Michael Bird

Michael Bird 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Brian Kotowski: Color me thunderstruck

My favorite comment about the Wall was in answer to the question "What do you think of the 16' Wall ? " Texan answering " It makes a big market for 18' ladders." Over the nine years I have spent winters by the TX/MX border, I have watched the Wall (fence) split the campus of the UTRGV,ranches and farms, and stopped almost no one. The Rio Grande is about 250' wide and shallow -easy to swim across or use any form of raft / inner tube. Maybe from a PR standpoint the fence works to assuage the concerns or fears of some but the fence (Wall) is a financial boondoggle

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Michael Bird 3 weeks, 3 days ago on Committee to make parks and recreation property tax recommendation Tuesday night

Krista or anyone, What do you think privatizing parks/rec, which would eliminate the needs for 12 month employees and could provide major expense reductions ? Other cities outsource parks/rec, save $$$$$, and it works quite well.

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Michael Bird 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Committee to make parks and recreation property tax recommendation Tuesday night

Are there cost comparisons between privatizing parks&rec and the City's cost. As I remember, most resort towns do not have their employees maintain their parks/rec but find it is absolutely more economical to outsource it. Shouldn't we first look at this option ? Maybe no additional taxes would then be needed.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Gregory H. Hermann: Treasurer deserves apology

Gregory, Brita violated a most basic tenet - confidential agreements and secret meetings are not allowed when public knowledge and facts are involved. In other words, taxes.

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on New report predicts slower enrollment growth at Steamboat schools

Scott W, I want to publicly thank you for your information and opposition to last year's school bond fiasco. Your demographic objections were "right on " and made so much sense along with the almost total lack of data ( facts ) from the proponents. Reminds me of this year's AMD 69 where, again, proponents refused to provide any facts (data) such as personnel costs - not even the cost of the CEO. and ignored the majority of healthcare costs i.e. medical costs..

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Michael Bird 1 month ago on Our view: Residents deserve to know

Scott W, Since it appears that Peabody paid almost 1.9 mil with an Oct 31st deposit, is it correct that no Nov. interest would be due from Peabody ? And is there anyone who thinks Brita should be in this office ? What a nightmare. Is it an impossibility that transparency can be part of any elected politician ? It appears not. Upon taking office, it appears that most reject who they work for and immediately create their fiefdom with little regard to anyone but themselves. Sadly, gain and again.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on David Ihde: Government should stay out of health care

Martha, What unregulated businesses are you asking about? You can Google any corporation to see executive salaries if this assists your question. As you know by law, insurance companies are regulated but their information is also a matter of public record. From some professional organizations, one can find salary ranges. Almost everything can be found on Google or Ask.com or many other search sites.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on Mayling Simpson: A fact check on Amendment 69

Medicaid is a Federal, not a State, program. When it is expanded, it affects all States so immigration to another State is not a factor nor relevant. And again, not one fact about CC. Not one specific reply to my repeated questions. Someone says we'll; save money but there is a total lack of facts and without facts, there is no truth. Did you know that the CEO of CC will be paid more than any insurance company executive ? Neither did I. Will he or she ? No one knows so that previous comment could be correct or incorrect. CC refuses to release any personnel costs or any costs. Refuses. It is so easy to make statement that have no credibility because there are no facts to back them - only a few weak suppositions. Remember the vast majority of healthcare expenses are medical and CC does NOT reduce total medical expenses. It does not and cannot. Nancy, arithmetic simply refutes Simpson's opinion.as repeatedly shown on my prior posts which no one has refuted.

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Michael Bird 1 month, 1 week ago on Al Rosenthal: Vote 'no' letter was false

Jeff, You are correct. I have repeatedly asked specific questions but neither Al R nor any other proponent or even those that oppose CC has answered them. Why? Because no one knows the answers and we're asked to support a plan without knowing its costs. Just trust us -huh ? What a way to run a business. CC has no way to reduce the majority of medical costs, which are the majority of healthcare costs except to possibly slightly lower a MDs staff expenses without a guarantee that those savings would be passed to patients. So simple arithmetic easily shows us that a 10% increase in 75% to 80% ( medical ) is more than a possible 10% reduction of 25% to 20% (administrative) by CC. Calculus is not needed here - just elementary school arithmetic.

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