Following the Tuesday election, political observers have taken note of the growing gulf between Idaho’s conservative and liberal voters–and subsequently the politicos elected.
Nowhere is the gap more apparent than in Boise–where the Dems have made some serious inroads–and Meridian where conservative “family values” people have made their voices heard at the polls…it is as though Dems don’t have family values.
Canyon County is also disparate from Boise and Ada.
The GUARDIAN wonders aloud if it is prudent to continue the charade of “regional planning, smart growth, blue print for growth, COMPASS”, and all the other schemes that consume lots of public dollars and seldom actually get anything done. If we can’t elect like minded officials, we will never agree on mutual plans for growth. We can still live on the same block without going to the same church, eating the same food or working at the same company.
Some issues like air and water quality are inescapably joint, but even then Canyon won’t inspect vehicles that foul the Boise air and Boise maxes out the river with effluent almost daily.
Perhaps it is time for Boise to accommodate gays and homeless, forget about 10 Commandments monuments and stop suing the county and ACHD over losing causes.
Meridian can grow itself to death and fill up with conservatives who flee California and the diverse population flooding into the Golden State.
Eagle can continue to cave to developers and attract expensive homes on large lots. In turn they can battle the City of Star over who gets the emerging tax base.
In short, we can still be good neighbors, but we don’t have to pretend to be friends and lovers. Truth is, Eagle wouldn’t want to consolidate into a county wide fire district and if Boise builds new libraries they won’t be paying service fees to Eagle and Garden City.
We have “Red States and Blue States” because we are different. There is no political will for conservative Idaho to join liberal Oregon. None of us like the idea of “outsiders” telling how to live our lives. Why not embrace reality?
Perhaps it is time to just be ourselves–whatever that may be–and stop trying to impose our values, taxes, lifestyles, and religions on others.
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