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How polite your post, Phoebe! I too am worried about Mark's mental health . . . . . . even though you did not specifically state that concern I chose to read between the lines . . .HA
John expressed his opinion beautifully in this editorial and you expressed your opinion in an ugly and unfeeling manner that was totally uncalled for. Your posting is an example of what I personally feel should be deleted by the Pilot. Nothing is gained by your expression of an opinion on this matter, Sled, and I for one am offended by the tone and mean spiritedness. Some "opinions" should be left unsaid. Period. Go take a walk in the sun and then re-read your posts and maybe you will see why I am offended!
You are sadly out-of-step" if you think "progressive leftists and environmentalists in particular" are the only ones who support gay marriage.
How would you explain the recent vote in Ireland supporting gay marriage--a heavily Catholic country? I think if you talk to the majority of independent voters--a growing bloc with every election--you will find a high percentage supporting gay marriage. I am one of those voters! How many LGBT individuals have you known in your life? How many of LGBT individuals do you count as your friends?
Go Keaton--keep spreading the love and the message of acceptance!!
". . . . city manager is a less powerful position." AMEN to that! I hope the former Council members appearing at Lisa's forum on the 10th and 17th emphasize the amount of time needed to be an effective Councilperson. Especially coming to the meetings fully informed on all sides of the issues to make intelligent decisions. I often wonder if the current council come to the meetings fully prepared with the exception of a couple of the members . . . . .
Would you support a mayoral form of government, Scott? Certainly a mayor who is elected would be more accountable to the public. As all council members have outside employment and with the turnover of Managers would it not make sense to have an elected official running the city in conjunction with an elected City Council? This Council and Manager have many of my friends and neighbors thinking this option is more palatable. I know the Charter would need to be amended but in Steamboat's past a mayor has been in place.
You are telling me, Scott that the City Attny has no obligation in being pro-active about keeping a renegade City Council out of its own way if they are potentially thumbing their noses at other govt entities on which they will bring financial harm and defending potential law suits after the fact?
Because of this potential legal quagmire that has been mentioned more than once, where is the City Attorney to weigh in on this. City Councils come and go but we have had the same City Attny for decades. If he is not doing the research necessary, why not? Why has the council not directed a full investigation of URA financing regulations by our City Atny as Mr. Bideau has done? Is the city setting itself up for yet another lawsuit to fight--this time with competing govt branches?
This whole situation stinks to high heaven of "insider dealing and favors"!!! Where yet again the taxpayers are left holding the bag.
Thanks John for your vote of confidence but all we really need is our GREAT BIG SIGN so we have no interest in being in the URA district where our big sign would not be allowed. Plus we have lots of our own designated parking which we would not get in the URA to accommodate our many customers. LOL I guess we could move and the Golden Cue could re-open then the URA might be more appropriate. :--)
Who says there was any "reasonable and intelligent person" looking at the data and doing the research you have, Scott. Let the law suit begin!!
Thanks, Scott--They only hear what they want to hear. If a petition goes around town against this ridiculous decision by amending the City Charter, please stop by my house. Seems like if any law suit ends up being filed it would be with the support of the county, school district, water districts, library districts, etc. Too bad we don't have time to recall what may be the worse City Council this town has ever seen---and we thought the Iron Horse council was bad----HA!
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