Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 days, 14 hours ago on Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference returns Friday

Ken,

I never suggested that they "have to invite everyone". I think it would make for a better discussion if they, for a start, invited someone other than a conservative that was critical of some of these college rules. There is no shortage of libertarians that are not social conservatives.

Or maybe they did in Dr Piper as someone willing to state that Trump will not speak at his college. His college would may not have the speech conduct code on racist and sexist remarks as other colleges, but it appears it has a pro Christianity speech code.

And "prosecuting 'global-warming-deniers' " is not widely supported as that is phrased even among progressive liberals. If that is referring to the DNC platform, it is the same standard of corporation lying about science that states and the federal government used against cigarette companies that kept publicly saying that cigarettes were not harmful. That section is specifically about corporations lying as a business strategy.

There is no threat that you will be prosecuted for denying scientific facts.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 15 hours ago on Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference returns Friday

Ken,

I think it is ironic when any group has a freedom of speech discussion from an ideologically narrow group of speakers. And "irony" is not "nefarious".

I just looked up PPI and their events. A meeting on 20 years of welfare reform had a diverse group including conservative commentator Kate O'Beirne, Rick Santorum and so on. They may not invite your favorite conservatives, but they are inviting a far more ideologically diverse group that Steamboat Institute.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 16 hours ago on Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference returns Friday

Ken,

Yes, that is an issue, but it is criticized from the left and the right. Bloomberg ripped into micro aggression at Michigan's commencement speech.

Dr Everett Piper is an interesting choice. He was probably selected because of his "university is not daycare" essay. But he and the university itself has a relatively narrow focus on intellectual thought. From their website mission statement:

As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.

There is nothing wrong with that, but that is not a free speech manifesto. It would seem to prevent whole categories of speakers. That explains why Dr Piper wrote that Trump would not be speaking at this college.

As an outsider, it seems that Steamboat Institute presents a narrow conservative point of view regardless of the topic. There isn't anyone to claim that micro-aggression is a problem with real consequences. There isn't even anyone not a conservative present to speak against that sort of stuff. It is ironic for Steamboat Institute to have such a narrow ideological group of speakers discussing free speech.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 17 hours ago on Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference returns Friday

Free speech on college campuses should be a curious conversation considering Dr Everett Piper has written after describing stating his disagreements with Trump's politics that "No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at Oklahoma Wesleyan University."

http://www.okwu.edu/blog/2016/01/trumping-morality/

I would expect any college with any interest in free speech to have an open invitation to any presidential candidate. Instead one of their speakers states he has an ideological test for those that speak at his college.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 21 hours ago on Brita Horn: Taxpayers must be treated equally

Ken,

Peabody owes for a mixture of real and personal property.

I have stated several times that I wish Brita's letter stated the legal precedents upon which she was not accepting payment. Presumably she is acting upon written legal advice.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 7 hours ago on Brita Horn: Taxpayers must be treated equally

Ken,

"Peabody is a corporation and corporations don't hold "personal property" they hold capital assets of the corporation."

No, "personal property" is defined in Colorado Revised Statutes by the type of the property. The owner's legal status does not affect whether something is "real property" or "personal property".

As for the overall situation, a property tax payment being approved by a federal bankruptcy court is commonplace. It is so rarely, if ever, refused to be accepted by a county treasurer and so I think it is very likely that our county treasurer got it wrong.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 7 hours ago on Routt County's proposed pot tax too 'high' for Hayden's liking

This headline "Routt County's proposed pot tax too 'high' for Hayden's liking" has got the situation exactly reversed. RC's proposed pot is viewed by Hayden as being too low and risking taking pot business away from Hayden.

I guess the wordplay of "high" was too tempting for the headline writer that factual accuracy was not going to be allowed to prevent using that.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 7 hours ago on Brita Horn: Taxpayers must be treated equally

Rhys,

I doubt that Cari and other County Commissioner Doug and Tim are just going to ignore this. Note how they handled SB's downtown URA proposal. They sat and waited until Hinsvark and city staffer had a meeting with them. They were far better prepared than Hinsvark and staffer. Hinsvark went from promising answers to questions to slinking out unable to provide any answers and saying that city would get back to them.

I expect that soon enough that Brita will be in front of them finding out if her lawyers are any good.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 8 hours ago on City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

Stuart,

Gary Suiter did clearly state his reasoning on why he supported workforce housing as a public benefit. He said that he has worked in other cities such as Snowmass that struggled with a lack of workforce housing and the difficulty of hiring needed seasonal workers due to a lack of housing.

I give him credit for being clear that it was his preference and not unnamed staff. He was also smart enough to not release the money and instead make city council decide the issue.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 8 hours ago on Woman seriously injured in boating accident

The boating case is very straightforward as only fact needed to determine to that his BAC was over .08. There is no need to prove that his intoxication contributed to the accident. It would have taken quick thinking and superior reactions to put the motor in idle before she hit the propeller when falling in when moving at cruising speed.

The dead child tragedy has much more complicated issues to figure out. They have to investigate all of the possibilities from a parent intentionally killing the child to the other extreme that the gun safe had a defective latch and the child was able to take the gun from the safe. Though, would seem that they would be reaching a decision soon.

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