Before he served in Congress and before he went to the White House, Lieutenant John Kennedy was the commander of torpedo boats in the South Pacific during World War II. His distinguished military career resulted in being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He was proud of his service and once said, “I can imagine no more rewarding a career.”
The National Retail Foundation predicts the average American shopper will spend $737.95 this Christmas, which translates to total forecasted holiday sales of $602.1 billion nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season. Keeping those staggering totals in mind, the Steamboat Pilot & Today encourages area residents to consider spending those dollars locally rather than shopping online or traveling to the malls and big-box stores in Denver.
In regards to Rep. Scott Tipton’s commentary about Obamacare, I appreciate his concern with the huge difference in policy price between rural vs. urban Colorado residents and his attempts to offer an alternative (H.R. 2300).
According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of high school students reported being bullied electronically. The CDC also reported that victims of cyberbullying were more likely to attempt suicide, contemplate self-injury, skip school, suffer from low self-esteem and depression and be plagued with health and psychological problems.
I always enjoy the beautiful wildlife photos that are regularly featured in the Steamboat Pilot & Today papers. Whether they are from the staff photographers or are submitted by local resident photographers, they are all wonderful!
The last few years I was police chief/director of public safety, I spoke to several people about a variety of options for a new police facility — everything from purchasing/renting, and then remodeling, an existing structure to finding an appropriate location for new construction.
Because of the lack of competitive council races, debate about city issues was tame, and candidates did not fall under the intense scrutiny of an engaged electorate. So in other words, the easy part is over, and now the work begins as the council is faced with several important decisions right out of the gate, including employee pay raises and funding for a new police station.
With just a month to go before we welcome winter flights from nine nonstop cities, I wanted to share some positive and exciting news regarding this year’s winter air program.
Why wait until a health crisis arises or a terminal diagnosis is received to make your wishes known? Have you started thinking about and talking about how you want the end of your life to be? As hospice providers, we work with families facing these tough questions each day.
When, in the process of growing older and growing up, do we sense that special something, which distinguishes the individual who has served in the defense of our country?
There are important lessons to be learned from the resounding defeat of Amendment 66. Despite pollsters predicting passage, the measure was rejected by 65 percent of Colorado voters. In Routt County, local voters spoke more loudly than their statewide counterparts, downing Amendment 66 by nearly 70 percent with 5,009 votes cast against the measure and 2,166 cast in its favor.
We couldn’t fail to notice this week the relative ease with which the Routt County Board of Commissioners gave county employees a raise in marked contrast to the ongoing struggles of the Steamboat Springs City Council to do something similar.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today editorialized recently in opposition to Amendment 66. It also has published several letters both pro and con. Much of the discussion has been focused on the fact that Routt County will pay more in taxes than it will get back in education dollar benefits.
If only it were true that the $1 billion tax increase was going to result in dramatically improved student performance. If it were true that Colorado per capita school spending is near the bottom of the list of all states, then perhaps there would be some reason to abandon our flat income tax rate for not only an increase, but also a progressive tax. But neither assertion is supported by fact.
If you already were planning to commute between Craig and Steamboat Springs this winter for work or school and we said you could save $5,000 to $10,000 annually by riding the Steamboat Springs Transit regional bus, you’d seize the opportunity, wouldn’t you?