Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Chuck McConnell: Hold all accountable

I wish this were not true, but a summary confined to events with the police department will be insufficient. Other parts of our city hierarchy knew of and failed to respond to long standing allegations of these police department problems. It is important to understand why our city hierarchy ignored those allegations, and fix that part too.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dan Foote hired as city attorney after receiving a wave of community support

Excellent choice. I've dropped by to ask Dan a few city process and legal questions over the years. He always took the time to help me understand the legal terrain in question and his answers were solidly attached to the laws referenced.

Congratulations Dan.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

This is not the past. ISIS in the communication and internet age is a different threat. Yes ISIS wants the biblical war: Islam at war with everyone else. But their recruiting and propaganda is magnitudes different today. The global economy plays a role as well. And yes, Trump made ISIS stronger.

Declaring war on Islam or any faction of Islam would be stupid. Declaring war on Islam extremism is declaring war on Islam. Similarly, antagonism publicly aimed at the Islam religion is counterproductive, because in this age more people will hear it. There is no upside in doing so, unless you want to help ISIS recruiting.

Try watching broader news sources and less reliance on partisan rhetoric. The world will make more sense to you.

In the hours and days after Trump made his ban Muslim immigration remark, I watched some hours of FOX content and saw a narrow range of views compared to the Networks. Liberal cable was narrow too, but also different information from FOX.

The "what to do in Syria" suggestions FOX hosts and guests offered were minor increments at best. No silver bullets from the right. But damn those Democrats!

In my view the FOX NEWS CHANNEL is why Trump hasn't faded. FOX has been molding these Trump supporters for years. Its FOX bread and butter to deliver half baked reality.

When a candidate tells you to avoid mainstream media, consider it bad advice. Watch it all, and decide for yourself.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Our view: City council must reverse its decision

This editorial seriously understates this community's need for more accountability, ethic, and transparency.

And the need applies well beyond the police department. I never read the Kleiber letter, wanting to view city responses with as little prejudice as possible. The city response would hold all the answers. At every turn the city fell short. The list of missed or inadequate steps downtown is embarrassing. At several turns only public outcry forced action the city and council would otherwise avoid. Incredibly, these missteps continue on this council after an election where every candidate promised they would restore trust.

As if this were not enough, Kristin Bantle's recent experiences with our District Attorney and Sheriff raise doubt about the good judgment of those offices.

We are in desperate need of a real newspaper. Tough journalism is the only answer to our problems.


Steve Lewis 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Heather Sloop: Sloop explains position

Martha said it well. Heather, thanks for your letter but your not understanding the process is the opposite of your campaign promise of strength in that area. Your vote cast against further disclosure was a disappointing surprise.

"My knowledge of government process and procedure allows me to speak effectively when it comes to understanding the limitations and expectations of the council. Working for Routt County as senior engineer for 10 years gave me the insight to understand the policies, practices and procedures that are the foundation of council and its duties."

"To know me, is to know that I am a working mom with a clear understanding of what it takes to tackle important issues while keeping government officials honest and transparent."

"I will work toward rebuilding your trust in the council and in the city. My experience working in both the private and public sectors will help mend these relationships and build a foundation of strong communication."

"I am committed to transparency. A transparent government is an efficient government. I am mindful that the public’s business must always be done in public. This will be the guiding principle in all my activities on council."


Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Our view: Ethical approach to mass shootings

You prefer discussing immigrants' weaknesses. I prefer discussing their strengths. Immigration is not about multiculturalism unless you fear their beliefs. In my view, immigration is entirely about us and who we choose to be. How strong our beliefs are. Because it our beliefs that matter.

This poem, engraved within the Statue of Liberty in 1903, says it all:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Steve Lewis 2 months ago on Our view: Ethical approach to mass shootings

Always interesting to read other's realities. And fantasies.

Less law is better but you want your morals to decide what women can do with their bodies. Libertarians are not on welfare, don't smoke pot, worship no windmills, and avoid certain cars. Progressives do not own businesses and factories. Multiculturalism is bad.

Really? Immigration has been our country's strength. The average immigrant has much better education than the US citizen. Women are now better educated than men.

I wish you could put Libertarians in their own state. It would be a great experiment. No corruption? Instant and lasting harmony? Heavily polluted? A military? 12 year olds carry guns? People would immigrate there?

In my view, in 3 decades, this Libertarian state would split again, and then later again. And again.


Steve Lewis 2 months, 1 week ago on After council vote, public likely won't see any more findings from internal police investigation

I can understand new councilors may still be getting their bearings. And attorneys explaining the city's interests can be persuasive. The thing is, your constituents' needs are far broader and more important. We are who you promised to serve. Thank you Scott, Kathi and Jason for your support of the summary.

It was 4-3. After some time to reflect (and review their campaign promises), I'm confident at least one of these ladies will change their mind. Hopefully soon. I'm equally confident a future council will go further than this one in these regards.


Steve Lewis 2 months, 1 week ago on Our view: Ethical approach to mass shootings


Hope your holidays were pleasant. :)

If current laws are not wholly legitimate, where lies the basis of our society?