Want a new police station? Sacrifice frivolous pet projects, Idaho Falls

Harrison Smith Articles

On February 15, the Post Register’s Editorial Board wrote, “IFDP needs a new station,” which advocated for a new police station. The Idaho Falls Police Department probably deserves a new building but, because of high spending by city officials and lack of prioritization, money is tight. If only the city had prioritized building a new police station, there would be …

Idaho Falls fiber optics experiment will likely burden taxpayers

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Over the next six months, Idaho Falls will spend more than $1.4 million to lay a trial fiber-optic network for internet. This will be done despite the lessons learned from cities across the country that municipally-owned fiber-optics networks almost always end in fiscal disaster. The city of Idaho Falls intends to lay a fiber optic network to provide high-speed internet …

We pushed Ammon to reverse gift policy

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In early October, Ammon city councilors implemented a charity policy that allowed them to donate taxpayer dollars to private non-profit organizations. Last Friday, the mayor reversed this policy. The reversal was the proper thing to do because it put the city back in accordance with the Idaho Constitution. The policy Ammon city councilors passed allowed them to dole out $20,000 …

Idaho Falls’ hands-free proposal could make driving extra difficult

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Idaho Falls Councilman Jim Freeman wants city residents to keep their hands off their phones while driving. Freeman and his city council colleagues will soon consider an ordinance to “encourage” just that—by banning all handheld cellphone use while driving. But, a hands-free ordinance would need a multitude of exceptions, adding to the inconsistency between local laws and making it difficult …