Steamboat Springs Regarding "Mother bear put down" published in July 31: An unfortunate situation and probably the worst part of the job for wildlife officers. Unfortunately, state law is not designed to regulate trash problems (typically a $68 fine in most cases). Strong and enforced local laws are needed to regulate the human part of this equation. Hopefully the people in and around Steamboat will work to prevent these kinds of situations in the future.
A people problem, it is. A mother bear is put down because people are not responsible with their garbage - what a shame. How difficult is it? We live in a town surrounded by national forest - we choose to live surrounded by wildlife and as such we need to be responsible and mindful of our actions and how they affect wildlife.
Regarding "Youths take on forefront, Perry-Mansfield ends summer with 'Youth Festival'" published on Aug. 3: We attended the show last night, and it was terrific. The dance performances are stellar; the musical theater performances are fresh and captivating. The 12 to 14 year olds in the musical-theater performances are capable of even more then the show's material allows. They are a joy to watch. Get your tickets early tonight; you can't help but feel the kids on stage have bright futures in the arts.
Kudos to sheriff
Regarding "Man arrested after standoff" published Aug. 2: Nice that the Routt County Sheriff's Office had time to wait around instead of storming the place with guns a-blazing. Seems like an appropriate use of force and manpower, given the situation.
Deed restrictions are one tool for permanent housing affordability but why doesn't anyone talk about apartments as another piece of the puzzle? For the newly-arrived to Steamboat, or the young "transitional-life phase" residents of Steamboat who fill many of the service jobs in town, and many of whom need affordable housing but can't buy or don't want to buy ... doesn't rental apartments make sense? Apartments should be part of the supply but nobody's talking about it.
Deed restrictions are not a panacea. In the end, they are a bad deal for the buyer in comparison to conventional ownership. In any case, deed restrictions should "sunset" for owners who stay in their homes for some length of time, like 10 years or more, so that they can gain from the ownership in a meaningful way.