It has been admittedly slow on the local news front, so here are a couple items for discussion .
A reader sent this city council agenda item:
“This was on the agenda for the June 7th, seems cryptic and Brent Coles like.”
“David H. Bieter, Mayor’s Office, to attend meetings with potential city benefactor in New York City, NY, on July 28-30, 2016.”
This item appeared on the NEXTDOOR VISTA blog today regarding a op-ed piece in Friday’s STATESMAN by Mayor Dave Bieter.
Mayor Bieter this morning wrote yet another OpEd asserting his support for the F-35. The letter said there is a group called Gowen Strong of 2,800 individuals who have helped keep Gowen in the running with the Air Force.
I like Beiter. He has helped bring Boise into the 21st century and become an interesting and dynamic city. He’s a good man. But on this topic, he is wrong. His mantra of making Boise “the most livable city in the country” will be buried by this airplane.
Perhaps he has been shoved into a corner. All of Idaho’s DC delegation has been pressing for the F-35. I’m sure Bieter has come under a lot of pressure. He should not cave if that’s the case.
His only arguments are twofold: #1. $155,000,000 Federal dollars every year. #2. Tradition. We’ve “always” had jets at Gowen. #2 is very weak because Boise has changed. It is now a metropolitan capitol attracting business and residents who respond to the Idaho we all love. So, it’s basically #1. All that money.
And once again the love it or leave it crowd will speak of their love of “the sound of freedom”. That’s all they really have. But they are not the real problem. It’s that Gowen Strong group. Who are they? You can bet that only if an organized group of at least 20,000 actively opposes the F-35 will there be any hope of sending that airplane to some more appropriate place than the metro center of our state.
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