Scott Stanford

Camden, SC

Scott Stanford 1 year, 11 months ago on Scott Stanford: Newspaper makes right call on online comments

All:

I spoke with Scott Wedel yesterday. He wanted to clarify that he in no way defended our policy, prior to 2009, when we allowed anyone who provided us with an email address to comment anonymously on the site. In 2009, we went to a policy of verifying identities before allowing users to then post under a pseudonym. Scott Wedel felt this policy went far enough. He opposed going from that policy to our current one in which all comments appear with names attached. Scott is correct in his assessment and I apologize if the column was not clear on that point.

We try to police the comments section for inappropriate posts. If you are bothered by a post or feel it is inappropriate, do us a favor and click on the "Suggest Removal" link. This method of flagging comments helps us to address inappropriate posts quickly and efficiently.

Thanks to you all for all participating in our forum. I recognize that there are other forums you could choose which may have different or perhaps more inviting policies and approaches. I appreciate that you read our newspaper and contribute to the discussion.

Scott Stanford General Manager sstanford@SteamboatToday.com 970-871-4202

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Scott Stanford 2 years, 8 months ago on Data point to sustained economic recovery in Routt County

Scott Wedel said in an earlier post "it seems to me that a reliable indicator of the economic situation is the number of Help Wanted ads in the newspaper compared to the number of modest rent housing available. During the boom there were as many as 200 help wanted ads with 20 or so available housing units."

Scott's numbers are a little off, but he is certainly right that classified employment and rental advertising tell the story of our economy the past five years. During the first quarter of 2007 (the boom time) the ratio of employment advertising to rental advertising was 5:1. As the housing market collapsed and the unemployment rate rose, that ratio began to shrink rapidly and by the first quarter of 2009, rental advertising had surpassed employment advertising. For two years, rental advertising outpaced employment advertising until the first quarter of 2011 when employment crept past rental advertising.

In the first quarter of 2012, employment advertising is up 30 percent compared to the first quarter of 2011. In fact, employment advertising was at its highest level since the 1st quarter of 2008. Conversely, rental advertising is down 12 percent in the first quarter and is at its lowest level since the first quarter of 2008. The ratio of employment ads to rental ads is up to 2:1, certainly not the ratio we saw during the boom, but the healthiest it has been in 4 years.

One other note -- Legal advertising, driven largely by foreclosure notices, is down 30% from its record pace in 2011. That's a positive sign that the rate of foreclosures is slowing.

So I guess what I am saying is that the Scotts -- Wedel, Ford and Stanford -- are in agreement that all the data anecdotal, statistical and newspaper, point to a moderately improving economy driven by slightly more jobs and a little better housing market. But it is not 2007.

Scott Stanford General Manager sstanford@SteamboatToday.com

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Scott Stanford 2 years, 10 months ago on Brent Boyer: Eliminating online anonymity

Scott:

If an anonymous poster wants to preserve their previous anonymous comments while still posting using their real names in the future, this can be accomplished by creating a new account using a different email address.

Scott Stanford sstanford@SteamboatToday.com (970) 291-9278

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Scott Stanford 3 years, 2 months ago on Our View: Medical marijuana centers should be banned

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Tshirtguy is the pseudonym for an individual who posts on our online comment board. Tshirtguy is not the owner of Crown Prints, an employe of Crown Prints or affiliated in any way with Crown Prints.

Sincerely, Scott Stanford General Manager, Steamboat Today 970-871-4202 ssatnford@SteamboatToday.com

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Scott Stanford 3 years, 2 months ago on Our View: Medical marijuana centers should be banned

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The Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board's role is to take a stance on community issues on behalf of the newspaper. This editorial represents the collective opinion of the Editorial Board, whose members are listed at the top of this opinion piece, including community representatives. Certainly we understand, accept and invite differing opinions, both in this forum and in print.

Newspapers maintain a distinct separation between the editorial and advertising departments. Advertising is purchased based upon the audience the newspaper is able to reach. Judging simply from the comments above, the newspaper clearly reaches medical marijuana advocates as well as those who oppose it. Thus, it makes sense that medical marijuana businesses would purchase advertising in the newspaper to reach potential customers. At the same time, it makes sense that medical marijuana centers would refuse to advertise in the newspaper based upon this editorial stance. But if an editorial is to have any integrity, then past or future advertising should have no impact in the formulation of the newspaper's opinion.

Again, differing opinions are encouraged and welcome. We will gladly offer equal space in print and online to opposing views. You can submit a letter to the editor or guest column by emailing editor@SteamboatToday.com or simply filling out the form at the link below:

http://www.steamboattoday.com/submit/letters/

I look forward to your feedback.

Scott Stanford General Manager 970-871-4202 sstanford@SteamboatToday.com

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Scott Stanford 3 years, 7 months ago on 2 teens arrested in connection with downtown Steamboat burglaries

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Several inappropriate comments have been removed. Please moderate your comments to ensure they are within the boundaries of fairness.

Thanks, Scott Stanford General Manager 970-871-4202 sstanford@SteamboatToday.com

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