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I studied this issue in 2007 when the City was considering splitting off and going with a private firm. What I came to understand at that time was that there is little reason to consider privatization unless there is a lack of expertise locally to handle inspections. As Carl mentioned, the department is paid for by the fees that are collected through the permitting process, not by tax dollars. When you ask the folks who are most directly impacted by the building department, the contractors, they will all tell you that privatizing the system is an excellent way to guarantee more delays, and worse service. What you can be sure of is that privatization of the building department means more of the money, and more of the expertise, will leave our community.
I would encourage the county officials studying this to consider the real impacts of this decision, and I hope that they opt to keep these services in the hands of the locals who really know our community and have real experience in our valley. Don't be fooled by the fancy sales pitch!
Mike suggests the following... "Let’s make a requirement that everyone must show valid ID, proof of legitimate employment and pass an intelligence test on the issues and candidates on the ballot before they can vote." I wonder if Mike would agree that the same standards should be enforced in order to purchase or own a firearm? Of course, I'm sure we all know that the his answer would be "no." Please do tell me if I am mistaken, Mike.
I'm with Kathy here. The rhetoric is beyond tired. I have not heard any suggestion that the right to bear arms be abolished. All we are talking about is under what conditions and circumstances the 2nd amendment shall be upheld and how to balance the rights of our citizens to bear arms with their equally important rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
Thank you for the good work you do for our community!
I'd like to thank Jon for coming to our city and lending us a good measure of his talent and his spirit. Jon and LeAnn Roberts have warmed our community each day they have spent in it and I hope that they know that Steamboat still welcomes them. Maybe now they can enjoy Steamboat the way most of its residents do... without the politics.
The poll regarding the casino has received 1668 votes, almost twice the total number the next most active Steamboat Today poll in history. This number is not just unusual, but it strikes me as statistically inconceivable. I think that the Pilot ought to take a hard look at the results and should tighten up the system if it is prone to abuse. If the polls can be skewed by a few savvy and unscrupulous users, then the polls should be abandoned.
It is not an easy thing to do to hold the line on these expenses. These are your friends and coworkers. I remember not very long ago when a city staff and finance department, as this recession really kicked in, told the council that they were budgeting a 2% decrease in sales tax revenue. That council asked them to come back with a budget for a 20% decline. If I recall correctly the actual number came in at almost a 17% decline in sales tax revenue from the previous year.
The council members were not smarter or more insightful than the city staff. They simply saw the recession coming because they were individuals who were mostly working in the private sector who had a front row seat for the carnage. That is why representative government works… sometimes.
The City of Steamboat Springs, and its elected policy making citizens, has an obligation to take care of its employees. It also has an obligation to maintain an appropriate level of service for all of its citizens and visitors. It is your job to strike the balance.
Make sure that the balance that you find is sustainable.
Rob Douglas works hard every day to discredit himself and his conservative cause. Today he more than excelled at the task. Interesting, by the way, that Rob would criticize anyone for having a rage problem....
Kevin is absolutely correct Rob, your comments sound terribly racist. The idea that any man would endeavor to destroy our nation because of his African heritage and "rage" issues is insulting and well below even your standards. It seems that those who preach for the right are just happy to return to their comfort zone of fear-mongering and silly conspiracy theories.
How long is it going you all to realize that the answers to our political dysfunction are not going to come from the right wing or the left wing? Both the "left" and the "right" suffer from a severe case of rectal cranial inversion, and it is the job of the majority of level headed citizens to push politics back towards the middle again.
The Kyteler's owners left a lot of people hanging, no doubt. The new owners are locals and have no association with the former ownership. Neil is correct, it would be senseless to punish the current owners for the sins of the previous ownership group. We should all be excited to see see locals opening new businesses, and I would personally much rather spend my dollars to support locally owned establishments.
Good luck Kerry and Brent! I hope the new year brings lots of success!
Nancy is truly a dedicated public servant. She is also a genuinely warm and caring human being. Her leadership and passion will be greatly missed. Thank you Nancy.
It is simply time for our country to have an honest conversation about the effectiveness of Marijuana prohibition. On balance, has the war on drugs benefited our citizens more than harmed them? Is the ongoing cost worth the results? I answer "no" on both counts.
Our society makes light of Marijuana use. From late night talk show hosts, to movies and music, simply put, our culture has accepted that Marijuana is not a hard drug as the federal government still maintains. There appears to be evidence that Marijuana may cause some harm, and there appears to be evidence that Marijuana may have some benefits. Fine, let the debate rage on.
I personally am more concerned about precisely what Dr. Sharp referenced at the end of his diatribe. There are still ridiculous consequences in our country for the use of Marijuana. Bottom line is that if you are well off and just "experimenting" you will escape the legal system without too much trauma, but clearly some pay a heavy price for their daliances. What is the average cost per year to the taxpayer to incarcerate drug users? What is the cost to their families? And what extra burden is then passed back on our taxpayers as broken families become an extra burden on the system?
We cannot secure our borders. This country will never have the resources to quell the demand for Marijuana. Regulation and taxation are a much better way to handle the demand for this substance than prohibition and incarceration.
I will vote NO on the ban. Not because I believe the dispensary system is perfect, or that Marijuana use is all about medicine, but because this is how citizens push the conversation forward. Some have argued that those who voted for Amendment 20 did not vote for the current state of affairs, but I can assure you that everyone who voted for it, and that was a sizeable percentage in our neck of the woods, did say that the federal government is simply wrong in its current approach. A vote which upholds the basic premise that Marijuana may have some medicinal value (or at least little risk) simply contradicts standing US policy.
The vote you cast now is bigger than Steamboat. If you want to send a message that prohibition and criminalization are good policy, then vote yes. If you prefer a culture of freedom from unreasonable intrusion by government, vote no. The burden of prohibition is bourne by taxpayers who pay to fight a "war" which cannot be won, incarcerate neighbors who would benefit more from education and rehabilitation, and support the broken familes our misguided policy has created.
And with all due respect Dr. Sharp, I happen to believe that I live in one of the safest, most family friendly, genuine communities on the face of the planet. In my mind, this is evidence that I live amongst good people. I do not know if they smoke pot or drink martinis, and as long as they continue to be the good neighbors I know them all to be, I don't care. Anger is never the answer.
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