david niedermeier

david niedermeier 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Jim Boyne: A world-class event

David, My understanding is that the 10 dollars is expected to be paid by everyone even though there are no button police. I don't think you were getting scammed. There was a volunteer doing what he was told- 10 bucks a head. Could you sneak in without paying? Absolutely. Should you? The fireworks show alone is a steal for $10.

Great show. Thanks to all involved putting it together.

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david niedermeier 9 months ago on A legacy of success: Spotlight on Sunshine Owens

Understood that this is an article about SSWC. However, Sunny's success and work in our community as a dentist, small business owner and employer have and will continue to have far greater impact than what can be accomplished ski racing. Greatly appreciate the way she is able to skillfully work on our son, somehow giving injections and pulling teeth while keeping him calm and comfortable. Thanks Sunny.

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david niedermeier 9 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs School District reports successful 1st year for health clinic

This article is somewhat misleading. The school district has been saving and will hopefully continue to save a substantial amount of money by having gone to a mainly self-insured model. The district now has a much less expensive policy than in the past and then pays up to a $75,000 deductible before insurance covers further expenses. This is a similar model to what YVMC has and potential savings are enormous. It is that self-insured model that has curbed the cost of its health care. The clinic has little if anything to do with that. The clinic saw just under 1000 visits for $248,000 last year. (And that 1000 may be somewhat inflated as some of those visits were apparently encouraged by “ipad giveaways.”) They said they saw about 14 patients per month with high risk problems such as diabetes, hypertension or depression. To me it seems that the clinic disrupts the continuity of care that my primary care colleagues and I consider important and at an optimistic $248 per visit it's not much of a bargain. Moreover, much of that $248,000 leaves the valley to pay the company staffing the clinic. Basically, it seems odd that the clinic is earning credit for the health care savings when in fact the majority of the savings has come from a very logical wholesale change in the approach to buying health insurance and going self-insured.

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david niedermeier 11 months ago on Students tackle 5K, raise money for Steamboat schools

Huge thanks to Amy and all of those parents working so hard to support the schools through events like this and the Challenge Fund. Keep it up. And thanks to all of those in our community who don't have kids in the schools but appreciate the value of a great education and have been generously writting the checks to back up the talk.

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david niedermeier 1 year, 5 months ago on Our View: Time for honest class size discussion in Steamboat school district

Scott, Totally agree that quality of teachers is the most important issue and should not be sacrificed for smaller classes. Test scores however, whether more or less important than class size, are harder to meaningfully compare from school to school because the student populations are so variable.

My main point is that in addition to these decisions directly affecting the education of students is that they have implications for creating a desirable and successful community. That is a difficult metric get a grasp on but I think in speaking with parents ( N's of 1-not good science) you easily see that class size is an important factor not only for quality of education but for "desirability" of a community.

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david niedermeier 1 year, 5 months ago on Our View: Time for honest class size discussion in Steamboat school district

Whether real or perceived, the benefits of smaller class sizes in public schools are a significant factor for families who value education to seek out Steamboat as a place to raise their children. Number of students per class is a simple statistic to compare across school systems and is probably the first and easiest surrogate marker used to gauge quality of education and a comminty's commitment to education. These are often going to be families involved in volunteering in the schools and themselves contributing to the quality of education. These are also young professionals who buy houses, start or run business, pay employees and greatly contribute to our community as a whole, not just the school system.

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david niedermeier 1 year, 6 months ago on Steamboat briefs: Bruggink on president’s list at Wayland Baptist

Congratulations to Lauryn. Admirable academics while continuing an impressive wrestling career. Love seeing news on local kids crushing it in the classroom and not just in sports.

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david niedermeier 2 years, 11 months ago on Monday Medical: Vaccines help protect the community

Freerider: "It's interesting that medical schools teach nothing about preventive medicine or how to stay healthy , nothing zero it's drugs , drugs , drugs and more drugs from day one"

Maybe you went to a second rate medical school, or didn't make it past day one.

Completely false assertion.

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david niedermeier 2 years, 11 months ago on Monday Medical: Vaccines help protect the community

"Follow the money" seems to be a recurring theme. I would completely agree that in medicine there exist significant conflicts of interest, as in many other professions. Just because a conflict of interest exists does not mean that it shapes your behavior or makes a product or treatment choice wrong- medically or ethically. Do you distrust the makers of abs brakes, helmets, guard rails, ground wires, climbing ropes or releasable bindings because they stand to make a profit on protecting you from harm? Obviously not. (What about MMJ for that matter-I'm surprised there was no MMJ reference 6 comments in yet) So, do we need good science, ideally from independent researchers regarding vaccines? Absolutely. Can we write off vaccines as evil because someone is making money from them? Obviously not.

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