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The city has now put some of their URA consultant's work on the city website in the planning department webpages:
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".
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