Sound Off for Sept. 7, 2003

Unhappy with paper

My frustration with the newspaper has grown. I recently picked up a Friday paper to find out what time a Friday free concert started at Howelsen -- and nothing. Nothing in the Happenings. Nothing to say yes, there is a concert today and yes, it starts at 6 p.m. I have found over the four years I've lived in Steamboat that there is always more going on than what is in the Happenings or the rest of the paper, for that matter. Not just small events that weren't called in to the paper by the event representative, but large, public events mentioned in the paper earlier that week or month and then never seen again. Beef up the Happenings page. Beef up editing. Why ever let coverage of an upcoming even go to print without times, dates, prices and who to contact?

Ebert was wrong

Roger Ebert should have been the one dragged to the bottom of the ocean in "Whale Rider" for his review of this yawn of a film.

Drug testing OK

Yes, I do agree with the Hayden school's decision to have students tested for drugs before leaving for lunch.

Barking dogs

As a resident of South Routt, I'd like to extend an invitation to all those who like to stay up 24-7, because the barking dogs here will definitely help keep you awake.

Investigate Emerald

Hopefully the Pilot & Today will start an investigation of the Emerald Mountain land swap. Once this deal is out in the sunlight, the motto will become "Stop the swap."

Dam at the Depot

With the continued advance of drought in the West and the increased demand for water storage by utilities, agriculture and recreation, it's time to revisit the construction of the dam at the Depot. The natural dam site from Howelsen Hill to Woodchuck Hill remains the logical location. The obvious benefit of this storage facility will be further enhanced by the fact that the planning departments of the city and the county will be under water. Let the public cry begin, "Dam the D-Hole."

Be careful with our kids

In response to your question of drug testing Hayden students who leave campus for lunch, I have a few questions and a comment. How would negative reactions from students be handled? What will be done with positive drug screens? Do the parents have a choice in this issue? How will this testing be funded? What are you trying to accomplish through this testing threat? It sounds like you are at the end of your rope for a drug prevention plan and now will try to threaten these children who may be using. This will not stop those who are. Why they use is a much deeper issue, they may just drop out of school. Be careful with our kids, our future.

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