Dan Hill

Dan Hill 1 week, 6 days ago on John Lanterman: Project is wrong for Steamboat

Where do we get this idea that affordability necessarily means properties that have some sort of restriction on them? Market rate apartments can be affordable, in the normal sense of the word, if they can be developed at a low enough cost. Regardless of the merits or not of all the zoning rules that opponents point out, they add to the cost and therefore work against affordability.


Dan Hill 1 month ago on Guardrail repairs cost Routt County $100K-plus annually

If I crash my car into something and damage it, aren't I (or my insurance company) responsible for paying for the repairs?


Dan Hill 1 month, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs City Council members surprised, angered, stumped by request for emails

Does anyone know what email system the city is using and what mechanism they provide for users to access their accounts outside the city's internal network?

Unless they're doing something totally out of whack with common practice, there should be no reason councilors can't access both their personal and city email accounts on a single device (smartphone, tablet, computer). In which case protestations that it's too hard to use the appropriate email account ring hollow...


Dan Hill 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Coloradans ponder Amendment 69's ColoradoCare

Nancy, there is no $5B pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We need to make hard choices if we're going to control health care costs.

If you look at any of the single-payer healthcare solutions in other advanced countries, they control costs in two major ways:

  1. paying providers (hospitals, doctors, nurses) significantly less than they are paid in US

  2. being very strict on what is and isn't covered, to the point they make US insurance companies look all warm and cuddly. It's the golden rule - he who has the gold makes the rules. If you want to make your own decisions on healthcare, you have to pay for it yourself.


Dan Hill 3 months, 1 week ago on Our view: Housing proposal worth vetting

1,600 houses in thirty years is 53 houses a year - probably less than 150 new residents. That does not seem too onerous in a town of 10,000 people. If we aren't able or willing to accommodate even that modest level of growth, then housing affordability is a pipedream...


Dan Hill 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Georgie Hand sentenced to 82 years in prison

What a ridiculous sentence. Sure, she's a habitual criminal and deserves to spend a very long time in prison. But she didn't kill anyone. It's all very well "to send a strong message" but when you give this woman 82 years, what do you have to give a murderer for there to be any sense of proportionality? 200 years?


Dan Hill 4 months, 1 week ago on School board split on employee compensation package

Rush said not approving the proposal could harm staff morale and the staff’s relationship with the board... “They worked so hard to get to this point, in good faith, to get here,”

Bargaining to be paid money the district doesn't have and lobbying for never-ending deficit spending does not fit my definition of "good faith."

If there's a case to be made that district employees should be paid more than the district can afford, make that case to the voters. Can't make that case? Then live within the budget you have.


Dan Hill 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Driver who crashed into regional transit bus in March was uninsured

"...the crash's financial impact on the city will likely be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars."

I'm trying to figure out how this can be, when the deductible is $50,000. I think it's because the following "the value of the totaled bus is much less than the cost of a replacement" should actually read "the INSURED value of the totaled bus is much less than the cost of a replacement."

Put aside the idiot driving on bald tires with no insurance. If the bus had crashed with no other vehicle involved, the city is fine with insurance that doesn't actually cover the cost of replacing the bus? What exactly is the point of insurance, if not to replace what you lost?


Dan Hill 5 months ago on Our view: What are we waiting for?

If we accept both of the following propositions as true:

  1. there's inexpensive, ready to develop land in Hayden
  2. we have a shortage of affordable housing

What is stopping the problem from being solved?

I know, people want to live in Steamboat. And I want to drive a Ferrarri. Nobody is entitled to these luxuries (Yes, living here is a luxury. It's a world class resort. If it was easy everyone would be here!)

Surely a home in Hayden you can afford and a 25 mile commute is still a pretty sweet deal compared to a lot of other places people could live and work.