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From the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize:
“The very word “secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings..."
“…that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment— the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"
—but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
A condition of justice ought to suffice. I agree with the principle. Applying the principle? Justice for 300 million citizens is not simple or static. Applying the principle requires institutions. A court needs laws to define what is just. And of course these disappoint, even in the purest seeking of justice for 300 million. Add corruption and power. But it remains, we have to seek justice and to do that we have to make laws.
Tom, many of your posts focus on bad politicians. "Politicians are mostly the same... parasites. There is ALWAYS a secret agenda. They ONLY want your money." Consider this: What is the only realistic solution or remedy to your post? Vote them all out? That only works when voters are accurately informed about issues and candidates. Democracy is only as good as its press.
Yes, but "doing something" never looked like this.
A newspaper is supposed to play an important role pursuing high ethics in its community. The Pilot covered this story: "Steamboat City Council member pushes for more transparency after city's hiring of his relative stirs controversy"
How much does the Pilot care about City Hall ethics? Does it publish pretense?
I also don't understand why Overstreet got all the Pilot's attention. These breaches of protocol involve other city councilors and a council president. The Pilot doesn't mention those folks?
Wake up Wedel. How many positive performance reviews will it take to convince you?
I can imagine the temptation of convenience and of work expedited. I don't expect there was anything objectionable in the content of discussions had. That being said, its disappointing to again read that 2 on council are forcing proper protocol on their peers, in effect doing the council president's job. Transparency is more work, but there is no other path to trust.
The original D Hole by Depot cost about $15,000 for rock and Nordic Excavating did the heavy equipment work for free - probably worth another $30,000? Not sure how costs run today. On larger features more ongoing maintenance is needed. Mellower features are more stable.
Charlie's Hole by the library is a proven formula for bringing people to the riverside in Summer. It is overcrowded many days. A new river feature at this new park could create a mild wave above a deepened pool for swimming. Charlie's has a beach, but it is by a strong current and upstream of the river drop, so swimming off that beach doesn't work. Adding a beach beside a calm swimming hole would achieve the goal of "River Park" and add to Yampa Street vitality far better than anything else you add on the property.
$240,000 in transit budget problems can be harder to understand while $22 million in capital projects are being queued: $9m for police station, $3M for fire department, $10m for URA. The council president said the city has large $$ reserves to cover the police department. No word on the fire department spending.
Scott Franz, you did a great job with the transit article "Next Stop". Please consider similar reporting on the history and future of the "City Treasury".
The transit system has a much larger purpose than allowed in the editorial.
Stuart nailed it: "The transit system is inextricably integrated into our Community Development Code, our planning and approval process and our physical infrastructure. Council had better think very carefully, and look at the big picture, before tinkering with it."
Scott Franz writes:
"Before the recession hit, the city was looking at providing additional regional bus service to South Routt and North Routt and consolidating local hotel van service because of CONGESTION and the challenges of HIRING shuttle drivers."
"Flint pointed out that, prior to the economic recession, the council and city officials were looking at expanding the transit service to solve issues such as road CONGESTION and PARKING problems."
"Community members who attended a 2008 open house on the future of local transportation also expressed STRONG SUPPORT for increasing the local bus service’s budget and frequency."
"In recent years, even as sales tax revenue has rebounded, the transit service’s budget has landed on the CHOPPING BLOCK year after year to help balance the city’s budget and make room for things such as employee pay raises."
The Pilot editorial and this reporting of transit purpose point in 2 different directions.
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