Eric J. Bowman

Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Small town, big marijuana business

"Personally, I am offended that the Town Government subsidies marijuana grow operations by charging them less for water and sewer than other businesses which use far less water. That is simply immoral, but Town government is too lazy to utilize water meters or put MJ grows in any rate category other than the cheapest rate charged for commercial offices."

Offended? Let me tell you about offended:

Like I said in the other thread, this is off-topic. And certainly an example of your agenda-driven posts, regarding the actions taken by a Town Board which I, unlike you, have electoral say as to its composition. What I don't have is the luxury of closing down profitable businesses (?!?) as leverage against anything Town Board does which I disagree with.

The fact that you'd rather make no money, than less money, thereby depriving the Town of a revenue stream (regardless of size) in order to wield influence over elected representatives in a town you don't live in and therefore can't influence by your vote, is why I don't post here. Because I'd just be banned for pointing that out, and all the other reasons, whereby I can't abide your meddling in our affairs. Because you're coming from a standpoint of shutting down businesses any number of folks in my neighborhood would be glad to own as a source of income, to feed themselves and their families.

You, OTOH? Cavalierly close down businesses you own, because politics. Damn. I just can't respect that, as an entrepreneur myself.

The rest of us just want to wash our clothes and vehicles. But Nooooo, you won't allow that because you disagree with who we've voted for to represent us? Hard to be polite in response, ya know?

You ought to be sentenced to live in one of your own rentals for a year, or something, before you incessantly comment here about the failures of a town government you otherwise have no say in, for not being a resident.

It's gotten so bad, that I wonder how many Town Board decisions go against you for the sake of going against you, as opposed to being made for the sake of what's best for Oak Creek. So from the bottom of my heart, and not meant as trolling, please, for the love of God, Scott, STFU.

Particularly before you take my side on any issue, as your "support" only discredits me, because nobody (with any sense) trusts you. Again, I say this fully aware that it's beyond the pale of the forum rules. But sometimes, reading your posts, I've simply had more than I can take, vis-a-vis being polite by holding my tongue.


Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Small town, big marijuana business

I don't know about any of that. What I do know, is back when the Kayak and Parachute factories were producing those items, Oak Creek was thriving. Now we have lots of empty retail/restaurant spaces. So I'm not seeing the economic revitalization promised by the pot growers. I wish I did -- no schadenfreude here, but it just isn't the case.

Why not, is worthy of discussion, IMO. But we aren't having that debate, are we?


Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Record for Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Locally, our really messed up agency is YVHA. Like Portland Fire, they benefit from general popularity of their purpose and lack elected leaders willing to spend time asking probing questions."

Couldn't get more off-topic. Can't count how many forums I've participated in over the years that would ban Wedel for this sort of thing; not for any one incident, but for a pattern.

Stick to the matter at hand, eh, Scott? Emergency responder article != YVHA by any stretch of the imagination. You have your agenda, which is all fine and good, but keep it where it's relevant instead of spewing it everywhere it isn't.


Eric J. Bowman 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Our View: There is no free bus

"However, a large share of Steamboat’s resort lodging properties build the cost of private on-demand shuttle service into their room rates, and their drivers, in many cases, can look forward to supplementing their wages with tips. That leaves lodges whose nightly rates don’t support a free shuttle service to be subsidized by the free-to-rider city buses in winter."

Recent customer-service-related articles in the NYTimes caused me to do a little research on tripadvisor, to advise friends and family where to stay when visiting. Sheraton's "free" shuttle is only included in the optional (shhh... don't tell the guests when they register) resort fee, and it's a common enough complaint to suggest a policy, of only shuttling to and from the stops nearest the Dinoburp, for liability reasons.

How many other lodging properties' shuttle services only dump guests onto SST, I wonder? Just saying don't overlook the subsidization of those "free" shuttle services, some of which aren't actually any more free than the "complimentary" bottled water or WiFi. I doubt Sheraton's the only place with such a shuttle policy.


Eric J. Bowman 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Our View: There is no free bus

You mean back when it was appropriate to shoot neighbors' stray bulls in the balls? ;-) Times change, man!


Eric J. Bowman 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Man shot in Hayden on Friday night later arrested

I'm sure there is more to this story, but I'm always amused by the bad rap Oak Creek gets when there isn't a week that goes by without multiple street-fights after the bars close in Steamboat. Or someone getting shot in the leg in Hayden. Or whatever. So quiet where I live, for the most part! Nobody's even been shot AT in Oak Creek in what, a decade, now?

Just sayin'. Maybe y'all want Bobby back as much as we do here...


Eric J. Bowman 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Couple faces hurdles in getting approvals for new building to house Oak Creek marijuana businesses

My personal opinion, is the owners of Circle R should purchase 208 S Sharp, and tear it down to provide the additional parking their tenants need. I have yet to eat at Lawrence's place, but I'm impressed by how many folks park on the Library lot from time to time. Not a long-term solution, and apparently frowned upon by the Library district. But, if they want full tenancy including a thriving restaurant/bar, they need to step up and put a stop to the controversies resulting from their failure, so far, to provide the required parking. 208's a tear-down and everyone knows it.