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"Peterson said accountants at Ernst & Young, working on behalf of Salt River. contend that the regulatory environment and transition to other forms of energy, are rendering are making coal-fired plants unsalable."
Again, BOO FREAKING HOO. My investment in my ISP startup in 1994, didn't envision having EIGHT competitors within three months of opening in a market which only had, like, 500 customers at the time. It's called RISK, not a reason to go running to gummint with one's hand held out to "make it all better" for ANYONE who's a victim of falling on the wrong side of societal or economic change, or anything else! Give me a BREAK!
I've always been way more in favor of coal than fracking, but the reality of our free-fracked country, is the coal industry lost out. But I DO NOT find it incumbent on the taxpayers to fork over some massive sum of money to compensate for future lost potential profit to the owners of some power plant because times and realities have changed in ways they failed to anticipate, because now it "can't be sold."
This is a massive pile of bullsh*t. Please, powers-that-be, call their bluff! I doubt Hayden Station will be closed if it can't be sold. I also doubt the owners are so poor that they'd have to declare bankruptcy rather than convert it to natural gas. I also doubt they can't find institutional investors to finance that through, you know, stocks (capitalism) because somehow public utilities have become risky investments even if the fuel needed for powerplants, is changing.
Anyway. There's enough BS in this article to smother a pasture...
"Accountants working on behalf of the Salt River Project, which owns about one-third of the capacity of the 446 Megawatt Hayden Station, are asking the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals to reduce the valuation of its ownership share of Hayden Station by 75 percent, claiming functional obsolescence."
Failure to plan on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part. Boo hoo, you failed to read the writing on the wall as to what "frack baby frack" would do to your industry. Surely you have insurance, tax writeoffs, etc. to pursue, instead of this blatant attempt to socialize the risk of a business which shared, at best, 1% of profits back to the community in its heyday? So sorry, I'm not buying the need for this for a SECOND. If the invisible hand of the market bites you in the ass, well, you wouldn't be the first so shutup with the whining already, and put your hands back in your own pockets!!!
Yeah the jobs were nice and it'll be sad to see them go, but please please PRETTY EFFIN PLEASE don't give a red cent of my tax money as a bailout because someone's business decisions turned out to be wrong. I've never had that sort of safety net on my own businesses, given how all such investments come with a particle of RISK. Reap the rewards, fine. But there's nothing functionally obsolescent about Hayden Station -- the economics have turned against it, is all. Ya win some, ya lose some, has been my experience with the business world.
Why should it be different, here? I bought a bunch of Sun Microsystems hardware which was end-of-lifed, so no longer supported or usable, before I was done even paying for it... after the economic destruction of 1998 led to Sun's acquisition by the evil empire of Oracle. S*** HAPPENS, deal with it, without asking taxpayers to be sugar daddies/mommas to make it all better for you!
Hopefully that's some sort of website foible, and when I pick up my physical newspaper tomorrow morning, I'll be able to make some sense of this article instead of having to GUESS at what the facts may be, which should be REPORTED not BUTCHERED. :(
UGH. :( If anyone thought the quality of this newspaper wouldn't be affected by the sale... what do you think now? Word-count ad sales don't require coverage of key local issues to be remotely intelligible, not sure where any Editors are on this?
C'mon. Paragraphs that bad, are begging the advertisers whose revenue keeps this paper published, to seek other venues with their ad $.
I'm sure there'd be an #asianlivesmatter hashtag if the unarmed-yet-shot-dead-by-police body count was as disproportionate for Asians as it is for other ethnicities in America.
Doesn't change the fact that the laws in the majority-black community of Ferguson, have been bought and paid for by a private prison corporation, and the likes of ALEC so beloved by you right-wing permanent daily residents of this forum, in ways the system simply couldn't be rigged in this country against most white folks. Appalachian Kentucky and West Virginia, excepted.
Is it just me? Or are more cars weaving about on our local highways than can possibly be accounted for by the usual number or drunks, in recent months? I don't like the way this is going -- we'll just all turn our keys in and have robots drive us around. My personal version of HELL!
Or we could require all motorized vehicles to be equipped with cell/wifi JAMMERS. Yeah, that's the ticket! :)
If all vehicles were to be controlled by AI, then who'd put gas in them? Robotic gas-station attendants, that's who! I'm obviously far too busy to pump my own gas, if I've handed over driving so I can text and game from the privacy of my own vehicle. To heck with public traspo!
Me? I'll be "paying inside" with cash. All part of pursuing a more primitive lifestyle, in favor of joining the herd of modern-day lemmings rushing off every cliff in sight. :(
Or the mechanical fuel injection on my cherry "new" '78 Scirocco! Cherry. 86,500 mile garage queen barn find! :) Happiness is a vehicle I can actually figure out the wiring on! Without needing a degree in IT to debug, if someone doesn't hack me into a guardrail first! Ugh! I could totally afford a new car. I just DO NOT WANT ONE!!!
Driving's one of my pleasures in life. Please, all you morons crashing left & right because now you're not just texting but playing Pokemon Go, don't ruin the roads for those of us with enough sense to pay attention to WHAT WE ARE DOING to be actually COMPETENT enough to drive a motor vehicle!!!
As I've said before, you'll have to pry my keys out of my cold, dead fingers to get me to quit driving! I've just never been so afraid that this might come about tomorrow because someone's phone alerted them to a f***ing LAPRAS! OMG!
Thank God this moron only hit a tree. Gaper tourists driving about in rental cars has been dangerous enough in recent years where people expect cars to do the driving for them so they can keep texting. Now they're gaping at Pikachu or whatevs. Am I really an insane, antisocial lunatic because my phone is OFF while I enjoy DRIVING MYSELF places?
S*** people, call an Uber or something. Why don't we have that kind of service in CO resort communities? Charge double. Take the difference off my taxes. Just KEEP THE GAPERS ON THE SLOPES where they can do less damage hunting Pokemons!!!!!
Imma have some business cards printed up touting my services as an "analog consultant" and go back to just paying cash for most things, most days. A new computer system was recently installed at the Oak Tree Inn / Penny's Diner here in Yampa. Seems to have led to a staff revolt, half the employees quit this month.
What really worked at an old-school diner, was paper tickets. Too much turnover on waitstaff/cooks, for anyone to be there long enough to even train in on this new user-unfriendly system. Whereas paper tickets, cook/server can work out as they go, well enough to keep things humming along when slammed.
Michelle, Stephanie, Bill... so much more productive when they can each run their line however works best for them! Instead of how orders come up, and what they say, being dictated by some ridiculous new POS system mandated by corporate HQ. The service just gets soooo bad when three or more people are preoccupied with entering "patty melt, coffee, side of bacon" (for my dog who runs there next to my motorcycle weather permitting) for 20 minutes...
...which makes me thrilled about paying full price for a single cup of coffee because nobody has time to get me a refill? In a freaking DINER? Srsly?
Eric J. Bowman, analog consultant. I pay in cash, and I only take cash! I know I started the first ISP in NW CO, but for some reason, the new/used vehicles I've bought this year all suspiciously lack silicon chips, microcode, or any other software. Viva le Carburettour!!!
"I find it amusing that we have a handful of individuals who claim to be an expert on such a wide range of issues. I see Peter Arnold is once again spreading false information about me and the RCSO."
I'm glad you find your constituents "amusing," Sheriff. But it's my opinion that if the Pilot's going to censor anyone in this thread for personal attacks, I'd like it to apply to elected officials as well! Wow. If you thought Mr. Arnold was out-of-line, I'd have agreed with you before your out-of-line response to him!
Maybe run your replies through someone else who knows how to use paragraph breaks, punctuation, spell check, and can refrain from being all passive-aggressive with a voter you've sworn to protect and serve, who disagrees with you? Instead of getting all angry that someone's exercising their first amendment right to disagree with how you exercise the powers of your office? Don't just be the Sheriff for those you agree with, OK? Please?
Not everyone here disagrees with Mr. Arnold (I myself have not offered an opinion on the matter at hand, only the Sheriff's unprofessional and tone-deaf response to a member of the community in good standing for proffering up a valid opinion), even if the Pilot is going to use one of its all-too-rare give-a-f***s about this forum to censor someone being critical of our elected Sheriff... like they didn't have anything to do with taking down the last guy...
Kinda the point of having a forum. Am I the only one who thought the Sheriff's response was passive-aggressive and could've been handled in a more-professional fashion instead of coming across as hostile and defensive towards criticism from a member of the community? Which is only compounded by the selective censoring employed on this forum, where nobody knows why their posts are deleted or why anyone's banned outright...
At least Peter seems to have been contacted by the Pilot, to discuss... Please, Pilot, if you're not going to just do away with comments here altogether and tell us to go use Facebook, then for the umpteenth time, please hire a moderator? What's objected to by the powers-that-be here is so unpredictably random!
"Adults that can't live and interact with others within the law belong in jail. That's why we build them."
Far out, man, far out! You're literally advocating walling off Ferguson, MO from the rest of the United States and declaring it a Constitution-Free Zone:
"In the late 1980s, Missouri became one of the first states to let private companies purchase the probation systems of local governments."
"The number of these arrests in Ferguson is staggering: in 2013, Ferguson’s population was around 21,000 and its municipal court issued 32,975 arrest warrants for nonviolent offenses. Ferguson has a per capita income of $20,472, and nearly a quarter of residents and over a third of children live below the poverty line."
I'm sure you'd be just as successful in life if you'd been born a poor black man in Ferguson, Ken, or at least that's my impression of your superiority complex which blinds itself to any unfairness or injustice in society -- you'd rather just pass laws against everything you're personally opposed to, so you can call vast swaths of the populations "criminals" who get only what's coming to them...
You know it'd be cheaper to educate these people than it is to incarcerate them, right? Then they wouldn't "owe society... while incarcerated" for bullshit crimes the likes of Wackenhut (or whatever they're called now) bought off some local politicians to impose on their constituents because those private prisons generate revenue which only grows in capitalistic fashion until literally everyone in Ferguson is a "criminal" by your definition, and so on and so forth.
Society owes citizens justice, Ken. Criminalizing the entire population of a poor, minority American town benefits the greater economy how, exactly? OK, yeah, there's a short-term gain to be made from just walling off the deplorables in Ferguson from all the decent white folks like yourself in the rest of America who don't even grasp how that's privileged you for not having unfortunately been born black, in Ferguson MO.
Just try explaining your preference to wall off entire cities like Ferguson (because that's literally what you're advocating here) without having another meltdown like the last time you took umbrage at my position, please, OK?
Because your position sounds like white privilege to me. Not calling you a racist, just ignorant of what other Americans like yourself have had to contend with, for not having been born into the privilege most every commenter on this forum, shares.
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