Michael Bird

Michael Bird 5 days, 1 hour ago on Diana Simon: Race may not be worth it

Diana, Even the Denver Post asked many of the same questions you raised. The bottom line is that no major sponsor is willing to support this race so why should we absorb costs ? SB does not profit from this activity.

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Michael Bird 5 days, 1 hour ago on Thoughtful Parenting: Help wanted: Infant and toddler care in Routt County

Most studies I have read state that it is economically (and emotionally) better for Mom and child/children to be at home. Senses of stability,security, and health are greatly increased compared to day care and everyday costs are greatly decreased. When did schools become day care centers plus schools instead of their primary purpose and that is to teach from K thru High School. ?

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Michael Bird 5 days, 1 hour ago on Stewards of air service program planning public outreach campaign

Hmmmm?? Right now we (locals) get nutin' from the LMD deal except the ability to pay an excessive fare for subsidized ( by locals) air service. $50,000 means 100 $500 air fares or 200 $250 R/T fares ( with a Routt County discount that doesn't exist). So on any of the almost empty flights, we could have 500 $100 seats and still be ahead as $50,000 is more than ZERO, which is the current revenue from a zillion empty seats. We do not need a campaign to explain that the locals are not receiving deserved discounted air fares - and YES it is easy to provide a ticketing mechanism to allow for the discounted tickets using a Driver's License just as Senior Fares. (See SWEST's site).

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Michael Bird 1 week ago on New I-70 mountain express lane expected to open by year's end

So when a wreck occurs (and they most certainly will ) in the "new" middle lane, can the vehicles involved move to the shoulder (now the toll lane) ? Remember CDOT is the department that destroyed Lincoln Ave with a dangerous redesign that destroyed parking spots, made turns onto Lincoln unsafe, and made the horrendous bump-outs - very costly and totally unneeded. Plus paid a firm $400,000 for this most stupid redesign. I remember Tim's ( he is blind) post about how he, too, hated them.

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Michael Bird 1 week ago on Preliminary hearing scheduled for police officer charged with felony

Peter, First thank you for posting her letter. I'm confused, though, about your comment about a high school classmate. What does that have to do with Kristin's situation ? And please clarify your comment about running for the School Board. What have we missed ?

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Michael Bird 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs city manager to leave Sept. 1

When is a contract not a contract ? Answer- when a public (not private) employee is involved. Then contracts don't matter. She was entitled to 2 months -Period. That is what a contract is for -isn't it ? To state what happens when an employee is terminated. Liability issues are a sham. What we should do is privatize all public administrative positions -- then like a private business when you don't or won't do your job - you're out. Simple solution to a continuous problem.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Emails shed light on city manager's rocky relationship with some members of Steamboat Springs City Council

Peter I respectively disagree. A mayor's term to often becomes a reign or in some cases, a dictatorship as too many public employees are indebted to the mayor because he appointed them. Plus a mayor always requires a huge highly paid staff-many of whom are absolutely unneeded and unqualified but supported the mayor's candidacy including sizable donations. Have you followed the Denver mayor's appointments ? We don't need a mayor Daley ( Chicago ) here and, sadly, too often that's what we'd end up with.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Council to consider city manager separation agreement Friday

There was nothing wrong with Deb being asst city mgr so keep her in that position - her strengths and weaknesses are now known plus she could help with the transition. If she were to turn this down, pay her nothing except contractual severance.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Our View: Project delay blessing in disguise

Two points: 1. This project is not a need. Pattern works well now. Forget it and save us the money. 2. Forecasts are for a very heavy snowfall this winter, which includes April and probably May so all savings are greatly lowered, if not eliminated, with 24/7 work schedules.

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Michael Bird 2 weeks, 5 days ago on City manager's exit being negotiated

As I have posted before, I am against a mayoral form for SBoat as it too easily leads to a fiefdom. Loyalty of appointed City employees goes to the mayor and not the citizens too many times.Back door deals are too easily made. If Hinsvark were a good deputy city mgr,especially financial management, how about demoting her to that position ? If she is fired, no severance package or payment should be discussed unless it is a contractual provision. From now on, though, no severance provision should be included in any contract. Lead not follow. Because others do it, we have to ? Didn't we learn the answer to that in grade school. Our School Board learned that regarding school supers.

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