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Mail and Commentary April 28, 2010 

Quote of the Week

"... the teabaggers called themselves teabaggers first, then smart people snickered at them and told them, and they decided to double down KNOWING what it meant. You can't take that back, teabaggers. It's part of your naive charm."

--LegendaryBigfoot, boiseweekly.com (BW, Opinion, "Why They Hate Pelosi," April 21, 2010)

Ignite Fizzled

I entered Ignite Boise feeling as though I was helping the community but left feeling down. After reading the description on the event's website and hearing people talk about it for weeks, I thought I needed to see what it was about. Within the first 10 minutes of the presentations, the projector stopped working, as well as the microphone. The second half began with someone talking about how bad "Big Government" is and people in the crowd yelling. The heckling continued throughout the evening, to a point where no one could hear the people presenting. I know the actions of the individuals do not reflect those of the event, but the organizers seemed to encourage the yelling. Ignite Boise was a good idea, but when it came to reality, it was terrible. What could have been a springboard for the community turned into a microphone for people to talk about their inner Platypus, and how big government is bad. Ignite Boise was given a rare opportunity (a room full of people willing to listen), but instead they let the crowd yell. What could have been beneficial was instead detrimental. Ignite Boise, I would like two hours of my life back.

--Jackson Carignan, Boise

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