John Fielding

John Fielding 1 week ago on Snow tire legislation loses traction in Colorado Senate

Mr. Tai Chi, if you're still reading this, I have a suggestion on how you can once again share your insights. Email them to me, and I will re-post them with acknowledgement of your authorship. For instance, I could attribute it by saying "this guy I know, Mr. TC, thinks thus".

Let me know if I can be your mule.


John Fielding 1 week ago on Snow tire legislation loses traction in Colorado Senate

I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting Mr. Tai Chi. He came by my home just to say hello when he passed through town a few years ago. Not sure how he found me but I guess its not hard. We only visited a few minutes before I had to leave, but I felt honored by the gesture.

I miss him too.


John Fielding 1 week, 5 days ago on Bear season arrives, Steamboat police stepping up enforcement of trash rules

Pick your fruit early? The bears like it green too! Electric fences are helpful, but not entirely reliable, grounding out, switch left off by children going in and out of garden. Scott is right, it is the fact these bears are urban foragers that is the problem. Breaking into houses is inevitable.

This problem can only be solved by making the town a fearful place to be, and that after those who know no other life skills are put down. Passive measures will only encourage more aggressive efforts by hungrier bears.

The most effective deterrent is not mentioned in the article. One big brave dog, dedicated to protection, like "Guardian Angel" my Great Pyrenees, or a couple of tireless Border Collies, like my late best friends Taz and Fritz, will not only protect your property but will also make it uncomfortable to be an urban bear.


John Fielding 2 weeks, 2 days ago on City Council, county commissioners back affordable housing project in west Steamboat

And millions more in future subsidies in the form of being exempt from property taxes. The YVHA will be a paper owner, shares of one percent will keep the project 100% tax exempt. I believe that should only qualify it for a 1% exemption.


John Fielding 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ed Miklus: Unified policing

What happened to the "cheers!"?

We sure do need cops in this town boys, unless you want to hire some private hospitality services to tend the intoxicated tourists (and locals, especially those 1 or 2 season long types of locals that keep the bars hopping).

As for undercover work, how else you going to find who is selling to minors? In my opinion there should be increased surveillance of liquor sales. With a little good detective work it would be discovered that some few people in this town are regular suppliers to the underage collage and high school kids. Same for MJ. I support putting them in jail for a few years, 20k a year is fine by me, far less than the costs of the damage they do.

And while the "real crime" stats in this town remain blessedly low, there is plenty of police work needing done. Who else you gonna send in to all the domestic calls? Social workers?

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

James Madison


John Fielding 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

Some of this is a little circular, police officers suspect young black more because they are disproportionately greater offenders, that partly because of the culture of disrespect for the establishment fostered by being regarded as suspects.

It is that embrace of the culture of disrespect that is the greatest obstacle to those mislead youth.