Our View: Wish list for 2008


— Whether they were enacted by the City Council, soundly defeated at the polls by city voters, or simply talked about on city streets, a number of good ideas emerged in 2007.

Last year saw adoption of Steamboat Springs' affordable housing policies, an intense public discussion about local recreation facilities, and the beginnings of a broad collaboration to create a large-scale, inclusive venue for the performing arts.

We hope all three of these ideas move forward in 2008.

Although three City Council members were voted out of Centennial Hall in November's election - and two others did not seek re-election, that City Council should be acknowledged for its groundbreaking efforts to address the community's need for affordable housing.

With policies now in place to provide funding for housing projects and actual housing units in new development, it is up to the new City Council to see that those policies are enacted and utilized effectively. Numerous local surveys have shown that residents value Steamboat Springs for its sense of community. Ensuring that many of our vital community members - namely, our workforce - are able to live and work here is critical to maintaining the sense of community that makes Steamboat different than every other Colorado ski town.

We also are encouraged by what could be store for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. Combining the management experience of Executive Director Donna Howell and the housing knowledge of project manager Curtis Church with City Council members who have expressed interest in making the Housing Authority the go-to agency on affordable housing projects could signal the start of significant momentum.

Also apparent in local surveys is a strong desire for expanded youth facilities. While the Ski Town Fields recreation center lost handily at the November polls, we hope some of the needs that drove the recreation center campaign are not forgotten. This community can do better for its children, and should continue those efforts in the coming year. At least two encouraging projects already are under way - the new Soda Creek Elementary School and expansion plans for Howelsen Hill both include additional space for youth facilities.

Steamboat Springs resident Mike Forney, active with several community groups, recently said the most newsworthy event of 2008 will be an "announcement of a viable plan to meet the community's recreation needs."

That kind of optimism speaks well for the future of our children and our community.

Finally, 2007 saw remarkable growth in the local arts, and also spotlighted a potential need for a performance venue to accommodate that growth. Emerald City Opera's performance of "Madama Butterfly" was remarkable, but absolutely maxed out the capabilities of Steamboat Springs High School's auditorium. The same could be said for the recent community production of Handel's "Messiah" at the Steamboat Christian Center and the Dec. 13 punk rock show by Agent Orange at Steamboat Mountain Theater, which is scheduled for demolition later this year.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. will erect a temporary music tent today in the Knoll parking lot to accommodate upcoming performances at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Again, the community can do better. We support the collaborative talks that have begun between groups including the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Colorado Mountain College and Emerald City, and look forward to the possibilities of such a widespread, shared effort.

Steamboat Springs is a community experiencing unprecedented growth, which shows no signs of slowing this year. While there are many other wishes that could be made for the coming months - improved traffic mitigation, increased transparency in local government, better communication between city and county officials, to name a few - the three wishes highlighted here are a good place to start.


beentheredonethat 9 years, 4 months ago

stop pushing a tax funded recreation center idea. the public voted no, get over your fixation.


kusellout 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm a new member of the Hot Springs Rec Center, and frustrated that they can't seem to complete their construction on time (originally told me Thanksgiving, then XMas, now who knows) so I can start using the hot tubs etc. If this is the kind of service I get for my money in the private sector, I don't think I need to pay more taxes for the same kind of disappointment in a publicly funded venue.


Matthew Stoddard 9 years, 4 months ago

SBvor- "Okay, I can live with deleting the purely ad hominem even when it's objectively accurate.

Maybe it will help keep people focused on the issues."

Remember this statement from 10min ago that you made on the other thread? Censorship!!! Sbvor ESPOUSES Totalitarian Socialism. Or is this one of those "Moral Equivalence" things that justify your being a Libertarian Socialist?

I think your other personalities are coming too close to the surface. Classic Schizophrenic symptoms.


AmebaTost 9 years, 4 months ago

kusellout-You should look into the real reasons for delays and cost overruns before you assume it's the contractor. Many people in this community only think they know about construction. Sadly, these people seem to be in charge of many projects in this town. Most of these people have no idea about material escalation or lead time on equipment. They make changes that cost us all lots of money. Ignorance gone to seed is what I like to call it.


Matthew Stoddard 9 years, 4 months ago

So, Bore- You now espouse censorship, as long as it fits your agenda.

See, folks- this is what I've been saying all along: John Kerry is alive and hell on this forum, pretending to be the worst of the far right in order to give all Conservatives a bad name.

Here's a link for ya, Liberpublicrat:


Against Censorship

We defend the rights of individuals to unrestricted freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the right of individuals to dissent from government itself. ... We oppose any abridgment of the freedom of speech through government censorship, regulation or control of communications media, including, but not limited to, laws concerning:

Obscenity, including "pornography", as we hold this to be an abridgment of liberty of expression despite claims that it instigates rape or assault, or demeans and slanders women; ...

Electronic bulletin boards, communications networks, and other interactive electronic media as we hold them to be the functional equivalent of speaking halls and printing presses in the age of electronic communications, and as such deserving of full freedom;

Electronic newspapers, electronic "Yellow Pages", and other new information media, as these deserve full freedom. ... "

From the Libertarian Party Platform plank: Freedom of Communication

Mighty Liberal Media of ya, wouldncha say?


thalgard 9 years, 4 months ago

sbboring..the true voice of idiocy...free gas from exxon and social security checks, no wonder you have so much time to cut and paste!


steamboatsconscience 9 years, 4 months ago

kiel we can now add a new disease for sbore we got SAD and MPD and now DOG (Delusions of grandeur) oh wait, we already knew that! never mind


steamboatsconscience 9 years, 4 months ago

sbore by the way, I like che, loved "The Motorcycle Diaries" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318462/ at least he had humility and compassion, virtues seemingly lacking in yourself http://fruitsofourlabour.blogspot.com/2005/07/ches-ride.html

"Let the world change you... and you can change the world" The tagline to Diarios de motorcicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) is a message across the decades perhaps more critically received today than ever.

The Motorcycle Diaries is an amazing film, set in the early 1950's, and chronicling a cross-continental journey by a pair of young Argentine men, one of whom was Ernesto Guevara.

Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado are young medical students and decide to take a road trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Caracas, Venezuela. Ernesto is shown to be a very empathetic man who cares deeply for others. He had decided to become a doctor in order to find a cure for leprosy. At the beginning of the journey, Ernesto and Alberto are full of moxy and gusto, looking forward to their last great adventure before buckling down for their final medical exams.

Alberto has an old motorcycle the two friends cavalierly decide to use as their means of transportation for the over 13,000 kilometer trip. In a bit of foreshadowing, the bike spits black smoke and spins out of control as they leave their families behind in urban Buenos Aires. The two friends are undaunted, however, having both led rather charmed lives up to that point, with loving, stable families and bright futures, they felt invincible and very high spirited.

Their journey quickly teaches them that charm is not enough. As they ride but more often push their motorcycle across the Andes, they learn firsthand how fragile their social status is. They go from being treated as up-and-coming young doctors to being treated as vagabonds. Being put into this position allows them to see, for the first time, the world from the perspective of all the other people who have been displaced and forced to live at the edge of society.

Along this journey is when Che meets a displaced Indio couple who are forced to be migratory workers because their land was taken from them, due to their being Communists. As they travel together Che sees how these people and others like them are degraded and treated worse than animals.

This is probably the most political moment of the entire movie. In fact, if a viewer watching this film didn't know who Che Guevara was, she would not likely suspect this to be a film about a political figure.


steamboatsconscience 9 years, 4 months ago

The central character, Che, does not seem revolutionary at all. He is simply a compassionate young man who has dedicated his life to helping others in an open, loving and honest way (he is going to medical school to treat and find a cure for leprosy). I find a personal analogy in this story insofar as compassion for my fellow man and woman is what has led me to become a Socialist. The fundamental principles of the socialist international are all about compassion and striving to create a world in which all people have a place and can live as free members of a society of equals, without hatred or guns or borders.

Many critics of Che say he is a blood soaked murder. But in fact we continue to see that the true killers are the servants of Capital, who find, or more often create, their enemies as efficiently as they produce commodities. First the aristocracy, then the Church, then the Communists and now the Muslims (not to leave out the myriad other minority groups oppressed and murdered by Capital).

My point is simply that Che like many martyred comrades before him, had to fight for his ideals. He was constantly under attack by reactionaries. This is not an excuse for the battles he fought, it is a justification. He fought and killed for what he believed in, a right held sacred by all people in struggle, but one that Power reserves for itself. I reject the notion that Capital has a monopoly over this right and reject the definition of Che as a murderer. Miguel Ramirez, Cuban Ambassador to New Zealand made some clarifying comments about Che earlier this year, as follows:

[Che] was always very strict with discipline but he never tortured anyone, nor has he killed anyone except in military combat, and he was always a very humane leader. He just followed the ideals of the Cuban Revolution that was so humane with the Batista soldiers that they easily surrendered because they were sure what to expect, and that was an accelerating factor in the victory.

Viva Che! http://www.amazon.ca/Viva-Che-Strange-Death-Guevara/dp/0750943106


addlip2U 9 years, 3 months ago

Just to be politically correct you want:

"adoption of Steamboat Springs' affordable housing policies, local recreation facilities, and a large-scale, inclusive venue for the performing arts. We hope all three of these ideas move forward in 2008."

If you want it, go for it, but keep us out of it. Do it with your and PRIVATE funding. This is not socialism, but democracy! What part of NO you don't understand?


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