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Vail Daily column: Make life a little easier

February 26, 2017 — Last summer, I purchased a book titled "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," by Marie Kondo. Kondo's book isn't nearly as entertaining as say, "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" or the Harry Potter series by J.K. […]

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Vail Daily column: Flex humility’s muscle

February 25, 2017 — During Lent, Christians get in spiritual shape. Faith's regimen includes several reps of humility that reflect Christ's humble demeanor. Obsessed with self-congratulatory praise, American culture ignores these self-reflective calisthenics. Humility is caricatured as doubting one's ability, trampling on fragile egos or bearing insults. Impatient to […]

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Vail Daily column: It’s past time for a solution

February 25, 2017 — Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. A comprehensive parking plan must deal with on-street parking and its related public safety, congestion and aesthetics issues. There seems to be consensus that it is only […]

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Vail Daily column: Our bargain with immigrants

February 22, 2017 — The news pages are full of stories about the proposed hiring of ten thousand Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to enforce U.S. immigration laws, mainly targeting unauthorized immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries. Setting aside the difficulty and cost ($777 million per year […]

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Vail Daily column: Change that matters

February 21, 2017 — Recently, I spoke at a meeting of several state-level education leaders to discuss my views on the new proposed regulations covering the Every Student Succeeds Act (the major federal education law, formerly known as No Child Left Behind). Being an expert on my opinion, I […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Tiny homes, tiny impact?

February 21, 2017 — An Eagle County housing assessment last year estimated that we're in a right-now shortage of around 4,500 units. Whether or not that's true — and there's reason for skepticism — the fact is that the Vail Valley's housing shortage for most of the past 55 […]

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Vail Daily column: Welcome to non-president’s week

February 21, 2017 — You came to Happy Valley for a reason. Some of you for Presidents Day, some for the entire Presidents Week and others for spring break, but the point is almost always the same: a temporary escape from your version of reality. And thankfully, in spite […]

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Vail Daily column: Story of success

February 19, 2017 — Imagine escaping from Cold War Eastern Europe, arriving in an unfamiliar country with no family or friends; you don't speak the language and you have less than $200 in your pocket. Well that's precisely the situation local Realtor Alitza Vagenknechtova found herself in nearly 30 […]

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Vail Daily column: Ignore scare tactics

February 18, 2017 — Populist politicians swagger on stages surrounded by onlookers who feel such as second class citizens. They rely on emotional, unscripted rhetoric to rile up crowds. Populists appeal to citizens who yearn to retrieve a past when they were influential. Such as a Model T Ford, […]

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Vail Daily column: Outsized error costs public and retirees

February 18, 2017 — "Once upon a time that we wish was long ago, in a land we wish was far away, there was a kind-hearted council that bestowed upon itself nearly royal powers. To gain its workers' love and devotion, it proclaimed: Thou shall have a retirement rich […]

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Vail Daily column: Parking solutions needed

February 18, 2017 — The Vail Homeowners Association has been successful in getting the Vail Town Council to begin to address the community's transportation and parking issues. A task force has been established to study and propose solutions; the specifics as to areas of research, budget, time table and […]

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Vail Daily column: Sorry for our mistakes

February 16, 2017 — To the children of the Vail Valley: I want to apologize, children, for the terrible way that we — your parents and grandparents — are leaving this world for you. There really isn't a good excuse for our mistakes — we've known all along the […]

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Vail Daily column: ‘Passionate intensity’ has consequences

February 16, 2017 — "Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, […]

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Vail Daily column: Good fences?

February 15, 2017 — Walls have a questionable reputation, for good reason. "Good fences make good neighbors," is an adage famous for its appearance in the Robert Frost poem "Mending Wall." The phrase is often intoned by conservative thought leaders such as Sarah Palin to justify the building of […]

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Vail Daily column: Walking on the wild side

February 15, 2017 — "The goal is to work my way out of a job!" — Greg VanWyk, captain, Detention Division Success is defined by never seeing an inmate return. There will always be those who despite all efforts, can't seem to get enough of this place but most […]

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Vail Daily column: My letter to DeVos

February 14, 2017 — Dear Secretary DeVos, Congratulations on your recent confirmation as secretary of education! I understand it has been a difficult and contentious process, but your successful appointment now places the tremendous honor and responsibility of leading our nation's schools squarely on your shoulders. As a school […]

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Vail Daily column: Moving forward together

February 14, 2017 — As the Colorado General Assembly moves through the 2017 legislative session, so many of you have reached out to me to express your feelings following the 2016 election, and where our country currently stands. Many are happy with the outcome of the election, while many […]

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Vail Daily Editorial: Alert yourself

February 14, 2017 — You've probably seen the news this week about the mass evacuations downstream from the Oroville Dam in California. It's scary stuff. It's hard to evacuate more than 100,000 people from anywhere. It's even harder to figure out where you can put them all, much less […]

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Vail Daily column: Failure is not an option

February 13, 2017 — In a local control state like Colorado, local school boards usually make their own decisions about the allocation of funds and how best to serve students. We saw an example recently in Jefferson County where the board, being strapped financially, considered closing five schools. But […]

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Vail Daily column: Fun and games in Washington

February 13, 2017 — For almost 240 years America has been a nation ruled by the children's game of rock — paper — scissors. A zero-sum game that can never have a final ending in a tie, three players continue their challenges each time until only one remains. Simple. […]

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