John Weibel

John Weibel 21 hours, 47 minutes ago on Joe Meglen: Is Constitution relevant?

Yep Chris, John Oliver is no more than you or I. However, Common Sense seems to have flown out the window of what was or was not meant to be part of the intention of the constitution.

Maybe you ought to watch the John Oliver clip on how Philly has taken 1000 homes, how people driving to buy cars with cash have had their cash seized because normal people do not buy cars with actual cash. Though if picking up a car from someone not near you and you want to leave with title either a cashiers check or cash is the only certified funds (a cashiers check). With cash if there is something wrong with the car you bought on ebay you can take some cash out of the payment - thus having cash on you makes sense and there is no recourse as the asset is on trial not you.

By the way, forcing people into free speech zones because politicians do not want you near their event is not shouting fire or ebola.


John Weibel 1 day, 2 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Is Constitution relevant?

I think that you somehow misunderstand what many think of a living document and how to amend the constitution. The courts, interpreting the constitution to meet the perceived times would seem to be the issue that is presented.

One part of the constitution is rights of people to not have people's property unjustly seized by the government. Yet today, many states, counties and local jurisdictions are supplementing their budgets by doing just that. Many would say, well if your not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about. Last week with John Oliver kind of hit on the problem with how the constitution is being circumvented on not having assets seized.

The living document that we have has also been circumvented on free speech, via "free speech zones". This occurs not with a constitutional amendment but rather the legislative process, which requires 50.0001% majority not a super majority and all states signing off on a constitutional amendment.

As far as poverty that the government leviathan is trying to fix, in other countries they realized that access to capital is the problem, here we make it difficult for people to remain together to receive welfare.

Yep, you are right, there is a process to amend the constitution, however, that is not the issue. Heck, today we have the feds voting on reforming food safety laws, without any knowledge of what the laws will be. Many times those rules are drafted by big business as it makes the inspectors more "efficient" in being able to inspect lots of product with few inspectors. The rules also might be set up to limit competition as was done by the USDA not allowing independent inspection for mad cow dis-ease - which would have allowed the small processor, relatively, a competitive advantage over the corporate controlled big slaughterhouses.

So yes, while the constitution can be amended, but that is quite a process, not simply an up or down majority vote, as the states all need to sign off on that amendment.


John Weibel 1 day, 16 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Is Constitution relevant?

Voting em all out is a great solution... though actually trying to get back to a constitutional government would be a good thing. Opening the minds of those who have been closed to the constitution and its Iriquois foundation might be good. Unfortunately our schools have us indoctrinated to believe that the US was founded upon the beliefs that it is a Democracy not a constitutional republic... Plato described well how a democracy devolves into Mob Rule.


John Weibel 1 day, 17 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Is Constitution relevant?

Unfortunately drank beers watching CU lose....

However, given that slavery was kind of of entrenched in much of the world at the time and many of the people who signed the constitution. Geeze, you were alive at the time and can understand the dynamics of the time.

Unfortunately, the constitutional republic that existed has devolved into mob rule via the 17th amendment to the constitution, which allowed the direct election of representatives to the house and senate as opposed to having people that actually could vet people as opposed to the popularity contest that exists today or he who has the most money....

It is somewhat a living document but it requires quite a bit of thought and majority to change it not 1%.


John Weibel 2 days, 3 hours ago on Joe Meglen: Is Constitution relevant?

The problem Scott, lies in the foundation of the economy, which is not constitutionally justified. When one does not have a free and sound monetary system, which the bankers have used to concentrate wealth, many problems arise.

Jefferson stated it well... "If you give the power to coin money to the bankers, the corporations that grow up around them will take back all your forefathers have fought for."

The power to coin money is held by a private corporation that is supposed to turn over profits to the government.... However, it is not audited by the federal government and when sued by bloomberg to open records for the Tarp Bailout, it was shown that high ranking fed official's spouses were given extremely large loans at very low rates.

The game is rigged at the very foundational levels and the portion of the constitution that protected that is no longer utilized properly.

As far as child labor or workplace safety, I would contend that most of those issues can be solved constitutionally, if one actually follows the constitution.


John Weibel 5 days, 16 hours ago on Election Guide 2014: Steve Ivancie

Fiscal responsibility - sure, you betcha. Given you allowed the airport to run a $350,000 deficit at the airport restaurant, it seems to me that you simply rubber stamp your department heads ideas.

Promoting an environment that encourages business to locate in routt county. Given that agriculture is essentially non-existent in routt county, actually looking at what other counties do to promote it, might be wise. Yet, it seems that the government here wants to make it so expensive to operate in this county by holding ag to regulations that other counties do not, for sample greenhouses need to comply with the snow loads of the valley and yet most people would prefer the sun to get in and so snow on the roof makes no sense. Then meeting all the codes for structures that will be seasonal is silly and a waste of resources.

I guess old timers who have friends in the beef business might not like competition for leases on property or new ideas which might bring back the western heritage that was here years ago and not the cowboy image that is sold.

From my perspective voting for change and Cari is the only choose for the goals Mr Ivancie has laid out.


John Weibel 2 weeks ago on Our View: Course correction

Comparing yvr airport to other airports really is a waste of time. We have our own unique set of circumstances.

Yes pulling in planes for peak traffic times and then having a valley is hard on managing an airport. Though in order to get tourists here via plane to pay landing fees and thus pay off the mortgage the county has on the airport, that is what is needed to happen. So given those circumstances, how does the lmd work with airport management in order to allow loading to work in a way that airport staffing is maximized when it is there.

Then, while the three wire is discounted as only being part of the problem, to save face for county officials, it is still a critical piece of the puzzle. While one might scoff at the idea of using the three wire as a value added facility for small scale producers that is a fantastic idea. Many local products could be made in the facility in the slow times (airport wise), put in a shelf stable form and later sold. That way whomever is operating the three wire is actually working towards maximum utilization of the facility and might be able to help structure staffing so that seasonal staff in other airport areas have a job year round in some aspect.

Unfortunately our elected officials are failing in their fiduciary duties and need replaced. The airport is simply the tip of the iceburg.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Andrea Wilhelm: Another perspective

Gubamint need not use common sense, they have rules that must be followed. It does not matter if someone speaks up that the rule does not make sense because we have rules.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 5 years of declining passengers numbers zap airport revenues

A detailed plan on how to ensure the county is not stuck with the bond payments, without some clear vision on how to ensure proper revenues to cover the bond payments is poor planning. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

The counties decision on opening the restaurant itself was an exercise in failing to plan properly. The commissioners failure to be fiduciaries for their constituents in this episode could lead one to believe that they really are not fiduciaries of the public and simply rubber stamp department heads plans. That is not what this county needs, the county needs a replacement for the only seat up for re-election this year.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Local groups tackling issue of limited kitchen space in Steamboat Springs

Aw shucks you beat me too it. In reality, it is really hard to have value added in Steamboat Springs, because of rent and labor costs. Jump to Hayden, Oak Creek, etc and those costs fall dramatically.

Maybe the open space tax ought to go to fund agricultural infrastructure, so that potatoes could be grown here, stored and then sold year round. This as well as other products, which then make ag land more valuable as an agricultural use as opposed to retirement property. Can't think outside the box though, this is how it has been done for the last x years and we are not changing here.

It sure would be nice of the county also realized that most value added operations for ag are seasonal in nature and needing to comply with energy codes for a greenhouse - which mainly is to extend the growing season, or old structures could be used without costly re-engineering. Oh well, the health and general welfare are not that well served via a vibrant local agricultural sector.