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mark bond 7 months ago on Harry Thompson: Consider a merger

Point of clarification, I mentioned Denver and Charlotte in above comment and intended to mention Nashville and Charlotte.

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mark bond 7 months ago on Omar M. Campbell: Merge 2 departments

Scott, you respond as though this has never been done?! It has been done in numerous communities across the country very successfully and efficiently. It would be a Steamboat/Routt Unified Department and would be run by representatives of both. Not rocket science at all.

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mark bond 7 months, 1 week ago on Harry Thompson: Consider a merger

Scott, Steamboat makes up a much larger percentage of the county’s population than either Denver or Charlotte. Surely you are not suggesting that a bunch of open land justifies a separate Sherriff’s department with all the attendant duplicated administrative and logistical expenses? I am quite shocked to see you come down on the side of more rather than less government.

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mark bond 7 months, 1 week ago on Harry Thompson: Consider a merger

Excellent suggestion! Routt County has no reason to maintain two separate police forces. Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, NC has a population 42 times larger than Routt County with one government and police force!

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mark bond 1 year, 1 month ago on Improvement projects slated for Steamboat Springs Airport

Has anyone actually done a study to link “private” investment in the area to “public” investment for a facility only used by private airplane owners? Is there really justification for all of these federal, state and public dollars being spent to merely accommodate “convenience” for a few individuals who primarily visit Steamboat to play and don’t really make permanent investments here? Just as I do not believe the government should be trying to redistribute wealth from high income earners to low income earners, I just as strongly believe government should not be taking money from the general public merely to benefit a few well off individuals!

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mark bond 2 years, 5 months ago on New restaurant poised to open at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Not to be too pessimistic, but do you think there is a reason no private entity wanted anything to do with this operation? One reason might be Ruppel might wake up one morning and arbitrarily decide to just kick you out with no notice like the last operator. But the more likely reason is there is absolutely no practical way to avoid huge losses when you essentially operate 2-3 hours a day for 2-3 months of the year. And that is going to support $70,000 in full time salaries plus the workers? I hope the county put a limit on how much money they allow Ruppel to throw at this experiment before they turn off the spigot!

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mark bond 2 years, 6 months ago on Our View: Medical marijuana centers should be banned

The is a very well written and logical article. The vocal minority will have a very hard time logically arguing against simple facts such as the ridiculous notion that all of a sudden there has been an outbreak of debilitating illnesses requiring 6.2 percent of the population to need marijuana. So they will resort to "indignation" and name calling as a last resort to trying to hold on to their recreational use of an illegal substance.

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mark bond 2 years, 7 months ago on Buffalo Pass Road closure won't be a welcome sight to hunters

“It’s an inconvenience. There’s no way around it,” Haskins said Tuesday. “That is a little bit of a problem for a lot of hunters. We know we’re going to hear about it in our office. But the bottom line is it’s not a huge impact.”

"There's no way around it"? Sure there is, put it off until next Spring's melt off. No one is using the road for the next six month's after hunting season anyway.

"it's not a huge impact." Of course it is a huge impact which could easily be avoided. It is impacting one of the highest uses of the road all year! It is a huge deal if some guy from the front range or out of state plans his entire time off/vacation only to lose hours of time when he gets there and the road is closed! I am not even a hunter and I can understand this.

If this was a business enterprise, they would never make this decision. But it is typical government decision making!

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mark bond 2 years, 8 months ago on Goldberg delivers keynote at Freedom Conference in Steamboat

Obama is the one who rode into town on the promise of "change" and better days. The only thing that has changed is the national economy, debt and unemployment are worse than ever. Of course he is the one to point fingers at today. This is true regardless of how you feel about Bush or any other previous administration. Duh.

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