Letters to the editor: 12-05-2013

December 5, 2013 

Budgets

Almost every department in government, school districts, highway districts, etc., talk about saving money, optimizing operations and so on, while at the same time all of them want more and more of our dollars to spend. My wife and I have for the past 10 years, both retired, managed to live on a fixed income, with the exception of the minuscule Social Security COLAs, while at the same time our property taxes escalate year after year. This year is no different as we were rewarded with a property tax notice containing an increase of 31 percent. Where do we get the funds to pay it? We cut out eating out, going to movies, attending concerts, etc., all of which means more money going to government and not to the owners of local businesses. We have really elected and/or hired some really inept people who don’t have a clue when it comes to economics.

DAVID R. LEHMAN, Meridian

Cards for Bergdahl

Cards of love and support for American POW Bowe Bergdahl (who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009) are urgently needed — for both Bowe Bergdahl personally, via The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20500), and also via The American Red Cross (2025 E. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006), as well as for Bowe’s family in Hailey (please address those: The Bergdahl Family, c/o Chief Jeff Gunter, 115 South Main Street, Suite C, Hailey, Idaho 83333). Visit www.OneMillionCardsForBowe.com for more info. Thanks!

JOHN PLUNTZE, Ketchum

Deportations

The Nov. 25 Statesman front page outlines the probable deportation of eight Romanians who “fraudulently” remained in the U.S., and have now been found out. The U.S. attorney’s office says they married to stay in the U.S., bought homes, had children, own businesses. But, they are being sent back while the U.S. allows other illegals to remain here, and is in the process of giving carte blanche to millions of persons who are doing the same thing.

Many of our illegals are working hard to get their status changed legally, while others sit back and wait for this administration to give them everything on a platter.

What is the difference with Sun Valley’s Romanians? I have written many letters for my clients who are diligently trying to legally change their status, and I applaud them for doing so. It’s hard.

U.S. Attorney Whatcott’s statement, “Citizenship is one of the most precious gifts our country can give an immigrant ... when somebody obtains it by fraud, that’s something we don’t take lightly.” You can’t have it both ways. Allow the Romanians their chance — or send every illegal back. Are you listening, President Obama?

ANN SCHIEMER, Ontario

Eagle park

The definition of "due diligence," according to the dictionary: 1) the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property; 2) research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business transaction.

Too bad the Eagle City Council did not exercise “due diligence” on the terrain park development:

--To address the concerns of the subdivision residents across the road about lights and noise from the all-night snow-making equipment and grooming machines.

--To address the concerns of the subdivision residents across the road from the 12-million-gallon water reservoir that could inundate their homes if the bank broke.

--To address any chemicals leaching into the hillside from the snow-making process.

--To address a huge increase in traffic on a narrow rural road.

--To address the possibility that the project might not be economically viable and Eagle would be left holding the bag/liability.

--To address the fact that the city of Eagle is not the owner of the property they plan to develop.

--To get buy-in from Eagle residents that money used on this project will likely mean other planned city parks may go by the wayside.

JEANNE PAULS, Eagle

Idaho Power

In a recently published opinion piece in The Idaho Statesman, Idaho Power's Lisa Grow stated, “Idaho Power needs a glide path to carry us beyond coal rather than jumping off a cliff.” This is a self-created cliff because this utility has not demonstrated a sincere desire to incorporate renewable energy sources. A nearby neighbor, Excel Energy in Colorado, boasts that they have paid $286 million in incentives to their customers who have installed PV systems since 2006. Colorado has been working on this for seven years. There are seven other states that produce more energy from renewable sources than Colorado. The “cliff” Ms. Grow refers to could have been prevented.

Ms. Grow added: “Idaho Power is not proposing to expand the Bridger plant, nor are we asking to extend the operation of the plant past its expected service life.” True, they are not asking today, but tomorrow they may.

Idaho Power has not shown a serious inclination to invest/encourage renewable energy sources. Our PUC is the only entity that can provide an impetus for this utility to pursue renewable sources. We, the consumers, are powerless in this regard since we have no other store from which we can purchase watts.

STEVE ROSTRON, Boise

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