Happy New Year to one and all!
We have been reflecting on the past year along with the new year and would like to share some thoughts about the GUARDIAN and what we feel and believe. I am sober (don’t drink) on this New Year’s eve and after a week in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with family it is time to get back in touch.
The GUARDIAN has worked to inform you of the “sins of government” over the past year, but with little change, improvement, or hope for the future. We are not really depressed, just realistic.
In short, one guy with a web blog can’t fight the might of government with paid spin doctors who earn thousands of dollars more than mainstream media. Ever hear of someone leaving a government PR job to work for a newspaper or TV station?
Development rules, developers are hailed by the Daily Paper, and our air, schools, and roads continue to be used beyond capacity. The only glimmer of hope seems to be the recent Idaho Transportation saber rattling over Avimor’s access to Highway 55.
In general we feel local government does a pretty poor job of responding to citizens and is too eager to judge “accomplishments” by the number of growth-related issues they approve. It is an absolute fact that much, if not MOST, of the money paid to local candidates comes from developers and those who gain from growth. It is a filthy system.
We have often said–and many readers seem to agree–Boise’s City Council seems to have little regard for voters and the rights we are afforded by state law and the constitution:
–We need a cop shop, but they won’t let us vote on a proposal.
–There is an apparent need for airport parking, but they won’t put it to the voters.
–They refused to allow a hearing or public meeting on how to spend $10 million in surplus funds.
–Legal dept. at behest of mayor and council chases futile legal issues.
–They cater to downtown, the CCDC, and developers.
At the county level the Ada commishes have little respect from citizens, despite “demands” from at least one commish to be respected. They have:
–Continued the legal battle over illegal closed meeting issue.
–Rushed to pass a poorly worded and thought out EMS ambulance ordinance.
–Enraged county workers with another rushed passage of “at will” work rules.
–Continue to encourage overpopulating our county with “planned community” developments.
Based on the anonymous e-mails we get and the number of commenters who don’t use their real names, we can only conclude most people are afraid to speak openly for fear of retaliation from employers, loved ones, or the government.
The GUARDIAN will attempt to continue to provide a forum for one and all in the coming year, but it will probably be at a reduced frequency. We are tired and disappointed. It is not supposed to be this way.
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