Tag Archive: Western Ada County

May 15

Anything a train can do, a bus can do better.

Trains have strong romantic appeal, but from a functional perspective, they are hopelessly unable of meeting the needs of a modern sprawling city and its residents’ demand for point-to-point flexibility. That’s starting to sink in, after decades of local planners and wonks hoping for a commuter train system. A story in today’s Idaho Statesman quotes …

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Feb 04

Time to ante up for power

While I risk upsetting people in the building industry,  I support recent legislation by Rep. John “Bert” Stevenson, R-Rupert, intended to charge new homes and businesses a fee for electrical system expansion. The development industry will likely oppose this measure, but it would be shortsighted of them to do so. Idaho Power is in a …

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Jan 26

Otter shows support of high-tech industry

Gov. Butch Otter has been criticized as being cool to Idaho’s tech sector, instead favoring old-school businesses like ag, lumber and mining, even as those make up a dwindling part of the state’s economy. Otter possibly drove a spike through the heart of those assertions – literally – by pounding a spike into a Western …

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