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I think "kerfuffle" has legs, as a term of derision, as long as it's delivered with a hint (or icon) of sarcasm. City Councils have left us many white elephants, but only one kerfuffle, to date.
Despite the dismissive nature of the term "kerfuffle", you have to admit it's catchy.
Today's coverage of the big snowstorm in the Northeast reminds us that failure to provide basic services, or to respond adequately to an emergency, has marked the downfall of more than one big city Mayor.
Perhaps "The Great Kerfuffle of '15" will be a watershed event in Steamboat politics.
Taking my inspiration from the editorial committee, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if a kerfuffle doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. We should not be afraid to double down on our kommitment(ing) to kerfuffling.
A previous editor told me that the purpose of the newspaper's weekly editorial is to promote discussion. This one failed.
The use of the trite British term "kerfuffle" trivializes the seriousness of the City's error. The shuttle, which runs only during peak hours, is an expensive band aid that only deals with a portion of the damage that Council caused. But everyone knows that except the newspaper which, once again, tries to sweep a serious problem under the rug while promoting a certain lifestyle.
I encourage people not to get too bent out of shape over what they read here. If you have something important to say, email it to City Council. They are decision makers. The editor of the newspaper is not.
The editorial committee has badly butchered the English language several times in the past few weeks. Maybe the editor should do more editing and less opining.
There was, in fact, a motion by Connell, second by Kounovsky, passed by Council at the September 2nd meeting, which included the provision that, in the event the BID fails, the URA discussions would be over.
The videotape of the meeting is available for viewing on the City's website. So are the approved minutes.
I attended the meeting last night. What the newspaper failed to note is that the decision to hold executive session was made by formal motion and vote. This means that a majority of Council was willing to go on record saying that there are still problems that need to be dealt with ASAP.
Ken is right. Ultimate responsibility lies with the majority of Council that has actively or passively condoned the City Manager's "freight train" style. Whatever you may, or may not like about it, you have to admit that the Manager can count to four.
When you stick your head out of the foxhole, and attempt to provide leadership, as Scott Ford did last night, you inevitably get shot at by friend and foe alike. Colleagues criticized his style and timing but, in the end, he received grudging support from a majority of Council. He should be congratulated for throwing himself across the tracks, and I'm sure the marks on his back will heal.
The laws governing conflict of interest are stricter for City Councils than they are for non-profit boards. Not only is conflict of interest illegal, but appearance of conflict of interest is illegal as well.
I suggest that having Tony Lettunich brief the Council on the law would be the appropriate place to start. This is a matter of law, not a matter of opinion subject to debate by Council or citizens. I have seen previous Councils make light of this issue as well. This is nothing new in the deeply entrenched good-old-boy system of politics that prevails here.
It is time we started conducting business in a professional manner.
The blue and green lines are supposed to be "interlined", but have required a transfer the majority of times that I rode it this year. The duration of the layover has been from zero to 20 minutes.
This is a small band-aid. I wouldn't get too excited. Does this mean that the blue line and green line will run consistently on schedule and not require a transfer? They haven't so far.
I wish the newspaper would finally get it straight that city staff is not "the City of Steamboat Springs".
When will staff stop giving sales pitches to citizens and Council and start providing objective information?
When will certain Council members learn that staff works for them and not vice versa?
When will this newspaper focus on journalism and cease functioning as a lifestyle magazine promoting perpetual subsidized growth?
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