Tim Keenan

Tim Keenan 1 month, 1 week ago on Routt County may ask voters to opt out of state telecommunications bill

"An editorial that starts off saying high speed internet should be considered a basic utility like water, sewer or electricity ends all credibility right there. It compares static utilities with high tech services." Huh? The internet is indeed an essential utility, and as more and more services are piped through the net, it will only grow more essential. 152 was blatantly orchestrated to ensure a monopoly by a select few megaproviders. If you're interested in free market solutions, it's gotta be repealed. I haven't seen anyone debunk John's cogent analysis.

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Tim Keenan 1 month, 1 week ago on Kevin Copeland: Goal will destroy area

Environmentally sound energy? What are you smoking? If you really think that expelling massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will have no effect on the lives of our children, I've got a bridge to sell ya. And you demonstrate your true ignorance when you say the temperature has been flat for 12 years. Haven't the last several years smashed temperature records?

The fact is that without a nudge from government, these coal-centric corporations will happily go on raking in the dough, regardless of whether what they're doing is harming the environment. We know this to be true based on the actions of fossil fuel corporations in the past. These guys will only change their ways when they're forced to. If they're smart, they'll start looking for other energy solutions in which they can invest to keep themselves going. If they're not, they'll fight this tooth and nail, and lose, but they won't be the only ones. That said, when you undertake an action that will put a large employer out of business, you might want to take the time to think about everyone who's going to be impacted by your action and how they're supposed to carry on living afterward. Wild Earth Guardians clearly shows its contempt for coal miners themselves by throwing their lives into turmoil with this lawsuit. Someone over there is feeling real proud of themselves for striking a blow against dirty coal, I'm sure, but they're clueless as to how what they're doing can ruin lives as well. May I suggest a walk through Craig?

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Tim Keenan 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: Growing the tax base for all

"While we are generally in favor of the right of Colorado citizens to petition in order to vote on governmental issues, we would liken any plans to amend the charter to citizen drives to amend the state constitution. Those efforts often turn out to have unintended consequences, are very difficult to repeal when discovered to be undesirable and handcuff the state legislature. Similarly, amending the city of Steamboat Springs’ charter to require URAs/TIFs to automatically go to a vote would hamper the ability of City Council to govern."

No. If bonds must go before the voters, so must anything like this. If we decide to add a Parks and Rec district, that will be required to go before the voters I believe. So why not a URA? Am I missing something?

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Tim Keenan 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bideau and Monger: End won’t justify means

“The City Council finds that the presence of these (blighted) factors substantially impairs or arrests the sound growth of the City of Steamboat Springs, retards the provision of housing accommodations, constitutes an economic and social liability and is a menace to the public health, safety, morals and welfare of the City of Steamboat Springs.” Note the words "and". If it was "or" I might understand how this could be certified. But "and"? All of those conditions exist? "menace to the morals of Steamboat..." What does that even mean? Is there a strip club downtown I don't know about? Someone's smokin' the good stuff. I regret I won't be at this dust-up on Tuesday.

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Tim Keenan 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Chuck McConnell: Voters should decide

The problem, Mike, is it'll take forever if we wait for each developer to finally get around to doing that. You'd have to take the carrot and stick approach, and each would have to be pretty big in order to compel action. BTW, I hate the bump-outs. And while I'm at it, that fake curb along Yampa has got to go. How long till some poor SOB trips over that thing and breaks an ankle? Aah, I feel better now. :-)

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Tim Keenan 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Chuck McConnell: Voters should decide

Believe me, as a blind person, I understand the need for sidewalks on Oak and Yampa, and this has gone on for far too long. But the cost of fixing it this way appears to be far too high. Here's another idea: Use the money set aside for the police station to fix this stuff, and put a bond in front of the voters for a new police station. Done and done. Of course, I know nothing about the nitty-gritty of this stuff, so someone tell me if/how my scheme is hairbrained.

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Tim Keenan 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council keeps June 16 URA hearing on schedule despite new law

Odd. Tyler Gibbs outlined all the specific proposed fixes to the planning commission the other night. You're saying these don't actually appear in the reinvestment plan?

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