Betty Leipold: Sour grapes


Our friends and neighbors who sit on the City Council spend many hours studying problems that affect all of us, and they try to resolve the differences between developers who are mainly interested in the bottom line and those of us who are mainly interested in preserving the unique character of Steamboat Springs.

The council members get very little monetary compensation for the time and effort they put in. I, for one, do not begrudge their getting a few perks at the golf course, tennis center, ski area etc.

The witch hunt against Ken Brenner is ridiculous. It appears to be a case of sour grapes by some has-beens who still think they should be running the City Council.

Betty Leipold

Steamboat Springs


Slapper 10 years, 2 months ago

All the "volunteers" who are on Haymakers golf advisory committee receive season golf passes. In addition when they meet they get fed with food delivered and orders taken by the superintendent. In respect to lunch that procedure may have changed recently.


marathon 10 years, 2 months ago

Volunteers are VERY different than elected officials who are to abide by state statutes and our City Charter and code of ethics. Betty, I wonder what you called Ken's attacks on others when he was running for election and while on council when others differed in his views? Are you saying that his ad that he took out stating that "Elected officials must be held to higher standards" doesn't apply to him? I've lived in this valley for 35 plus years and never have seen such a corrupt official! congrats to those who had the courage to start to expose him.


Slapper 10 years, 2 months ago

Volunteer - somebody who works for nothing: somebody who works without being paid

Unquestionably a volunteer is far removed from one who is elected. The city has numerous committees of which people volunteer to serve on. I would venture a guess that except for the golf advisory committee they receive nothing. If the golf committee is considered "a volunteer position" and are receiving fairly substantial rewards for doing so that should be noted for all to know and the positions reclassified as something other than what it may be now.


another_local 10 years, 2 months ago

I served on a volunteer commitee... We got dinner once. I'd like a season pass to the mountain please.


id04sp 10 years, 2 months ago

Anyone who serves on a state-chartered board of any type, including such things as a special tax district board of directors (like a water and sewer district, for example) is required to disclose conflicts of interest and abstain from business that would provide them, their business, their families, etc., with any kind of financial benefit at all. Getting a free pass is definitely a benefit.

Basically, anything that a person would consider to be a "favor" under other circumstances is considered something that would influence a government official to grant a favor in return.


elphaba 10 years, 2 months ago

Betty - The issue here is disclosure. Had Ken disclosed that pass no one would have batted an eye. Instead, he chose, knowing the consequences, to hide it. It's only when he got caught that he donned the righteous cloak of volunteerism. The next time there is a vote from the "developer ski corp" do you think Ken will have the judgment (or ethics) to step down - or will he return them the favor? He chose to run for that office and the hours he puts in are what he wanted to do. The perks are favors that need to be returned and that's why State Law prohibits their non-disclosure. It's important to know who owes what to whom!


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