Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 1 hour, 36 minutes ago on Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

A citizen's committee is basically acknowledging that the government authority has lost the public's trust on the issue. That the citizen committee is needed to answer the questions which the government authority failed to credibly answer.

Thus, citizen's committee are extremely helpful in fixing a broken situation. And there is a reason that they are not needed for every issue.


Scott Wedel 8 hours, 10 minutes ago on As rental market tightens, Steamboat's defunct hotels become affordable workforce housing

If they are being charged weekly room rates then the lodging tax should be collected. Otherwise, owner would have to claim that it is a residential use would then brings up residential water and sewer rates per unit instead of an overall commercial rate.

And your DMV description incorrectly intermixes "resides" and "stay" because resides means you have taken steps such as renting an apt to reside in the state. That is not the same as being here for a month or two with every intent to return to a permanent residence elsewhere.

Affordable housing during offseason is not much of a help since that is when it is not needed. But an older motel that is struggling to find visitors can become seasonal affordable housing by renting weekly.

That model has demand and by allowing it at Iron Horse, the city has accepted it.


Scott Wedel 8 hours, 21 minutes ago on Joe Meglen: Lincoln’s birthday

I've seen very well researched economic analysis showing that slavery was not limited to farming. That slaves were also being used in the South's industrial jobs. There was no trend diminishing the South's need for slave labor since slave labor was used as labor where ever possible.

Taxation is not servitude because if paying property taxes is so objectionable to you then don't own real estate. And it is simply ridiculous to consider paying taxes to slavery.


Scott Wedel 9 hours, 40 minutes ago on Our view: Still free, still driving tax receipts

This "keep it free" to attract tourists makes no sense. It is claimed to bring in free spending tourists and yet these tourists are said to require a free concert.

We don't attempt to put on a free rodeo series.

If they need more revenues then stop being free and charge a few dollars. Personally, I don't see how $5 would bother anyone. Concerts that are supposed to be attracting spenders to SB cannot be claimed to need to be free.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 4 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Lincoln’s birthday

"All I said was that I thought Joe's main points were that Lincoln was no abolitionist"

Well, you are just trying to play word games saying that because Lincoln didn't allow his abundantly documented dislike of slavery to override all other political concerns meant that he "was no abolitionist".

Lincoln was not the most radical abolitionist, but he was enough of an abolitionist that southern states seceded from the nation in order to not be governed by a President opposed to slavery.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 4 hours ago on Jimmy Westlake: Pluto: The dot becomes a world

The funny part of Pluto's discovery was that particular areas of the sky were searched based upon calculations assuming another planet was needed to describe perturbations in Neptune's orbit. But when Neptune's mass was more accurately determined and the small size of Pluto was found then the calculations of where to discover Pluto was then found to have been completely wrong. That Pluto was discovered by calculations that were completely wrong, but by pure luck, Pluto happened to be in that portion of the sky.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 4 hours ago on Our View: Responding well to kerfuffle


I've been told by a seasonal bus driver that the lack of seasonal bus drivers was a self inflicted problem. That transit spent so long thinking about the new routes that they didn't act to rehire existing seasonal drivers until much later than normal. Thus, a half dozen or so seasonal drivers found other jobs.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 8 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Lincoln’s birthday

And following the links provided by the Lincoln haters is a pretty good example of what is meant by a "right wing echo chamber"

"The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War – by Thomas J. DiLorenzo" is criticized by seemingly every scholar bothering to review it as an example of taking a small fact out of context and claiming it supports sweeping claims. The idea of a cabal of scholars is comical because there is plenty of rivalry. Doris Kearns Goodwin book on Lincoln was scrutinized very closely and scholars found several errors of attrition and a few spots of failing to put quotes around the writings of others.

As for the echo chamber, then Walter Williams references the "work" of Thomas J. DiLorenzo.

This is the same as how Holocaust deniers can appear to make credible claims. Put all the focus on this or that little detail and pretend the volumes of other facts don't exist. And then quote each other as if that adds credibility.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 8 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Lincoln’s birthday

There is no credible doubt that Lincoln opposed slavery. In the 1860 campaign he didn't deny his dislike of slavery, but stated he wouldn't go to war to end slavery. As President when Southern states were seceding then he had larger issues. If he could have split the South then that would have made it far easier to win the Civil War.

The Constitution doesn't forbid secession, but neither must the federal government accept secession. When the South attacked Fort Sumter then secession became an armed insurrection that common sense and a long common law history states that the government is allowed to resist.


Scott Wedel 1 day, 8 hours ago on Plane crash survivor doing 'amazingly well' at Denver hospital

Oh, sorry, sloppy phrasing.

I'd guess that from HIS prior experience that he thought he had enough attitude to clear the mountains, but with it being unseasonably warm that he didn't get the expected lift or ran into a downdraft.