butler (that white Idaho "Christian") thinks. Or Cain killed (because he is Black and became cursed) or some other ridiculous story line that is intended to bring us to the same stupid conclusion about Idaho, white, men, Christians.

I became a Christian by choice. It happened at the Boise Rescue Mission and I was a homeless crackhead. It is my faith not my politics. Unlike political people trying to win an I argument, sell newspapers or get elected, I do not cherry pick through the Bible stories and fabricate conclusions. I read it prayerfully and reverently and thank God that I get to do so inside and not outside in the cold living in a cardboard box. You people want to mock my God and my faith? Just so you can usher in a political agenda? You want a world of humans evolved from the chimpanzee that can fuck any thing they want with out rules and consequences? You want to live in a secular, politically correct state without reverence to God and his laws? The Bible does not require me to get involved in politics. It requires me to confess the truth and keep the faith. So go ahead and try to call me the "hater" and the "bigot" as you all go down together . . .as humans!

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Posted by Roger Wells on 02/14/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Gun Rights and Gay Rights

Zach, your acknowledgment of the right to keep and bear arms is a pleasant surprise! I imagine you are a distinct minority among your "enlightened and progressive" peers.

As a "social moderate," I think the "add the words" legislation isn't quite so simple. Let me explain.

If my next-door neighbor is a law abiding citizen, his owning one or 100 guns does not infringe on MY liberty in any way. (If I'm wrong, explain how.)

By contrast, if my next-door neighbor owns a duplex that he rents out, should he be compelled to rent it to LGBT tenants... or for that matter to a non-married hetero couple, if he has religious/moral objections to their behavior? If a religious person bakes cakes, but doesn't want to bake a cake with two brides or two grooms on top... should he have to anyway? (I'm not arguing that such a viewpoint is right or wrong. But I will gladly argue that a citizen has the right to maintain such a viewpoint. Just wondering if he should be forced to do business if it's in conflict with his beliefs. It's not a simple issue when the rights of multiple people are in the balance.)

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Posted by bikeboy on 01/16/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “

Is This Burning an Eternal Flame?

Beautiful metaphor, Zach. And it sounds like you know forest fire science pretty well.

If a 2 or 3 week "government shutdown" (that 80% of the population reportedly didn't even notice) can be likened to a forest fire, damages national credibility, etc., etc., just wait and see what will happen when the National Debt House of Cards collapses! THAT, my friend, is what should be keeping you awake at night. Unless you, like far too many people, think we can just keep printing more dollars to distribute, with impunity.

Posted by bikeboy on 10/23/2013 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Making Sausage

Congrats, the gov now records all your phone records, email content, txt messages, has the ability to tap into cameras around the country, knows where and how you make a living, knows what you drive, what you own, who you converse with, who you associate with, and now.... will have access to all of you health records. As shown by the NSA leaks they need very little probable cause or even a warrant (the secrete courts is a joke) to access the information on a whim. They are keeping dibs on everything you do, so dont get out of line or disagree with them.

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Posted by Boise on 10/10/2013 at 9:31 AM

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