Charlie MacArthur

Charlie MacArthur 8 months, 1 week ago on City names new police chief

For whatever it's worth, I sat as a member of the citizens committee who reviewed the Police Chief candidates. During his interview with the committee Cory consistently impressed the group with his depth of knowledge, demeanor, and vast range of skills. As a committee, we quizzed Cory on issues of policing philosophy, community involvement, and relationships among a community's law enforcement, among other topics. Cory proved repeatedly to be an excellent candidate and gave thoughtful, reasonable, and precise answers to the questions we had. I believe Cory understands the issues we've had locally (as much as any of us, anyway) and will enter Steamboat with the intention of building trust within both the department and community.

As an aside, I would not typically be considered a cheerleader for City processes... but it's important to call things as they are. This was a good process with significant input and consideration from a variety of stakeholders. The candidates brought forth were excellent choices and it was not easy to pick amongst them for our recommendation. If we, as a community, want to see a positive change within our police department we must first allow for such a change to take place. Be critical, for sure, but let's allow for success when the opportunity presents itself.

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Charlie MacArthur 9 months, 2 weeks ago on CenturyLink outage disrupts phone service, sends 911 calls to Moffat County

Simply incorrect Scott. Fiber optic and phone lines are easily and commonly located. While it is true that fiber lines are routinely installed with trenchless technologies, this does not prevent them from being located. If anything, PVC gas and water lines can be the most tricky to locate as they require separate copper tracer wire to be run with the pipe. If the tracer wire is damaged, the locating ability ends at the damage.

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Charlie MacArthur 9 months, 2 weeks ago on CenturyLink outage disrupts phone service, sends 911 calls to Moffat County

Though I have no knowledge of which party was to blame for yesterday's outage, please allow this "idiot" excavation contractor to aid in the discussion. By law, contractors must call in locates before digging and those locates must be provided by a fixed date thereafter. At Native, we call in hundreds of locates each year for every project ranging from installation of fence posts to major infrastructure improvements. All local utility providers (with the exception of Mount Werner Water, the City of Steamboat, and Atmos Energy), sub-out their locates to an underground locate company. Unfortunately, and for many years now, that company has been swamped and unable to provide timely or oftentimes accurate locates. The guys in the field who are responsible for locating these utilities are 100+ locates behind and have a territory ranging from Dinosaur to Walden to Kremmling, sometimes as far as Grand Junction. These guys do their best every day to keep up but turnover is high, risk is higher, and the "science" of locating is not black and white.

As a contractor, this process can be very frustrating. We spend hours and hours shoveling through rock and earth for non-existent ghost lines, and then can be delayed significantly if we find unlocated lines. Our employees put their lives on the line every time they dig around a major power or gas utility, they don't take the job lightly. The concept that any contractor, in this region, would willfully dig through a major utility is just false. The cost of repair for willful neglect on a major line is tens of thousands of dollars and the danger of a hit can be your life.

Again, the outage yesterday might be negligence and there are certainly exceptions to every generalization, but a policy of "We don't care. We don't have to." would only belong to a company with an adjacent sign of "Going Out of Business." Charlie MacArthur Native Excavating, Inc.

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Charlie MacArthur 2 years, 9 months ago on City to improve highway medians at south entrance of Steamboat Springs

Walt,

As a matter of correction, Native Excavating has been working on the project for four days last week and 1/2 a day this week. The rain has put the project on hold until the material dries out a bit, no sense in manufacturing mud and we can't pour concrete over soup. I can assure you that the project will be complete far before February. We much prefer to push snow that time of year.

  • Charlie MacArthur Native Excavating, Inc.
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Charlie MacArthur 3 years, 3 months ago on Gayle Trotter: A woman’s right to choose self-protection

Bob, I will not debate the merits of Ayn Rand with you online, but would encourage anyone interested to pick up a copy of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, or any of her other works and decide for themselves. I do, however, take great offence to your suggestion that her writings encourage racism. In this area, her own words can do much greater justice than I can. From her book; The Virtue of Selfishness;

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors. Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas—or of inherited knowledge—which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men. Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination."

A final excerpt I especially enjoy...

"A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race—and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin."

One can take those words and apply them to your other claim, that "It is class warfare -- pure and simple -- pitting the hard-working middle class against the "lazy and unproductive" lower class." Ayn Rand's philosophy is about individualism and 100% intolerant of any type of collective discrimination, including that of income class, ancestry, or skin color.

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Charlie MacArthur 3 years, 3 months ago on Gayle Trotter: A woman’s right to choose self-protection

Scott, We'll have to agree to disagree there. When a department (like the EPA) which is largely political can act as the legislative, executive, and judicial branches all under one czar, than I consider that political will enforced by gun. Political and legal are inexplicably intertwined. Besides, I believe the conversation here is NOT about CHANGING laws at the point of a citizen-held gun, but of PROTECTING the 2nd Amendment right which allows such a thing to theoretically happen. A necessary right for balance between citizens and their government. Again, I have yet to advocate for anyone to actually fulfill this right, but for the need for it to remain intact.

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Charlie MacArthur 3 years, 3 months ago on Gayle Trotter: A woman’s right to choose self-protection

Steve,

Since you feel inclined to drag my name into another thread, I will respond. The U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government's use guns every single day to achieve a political end. If you doubt this fact, stop paying taxes in protest to whatever cause you don't support and see if the guys who come arrest you are carrying a weapon. They will start with a sternly worded letter, and end with a gun to your head. This is not a partisan issue, both sides use the threat and actuality of force to achieve whatever political ends they deem fit. It is neither literally or politically impossible to use guns to achieve a political end, you just usually have to get yourself elected first.

The reality is that the threat of citizen-led force, which is the precursor and retainer to a citizens power to vote, acts as the balance between citizens and their government. What you advocate is essentially censorship or revocation of the 2nd Amendment because it's enactment makes you uncomfortable. I do not share that problem. I would suggest that your position opens you up to rule by dictator and fiat, something I will not accept.

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Charlie MacArthur 3 years, 4 months ago on Ken Collins: 1 side of the argument

Inclusive to Freedom Conference only. Does not include 1773 Meeting speakers...

• Congressman Mike Pence • Robert Woodson • John Fund (WSJ) • Dan Mitchell • J. French Hill • Grace Marie Turner (Galen Institute) • Tony Blankley • Mario M. Carrera (Univision) • Marcelo Gaete (Univision) • Michael Reagan • Prof. James Humes • Congressman Michele Bachmann • Patrick J. Michaels (Cato Institute Climatologist) • Prof. William M. Gray(CSU Climatologist) • Marc Morano (Journalist) • Kirsten Fedewa (Public Relations) • Grover Norquist • Virginia Thomas • Sharron Angle (US Senate candidate) • Peter Brookes (Heritage Foundation) • Cliff May (Foundation for Defense of Democracies) • Claudia Rosett (Foundation for Defense of Democracies/ Editorial Board WSJ) • Christopher Horner (Author/ Competitive Enterprise Institute) • Karl Rove • Yaron Brook • Kellyanne Conway (TV Personality and Public Relations) • Amy Oliver (Talk Show Host) • Robert Goldberg (Center for Medicine in the Public Interest) • Michael Tanner (The Cato Institute) • Brian Ivers (United States Marine) • Jason Mattera (Author/Editor of Human Events) • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (by video) • Newt Gingrich (by video) • Ambassador James K. Glassman • Attorney General John Suthers • Attorney General Greg Zoeller • Attorney General Alan Wilson • Kevin Jackson (Author) • Jonah Goldberg • Congressman Todd Rokita (IN) • Congressman Joe Walsh (IL) • Congressman Bob Schaffer • Congressman Bob Beauprez • Hal Scherz, M.D. (founder of Docs4PatientCare) • John Harpole (Founder and CEO of Mercator Energy) • Jim Geringer (Governor of Wyoming) • Lt. Col. Steve Russell (Author) • Steve Moore (Senior Economics Writer for the Wall Street Journal) • Thomas McDevitt (President Washington Times) • Ann McElhinney (Movie Producer) • Prof. William Black • Mary Katharine Ham • Ambassador John Bolton • Congressman Earnest Istook • Matt Spalding (Heritage Foundation) • Sally Pipes (Pacific Research Institute) • Congressman Dana Rohrabacher • Hannah Giles (Journalist) • Michele Malkin

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