Aaron Murphy

Aaron Murphy 1 year, 8 months ago on The Steamboat Springs School District is facing a $70,000 shortfall to fully fund all 22 athletic programs next school year. Which of the following funding options do you support?

I'm not sure about Science Olympiad and NHS, but when I was in school, Band and Choir were considered electives - that is to say, they were classes you signed up for, not extracurricular. The band and choir also had fundraisers to participate in activities such as All-State honor events, trips to large group and solo and ensemble festivals, etc. If an $85 fee is necessary to keep extracurricular activites including sports and other activities as programs, I would support it - however it should not apply to elective classes.

One of the best things about Steamboat is the wide range of activities offered to students at the high school. I believe this is one of the major reasons we hear stories of SSHS graduates excelling in their post-academic endeavors. It would be difficult to choose which programs should and should not make the cut if $70,000 has to be removed. I don't envy those who have to make that choice.

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Aaron Murphy 1 year, 8 months ago on driver267

I'm not sure about Science Olympiad and NHS, but when I was in school, Band and Choir were considered electives - that is to say, they were classes you signed up for, not extracurricular. The band and choir also had fundraisers to participate in activities such as All-State honor events, trips to large group and solo and ensemble festivals, etc. If an $85 fee is necessary to keep extracurricular activites including sports and other activities as programs, I would support it - however it should not apply to elective classes.

One of the best things about Steamboat is the wide range of activities offered to students at the high school. I believe this is one of the major reasons we hear stories of SSHS graduates excelling in their post-academic endeavors. It would be difficult to choose which programs should and should not make the cut if $70,000 has to be removed. I don't envy those who have to make that choice.

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Aaron Murphy 2 years, 2 months ago on Do you support the city's proposal to cut Steamboat Springs Transit funding by eliminating the Yellow Line and nine full-time driving positions as well as reducing evening bus service in the summer?

Cutting the Yellow Line I understand, because it's consistently SST's lowest ridership. Able bodied college kids can hoof it up the hill with their ski and snowboard gear if they have to. But cutting nine full time positions? Surely the city can come up with a better way to trim money from their budget. What's a full time bus driver's salary compared to a city manager, a department head, etc... Start at the top, lead from the top.

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Aaron Murphy 2 years, 5 months ago on Steamboat police increase patrols in wake of Aurora shooting

Rhys-

It's no secret that you have your disagreements with local law enforcement there in Steamboat. You make that perfectly clear on just about every article that has anything to do with them.

But you are being unfair to the first responders, the victims, their families, and those who are grieving in the Aurora area to say, "never mind that the cops in the real town didn't get there 'til after everybody was dead." Everything I've read and heard indicates the first officers arrived on scene between 60 and 90 SECONDS after the first 911 call. Short of being at the theater when the shooter started his rampage (exactly what the SSPD is now doing), they couldn't have done anything more. Your statement is ignorant, hurtful, and disrespectful to those who have lost someone.

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Aaron Murphy 2 years, 8 months ago on Steamboat Tier 2 sports funding is uncertain

I like how the focus of this article is primarily on athletics, with a short mention of the SEAL program at the end. Student athletics (and activities, such as speech, Sid) are great. They give students an opportunity to participate in something outside of academics, increasing their chances to get into college, and making them more well-rounded and better off in the long run. But, these are difficult times, and the primary focus of our school system needs to be on education. Athletics and activities are voluntary, and I would rather see a "pay-to-play" system than see academic programs such as SEAL get cut. There are numerous programs that allow students to fund-raise and support their extra-curricular activities, and this is a community that gets behind it's student athletes. Shouldn't be hard for these activities to support themselves.

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Aaron Murphy 2 years, 9 months ago on Tom Ross: Fateful spin of the wheel

Don't get me wrong- I wish them luck, and I think it's exciting that a couple of locals are headed to be on Wheel of Fortune...

But $5000 a year in scratch tickets?!? That's almost $100 a week... imagine how far that would go towards first month, last month, and security deposit... wow...

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Aaron Murphy 3 years, 8 months ago on Questions linger in Steamboat library stabbing

seeuski-

that's the most logical thing I've heard anyone say in the comments on all the articles relating to this event.

well done.

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Aaron Murphy 3 years, 8 months ago on The Jail Report for April 2 to 8

Here's an idea...

Don't drink and drive...

Don't use drugs and drive...

As many of these arrests as show up in the report every week, it's a wonder that there haven't been more incidents with serious injuries or death related to impaired driving...

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Aaron Murphy 3 years, 8 months ago on Calm returns to Steamboat Springs' library

I personally like all the comments about how the victim's parents are surely going to sue someone for damages, and since the man appears to have nothing, then surely they're going to try to sue the library.

I'd like to think they're relieved that things didn't turn out any worse than they did, not conjuring up a way to make a quick buck because their kid was stabbed. The article says he was stabbed through the hands, was transported to the hospital, bandaged up, and released. The child wasn't stabbed in the chest, not in the face, no internal damage, no long term damage. This could have been a lot worse than it was. How about a little respect for the victim, and his family?

There seems to be an awful lot of speculation going on from people who weren't witnesses to the scene. Nothing wrong with that, it sparks conversation, but don't try to pass speculation off as fact.

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