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Re: “Defriended

What a drama queen, is Mr. Cope!

I had people under my own roof who voted for a different presidential candidate than I did. We discussed politics leading up to November 8th. They had their ideas, I had mine; I don't know if anybody's mind was changed as a result of our sometimes "lively" discussions.

On November 9th, we were all still friends!

If you were "defriended" by somebody because of how you voted - you are better off for it! What kind of shallow fraudulent friendship is it, if it won't survive differences in partisan political opinions?!!

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Posted by bikeboy on 03/09/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Fear Full

I'm a little skeptical about MLK Jr. being a Republican, but otherwise I agree with Hope1's assessment of the situation. It's pretty obvious to any non-partisan observer, that the Democrats have a long history of courting the poor with promises of freebies. (And the better-off are always leery of that, because SOMEBODY - perhaps our great-great grandkids - will have to pay for it at some point.)

I bet it's just as beautiful today in St. Croix, as it was a year ago, despite the change in administration!

Cheers!

Posted by bikeboy on 03/03/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Not My Values

Yes, thank goodness we live in a country that provides clean tap water as well as safety and security to all of its citizens and whose free and open elections are completely above reproach. It would be shameful to take those things for granted.

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Posted by Eugene Dabs on 03/01/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Fear Full

Funny how the Democrats get a pass on all the anti civil rights they subjected minorities to...educate yourselves on the atrocities of the left wing until they figured out they could control minorities by giving them free stuff so they could acquire their votes....
Republicans like Martin Luther King , bet you didn't know he was Repub, knew better than to get into bed with the democrats. He knew they would be kept down for generations and its coming true.
Obama lied and coddled you into submission, you will belive anything spouting from a dems mouth now. He did you no favors.
You might not like Trump, but he's yet to give you a reason to bash him. Let's see where we are in a year or two then judge the man as president. I did for Obama , I kept hoping for change.

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Posted by Hope 1 on 03/01/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Fear Full

Hi Zach, Thanks for picking my home, St. Croix, to celebrate your 10th anniversary last August. St. Croix has been my home for almost 20 years. We are a wonderful community of multiple ethnic groups. The mood toward national politics is now trending toward just wanting to get away from all the "sound and fury signifying nothing" (Macbeth Act V, Scene V). Of course we have more than our share of crazy politics here, but at least we can go down to one of our many beaches and relax by the waves. As a freelance photographer for The Virgin Islands Daily News, I am able to attend events and functions throughout St. Croix. My observation is that the majority of people living here are very unhappy with the current administration. I hope you will visit St. Croix again. Cheers, Linda Morland

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Posted by Linda Morland on 03/01/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

Thank you, Harrison, for covering this story. However, I believe your conclusion that this issue is a lost cause is premature.

The original plan was approved in 2010. Since then, the developer has changed, the acreage has changed, the number of houses has changed, the commercial space has changed, the number of schools has changed. All of these changes are substantial. Boise Hunter Homes should have to apply as a new application, not as an "amendment" to a different plan. I believe the Board of County Commissioners is justified in denying the "amendment" on these grounds alone.

There was no notice for the public hearing on 12/15/16 as required by Ada County Ordinance and Idaho Code. Posting notice is not hard. If, as they claim, Boise Hunter Homes plans to develop a unique, farm-to-table community, shouldn't they want as many people to know about it as possible, since such a special plan will surely benefit the community? Or...

If the Board of County Commissioners deny this "amendment," will Boise Hunter Homes develop the original approved plan? If they will not, a denial would stop this whole project. This important question must be answered before a final decision is made.

Posted by Stephanie Rael on 02/19/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The developer should not be able to get away with this. They have cobbled together a scattershot, completely unworkable plan for Wildlife. it is an insult to Ada County residents to consider that "mitigation" for this project could include a conservation easement somewhere unknown 30-50 miles away in Elmore County. Plus, the "Open Space" for the Theme Park shoves the deer and elk right out by the main Highway to Horseshoe Bend --- creating a death trap for both animals and motorists.

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Posted by Katie Fite on 02/19/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The application amendment was sought because the existing plan won't pen out. The suggestion that the status quo is worse than the amendment is a developer talking point which ignores the underlying motive/necessity that the amendment be sought in the first place.

If the Commissioners want to find ways to preserve this place for its remarkable history, its incredible agricultural values, and for the wildlife habitat -- the best way to do so is by preserving the status quo: voting no on the amendment before them.

Should the commissioners vote no, or in the alternative remand to the PZC, Ada County citizens will have more time to negotiate opportunities to preserve the very values mentioned.

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Posted by begreen on 02/19/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The original plat expired February 10. They could not approve the amendment and have the process start over. We could save it. It will take leadership with forsite.

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Posted by Josie Jensen Erskine on 02/18/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The Ada County Commissioners have the power to stop it. Yes it should have been stopped 10 years ago and it will be painful to stop now...but better than regretting not taking a bold action today. They have the power and they can change the outcome. Saying they can't is a cop out, as is holding the vote at 9am on Tuesday when public participation will be minimal.

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Posted by Heidi Wagner on 02/18/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Get Relentless

Welcome back Mr. Cope.

Posted by SilentNoLonger on 02/08/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Get Relentless

Omigosh! Willya look at this?!! More Bile from Bill! (Votta countrie!)

I've kinda assumed that since election day, Bill had prolly been kicking his dog, throwin' stuff across the room, lashing out at Mrs. Cope, etc. FANTASTIC it is, that Boise Weekly has seen the need for a professional name-caller! Some artists work with paints or musical instruments... Bill's talent is "poison pen," for sure!! Welcome back, Bill. (I don't know why I added that... he professes to never read the comments.)

His totally-predictable attack on Evil Trump would have a lot more weight if, in the paragraph before, he hadn't sung the praises of another serial liar/cheater - she of the Pant Suits! The ONLY reason I voted for Trump (while holding nose) was on account of the Democrat alternative. I bet millions around the country felt the very same way. (It's unfortunate that Idaho's choices for president - Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz - were sent home early.)

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Posted by bikeboy on 02/08/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Gender Reveal Party?

Oh! This is about BABIES' gender! (At first glance, I thought maybe a "gender reveal party" was where two or more people get together for "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours"!!)
:-O

Posted by bikeboy on 02/01/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Whistleblowing in the Time of Trump

Is this Germany, sounds like a Nazi Socialist Party Alt left News Report....

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Posted by Jon Holems on 01/31/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Letters to the editor: January 25, 2017

Bradley, as a member of the new Whole Food Plant Based for Life Meetup.com group and one of the organizers for Treasure Valley Vegans I cannot thank you enough for your thoughtful letter. I've been running thin on energy for organizing our group thinking that perhaps I should move my energies to more urgent matters while also battling the nagging, undefined notion that that might not be the right strategy. Your letter put everything in focus. Please join us! ~ Heidi

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Posted by Prairiesun on 01/27/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

I am not sure what Country you were raised in but I do not recognize the place you describe in this opinion piece. If you want a woman President then you need to run someone better than Hillary Clinton.
I have been around since the beginning of this Women's Movement and have never experienced the things you paint as everyday facts. My daughters were taught by example that the world was open to them. They also watched a Father who worked very hard to give them many of those opportunities.
Do you ever give much thought to the women living in Iran or Saudi Arabia? Until Trump's administration requires me to wear a black sheet over my head and stone me to death for Adultery I will take my chances with the USA.

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Posted by Janis Woodruff H on 01/23/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Meet the New Boss, Not Same as the Old Boss

It's refreshing to have a change of commander-in-chief, when your little "counterculture" paper can migrate from Party Organ (at least with regards to Chairman Obama) back to yapping Chihuahua of the Loyal Opposition. Too bad so many other "journalists" have already done the "Trump is Hitler" thing. Pretty hard to be creative in a new and fresh way.

Hopefully your mom is still upright and taking nourishment, Zach.

Why don't we give Trump a day or two, or maybe a week, to see what develops? I'm guessing he won't be showing up on the upper porch at the White House, with American-Flag red armband and a megaphone.

If, by April 15th they are teaching Army recruits how to goose-step, I'll be right there saying "Well, Zach warned us..." (Unless Der Trump has shut down the Opposition Press by then.) Do you think he'll prefer "Heil Trump" or "Heil Donald"?

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Posted by bikeboy on 01/23/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Welcome to the 19th Century

Zach, you should advise Mom to take a valium and relax. The sun will come up on January 21. Life WILL go on. Far more of her fellow Idahoans are breathing a huge sigh of relief as Dear Leader Obama steps away (if he's really able to - I'm afraid in his mind, he's Dear Leader for Life). We survived it!!

Trump wasn't my first choice, but I'm happy to give him a chance. Like Obama before him, I sincerely hope he's a very successful president! (As measured by the true State of the Union.) And I'm sure happy we're not swearing in a President Hillary this week! She's so crooked that Huma needs to help her screw on those pant-suits!!! (God bless Dr. Thompson!)

Posted by bikeboy on 01/19/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “From the Far Margins

This may be the first time I've read Far From the Margins. Brilliant piece. Thank you.
Henrydog

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Posted by Henry on 01/19/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor January 11, 2017

The Boise Weekly says on it's mission statement page that comments made to letters shouldn't be "don't be libelous, slanderous, threatening, defamatory, hateful or abusive.

That being said, could it (the BW,) also make an effort to not publish plagiarized pieces by PETA disciples? (That would be just about anything someone submits with an anti-meat theme.)
For instance, Ike Schneider's "letter" (1/11) is a copy of the following two "letters to the editors":
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35143244-78/2017-time-for-plant-based-meats.html.csp - Elijah Hennison, Eugene, OR Jan. 3, 2017
http://www.goerie.com/opinion/20161230/2017-promises-to-deliver-new-vegetarian-options-letters-to-editor - Dick Wahlberg, Erie, PA Posted Dec 30, 2016
Oh, and do a google search on "The plant-based food revolution is going mainstream." to see the three hundred plus (300+) more "letters" by dozens of devoted deceivers dedicated to PETA's dogmata.

The Boise Weekly might also want to consider charging PETA for its "press releases", or more accurately defined "heretofore free advertising", in the future. Isn't that how other organizations (businesses, charities, clubs, festivals) get the word out on their beliefs?
In closing my non-libelous, non-slanderous, non-threatening, non-defamatory, non-hateful and non-abusive, yet truthful request, I wish PETA all the best in their personal nutrition diets.

---Steven Desens
Covina, CA

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Posted by Steven Randall Desens on 01/14/2017 at 12:55 PM


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