Well, they got me. And it looks like they get everyone else at least once, as well. I renewed my wife's car registration online, after getting the reminder postcard from Ada County, and found out only after they charged my credit card that there is a $6.50 charge for using the website. Looks like I'll be going into the DMV, or mailing it in, in 2015.
I went to work to make a public service announcement ("Don't renew online! You'll find it cost you $6 right after they charge you!") and discovered that every single one of my co-workers was aware of the online stealth renewal charge. So I guess it's a rite of passage.
To new Idahoans: watch out! Look closely at the Ada County DMV site, and beware ... they are trying to steal your lunch money! And besides, the DMV experience is no big deal at all ... they are great people, and it takes no time at all. Do it in person.
CHRIS GARVIN, Meridian
Should not the leaders of the Republican Party know "what goes around, comes around?"
Shouldn't they know that if they win the 2016 presidential election, the Democrats will likely attack this person as unmercifully as they attack President Obama? They will likely ridicule, criticize and belittle the new president at every opportunity. They will likely find fault in everything this person says or does. They will likely be as endless in their attempts to embarrass or humiliate this president, as the Republicans have been with Obama. They will likely bad-mouth this person 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just as they've been doing to Obama.
Shouldn't they know the Democrats might make this person a "one-term president?" Shouldn't they know what it's called when "what goes around, comes around," what payback is?
ROY LUNSFORD, Kuna
In a recent survey by the Associated Press, four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives. How can this happen here in America?
I suspect that two forces have combined to create this disaster. One is globalism which allows corporations to hire the cheapest labor anywhere in the world. The second is pure capitalism, an economic system that put profit making as the No. 1 priority. Success depends upon paying as little as possible to produce a product, and then get as much as possible when the product is sold. Profit is the result.
Now the only Marx that I like is Groucho, not Karl, but we find many of our goods labeled "Made in China," that nasty communist country. Blame labor unions if you will, but also our CEOs reap salaries of multimillions. When we buy an American product we you and I pay for that salary like it or not. In the end, unless concern for the welfare of our people and our country is rated right up with profit, our system is doomed to fail in the end.
THOMAS EDGAR, Boise
We are living in a country that has the largest national debt ever recorded in the history of the world. We have a president who will tell the truth about the U.S. being bankrupt.
A group of cows is called a herd. A group of lions is called a pride. A group of owls is called a parliament. A group of baboons is called a congress.
We have 535 baboons running this country. What is the punishment for this group of baboons that are destroying our country? How about life in the zoo behind steel bars?
GARY WILLSON, Reubens