Saturday, February 12, 2005
Isn't it ironic that our Routt County Commissioners are deliberately, publicly disinvesting in our downtown -- one that is world-renowned for its character -- at a time when, according to the lead story on Page 1 of the Feb. 6 Denver Post, Front Range communities are "desperate to build downtowns that offer sense of identity?" The county is attempting to unravel the fabric of our downtown while other communities are trying to build what we already have. Remember the indelible line from Joni Mitchell, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?" When will we ever learn?
Showcase was fine
I'm 74 years old and I can't understand the negative comments about the dance concert in the Feb. 9 Steamboat Today. I did not see the concert, but was told by friends that it was stupendous. Surely the negative tone "not fit for family viewing" is very narrow. Perhaps those people should go back a generation or so to the late '60s and early '70s when their parents were appalled by long hair, drugs and pop music. If all they have to do is complain, about a school-run and school-sponsored event, perhaps they should catch MTV or even better, use that energy for any number of nonprofits who can use volunteers.
Where's film series?
About the Friday night film series: The city's abrupt cancellation of the Centennial Hall film series is mystifying. After four years of well-attended showings, they've suddenly been terminated without notice or explanation. Why wasn't the public advised? Does the Arts Council feel it can withdraw popular programs without public input?
Who will pay?
Today I read with interest a plan to develop an eight-story condominium project at the base of the ski area. It doesn't matter that this would exceed the city's height and size requirement -- little obstacle for the developers as I'm sure the City Council will approve that. We've approved the URA, and now I see the city has approved a consultant to work on the base area plan. Who is paying for that? The URA or the city?
Gone to the dogs
Why did the paper report that the Oak Creek police officer patrolled 25 miles a day looking for dogs loose and issues $40 tickets? When the same dogs are loose over and over, do the owners just keep paying these fines or is there a third-strike-and-you're-out rule? What's the story here?