Letters to the Editor
As construction progresses at Castle Peak Senior Care Community, the excitement of all those who labored to create the care community is building. I want to share our progress and excitement with readers, too.
Castle Peak Senior Care Community will serve a multitude of Eagle County residents and help many stay in the community. As many as 110 people will reside at Castle Peak annually as residents in the skilled nursing, memory care unit or assisted living buildings. Others will come to Castle Peak for short-term rehabilitation.Learn more »
For the past 11 years, I have called Eagle County my home. There is a vibrancy and spirit in our community that is unlike anywhere I’ve ever lived. Whether it’s our neighbors, the beauty of our mountain surroundings, or our commitment to enjoying an active lifestyle, there’s a unique essence the Vail Valley that makes my heart swell with pride every time I tell somewhere I live.
As we approach Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 8, I’m reminded that our community is also enhanced by the many nonprofit organizations that provide important services to enrich the lives of residents and recipients; from healthcare to education, providing for the less fortunate, supporting veterans, preserving the environment and more, the generosity of the greater community changes lives for the better. As the president and CEO of Roundup River Ranch, an organization which provides extraordinary camp experiences for kids with serious illnesses and their families — always free — I am inspired by what each of you helps make possible at Roundup River Ranch and at the other nonprofits that do so much amazing work.Learn more »
Mr. Mazzuca (Valley Voices, Monday’s Vail Daily) correctly identifies Islamic terrorism as a threat. But he offers no coherent explanation of the extent of the threat or the proper response.
Calling the conflict a “war” adds little. It has no more meaning that the “war on drugs” or the “war on poverty” The label matters far less than action.Learn more »
To the mature gentleman who ran into me at high speed from behind, thank you for stopping and offering assistance and a brief apology. At the bottom of Expresso on Tuesday at noon, visibility and snow conditions were perfect; few skiers were in the vicinity, I was right between two yellow “slow speed” banners, and I was wearing CADS equipment suitable for my advanced age.
In the moment, I was concerned with assessing whether I was injured and getting my gear reattached to the rightful appendages. As is often the case, in retrospect, I can think of several messages I wish I had delivered. Under these ideal conditions, how could you run into me? Not as good a skier as you think? Poor judgment?Learn more »
Take a quick look at the news and it’s quite apparent how lucky we are to live here, and yesterday it became even more apparent, and I am exceedingly grateful.
One of my best friends was skiing at Vail yesterday and suffered a serious fall and leg injury. To the unknown skier who saw him crash and immediately skied to his aid, calling Ski Patrol and staying with him until they arrived, thank you!Learn more »
We are lucky. Not just a little lucky, but possibly some of the luckiest individuals on earth today. This spectacular valley that we call home is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. The recreational opportunities we have access to are pined over (no pun intended) in other less-lucky corners of the world.
The Vail Valley became the vibrant economic and recreational center that it is due to these abundant natural areas that surround us. Ask any resident what they are doing on any given day and I bet the answer includes some sort of foray out into the wilds that surround the town. Due to pressures from continued development throughout Colorado, it is becoming increasingly important to protect these resources for the enjoyment and benefit of many future generations to come.Learn more »
As a taxpaying citizen of the town of Eagle, I have concerns about Tuesday’s Vail Daily article about our town manager. It reads that he is suspended and the process has been launched to terminate him due to conflict between him and the town trustees. I believe that the citizens of the town need to be part of this discussion as to why they are trying to fire him. Per the details in the Vail Daily, Mr. Stavney will receive six months of compensation if he gets released without cause. I would also believe that the citizens of the town of Eagle would foot that bill and it would be in over $60,000 in wages, plus benefits.
This actually seems like a disagreement problem and should be able to be resolved in a more “grown-up fashion.” If the town manager, Mr. Stavney, disagrees with the board then I would think that there is a solid reason for that. Mr. Stavney is very well educated about the town of Eagle. He has represented the town in many ways and has more history and knowledge of the town than many of the current board members. Yes, there are board members that have been in the town for many years, but I have to say that only three of those town trustee members have truly been elected by the people of Eagle. All of the others have been appointed; appointed by whom, would that be the mayor of our town? Do we wonder why there is conflict between the town manager and the town trustees?Learn more »
In the walls of a train station of Buenos Aires, graffiti repeats a shared Latin American problem: “If voting would change something, it would be forbidden.”
Why earlier this month was the overall Eagle County turnout just 38 percent? We vote because we care or because we are scared. The second option would be the most positive explanation. In my country, Argentina, on Election Day, fear draws everyone out of their beds. We are so afraid of what politicians can do that everyone feels the necessity to participate in order to prevent the worst options to prevail. Spoiler alert: Somehow, we always fail.Learn more »
The Democrat’s chances of success in the 2016 election are enhanced if the electorate is less informed about the issues. Their candidates would be hard pressed to defend the last eight years. We have had the weakest economic recovery in postwar history, Obamacare and the state exchanges are crumbling, America’s role on the world stage is shrinking and the percent of people who think the country is headed in the right direction continues to ebb.
Unwilling to change their policies, the candidates to want to continue or even double down on the current policies. They want to use sleight-of-hand by getting voters to focus on class warfare, racism and the growth of income inequality that their policies have actually contributed to. To accomplish this they need less informed voters.Learn more »
Do you feel sad around the holidays? A lot of people do. The holidays are suppose to be about family, giving and tradition. So why do so many people have a hard time? Are there more deaths, break-ups and other losses during the holiday season? The answer is no. There are no more losses in December than during other times of the year. There are, however, more stimuli that could remind you of past losses. Stimulus is the sights, smells, sounds and tastes that trigger memories. Holiday lights, decoration, music and favorite recipes can cause you to remember a family member who died or is no longer with you. Fond memories are normal and healthy. Unresolved grief is when fond memories turn painful.
How do you know if you are experiencing unresolved grief? Unresolved grief affects your ability to stay in the moment, which limits your capacity for happiness. During the holidays it might limit your ability to fully enjoy time with your friends and family. Some people avoid holidays all together because they don’t want to risk the feelings associated with painful reminders about their loss. For example, two sisters will be affected differently listening to the same Christmas song. One sister might hear it and think about how much her mother loved it. She may miss her mother for a few minutes but is able to go back to what she was doing. The other sister might hear the same song and think about how much she misses mother, get sad and be unable to focus for the rest of the day. She might walk around numb, and unable to fully participate in holiday festivities, or she may only talk about her mother’s death. The second sister is experiencing unresolved grief.Learn more »
I share with many other Eagle residents great appreciation for the work that Jon Stavney has been performing for the town.
To me, he has been an even-handed, capable and professional administrator that has been serving the town of Eagle and its board effectively and competently.Learn more »
I’m deeply concerned with the turn our country is making towards intolerance and fear. Many of our governors are now refusing to cooperate with plans to accept Syrian refugees into our country. Some are even suggesting a religious test for entry and other completely un-American and heartless ideas. Sure, out of thousands and thousands of refugees, who by definition, are those who are fleeing radical Islamic ideology, there may be a buried terrorist or two. But ISIL is well funded, smart and dangerous. Does anyone really think their best strategy of infiltration is to put a terrorist on a boat, hope they make it across the Mediterranean, make it through the weeks in a temporary refugee camp with just the clothes on their backs, get through the authorities to receive a temporary visa or passport, then make their way to their “target” country, then make contacts with other terrorist to obtain weapons and carry out an attack? How about ISIL just uses their funds to set someone up with a fake passport, fake cover as businessman, and send them on their way to their country of choice?
The real issue here is how do we defeat terrorism, specifically jihadists? You can bomb and invade all you want, and all you will do is create the perfect recruitment environment for more jihadists. We need to defeat the ideology. And how do we do that? Well, a good start might be to show compassion to the people already fleeing the ideology, who happen to share the same religion and culture as the jihadists. These are the people who have the best chance to work to change the minds and hearts of their fellow citizens left behind in terrorist torn, violent countries where ISIL breeds terrorists. Integrate these refugees into American culture, just as we always historically have, with other immigrant groups fleeing violence and persecution. Have a heart America! Show the world what our culture and ideology stands for. Don’t sink to their level of fear and violence to solve the problems created by fear and violence.Learn more »
I just participated in my first Vail Town Council meeting as a newly elected council member. It is an honor and a privilege to serve my community in this role and I want to express my gratitude to all of the Vail voters, friends and neighbors who voted for me in the election.
During my campaign, many Vail community members reached out to me. People called me at home, sent emails, and stopped me in the streets to talk and express their hopes, visions and ideas for Vail. I am always eager to hear other people’s perspectives and passions, especially when it comes to our home mountain resort community and its future.Learn more »
Last week, it was important to honor and recognize those military personnel who serve our country. As volunteer coordinator for the Veterans Awareness Week programs in the valley’s schools, I, in turn, had the privilege to serve those veterans. I would like to thank everyone involved for making last week the best one yet!
Thank you to the band and music teachers who taught their students, not only to play and sing, but to bring joy to those listening as they belted out those patriotic numbers.Learn more »
Your article on secondhand finds in the Saturday Vail Daily was very well done, and interesting to read. I do feel that I should add my disappointment that there was no mention of the oldest and maybe largest “secondhand finds” offerings in the county — the yearly Eagle Valley Community Fund Rummage Sale in Minturn! Granted, we are only open the third and fourth weekends in August, but many families plan their yearly winter (or yearly) shopping at our sale. We have 14 rooms full of clothing, household items and sports equipment. Outside, we have bikes, furniture, appliances, and this past year, three cars!
We are now taking drop-off donations at our Maloit Park building for next year’s sale. For large items, they may call 845-7070 to arrange for a pick-up. The best part of our operation is that the money raised is divided among approximately 70 local nonprofit groups by the number of volunteer hours that each group worked on the sale. We are always looking for additional volunteers for next summer, and they may call the 845-7070 number with questions.Learn more »
Thank you to all the parents, friends and church families from across the community that came out to 4 Eagle Ranch for the first Boots & Belts Ball, benefiting Vail Christian Academy. Cowboys and cowgirls enjoyed a good ol’ country barbecue, line danced, bid on auction items, and even watched our kinder and first-grade teachers horse race for a prize.
This amazing event raised money towards our scholarship fund. Many of the students in our kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms receive financial assistance or scholarships, with these funds allowing more children to receive a classical Christian education.Learn more »
I wanted to say thank you to all my friends and the people who supported me in my bid for a Vail Town Council seat. I feel very fortunate to have been elected. The close nature of the race made for some exciting times over the past eight days. I want to acknowledge Ludi Kurz for a race well run. The hardest thing about the final week of this close race was that I was pitted against a good friend.
If there is one lesson to be learned from this election it’s that every vote really does matter.Learn more »
I wanted to take a moment to thank Jason Glass the Eagle County School Superintendent for his forthcoming candor at the Red Sandstone PTO meeting on Nov. 9. As a parent, I was torn on the Colorado Marijuana Legalization Amendment, yet 1.3 million Coloradoans voted to pass it by a mere 55 percent. Knowing that the funds were earmarked for schools’ infrastructure, I voted “yes.” I now realize (thanks to Mr. Glass) that none of the $81 million year-to-date marijuana taxes will ever be spent on Red Sandstone’s almost 40-year-old infrastructure or, for that matter, on any other Eagle County school. Why? According to Mr. Glass, our Eagle County Schools are simply too wealthy.
Add that to the fact that the mill levy didn’t pass and once again Red Sandstone is in yet another budget crisis.Learn more »
Fifty million-plus to train five unvetted Muslim soldiers to join the fight in Syria. Fifty million plus to construct a gas station in the Middle East that ordinarily would cost no more than 500 thousand. “No boots on the ground” in the Levant to fight thousands of ISIL terrorists who have crossed the Obama “red line,” but now we send 5,000 GIs into the conflagration to “show we mean business.” And we now send 150 billion plus to Iran pursuant to a meaningless “nuke agreement,” all the while the beneficiaries thereof chant “death to America” and systematically liquidate all Jews, Christians and other infidels who come their way or who have the audacity to build (not destroy) a better world for all. But there are many more inane policies that characterize and profile the progressives (socialists) among us when it comes to foreign policy, which I will refrain to mention owing to the mental trauma I would further suffer.
Turning to the domestic front and the stagnant, regressive and insolvent economy (19 trillion and counting) that the productive private sector (what remains of it) must endure and carry, we find the “overhead” busily spawning out more regulations, more bailouts for inefficient, non-competitive and crony-corporations, more executive orders for entitlements to prospective DNC voters (“undocumented workers,” a la “illegals”), and at last, a job-killing pronouncement by Mr. Obama that creates more American dependency on Middle East and Muslim oil cartels. Ergo, he unilaterally, and without any empirical or substantive rationale, liquidates the Keystone Pipeline project after seven years of favorable and supportive studies. But now to the future!Learn more »
Hitler rose to power by, among other things, promising to make Germany great again. He was considered a buffoon and madman by many of his peers who thought him unelectable. He created a common enemy for Germans to rally against by demonizing Jews. This is Donald Trump. The only difference is that this time we’re “deporting” immigrants. Seventy million people died in the war Hitler created, countless historical treasures were destroyed, and humanity acquired an unprecedented capacity for murder and destruction. Now is the time to speak up, act out, do whatever you can to ensure that the U.S. doesn’t make the same grievous error Germany did in underestimating a buffoon.
Jane ImberLearn more »
We wanted to provide some clarity regarding the $150,000 Youth Foundation request that was made to the School Board on Oct. 28. For fiscal year 2016, we are currently focused on securing funding streams for a $383,000 expansion of programming to better serve students in the 2015-16 school year. The $55,000 that was approved for Youth Foundation at the school board meeting is a pass-through from Federal Supplemental Education Service (SES) funds, which cannot be used by the school district. The $55,000 has to go to an external provider for tutoring services. We are thankful for this funding, and it will go to supporting the expansion of our Pwr Hrs after school programs.
Youth Foundation ended its fiscal year on Sept. 30 in the black and the prior year was in the black as well. Our parent company, Vail Valley Foundation, also had a positive financial outcome from the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. To date, we have not yet identified $150,000 of the required $383,000 for the expansion of Pwr Hrs Summer, Pwr Hrs After School, Parent Mentors, Sowing Seeds, First Notes, Girl PowHER and the development of a new internship and apprenticeship program for high school students. Our request of Eagle County Schools was to help us ensure that our expanded services to their students can be maximized. The $55,000 approved for Youth Foundation does not impact the school board budget and will be a great benefit to the youth of our community.Learn more »
How to succeed in local politics without really trying:
In 1996, I started participating in community meetings called Vail Tomorrow. Prior to that, I ran a property management firm for 10 years, in which no matter how much you saved associations money all they wanted to talk about was dog s--- and parking.Learn more »
Election season just ended. And election season is once again upon us.
2016 is a big one. Besides selecting a president there are a plethora of national, state and local races.Learn more »
Dear friends and neighbors,
My sincere thanks to the voters in Vail for electing me to another term on the Town Council. The following items are issues I would like the council to address over the next two years. First would be the Gore Creek situation. The town, Eagle River water and sanitation, CDOT, Eagle River Watershed Council and Eagle County need to fast track our efforts to improve the health of the creek. Second would be working with ECO Transit to reinstate the 2 a.m. buses for workers and guests. Third would be for the town and the Vail Recreation District to collaborate on the capital needs of recreation in town. The mill levy for the VRD is adequate for operations but is constraining when capital needs are factored into their budget. Fourth would be laying the groundwork for a process similar to the Vail Tomorrow project to once again engage our citizens as to where we should focus our efforts over the next 20 years. Fifth would be an independent audit of town of Vail services to ascertain where we might save money by either out-sourcing some functions or cutting back some services. Sixth would be allocating money from the Vail Local Marketing District to fund major events such as Bravo, Burton U.S. Open, Vail International Dance, Vail Jazz Festival and extra money to the Commission on Special Events. The lodging tax money being used for these events would free up the money currently taken from the General Fund to be put toward issues such as parking and housing. These items are not in order of importance with the exception of the first item; restoring Gore Creek should be paramount in our efforts.Learn more »
On this Veterans Day I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those that have served our country. We are forever grateful to all of you for your sacrifices.
The Vail Veterans Program would like to thank our community for the support that has been given to our organization since 2004. We have hosted approximately 600 wounded warriors and over 1,000 family members from across the nation. The Vail Valley holds a special place in their hearts, as it is a place of healing for them.Learn more »
It has become quite cliche to say “thank you” to our veterans; and for the last several decades, that’s all I’ve really wanted to hear until I recently realized how shallow words can be when they aren’t followed up by actions. Let me explain. When every politician begins their term, and a military person commits their life to serve the United States they “swear to defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic.” It is difficult to quantify a service member’s commitment in defending the Constitution, however the Constitutional voting record of every U.S. senator and representative is available, albeit quite hidden from the voters for numerous obfuscating reasons — although several other voting records are often available (as the country collapses) concerning the environment, wilderness, taxes, guns, welfare, minimum wage, education, energy, etc.
The majority of the last two generations in the U.S. don’t understand the original intent of the founding fathers in writing the Constitution to keep the states strong and the central government in DC limited in their role to defend the nation, settle interstate disputes through federal courts, enter into treaties with foreign nations, levy tariffs, and a few other less significant duties. The proof of the misunderstanding is in the citizens’ voting and their humanist worship as they pray, “Our father, who art in DC; fed gov be thy name,” as they vote for the next Santa Claus. If you care to learn more about how to become “more Constitutional” and please this veteran, go to www.TheNewAmerican/Freedom-index and check out the Constitutional voting record of your representatives. The summary of all votes appears when the page is opened. Click on the 114-1 Freedom Index PDF tab to view the first six months of the 114th Congress ending on June 30; Sen. Bennet at 10 percent (F-) is far behind Sen. Gardner at 80 percent (C-), while Congressman Tipton is at 44 percent (F) trailing all the other Republicans in Colorado.Learn more »
A sincere thank you to the Vail Daily and the Vail community for the support, encouragement and appreciation for my bid for a seat on Vail Town council. The town will be in good hands with the new council.
Although I was not elected, I will gladly continue to bring the extraordinary touches I am known for to the communities throughout our town and our valley.Learn more »
First, let me thank Steve and Lucy.
If you read the Vail Daily, you are probably an Eagle County resident. And that, again, just “probably,” means that you have some knowledge about hiking (otherwise you are wasting your astonishing backyard). Well, I’m not. I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a snowless, flat-as-a-pancake city. We know as much about hiking as Nebraskans know about ocean tides.Learn more »
There are a great many people in this county, and around the country, who work hard to give presents during the holidays to the poorer members of the community, and to have food available at community kitchens year-round. What really puzzles me is that many of these same people vote for the congressional members who would like to kill Social Security, food stamps, and many other government programs that make life better for those with lower incomes.
I was talking to a woman in a local shop a while ago, and during the conversation she expressed, strongly, how important early childhood education is. Then, she admitted she had voted for those who would like to wipe out Head Start, a program that has been proven of great value. She added that she wished these politicians would change their minds. The thought of voting for someone of another political party never seemed to cross her mind.Learn more »
The outpouring of support displayed by the town of Eagle for the 2015 Colorado League race series was phenomenal, once again! We hosted two races, including the state championship, and the annual Coaches Summit in Eagle. The town of Eagle continues to be a “gold standard” host community. This year they provided a warm welcome to 866 student-athletes representing 54 teams from Casper, Wyoming, to Taos, New Mexico.
A huge heartfelt “thank you” is sent to all the people and businesses that went above and beyond to make the Colorado League feel appreciated and valued as guests. The extraordinary effort to prepare for the state championship weekend was duly noted by our members from signage, welcome, banners, parking attendants, trail maintenance and active engagement by local businesses. Amy Cassidy, town of Eagle marketing and events coordinator, organized this exceptional level of hospitality.Learn more »