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Good decision. Scott Ford said it all, it's not the City's role to be picking winners and losers. It's especially true in a resort community. You don't create a world class resort experience by protecting incumbent business, allowing them to coast along...
The problem is not one man or woman. Our system of government is fundamentally broken. The American people have shown time and time again that they expect to get lots of goodies from government for which someone else will pay. The ACA is just the latest in a long line of programs based on this kind of thinking (of which the Repubs are equally guilty), where we redefine affordable not to mean reducing the actual cost of providing a service, but instead use it to mean reducing the cost to me by getting someone else to pay!
Politicians are no more able to resist pandering to this kind of thinking than a dog is able to resist chasing a stick when you throw it. If you want the dog to stop chasing, you've got to stop throwing the damn stick. If we want a different kind of politicians, we need to be a different kind of voters, ones who recognize that the beauty of our Constitution was designing a system of government that would mostly leave us the hell alone, not be our mommy and daddy.
Congratulations to the police for resolving this potentially tragic situation without anyone getting hurt.
Suzie, no matter how much you disagree with their policies (and I agree, it's terrible wasteful - if the stuff is unused, there can't be any more liability in giving it away than selling it!), where's your evidence that this had anything to do with them failing?
if a company does something you disagree with and goes out of business, you'll conclude that must be why? If a company does something you agree with and makes money, I suppose you'll assume a causal link there too? But what happens when a company does something you disagree with and makes lots of money? Does you head explode?
But think of the children Rob! Should our little darlings see the word marijuana, or heaven help us a picture of some leaves, they will be forever scarred!
Talk about pandering to a vocal minority. A far more significant majority of Steamboat voters than you would ever get for most initiatives voted to legalize MJ on the model of regulating it like alcohol. So I suppose I'll be buying my hooch from Central Park Liquid Widgets (as opposed to the widgets you smoke) from now on.
Substitute alcohol for marijuana and this letter could have been written in support of prohibition back in the twenties. There's nothing about MJ that suggests it can't be regulated like alcohol. I don't care if the person making too much noise at midnight is drunk or high or just an a-hole, the issue I want the police to deal with is the anti-social behavior.
Likewise, I don't care what you're smoking, but don't blow your smoke in my face.
Regulating any drugs is not a perfect solution, but it has far fewer truly dire side effects, like encouraging organised crime, than prohibition. We can't wrap the entire town in cotton wool so your little darlings won't ever be exposed to anything bad.
Finally, if we want to live up to this constant claim we make that America is a uniquely free country, it's time to start striking a balance between our dislike of some things and respecting what other people want to do.
I like cricket - it's an affliction, I was raised in Australia, so I can't help it :-) Those dinky little baseball fields just don't cut it for a good game of cricket. The community OWES me a great big cricket oval!
Here's an idea. How about people start paying for their own stuff (or failing that, at least hit up their own parents rather than complete strangers) instead of expecting the government to give it to them - by first taking the money from their friends and neighbors.
There are two separate issues here. The first is the integrity of the RFP process. I've been involved in a lot of these including as a government employee and the golden rule is all communications should go equally to all interested parties. Everyone at YVRA knows Storm Mountain would be interested so they' messed up big time if you ask me.
The second is the monopoly nature of the service. What is the rationale for only having one provider of walk up taxi services? Why can't any carrier who meets certain criteria offer this service and let the market decide who wins and who loses? At the moment we don't really know if the consumer is getting good value for money. I know demand is highly seasonal but I've used taxi and limo and shuttle services at airports all over the world and Go Alpine seems expensive for a shared ride in what is effectively a bus!
David, nothing makes me feel better than paying taxes so other people can get PERCEIVED benefits.
Spend tens of millions of dollars to knock down an existing school and build a new one with no additional capacity. Proving to be an excellent plan.
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