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skygazer 6 years, 2 months ago on Interest in oil rising

I read that places like the wildlife reserve in Alaska will at the tops only produce about 1% of the oil used in the world, even after the years it will take to get it flowing. If we put the money spent on production, pipelines, development, etc. into research for renewable new technologies instead of "developing the resources" wouldn't we be better off in the long run? We should wean ourselves off of the incredible thirst for all oil, not just foreign oil; it has a finite amount available. Drilling for more oil is a bandaid on the problem. Let's reward the car companies, scientists, tinkerers, engineers, or anyone else who can come up with viable alternatives to energy production. Let's have increased tax credits for individuals and companies who use alternative fuels. The drill more mentality will never increase the production of new types of energy sources, it will only postpone the inevitable for a few decades (the let the grandkids worry about it scenario).

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skygazer 6 years, 2 months ago on Administrator raises approved

I should not have skimmed the article, I see that the teacher pay raise was correctly listed. I agree with outsider entirely.

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skygazer 6 years, 2 months ago on Administrator raises approved

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember that the teachers received a 1/2 percent pay raise, not a 3 percent raise. The additional increase, that is glossed over in the article, is based on experience, i.e., a first year teacher doesn't receive the same pay as a fifth year teacher.

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skygazer 6 years, 2 months ago on Developers want no 700 vote

I agree that a project that has such a huge impact on the local economy, infrastructure, and congestion needs to be voted on. I know that Steamboat Springs will inevitably grow, but I'm not sure that enough community wide input has been given for this project. Resounding approvals of developments in other communities are no reason to not vote on local issues; it's like comparing apples to oranges. Minturn has a highway (I-70) that mitigates through traffic -- we just have congestion. The city has a history of piecemeal planning and this is too large of a project to be left to an empowered few to decide.

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skygazer 6 years, 2 months ago on Our View: DeVincentis strikes again

id04sp--

I was impressed with many of the teachers at the high school that my children had; they were dedicated, intelligent, and creative. Granted, the pay scales, cost of living, and lack of support have caused a huge turnover in new teachers, but many experienced teachers are highly educated, well-trained, and are devoted to the students. I just wonder what is your personal experience in public education that you so easily demean those who choose it as a profession? The teachers that I have known didn't choose teaching because they "didn't aspire to greatness" but because they love teaching kids.

Also, what percentage become administrators? There are only a couple per school, so your efforts to find a dichotomy are ineffectual.

Maybe you should work to change the system that makes it so hard to retain and support good teachers instead of griping about what you perceive as an inadequate talent pool.

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skygazer 6 years, 3 months ago on Rob Douglas: We all live in glass houses

I agree that civility needs to return to many of the arguments posted on the comments forum. It is hard to follow the logic of some arguments when couched in such harsh and personal rhetoric. I look to the comments to bring to light new information or new ways of looking at a problem, but skim through (or not read entirely) many of the rants.

How many qualified people won't run for important community positions like the BOE or city council because of the mudslinging that they will be the target of? Tone it down, don't reelect if you are unhappy.

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skygazer 6 years, 3 months ago on Board to review conduct

Steamvent--

As I recall the 1/2 percent sales tax is handled by a separate entity who gifts it to the school district for a combination of reducing classroom size and supporting technology in the schools. The BOE actions shouldn't influence the support of the tax. Isn't our property tax pooled by the state government? I'm sure we don't get back what we pay since it is distributed statewide. I do believe that some money is squandered by administrative missteps, but cutting off the sales tax will not impact the administration, only the kids and teachers who are already getting the short end of the stick.

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skygazer 6 years, 3 months ago on Our View: City should share school tax

A couple of points. If the sales tax is to be shared, shouldn't it be collected county wide? More importantly, perhaps with the turnover in all school districts it is time to consolidate the county into one district. Maybe representatives on the board from Soroco and Hayden would provide the school board with a new perspectives. I know there has been fear in the past that somehow Steamboat would domninate, but the cost savings of consolidating the administration would provide increased benefits to all schools. Perhaps different school programs could be developed in each high school that would provide greater opportunities to kids who might want to pursue futures in ag, automotive tech, construction, etc.

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skygazer 6 years, 3 months ago on Rob Douglas: A paper a day keeps ignorance away

id- You shouldn't forget that the policies in southeast Asia evolved throughout the 1950's under the Eisenhower administration. That is when Vietnam was divided and we supplied backing to a rather nasty leader in South Vietnam. Kennedy did escalate, but considering our involvement spanned two decades he cannot be held totally at fault. During the Kennedy administration less than 200 American casualties were reported, the highest number was in 1968 followed by 1969. Johnson and Nixon are accountable for most of the build up and destruction.

Iraq is a mess that was totally avoidable except for cold war leftover mentality by an arrogant few in the White House. We became Democracy imperialists in a region that didn't want us. It was Saudis in Afghanistan who attacked us, we didn't root out the issue there and the Taliban is making inroads once again.

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skygazer 6 years, 3 months ago on Smyser: No Knezevich renewal

My kids and I have all had some issues with Mr. Knezevich. We found him somewhat inflexible, intimidating, and at times insensitive to the needs of individuals. I think he made a mistake not leaving willingly earlier when he realized there were issues with him and he was given the opportunity to resign -- the district must now make a decision about whether it is better to have an unwanted principal or rush to find a replacement late in the year, both positions are difficult. Mike might now face a blemish on his resume -- being essentially fired.

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