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My point was, Scott, that I think parents are the most important factor to listen to for this vote. Again, this is current while demographics are a future expectation and probably neither side will be 100% accurate in their expectations. For the maybe 2 undecided voters on this issue, I would also suggest they talk to the parents in their neighborhoods to get a read. My youngest graduated from SSHS 10 years ago so I really do not have "skin in the game." Don't mind paying higher property taxes for the right plan.
Right on, Michael! In the past I have always voted for school funding. While I agree both sides have points I believe listening to parents is the right strategy---not the school board, superintendent, teachers, demographers, Steamboat Pilot, etc. I live on a block with many young families with a total of 15 kids under the age of 10. To a family, they are voting NO as they all feel a better plan is possible. Therefore, I too will be voting NO.
Thank you for your years of service to our Nation, Russell. Your granddaughters are lucky to have such a caring and engaged grandpa in their lives. And I can relate to your "middle-age-no-sleeping" disease . . . . . .War and Peace is definitely worth a re-read!
Hi Russell--While I respect your passion on this issue, I do not think re-writing "War and Peace" is going to generate any more votes for this bond issue.
Maybe families with more than 3 children should pay a surcharge to the school district for program/facility funds. 14 children . . . . . . just WOW
Gee, with that kind of armament you would think we had a terrorist in our midst . . . . . . . . .
Steve, being a smaller govt type, I could never agree to city owned housing. However, we are in a crunch period until more units are built. So maybe the city keeps Iron Horse and allows housing again at the Alpiner for low wage workers for one more season and fast tracks the proposed multi-family projects that have been proposed--at Walton Creek and on Elk River Road. "Sandwiched between railroad and highway. . . . " is not a good long term option as that parcel is better served for short term guests. I would assume a developer would develop it as such. The projects that I have seen proposed are in a more "residential (quiet) location with close access to bus routes which I think is key. I think they are also safer locations for low income families with children. There has been no consistency at the City for years with constant turnover in councils and at city manager. Better that they contract for some units in the new projects that have been proposed for their bus drivers and other full time employees. The old hotel rooms of Iron Horse and Alpiner can never be considered adequate no matter how much $$ is put into remodel.
Sorry to be crude, Steve, but the city cannot find its own a** with both hands as this council and past (yay) city manager have demonstrated. Plus the Iron Horse site is not a great location for long term housing. A better solution is to give priority for the proposed multi-family projects, especially rental units, to be built. If the city needs housing, it would be much less risky and costly for the city to subsidize the rents of their low-wage employees as part of their "benefit package." . . .. just a thought.
Our differences are the way we view the negatives/positives of the country. The way we view the priorities. I am not going to argue what you state as "fact" above--I will leave that to others. But to answer your final statement in the previous post--if the Dems put up Clinton or Sanders or Biden or Warren they will not have a chance in '16. The Dems will not vote for the Republican candidate---they will just stay home and not vote. And that is my final word on this thread. Have a nice day!
Extremism on EITHER side of the aisle is a non-starter. Sorry, Dan S, but I think your positions are extreme to the left while Huckabee is extreme to the right. I believe we DO have choices in the GOP lineup that are more moderate. Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich. I consider myself a moderate and I think my positions on issues back that up. The latest polling in Iowa has Trump in a dead heat with Carson and Fiorina running 3rd. Believe me, the registered Republicans are fed up with politics as usual and the same old names running for office, BUT so are the Dems. Independent voters will decide this election and I believe other candidates will emerge before this bloodbath is over. We need a fiscally conservative moderate. Period. IMHO
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