I’ve had respect for Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, but his recent tantrum over Attorney General Lawrence Wasden not allowing spent nuclear fuel to be shipped into Idaho is just wrong- headed and parochial. Wasden doesn’t oppose a deal to bring spent fuel rods in but insists that the feds stick to a timetable for cleanup as agreed with the U.S. Department of Energy in 1995. If the feds are serious they will demonstrate that by keeping their commitment, not just giving a new promise to do so.
Gov. Butch Otter whines that Mike Gwartney got bad advice from the AG’s staff that led to cutting Syringa out of the Idaho Education Network (IEN) contract, but the written record doesn’t support that. That’s costing Idaho taxpayers millions.
Deconsolidating the AG’s office so that agencies could use expensive outside counsel is a bad idea that would lead to opinion shopping and invite corruption. Deconsolidation is the agenda for those legislators hearing the siren song of the “Sagebrush Rebellion.” Don’t let them do it.
Jerry Quick, Boise