John Weibel

John Weibel 1 day, 11 hours ago on Dennis Brust: Government control of health care


I have found lower prices that I had to pay an additional out of pocket deductible for... so no insurance carriers do not always find the lowest rate.

some primary care doctors were dropping insurance payment options all together and requiring consumers to have a catastrophic plan, plus pay an annual payment to them for all services. Reducing the amount of overhead they had in their operations to comply with all the paperwork required for insurance.

Why is it that we fail to reward those who eat well, exercise and do not participate in activities that are more apt to injure one causing more health care costs. There are cardiologists that will not move out of the south because of the the high rates of service needed, to a healthier state. Gee, it seems to me that there ought to be a mechanism so that people are rewarded for eating nutrient dense foods (not laced with pesticides that will most likely cause one harm), exercise and the like if you are talking about reducing costs.

For that matter figuring out how to get the local hospital to charge less for services one can easily drive to Denver and pay significantly less for, as I have analyzed the costs of going to denver for a cat scan.


John Weibel 5 days, 20 hours ago on Doug Monger: Trade deal crucial to economy

By the way how is the tpp, going to allow cool labeling? Fact is it won't because foreign corps will say that local reg costs us money and you can't require it.

maybe the tpp will help out Monsanto and its attempt to corner food production through its acquisition of seed companies. It really will do nothing for the producer and yet for the most part ranchers try to fight for nature and lose the expense battle. Maybe as opposed to thinking about how international trade is going to allow ag to succeed you ought to think of how the local government makes it hard.

I have a hard time believing there are so many that think you are a good choice to represent them. Oh well, try to sell them on international trade deals you think you know what they will do as opposed to reading the document and allowing the grey matter to ruminate on all the potential consequences good and bad prior to endorsing a piece of legislation that may usurp any local oversight.


John Weibel 5 days, 20 hours ago on Doug Monger: Trade deal crucial to economy

Commissioner Monger, your letter states you want to allow ag producers to thrive in international markets and yet you and your local government officials make it difficult to thrive locally.

How can you support a trade document without knowing all it contains. That's right you just listen to the enlightened ones to tell you what it does contain. Personally I want a representative who does not support legislation and try to "sell" it to the people without first reading the document they are supporting. Maybe as opposed to blowing your top when someone questions a government officials thought process you ought to listen. From personal experience, and others, your department heads just might not know all the rules they are trying to enforce. In my case processing of a beverage was considered a food and so the classification of use was vastly different and the rules that one would need to comply with.

Maybe you ought to read what you support and listen to constituents and their insurance agencies when they question how the local official interprets something as opposed to simply backing them up because that's what we do.

In this case don't sell the people a bill of goods that it is going to help local ranchers when in reality it will probably be the commodity brokers that win.


John Weibel 6 days, 4 hours ago on Doug Monger: Trade deal crucial to economy

Scott, have you read all of any trade deals or are you just so enlightened as to how they are structured you don't need to.

Commissioner Monger steps out on a limb to support more beuracratic bs that really is for the companies and not the people.

If commissioner Monger is actually representing the local government then he might actually oppose the trade agreement as opposed to blindly parroting what the enlightened ones tell him. He might see that as other trade deals have done, it allows foreign companies to sue local governments because local rules cost them money.

Go read up commissioner Monger on why most trade deals really are only good for the 1%.

There's plenty more out there to open your mind if you actually allow an open mind to let others voices be heard.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Crying wolf: Apex predator makes its way back into Colorado

Might have had an impact on the ecosystem, but simply getting away from the current ag paradigm of a barbed wire fence and little livestock management will do the same thing.

The problem is that we humans are here also and where as there is safety in numbers when being hunted by wolves, when being hunted by humans, that probably is not the case. Utilizing hot wire fences and high density grazing achieves the same thing, yet I am certain you will find those that hate livestock grazing that have published that all livestock grazing is bad.

In one article bashing the savory methods, they spoke of how it was probably the close management of the system that created the improvements in land. That is exactly what the savory system is about, observing what is happening, utilizing planed grazing to mimic what happened in the natural world. Unfortunately, one can not patent managing ones cattle better to sell to ranchers, so there is no one to pay for the studies to show that it works. Though I believe the Nature conservancy study in eastern colorado might be partly funded by the ranchers to show that we can indeed make a positive impact on the world by moving away from the absurd agricultural system fostered by grain subsidies to one that either requires none or rewards those that do things the right way.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 6 days ago on South Routt moving to 4-day school week

By the way, if you were not so enlightened, you might see how the outliers actually would refute the idea of a four day school week. It seems that every year there are people that get scholarships to play hockey, go on to the nhl, etc, and on hockey it speaks of birthday as being the largest predictor of a kid will move on to a club team which allows more practice, which makes them better. Much like how Gates was fortunate to go to a private school next to uw I think and was given computer time if they did grunt work. So his early time spent coding gave him an advantage over others. Yet had he been born at a different time or location he may not have had the same ability to practice coding. Just like the Beatles taking gigs in Germany requiring 7 hours of playing allowed them extra practice to hone their skills.

You might also hear how many times the current system fails students. That was why John Taylor Gatto quit teaching as he felt he was hurting students. I am sure you can find information to corroborate your beliefs, which is why I feel most people live in their own echo chambers. They have formed their beliefs and there is a boatload of crap that will keep their beliefs afloat, even when someone points out that maybe there are other factors at play.


John Weibel 3 weeks ago on Routt County Commissioners urge allowing use of airline sales tax for summer flights

It is simply a revenue thing for the county. They want the revenue year round to support their airport as opposed to the massive peak and valley that the current model has at the airport.

Maybe some outside the box thinking about how the airport/land both function would provide a better product for all. Using the old funds to reduce gate fees to next to nothing. Working with airlines to fly in a larger flight once a day as opposed to lots of flights at odd hours. Trying to figure out how to encourage airline to want to bring in more flights to the airport, (creating a service center for airplanes that is inexpensive for the airlines getting them to want to fly their planes here for general maintenance, creating some jobs at the same time). If the airlines are rotating planes in for routine maintenance , could would they want to sell the seats cheaply? Obtaining bibs to operate the restaurant.

Who knows, but my take is that the county wants a more even revenue stream at the airport to help pay the bills.


John Weibel 3 weeks ago on South Routt moving to 4-day school week

Yep Scott, The outliers went on to study different things and came to the conclusion that time was the biggest determining factor in what made success.

In looked at why/how the Beatles got to their success levels (they went to Germany to play at clubs that required very long shows). In Hockey in Canada, it showed that the bigger kids generally got selected for the regional teams and thus got more practice because of it, and so the skill gap widened. It showed how Bill Gates got his edge in computing.

In general the book came to the conclusion that 10,000 hours of doing something led to success. In school, allowing kids the ability to research a subject on their own, with guidance and a little structure, just might result in them wanting to do better. At the school our son attended for a while, after concussion number one, they had spelling lists and math worksheets that the kids would work on. The kids would choose how many spelling lists to do for the week, one minimum, take them home, practice them and if they got them all right could move on to the next lists. The peer factor generally them trying to do more. Then the ghetto fact that the older kids were tapped to help teach younger kids it gave them a more thorough understanding of what they taught.

Maybe you ought to spend some time not just spewing forth your immense wisdom and reflect more on what others are saying.

I NEVER stated that fewer hours of class was good. If the kids are engaged and want to study then there is a good chance that they will want to put more effort into learning and comprehending a matter.

From a Montessori approach it looks at grammar when one is writing about science, history or math. It does not simply look at one facet, in a reductionist fashion as we generally do today, it tries to look at the whole of a work.


John Weibel 3 weeks, 2 days ago on South Routt moving to 4-day school week

You know Scott there are poorly run Montessori schools and we'll run schools. Just like everything it comes down to people and process' poor people or process and the results will be poor.

You comment on Montessori and fail to acknowledge other factors I point out. I try to look at the whole and the maturity level of kids is huge entering school just as it is in Canadian hockey leagues where the strongest predictor for someone making steps up to the next levels is birthday. The older kids in any age group tend to do better, get picked for the regional teams and thus get more practice making the difference in their skill grow.

The outliers is a fantastic book that if translated to the education of our children, might allow all to thrive not just the gifted or the lagging.

Tossing a kid that has never been in a Montessori program disrupts the whole as the headmistress on compass Montessori alluded to and was a great challenge for that public cheater school. It is a concept that beat works from beginning to end and may not work for all as some may require more structure which was lost in the transition in the Boulder Montessori school when the head of it went to jail for pedophilia.


John Weibel 3 weeks, 2 days ago on South Routt moving to 4-day school week

S Korea and Japan have a different numbering system based on tens like the metric system vs ours. Our kids spend time learning the number system while theirs spend time doing math.

Yes time spent studying translates to better results. Though, the same results can be achieved at home online, in a small group setting, versus in a classroom where some disruptive kid might be.

Scott ever consider that those needs kids are more focused than others?

Unfortunately our system is based on the Indian system which propagates a cast system. the maturity levels of kids are so different in school and lumping them all together and focusing all attention at one subject for 40 minutes then moving on to the next subject denies the child's inquisitive minds the opportunity to explore create and think.

Thoughts developed from the outliers on math and genius' (or the gifted and talented as some parents would believe there children are versus others)

John Taylor gattos, ny school teacher of the year, writings on how education is failing our kids.

Also, writings and discussions on Montessori style educational systems, which allow children to learn at their own pace and be mentors and teachers to other kids.