Rob Douglas columns


Rob Douglas: A child in our community died

Steamboat Springs resident Meghan McKeon has been charged in Routt County Court with the most incomprehensible crime a parent can commit — child abuse resulting in the death of her 3-year-old son, Austin Davis. At the request of the District Attorney, the arrest warrant and the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant have been sealed by the court.

Rob Douglas: The true cost of generational theft

In a recent study published by the Mercatus Center, “Assessing Fiscal Sustainability,” Boston University Professor of Economics Laurence Kotlikoff finds that not only is the United States operating fiscally as a Ponzi scheme, economists have been complicit in deceiving Americans about the true cost of this growing generational theft by deliberately using the wrong accounting standard.

Rob Douglas: A Kinsley gaffe emerges from the fog

In 1988, famed political pundit Michael Kinsley wrote, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." In recognition of that incisive observation, a “Kinsley gaffe” became political parlance for inadvertently honest statements by pols who intend to spin the truth.

Rob Douglas: ‘We have a choice as a society’

On Tuesday, from their respective posts 2,000 miles apart, Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark and Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf addressed the problem of local and national societies that want more services and financial assistance from government than government can afford with current revenue streams.

Rob Douglas: Abolish mandatory drug sentences

Personally, while investigating hundreds of nonviolent and violent drug-related crimes in Washington, D.C., between 1983 and 2002 — including the Rayful Edmond gang murders that played a role in the press labeling the District of Columbia the “murder capital” — I witnessed the injustice inflicted by sentencing guidelines that removed judicial discretion for nonviolent drug offenders swept up in the hysteria of the time.

Rob Douglas: Who’s driving city policy?

The Aug. 10, 2012, edition of this column was headlined, “Will Roberts rise to Magill’s challenge?” The column examined complaints about then-Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts primarily raised by three members of the Steamboat Springs City Council — Walter Magill, Kenny Reisman and Sonja Macys — during that week’s City Council meeting.

Rob Douglas: Cedar’s hard work pays off again

While I’ll cheer for Peyton and the Broncos on Sunday, and I can’t wait to watch our Winter Olympians perform in Russia, my hero this week is Steamboat Springs Middle School student Cedar Turek.

Rob Douglas: A not so open discussion

By conducting a public meeting concerning sage grouse conservation while excluding the press, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. John Hickenlooper did not “foster an open and frank discussion.” Instead, they’ve raised questions about their commitment to a free and unfettered press as enshrined in the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions.

Rob Douglas: Dear Joe: Bring the kids

This week, the Steamboat Today published a letter to the editor headlined “Still kid friendly?” After announcing that his family will bring their three young children to Steamboat Springs this year for the first of many annual family ski vacations, the letter’s author, Joe Mattingly, of Houston, threatened to boycott Steamboat in the future if there’s an increased presence of marijuana in public places.

Rob Douglas: The unfair burden of being 1st

On New Year’s Day, the Colorado marijuana industry undertook the burden of being pioneers in the legal sale of recreational marijuana.

Rob Douglas: Sexual identity politics and the Olympics

Just as it was wrong back in July for Sen. Lindsey Graham to call on the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama’s decision this week to use the U.S. Olympic delegation as a political tool to oppose Russian laws against “nontraditional sexual relations” is shortsighted.

Rob Douglas: An Olympic approach to education

For some reason, when it comes to education, the benchmark is another school just down the road or across the state. Rarely, if ever, do school systems compare themselves to their international counterparts.

Rob Douglas: 2014 elections already taking shape

With the elections of Nov. 5 receding in the rearview mirror, a glance ahead shows 2014’s local, state and federal races coming into focus. With Colorado’s precinct caucuses scheduled for March 4, some incumbents and candidates already have begun the grunt work associated with running for office.

Rob Douglas: Udall’s Affordable Care Act security concerns

On Wednesday, while folks in Routt County were absorbing Tuesday’s election results, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet were in a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Rob Douglas: NPR's pumpkin-headed report

As the hometown of more winter Olympians than any other community in the U.S., Steamboat Springs is accustomed to seeing residents of Ski Town USA regularly mentioned by the national and international press.