Letters to the editor: 08-01-2013

August 1, 2013 

SCHOOL WI-FI

Voters didn’t just say “no” to spending tax dollars on technology — they “resoundingly rejected” Proposition 3 by 66 percent.

Then, legislators budgeted $2.25 million in the Luna budget for technology — giving him “flexibility” with our money. Where is the needs assessment for this state’s education system? A needs assessment is an “accountability” tool to help ensure efficiency, effectiveness and wise investment of our tax dollars.

What is it — no respect for the Idaho constitution, or no understanding of what constitutes a thorough system of public schools? When large numbers of elementary students don’t have adequate science education while others do, a thorough delivery system is non-existent! But they can have “access” to Wi-Fi.

Mr. Luna appears to need a review of the scientific method of problem solving. What problem needs solving? What theory is he following? That Wi-Fi delivers quality education? Support for the theory? Analysis and conclusions?

Proof of need is not in having districts now putting their hands out after the money is spent. The candy is bought, who wouldn’t now ask for it? Taxpayers — used; power — abused.

Luna was right about one thing — voters are just bumps in the road. Bump, bump.

VICTORIA M. YOUNG, Caldwell

BOISE PARKING

This new parking plan to suck money out of Downtown Boise visitors goes against everything Boise is about.

Boise has always felt welcoming and about community and gathering.

Who is at the core of this new plan? Not the merchants, not the community, not the visitors. Who else should the city be listening to? Who else is the city for?

People can choose to turn south or west for what they need.

Please keep Downtown Boise a special place.

DONNA BROWN, Garden City

Listening to the latest parking meter debates by our city council and mayor has bewildered my sense of civic leadership.

We are building two multimillion-dollar facilities in the heart of Boise to encourage the public to come and enjoy a vibrant Downtown scene. Now we need to generate more revenues by penalizing the populace by increasing parking fees and times, and including Saturdays for parking regulations? Is this the proper way to help encourage businesses to invest in Boise’s future?

Recently some friends of mine and I were enjoying ourselves at a Downtown establishment when two of my friends went to put some money in the meter where their cars were parked. Both of them returned with tickets on their cars.

The crime here was that their meters hadn’t even expired! They both had 10 minutes remaining on their meters. My friend found the meter enforcer and told him of the discrepancy and he replied that a formal complaint should be made to the city by email. Is this the way the city should encourage people to come enjoy our Downtown? Maybe the city should just enforce the regulations properly for more Downtown patronage and revenue.

BILL BURNS, Boise

Parking at the mall, or at any shopping center for that matter, is not “free.” You pay for the cost of parking and subsidize the cost of parking for others in the items that you buy as the maintenance and taxes are all absorbed in anything you purchase.

If the city’s observations are accurate, the demand for metered surface street spaces is outstripping the supply. In any other business situation, this would cause a rise in prices and a subsequent increase in supply. However, supply of parking spaces is not the issue in the Downtown core, just the supply of cheaper surface street parking.

This has led to the current distribution issue, to which on-street parking is cheaper than garages both outside of enforced hours and for parking up to 80 minutes long. As they are effectively indistinguishable, it seems readily apparent why two identical parking spaces in close proximity to each other but priced differently would lead consumers to favor the cheaper one — in this case, the metered, on-street space.

If distribution is the focus of Boise’s proposal, they would do well to get the price right.

BEN JARVIS, Boise

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