Dan Hill

Dan Hill 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 12 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.


Dan Hill 12 months ago on Planning Commission weighs in on plans for ski area's mountain coaster, golf course

"Kingston also questioned whether the addition of new towers and bridges for the coaster would create more congestion for skiers in the area."

Because, you know. the people who run the ski area for a living wouldn't possibly have thought of that.


Dan Hill 12 months ago on Bear issues again come to light

Why should I have to spend money on expensive bear proof containers when I'm very careful about my trash so I don't have bear problems.

How about stepping up enforcement and allowing offenders the choice of a citation or buying a bear proof trash can?


Dan Hill 1 year ago on City Council weighs in on plan to replace old child care facility

"Why being in a more visible location was rejected in preference for the flood plain wasn't explained."

Simple. Other people's money.