Michael Bird

Michael Bird 1 hour, 47 minutes ago on Melanie L. Sturm: Are Americans still in charge of our lives?

I,too, am concerned. I'm concerned that most don't understand the our beloved USA is not nor never has been a democracy. It is a Republic. I'm concerned that some don't differentiate between those who may dislike our Country and those who dislike its actions. Russell, some of the values of our founders are just plain wrong such as slavery. We should want change in America as there are needed changes, aren't there ? Personally, among many other areas,I would like to see smaller, more efficient government, smaller military expenditures, a revised health care plan ( one where not every word of the pharmaceutical section was written by pharma lobbyists instead of legislators - for example ), and even higher taxes only where needed. just to name a few. And a new tax code.

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Michael Bird 2 hours, 37 minutes ago on Post office lockouts in Steamboat follow national USPS protocol

Thank you Chris for placing some common sense into this situation. "Yous pays your ticket - yous get to ride". For over three decades, my personal and large volumes of business mail were delivered promptly with nothing lost. Payment notices are placed early in one's box. Reminders are placed. We all sometimes forget to pay on time so a late fee or interest is charged by the merchant/PO. Just as at a gas station, no payment, no service, We don't have our mail delivered because about 1982 we voted not to. It was when the PO became private. It would have meant giving up our PO boxes and the majority didn't want that. Later cluster boxes came into vogue. Our mail is delivered to where we chose for the paid postage.

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Michael Bird 1 week, 2 days ago on Fifth excessive force lawsuit filed against Steamboat police officers

As usual, we read allegations, opinions, evaluations, view points but facts ??? I absolutely don't know the facts but would appreciate the paper reporting the entire story. Ex: Was or was not Sheets involved in the reported fight ? There are witnesses - was Sheets tackled or not ? As Jack Webb in Dragnet always said " Just the facts, ma'm, just the facts ".

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Steamboat City Council rejects downtown URA

Sidewalks can be installed and paid for by the building owners whose buildings are adjacent to the sidewalk area just as we had to do on Oak St so what is the problem ? Simply make all do what the City made us do. We had no development. For those not in the know - development can have requirements in order to be approved such as sidewalks. Sally TeStrake of Mainstreet now you have your answer. Then the City can install any other needed improvements.but no bump-outs as Tim,who is blind, has said and I fully agree. A simple sidewalk ramp to the street that extends to the street and not into it is all that is needed.

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Michael Bird 4 weeks ago on Chuck McConnell: Voters should decide

Guess I wasn't clear,Tim. I am talking about current building owners without any development. Each current owner could do as we did install a sidewalk now. Simple. The City told us we had to ( 442 Oak ) and we had no development. Now there is a nice sidewalk from 5th to 4th on our side of Oak.as others also had to also install. . BTW - there was development at the OTHER end of the block but only there. No development is required for current owners to install sidewalks now.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Chuck McConnell: Voters should decide

Tim, your idea is a good one. Here is a better one. As we had to do, have each building owner pay for the installation of a sidewalk adjacent to their building. And no dangerous and unsafe bump-outs but built-in ramps at each intersection leading down to the street.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Governor signs URA reform bill

Or direct building owners as we were told by the City - pay for and build a sidewalk in front of your building - which we and others did on Oak St. And, no, we were not involved in a redevelopment where a new sidewalk can be part of an approval or a requirement. Instead -use the money to bury overhead lines, which greatly minimizes maintenance costs.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Our view: The public deserves to know

Huh ? City mgr might give us ,the citizens, a summary. How kind it is to receive a dollop of truth. "Let them eat cake". And we pay big $$$$ for this ?

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: The public deserves to know

Interestingly enough, the Pilot will not publish Klieber's letter (s) because transparency is better requested of others than practiced. Never practice what you preach seems to be the motto. Agreed - there are several sides to this issue but the public's right trumps them all when public officials are involved. Corrupt, unethical, or criminal personnel matters must never be exempt - never. Remember they are our employees - we the tax payers

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on Our view: Free enterprise — up in smoke

Anyone remember the " Last Laugh Bar " located in the old Sidestep ? City denied John's application. CO Supreme Court overruled City of SS. Basically, as I remember, guidelines couldn't be written that can be enforced. Laws are too nebulous for approving or denying most liquor license applications. Legally, aren't we in the same position with MJ retail stores. Are there any MJ appeals pending ?

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