Peter Arnold

Peter Arnold 1 month, 1 week ago on Steamboat briefs: 7.8K visitors expected to be in Steamboat on Saturday

I have to agree that our newspaper does not often challenge the status quo in a more open, honest, and let's say 'in your face' kind of way. On rare occasions when they do the direction of public sentiment is often stirred up and driven by the Two Scotts. I freely admit I scroll the news and look for the stories that have comments. I read the commentary and then decide whether to read what the paper has presented. The truth often comes out after the 'lies' ;-)

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Peter Arnold 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Our View: Oak Creek needs to stay the course

A friend of mine recently commented on social media that 20% of Soroco's school budget is from Peabody. Was that incorrect? With the growing grow industry spreading like a weed, pun intended, in Colorado, I wonder if we will soon be laughing all the way to the bank with the 'money tree' this industry is.

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Peter Arnold 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tax proposal would generate $190K for maintenance, marketing in downtown Steamboat Springs

“It allows business owners as a group to be very responsive to things, rather than going through a whole process,” said Casey Earp, assistant to the city manager.

Great job on coming up with a plan to fund improvements that will have an immediate and noticeable affect on the downtown experience for both locals and visitors. This is a non-controversial solution to bring change to our ever growing downtown business district and asks the true stakeholders to take ownership of their own future development albeit in a small step towards fiscal responsibility. In the public eye this will only say to everyone, "We are going to do our part financially to improve our business district."

If this is approved this might just get public sentiment to sway more positively in the direction of controversial things like URAs and TIFs in the future. Kudos to the whoever brought this to the table.

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Peter Arnold 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Our View: Oak Creek needs to stay the course

Wait a minute! How in the heck did they get that smart growth award sign you see when coming into town then? Did some other government agency award them for their creative fiscal conservancy? This article was about staying the course with medical MJ. The motto in Routt is Coal, it's what keeps the lights on. When Peabody is gone and it appears it may happen someday soon, what will be the motto then? Pot, it's what brings the high ons?...Fish Tacos anyone?

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Peter Arnold 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs' 2015 capital plan will reconstruct Central Park Drive, improve parking enforcement

A few weeks ago some residents with great intentions had 10 million dollars to pledge to build a field house on the grounds near Strawberry Park. How about a fund raiser in the area of a new police department headquarters rather than saddling the taxpayer? Just a thought but probably not a good one because this would require a phone call or two asking for donations from wealthy individuals. There might be one wanting their name on a plaque though!

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Peter Arnold 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs' 2015 capital plan will reconstruct Central Park Drive, improve parking enforcement

Agreed. I have personally spent a winter attempting to keep that dog run free of snow. Without a lot of human labor it is impossible to keep clear. Snow melt systems are costly to operate when a simple redesign of the yard with an awning that does not shed snow and ice into said yard would suffice. $146,000 for a system that will cost thousands to operate is a waste. Think again council, this is a waste of money. How much would it cost to aggressively remove snow from the dog run and make the simple modifications suggested? $500 a year to shovel and blow snow? The numbers just don't lie...

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Peter Arnold 2 months, 1 week ago on Freedom Conference speakers debate national privacy issues, impact of NSA leaks

The Intercept...

"It’s the job of media outlets to scrutinize these claims, not mindlessly repeat and then glorify them as NPR did here."

Sad that NPR has been muddied. Who to believe? Misdirection, deception, etc.

Thanks for the links and now I will go back to my number crunching and Wall Street Journal browsing. Appreciate the lesson.

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Peter Arnold 2 months, 1 week ago on Freedom Conference speakers debate national privacy issues, impact of NSA leaks

From your Time article...

But Rogers did say terrorist groups have been using the leaked data to their advantage. “I have seen groups not only talk about making changes, I have seen them make changes,” he said.

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Peter Arnold 2 months, 1 week ago on Freedom Conference speakers debate national privacy issues, impact of NSA leaks

Again, I do not disagree with what you are saying. Switzerland? What would anyone invade them for? Chocolate? And Costa Rica? A vacation? You know and I know in the end it boils down to economics. I imagine you have read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" and probably believe every single military action in history can be traced back to money. Why have we not intervened in Darfur? No economic incentive. The root of all evils is the one we create as a reason to intercede. The pattern of reducing the Middle East nations to third world economies every few decades is catching up to us and ISIL is only the next iteration of the angry hornet's nest we have disturbed once again. Our reason for Korea and Viet Nam involvement was containment. Communism could not be allowed to spread beyond the borders it occupied. Did we succeed? The South Pacific is a safer place for it at the cost of 50,000 Americans. With the information available at the time to those leading this country maybe it seemed the right thing to do. Take your pick, communism or democracy, which do you chose? Mao eliminated nearly 60 million of his own people in defense of the former. With our almost instantaneous access to real time on the ground intelligence there is little any world power can hide as they move on their enemies. Case in point would be this Russian 'Aid' convoy entering the Ukraine. Aid you say? Or, weapons for their separatist rebels. Putin is relic from the KGB and can not be trusted. Having Snowden in his corner makes the world an unsafe place. He gave our adversary inside knowledge of how we operate. If that is not treason what is? The question I want answered and continually seek to explain is how do we stop going to war? How do we create peace without bombing nations into submission? When money can no longer buy us peace the real questions will start to be addressed. At $250 a plate only those with money could attend the conference the other night unless you were a member of the Legion and you were invited for free.

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Peter Arnold 2 months, 1 week ago on Freedom Conference speakers debate national privacy issues, impact of NSA leaks

When you enlisted what was your motivation? Patriotism? Service? Or, were you faced with little or no choice but to do so to escape where you were? I too was a part of the military machine albeit a small role for a very short time but when I joined it was out of a sense of duty to country and honor for a relative who gave his life on Iwo Jima. Call me naive because at the time I was. We do not live in a perfect country and this is not a perfect world. We are not perfect. Remove all our defenses and imagine the results. If you have a better suggestion as to how to defend this country make your case. I have more reading to do here and I guess I am still a little naive when I say Snowden betrayed this country. Once you have seen how the machine operates and for what ends, a cynic you may become. I don't agree with all our campaigns and have studied them ad nauseum as an ROTC member and nearly dropped out of college to enlist during Gulf War I. That was before studying 20th century American Wars. We are not far apart on our true feelings on this but I still support anyone willing to lay down their life in defense of my imperfect freedom so thank you again for serving for whatever misguided or flawed reasoning you may think it was at the time.

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