Best of the Web for Dec. 14 |

Best of the Web for Dec. 14

Montessori program

— If the students in the Montessori program are learning well, why not expand it? But first, please show us the research to justify the expansion.

– marthalee

Post office move

What a mess this will be. Moving the downtown post office and closing the Sundance branch will make it inconvenient for many, many people. It will cause traffic jams at that intersection. How about the people west of town? I sure hope council jumps on this proposal. It certainly isn’t “a really good situation for everyone.”

– sporty

First Tracks condos

You would think there would be a line from here to Meeker to get in one of these things. These are brand new units located in a world-class development with world-class amenities, soon to be gondola hooking you up with the ski mountain, just across the street from the grocery store and Wal-mart, on the bus route, next to the bike path and river, a 1 percent down payment (if you were renting, this down payment would be less than the first, last and deposit scenario), etc. And no one wants one. : Obviously a flawed system.

– Tubes

Affordable housing

Micromanaging our local affairs is pure folly. Just because others are doing it is not a reason to succumb to peer pressure. The best minds of our time seem clueless to solve our world financial problems.

How can local government justify tinkering with the marketplace? Have faith. We may have short-term housing problems, but, in the long run, the markets will solve this.

People leave the area for a variety of reasons. Steamboat may not be for them, but we don’t need to assume that we are the problem and that we can “fix” everything.

– Fred Duckels

Rehder Building debate

Why does the city of Steamboat need to support both an art depot and museum with free rent?

As the city sees drops in tax revenue, we must start to look for places to cut back. Art is not a service the city needs to provide. Private citizens should be supporting the arts outside of government so that we do not need to use public tax dollars. Choices are gonna need to be made – we cannot continue to support every whim of the citizens with our diminishing sales tax dollars.

– mtroach

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