Sound off for Jan. 11, 2004 |

Sound off for Jan. 11, 2004

Get some feedback

I could not believe Doug Allen’s comment concerning the Pioneer Ridge area — “a more natural skiing area. … We learned several years later that is not what people wanted.” Maybe Doug should hang out at the Pony Express lift on a powder day and get some first-hand feedback from all the smiling skiers and riders.

Go Lodwick

Congratulations to Todd Lodwick. Now, let’s bring the World Cup back so we can see him dominate at home.

Get fact straight

What a difference in the airport stories by Christine Metz in Thursday’s Steamboat Today and by Scott Stanford in Friday’s newspaper. It looks like some City Council members owe Mountain Flight Service and Bob and Cindy Maddox an apology. If you are going to sit on the City Council, you should at least get your facts straight before you speak out.

Shopping cart hoopla

What’s up with the shopping carts? You can push them through Wal Mart for two hours or City Market for an hour, then manage to get it out to the car, but can’t seem to take an extra minute to put the empty cart into the little cart corral? Instead, you leave it where it was last used, blocking a parking space, or even worse, resting against someone else’s car. What’s going on? Is everyone really so busy they don’t have an extra minute, or are they just too lazy? Or is it that they just plain don’t care as long as it’s not their car?

Don Nord’s case

It’s good to see Don Nord getting his equipment back, but as predicted, no plants or marijuana were returned. Now comes the lawsuit. Insurance companies pay out between $1,000 and $1,200 per plant on a homeowner’s policy. This may seem like a lot, but thank law enforcement — they have always used “inflated street value” figures to make their busts seem more important. But now they are left without a response when marijuana users demand reimbursement. Also, marijuana is about $400 an ounce, not to mention pain and suffering and legal fees.

Judge didn’t have power

Judge Richard Doucette had no legal authority to order the county to build a new justice center. That power is reserved for the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The law provides that the state must fund projects when the chief justice orders construction of a new facility. Why are you people letting yourselves be taken to the cleaners by the county when $1,000 spent on an appeal could take this issue off the table? The county commissioners are doing this voluntarily. They are trying to fool the taxpayers by blaming Judge Doucette.

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