Again, way to go U.S. government. I see where another $800 screwdriver has been ordered for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Not really, but yes, our government has done things like that in the past. A $4 million cleanup is laughable ... well, not really laughable ... just downright disgusting. Does a facility such as this deserve gold-plated faucets? Surely that must be one of the expenses. How else would you come up with an amount like that? Outrageous — to say the least. The bureaucrat or bureaucrats that came up with a figure like this deserve a pink slip. The people that work for us have lots of our money to blow. Too bad that the money glut doesn’t trickle down to the guy who’s paying the bill. That’s you, Mr. Joe Taxpayer.
On May 17, the most worthy candidate to take Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones’ seat is Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez. “Judge G” is one of 13 children, born into poverty and dysfunction, an immigrant, a former field worker who has known hunger and homelessness.
In my opinion Reed DeMordaunt has done a good job as District 14 representative in the Idaho House. I was pleased to see his campaign signs at many intersections and in yards. But wait, it turns out he’s not going to be on the ballot. What’s going on with that?
I’m graduating from BSU this spring. I am excited about entering the workforce and think there are plenty of opportunities in the Treasure Valley. But I know many of my fellow graduates are considering looking out of state for opportunities that pay more or are in a field that has opportunity for growth.
I was very pleased to hear that Sharon Ullman is running for the Ada County Commission. I worked for Ada County for almost two years and during that time Sharon was the only commissioner who seemed interested in me and what was going on with my county job. She never seemed to be on a power trip and she has always been accessible to the public, putting her personal email address on the county website. We need way more public servants like Sharon Ullman who are not out to feather their own nests and are looking out for taxpayers.
As I made my last trip to Les Bois Park to retrieve my personal equipment I noticed how the barn area reminded me of an old ghost town instead of the usual business of horses and people preparing for the upcoming race season. My family has been breeding and racing horses in Idaho for over 30 years and now must ship our horses to other states while one of our supposed leaders boasts of putting us out of business. Sen. Brent Hill wrote in his after-session letter to the Post Register that they rebuffed the devastating social and economic consequences of casino gambling in Idaho. I find this to be a strange comment from a man who accepts contributions from the tribes, to not notice the three casinos he drives by on his way home from Boise to Rexburg. Hill singlehandedly stopped the Gaming Commission bill with what I see as abuse of his power at the expense of hundreds of jobs, tens of thousands of invested dollars by horsemen families, and millions of dollars to the Idaho economy. Whatever happened to fairness and ethics in Idaho leadership? Our Senate is lacking.
I urge you to contact your senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and ask them to stop holding the citizens and our country hostage in regard to federal and Supreme Court justices appointees’ interviews. They are servants to their constituents and I cannot tolerate the partisan attitudes playing out in the Senate in regard to appointing a Supreme Court justice and federal judges any longer. All nominations that President Obama has made measure up to the standards and expectations of Republicans as well as Democrats, and it is the senators’ duty to hold hearings for the individuals nominated. The fact the Senate refuses to even consider a hearing for these individuals is despicable and below the standards expected of our senators.
I went to the Farmers Market on opening day. I saw all the signs that said “NO DOGS.” I saw so many dogs and had to walk around dogs. I am pretty sure the city or the Capital City Market could make bank by enforcing it. I understand that some liken their dogs to their children, but really — what if they poop or pee? I did not see one of these people with a bag.
I think it’s safe to say that what did and what didn’t get addressed in the 2016 Idaho Legislative session left a lot of constituents quite frustrated. If one wishes to trigger change in who is elected to the state Legislature, the primary date of Tuesday, May 17, is a critical one to get on your calendar. Especially in Idaho, the nature of the general election is powerfully influenced by the primary results. And the turnout for these elections is consistently dismal.