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Vail Daily column: Hydraulic fracturing is necessary

July 27, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. I read the column from Michael Pleimling in the Vail Daily recently about his concerns about hydraulic fracturing and the impact to Colorado's waterways ("Fracking and its implications on Colorado's waterways," Thursday, July 13). […]

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Vail Daily column: Unintended consequences of short-term rentals

July 26, 2017 — Editor's note: This is an edited version of a letter presented to the Vail Town Council. Greetings town of Vail staff and town of Vail Council members: I recently attended your open house at the town chambers and participated in your short-term renting presentation. I […]

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Vail Trust Our Land column: How conservation benefits you

July 26, 2017 — Lately, there's been a lot of talk of land conservation around here. Not only is the Eagle Valley Land Trust partnering with Eagle County and others to forever conserve a parcel of ranching land in the Brush Creek Valley, but also we're working on several […]

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Vail Daily column: Beware of columnists who speak for God

July 24, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Another Sunday in the Vail Valley, another typical Jack Van Ens column. On the 45th anniversary of his ordination, Jack descended to Earth to grant us a 12-paragraph paean to Himself, wrapping up with […]

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Vail Daily column: Bus running out of potential victims

July 24, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. "Trump has accomplished more in six months than Obama did in eight years!" I have read this line all over the internet and have actually heard it said aloud, yet whenever I ask for […]

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Vail Daily column: Bob Parker: Vail’s first marketing director

July 23, 2017 — Editor's note: These are Roger Brown's memories of the early days in Vail. I came out West as soon as I could after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1957. I had seen one of John Jay's ski travel lecture films and naively thought that would […]

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Vail Daily column: Classic fight over who gets economic boost

July 22, 2017 — Recent battles in health care are part of an economic war our nation has fought since its founding. Alexander Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, supported economic winners. He believed wealthy people should be rewarded with more riches, and then they would stimulate and direct booming […]

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Vail Daily column: How federal heath care reform affects Eagle County

July 22, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Colorado counties are the front door to the state's health system, investing significant limited local resources in community health systems. These local governments help provide financial support to local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral […]

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Vail Daily column: Find your park during National Parks and Recreation Month

July 21, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. There is nothing that quite compares to the beauty of the sunset over the Grand Canyon or the historic wonder of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. Since the National Park Service […]

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Vail Daily column: Could impact fees have chilling effect on development?

July 21, 2017 — Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is […]

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Vail Daily column: Trump is not a fictional anti-hero

July 20, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Actor Ewan McGregor was asked the following question in a Reddit interview: "What do you prefer to play, heroes or villains?" To which he responded, "There are no heroes or villains in my book. […]

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Vail Daily column: School board as cornerstone of American society

July 19, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. School boards have their roots in the American democratic process, which dates back more than 200 years to the town meetings of the colonial era. While local governance has evolved significantly since the days […]

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Vail Daily column: National Night Out is Aug. 1

July 19, 2017 — National Night Out is an annual event held on the first Tuesday in August (Florida and Texas schedule theirs in October, due to heat) to celebrate community, safety and service. Neighbors gather to enjoy an evening of good food, music and great conversation with friends […]

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Vail Daily column: The Eagle River Park ain’t all sunshine and rainbows

July 18, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. The recent column on the Eagle River Park ("Eagle River Park is rolling along right on course," Sunday, July 9) would lead us all to believe that everything is going swimmingly with the $5.9 […]

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Vail Daily column: Icing on the Styrofoam cake

July 17, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. There is little more annoying to me than tax dollars being used to teach us idiots how to live. Granted, government-enforced legislation such as mandatory seat-belt laws saves thousands of lives each year, yet […]

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Vail Daily column: Students today, stewards tomorrow

July 16, 2017 — As mountain peaks lose their snowy caps, creeks and rivers rush with whitewater and wildflowers fill meadows and woods with their vibrant color, we are once again embraced by summer as another school year closed its books. Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, the youth programs […]

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Vail Daily column: Is the DMV unable to be reformed?

July 15, 2017 — "Your call is very important to us. A representative will answer as soon as possible." With a few words of petty fraud, organizations steal your time, obstruct your day and perhaps stretch your bladder. My 16-year-old daughter attempted to make an appointment with the Department […]

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Vail Daily column: 45-year fight for fairness

July 15, 2017 — Today marks the 45th anniversary of my ordination to Christian ministry. On this July date in 1972, a colonial Presbyterian church in New Jersey welcomed me as pastor. When revisiting this church, I meander in a colonial graveyard across the street. Presbyterians are buried there […]

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Vail Daily column: There’s more online

July 14, 2017 — A printed newspaper is a wondrous thing. It's infinitely portable, its pages sustaining their text beyond the tentacles of cellphone towers and past the invisible walls of Wi-Fi. You don't have to fear it being dropped or squashed or running out of battery, and when […]

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Vail Daily column: West Vail will benefit from a new master plan

July 14, 2017 — Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is […]

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