Six months after the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, newspapers across the country are filled with reports and editorials debating the merits of that voter mandated change. Meanwhile, the best petri dish for evaluating the impact of legal pot may be Steamboat Springs.
This summer, momentum is gathering to repurpose existing local taxes while simultaneously creating new tax burdens for residents and businesses in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
At the culmination of an emotional 13-minute diatribe questioning the integrity of a previous Steamboat Springs City Council for having “squandered” the 2009 Rita Valentine Park Conceptual Design plan, Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jack Trautman delivered an ultimatum to the current City Council at Wednesday’s commission meeting about the park’s future.
On Fox News Sunday, during a discussion about the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram — a terrorist organization that, according to Wikipedia, “seeks to establish a ‘pure’ Islamic state ruled by sharia” — George Will and Brit Hume belittled the fact that first lady Michelle Obama had used hashtag activism to express her support for the missing girls.
In 1988, famed political pundit Michael Kinsley wrote, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." In recognition of that incisive observation, a “Kinsley gaffe” became political parlance for inadvertently honest statements by pols who intend to spin the truth.
Personally, while investigating hundreds of nonviolent and violent drug-related crimes in Washington, D.C., between 1983 and 2002 — including the Rayful Edmond gang murders that played a role in the press labeling the District of Columbia the “murder capital” — I witnessed the injustice inflicted by sentencing guidelines that removed judicial discretion for nonviolent drug offenders swept up in the hysteria of the time.
The Aug. 10, 2012, edition of this column was headlined, “Will Roberts rise to Magill’s challenge?” The column examined complaints about then-Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts primarily raised by three members of the Steamboat Springs City Council — Walter Magill, Kenny Reisman and Sonja Macys — during that week’s City Council meeting.
While I’ll cheer for Peyton and the Broncos on Sunday, and I can’t wait to watch our Winter Olympians perform in Russia, my hero this week is Steamboat Springs Middle School student Cedar Turek.
By conducting a public meeting concerning sage grouse conservation while excluding the press, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. John Hickenlooper did not “foster an open and frank discussion.” Instead, they’ve raised questions about their commitment to a free and unfettered press as enshrined in the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions.
Just as it was wrong back in July for Sen. Lindsey Graham to call on the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama’s decision this week to use the U.S. Olympic delegation as a political tool to oppose Russian laws against “nontraditional sexual relations” is shortsighted.