Growthophobes are losing the battle daily as local governments and outside business interests continue to “pave Paradise and put up parking lots.”
The Saturday edition of the Daily Paper makes the GUARDIAN want to pull out his three remaining hairs and scream at the inane remarks. On the business page a headline problems “Mayor says GROWTH spurt will hit Caldwell”. Below that is another story headlined, “Chamber chairman sees GROWTH in area entering new phase.”
There are so few of us left to try to stop or control growth these days. Local officials do everything they can to promote growth, manage growth, facilitate growth, deal with growth, etc.
Both Nampa and Caldwell are flooding new interchanges on I-84 with business development that will most certainly slow traffic and kill even more people in traffic jams.
Meanwhile no one sees anything sad or compelling when Nampa Mayor Tom Dale notes the population of Nampa has doubled in 10 years and proclaims, “Those people don’t have the connection to Canyon County. The emotions of the previously charged issues don’t exist today. The challenge is to provide information and opportunities for input.”
Does Dale really mean, “People don’t care anymore because they are all newcomers and it is hard to generate support from folks who have no interest.”
In the other story, Boise Metro Chamber Chair George Iliff will use his influence with government to push for increased vehicle registration fees, gas tax, local sales taxes and more businesses and employees to pay for all the growth problems they previously created. The Chamber recently launched a $5 million campaign to encourage even MORE GROWTH!
The Chamber makes payments to members of the legislature and local government. Mayor Dave Bieter even does a fund raiser for the Chamber each year that grosses over $30,000 which gets recycled back to politicians.
As long as Team Dave, the Idaho Legislature, and Treasure Valley local governments continue to be dominated and paid by the Chamber and big business, we will continue to have more residents who don’t have “history and connection” to the area.
Those of us with a memory are destined to be outspent and bowled over by the growthophiles. But we can make them work for their ill gotten goods.
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