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Rob, your "newbie" is showing.
This issue from your perspective seems a simple conflict between the "haves" and the "have nots." Please understand the business folks are not the only "haves" in this discussion.
I assure you the roots of this conflict are deeper and more complicated than your superficial impression.
This is an issue that the SP&T should stay out of. At least we have another example of their taking a side against the local residents and siding with business.
Rob Douglas made it clear last week how the paper stood on this issue. We don't need to see it again. Putting a negative spin on Jim Englekin won't help your cause, Rob.
If any of the editorial staff lived on Pamela Lane I guarantee you they would not feel that way about TC using those fields.
What if we rename it "low income " housing instead of "affordable" housing?
When we call it "affordable" you are mistakenly talking about ALL income levels. A millionaire who can't afford a billionaire's house buys a millionaire's house and that's affordable housing. We have plenty of affordable housing for people of higher incomes.
We know the median Steamboat Springs home price and the median income. When it doesn't work to buy a house here the lessons learned in the recent spate of foreclosures should warn us not to help people dig themselves into bankruptcy.
Your solution is that every business should have a fire department-like setup where the workers are housed? Where? In the basement?
Foodchain's contributions were too "out there" to be believed. There will be some members with a similar attitude but it will take the shape of compliance with the increase and they'll just write the check. No complaints.
On the other I hand, I am drafting my letter and if enough do the same, the cost of the increase MAY be reduced.
Perhaps the outrageous raise in dues was intentional and intended to have just such an effect. After such a huge insult will we be content with a $100 increase?
Personally I feel NO increase is acceptable to Lifetime members that paid a big upfront payment to insure their dues would never be increased.
On the same day that we got the letter from Mr. Romberg telling of this Health & Rec increase there was a notice from YVEA bracing us for an increased cost for electricity.
Other "real life" costs (heating, electricity, snow removal, groceries, gasoline) have really taken a bite out of the old budget. Our income hasn't increased and it'll only go so far.
So now a health club membership seems unnecessary and a luxury. Sadly it's one I don't think we can afford any more.
Council, are you kidding? $20,000.00 for ADDITIONAL Community Center furniture?
It sounds like the old story about the toilets costing thousands of dollars in some government project.
I'm having deja vu all over again!
The Motherlode, now Rio.
CJ's (remember the "Pope's Nose?) where the Shoe Market is now.
Is there no possibility of adding delivery routes outside city limits?
A new Post Office could then be smaller with far less traffic impact. It would undoubtedly be the "green" solution with less wasted gasoline running to the P.O. every day!
Way to go, Robin. You see this for what is really is...all day day care.
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