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Dan and Rhys, to be clear, Scott's post was not criticizing the weather forecasters, it was criticizing the reporter and editor of the paper, for printing inaccurate information (which, it seems, they have since corrected online above). I cannot fathom why that bothers you, or the other commentators; a newspaper's first obligation is to print correct information, and readers have a right to point out when it doesn't.
Jerry, I have never dated Scott. I've never even met him.
Rob, I think your understanding might be flawed. I realized Scott's nit-picking gets on people's nerves, but he is right to correct this. The job of a newspaper is to inform; this paper often does a poor job of that, and this is a good example of why: Take a news alert that says one thing and misprint it to say something else. People living in the town of Oak Creek might be curious to know whether, in fact, they can expect to see massive amounts of snow, or whether, in fact, it is just that the big dump will bypass Steamboat and favor the mountains a tad to the south.
Brian, not just anecdotal, as recent coverage in the Pilot would attest. Consider yourself lucky... maybe I should schedule my flights to be the same as yours! :-)
Mark hits it on the nose. I travel a lot for business and have stopped flying out of Hayden because I can't rely on the flights--at best it's a 50/50 chance I'll make my outbound connection, or get home on the late-night flight. Very depressing to see Republic is still running the flights (in May), since they routinely cancel those. And as Kern says in the article, that means United loses not only my revenue on the HDN-DIA portion, but often on the rest of the flight, too, since from DIA I have so many airline options. Hayden loses my parking $$ and whatever airport fees I would have paid. And I get to sit unproductively in my car for 3-4 hours each way, depending on traffic.
I've never understood why ski companies give a significant discount to seniors but not to teens (in this case, the teen pass is considerably more expensive than the senior pass). Seniors will ski for however many more years and then, you know, die. Teens could conceivably fall in love with the sport and ski for another 60 years.
Mike, I didn't call you names. I was merely pointing out that the only reason for mentioning President Obama's middle name is to mark him as an "other." Like it or not, words and their usage have meaning and consequences; in this case, it is hard to take you seriously because you stooped to that level.
That said, I agree that Obama is just as culpable has his predecessor when it comes to abusing all kinds of rights around terrorism and the so-called war against it. He promised to close Gitmo, and didn't; he uses drones to kill American citizens (without trials, but even with trials you can't just go and kill people); he holds people in foreign countries without charges or trials; and he supports the Patriot Act and its subsequent variations, which continue to allow for significant breaches of our rights to privacy.
Funny how no one ever refers to Ronald Wilson Reagan...
Of course the paper should not choose what to put on the front page, or inside, based on what will make the town look good to tourists. But I have yet to get a good reason for why it prints Rob Douglas' op-ed on the front page, which goes against a very clear and long-standing journalistic rule of putting editorials and op-eds in a clearly-marked section inside the paper.
They show up on my Android device, but not on my PC, just FYI...
Another problem with Republic is that they frequently lie about the reason for their cancellations. Recent flight from Denver, the plane was at the gate and the weather in Hayden was (reported by a local) to be clear. Gate agent says "We are just waiting for the crew to arrive and then we will begin boarding." Five minutes later, she comes on again and announces, "This flight has been cancelled due to weather." Now, aside from the general disgust with lying airlines, this matters because when a flight is cancelled due to weather, the airline is not legally obligated to provide passengers with anything but a booking on some later flight. But if a flight is cancelled due to mechanical or other airline-related reasons, they must pay for your meals, hotel stays and sometimes even alternate transportation (like a rental car or Alpine Taxi). I agree with Dan; safer to drive to Denver than risk flying out of Hayden on these lame planes.
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