DISCLAIMER–At the risk of sounding like a pitchman for female politicos who have recycled themselves back into office, the GUARDIAN was fascinated by an item posted on a new blog by Sara Baker, the newest Commish on the ACHD board and a former Boise City Councilor.
Like Ada County Commish Sharon Ullman, Baker runs a blog talking about what she thinks of the agency she represents. Her latest entry discloses that ACHD–the highway district–pays a writer over $8,000 a year to write a column about ACHD. Ok, not that big of a deal. Writers have to eat and the public relations staffers might not have time to do the breezy writing found in the column.
The part that disturbs the GUARDIAN is Baker’s claim that ACHD actually PAYS nearly $50,000 of hard earned tax money to the Idaho Statesman to publish the column. We were unable to find it
on the Statesman web site, but Baker told us the ROAD WIZARD column is labeled as “A Public Service of ACHD.”
We agree that most readers of the Sunday “Insight section” have no idea the feature costs more annually than the average reporter’s salary.
You can read her complete rant on the BAKER BLOG.
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