I don’t think that Boise Pride is an appropriate event to hold in public where it can be seen by children, and I do think that photos posted on social media bear out my belief that there was a great deal of inappropriate behavior at this event. However, Mike Masterson has already said that he disagrees with my view on Boise Pride, and that’s his free choice to disagree with me on this issue. As Mike Masterson rallies together a “coalition of the willing” to keep Boise from becoming the next troubled clone of Portland or Seattle, what’s more important is not where Chief Masterson and I DISAGREE but where we AGREE.
I support Mike Masterson, because he values what has made Boise great. When I moved here, I was amazed at how clean Boise was and how there was no homeless problem on the streets. Boise had none of the homeless camps that covered the SF Bay Area that I fled. The Boise Police Department, which Chief Masterson led from 2005 to 2015, enforced Boise’s ordinance against overnight camping on public property, and they worked with local shelters to get the homeless people food, shelter, and help with their substance abuse and mental health issues. Under Mayor McLean, the homeless problem in Boise has exploded! Why is that? It’s because she has promoted shelters that don’t require their residents to dry out, and she has handcuffed the Boise Police in cleaning up homeless camps. I support Mike Masterson, because I don’t want Boise to become like the sewer that I fled. Mike Masterson also has a long track record supporting veterans, and as a veteran myself, this is important to me. Boise needs a true public servant who has spent a lifetime earning public trust. Boise needs Mike Masterson.
This Op-Ed was submitted by Ryan Spoon. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
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