Rick Akin

Steamboat Springs

Rick Akin 1 week, 2 days ago on Steamboat Springs School Board makes collective bargaining meetings public

Public officials get plenty of criticism, so they deserve some praise when they get it right. Good job. Let the sun shine in. I would have liked to have seen an endorsement of 104, but you definitely did the right thing locally.

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Rick Akin 9 months ago on Lynn Abbott: Support amendment

Chris may be onto something here.
Lynn's solution tries to sound even-handed, but it is really just an attempt to rig the deck in favor of the unions by going back to the pre-Citizen's United status where corporate contributions were prohibited and unions were essentially unfettered. What is wrong with letting people do what they want and just having full disclosure?

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Rick Akin 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Hofman: No more name calling

Here is a suggestion for you, Mr. McClure. Why don't you write an op-ed for the Pilot laying out your position? Then everyone can consider your arguments and do their own research. An informed discussion can follow.

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Rick Akin 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Steven Hofman: No more name calling

Well said, Steve. We would all benefit from more thoughtful discussion and less ranting. As Thomas Jefferson observed, “Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.”

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Rick Akin 1 year ago on Launch of new health insurance marketplace already changing lives in Routt County

It would probably have been a good idea for Scott to have disclosed that Lynn Abbott is a former county chairman of the Democratic Party and, according to the party website, is the current chairman of a communications committee for the party. So, I might suggest that her views are not quite unbiased. I have gone on the exchange website to price coverage since I will have to replace my current coverage. I found that to replace my current coverage with similar coverage, my cost will double. This is particularly bad since the cost of my coverage had already doubled in the last couple of years. That means I will be paying almost 4 times as much for coverage as I was a couple of years ago. To solve the problem, I have dropped the health insurance benefit for my employees, which I am able to do since I have under 50 employees. I suspect a lot of employers will solve the problem this way.

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Rick Akin 1 year, 4 months ago on Soren Jespersen: Invest in the Yampa

Here is a suggestion for Mr. Jespersen. You might consider forming a nonprofit to investigate obtaining access to the river and what would be involved in constructing boat ramps. You could raise money to buy access easement or maybe have easements donated. You could also raise money for boat ramp construction. I am sure there will be lots of hoops to jump through to build the ramps but you can figure all that out in the course of your investigation. You are much more likely to get the kind of result you want if you take the lead.

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Rick Akin 2 years ago on Rick Akin: Whom do you trust?

Mr. Bashinski, you ask a good question. Given the limitations on the length of these pieces, it is hard to fit in citations to, or detailed discussions of, studies. The 2 that come immediately to mind are (from a more historical perspective) Milton Friedman's Free to Choose (especially Chapter 2) and (from a more statistical perspective) National Center for Policy Analysis Report No. 39, which you can find here: http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st309 Given some time, I am glad to give you further citations.

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Rick Akin 2 years, 1 month ago on Dan Mitchell and William Black debate economic policy at Steamboat conference

To clarify Michael's story the boos and murmurs related to some of Prof. Black's comments which included calling Paul Ryan a "liar." They were not related to the rescheduling of the debate. The change in time was necessary because Prof. Black's flight from Kansas City had been cancelled. Thanks to all who attended and to the Pilot and Today for their coverage.

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Rick Akin 2 years, 2 months ago on Mark Hartless: Fairness in groceries

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." --James Madison, Federalist No. 45

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