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Posts published in “Day: March 18, 2015”

Three groups of truths

carlson CHRIS


The counter-attack by the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce boosters of the Idaho National Lab, orchestrated by the Department of Energy, against former Idaho governors Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus for blowing the whistle on current Governor Butch Otter’s attempt to give a waiver from the 1995 Batt Agreement on the importation of two shipments of commercial spent fuel rods for research purposes is missing some key points.

For those still trying to understand objectively what this is all about, there are three phrases they should keep uppermost in mind. Phrase one comes from the Tom Cruise movie a few years back, A Few Good Men. Cruise plays a young Navy JAG officer and he is grilling on the witness stand in a trial a tough Marine colonel played by Jack Nicholson.

At a key moment he challenges the colonel to tell the truth. Nicholson rears back and with the meanest demeanor of total disdain snarls back at Cruise, “The truth? You can’t handle the truth!” Phrase one.

Phrase two is one of the best statements ever uttered by former President Ronald Reagan: Trust but verify!

Phrase three is a political truism: Politics most often is about dealing with perceptions which are based on emotions which often trump facts.

Critics of Andrus and Batt are busy engaging in raising “straw dog” arguments that play with words and semantics, all designed to divert attention from the real issues. Or, they’ll find one nit that may be incorrect and immediately conclude that invalidates their entire thesis.

So one can read that spent fuel rods are not waste and that research on the commercial spent fuel rods is all part of an expanding research role for the site that will generate a couple hundred million dollars over ten years, and, oh yes, more jobs And don’t those former governors know that the spent rods are solid materials, so they can’t possibly migrate to the aquifer and pollute it?

Here are some truths that the INL booster types cannot handle: (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Redfish Lake marina docks need replacement (Boise Statesman)
More solar power ahead for Idaho Power (Boise Statesman)
Extra $92 million appears in Idaho revenues (Lewiston Tribune)
Sea changes may impact salmon diets (Lewiston Tribune)
Administration head Luna may resign (TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow police consider diversity training (Moscow News)
County officials look at Syringa park (Moscow News)
Concealed carry bill goes through more changes (Nampa Press Tribune)
Major snow geese die-off in east Idaho (Pocatello Journal)
Contractors often not bound by public records law (TF Times News)

Judge looks at release of hatchery fish (Eugene Register Guard)
Large investor in UO apartment complex (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath area hit with 'extreme' drought (KF Herald & News)
Massive Medford police, gunman standoff (Medford Tribune)
Drought is on, but so is E Oregon planting (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton okays $1.7m for airport (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Attorney plans Oregon right to work initiative (Portland Oregonian)
United Streetcar falls short of expectations (Portland Oregonian)
Unemployment in Oregon falls to 5.8% (Salem Statesman Journal)

Part of Bellingham port area may be rebuilt (Bellingham Herald)
Bremerton plans heavy work on thoroughfare (Bremerton Sun)
Plans call for raising Narrows tolls two times (Bremerton Sun)
Water committee in Longview considers options (Longview News)
Study finds $15 wages not hurting restaurants (Seattle Times)
UW study finds breast biopsy results often wrong (Seattle Times)
Hotel finances raise questions at Spokane (Spokane Spokesman)
Clark area seeks $9.3m for capital efforts (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima asks review of city districts decision (Yakima Herald Republic)