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Not without us

To the person who thinks Steamboat Springs needs only high-end affordable housing: Do I rightly assume that you, as a high-end wage earner, will do our low-end wage jobs?

If high-end wage earners can’t afford living in Steamboat Springs, how do you propose that we low-wage earners survive? Having only high-end affordable housing is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. With only high-end wage earners doing our jobs, then wages will have to be increased and prices of products will have to increase. Even the high-end wage earners will have a hard time making ends meet.

We are the backbone of Steamboat Springs now and in the future. We are the ones who clean toilets, stand for eight hours so we can assist in stores, fix your car, change your tires and keep your city safe and clean. We also work in the hospital and nursing home as aides, cooks, janitors and secretaries. We even write newspaper articles.

Yes, the big developers are putting out big money for big projects, but it is those of us who are not high-end wage earners who get the jobs built.

I cannot believe that anyone can be as selfish, pompous and arrogant as to believe there is no room for low-wage earners. Please, tell me you are the only one.

Kathy Beck, Steamboat Springs

Fix what’s wrong

I am surprised to read, in the Aug. 20 letter “Serving the Needs,” that the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association Board feels it is being a positive influence in the development of a recreation center for this community.

I would be interested in knowing what “positive” role it played in the plans for other recreational amenities Steamboat Springs offers. I don’t remember reading about its concern with taxpayer money being spent on the expansion of the Tennis Center or improvements to the Yampa River for swimming or kayaking. Nor was it concerned with new fitness gyms opening up, nor massage therapy practices opening, or even when new lodging properties include full-size swimming pools for their visitors. But now the Board seems to be taking a very self-serving stance on what could be a fantastic amenity, on many levels, to the community. That’s positive?

It would seem the SSHRA has been “undermining” this whole process for its own benefit. Members state they are very concerned about a duplication of services, yet they didn’t seem to be concerned with any of the above duplications. When Haymaker Golf Course was built, there were already two private courses open to the public. These courses are in healthy operation today even with competition from a city-owned and operated course. There are enough golfers now to support four courses in our area. The same goes for the SSHRA facility. A city-funded public recreation center is a response to the laws of supply and demand. And it does not seem to be in the SSHRA mission to supply all of what the community demands.

I have noticed about every three to four years there are physical changes or upgrades made to the SSHRA. However, the same basic and obvious problems are still present. First is cleanliness. I have never enjoyed swimming laps among hairballs and slime. Nor do I enjoy it on the floor of the locker rooms.

I don’t think there is one person who lives in or visits Steamboat that wants to see the downtown hot springs disappear. It is a precious asset to the community with historical significance and has provided generations with great memories. The unique commodity of a natural hot springs will always make it a very special place to visit. It is not duplication or competition from the public or private sector that will negatively affect the SSHRA. It is the SSHRA’s stance on quality versus quantity. Its board members seem to be after a quantity of services offered without considering the quality of what they already offer. It will be a devastating shame if they cannot see and improve on their own weaknesses.

I think they should start a new philosophy today. They should volunteer to step away from the recreation center process and focus on improving their own business. What would be wasteful is to spend their members’ money on facility assets without fixing what is already wrong.

Nina Lowe, Steamboat Springs

Don’t read it

I am writing to disagree with Larry Brooks about Ann Coulter’s column.

I believe it is important, and respectful, for the paper to offer views from all political parties. The media are to be unbiased, and if Larry wants to cancel his subscription because he is offended by her right-wing view, let him. He can cancel his cable TV service and throw away his radio while he is at it.

However, I am sure he doesn’t see these media outlets as a problem, because he probably simply changes the channel if there is a program on that he disagrees with.

Ann Coulter is a brave minority, willing to stand behind her convictions and her leader. It is her First Amendment right to speak her mind, and if you don’t like it, don’t read it.

Melissa Brungardt, Steamboat Springs

Nightmare avoided

On Tuesday evening, my 3-year-old son and I attended the free concert at Howelsen Hill.

We stationed ourselves at the childen’s area. At some point, we were separated, and I lost sight of him. Every parent’s nightmare flashed in my head as I searched for my son.

This story could have ended badly. Fortunately, thanks to some good people, this tale has a happy ending. I would like to thank my friends for helping me look for my son. I would like to thank the gentleman who returned my son to the concert staff and police officers. I would like to thank the concert staff and police officers for returning my son to me. Luckily, we were only a scared mom and son happy to be in one another’s arms again.

Amy Chamberlin, Oak Creek

Share the load

Reading the article on the front page of the (Aug. 25) Steamboat Today about what Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan had to say about the strain of providing police security at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, it’s clear that providing police security at the airport is a minor inconvenience that is turning into a major inconvenience.

This is caused by the spread of police protection to the city of Hayden and Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Yes, YVRA is within the responsibility of Hayden. The question is, what happened to Steamboat Springs police providing security at YVRA? What happened to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office providing security?

It’s generous of the Sheriff’s Office to fill in the gaps in Hayden when needed. The majority of passengers go to Steamboat Springs, some go to Hayden and some go to Craig. Yet Hayden is saddled with the security at YVRA.

The other cities within this region get the benefits of the airport while the city of Hayden does the guard duty. Something is wrong with this picture, and something needs to be done to spread the responsibility.

Michael T. Condie, Steamboat Springs

Revise policies

I draft this letter as an opinion on the current state of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Everyone is aware of Kevin Kaminski’s resignation from City Council, so I find this to be an appropriate time to scrutinize our city’s policies.

As a small-business owner in this community (I am president of Mountain Millworks), it was refreshing to have a council member who had a genuine interest in our well being. Councilman Kaminski’s efforts in retaining summer tourism, his determination to include affordable housing and his pro-business agenda are exactly what our council needs. Not every member of this community is employed by the ski industry nor relies on agriculture to support his or her family. My business is not directly affected by tourism, but I do see the benefits to the community. There are many businesses that do rely on the summer tourists to keep employees working. There are many business owners who, if they are profitable, will be upgrading their lifestyles and using many of the services and products that businesses like mine offer.

At the forefront of the issue is why Councilman Kaminski was forced to resign. I understand why boundaries are in place, but they seem to be a bit unnecessary. Routt County has boundaries for good reason. There are certainly different concerns from North Routt and South Routt and even Western Routt County residents. The same holds true for state boundaries. But, in realistic terms, how can agendas and concerns be so different in a city of 10,000 residents that is five-miles long and two-miles wide?

Councilman Kaminski’s decision to upgrade his lifestyle is a decision we would probably all make if we could. But an even more impressive decision was his willingness to resign from a position he was exceptional at to better serve his family.

I hope that we as a community have the foresight to explore our options to insure that these situations will not repeat themselves.

Scott Glynn, Steamboat Springs

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