Local column: Time to move on in I.F. and other thoughts

Now that the race for mayor is over, let’s focus on other important topics — like I.F.’s Christmas decor and celebrations, writes Terry Miller.

Well, now that the mayoral race has been decided and ruffled feathers smoothed, it’s time to get back to other things (some important—some not) that need to be addressed. As an example: Idaho Falls’ Christmas look.

First of all, let me compliment all those involved in the city’s Christmas tree lighting celebration. It takes a lot of time and effort to organize anything, and thanks for your participation. However I would make some suggestions for future events:

The small pocket park at Park and B is a bit too small to comfortably handle large groups of people—thus the spillover to the other side of the streets. Unfortunately for those of us who became “outsiders,” we saw only the back of the speakers as they addressed the crowd and because the sound system was aimed inward towards the building at the back of the park, not outward, it was difficult and almost impossible to hear what they said or watch the entertainment. I would suggest turning the whole event around to face Park Avenue so everyone can see and hear what is going on.

I also can’t understand why Park Ave. was still open to motor traffic during the ceremony. Not only was it a safety hazard but while some events may feature a flyover during the singing of the National Anthem, instead of an F-15, we got a Ford F-150 idling at the stop sign.

When I first moved here in the late ‘90s, the city had a night light parade along Memorial Drive and all the large trees lining Memorial Drive were decorated with lights. I wonder what happened to that? Oh wait, I remember now. We cut down all those big trees and paved and grassed area. The small lighted replacement trees look pathetic unless you’re celebrating a Charlie Brown Christmas! Maybe in 10-20 years they’ll actually look good—but until then (and maybe it was also because of no snow), as far as I’m concerned, it was not “beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

A couple of other things that have bugged me for years: People who think Kwanzaa is a religious celebration. It’s not. It ‘s an event created in 1966 to empower the black community in the aftermath of the L.A. Watts riots. The original Swahili Kwaanza (minus the extra “a” at the end) was a harvest festival.

And finally, why do objects in the passenger side mirror appear closer than they really are?

Terry Miller is the retired news director of KIDK and is tired of Thanksgiving leftovers and looks forward to getting back to PB&J sandwiches for a couple of weeks.