We will start by grouping the standard resolutions: diet, exercise, lose weight, be tolerant of idiots, reduce road rage, work together for the greater good, etc.
That said, here are some GUARDIAN resolutions.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE–We would like to see more citizen activists working to preserve our city, county, and state. Victories over the F-35, a referendum over a development, stalling the CVS on State street may be short-lived, but it does show folks want to control their destiny. Lisa Sanchez’s council election is also part of the trend.
PEDALPHILES–Bicyclists are here to stay, but so is the automobile. We need to work toward accommodating both the two and four wheelers, rather than declaring either mode as the enemy. (Look for more use of “pedalphile”).
DESIRE NAMED STREET CAR–This trolley folly is so fraught with pitfalls and expense that it needs to be derailed immediately. Team Dave is simply off track on this one. A well run and funded bus system would be much better for all concerned.
GROWTHOPHOBES–The old axiom of “if it isn’t growing, its dying” should apply to cancer, not communities. Its time to stop making concessions to developers and paying businesses to locate in Idaho. If they want to pay their fair share of taxes and wages, welcome to Idaho. Schools, highways, and other services simply cannot keep pace.
TAXES--One of the big draws for businesses and newcomers is the low taxes in Idaho. We would suggest a freeze on current property taxes to protect current owners and then raise taxes to reflect current value upon sale (like the California Prop 13). Instead of using increased revenues to facilitate growth, our politicos need to spend OUR money on fixing what we have, including schools, highways, and environment.
BOUNTY HUNTERS--Coppers and prosecutors need to work toward curbing the “have gun will travel” mentality of those guys dressing like cops and calling themselves “agents” of various sorts. Currently there is no regulation of these remnants of the Old West and there have been several serious shooting incidents in recent years, one deadly.
CONTINUING CAUTIONS–The F-35 is not coming soon, but until the current politicos are gone, lookout for more spending to attract it. Also, vigilant citizens can save us from the ill-conceived sports stadium. Watch out for a CCDC move to take the commercial properties along Vista and Orchard off the tax roles as a new urban renewal district.
As always, your views and suggestions are welcome.
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