Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 days, 2 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

The standard is not perfect equality. It is as if they sentenced one bank robber to 20 years and are refusing to investigate every other bank robbery in town. The issue isn't being unable to catch others, but willfully ignoring others that are violating the same laws.

And your comment about the doctor is so idiotic that it answers itself. The whole point is that the school district has not be treating these as hard and fast rules, and the punishment far exceeds the severity of the infraction. Overall, I think the doctor gained more support for showing common sense.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 2 hours ago on Steamboat Springs School Board hears presentation on strategic planning

And the Superintendent couldn't cut and paste those objectives, but had to hire a consultant friend? Seems to me that any pay to that sort of consultant should be deducted from Meek's salary.

Have to hate how hard it is for school district to find money for classroom programs or to support athletics, but so easy to find money for consultant friends to state the obvious.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 14 hours ago on What could go where Staples is leaving?

John,

That merger would probably be easy enough to say is anti-competitive in two grocery store cities such as SB. And thus, they would be strongly encouraged to sell those stores to another grocery chain such as Whole Foods.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 14 hours ago on Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

How the legislation could impact a new URA in Steamboat isn't exactly clear yet because the city still is in the research phase of the project.

Well, the legislation would quickly reveal whether city of SB is willing to put city money where their mouths are. Whether they believe their own hype and are prepared to bet city revenues that the URA will result in more sales taxes than would naturally increase.

Overall, the legislation seems to be so obvious fixing a problem of letting cities essentially spend other districts tax revenues that there is no good reason besides city government greed to oppose it. Makes no sense that a city can declare an URA that costs them nothing, but takes millions from local schools, local fire district, local libraries and the county and state.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 15 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Mark,

So then where are all the expulsions for students that smell of tobacco smoke when returning from lunch and have cigarettes in their car which they shared with other students? I've seen high school kids get out of a car smoking cigarettes so if school officials have to be willfully blind to not notice it.

To suggest the school is treating all prohibited substances the same is obviously not true.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 16 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Pot usage has been around 5% claiming to have used it in the past month and 50% claiming to have tried it during their lifetime.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 16 hours ago on What could go where Staples is leaving?

Sort of curious how Steamboat has so many that believe in central economic planning, aka communists, so willing to say what should go into a privately owned commercial building.

Not a whole lot of retail stores being opened in the 12,000 sq ft range and those appear to be much higher foot traffic found in malls. The same online shopping that is hurting Staples is hurting other nonwarehouse retailers.

I'd guess that it will either be a local retailer such as Annie's or offices and not retail.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 22 hours ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

There are high school students who illegally smoke cigarettes. Often one person has the pack and gives cigarettes to other students. A search of that person's car parked in school parking lot would find that pack of cigarettes.

So why aren't school official inspecting students returning from lunch for smelling of having smoked cigarettes? And then searching those student's cars for evidence of having brought illegal tobacco on campus? And then expelling those students for distributing cigarettes to other students?

And the claim that a suspension of more that 25 days requires expulsion appears to be a misreading of the law which actually states there just needs to be an expulsion hearing. I see nothing preventing an expulsion hearing from recommending additional suspension.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 21 hours ago on Questioning authority: City of Steamboat Springs quietly fights lawsuit alleging excessive use of force

Well DeValle's review sure looks like a whitewash. Hard to believe it is perfectly fine for officers to refuse to believe that someone could be at work when there are no signs of a break in and then physically hauled him out. Officers had a better option of asking him to stay where they can see him and calling the owner.

So why is Klieber a former detective now working as a private investigator? If he left because the dept doesn't like honesty then the public should be very concerned.

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Scott Wedel 5 days ago on Routt County officials confront the complexity of finding a good match for salary survey

Though, since Colorado allows initiatives that modifies the state constitution then any guarantee can be relatively easily removed.

And the situation isn't hopeless since the liabilities include obligations 30 years in the future. So a modest increase in contributions and tightening rules on pay out levels (not allowing tricks of allowing taking accumulated vacation and sick level as a cash payment to artificially inflate the retirement salary level used to calculate pension benefits) can probably fix it.

But the more they do nothing the bigger the hole until it becomes cost prohibitive to try to fill.

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