Stuart Orzach

Stuart Orzach 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Inmates, families adapting to video visitation

Has the County considered providing remote video visitation in addition to in-person visits rather than instead of them? If prisoners and their families voluntarily reduce their in-person visits, then costs will go down and the new system will have proven its merits.

Has the newspaper considered interviewing prisoners and their families in order to more fairly cover this issue?


Stuart Orzach 1 month ago on City may hire public information officer instead of deputy city manager

I don't mean to rain on the parade, but I think there may be a misunderstanding of the facts. I had questioned a City Councilperson, a while back, about the decision to hire a Deputy City Manager. I was told that the decision belonged to the City Manager and not the Council. There was sufficient money already budgeted so no new funds needed to be approved by Council. As you recall, we lost Casey, one of two assistants to the City Manager, so ample funds were available. Consulting with Council on such a move may have been a good idea nonetheless.

I acknowledge that it's a full time job for any citizen to get down to the truth about anything in this City, and that is unfortunate. Perhaps more citizens would participate in public process if it wasn't so difficult.


Stuart Orzach 1 month ago on Ed Miklus: City must hire smart

Save the head hunting fees. Just hire Dave Kleiber as Police Chief. Kristin Bantle can run for Sheriff.


Stuart Orzach 1 month, 2 weeks ago on John Whittum: Emerald Park dilemma

Thanks for writing this letter, John.

Here's a link to an article in the latest issue of High Country News describing the effects of tourism marketing run amok in Southern Utah, a place that many locals are familiar with:

City Council will be taking up this issue at this Tuesday's meeting in Centennial Hall, 5:00 P.M. Council needs to hear what people think about this issue.


Stuart Orzach 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jim Clark: Customer service makes the difference

I think you nailed it, Scott.

Personally, I'm a bit tired of all the fake friendliness in some of our business establishments. I feel like I walked onto the set of "The Stepford Wives".


Stuart Orzach 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Spoke Talk: On your left ...

I ride as far left, in the lane, as I need to in order to be safe. Hugging the line invites drivers to try to thread the needle and slip past you, within the lane, which is a recipe for danger. In all cases, my objective is to force passing drivers to cross the center line. The reason for this is that the center line is the primary visual cue that drivers use to stay in the lane. Once they cross that line, they inevitably drift further left, giving me adequate room.

Any driver who pulls out to pass without adequate sight distance deserves what they get. I always keep at least a three foot buffer on my right so I can tap my break and drift to the right, protecting myself, and allowing the errant driver to recover.

If I have to, I'll ride left of the center of the lane, like you would in a motorcycle, which tells the driver behind me that it's unsafe to pass unless you can change lanes, so don't even try it. The right lane on Lincoln Avenue through town, is an example of a place where I would do this.

Now, if I see that there is a big truck, motor home, or any other ungainly vehicle behind me on a windy or hilly road with limited sight distance, I'll just slow down and come to a complete stop, off the road, and let them pass.

No need to argue these points because I'm not telling anyone else how to ride, how to drive or what to think. I'm responsible for my safety, not the other guy, and it's all legal.


Stuart Orzach 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council rejects downtown URA

It is important that people get the facts and the terminology straight. The URA (Urban Renewal Authority) is not dead. It still oversees an urban renewal district at the mountain. Only the idea of forming a second urban renewal district downtown is dead, and only temporarily. It can come back in 24 months.

There are only 2 reasons to form an urban renewal district. One is the use of TIF (tax increment financing), and the other is the exercise of eminent domain. The City was not planning on exercising eminent domain downtown, and the use of TIF became too slow, cumbersome, and unpredictable due to the new State law.

Chuck McConnell's petition should absolutely go forward as planned.