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A wonderful and moving story.
Our community owes Sonja Macys and Scott Ford gratitude for blocking the executive session last night. If the council had gone into executive session, the residents of Steamboat Springs may have never learned that Connell's brother-in-law had been retained by the city.
Once again, it has been demonstrated that conducting the public's business in public is not only the right thing to do - it is the smart thing to do.
It is also worth noting that Macys has put up with a tremendous amount of nastiness and targeted attacks from Kounovsky, Myller and Reisman simply because she - more than anyone on the current council - understands her role as an elected official when it comes to performing oversight and ensuring that the council operates openly. Through it all, she has shown a remarkable ability to take the garbage that has been thrown at her in stride while continuing to conduct herself in a professional and open-minded manner.
While there is much more that could and should be said, it is clear that at the heart of so many problems that are plaguing this council - and the problems grow by the week as demonstrated last night - is a secretive management style on the part of the city management team that has been encouraged and rewarded by Kounovsky, Myller and Reisman. Until that management style ends, the problems will continue to mount.
Thank you, Paula.
Over the last 48 hours, Tracy Barnett has taken steps to streamline and localize the BID tax voting procedure. I'll leave it to her to announce the details, but it appears that there will be a downtown walk-in location for eligible voters to receive and submit ballots between 10/13 and 11/4. Please keep an eye out for this significant change and help spread the word to eligible voters so that the vote is a fair representation of those with skin in the game. Thank you to Scott Ford for exercising essential oversight and raising concerns about the procedure and thank you to Tracy for moving quickly to improve the process.
This is great news--
Scott: Any member of the council or the public can pull an item from the Consent Agenda for discussion and public comment prior to a vote.
While I despise Mitch McConnell, I think facts and context matter.
Every fact-checking organization has debunked the oft-repeated claim that McConnell "said the day after the 2008 election and I quote 'We will do everything possible to make this man fail.'"
In fact, as part of the interview which has been twisted into folklore, McConnell actually said: "I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change." And the actual statement by McConnell about working to make Obama a one-term president was made two years into Obama's presidency - not the day after he was elected. Finally, in a two-party system it is, of course, the job of the out-of-power party leaders to attempt to keep the opposite party's president from being re-elected.
Here's the Washington Post's fact-checker on the inaccurate claim.
Here are a few links with some additional information folks might find helpful:
The description below the photograph of Tree Haus at the top of this online edition of the article makes no sense in the context of the article and could be very misleading given that I believe there is a boil water advisory currently in place for Tree Haus.
And here is George Will at his best--
"The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society"
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