John Weibel

John Weibel 1 month, 1 week ago on Our View: Downtown Steamboat’s moment is here

So the two issues with projecting property values to rise in Downtown... Interest rates are at historic lows and the ability to spur economic growth via monetary policy via lower rates is disappearing. If rates go negative then who knows what the value of an asset is worth as deflation is here if they begin to climb, then the carrying costs of real estate becomes higher and so the value one can pay has to come down. Second is the base area and the prospects that commercial will return if the wheels stay on the economy. If there is redevelopment then supply goes up and the vacancies downtown will increase, without some change.


John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Airline board recommends boosting Houston summer flight to daily schedule

Don't bother people with the details of why the flights were delayed or cancelled. Details just muddy the water on how the carrier is failing in their job.

By the way, wouldn't that direct flight with a layover in Denver, where people do not need to deplane work almost as well if you are trying to add jet capacity into the airport to solve the puddle jumper maintenance problems? In addition, given that the recent oil boom is coming to an end, maybe adding capacity there is just going to cost the community money.

Though those details of people raising red flags, can't be bothered with as views contradicting ones own seemingly are not wanted in most cases. But it is easy to discard views that may not align with ones aspirations for more revenue, when playing with other people's money.


John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mainstreet Steamboat Springs plans for big changes in 2015

Yep Thank you Tracy, you have done a great job.

As opposed to moving the farmers market to Lincoln some weekends, what about using twelfth and Yampa streets to make it bigger, that way there is an official park for people to linger in while it is happening. Been there since it was in the parking lot and while I did not think the current location would be okay because of a lack of green, with the music; it was okay...


John Weibel 1 month, 3 weeks ago on City of Steamboat will entertain redevelopment and purchase proposals for Iron Horse Inn

Every year even after the iron horse is sold over $400,000 of community needs will continue to go unmet because some do gooders indentured the community in a very bad loan/certificate of payment. Even when the Iron Horse goes, the debt service will still saddle the community.


John Weibel 2 months ago on Future of Iron Horse Inn back on Steamboat City Council's agenda

Well that ugly word "profit" might come up if a private party owned it, yet all government workers "profit" and very well, from their labors/work. The only difference is that those of us who try to capitalize from opportunities we see are subject to losses when we make mistakes. Those leading us and deciding to saddle the rest of us with debt from things like the iron horse face few ramifications from their actions. They generally come back and say they need more money to keep gubamint working, when they make a mistake.

That Mort(death)-Gage(grip) that the iron horse carries is exactly the reason all debt should be voted on by the public and not be circumvented via a certificate of participation.

It is too bad so many things have been demonized, because of perceptions. Unfortunately there is no black or white out there only shades of gray...


John Weibel 2 months, 1 week ago on New economic forecast predicts big job growth for Colorado

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

Wayne Gretzky


John Weibel 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Colby Townsend: Deciding to shop local

Colby stated, The question is, “Where will we work?”....

If one takes into account money multipliers and such, maybe we should be focusing on wealth creation business' in the future vision of the community. From a food production standpoint, most of all of the wealth created and then sold is new and has a far higher return in the local economy than straight up retail.

With animal feed, figuring out how to utilize local grains from the region is going to have a much larger benefit for the community going forward than Purina brands. As there is still a cost in that, take the green tripe (stomach with the grass still in it) from beef cows. That has a very high market value, if it could be captured then you are building jobs based on the export of value added goods from the region. That is much more sustainable than simply retail. Though, if most of the economic activity can occur within the local community then it is the most sustainable, probably also most equitable.

Figure out (I think it is nearly there) how to mill wheat that is grown here, so it is not shipped out, back in processed and depleted of nutrients because of oxidization that occurs after milling. Make bread with that flour that can be retailed locally and regionally.

Yes it is a matter of what one wants the community to look like. Though, retail has a very low return on dollars spent staying in the community unless those products are "grown"/made in the area. Part of what wants the community to look like should come via finding a way to allow individuals to invest locally, in a reasonably safe way. That way, the profits from ones LABOR, can be reinvested in the local community, building a more stable economy.

Anyway, the question of where will jobs be, hopefully at some point the government realizes that humans are being taxed at an unfavorable rate in comparison to technology and fixes the problem and the forecast of 30% of jobs being eliminated in 10-15 years by automation. Because that is the real elephant in the room.


John Weibel 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Colby Townsend: Deciding to shop local

Unfortunately, the rent factor is pretty high in our little hamlet. It makes it very hard to pencil out the numbers in a way that can retain the consumers. The real estate developer states that is the figure they need to make their numbers pencil out and that is where the laws of supply and demand come into play. It still seems to me that there is an awful lot of vacant commercial space.

While we need to shop local to help maintain the local storefronts. The local storefronts, might just need more help from the local real estate developers so that when the economy falls on hard times again (not that it is completely out of the funk that began several years ago) it is not rent that drives them out of business.

Throw in the fact that forecasts are expecting about 30% of jobs to be eliminated in the future, via further automation (just look at how Amazon is now picking items to ship). If you really want to start fixing the problems with local business' being lost, then personally that is the first place to start. Figuring out how to impose adequate taxes on automation so that we lowly humans do not face all of the tax burden all the while technology puts us out of work.

Shane toured a robotic dairy back east of Thanksgiving and while clean, it displaced lots of people, they could not ensure that all teats were washed. So they hoped to keep their bacterial counts under 200,000, the state of Colorado puts their lower limits for testing at 15,000 (if I am not mistaken) and yet when one takes their time they can maintain bacterial counts of less than 1000 consistently and most of the time less than 100 eliminating the need for pasteurization. yes there is a risk in unpasteurized milk as there is in pasteurized.

Though, my methods require people to preform the tasks, which are penalized via the tax system, through unemployment taxes, work comp and payroll taxes. A more equitable system, like the fair tax proposed in the 90's, would be based upon sales taxes. Sales taxes would tax all goods at the same rate no matter how they are produced. In addition, as opposed to taxing employers for those they employ, giving them a bonus for keeping people off of the welfare roles would then further help small business'.

The reason for local business' shuttering their doors are far more complicated than simply not enough people shopping locally. Fix the tax system so that, unsustainable production methods (energy dependent) face similar tax bills as those which employ people, which generally are localized and sustainable.

Sorry for my grammar as I did not review what I have posted and I am sure my mental train of thought was faster than my fingers.


John Weibel 3 months, 1 week ago on Tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

By the way, it is probably not so much what you eat that is the biggest problem, it is what your food eats. Wheat being a very good example of farmers applying roundup to the plant to help "kill" it to allow an earlier harvest.

Too bad that our government subsidizes ag in a way that yields the currently nutrient depleted food that it does. Those grain subsidies have altered the free market and helped to destroy the local food sheds that used to exist.


John Weibel 3 months, 1 week ago on Tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

Scott, they never once said to watch sodium, fat or caloric intake. They did say it is okay to have those days of indulgence but stay active the rest of them.

The only real advice there was to eat proteins, vegetables, while trying to avoid sugar - with a valid reason for doing so.

I understand that you have been led to believe that fat and salt are demons of the food world though they are not. Salt might be a little bad as it does help to retain water and thus probably increases pressure within. However, as our food is depleted of micro nutrients, because of how it is grown, salt helps to fill the void, if not processed.

Enjoy your holiday of indulgence, as the author suggested. Though take a walk and give thanks for the world, people plants and animals, that produced your food, to stay active as the author suggested.