Here is a list of current news topics with a typically cynical GUARDIAN SLANT.
–The Park Center Bridge that Harris Ranch Developers stuck taxpayers to build so they would benefit is about to open with great fanfare from Ada County Highway District.
–Micron is still slurping at the public trough. This time they got $5 million in “stimulus funds” to research LED lighting development. No apparent strings demanding they not ship their jobs, production, etc. out of Boise as they have done in the past. After laying off some 1,500 workers they proudly announce this project is worth 30 jobs.
–Team Dave and the entire Idaho Congressional delegation is demanding the FAA justify a planned relocation of the TRANCON approach radar at the Boise airport. Seems the politicos want the FAA radar folks to sit in a darkened room in Boise watching screens instead of a darkened room in Salt Lake. The politicos claim the move will cost more than the status quo and not be as safe. Never mind the cost of AMNTRAK and the TROLLEY FOLLY!
–VALLEY TRANSIT, the bus agency, proudly proclaims a 16% increase in ridership while also announcing plans to cancel a daily service from Boise to Caldwell along State Street because city of Eagle won’t pony up $15,000 to serve its citizens. A story in the Daily Paper reports the route costs $50,000 a year to operate and averages 27 passengers. We did some checking and the 27 figure is TOTAL boardings per day–fewer than 14 round trippers. That means Eagle was paying about $1,000 a year for each rider and the total cost (based on the $50,000 figure) is $3571 for each round tripper per year! Eagle officials are justified in cutting their funding based on those numbers.
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