John Weibel

John Weibel 1 week, 2 days ago on Kevin Sankey: Before vote, know facts

A woman's, I met at a Montessori school outside of Boulder, brother was contracted by China to go over there and set up Montessori schools as they found that many of there engineers were fantastic at replicating what they had seen done before, but were less accomplished at creatively coming up with solutions.

I am not just making crap up, read the referenced article and think open your mind to allow some divergent thoughts to enter into them. We are conditioned to take everything at face value and the world is not black or white.

The school bond issue is a good example. Putting the alternative high school kids in the middle school at the old high school is a bad idea. If the school board was worried about maintaining a field house that price people would fund then what about the fields that will need to be maintained when this project is complete.


John Weibel 1 week, 3 days ago on Kevin Sankey: Before vote, know facts

Do we really know what the 21st century skills are going to be? Will classrooms that teach people how to think really provide that. In China they have realized that while fantastic test takers, the engineers they produce have little creativity.

We export the most intellectual property in the world, because of curious people. From the linked article " divergent thinking skills are thought to be at the heart of creativity" and yet we seem to squash that today.

Anyway I find it funny that the district fails to consider what the charter Montessori will do for enrollment and most likely that, that form of education process will fail and the parents are simply seeking out ways to get their students out of overcrowded schools and will return when there is adequate space.

By the way Steph's comment about the continuity of kids not moving from teacher is at the heart of Montessori with three year stints in one classroom. This allows all of the kids to be looked up to and be the leaders as they should be asked to show the younger students how to do the work they were taught when they entered the classroom. It also has been shown that when you stop segregating by age other ways kids segregate themselves tend to vanish.


John Weibel 1 week, 4 days ago on Ken Collins: GOP puzzles resident

Mark, that is probably how anyone justifies defending what they believe. The truth is generally a shade of grey. Unfortunately as Mark Twain stated it is harder to convince one of being fooled than being fooled in the first place.

Not commenting on the topic in any way as it goes for the left, right, center, inside or outside. People hold dear what they believe in. In most cases, coming to grips with something that goes against what one believes that some humans are capable of doing for whatever reason they have, just will not be allowed.

Just as the right wing nuts will jigger the facts to represent what they desire, so will the left or whatever else you want to call the party defending their position. It is hard to stand up and state that maybe you made a mistake. I do on a daily basis, but telling another that you were wrong is hard to do. Did so in a debate about american beef used in Micky D's burgers in the 90s to a co-worker as a late night discussion on their "American" beef had to be from the good ole USofA and after pondering it, I said he was right and Brazil was American, just South and he stated that he was impressed I would concede and apologize, leaving a big impact and something I try and do, when I realize I am at fault.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Letter to the editor: Writer wants opinions

Really all that is needed are actual rules with teeth to stop people from treading on others. Fines for noise x decibels between x and y and less at times b to c. Make the fines on the property owner and short term renter. Develop a form that all landlords have for anyone to sign to acknowledge that both will be fined if they break rules parking, trash, etc..

By the way a hog feedlot is an ag operation and protected by state right to farm laws. Not that I want one near me but living in a rural setting brings with it the possibility of one. In one western slope community the new purchasers of homes must sign a form acknowledging that they are moving into an ag setting and that the corn may block their view as one person sued over in that county. Also other ag practices that one may not desire


John Weibel 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Letter to the Editor: Response to Monger

Guess that those locals wondring why sometimes 129 is not plowed more than once some days are a nuisance also. Once that major artery was down to one lane because of drifting snow, at about 3pm one weekend afternoon.

Sometimes we wonder why the plow crews on days with no snow don't wait to plow it until later in the day when the warmth has melted it a bit, also must be clowns for questioning the "professionals".


John Weibel 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

It is also hard to move on as some things I may have built differently, in my new structure to make cheese if given the opportunity to temporarily operate out of the immaculate 300 square feet as opposed to a 20 box truck last summer. Though it did allow for many functional process' to be laid out mentally in my head before construction. However, it did not allow for making the soft chess I had made in my home because of sanitation fears that were not an issue in 300 quarto feet, that bessy may have ignited while kicking over a lantern in the ag section of what would be termed ag in every other code than maybe the building departments!


John Weibel 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

Unfortunately, it is hard to move on when the only explanation that one can get for the treatment of the government is that it is political and one simply must follow any and all rules, without question - even with supporting documentation from those who train building inspectors (as another was forced to put in a $50,000 sprinkler system - which was in essence taking that money out to the parking lot and burning it - though the building department, profited from the extra expense - that nasty word, yet even non-profits must have some form of profit to pay salaries, utilities, etc.).

Oh well and yet the story of Robin Hood robing from the rich to give to the poor is so mis-interpreted as he stole from a corrupt government and gave it back to the taxpayers.

Though in this case, the individual should be sent to a rock quarry to pay his debt to society.


John Weibel 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

Yep Doug, probably paying his medical bills, just like we pay to preserve local land that would not be developed anyway for ranchers, giving them a competitive advantage over others. Just like we subsidiZe grain production to feed livestock, generally using known carcinogens at a rate of 1lb per year per person in this country.

Yet lets tax employers on those they employ and give tax breaks to technology that puts people out of work and so much more.

Yet at the local level one can not question the imposition of local codes that make life more expensive without being yelled at, or in another's case going to a building department trainer who refutes the local wisdom and yet local leaders state that it is political now and they can not question the bureaucrats


John Weibel 4 weeks ago on Jan Stalcup: Bond issue good idea

So do it elsewhere, it alleviates a problem that exists today with a solution today. It does not forecast the future to alleviate problems that may not come to fruition.

Bond rates may rise, construction costs may rise but they may stagnate who knows. But one could also set up bond terms to accelerate payment terms so the tax increase is the same the bond payoff date is in a shorter time frame and then when/if additional expansion is needed the initial remodeling costs are paid off and a new bond can be issued for additional construction based upon what the world looks like in ten years given how rapidly technology is changing.


John Weibel 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Jan Stalcup: Bond issue good idea

It is too bad that the plan for moving forward is bricks and mortar at the high school level. Technology is allowing so much more to occur in education today.

A mountain k-8 or 9 would reduce a little busing. Also, make the classrooms at all levels multiage as it helps to level out the fact that the kids are entering school at different maturity levels with nearly a year in age difference from the oldest to youngest, which surely impacts their ability to learn certain concepts. Have the kids help teach other kids, which reinforces what they have learned and are teaching to others.

Unfortunately the traditional educational format that tends to reinforce the cast system is all that is viewed as a best practice. Dropping 92 million for changes that may be obsolete in 5 years seems crazy, though it is for the kids and so will be the mort(death)-gage(grip) payments.