Saturday, November 22, 2003
I'm frustrated by the one-sided articles you have been publishing about the Coach Drake incident. A responsible newspaper would realize that there are two sides to a story and those who know what has happened in the past aren't writing in. The school district's hands are tied. I wish you would realize there are two sides and put an end to the one-sided reporting.
Yes to bypass
A bypass around Lincoln Avenue is absolutely necessary. Scenario 1, in July 2010 -- No bypass has been built around Lincoln Avenue and we have one solid traffic jam of trucks, cars, campers and other vehicles choking the street.
Almost no pedestrians walk in the polluted and noisy environment, the shops and restaurants have no business and most buildings have vacant space.
Downtown has become a highway and the historical Steamboat is dying.
Scenario 2, in July 2010 -- A bypass has been built around Lincoln Avenue. The street is pleasant, there is little drive-through traffic. All the restaurants' outdoor decks are full of customers enjoying their leisurely lunches. The storefronts are full of shoppers and tourists. People stroll happily, enjoying the nice, old town feeling and taking in Steamboat at its best.
Downtown has become a very pleasant walking, dining and shopping area and the historical Steamboat is reviving.
I applaud Jeff Troeger for his creative use of the Internet. I do not believe what he did is unethical but instead democratic. Before the Internet, the only way for a person to be heard was to be a celebrity or to spend tons of money.
Jeff took advantage of a vehicle of communication no different from postcards or mail to campaign, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Troeger wasn't wrong
There was absolutely nothing wrong, on any level, with what Jeff Troeger did. With all due respect to others, it is ridiculous to criticize someone for doing a better job than others of making democracy work. Would you prefer it if candidates had to buy expensive media advertising in order to get their views out, and thereby make sure that the powerful special-interest groups maintain their current strangle-hold on political processes?