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Council doesn't have any issues more important than ethics.
As the facts in this recent mass shooting are gathered, it becomes less and less clear whether the perpetrator was carrying out an ISIS inspired agenda or whether his act was anti-gay.
One thing that is almost always ignored is the high correlation between mass shooting and previous involvement in domestic violence.
As with the new apartment complex on Lincoln, the approval of the Ski View Apartments on Whistler Road made a mockery of our development codes. In addition to inadequate ethical standards, our City also lacks a legal compass.
It's outrageous that Council would consider accepting any gifts from organizations that it funds. If they want to provide perks for staff they should pay for them. Where was the City attorney when Council was contemplating such unethical behavior?
If the decision were based on performance they'd be grounded.
What the City squandered, and the new City Manager should work to restore, is not trust, but respect.
We have a representative democracy in which elected and appointed officials, and certain public employees are granted extraordinary powers. It is not in the public's interest to trust, but rather, to hold them accountable.
It's easier to talk about trust, or lack thereof, because it is an intellectual concept. It is much harder to acknowledge that you have lost respect, because that is something that is felt viscerally. But public discourse is littered with euphemisms. We often refuse to call things what they are.
Earning respect will take a long time, probably years, but it can be seriously eroded in an instant. It does not come about through a change of personnel, but through continuous appropriate conduct over the long term.
$350,000 is pocket change for the City. Anyone who pays attention knows how much money is wasted by this, and previous councils.
If this is important, and it is, then spend the money now and skip the tax and the ballot issue.
Money is fungible. This is a matter of priorities. What are this Council's priorities?
Is there a plan for how to spend the money? Is there a goal? Is there a way to measure progress?
Painting a "bike lane" on such a congested, multi-use street, frequented by tourists, creates the illusion of safety for cyclists. I suggest removing it and replacing it with "sharrows" such as we have in my area.
Also, I would let cyclists know that they are allowed to take the whole lane, if necessary, to insure their safety.
As far as issuing tickets, forget about it. You're lucky you get any compliance at all. Just accept whatever compliance you get as a positive outcome.
Council is making way too much out of some bad language heaped upon the enforcement officers. If we continue along this course, we can soon expect to encounter the Language Police and the Political Correctness Patrol when we venture out.
You can't enforce a law that people don't respect unless you want to live in a full blown military state.
The poop problem calls for some creativity. We have a ski hill that slides every year. The problem is exacerbated by snow making. Why don't we just pick up the poop and pile it on Howelsen Hill in the Fall. It would make a great base layer.
Of course, no solution would be complete without an expensive marketing campaign to promote it. Maybe we could call it "Effluent for the Affluent".
Anyone who is aware of the issues surrounding the Police Department, and the subsequent investigation, is awaiting the rest of the story on the Walmart incident, We only have half the story, and we don't even know if that part is true. Consider the source of the information.
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