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What I said might have been a little harsh, but I think it accurately represents the possible relationship between Kraft Foods and Steamboat; namely, they attach their tattered, sagging image to our vibrant one and leech a little off it. We tell them sure, you can use us to boost your brand as long as you give us some money. I think many people come to Steamboat because we haven't been infested by stuff like this. I know Parks and Rec Commission is looking at more of these types of partnerships in order to possibly fund some facilities/amenities in the future, and that's certainly worth looking into.
But while this contest in itself may not do any harm, where will we draw the line? What brand is too toxic to let it absorb some of our wholesome goodness? How many sponsored facilities is too many?
If this had been some hockey equipment maker, I don't think I would have said a word. But I think it's a little different with a household name like Kraft -- one who's image has taken a beating recently. We gotta be careful that when it comes to this type of symbiotic relationship, we're not getting the short end of the stick.
Hopefully at some point here we'll be able to have online elections where people can vote over say a two-week period on a particular issue or issues. If you don't have some sort of computer, you can go to the library. That would allow for much more frequent votes and really turn us into more of a democracy. But that's a ways away. Meantime, we've spent all this money with very little to show for it. Pretty depressing.
A couple things:
1) The above link doesn't work. The actual URL doesn't get passed to your browser.
2) There are multiple entries for Steamboat/Howelsen Arena. We'd need to try to consolidate them or otherwise make sure everyone is voting for the same one.
3) How does voting work? There's still a button to nominate the rink even though I assume it's already been nominated. Does everyone need to do that, or does liking the page on Facebook count as a vote? The site isn't very clear, or I missed it.
Can you say cojones? Pretty incredible. May the wind be always at your back -- even though it won't be.
I should add that I can't really blame the people involved for going for this. We can only take so much temptation, after all. It's just the corporate whoring -- and to Kraft, no less -- that gets to me.
In fact, you've got to hand it to Kraft. They've been taking a pounding since people have been trying to eat a little healthier. This little trick brings towns like Steamboat back into the fold even though I suspect most parents in town wouldn't feed their kids Kraft anything. Although, I do kinda miss that macaroni goo. Hmmm...
Wow, I'm amazed what people will do for a little green, even if they have to pay homage to a corporation that knowingly sells unhealthy food to our children and requires you to say their name every time you utter the name of this contest. Bravo, Steamboat. I was wondering when we'd sink this low -- guess I have my answer. Yeah, yeah, I know there have been other corporate-named events like Bud Lite Rocks The Boat, but this one takes the cake for some reason. Maybe it's the quotes from everyone gushing about "Kraft Hockeyville USA." I mean, at least Bud Lite is only adult swill. With Kraft, everyone can join in: Miracle Whip, marshmallows, mac-and-cheese -- the list of wholesome goodies for our kids is endless. Did I say cheese? Silly me.
That's a significant chunk of change.
Well, congratulations! It'd be cool if there were links to each item where appropriate. But it sounds like you cleaned up!
On the face of it, it looks pretty straightforward. Pot is illegal under federal law; pot is legal under state law. The feds should win. I don't want them to, but unless I'm missing something, I don't see how these two can coexist. How 'bout Tipton do something useful and instead of voting to repeal Obamacare like 20 times, vote to legalize marijuana.
Did you just say the NYT said there were active WMD programs in Iraq prior to our invasion? You may want to give that article another read.
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