In 2015, Govs. Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus came out of retirement to fight for Idaho and Idahoans. The worthy cause was nuclear waste. In 2015, Gov. Otter considered negating the 1995 Nuclear Settlement Agreement that Batt and Andrus had negotiated with the federal government to keep nuclear waste out of Idaho. Gov. Otter was willing to abandon the agreement because Idaho was promised $20 million a year for five years. Attorney General Wasden defended the agreement. Now it’s 2018 and Gov. Otter is, once again, ready to negate the agreement. This time to allow nuclear waste from Hanford, Wash., to be trucked to Idaho. Otter also supports construction of 12 nuclear reactors in Idaho to provide power to Utah. Go to dontwasteidaho.com to read more about this important issue. Sign the Snake River Alliance petition. It’s time to let Gov. Otter and Attorney General Wasden know what you think.
Barbara Dixon, Council
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The Senate should refrain from voting on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court until we, the citizens and voters of the United States, can see the results of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. This has nothing to do with Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications or lack of qualifications, but rather with the rule of law. If the Mueller investigation finds that neither the president nor his campaign colluded with the Russians to affect the 2016 election, then the president is certainly entitled to nominate whomever he pleases. If, however, the investigation finds evidence of collusion, issues related to the investigation will certainly come before the Supreme Court.
A fair rule of law requires that no person be able to appoint the judge who will hear their issue, not even the president of the United States.
Alan Hausrath, Boise
Regarding Jim Jones’ well thought out guest opinion about the Supreme Court, I offer a different, simple solution to the two-party court we now have. What process or person got a judge seated does not matter. Any law or case which has worked its way through the lower courts with challenges must be decided on by not less than seven votes, for or against, in order to become law or decided in favor of a plaintiff. The Supreme Court is there to determine the constitutionality of a case. When we have a 5-4 split, it is obvious that the judges are playing politics. If seven of nine must agree, they cannot arrive at a split vote. They can send a law back to be rewritten or a case to provide more evidence but they must arrive at their decisions based on the Constitution, not their ideology. Does it or does it not meet the constitutional requirement is their only guideline. There will always be dissent. Politics has no place in our court system to be fair and impartial.
James R. Hensley Sr., Boise
Alan Minskoff’s excellent op-ed of July 6 generously attributed the Bown House project to Preservation Idaho and me — when the Boise School District, with the guidance and diligence of their formidable trustee, Janet Orndorff, should receive most of the credit.
There is a lesson to be learned from this award-winning preservation project, as the city of Boise plans a new main library, arts and history building. It is possible to construct a new facility on the same site as a historic structure and in so doing reap many benefits. There are challenges, but Riverside Elementary and the Assistance League of Boise (operators of the heritage education program) overcame them through collaboration and creativity. The result is students (young and old) appreciate Boise’s unique heritage and our growing city maintains its authenticity. Indeed, Bown Crossing has taken cues from the architecture of the 1879 sandstone building and the result is a successful new development that achieves a pleasing scale and form in keeping with its surroundings.
I heartily join in requesting that the city of Boise reconsider the library design and preserve the National Register-listed cabin on its original site next to the Boise River.
Sheri Freemuth, Boise