Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 3 days, 4 hours ago on Gary Kalow: Rob is right but wrong


I think you miss my point. When "news" becomes purely a function of the market, it is no longer honest or equitable. We've replaced the ethic of Edward R Murrow with the ethic of The Invisible Hand.


Steve Lewis 3 days, 4 hours ago on As Steamboat Springs City Council weighs Iron Horse sale, tight-knit community of tenants hopes to stay

Scott Franz,

Can you clarify the total annual cost of keeping the property?

"The city currently breaks even operating the Iron Horse, but it still must pay an additional $470,000 to $480,000 per year until 2032 to pay off the loan for the property."

50 x 700 x 12 months = $420,000. If that is break even, it seems a high operating cost.


Steve Lewis 3 days, 22 hours ago on Gary Kalow: Rob is right but wrong

Trump's success is merely a benchmark of what our news media has become. His habit of provocative self-promotion is well aligned with a newscast's hunger for higher ratings. Provocative increases TV ratings better than good ideas, so Trump dominates election coverage.

I'd like to hear what Kasich has to say, but I have to look elsewhere for that.

Until 1987 a broadcaster was required by the FCC's Fairness Doctrine to provide the public with news that was honest, equitable and balanced. The removal of that standard was the beginning of news outlets being recast as profit seekers. Today, they are profit centers. If it bleeds, it leads.

When it comes to politics and voting, we are only as smart as our news. Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.


Steve Lewis 6 days, 20 hours ago on Stewards of air service program planning public outreach campaign

Scott Franz,

Please publish the $ amounts of contract guarantees to the airlines each winter since the inception of the sales tax. The amount for this coming winter will be interesting in particular.



Steve Lewis 1 week ago on Our View: Keeping wheels spinning

Thanks to those who worked hard to make these events successful. Once an event is locked in, local effort volunteering to do it well is also a measure the event's value to ourselves.

Completely agree it’s time to have "a candid conversation about the tangible results Steamboat Springs can expect to see from this tremendous expenditure of funds and energy." John Weibel's ideas are refreshing alternatives.

A starting place for "tangibles" is establishing the value of a tourist. Some fly here, some drive here. The value of each? How many can we fit into the valley? How many downtown? The last base area projects proposed before the recession wanted very little commercial in their mix. No noise disturbing our guests. Should Old Town residents have the same privilege?

My preference would be to end marketing of current visitor peaks. More leveled tourism is easier.

Oh, and one quiet summer weekend please.


Steve Lewis 1 week ago on Linda Lewis: Bike through chemicals

Finding fault on occasion may be a virtue. Finding fault hourly, not so much. Amusing depth to ALWAYS have the same target. The world actually is a bit more complex, right?

Farmer is polluting, you see it, you know it and what do you write? No remedy sought, no words faulting the farmer. But of course, this is obviously ANOTHER example of how insane government is.

Why would anyone try to change your mind. Better to ask a simple question: Which is better for this country? Having the EPA, or No EPA at all.


Steve Lewis 1 week, 3 days ago on Linda Lewis: Bike through chemicals

Government, government, government, government, government. Goddamn government!

"what difference does it make that there may have been worse spills into the Animas River"

Mark's every comment is the same, but Dan your comment says it all.


Steve Lewis 1 week, 3 days ago on Jim Engelken: Apology to Hinsvark

"Conspiring" seems the wrong word for describing behavior of a boss and his employee. It is also relevant that Hinsvark spent most of her term on thin ice. I've lost count of the performance reviews. Isn't that a situation where a council president tells a city manager how its going to be?


Steve Lewis 1 week, 4 days ago on Jim Engelken: Apology to Hinsvark

Walt, You are not confused. Just in the dark like the rest of us. I'm not arguing Hinsvark should stay. She perpetuated flawed process, a serious mistake. I personally believe this was a combination of too little experience and the wrong councils as mentor.

She also owns many steps made. But we've learned some of these are only because her boss refused to own his part. The caricature of Hinsvark as a rogue city manager is myth.