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RENTALS ARE A RIGHTVacation rentals in Steamboat Springs are GOOD for the town, community and individual property

owners.

Is there a problem with rentals? I think not. The problem is enforcing the laws we now have.

We are talking about some fundamental and very important property rights of people which are protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States of America. Remember, we are still in America.

My family and I have owned the same home in Steamboat Springs for nearly 50 years. I believe in many of the sound fundamentals of the town, its beauty and community values.

Allowing people to rent their homes to families and guests on a nightly or short-term basis absolutely does NOT detract from Steamboat's fundamental values. As a matter of fact, it makes those values even stronger. My home gets less use and causes less of a distraction than if I had to rent it to long-term renters who MIGHT party, park cars and other things (bikes, snowmobiles, dogs, cats, etc.) that would be there not three days or a week but for very LONG periods of time. You wouldn't have to look very far in Steamboat to see exactly what I am talking about!

Further, our City Council already protects our city from noise and all the other distractions with existing city laws. If there is a problem, and I am NOT convinced there is, perhaps we just need to better enforce our existing laws. Call the police and request that our city laws be enforced, whatever the violation is. It is really that simple.

Moreover, if City Council makes such a change to disallow such rentals, what will be the next fundamental property right(s) we lose next? I have not seen any objective data that supports any of the arguments of the people who oppose these rentals.

If you look around our town there are more long-term rentals, and even homeowners that violate their arguments.

So, let's enforce our existing laws and allow people to rent, own and use their property as is protected in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. That's what we truly need to do!

City Council needs to do the right thing and protect our Constitutional rights. That's why they were elected above all else!

Rick Bettger

Aurora

SPORTS RECOGNITIONI think it is very rude for you (John Russell, column, Steamboat Pilot, Sunday, March 25) to stereotype the concerned parents that have contacted you regarding sports coverage in the local paper.

I do believe the paper says if you have questions or comments to tell them.

Obviously, our opinion is not being considered, just shot down and we are immediately stereotyped as "Tiger Woods' Father" syndromes. We feared that by stating our opinion about the freestyle coverage in the paper there would be less and I believe that has happened.

As a parent I do realize that the majority of the children competing in events will not go to the Olympics or excel to the top as Tiger Woods has.

My point is, what is the harm to acknowledge these kids while they are doing well.

The parents that have contacted you are not asking for a full-scale article highlighting top kids or interviews with the kids. A brief article stating what the event is, where it was held and results would be sufficient. The SSWSC (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) hosted a RMD Freestyle event and there was an article before the event saying that it would be in Steamboat but no follow-up article was ever written stating the outcome of the event. Also, the junior freestyle team had their final event in Aspen and Steamboat had top finishes in every age group.

But nothing was printed about that, either.

I have spoken to some members of the community who have shown an interest in the results of the junior freestyle skiers. They would like to be able to comment to the children and coaches involved in the events on how well they did or what took place. This opens a line of communication between adults and children. Also, the kids' schoolmates seem to show an interest. A small article in the paper would open this line of communication. Isn't that what a local newspaper's role really is? To get the community informed, interested and involved in local happenings.

By the way, it just happens to be that my child loves the sport he is in and he does very well. There is no pressure from his parents. The SSWSC has a very talented group of freestyle skiers and positive parents that would like to see the children and their coaches get the recognition they deserve.

Nancy Robinson

Steamboat Springs

PET DILEMMAI am 88 years old and have groomed my pets for 35 years. But now I have to have someone else do it. The problem is I can't find a good groomer. I write down what I want them to do and even show them. I guess they can't read or hear, because they do a bad job. The hair is cut all choppy and they either cut too much off or not enough, but they don't mind charging $25 to give a little dog a bath and a trim. One groomer told me it would take four hours because she had other work to do while she was working on the pet. I think that is being cruel to animals. If they take their child to get a haircut the barber cuts it the way the mother or child wants it. Our pets are as dear to us as their child is to them. Please parents, don't be upset by what I just wrote, I hope you understand. I think it should be set up so we could watch our pets being groomed. I have taken my pet to a groomer twice and the last time he was so upset and his legs hurt so he couldn't stand on his hind legs for his supper. I would have called her (the groomer) on it but I am sure she would have denied it. Does anyone else have these problems?

A. Hinton

Hayden

THINK ABOUT ITAs a high school student and informed citizen, I was very concerned with the cartoon published in last Sunday's Pilot & Today. It depicted an apparent school shooting and the picture of a "13 year old, full of hate" toting dynamite, weapons and a severely angry demeanor. While it asks an extremely valid question: Why don't the parents realize what is going on in their child's life? It is an extremely gross exaggeration of reality.

In today's era of television, computers and the Internet, children are being subjected to an overwhelming amount of information. No other generation has yet faced this situation. We expect young people to be able to comprehend everything around them and react rationally to situations they face. Yet at the same time, the majority of the community does not show youth that they actually care. Yes, a new high school was just built. But how many adults have respectfully approached a youth in the last month? I wish there were more. How many individuals of the community have based their opinions of youth on the clothes they wear, the way they drive or the things reported in the press? Too many.

Unfortunately, many young people are not able to react rationally to their present situation, and the "Columbine Effect" has spread to every community. But the reality is that it is not easy to detect a troubled youth; it is not as obvious as your cartoon depicts. Not even to parents. Why? Because every child is troubled at some point in their life. It is called puberty; it is called growing up. The question is not how to detect a troubled teen but how to help a troubled teen.

The answers are obvious. Say "hi" to a youth as you pass. Encourage a young person as they strive to succeed. Do not stereotype youth. Do not judge a youth by appearance alone. And certainly do not judge all young people by what is written in the papers. Some people believe that arming all students is the answer. Yes, it may deter school shootings from ever occurring. But everyone having fists has not stopped the occasional school fight, so what would stop an occasional gunfight if tempers flared? And if everyone had guns in schools and a gun was drawn, think of the chaos. We are not talking about 16 dead at Columbine; the outcome would be closer to a post-war casualty report. And I am not even a gun-control advocate; in fact I am an avid hunter and own several guns myself. So, Mr. Editor, does that put me in the same category as your cartoon?


Ben Beall Jr.

Steamboat Springs

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