Fred Duckels

Fred Duckels 16 hours, 37 minutes ago on State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush pushing to keep Safe Routes to School grants alive

She's bringing home the bacon, it's bipartisan and it's for the little children, winners all. If Dianne wants to earn her keep she can introduce a bill to look into the incestuous relationship between the union/government workers and the Democrat Party concerning rate of return guaranteed government employees under PERA. That is generational theft that robs the same little children of their future. Maybe the children should get a vote here.

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Fred Duckels 3 days, 14 hours ago on Ira Wertenteil: Privatization sensible

This is certainly worth a try but the elephant in the room is separating public employees from the teat of government. Once it is established that the project is open for privatization we will have more opportunities than we are envisioning. That does not mean that the new inspectors will all be from out of town. It costs 45% more to hire a government worker compared to private so this would be a start in the right direction.

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Fred Duckels 4 days, 14 hours ago on Ben Beall: Where are GenXers, millennials?

The social engineers had a dream and along came the SB700 group to fulfill that vision. The irony was that the Community Alliance "social engineers" were the first ones to circulate a petition to put an end to their wet dream that they thought would never be built. Who is going be the next developer to stick his neck out?

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Fred Duckels 5 days, 14 hours ago on Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

Jim, I cannot see government competing with the private sector. First we need to determine what our present system costs, this can only be accomplished by an independent audit as government employees will fight tooth and nail to cloud the issue and keep the empire alive. Second it will be necessary to establish parameters and requirements in calling for proposals. All of your concerns can be addressed and it is time to find out the low bidder. This will not be an instant fix but neither is Obamacare. You are making assumptions on SAFE but local folks can then come forward with proposals and maybe we could even have the same employees, only for less money. The other fly in the ointment is elected officials looking out for their interests and not the publics.

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Fred Duckels 5 days, 15 hours ago on Omar M. Campbell: Changing America

We are forced to print money in order to keep interest rates low and the markets high, otherwise overpromised government pension and benefit funds would drive us all into bankruptcy.

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Fred Duckels 6 days, 15 hours ago on Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

The pay gap between public and private is out of control and is getting wider every day. Outsourcing is a very effective, albeit, making elected officials more vulnerable. Public jobs are defended with vigor and will not be relinquished easily.

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Fred Duckels 1 week ago on What could go where Staples is leaving?

I think that the MJ facilities will remain across the tracks on the west side of town. This does serve to help the busses remain relevant with the users needing a ride thru town.

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