Tim Keenan

Tim Keenan 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Chuck McConnell: Purposeful job destruction

"Clinton is not concerned about “… putting a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” no matter the human cost. And no matter the destruction of the livelihoods of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans." That's not actually true -- she actually has a detailed plan to help people transition from coal jobs to others -- but since when has the truth mattered to the republican narrative. Funny how the human cost and keeping American jobs only matters in certain situations. Free trade, anyone?

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Tim Keenan 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Pot shop accuses City Council members of retaliation, conflicts of interest

Oops, ok, Magill's rationale was also very weak up there with Sloop's, unless he can point to empirical data to support it. Connell's, although on its face it seems reasonable, shouldn't have been applied to just that store. It's also unclear what would make him change his mind. Given the reasoning presented by many of these councilmembers, I think it'd be nice to know the positions of the Council that supported Golden Leaf's application. Don't feel like actually looking it up, though.

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Tim Keenan 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Pot shop accuses City Council members of retaliation, conflicts of interest

I was wondering about that, Scott. Planning Commission is supposed to decide according to code, and so they did. Commissioner MacArthur even said he wasn't thrilled with the idea, but it appeared to meet requirements under code, so he'd support it. Does Council have more leeway, or are they supposed to look at it the same way?

I feel like French was blindsided by this. After unanimous or near-unanimous approval by Planning Commission, I'm sure he thought he had nothing to worry about. Council's rationale seems arbitrary at best -- especially Connell and Sloop's. And Ford's, come to think of it. Seems to me we've had adequate time to measure the impacts of pot sales, and the only major one appears to be tax revenue. There's going slow to make sure you get it right, and there's dragging your feet.

And I certainly agree with French that he will lose out on potential revenue if he's required to stay put. I've never been there -- I always go to Golden Leaf now due mostly to convenience. In short, if a liquor store can be there, so can a pot shop. Sorry, guys, but it's 2016. We didn't elect you to make life difficult for the pot shops we overwhelmingly voted for. That said, I don't know how far French et al are going to get with this approach. Seems like "let's throw the kitchen sink at 'em and see what sticks." But I think they have every right to be up in arms over what appears to be a capricious decision which is very difficult to appeal.

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Tim Keenan 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Gypsum veterinarian mounts Democratic challenge to Republican Congressman Scott Tipton

Hooray! If Tipton really believes all the crap he puts on his Facebook page, we can't get someone new in there fast enough. Plus, he seems to spend the vast majority of his time down south.

We'll see what this guy's got.

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Tim Keenan 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

Maybe you should actually look at the budget before you make such a determination. I'm pretty sure there are lots of things Steamboat needs that Craig does not, such as a public transit system.

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Tim Keenan 1 month ago on Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

Beats me. But one of the things floated by the committee was to get rid of the tax on groceries and utilities (I think) in exchange for this targeted tax for parks and rec. I encourage anyone with an opinion on this to go to one of the alternate funding committee meetings -- they're noticed in the paper. Scott, you can go ask your questions and get answers from the source if you're so inclined.

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Tim Keenan 1 month ago on Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

We've consistently been spending about 13% on Parks and Rec for a while now. But it's always going to lose out to more essential services in our current funding model. I think the need for another funding source is quite clear.

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Tim Keenan 1 month ago on Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

The same people complaining about being taxed to fund their playtime will be bitching up a blue streak when their favorite trail is closed because the city doesn't have the money to maintain it. If recreation is important to you -- and I imagine it's important to most people who have decided to call Steamboat home -- a properly targeted tax increase should be a no-brainer, especially if it's offset by a tax decrease elsewhere.

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