Jim Kelley

Jim Kelley 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Margaret Huron: Time to give thanks

Russell, I'm guessing that Scott probably does share these Holiday good will feelings that Mrs Huron speaks of. ---I also think he means that while he may like the turkey, stuffing and mash potatoes, he does not like red herring with his Thanksgiving meal.

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Jim Kelley 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 2 suspected overdose deaths alarm Steamboat Springs community

Harvey, How does your trite little narrative on the political leanings of opiate addicts play in the following states?:

West Virginia Kentucky Oklahoma Utah Ohio Arizona Tennessee Pennsylvania

Each of these are states in the "top 10" for overdose deaths. Guess how many of these stalwart red states has legal marijuana? ----None, in case you weren't sure.

Harvey, not everything can be labeled with neat little political narratives such as you assert here. If this wasn't such a serious issue, your statement would be laughable. In this instance, it's just plain moronic.

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Jim Kelley 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Gregory H. Hermann: Treasurer deserves apology

True Chuck. But the Treasurers job description does not include "interpretations" of State Law, especially with no precedent. Her job description also doesn't include activism, obstruction, or lack of transparency. For being such a champion of "less government" how do you defend her using her own lawyers at the expense of tax payers? How do you defend these "lawyers" attacking our commissioners?!? ....Oh yeah, I guess I do know. No need to answer. Good luck continuing to run for any office you can find and getting the same results.

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Jim Kelley 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Gregory H. Hermann: Treasurer deserves apology

Harvey,

You can try to make this out to be a pro coal or anti coal thing, but Horn's actions do not play into this narrative despite your clever "Bong and food fight" analogy. Do you actually think that the citizens, parents, and students of Soroco aren't aware of the funding of their school district? (Remember, the middle school in South Routt was actually USING coal for the heating system up until about five years ago.) I'm pretty sure we all know here in South Routt of Coals importance and it's funding of schools, medical facilities, fire departments, etc. What's more concerning to us is that Horn likes to play games with her position for ulterior motives while directly hurting these critical entities. Did you or Horn attend the emergency meetings that RE3 school district had to convene to try and scramble for funding? Did you or Horn attend the State level meetings where they had to provide unprecedented State loans to RE3 so it can operate. Or South Routt Medical Board, or the West Routt fire district, or.....Her actions had real, months long affects on many with many stressful hours wasted.
Harvey, how does pointing out Peabody's funding for RE3 make Horn's actions more defensible?
----Needless to say, the parents and citizens of South Routt who actually work at the mine are fully aware of it's importance without needing you to point it out to them! Regardless, Horn is not looking out for "Us" but her, and herself only!

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Jim Kelley 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Gregory H. Hermann: Treasurer deserves apology

Exactly Scott! SHE should be the one apologizing to RE3 school district (Soroco), West Routt fire, South Routt Medical, and all other entities affected by her self serving agenda. There was absolutely no reason for her actions that led to this fiasco. Claiming she leveraged interest in this deal is bull. Claiming State law forbid her from doing so is bull. Absolutely no precedent for this "stance". She could have and should have accepted the payment offered to quickly relieve these entities and THEN kept the heat on Peabody for interest. Instead, she funneled $$ through these "lawyers" using this "agreement" as a ploy to ensure these crony "lawyers" were "paid" while trying to hide/shield this from Routt Taxpayers.

Routt County already has lawyers, without added expense, for legal services and they aren't political cronies. Complete charade while gaining the County nothing it didn't already have coming them and endangering critical entities. All this from a TREASURER! ---which is supposed to be the least political office.

Mr. Hermann, this isn't a Republican vs Democrat argument (Remember, Horn's biggest foe was Cari Hermacinski, a very well respected AND electable GOP commissioner) ---This was just a self serving attempt to elevate her stature (failed) and serve her cronies (succeeded)

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Jim Kelley 1 month ago on Our view: Residents deserve to know

Chuck, If we end up at the same place but put a school district into financial crisis requiring unprecedented State Intervention, then it was a useless charade. If we end up the same place, but we had to foot the bill to pay for Horn's legal (dubious!) and PR firm bills, then it was a useless charade. If the whole process further poisons the relationship this treasurer has with our respected county commissioners, then this was a useless charade. If the whole process leaves the tax payers of Routt County wondering just how this whole process has played out only to be told that the treasurer is prevented from transparency due to a "confidentiality" agreement, then it was a useless charade. Chuck, if the whole process turns into a "circle the wagons" and a CYA for you and Ms. Horn, well so be it. We are all watching and it's become apparent that this has been a useless charade. ----With consequences. Your endorsement of this reckless behavior is telling.

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Jim Kelley 1 month ago on County Treasurer Brita Horn: overdue Peabody taxes in the mail Nov. 11

Odder and odder? How about Odder and odder AND odder. Don't forget that these "lawyers" are actually political cronies and that they attacked our esteemed and well respected county commissioners with a threatening letter when the commissioners pressed Horn on why, why and why concerning Peabody's delinquent payment offering. Commissioner Hermacinski who shares the same party affiliation as Horn, was particularly targeted and intimidated by these "lawyers" advising and steering Horn. NOW, Horn actually has the gall to try and hide her shenanigans behind a "confidentiality agreement" with Peabody??? This is beyond bizarre, even for the clown show that is Horn. How can any"confidentiality agreement" supersede the taxpayers right to know what they are paying for? This can't be legally inaccessible information and obviously, she is trying to hide something that would further embarrass her. -----Like exposing her not being able to leverage "fees" or interest that she pretended to care about, and not wanting to show how much this folly has actually costs Routt County.

It appears that her whole goal all along was to try and elevate her "importance" among her political cronies and to further drive an obstructionist agenda at the County level. All this from a Treasurer whose job description is very clear and limited. All of this at the expense of RE-3 school district, South Routt Medical Clinic, West Routt Fire Districtt, a library district, a cemetery, and the County Government. Some of these entities suffered almost grave financial consequence requiring State intervention! She has obviously exceeded her budget dealing with this and specifically for having personal "lawyers" (who, based on what is known, i.e. the letter to commissioners, didn't actually provide any legal advise but threatening propaganda instead). Hopefully, the County and the Pilot will be able to expose this fraud. As soon as it does, the Commissioners should proceed with any and all legal means to remove her from her job. If not, a recall would be the next course of action.

(Even though it's late in the game, It would be nice to see this issue be addressed by the current candidates for county commissioner if, for no other reason, to daylight this bizarre situation further and to see a firm stand against this fleecing. .....I know where Corrigan stands on this. ..... Dapper???)

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Jim Kelley 1 month, 1 week ago on Local allergy sufferers affected by EpiPen price spike

Every answer to this really flies in the face of "free market".

----Especially when considering the concept of "owning" a molecular structure.

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Jim Kelley 1 month, 1 week ago on Local allergy sufferers affected by EpiPen price spike

How about no patent protection for new drugs after 10-15 years? How about no patent protection for life saving drugs, period?

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