Letters to the Editor: Elections, Wasden, Climate, Interfaith Sanctuary, Budget Surplus
Don’t believe everything you hear about Idaho’s budget surplus. It is not the result of shrewd management. It’s creative accounting. Every accountant knows that when you understate income and underfund expenses, you create a surplus and management gets a raise, or in this case tax cuts for the rich and noble campaign promises. Now was not the time for tax cuts or slush funds to pay outside legal fees.
We had a rare opportunity to do the right thing. Fund kindergarten and fairly compensate our teachers. Fund the education system so that schools do not charge levies for day-to-day operations. Fix our deteriorated roads, bridges and buildings filled with lead paint and asbestos. The health of state employees is threatened.
The state must assume the responsibilities it has relegated to counties and cities, causing property taxes to run out of control. Homelessness is not a city problem; it’s an Idaho problem. Own it and finance it.
We are in a period of unprecedented growth. Again, this isn’t a city or county issue, it’s a state issue. We need to scale up and fund the infrastructure to accommodate this growth and provide funding for the growth we are seeing.
James Dodd, Boise
Lawrence Wasden is up for re-election as Idaho’s attorney general. Lawrence is conservative, honest and hardworking. I know, I worked with and for him for 10 years. To me, his record as a fiscal conservative is extremely impressive. Since taking office, his budget has increased by 16.47%, less than the state budget, and the number of employees in his office has increased by 36.47%, less than the population of the state. ‘State. Some so-called “conservatives” may be frustrated that he doesn’t lie to them about the law when they want to pass wacky legislation, but that’s their problem. In every case lawmakers have used private attorneys when angry with Lawrence, the state of Idaho has lost millions of dollars. Lawrence Wasden is by far the best candidate for Attorney General.
Thorpe Peter Orton, Boise
Corporate climate sustainability pays off.
Barron’s magazine found that despite COVID, national supply chain issues, and devastating climate change-related droughts and floods, U.S. companies that focused on sustainability, water risk, and disaster management supply chains have demonstrated that being “good for the earth” also pays off.
The average return of the 100 most sustainable companies was 34.4%. The S&P 500 was just 28.7%. American companies have been hiring sustainability managers at a rate that is not expected to let up.
Since Congress has failed to pass important climate change legislation due to lobbying, conflicts of interest and misleading information (clean coal does not exist), the Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a rule that would require companies to inform their investors about their short-term and long-term financial risks due to their climate change risks. There is no economic reason to object to these SEC rules, just excuses for political hacking.
Climate change is five facts in 10 words: 1. it’s real, 2. it’s us, 3. it’s bad, 4. scientists agree, 5. there is ‘hope !
Go to CitizensClimateLobby.org to help create the political will for a livable world.
Ed Wardwell, Boise
I am very happy to hear from the two candidates for Secretary of State that Trump has truly won the 2020 election.
As a lawyer, I often do pro bono work and am prepared to assist both applicants at no cost of any kind. I propose to file their sworn affidavits without delay in the U.S. District Court in Boise and ask the court to declare Trump the winner of the election. Of course, the affidavits must contain facts to support their claim that Biden lost.
John Adams correctly stated, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever our desires, our inclinations or the precepts of our passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and the proofs. If these two candidates don’t have any facts, they might not be the best people for the job they’re looking for…or maybe any public position.
Don Lojek, Boise
I live just behind the new Interfaith Shrine. I have never signed a petition against, or protested, or attended a meeting to express my support or my opposition. From the time Interfaith purchased the property, it was 100% in. They would appeal and sue if necessary. Most of the neighborhood supports Interfaith’s mission statement. We all recognize that something has to be done to help and assist the homeless. I also understand my neighbors’ concerns that our property values, our ability to sell, or our children’s routes to school will be affected by a shelter located over 3 miles from downtown and surrounded mostly by homes residential. The “not in my neighborhood” argument. When Jodi Peterson Stigers and Interfaith purchased the property, it was their vote for “not in my neighborhood”. When the city council voted to overthrow the planning and zoning commission, it was their vote for “not in my neighborhood” because none of them live in our neighborhood. None of them will share the negative impacts of what this shelter means to our neighborhood, but it has to go somewhere, why not this neighborhood with the trailer parks away from downtown.
Tyler Walker, Boise
I want to thank you for publishing “Enacting a Carbon Tax is Critical to Future”, a recent guest editorial by Judy Peres. A carbon tax would force users of fossil fuels to pay at least some of the true costs of using these fuels. As the editorial points out, it would also reduce the influence of autocratic oil states like Russia, encourage innovation in new low- or zero-carbon energy sources, and encourage the use of all forms of renewable energy. . Coupled with a household dividend, it compensates even low-income households for higher energy costs.
The editorial refers to a carbon border adjustment, which would extend the benefits of the tax to our trading partners. The health benefits of reducing air pollution alone seem to make this approach a no-brainer.
A carbon tax and dividend is good for people, good for business, good for the climate, and very good for Idaho.
Greg Weeks, Boise