Mayor Bieter and Team Dave need a lesson in priorities. They snubbed the GUARDIAN town hall meeting on ambulance service, but weigh in on a national political health issue.
They still haven’t had any public discussion on Boise FD ambulances!
The only city operated area of “Health Care” that comes to mind for the GUARDIAN is the recently started DeTox center for druggies and drunks in lieu of jail.
While that is a noble effort and something needed in these modern times, we are baffled by the recent local furor over a national health plan, including an official “resolution” from city hall.
Here is what city council candidate Dan Dunham had to say: “As a city council candidate, I want to remind Mr. Mayor that your job deals with our city. You should be concerned with the local economy, local housing issues, the city budget, and ways that you can actually affect the quality of life for city residents.
When I am elected to the city council, I will not support this kind of “NOT IN MY JOB DISCRIPTION” waste of city resources. My only hope is that the national attention you seek will be as good as the attention you gave to public testimony tonight.”
While resolutions may seem harmless since they have no force and effect in law, they are used as political and public relations gimmicks to “send a message” that a group (city council, legislature, etc.) favor or approve an issue or person.
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