[Vision2020] Two Seperate Issues

Shirley Ringo ringoshirl at moscow.com
Thu Jun 9 10:39:41 PDT 2011

As a policy maker, I have expressed the following concern on more than one occasion:

"In the 2000 Legislative session, we opened experimental routes in southeast Idaho for trucks weighing 135,000 pounds.  There was supposed to be a report concerning their effect on pavement and bridges.  That report never came (was inconclusive), yet ITD is comfortable with approving at least 200 shipments of mega loads."

The statement above was part of a letter I submitted to the opinion page of the Daily News.  I am very concerned about the way these loads will affect our infrastructure.

I would add that I deplore aiding and abetting the project in Canada.  My readings on the topic convince me that the project constitutes declaring war on the planet.  I think it is irresponsible to allow such projects to go forward without objection.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Henry D. "Hank" Johnston 
  To: vision2020 at moscow.com 
  Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2011 10:41 AM
  Subject: [Vision2020] Two Seperate Issues

  I see that we're not going to make any progress here on this Megaload issue because some people can't get over the end result.

  I'm as concerned about the enviromental damage in Canada as many of you on this forum.  But those concerns cannot weigh into whether or not the permits are issued to move said loads through Moscow if the laws and rules exist for other loads of the same demensions (though not maybe owned by oil companies) to be permitted.

  The basis of my opinion is about the megaloads themselves - height, weight, noise, damage to roadways, etc... all of which were deemed null issues by our police and fire chiefs and the road concern was deemed null by our city streets supervisor.  Such loads are also permittable under current Idaho law/admin rules.

  Can anyone on this forum say that you would still be opposed to loads of this size if they were large solar panels or wind turbine equipment?  If you're opposed to the loads based on the size/noise/etc.. regardless of use then I respect and can see your point of view even though its different than mine.

  But I won't engage in a discussion about whether or not we should be some sort of heros to the people of Canada by stopping these loads for their well being.  It is my position that its not Moscow's position to do so.

  If that ends the discussion then so be it but all my opinions are now on the table.


  @ Joe - You're really hung up on this hippie thing and all I can say is get over it.  I've gotten over the fact you called me an offensive idiot.


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