John St Pierre


John St Pierre 4 months, 1 week ago on Jim Clark: Investing in tourism makes sense

LOL maybe the gap is the never ending 8 hour drive across Kansas... or the unreliability of flights in and between Denver and Hayden when its not Ski Season...


John St Pierre 4 months, 1 week ago on Gary Burkholder: Coal miner speaks out

Your right Scott.... Unfortunately Natural Gas is becoming the new norm..... fracking has created a whole new ball game... many of the power plants in the Midwest have converted to Natural Gas...


John St Pierre 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Drone owners must now register with FAA

Damn straight,,, I had issues with that this summer with someone up the street flying there "bbbzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ing" drone over the back yard for hours..... actually threw some rocks at it but could not hit the F'ng thing....... called PD but they could not locate the owner..... have bought a BB gun and awaiting a replay!!!


John St Pierre 4 months, 4 weeks ago on Commissioners, treasurer sound off

EXACTLY!!!!! A fact which Miss Horn knew several months ago by her own admission at the meeting.... Mr. Kelly's comments are dead on....


John St Pierre 5 months ago on Brita Horn: Story missed facts

What is Ms. Horn Agenda here???? at best character assassination certainly appears to be on it...


John St Pierre 5 months, 1 week ago on D.A. says Routt County commissioners did no wrong in setting up PayPal account

Right now, there is only one person who can see the county’s accounts, and it isn’t a county commissioner.”

That in itself is a major concern.... if this is true that only one person has access to see all the county's account this is flies in the face of every accounting practice. There should always be 2 independent set's of eyes on any account to insure no improprieties.... just look down the road to what happened in Grand County recently......


John St Pierre 5 months, 1 week ago on Daniel Tyler: Polish up post office


Thanks for a great letter... I have been shocked of late of the condition of the post office... Wed nite when I went to get my mail I was jaw dropped when I walked in and saw how filthy the floor was and the volume of trash everywhere....


John St Pierre 5 months, 1 week ago on Kevin Copeland: Read up on climate

Confused..... if the earth is only 6250 yrs old per the very religious right.... how is any of this possible???? LOL !!!!!


John St Pierre 6 months, 1 week ago on City Council to consider downtown blight designation on Tuesday

One should be very very careful with areas declared "blighted" as a developer can come along and with the city's help take your property for a "higher" use.... once an area is "blighted" the law easily allows the next step: eminent domain

In law, a single word can go a long way—and in many states, that word is “blight.” It is no longer used to describe properties that are dilapidated, rundown or rat-infested. Instead, state and local “blight” statutes throughout the United States are increasingly being used to condemn perfectly nice homes and small businesses for outrageous reasons.

Decades ago, lawmakers enacted urban renewal statutes as a way to restore residential and commercial slums. The basic idea behind these programs—which have long been recognized as failures even to urban planners—was to improve communities and eliminate dangers that particular properties posed to the health and safety of the public. Generally, urban renewal programs gave local officials the power to seize buildings that tangibly endangered citizens in these communities (though the police power already provided that ability).

Unfortunately, City officials across the nation have employed these same statutes to take or threaten beautiful homes and businesses, and the very idea behind urban renewal programs has been perverted to allow the seizure of properties that just happen to be in locations that are desirable to developers.
Local governments engage in so-called blight removal in accordance with local codes and state statutes, all of which trigger the power of eminent domain. The problem, however, is that these laws are written with such broad, sweeping language that leaves perfectly good property vulnerable to condemnation for private development. For example, some of the most common legal criteria under which property is taken by eminent domain are obsolescence, faulty arrangement or design, excessive land coverage, deleterious land use, and obsolete layout.

These criteria are so vague and so ubiquitous that they could be used to take literally every home, business and place of worship across the country. Increasingly, City officials are using “faulty arrangement” and “obsolete layout” to justify their use of eminent domain for private profit—and these terms are often used to describe businesses with parking in the front as opposed to the back, or homes with small side yards.

Standards may change, but the fundamental right to hold on to what’s yours does not