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Billy D-Maybe I wasn't quoting you; maybe I was quoting honestabe. You clearly weren't the only posting about this. And panites in a bunch? I doubt you could have such an effect on any female.
What I was point out was that this is not about ripping the vacationers off-if you pre-booked before today, you are fine. If you pre book after today, you are fine. If you are coming up on a whim because you thought the conditions were great, you may pay a little bit more.
cindy-if you walk up to the window and buy a day pass, that is what you are paying. If you plan your trip in advance, you will pay a lower price than $105 a day. If you look at bundling your trip, booking hotels with the lift tickets, ski lessons, rentals, etc., you will still save a lot of money, just like you did before they raised prices. This will maybe make people who are driving up for a day rethink their trip, but then you have to look at why people make those last minute trips-ski conditions. And if people are paying such close attention to conditions, they are going to pay a little more to have better conditions. People plan these trips to Steamboat way in advance, sometimes over a year in advance, because there are deals to be taken advantage of. If you look online, you can prebook a 1-day ticket, and it drops the price back down to $99. I don't think you could ever prebook a 1 day ticket online prior to today.
Would you rather pay $89 at Keystone, and stand in line all day, or pay $105, and have less lines? I know what my choice would be...
I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and really look at the situation here: vacationers cancelled trips, due to the lack of snow, and the mountain lost money. Talk to any ski instructor, and they will tell you there have been a lot of cancellations of their regular clients. And, if people would take the time to read this article, you would see these are "walk-up prices." If you pre-booked, you are still locked in at the old rates (at least this is my understanding from reading terms and conditions of booking online). This is a money making business, and if they don't make money, we season pass holders don't get to ski here. How many season pass holders went up, during the bad conditions, and bought food or drinks on the mountain, to help support the mountain? Our season passes do not pay for much, as far as operating costs go, and I think that is a reality we all need to face. $1200 probably pays to run the Gondola for an hour. And you want a refund for bad snow conditions? You have to be kidding me.
Sep-he's hardly a leftist. Look at the article. He wanst to kill Christians, cops, etc. The only way he could have made this more obvious was if he included infidels in the rant. If you read his Facebook page, you would see that if has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with religious views. If prosecutors take a look at his Facebook page, it should be an open and shut case. I feel badly for him, because he clearly needs mental help, and I hope he finds it.
I think it is about road rage, but you have to be able to read the Pilot's/PD's description (which was a puzzle in and of itself). Boyfriend and girlfriend are fighting on the side of the road. A man drives around them, and honks his horn while driving around the arguing couple. Girlfriend and boyfriend jump in the car, to confront the horn honker. A passerby called 911 to report 2 people fighting on the road-Zabel and a man who had honked at Zabel while trying to get around the couple. I think I had to read the article four times to try and figure out what the writer was trying to say. And I'm still not totally sure...
Okay greenwash. I am sorry for your losses. The reason for my response is because I too have had people close to me commit suicide as well. Saying, "suicide is not the answer," isn't really helpful. Maybe, as someone who is an advocate for suicide prevention, you could have posted ways for people who are struggling to find help. Being negative and putting that sort of response up doesn't help anyone, especially people who are struggling with the loss of a friend who took their own life.
Greenwash-suicide is a difficult to live with, just like an additction to drugs and alcohol. Until you have been through the struggles of depression, you will never understand. If you feel so strongly about suicide, maybe you should offer your time to volunteer to assist people who are going through depression. Have compassion, and try not to judge people in situations you could never understand.
Jeff-Voucher system? You have to be kidding me... Maybe it isn't evident in Steamboat, as we are fortunate to have great schools, no matter where you chose to enroll your kids. In other parts of the country, the voucher system does nothing but create an elitist society, and further separate the classes. It is a horrible system, that keeps lower classes stuck in schools that are under performing because they have no way of getting to "better" schools. While these schools continue to underperform, their budgets get cut, due to the brilliance of tying standardized testing to school funding, and the kids who have no choice but to stay there will continue to have a poor education. All of this goes one while parents who can afford to bus their kids will move them to another school, sometimes another district, thereby dropping enrollment numbers, forcing schools to close, and increasing the number of crammed classroom sizes. Vouchers...
At this point in time, the government should just admit what they're doing with all of the cuts in funding-they are trying to privatize education so they no longer have to foot the bill.
Your points about parenting and school involvement were fine, but vouchers? Seriously? Vouchers?
Trout-i'm right there with you. Why are we punishing kids for the mistakes parents make? It is not the children's fault that they can't afford breakfast. This whole program was rolled out because of the fact that teachers saw students suffering as a result of not having a proper breakfast. I think everyone needs to spend time in schools with 85%+ free or reduced lunch. Listen to the stories the kids offer, and then make your judgement call. How is a child supposed to fend for themselves when their parents can't? Talk to the teachers in the schools, and listen to how hard children from less fortunate families fight for their education. Maybe read "Savage Inequalities" and open your eyes to the all to common travisty of the public school system. Just take the time to think about where these children are from, and how amazing it is that they get up every morning and make it to school before you start encouraging the cutting of this system.
I would much rather be paying in to a program like that, where you can see people thriving, than paying in to social security-a program I will personally never see the benefit from.
Why not give us something we can use in this town, such as a Target? We don't need another pharmacey filled with items we don't need everyday. Bring in a store that is a slight step up from Wal-Mart in the houseware department, and I will be happy with a new store. And a side note-most vacationers can go to the front desk of where they are staying to get Advil, Tylenol. etc.
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