John Weibel

John Weibel 3 days, 1 hour ago on Former Routt County deputy treasurer arrested on embezzlement charges

I do not believe Eric was suggesting that theft was okay. I believe the thought process is Just that the governments power to tax might be seen as theft, especially when one does not agree with how it is spent, wether on grain subsidies, unending wars for ???, etc..

To take it farther, you can not even question their almighty rules without being beaten down by the powers that be. No checks and balances needed just rule by authoritarian force.

Personally, I thought those in goverent were here to serve us not enslave us to meaningless outdated rules that many times move the wrong direction of what should be happening.


John Weibel 5 days, 11 hours ago on Jim Clark: Why do we have to call it 'Mud Season'?

Maybe you have not seen mud season in the way those involved in agriculture have. It's not a term to market to tourists, it is stating a fact of how life is here.


John Weibel 1 week, 3 days ago on Ed Miklus: Unified policing

That is a lot of fear there. If there is transparency and like Mr. Douglas suggested a citizen watchdog committee overseeing the consolidated forces, it would be a far better operation than what probably exists today.

Just because they share a facility and many common needs, does not mean that the operation will devolve into your worst fears. Even though departments are consolidated, you can still get it down to the lowest level possible with citizen oversight and those working not so far removed from "we the people".

The rabid fear elements of the libertarianism do far more harm than help, in actually trying to return to the government as our forefathers envisioned. Not the he who has the most money can buy our government we have today, which is corporatism not capitalism.


John Weibel 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Ed Miklus: Confused by reports

unfortunately red blood in the veins of the reporter and those in government. That means they are subject to make mistakes. Though many times people do not like to admit they made a mistake and think because of their positions they can do no wrong.


John Weibel 1 month ago on Building a friendlier downtown: Downtown URA Q&A

If interest rates are lower today than they expect them in the future, what impact will those increased rates have on future property values? Rising rates will have doward pressure on rates and unfortunately tax revenues making future county and school funding more difficult. Needless to say also the projected tax increases to fund using others money to pay for these grand ideas


John Weibel 1 month ago on Building a friendlier downtown: Steamboat Springs City Council weighs urban renewal plan

So in the last 35 or so interest rates have been falling. When the trend reverses as it has throughout history what will happen to property values that are to find these projects?

Interest rates moving from 4 to 5 percent will increase the carrying costs by 20%. As those carrying costs rise downward pressure on property values will become greater.

The biggest risk is not in making some bold investment to draw more tourists, to differentiate this town/region from others. What made this area different was the fact that it is not a box canyon with a more rural feel. It is not fancy benches next to a river, streetlights, etc., but rather the intangibles the other places could not easily replicate. Not that this community seems to want to embrace its roots.

If you have 17 million to invest in the community, what will provide you with the highest marginal reaction towards moving you to your underlying goals ( I would guess that is vision 2030). My thoughts would lead me to different ways to get there. You have a new bakery that could be part of the draw. Buying and leasing them equipment so they can produce their product be able to be priced in a way that might its regional distribution, creating another reason to visit river city. It also works towards a broader economic base. Finally, it is an economic activity which is focused on creative ways of generating wealth not extracting it from tourists, which may fail to come in the same numbers in the future as technology continues to destroy jobs.


John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Regis professor says business must be sustainable

Yep topsoil is carbon. Increasing it as he has done around the country and Canada has the ability to quickly right the co2 numbers. Unfortunately little funding to show his work is available as there is no money to be made off it. The co2 trading schemes have no mechanism to actually guage how much carbon comes out of the atmosphere in my discussion with Abe and research.

Ag subsidies almost entirely go to gmo and large farms. Ending the subsidies will cause small farms to be more competitive. Doing so works toward one of the three pillars of sustainability directly, the financial side. It works to the environmental side by undoing the incentives that row cropping has and will help to solve the dead zones as most row crops are used for feed. Then as Kevin Fulton, Litchield Nebraska (written up in the times many times), has done without the eliminating subsidies, put more humans to work at decent wages by leasing buying up conventional farms to put them back into grasslands and is putting people to work over tractors being more socially sustainable and helping.

Joel Salatin, not the leader on the area of mob grazing, and many others are showing how mob grazing is improving grass yields over time by six fold. That is six times the carbon being utilized by plants and taken from the atmosphere.

Taxing machines for their labor like humans will also and put regional food systems back on the map.

Where will the subsidy money come from when those machines displace the 33% of jobs they are forecasting?

Heaven forbid that there is a solution that may require less government. Unfortunately those pencil pushers in the ivory towers know more than us pleabs in the real world.


John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Regis professor says business must be sustainable

Steve Lewis,

I offered a suggestion on how to mitigate excess carbon in the atmosphere, as proposed by others.

Go watch the video of Abe Collins here and while we are worried about CO2 emissions, that CO2 can be used to grow more food, if our soil structures can be improved upon. Improving the soil structure (rebuilding the topsoil that was eroded via tillage over the last 200 years) will also make the land more drought tolerant as the water infiltrates the soil and releases slowly.

End the federal agricultural subsidies and you put more people to work, you improve the nutritional quality of our food and thus the health of the people ,the environmental conditions as the fertilizers and pesticides so heavily used in row cropping will wane.

The grain subsidies and the distortions to the free market have caused some of the largest problems we face and can be fixed by phasing them out. Unfortunately, more government and taxes are the solution to all our ills.

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