Dan Hill

Dan Hill 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

Fred, the next time you or Mark Hartless or someone in your families make a mistake how will you feel when the whole community piles on, screaming for the harshest possible punishment to be applied? What goes around comes around.

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Dan Hill 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Internet, cable outage across Steamboat Springs

Comcastic - adjective. Costs a fortune and doesn't work.

To add insult to injury, when you call up because your internet is not working, they try to up sell you to a television and phone package. Absolutely NOT the time to try to sell a customer something. Going to be asking for a significant discount on my bill until they deliver an acceptable level of reliability. I should probably just switch to Zirkel, but inertia rules.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs residents adapt to life next to the new lights at Steamboat Ski Area

As a season passholder I have plenty of time to ski during the day. But I've had quite a few visitors ask me about the night skiing. My answer is "don't know, haven't tried it". Would have been nice if the ski area had offered locals a free sample too.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 1 week ago on Omar M. Campbell: Immigration mess

Omar, can you please explain when immigration stopped being a good thing for America and became a bad thing?

I know, you'll probably say it's illegal immigration you have a problem with. But our illegal immigration problem is the result of a dysfunctional legal immigration policy. When people who want to come here and work hard and become Americans, the way the ancestors of nearly every current day American did, and we tell them, wait twenty years, then something is wrong.

Here's a thought experiment for you. Imagine in the Mexican-American war of 1848 we'd kept going, and taken not only New Mexico and Arizona from the Mexicans, but also the northern half of current day Mexico (there were some leaders pushing to do exactly that at the time). If history had unfolded that way, a very big proportion of the current "illegals" would be American citizens by birth. In what meaningful way would a person moving from Chihuahua to Colorado be different?

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Dan Hill 1 month, 1 week ago on Teen given 90 days in jail for marijuana explosion in Steamboat Springs

Scott Wedel - I'm not entirely sure what your point is, but it looks like you think the DA should have taken the defendants to trial and held out for harsher sentences.

I actually think these sentences are appropriate and reasonable. They did something incredibly stupid, and they are going to do some jail time. But let's not ruin the lives of these young men for all time, at least not before we give them a chance to prove they've learned their lessons.

Remember, our society tells these young men they aren't mature enough to drink alcohol. We can't have it both ways. If we really believe that they lack the judgement to have a beer, we need to cut them a little slack when they exercise that bad judgement in other areas.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Our view: Having it both ways

It's always interesting when voters and the politicians who pander to them pretend that choices don't have to be made. It would be nice to live in a world where trade-offs don't exist, but we don't.

By ignoring trade-offs the political process fails time and again to discover the optimum balance. In this particular case the question isn't "how can we have clean air and water without affecting resource production?" Even the most reasonable enviromental regs (unless they are totally ineffective) are going to have some impact on the cost of production and therefore reduce total output, even if only by a small amount. The point is, there is a real cost that ought to be considered. It's fine to say, "hey we can live with that cost, the benefits are much bigger," but pretending these costs don't exist is like believing in Santa Claus.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 3 weeks ago on All-out battle for air supremacy at DIA drives 80 percent of local passengers to jump in the car

If United really is in a fight to the death with Southwest and Frontier at DIA, shouldn't they be using their network to their advantage? To put it another way, if you are United how do you stop someone driving from Steamboat to DIA to catch a flight with Southwest? Isn't the obvious answer, sell them a fare out of HDN that makes it a no brainer to fly out of there.

Are they too dumb to do this? (maybe they are, but as much as I hate UA, I doubt it.) More likely there are major economic trends at work that are killing regional air services across the country. That suggests that beyond the peak winter season flights, we can't realistically hope for much. I'm surprised about the new summer service to Houston. A 50 seat jet is about the least economical aircraft flying today with high fuel prices and increased hours for command pilots. Hate to think what this is going to cost us.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 3 weeks ago on All-out battle for air supremacy at DIA drives 80 percent of local passengers to jump in the car

I'm sorry, it's not $98 round trip that causing me to drive 3+ hours to Denver, pay for parking etc, it's the fact that there is no @#$%^ service out of HDN, and even when there is, it gets cancelled half the time! I mean seriously, in Spring and Fall we're getting one flight a day - at 6am. If I'm going to get up at 3am for a business trip I may as well drive to Denver the afternoon before and at least get a decent night's sleep before my meeting. Stop wasting money on low frequency direct flights that don't change the game, go to United and pay them to run reliable, high frequency services with reasonable fares via Denver - year round. Either that or close down YVRA and fund free luxury shuttle vans to DIA on the hour every hour with the LMD money.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 4 weeks ago on George Hresko: Quo vadis?

George, transparency that balances the short and long term is definitely a good thing. I'd go a step further and suggest the City publish a set of accounts prepared on an accrual basis that meet GAAP - like corporations are required by law to do (the louder the screaming you hear when suggesting this, the more you know that the books are being cooked).

Right now, we are still digging the hole deeper, spending every spare cent on new infrastructure, when we are struggling to maintain what we already have and our current budgeting processes serve to hide the facts. Don't see an entry for depreciation? Doesn't mean it isn't happening, just that we are pushing the costs into future years.

P.S. Accrual accounting also prevents nasty surprise on things like pensions, because then you have to explicitly acknowledge the (potentially unsustainable) promises for spending future taxes by showing them as liabilities on the balance sheet. Does anyone in Steamboat actually know what the City's future liabilities for pensions and health benefits are? Maybe it's not a problem, but the numbers ought to be readily available.

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Dan Hill 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Potential lies in targeting the 85 percent of air travelers who leave the Yampa Valley to catch a flight

It isn't just lower airfares causing people to drive to Denver. It's also frequency and reliability of service, especially if you are travelling for business.

I think we are much too focussed on direct services. We'll never fund enough of those to be a game changer outside the peak winter season. What we need to focus on is reliable and affordable service to Denver year round.

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