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Re: “No Compromise

Wind poweris rediculus, its expensive, it kills more protected birds than all other causes combined. It destroys some of the most beautiful scenery in the west. It make an obsene guaranteed income for land rapers for 20 years.

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jerry Simonson on 08/26/2015 at 9:26 PM

Re: “No Compromise

I'm happy that contract(s) limited down to 2 years which is still to long. It is foolish and fraudulent for Idaho Power and the other electrical companies that service Idaho to be forced to purchase solar power at higher rates and passing those higher costs on to customers all for feel good agenda.

Solar just like wind is unpredictable in output and involves higher than normal cost to initiate and maintain. Their not profitable and depend on subsidies and they still fold (Hello Solindra). Until these alternative energies are more dependable, more cost efficient and can surpass the energy needs of the population (Current and projected) there no reason again for consumers to pay more for electricity generated by proven and traditional means. Solar and it's cousin wind are nothing more than a novelty at this time that's driven by political rather than economic demand.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brian Fendley on 08/26/2015 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Somebody Lied

Sanctions? Some people need to go to jail over this.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gary Compton on 08/26/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “No Compromise

This scheme, whereby the utility companies have to buy power from alternative energy producers does nothing but force the people who use power to pay more for it. When the utility is forced to buy something, at whatever cost, there's no free market. This scheme is ripe for a small business to make money on the backs of the rate payers. You put up enough solar panels to have a surplus of energy, and Idaho Power is compelled to buy it from you, even if they can't use it. Then the feds come in with nice tax credits. Another way the taxpayer gets hit.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by TommyGuns on 08/26/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

Gee. A school district that has 293 students in k-12.

Here's an idea. Consolidate school districts. There would be more opportunities for kids, taxpayers would catch a break and teachers could have jobs. The agrarian model of school is long overdue for change.

If the meridian school district can have 35,000 kids, then I would assume merging with the M is ow school district would be eminently doable.

Posted by Fed up on 08/26/2015 at 3:54 PM

Re: “No Compromise

The PURPA nightmare is pure Al Gore type convoluted thinking. These solar, wind, and other small alternative energy projects get huge Federal subsidies to start up and build. They hire very expensive Washington Lobbyists to press for more and more subsidy. Then they get this PURPA nonsense that requires Idaho Power to buy the power at AVOIDED cost. That means Idaho Power has to pay a much higher rate. It is based on the cost to propose, license, build, and operate a brand new gas or oiled fired plant. Idaho Power has a MUCH lower average cost of power production currently available. This includes the clean and low cost Snake River damns. PURPA nonsense make blowhards like Gore rich. It makes us pay much higher prices for electric power AND pay the taxes to support projects that are not otherwise feasible.

4 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by seekandfind on 08/26/2015 at 3:53 PM

Re: “No Compromise

Maybe someday Idaho will join the real world. Solar and wind power have technologically advanced in the last three years and are now competitive with coal and natural gas. But I don't think they beat water power yet. I suspect that is the issue.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jerry Branson on 08/26/2015 at 3:36 PM

Re: “No Compromise

There is no mention in this article about Wind Power? Does wind power have the same two year term? Aren't alot of the wind generated power companies also major oil producers? I understand the major oil companies start smaller companies that will allow them to receive more per KW for the energy produced, than if they were the big company! Power companies have to take the energy produced? All costs to Idaho Power are passed on to, US, their customers! Maybe our energy would be better served trying to understand why we pay for Energy Efficiency Services??

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by frankr on 08/26/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “No Compromise

IdaCorp stockholders are dancing in the streets. Responsible forward-thinking citizens assume the PUC is in bed with them!

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Bimbo on 08/26/2015 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Somebody Lied

They say dry cells are for serious cases, but I doubt any healthcare organization is going to look at it as therapeutic or necessary. Call it what it is... abusing mentally ill people. How is it helping anyone to traumatize people who are already dysfunctional? The abuse and profiteering isn't doing anything but creating a revolving door and a stigma that victimizes people. Especially, the poor and disenfranchised who can't afford representation.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tanis Vaughn on 08/25/2015 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

Risch and Crapo don't have anything significant to do with education in Idaho. Lay that one on our state legislators.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by slfisher on 08/24/2015 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

On February 27th the Boise Weekly had an article titled "Otter Approves $1 Million For Defense of Idaho Gay Marriage Ban "
On March 23rd KBOI channel 2 posted an article directly focused on the department of education titled "Lawmakers learn of $60 million in wasted tax money"
The last 3 years we have given Rep. Ken Ivory of Utah $15,000 to help him sell Idaho land. (Idaho Democratic Party Monday, 17 November 2014)
And my favorite issue, the waste of tax money incarcerating marijuana users/dealers and other people who commit "consensual crimes".
The waste of money in Idaho list could be very long. (Do and good investigation of that Boise Weekly)
Education should be at the top of our priorities, but...
But what can we expect from a state that welcomes the Northwest Science Museum (creationist museum). Idaho lawmakers don't believe in evolution, in science or social priorities..

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by NuclearShadows on 08/23/2015 at 4:11 AM

Re: “To Chip or Not To

Boise in the late 1980's was pot hole hell. Chip sealing has been a vast improvement, not only is savings but in drivability.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Reineck on 08/20/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

With apologies to Roger Waters, "We don't need no education here". Idaho coddles its millionaires and could care less about public education.

Idaho exists to make Mississippi look good.

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by NIcurmudgeon on 08/20/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

Stop voting for the same idiots that don't support good education in Idaho. Risch ..Crappo & Butch name a few!

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by on 08/20/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

Anyone who thinks the Legislature has provided "equity" has lost contact with reality. The State is not in compliance with the State Constitution's mandate that the Legislature provide "uniform and thorough" public schools. Teacher, Administrators, and students in many of the smaller, less afluent rural areas suffer life long impairments, while the state legislature dodge their responsiblitiy while celebrating with great bragadacio balancing the budget.

In fact they have severely hampered the future of many Idaho children and dedicated educators.

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Reineck on 08/20/2015 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Somebody Lied

Constitutional Rights are afforded citizens of the country.A citizen can be defined as an individual who supports and protects a Government and in return receives the protection of the government. Violating the rules removes one from its protection. This does NOT take away his Human Rights . These have been outlined by a ruling of the U.N.These were championed by Mrs. Roosevelt back in the 40's and have been looked at as a standard for all countries to follow.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by John Rusnak on 08/20/2015 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

We all want jobs that sustain families and higher education. Gov. Otter attempts to bring jobs to Idaho BUT no corporation or its talented employees want to move into a state where maybe, someday, if x, y or z happens, then quality schools may be funded. By that time our good teachers will have been laid off and left Idaho, leaving Idaho more mired as a 49th or 50th tier state. Republicans, when you give tax exempts to too many businesses and the same old-same old ones are rarely changed, you are hurting our kids and shooting yourself in both feet. Communities need change and the legislature is frozen in archaic politics. Put priorities where they will make a difference today and in our economic future.

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Retired international teacher on 08/19/2015 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Away, Away, Away Down South in Idaho

I do pity the poor fools who went to government schools and learned only altered history

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Allen Johnson on 08/19/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Dear Ms. Ybarra

And, Ybarra thinks she is not a politician? She sounds like a politician; a Republican politician.

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jewels in Boise on 08/19/2015 at 10:58 AM

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