Chris Hadlock

Chris Hadlock 3 days, 3 hours ago on Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

Happens every day Joe. Whether it is the sales tax I pay to the City of Steamboat for Services I cannot even use because I live in the county to the FICA tax I pay with every check. What makes the ACA any different than the variety of other taxes that US Citizens pay? You can call it "gun to your head" if it makes you feel any better, but taxes are and will continue to be a fact of life. This one is no different than the rest.

Ken, better check that source, the CBO actually shows that the ACA is reducing the debt, not increasing it. http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44176

Insurance rates are actually better in states that fully participate: http://www.gallup.com/poll/168539/uninsured-rates-drop-states-embracing-health-law.aspx?utm_source=WWW&utm_medium=csm&utm_campaign=syndication

Yes, I know you want to complain about increased premiums and it is all Obama's fault. I get that. Funny thing is that none of you seem to remember that insurance premiums have been climbing at double digit rates for over 20 years with individuals and small companies bearing the brunt of the costs. If you check your history this has been going on for over 30 years.

http://www.statisticbrain.com/health-insurance-cost-statistics/ http://www.factcheck.org/2011/10/factchecking-health-insurance-premiums/#

The ACA is actually projected to reduce and contain healthcare premiums (again per the CBO) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/14/lower-premiums-yes-really-drive-down-obamacares-expected-costs-cbo-says/

spin it however you want, but will any of you admit that you were wrong when the law works?

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Chris Hadlock 3 days, 23 hours ago on Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

And yet the overall rate of people who do not have insurance is actually dropping.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/167798/uninsured-rate-continues-fall.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines

You can keep telling yourself how bad it is, but the actual facts tell a more mixed story. As one of the people who actually received one of those letters, it came coupled with a new insurance policy that was remarkably similar. Hmmmmm, not quite the horror story you would have us believe. I do agree there are problems that need to be addressed, but overall the law seems to be working.

Insurers are planning on increasing their participation: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/health-insurers-obamacare-105676.html?hp=t1

This is not the trainwreck you all have been predicting and sooner or later you are going to have to admit it! I don't expect any of you to like it, that is a different question,

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Chris Hadlock 1 week, 2 days ago on Brad Meeks: Statement on district policy

This has nothing to do with approving of MJ use. It has everything to do with a 17 year old girl that made a huge mistake. The questions revolve around what an appropriate response should be given the circumstances.

How many of us would want our 17 year old child barred from ever graduating High School for making a mistake of similar nature. I am sure that there are many parents in this community that have dealt with similar issues without Mr Meeks ever being involved. I would be equally sure that none of those parents approve of the MJ use and would further surmise that most of those children went on to become productive adults.

I personally sent Mr. Meeks an email discussing my feelings on the matter and have yet to receive any acknowledgement at all that he even received my correspondence. Yes, I believe he is power hungry, violated the trust placed in him by the community and needs to be removed. The sooner the better at this point.

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Chris Hadlock 1 week, 3 days ago on Snow near Summit Lake northwest of Steamboat Springs is more than 15 feet deep

I am sure they will both fall over in shock, but I have to agree with Mark and Fred on this topic. If any private employer showed the public a picture with an employee in this situation, OSHA would be calling and quickly.

I am not sure I see any sense in one Gov't agency fining a different agency, but someone should sit these people down and discuss some basic safety issues. This picture clearly shows a dangerous stunt that should not have happened. That little safety rope was not going to help save Nick's life in the event of a sudden collapse.

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Chris Hadlock 2 weeks ago on Lynn Abbott: 1 dollar, 1 vote?

If money = free speech then I have absolutely no problem with anyone that wants to donate to the candidate(s) of their choice Union, corporation, rich people or Rhys (sorry Rhys, had to throw that out there :) makes no difference to me.

I think that we the public deserve to know how our politicians fund their campaigns and I would couple unlimited donations with complete transparency. The public deserve to know where the money comes from. That knowledge is the only way we have to base our decisions about who will represent our views as citizens. If you do not know who is paying for Candidate X, how can you decide whther to vote for candidate X or candidate Y.

I have posted before, please join me in calling for: Unlimited donations. Complete transparency Term Limits No fundraising until 1 year prior to the election No War Chests.

Once the election is over all excess campaign funds go to the Gov't entity that the candidate was running for. Each and every election cycle start the fundraising anew with no bank balance to start with.

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Chris Hadlock 2 weeks ago on Internet, cable outage across Steamboat Springs

Anyone that is still paying Comcast deserves the service or lack thereof that they receive. Is is not obvious by now that Comcast does not care about the little people in Steamboat?

Vote with your checkbook and send Comcast back to the drawing board so they can learn something about customer service. Their service will NOT change until you as the customer force them to by refusing to pay.

Dan, Kill it now and get Zirkel, I promise you will be happier with both the service and the support.

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Chris Hadlock 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Steamboat Summer Concert Series announced

From Wikipedia

"Cervantes wrote and published Don Quixote during the Eighty Years' War, or Dutch War of Independence (1568–1648), a revolt by the Habsburg Netherlands to end Spanish rule. In Don Quixote, the eponymous protagonist consistently misinterprets his own, his adversaries', and his allies' actions and motives — regularly resulting in apparently unjustified violent actions and consequences. One way of interpreting Don Quixote's tilting at windmills could be as an allegory to promote critical, skeptical, or satirical evaluation of either a hero's motives, rationales and actions, or a nation's foreign policies."

I think the phrase Tilting at Windmills describes most of our local extremists. From their social views to their tax policy ideas they have convinced themselves that: "This country is going to hell in a handbasket" and/or "We didn't do things that way in my day".

Proof in the pudding would be The 50+ House votes to repeal the ACA, or in this case their consistent and strident screams that that they only pay their fair share due to the gun at their head. How about their strongly held beliefs about the Presidents Birth in Kenya, the "Socialist" actions of this president and when that does not work, they escalate their accusations to include Communist Dictator.

Tilting at Windmills = Fighting a problem that does not exist.
Case in Point google Michael Morell's testimony on Benghazi from Wed. 4/2

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Chris Hadlock 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Steamboat Summer Concert Series announced

blah, blah, blah, I don't like paying taxes.

Sure I get that, who does. but like getting older, you have two choices Pay your taxes to live in a civilized society with Firemen and Policemen, plowed roads and all of the things that the combined citizens of the U.S. have jointly created over the centuries.

OR, withdraw from society polish up those guns, and protect your own (&)##$)(* with your life. May the strongest animal win.

I have argued before and will continue to do so that armed revolution is NOT in the best interests of you, your children or grandchildren. A return to the lawless days of the old west and Dodge City where the strongest man with the fastest gun ruled the roost is NOT where our country needs to go.

You can argue your Libertarian beliefs all you want. I stand in support of your right to be just as wrong as you want to be and to shout it from the rooftops and in these blogs. However, I for one respectfully disagree and would encourage you to get out and discuss these issues one on one with people that disagree with you. You might find that your strongly held beliefs fell just a little further from the tree than you seem to believe.

To everyone else, I won't be arguing with Steve much anymore, I think that he has managed to expose just how far out there his thought patterns and beliefs are. I leave it to each of you to form your own opinions and encourage everyone to get out there and vote in every single election. The only way to suppress the crazies that surround these issues on both sides is for everyone to get out there and express their individual opinion in the voting booth.

No matter your political party or belief, get out there and make your opinion known by voting for the candidate that you can support. That is your voice and if you fail to use it, you are indeed part of the problem and supporting those extreme views because those people are very motivated and will be voting.....You can count on it.

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Chris Hadlock 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Steamboat Summer Concert Series announced

Uh, sorry to burst your bubble Steve, but your property tax receipts have exactly zero, nadda, nothing to do with the "Free Concert" debate. You must complain to the state about how that money is being spent.

In case you have failed to do your research, The City of Steamboat is funded completely by the Sales Tax revenue stream. If you would like to avoid paying for all those socialist causes that you deplore then it should be very easy for you to do ALL of your shopping in other cities while you live in Steamboat.

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