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When bears start thinking that towns are friendly places, they are no longer really wild. They raid garbage, cars, and people's homes. Most bears stay away from people, but some bears figure out that it is easier to find food digging through trash than to hunt for it. Those are the bears that cannot be placed somewhere else, because they will find their way back to people, just like this one did. There are a lot of bears out there. Their population has tripled in the last 20 years. I think this is a necessary policy.
I have not met a satisfied employee of TMH. I have met a lot of people who are terrified of the management at the hospital, who, I am told, act tyrannically with regard to employees and have employees walking on eggshells constantly. I also have been told that many of the most competent employees are chased out of TMH by management, as if there is some sort of jealousy driving these administrators. I do know that we are losing some wonderful doctors who would never think of returning to work at TMH with the present administration.
Well said editorial board. I agree completely that this has been the worst kind of political deceit.
The Tea Party is not good and the Occupy Wall Street movement is not evil. That is like using the analytic abilities of a 2 year old. Both movements are seeking to correct societal problems. Those problems are both legitimate. The Tea Party (originally) was seeking to address out-of-control government spending and over-reach by government. The Occupy Wall Street movement (originally) was seeking to address the growing income inequality in the United States at a time when unemployment was high and most Americans were struggling to get by, but corporations were reaping record profits. These are both legitimate concerns. They are clearly at odds with each other as well, because redistribution of wealth is the opposite of constricting government's reach. Viewing the problem as one of good versus evil is ridiculous. Do you really think that there is no balance to be had between both concerns? Should government simply allow the natural constricting of wealth into the hands of the very few and their families in perpetuity? We fought the revolutionary war to get away from that type of society. Should government take over every aspect of people's lives, with all incentives for personal initiative and accountability being obliterated by a system that does not reward such innovation? That's part of what the Cold War was about, and I'm pretty glad that we won that one as well. If you cannot see that there needs to be a balance between these two concerns, then you are either not realizing the problems in a society that ignores the other side or simply naive as to what the end game of what you stand for actually is. Politics is not about good versus evil. It is about coming up with a system of governance that fosters freedom and fairness.
This is not about the firefighters being better trained. They have a facility in Hayden that they can use for free. True, they have to share that facility with some other agencies, but I have not read anywhere that there is some sort of backlog or difficulty in scheduling training sessions in Hayden. Steamboat Springs uses the Hayden training center. They also serve a population about twice that of the fire department here. Mr. Willems has stated that when they lose 5 or 6 people to train, it becomes hard to get 10 or 11 people (out of 25 left) to respond to a big fire. That is why you schedule training sessions when you know you will be able to get at least 11 people on a big fire if necessary. This is a false justification.
My criticism is that this is wasteful, deceptive politics. This is about building a structure without justification and with money that people were misled into thinking was going to be spent on equipment. This is about the fire department having more money than they need, and deciding to expand unnecessarily with that money because they can.
This is also about the fire department doing something that tax payers told them they did not want them to do. They are announcing the training tower now. Next they will announce the second fire station. This is because they are receiving too much revenue for their needs, especially given that the population in Craig today is less than what it was in 1982.
I simply do not support this decision at all.
$1.5 million to not have to travel 20 minutes to Hayden to train. What a complete waste of resources. Get ready for a non-volunteer fire department now. This is pure government waste... Craig has not grown, but the fire department's budget has.
The community will be losing a very effective and intelligent attorney. Best of luck to you, Mr. Snow.
I think there would be tremendous support for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. I would certainly support it. I believe that it is a terrible decision that undermines democracy. How can an entity that has no right to exist be granted personal rights? How can we have a thriving democracy when laws are purchased by the highest bidder? (Note: we need to reform the lobbying process as well). I believe that it would take a constitutional amendment to reverse the case, however. I would be very surprised to see the Supreme Court reverse itself so soon after creating this campaign finance disaster. The justices are not really accustomed to admitting they were wrong.
I'm not sure what the county commissioners have to do with this. Do I think it is wasteful for the federal government to be purchasing land right now? Yes. Do I think they would do anything better with their money? No.
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