HAPPY NEW YEAR! To everyone. Feel free to offer your opinions on the best, worst, most interesting stories of the past year. Check archives HERE
We have cut back as you no doubt are aware, mostly because when we started the GUARDIAN we were about the only game in town when it came to on-line opinions and stories. With 53 years of institutional memory under our belt we are possibly the oldest reporter both in age and seniority.
Today, there are plenty of on-line blogs and news sources which means the GUARDIAN weighs in only when we get fired up at the motives and actions of the politicos.
Feel free to toss your spears and rose petals and stimulate some healthy discourse.
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Dec 31, 2021, 7:47 pm
Happy New Year Dave, I still read your comments. Keep it up as long as you can.
Dec 31, 2021, 8:17 pm
You have brought to the attention of Boise residents truly important information and opinion.
Everyone has to slow down except the libs.
Jan 1, 2022, 10:55 am
Dave, your Boise Guardian is still a great source of information and entertainment for this long-time reader. Here’s hoping that you continue to get “fired up” on a regular basis! (I can understand your position; there was a time when it felt pretty lonely to advocate for bicycles-as-transportation in Boise; in 2022 I’m an off-key tenor in the choir.)
One 2021 development I’m interested in:
THE IDAHO NO-HANDHELD-ELECTRONICS-WHILE-DRIVING LAW.
It was a year ago that it went on the books.
Is it being enforced? How many citations have been issued, statewide, county-wide, and city-wide? Do our law enforcers take it seriously? Are fines being levied?
My sense is that it has indeed resulted in some decrease, but there are still plenty of violations. Every time I see a tragic news story: “Driver crosses center line, crashes head-on into semi-truck,” I can’t help but wonder if the driver was looking somewhere besides up the road. (All I can do is wonder, because there’s NEVER any follow-up or post-mortem reporting.)
(I’m interested mostly as a road-going cyclist. Distracted drivers make me more nervous in 2022, than drunk drivers did in 1982.)
HAPPY 2022 TO ALL MY FELLOW GUARDIAPHILES!
Jan 1, 2022, 3:34 pm
The creation of the districts from which city councilpersons will be chosen was not done in keeping with the legislation that made such creation mandatory. It would appear that without much if any of a public hearing on the proposal before it was voted upon and approved there was a clear intent to keep the seats of current councilpersons intact. I wonder if the council didn’t discuss this district creation in closed session or among themselves prior to voting?
Jan 1, 2022, 4:13 pm
Happy New Year, Dave!
Jan 2, 2022, 8:59 am
Sadly the only guarantee is the local television “news” will continue to present entertainment instead of real and factual information to please a dwindling advertising base. This blog helps to fill in those gaps.
We hope that this fact alone is enough to get EVERYONE fired up!
Happy New Year, Dave.
Jan 5, 2022, 2:59 pm
A new year, but first an interesting statistic from Year 2019: back then 231 Idaho died from the flu and pneumonia; 231 Idahoans. And here is a famous quote: “When I was hearing the amount of people that died with the flu, I was shocked to hear it. I didn’t know people died from the flu.”
Any guesses how many Idahoans died from COVID last year?
Since it is not getting any thoughtful coverage.
For all the naysayer comments here against vaccines, masks, shut downs, Mayor actions, ‘just a flu’, freedom, politicians instead of scientists, etc.—- Covid was the #1 & #2 cause of death by age group for the year, even while we had some precautions (and horse medicine). And mostly preventable deaths.
What would those numbers have been if McGeachin was running the state? And now we will have more of that mentality running for political offices this year, from the city up to state offices.
How bad could it be? Deadly!
By my count, 2,738 Idahoans died of COVID last year. More than 10x normal flu mortality WITH precautions. That should be something to be fired up about.
Happy 2022 for those of us living to read this!
Jan 6, 2022, 9:40 am
Thanks again for everything, Dave. Appreciate everyone who does the legwork for gathering information and watching the power structure, but I find myself enjoying your stuff the most.
All: consider showing up at Zero Six Coffee Fix sometime and buying Dave a cup of coffee. I did, and it was one of the most enjoyable mornings I’ve had in a long time!