Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 47
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 47

Nampa, Idaho
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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Early administrations plagued by scandals The Idaho Free Press, Fridiy, Febrar/Z?, lt» - C-19 BY Jflikfl Faith Scandals common cktents of varied nature ·$ Dls - trusle1 bv "» Talleyrand was exiled "* «*1W in London tor a short a- Washington A second scandal « maV imwrt^ce so and high school diplomat lo return to Paris and n t U .? en s ^P 035 ^ is the he was restored lo power as undeclared conflict between foreign minister of France, At Br ' lai " ^ the United Stales in this point the influence of Firsl of the i Citizen tenet soo bJ 1he X Y 7 f f ~ war with En $ 3n * and financial aid to prosecute Us war ^ ratlce * as Napoleonic France, with Bntain, leaders in the gmlty °' Piracy and im " government at Paris were in- P re *TM enl of American seamen, furiated when they learned thai seas. B r i t a i n and the newly established Republic of France, born out of the womb of the Reign of Terror following the ouster and guillotine execution of King Louis XVI, were al war in the first of a series of bloody conflicts created by Napoleon Bonaparte, then first consul or chairman of the Directory, that country's ruling adminisirative committee. Another member, of the Directory was Charles de Talleyrand, prince of Benevent, 1754-1839. sometimes called "The Lame," by colleagues, Talleyrand, proved lo be a political chamelion, and could change his colors to serve a succession of French monarchs regardless of governmental concepts. He used "fine Italian hand" tactics, or unannounced and unpublished backstage maneuvering in the framing of a nation's diplomatic policies, notable where enemies or potential foes are made targets of national aims. Talleyrand suffered a leg injury that made him lame in childhood. Physically unfit for military service, he established a brilliant record in seminary where he studied theology. The future adventurer in international politics was ordained into the priesthood of the Roman : Catholic Church and later was named Bishop of Autum by the Vatican. Elected to the States-General, the parliament of monarchal France, he served as a moderate leader at the outburst of the French Revolution. Later Talleyrand served as a member of the National Assembly (parliament) established by Slnpped lhe of lilte an Uia aU the wod citey (cUizenHn whatproveJ to £ ^an abortive aHempt to reduce humans ; to a common denominator When Edmund Genet arrived to serve as his nation's minister to the United State he was addressed as Citizen Genet The form ol address stuck to the man and now must be regarded as a post-colonial nickname His credentials were accepted by President Washington, who, of course, was" unaware of Citizen Genet's actual mission. Washington and his advisers had no way of knowing that Genet was sent to America to induce the nation lo declare war 1 against Britain on grounds that France had aided the United States with military forces and money during the Revolution, Genet also armed ship's and enlisted seamen in American ports. when Washington learned about Genet's subversive activity, he demanded that France recall its minister. Later Washington displayed compassion and forgave Genet. The former envoy was permitted residence in New York and became an American citizen. Genet married the daughter of New York Gov. Gecrge Clinton, Several years after her death, he married a daughter of Postmaster General Samuel rjsgood. Always bearing the nickname "Citizen" Genet lived out the life O f a good citizen, adding a happy ending , 0 an otnerwise slory . by the Revolutionary War. In retaliation, the Directory, acting on the advice of Talleyrand, refused to receive Charles Colesworth Pinckney appointed by Washington as minister to France. Washington's successor to the presidency, John Adams, had no desire lo declare war on France. sent John Marshall, pinckne y. and Elbridge Gerry as s P ecial ambassadors to Paris '" seek a peaceful settlement of lhe undeclared war. The wily Talleyrand stalled discussion for seve ral weeks and then appointed three agents to negotiate with the American envoys. When talks slarted.'the agents made a number of dishonorable proposals to the Americans, one of which was a large gift or bribe for Talleyrand, described as an indemnity for critical remarks President Adams previously made to Congress. When asked for his reaction, Pinckney replied, "It is No! No! Not a sixpence!" Attributed lo Pinckney, the slogan was written by Robert Goodlee Harper and first appeared in a magazine article Talleyrand did not reckon with the bold natureof President Adams, who wrote an unusual page of American history in his report of the incident lo Congress Said Adams, "I will hot send another minister to France without the assurance that he will be received, respected and honored as the representative of a great, free, powerful, and independent nation " Adams did not identify the agents. He referred to them as x, Y, and Z, giving a quaint name to a scandalous affair. Meridian's Mayor Storey lauds community attitude By Jackie Hansel MERIDIAN - Don Storey, mayor of Meridian for nearly 23 years, says Meridian is a good place to live because of the attitude of the people living here. They feet they are a part of the community and take part in it by participating, he said. One of Hie best examples of community participation is the volunteer fire department. Storey believes it is the best in the state and the most economically operated. It has four units and 25 volunteer firemen, who all have completed advanced first aid courses. Other organizations named who show civic pride and participate in city events are the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, Meridian Athletic Association and several churches, he said. The last census of Meridian, in 1973 registered a population of 3,979; estimated current population is 6,000. With the continued growth of the area, Meridian is fast losing its farming ground and is fast becoming a bedroom community lo its neighbors. A 320-acre project called Cherry Lane Village, located two miles northwest of M'.Tlriian has been approved by the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission. It will consist of executive lype homes and an 18 hole golf course. The village will be annexed into the city as soon as water and sewer can be provided for th« project. Planned to lake care of the increased growth and (he expected growth are four new city water wdh; a new icwer facility, to accommodate 25,000 persons; and a new water lower with a 500,000 gallon capacity. These will be in operation in UV near future, at an overall cost of nearly « million. Building permits issued for 1975 represented a total value of $9,047.947. Some of the new businesses of the city are Chandlers Lumber Supply, Old World Arts, Boise Don Storey Cascade Cooperating Housing Plant, Mini-Mall, Cherry Plaza Mall and new offices including a medical complex, new Mountain Bell Telephone building, the Coffee Mill Restaurant and a Medical office. Expected to open for business soon is a laminated beam factory, nnd the Boise Cascade Retail Headquarters and a health complex. · Meridian lays claim to being the "Hub City" of the valley with fine sthooli, low taxes and access to major highways, with easy access to Interstate M, and plenty of railroad trackafe, Mayor Storey is counting on new industry lo help the city through 1 the budget squeeze and al the same time change the bedroom community image of the city. Several industries are looking al the area, he said. If they locale here and the proposed R. T. Nahas regional shopping center becomes a reality, it will be a big boosl to Meridian's tax base, he added. Meridian has never had an LID (Local Improvement District). It operates on a 35-mill levy. There has been only a 5- mill increase since 1950. Meridian's city clerk office employs seven full-time em- ployes. Drivers' licenses, vehicle plates and titles are issued through the office as well as cily business conducted there. A total of $5"A million business was done by the office in 1975. There are four city em- ployes, eight policemen, a police office clerk, 12 reserve officers, and four employes in the work department. All city departments will need to be ·increased to accommodate growth, Slorey said. A new swimming pool and a recreation program attract interest of the youth during the summer. The newly remodeled find enlarged public library has a full-time librarian with an increased book list, ft also provides a story lime. The city has received a $100,000gnntto expand the city park at the south edge of town. The tract contains nearly 15 acres that will be developed with Die latest facilillies. Mayor Storey said he Is proud ol Meridian, "the fastest growing city in Idaho" and its orderly growth. He attributes this to a strong city council and a good planning and zoning commission. 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