Ben Tiffany

Ben Tiffany 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Briefs: Readers sought to serve on newspaper’s editorial board

Not lies,Scott,just wrong. What's wrong with funding something for the fun of locals? What makes you think that it doesn't increase downtown spending? Why would you care anyway? This ain't your town. Go ahead and dismiss all the other points I've made about this issue and continue to rant about things that you really don't understand.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Briefs: Readers sought to serve on newspaper’s editorial board

If you can ever get Tom Petty for a $10 or $20 admission,you would need a much bigger venue than the base of Howelson Hill. If you think that charging for these now-free shows is a good idea,go ahead and contact the concert series organizers and urge them to do so. There are plenty of quality shows that come to town here where there is an admission fee;why not have some for free? Regardless of what the concert organizers may say,these show are primarily for the locals. I think charging for admission to these shows will diminish their appeal and eventually kill the series. Who gets shot in the foot then?

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Eugene Buchanan: Hogan’s Heroes

Shoulda climbed from the bottom of Morningside too,Eugene.Your journey is not quite complete.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Our view: Still free, still driving tax receipts

Dan, Certainly some people would consider these shows to be a bargain at $5.00,but I believe that many others wouldn't and would not attend. Take a good look at the crowd at the next free show you attend and consider how many might just be there because it's free. I really think that charging a fee for these shows would be a mistake. There are a number of other communities in Colorado that also have free shows;maybe we should look into how they cover the costs and still keep them free to attend. As I've mentioned before,I believe that vender sales,particularly beer and wine,make the shows possible,and lower attendance due to a charge for entry might be enough to kill the shows entirely.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Karen Vail: To area dog owners

Thank you,Karen for bringing up this issue. It would be nice if your letter would chasten dog owners to pay more attention to their dogs and be more considerate of other users of trails,meadows,ball fields,streets,etc. It shouldn't be so difficult to do the right thing.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Our view: Still free, still driving tax receipts

Scott, You still don't understand what brings these people to the shows. They come because it's free. It's not unusual for a concert goer to spend $20 or more on beers,food,etc. at a show that's free,and then go out and buy more drinks at a bar afterwards. You are assuming that these people are logical in their spending habits;they're not. That's why it is important that these shows remain free.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Our view: Still free, still driving tax receipts

Dan, You must not go to many of these shows. You may think that $5 is not a serious imposition on a show attendee,and in truth,it's not. But many people won't pay it just the same. Not every show has the drawing power of Big Head Todd. The beer sales are far more critical than any money that could be collected as a entry fee,and sales would plummet if crowds were considerably smaller. You're right;everyone wants free. But hey,don't take my word for it. Go ahead and start charging a fee for these shows and see what happens.

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Ben Tiffany 3 months, 4 weeks ago on 'Modest accumulations at best' with weekend storm

There was no snowmaking available in January of 1981,and the previous month (December 1980) was also warmer than usual, if I recall correctly. For this reason,even though there was slightly more snowfall in January 1981 than will end up falling in January 2015,the skiing is far better this month than it was back then (since we had steady snowfall in the latter half of December 2014.) The ski area did not even open until December 26 in 1980 because of the lack of snow. Snowmaking is a blessing.

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