Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes 2 months ago on Our view: Vote ‘yes’ on Amendment 71

Scott,

Two points. First, Gallagher may be popular in the big commercial centers, but it has kept residential property taxes artificially low here. Here, where we have the great majority of assessed valuations on the residential side, and more than half of that in second homes, it is unnecessary. But we had no effective say in whether we wanted it. Second, I didn't say that it's unfair that most voters live in the population centers. I said that it's unfair that those votes, 'til now, have been the only ones that carried any weight.

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Paul Hughes 2 months ago on Our view: Vote ‘yes’ on Amendment 71

I agree with the editorial and am going to vote yes because it will return at least a modicum of clout to us out here in the boonies. Right now -- and for many years -- the Front Range and Boulder drive Colorado. I point to the awful Gallagher Amendment as a prime example of "what's good for Denver is good for the rest of the state." If you think this amendment will take away your citizen initiative rights, I say you never really had them in the first place. You surrendered them to the big population centers. But if you vote yes, you will, for the first time, demand the attention of the rest of the state. And by the way, the meetings and discussions about this amendment started years before talk of the fracking amendments.

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Paul Hughes 2 months ago on paulhughes

I agree with the editorial and will be voting yes on Amendment 71 because it will restore at least a modicum of clout to us out here in the boonies. Right now -- and for many years -- the Front Range and Boulder drive Colorado. I point to the infamous Gallagher Amendment as one example of "what's good for Denver is good for everyone." If you think that the Amendment will take away your rights, I say that you never had them; you surrendered them to the big population centers. But if you vote yes, you will, for the first time, demand equal attention from the rest of the state.

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Paul Hughes 7 months ago on Our view: City needs to bear down on problem

Scott, did you attend tonight's Council meeting? I did, and I heard Council members agree that the existing ordinance needs to be strictly enforced, just as a first step. I, for one who lives in one of the bears' favorite dining spots, would love to see that. Is Bear Smart a substitute for not making garbage accessible to bears? If the editorial is promoting a "failed policy" of enforcing the ordinances, what would your solution be? Or do you just complain?

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Paul Hughes 1 year, 1 month ago on Ed Miklus: Views will change

Ed is absolutely right. While I'm sure that the Interim Manager would do his very best to hire an excellent police chief, the relationship between the city manager and police chief is so important that only the new City Manager should choose the new Police Chief. I do think that Gary has been told by City Council to hire the new Chief, so City Council should let him off the hook.

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Paul Hughes 1 year, 10 months ago on Former City Council President Joe Brennan dies at 68

Sorry to hear it. I enjoyed working with Joe. Even when we disagreed, which wasn't often, Joe was never mean-spirited. He simply let you know exactly how he felt, with no beating around the bush. I can still hear that booming voice and great laugh. Good man.

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Paul Hughes 1 year, 10 months ago on Bill Pass: Steamboat sets example

Thank you, Bill. I've always believed that if you catch someone in the act of doing something good, you should let them know, and you've done so wonderfully.

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