Building plan brings city several benefits
The old Mercy Hospital renovation project is good for Nampa. In the first place, people need to understand this is a private project, not a city project. The city of Nampa's only commitment in this project is establishing a mechanism to provide matching funds. The mechanism is a small urban renewal district. The only money being committed will come from the developer's own pocket from the increased value he will create with his investment. The developer will need to spend his own money on infrastructure improvements before he receives any reimbursement. If they can get this done, it'll be a good win. Private development is a good thing.
If successful, this project will clean up an eyesore and a blight in this part of town. How can that be a bad thing? If successful, the renovated building will provide much-needed low-income housing for seniors, and in 10 years, or less when the URD closes, the increased value will help lower Nampa's levy rate. How can that be bad?
I think the mayor is doing a great job with this project. Thank you for caring for our great city. Keep up the good work.
PHILIP ALEXANDER, Nampa
The way things are done has become costly
"Wow" is all I could say when I heard that Congress is going to do the business of the people of the United States by having a "vote-a-rama," a rapid-fire method of passing a lot of amendments and bills without too much discussion or time for consideration. I would say that this sounds like what a junior high school student would come up with but that would be offensive to the common sense that a junior high school student probably possesses.
Is it any wonder how we ended up trillions of dollars in the hole with this kind of management? The real travesty is that it has been like this for so long, it doesn't seem to matter which way I vote.
The only thing I can see to do is to not look to government to assist or attempt to solve my problems and to try and strengthen the charitable pillars of this community that used to help people in need. That's how it was when I was growing up. Hopefully by relieving the government of trying to "help" us, we can prevent or reverse its astronomical costs.
RORY OCONNOR, Boise
Driving slowly creates hazards of its own
One would assume that here in the Treasure Valley, where traffic-induced gridlock is really not too much of an issue, driving would really not be an important topic of discussion. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
While driving down any highway surrounding Boise, on the Connector, even on major roads in town, there is bound to be at least one car, if not four or five, going well below the posted speed limit. This not only leads to backed-up traffic, longer waits at lights and many frustrated drivers, it's also quite dangerous.
When you travel 10 miles under the speed limit, it's just going to cause problems. Merging into oncoming freeway traffic can be tricky when the vehicle you're following is trying to merge at 35 miles per hour, too.
Put down your cellphone and pay attention to the other drivers surrounding you, if you're that bad at multitasking.
Speed limits are posted for a reason. You can get a ticket for driving too slow for a reason. If we all focus on getting from point A to point B in a timely, safe and courteous manner, the Treasure Valley will be safer for us all.
MICHAEL BERNDT, Boise
Businesses bear unfair burden
In response to the March 23 letter by Tony Wieczorek, I felt like a little Business 101 was in order.
The personal property tax that is paid by businesses is double taxation at its finest. An example would be that we buy a desk for our business for $100 and pay sales tax of $6, then have to keep paying a similar tax year after year on the same desk until you either throw it out or donate it at the end of its useful life. Now imagine if you had a half-million dollars worth of equipment! It's just not right.
Also, businesses cannot just raise their prices to compensate for the tax burden in this ultra-competitive environment. If we raise prices too much then we lose business to our undereducated competition that does not understand their cost of operating their business.
Everyone needs to remember that small business is the backbone of our economy, and the more costs they incur, the less money they have to spend on buying equipment and hiring people who need jobs.
MATT THORNTON, Eagle