Michael Bird

Michael Bird 1 week, 5 days ago on Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss police station design and building location next week

Fred, I ,too, would appreciate your evaluation and opinions of a site for a new or, possibly, remodeled police station. Also, Isn't there still a question of real need ?.

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Michael Bird 1 week, 6 days ago on John F. Russell: Ray Rice would never look right in blue and orange

I once read that a NFL player must play for five seasons before being eligible for a pension but most running backs and many players never last that long. Made me think about what pay is appropriate for multiple concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments, etc. Plus their pay is from voluntary sources - fans - who it seems don't think all are overpaid because they keep supporting the NFL. Otherwise they would stop buying tickets, TV packages, sportsware, etc. The truth seems to be backed up by the dollar and not opinions. I don't know the answers but it seems as if many professions are overpaid. Or products are overchaged.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Air service board revisits summer flights from Texas

Scott W. Thank you for your comments. "Revenues for what ?" My questions was - was the revenue suficient to support the summer program ? You indicated no and the subsidy is $200.00 per seat as I understand your answer. I never said the calculations were easy but they can be done. Discounted fares may not provide enough $$ to produce positive revenue but they might. You don't know and neitherr do i. We have our opinions but I think we both could benefit knowing the probabilities. Maybe with both full fare purchases and lower cost purchases the air program would be financially viable - maybe even both the summer and winter programs. Using the Houston flights, it is amazing to see all of the empty seats excluding weekends. All I'm saying is that the current program can be much better for locals, can be more cost effective, efficient, and economical. Maybe a broken system can be repaired by being modified. For me, it's worth a try. Our local tax$$$ "donated" to the air program should and must also benefit locals but it does not. Change is needed.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Air service board revisits summer flights from Texas

How about considering 1. finding out if our tax $$ was used or if revenue was sufficient 2. since majority of voters might want this service, require Routt County resident discount fares such as $350.00 R/T since it is better than ZERO which is what an empty seat provides. These would be available as "last minute" sales. One might argue that many wouldn't buy high priced seats and just wait but I would counter that most might need to have to fly on certain dates so would need to buy full fare tickets. To discover if special local fares would eliminate the need for a tax subsidy, couldn't one simply look at last seasons data and interpolate ? My opinion is that both winter & summer service is not run efficiently or economically and that empty seat sales are a viable alternative. At the very least, I'd like someone to prove me wrong. Free the data.

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Michael Bird 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Our View: Hearth and home

What is the definition of affordable housing in OC ? Hayden? Stagecoach? Or is it like affordable health care, which requires massive federal subsidies ? Is there really such a thing as affordable housing in a resort or expensive housing area ? Is the real answer, apartments - realizing that not everyone is entitled to a house ?

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Monday Medical: Enrollment underway

Interesting things I have learned from Canadians, who make up about 50% of the temporary winter residents here at our TX mobilehome park.. Each provence has a different health plan - Ontario's is better than Manitoba's. Large corporations provide health insurance to their employees, such as Hydra (electric company), not the government. Here and in SB, one can get an MRI or see an Orthopaedic surgeon within a week or so if necessary but the wait can be many months in Canada unless life threatening. Their shortage of MDs is due partly to them leaving Canada to come to the US for $$$$$. Their ratio of MDs to patients is FAR higher than in the USA.. Yes, there are also good points to their piecemeal system too.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Steamboat Springs seeing lowest November gas prices since 2010

Also Rhs, FYI - gas is now (today) as low as 2.61 ( Sams Club) or 2.71 elsewhere and rapidly going lower for regular here in south TX where we are for the winter plus it's going to be 80 and sunny here tomorrow. Salud !! Margarita time.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Steamboat Springs seeing lowest November gas prices since 2010

Rhys, FYI - According to Runzimer's, a national company that develops the cost per mile of running an auto for national companies for re-imbursement to employees who use their personal cars for business, the actual cost is about 75 cents. Even Uncle Sam ( IRS ) allows more than 50 cents and they are never close to the actual cost. Gas is only part of the total.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Monday Medical: Enrollment underway

Insurance simply passes on health care increases so if Blake is correct that the increases aren't caused by hospital cost increases, it leaves only pharmaceutical and/or doctors as the primary sources, right ? And how much does an increase in insureds add to an increase because of an increase in them seeking medical treatment ? Lots of questions ???

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on Chamber still working to grow number of summer visitors recommending Steamboat to their friends

They did build sidewalks as we all were told to. Thus there is a continuous sidewalk. We're one lot but had to build as I mentioned as our neighbors. So why not Yampa St when Boathouse was built as you say - a development ?

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