Mr. West, and others of the same mind who have expressed their opinions on these pages, are dangerously wrong. To think that because elected officials should proceed without oversight is naive. The mayor and the self-asserting city council were elected to serve the people of Boise, not their own interests. The same problem exists nationally, where a lackadaisical Senate refuses to do its constitutional duty of ensuring the proper balance in our nation’s republic. As for the “public input,” one only has to attend some of these meetings to see they are nothing but a sham, where the expressed opinions of the people are ignored for the council’s mind has already been decided, principally by the mayor.
The effort to allow a vote on projects of the magnitude of the library or the sports stadium is not handicapping the city’s government. The proposition clearly states that only on projects above a certain amount should the people vote. This isn’t a radical option. It is, in fact, in alignment with the concept of allowing local options, which the city would very much like to have.
Robert Goyden, Boise
We are all familiar with the cliché: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have to go “upstream” and get to the roots of a problem to have lasting impacts.
The roots of the U.S. problem with mass migrations from Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are violence and poverty. Trump recently declared his intention to suspend foreign assistance to those three countries. This decision cuts almost $700 million in aid designated to fund vital programs in those countries, programs aimed at long-term, in-country solutions to violence and poverty.
In 2017, Vice Pres. Pence said, “To further stem the flow of illegal immigration and illegal drugs to the United States, Pres. Trump knows, as do all of you, that we must confront these problems at their source. We must meet them – and we must solve them – in Central and South America.”
I ask Sen. Jim Risch to call upon the administration to reverse this decision and reaffirm the need for foreign assistance that addresses the root causes of migration, violence and poverty.
Stanley Norman, Ponderay
Thanks to Gordon Barkley, letter April 18, for the idea.
What would I say to Sen. Crapo if I had the $15k to get his ear. I would say first of all, do your job and protect the Constitution and the American people from majority leaders that ignore the rules and allow the Supreme Court to have only eight justices until one party gets to pick its own, from presidents that redirect appropriated funds to their personal political uses, from presidents that defy the law and take away children from legitimate asylum seekers, from presidents that say Putin is a more believable than our CIA and FBI, from presidents that say it is OK for the Saudi leader to kill his political enemies. If he still were listening, I would ask him how passing a new tax law that has 80 percent of its benefits going to the top 1 percent and leading to an additional 1.5 trillion dollars added to our debt is good for most Americans. What would you say if you had the $15k?
Rick Shackelford, Boise