Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 9 months, 3 weeks ago on Karen Vail: To area dog owners

The dog at large issue is a problem. Or used to be; I haven't lived in town in about a decade. When I was still in the city limits, I and other dog owners in the neighborhood took matters into our own hands. We detained dogs on the loose for retrieval by Animal Control, and insisted that the owner be fined (we learned that 1st-time offenders were frequently not being penalized). If AC was unavailable, we often delivered the animal ourselves to Critter Court. We were pretty militant about it, and the dog at large problem - along with the unwanted deposits – evaporated in our neighborhood.


Brian Kotowski 11 months, 1 week ago on New parking enforcement technology tested in Steamboat's downtown business district

I believe it was Daniel Patrick Moynihan who coined the phrase “defining deviancy down.” We might adjust that to read “intrusion=sanctuary.” Or better yet, “encroachment=revenue.” Always follow the money. There is a compelling argument to be made that Big Brother killed Eric Garner to insure that the State's tax collectors shall not be challenged or compromised; with violence and death to be levied against those who try.

It is interesting to recall the self-righteous outrage when Bush signed the Patriot Act, with all of its monitoring and 'sneak & peak' provisions. Evidently Barry-Holder are more effective hucksters than W-Ashcroft, since no one bats an eye now that 44 has doubled down on 43's overreach. Perhaps that salesmanship of the underlying principles helps to explain the “move along, nothing to see here” attitude some have embraced regarding this experiment by the city.


Brian Kotowski 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Community Agriculture Alliance: Lodgepole pine, a story of resilience

If you truly believe this forum would benefit from your absence; and posses the courage of your stated convictions, then you will remove yourself. If not, why?


Brian Kotowski 11 months, 3 weeks ago on Broncos beat Bills, 24-17, behind Anderson's 3 TDs

The world champs, anyone? Looks like they've finally gotten their act together after the Percy Harvin fiasco, & the Legion of Boom is finally healthy & playing well. Plus, Russell Wilson. Pretty long odds against a repeat, but they seem to be putting it together at the right time.


Brian Kotowski 11 months, 3 weeks ago on Colby Townsend: Deciding to shop local

With so many of our brick & mortars geared for the tourist trade, it's difficult to take the "shop locally" claptrap seriously. A couple days before xmas a few years ago, I realized I'd forgotten to get something for an elderly friend. She has a sweet tooth, so I figured an assortment from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory would do the trick.

I rolled onto Lincoln just before 10AM, and at least half the retailers were closed, including both candy stores. RMCF didn't open until 11AM. That may work for the lawyer visiting from Dallas, but it's tough on the worker bees.

I'll continue to shop online, and not feel a twinge of guilt about it.