Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Amazing World Champs

February 27, 2015 — 

To all involved in the Vail/Beaver Creek 2015 World Ski Championships:

So many thanks are owed to so many people that I don’t know where to begin. The saying “it takes a village” is an understatement here. It’s mind boggling to me the foresight and planning it must have taken that led to the incredibly exciting fan experiences throughout the Vail/Beaver Creek/Avon communities. I am proud of my gold medal, but I am far more proud of the absolutely incredible job you all did to make this event by far the classiest, best World Champs anyone has ever seen. I cannot tell you how much praise the World Ski Championships received from the athletes and fans alike. It seemed that there was something for everyone.

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Vail Daily letter: A big thank you

February 27, 2015 — 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you to the Vail Valley Foundation for doing such an unbelievable job on the bidding, planning and presentation of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Thank you to Ceil Folz, Harry Frampton and their staff for the sincere effort and commitment it took to bring the World Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek for the third time. You all did a wonderful job in upholding the integrity of this event and contributing to the history of this world class community. Praises to you from everyone who was able to enjoy the event — from the Austria Ski House and the hotel guests, to the international audience and the local residents.

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Vail Daily letter: Government needs rules

February 27, 2015 — 

To Alan Cohen’s, letter to the editor in the Feb. 21 edition:

Wow! They didn’t follow “the goofy, petty rules that they were unaware of,” and “this is laughable”

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Vail Daily letter: We have a problem

February 25, 2015 — 

In 1899, Winston Churchill observed that “individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

Tribal culture, inbreeding, ignorance and illiteracy throughout the Middle East over the centuries has resulted in a culture of hatred toward the West, and the profound desire to convert the entire world to the Islamic faith, rule by Sharia law and death to all who will not submit.

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Vail Daily letter: A great production

February 24, 2015 — 

On behalf of the board of directors for Porchlight Players Community Theater Co., and the cast and crew of “Young Frankenstein,” which played in Eagle the last two weekends, we extend a great big thank you to the wonderful audiences that attended this year’s dinner theater production! Now in its fifth year, our Valentine’s Day dinner theater has become a staple of downvalley entertainment options and is always well-supported by our many attendees. In addition to our supporters, we also extend a grateful shout-out to our local sponsors: Alpine Bank, our main sponsor for all five years; the town of Eagle; Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate; The Gallegos Corporation; and Crazy Mountain Brewery. Kudos as well to Fork Art Catering of Eagle, which provided the delicious, catered dinners and desserts. Finally, I personally want to thank the many talented cast members and behind-the-scenes volunteers who make our dinner theater events possible: Kris and Shelby Keys, Nancy Lorenzi, Randy Olin, Lance and Lisa Schober, Trish Schultheis, Scott Winnegrad, Kamille McKinney, Paul Witt, Irish Boston, Jared Moore, Rodney Johnson, Zimmerman Bledsoe, Kabe ErkenBrack, Steve Szindler, Craig Poff, Rudy Olin, Chris Brown, Dacia Belisle and everyone who came to volunteer as bartenders, coat-checkers and kitchen help. We have an abundance of performing art talent as well as volunteerism in the valley, and I am thankful that you choose to share it with us!

Porchlight Players is now in its 11th year and has produced over 30 theatrical events in Eagle and Gypsum, including 22 plays and musicals, and eight Summer Children’s Theater Camps. We have also partnered with the Eagle County Historical Society on two of their cemetery tours in Red Cliff and Gypsum, participated in the One Book, One Valley reading event, and helped at Gypsum’s Haunted Maze and Gypsum Daze events. We are currently planning our upcoming productions, which will include our ninth Summer Children’s Theater Camp production of “Peter Pan Jr.,” a fall murder-mystery production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and next year’s dinner theater production, TBD (stay tuned!). If you are interested in becoming involved with Porchlight Players in any capacity or would like to be included on our mailing list for notification of auditions and future events, please visit our website, www.porchlightplayers.com, for more information.

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February 23, 2015 — 

Lack of respect

While visiting Eagle Valley High School (two weekends ago) in support of my grandson who was playing on the visiting basketball team, I was appalled to observe the Eagle Valley athletic director’s lack of respect for the flag and national anthem. During the singing of the national anthem by one of their students, the AD stood with one leg on the floor and the other knee propped in a chair slouched over doodling on something in front of her on the scorer’s table for the entire singing of the song, except for the very last line, when she finally straightened up and looked at the flag. Her conduct was totally inappropriate and shameful. For one who should be an example to the students, and failed miserably, I can only hope that this cavalier attitude of one administrator, during what should be a solemn and proud moment, is hers alone, and is not indicative of the remainder of the administration and student body of Eagle Valley High School. It was a definitive black eye for EVHS on this day. Hopefully someone in a position of authority at Eagle Valley will reaffirm to the staff that they are held to certain standards and should exemplify proper codes of conduct to the students they teach.

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Vail Daily column: On law and justice

February 22, 2015 — 

As of this writing, 42 percent of the 535 members of the U. S. Congress and 1.3 million individual practitioners are said to have American Bar Association membership.

According to the ABA, its mission is “to serve equally its members, its profession, and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice ... ”

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Vail Daily letter: Housing opportunity

February 22, 2015 — 

The best use of most real estate in the Vail Valley is some form of residential housing, be it short or long term. The redevelopment of the Brookside office space along the river in Avon to the Brookside Lofts is a good example of this theory as according to a recent advertisement they have sold more than half of the units that are offered for sale.

What type of lodging does the valley especially need? We need lodging that is affordable by the people who are doing the work to keep the resorts running, the front line employees. An ideal location for such a property would be close to existing public transportation and walking distance to a grocery store, post office and bank. That sounds like it would take a pretty prime piece of real estate to meet all of those needs. If the Empty (aka Skier) Building in the heart of Avon were in such high demand, it would have been rented or sold in the past 11 years. The town of Avon has an opportunity to create long-term, affordable housing that is located in the heart of Avon. The town could use its buying power to purchase the building and lease it over the long term to an apartment developer who would build out deed-restricted units and rent them out to employees who are working in Avon and Eagle County. The lack of parking for the building would not be a huge issue as there are people without cars who will rent units as long as they are close to reliable public transportation and other amenities.

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Vail Daily letter: Petty witch hunt

February 20, 2015 — 

I’m writing about the petty witch hunt going on regarding Doug (Seabury) and Yuri’s (Kostick) trip to Ocala, Fla., to see me about the Haymeadow project. The simple truth is this. I called Scott Schlosser to put my Eagle properties up for sale. Scott and I had a nice talk and he was convincing that Eagle was a great place to spend my limited energies and money. He said I should meet some of the town board members and I would be excited about the town’s prospects. I said yes, they flew down, we had great meetings. End of story.

I’ve created a Nasdaq 100 company and I was excited about bringing business and helping make Eagle the best it could be. The town should be proud to have these fine people representing their interests. I was smitten by their passion and honesty. I’ve turned down millions from local governments to bring jobs to their communities. These guys got me by taking a plane down ASAP and being simple and honest. Maybe they didn’t follow the goofy, petty rules that they were unaware of, but they got me to believe in them and the town. Maybe we were both wrong. Give it a break — this is laughable.

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Vail Daily letter: Fantastic championships

February 20, 2015 — 

Thank you Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts and the town of Vail. You reset the bar for the Alpine World Ski Championships and for the beautifully choreographed community participation.

Thank you, too, for:

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Vail Daily letter: Job well done

February 20, 2015 — 

My congratulations and gratitude to the spectator services volunteer group of the 2015 World Ski Championships. Ably led by our intrepid coordinators Kirsten and Bill Zeller, this volunteer team was responsible for keeping all of our event guests, vendors, media, students, racers, coaches, staff, donors, distinguished visitors and fellow volunteers safe and sound, at every event venue, for two weeks straight! As a local pastor well acquainted with moving large groups of congregants quickly through small entrances and exits, I was constantly amazed at the dedicated and warm service our team provided in helping to move literally thousands of folks in and out of the venues multiple times every single day. Up early and out late, our team managed the skier/walker junction in front of Red Tail Stadium, and I consider it miraculous that not one stadium visitor was injured while traversing that extremely narrow intersection bisecting very fast skiers with thousands of guests. We received many compliments, for which I was grateful, and a few less than complimentary comments, the limited vocabulary of which reminded me of sailing or cheering at a high school football game. But no matter the moment, the weather, or the response, Kirsten, Bill, and my fellow team members modeled the charity, dignity and dedication which characterizes the best of our community. Thanks to each and every one!

Brooks Keith

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for care

February 20, 2015 — 

I had a skiing accident in some severe, flat light, on Yonder Dec. 21. I hit an unseen compression, got launched, and landed on the newly tuned edge of my ski. Thanks Buzz’s Ski Shop. The ski cut through the pants, lacerating my quad muscle and tendon. No offense Bode, but yours looked like a paper cut. I was bleeding quite a bit, but tried to put my ski on and ski to Chair 5. Not! I waited for someone, anyone, to come down Yonder to call Ski Patrol for me. I then remembered that my daughter, Sunny, a patroller, loaded EpicMix on my phone two years ago for such an occasion. Everyone needs to load this app if they ski Vail or BC. Simply touch the ski patrol icon in the upper right corner and the call goes directly to PHQ. I called and they sent three guys immediately.

When I saw two black jackets and one red jacket skiing down Yonder, I was somewhat anxious. Black jackets signify a rookie. Boy was I wrong to worry. I want to thank Alex McCaffrey, the veteran, and Adam and Jed, the rookies. They all were professional and got me out of there ASAP.

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Vail Daily letter: Great medical care

February 18, 2015 — 

My partner and I had the unfortunate opportunity to visit your hospital after a rough day of skiing last week. I must say the professionalism your staff showed us was impeccable. From the Emergency Department doctors and nurses to all the ancillary staff, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you. Jake and Kevin from X-ray were especially caring and I appreciated their gentle touch when my partner’s shoulder was dislocated. We invited them back to our condo in Beaver Creek for dinner and drinks, but they were very professional and respectfully declined. Thanks for all you do Vail Valley Medical Center. Great job!

Steve Lund Cleamer

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Vail Daily letter: Can’t they read?

February 17, 2015 — 

Don, I read your “hits and misses” last Thursday and the last item caught my eye. You quoted a source commenting that the town of Avon claimed the stage had been completed, when it supposedly hadn’t. Having been by the site many times in the past couple of months, I didn’t understand why someone believed it had not been completed. It has.

So I went by again today and didn’t see any construction going on at the site. But I did see “orange” fencing surrounding Nottingham Park, there to define the World Championship Fan Experience being held Audi They are the car company that is the major sponsor of the Worlds. The fencing has Audi’s name all over it. That’s not construction fencing. My guess is your “source” is reading challenged.

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Vail Daily letter: Historical inaccuracies

February 17, 2015 — 

I am writing to highlight what I consider to be a glaring error on the part of the Vail Daily illustrations and graphics staff on the Presidents Day cover.

Both President Washington and President Lincoln are pictured with high-end performance skis.

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Vail Daily letter: Remarkable event

February 16, 2015 — 

Five years ago, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Vail Valley Foundation made a commitment to the International Ski Federation to welcome the world to America and to the Vail Valley. For the past two weeks, athletes from 68 nations have experienced a remarkable World Championships. Fans around the globe were treated to stunning images of athletic achievement in a beautiful winter setting.

On behalf of the athletes, thanks to the Vail Valley Foundation. Under the leadership of Ceil Folz and Harry Frampton, your dreams came alive these past two weeks. Thanks to Vail Resorts, led by the vision of Rob Katz and John Garnsey. Your resorts provided the platform for the world to celebrate alpine ski racing.

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Vail Daily letter: Sport and peace

February 16, 2015 — 

You had to be there and hear our all-American public cheer the Russian racer Alexander Khoroshilov as he came down the first run of the slalom course.

We stomped, yelled and rang our cowbells as loud as we could — as loud as for our own racers. It is said that the racers do hear the crowd and go all out — he did, coming in second place after the first run.

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Vail Daily letter: Out of touch

February 16, 2015 — 

Perhaps Don Rogers (My View, Friday) doesn’t understand the impact of the World Championships on the Vail Valley. While he was out skiing, he apparently failed to notice the 10,000-plus enthusiastic local, as well as international, spectators filling Red Tail Stadium each day, the 2,200 volunteers who worked tirelessly to keep the championships running smoothly, the several year efforts of the Vail Valley Foundation to make this a world-class event of which we can be proud — and the embarrassing error of misspelling Mikaela Shiffrin’s name in bold headlines in Thursday’s edition of the paper! He will, we are sure, notice the impact of the millions of dollars in donations by individuals and corporate sponsors resulting in advertising dollars to the Vail Daily as he makes his bank deposits! Yes, skiing is far more than a participation sport — it is definitely a spectator sport in this valley!

Jack and Greer Gardner

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February 14, 2015 — 

Dangerous thinking

Each time I read the Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens’ columns, I am baffled both by his moniker and his writing. While Van Ens calls himself a Presbyterian minister, one would be hard pressed in reading his columns to see him as anything other than a mouthpiece against “conservatives.”

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Vail Daily letter: We need your help

February 13, 2015 — 

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to support the Starting Hearts program. This is a program designed to train virtually everyone in our community to effectively intervene in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Using basic CPR and an AED (automated external defibrillator), you can save a life.

The Starting Hearts organization is an idea borne out of a near-tragedy and sustained by a belief that with proper training and a basic life-saving machine, one person can make a difference. Saving a life is in itself a life-changing experience, not only for the patient who recovers, but for their family, friends and, yes, even the person who is fortunate enough to be there at the right time with the right training and support.

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Vail Daily letter: Dangerous thinking

February 13, 2015 — 

Dangerous thinking

Each time I read the Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens’ columns, I am baffled both by his moniker and his writing. While Dr. Van Ens calls himself a Presbyterian minister, one would be hard pressed in reading his columns to see him as anything other than a mouthpiece against “conservatives.”

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Vail Daily letter: Need housing in Vail

February 12, 2015 — 

Our valley’s affordable housing shoratage for year-round resident employees is at an all-time high. Demographic trends clearly indicate that the population growth of the Vail Valley is outpacing the availability of housing units. This adversely affects the business community’s ability to attract and retain employees.

Scott Miller’s “Will Town Hall move west to Chamonix parcel?” on Jan. 25 notes that some members favor an option to reduce a proposed 100-plus housing units to allow commercial space development.

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Vail Daily letter: What good news?

February 12, 2015 — 

The Feb. 5th Vail Daily had one of those Hits and Misses columns. One item gave a miss to the “American right” for being negative about “each bit of good news about the economy now.” The unnamed author did not provide any examples of this good news.

How about the piece on Page A23 of that edition, where there was a story about how President Obama’s recently issued budget relies on accounting tricks to make it appear less aggravating to the budget deficit? What good news can the Daily point to about the federal debt, which keeps increasing? When and how will it get reduced?

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Vail Daily letter: Be responsible with pets

February 12, 2015 — 

This letter is for irresponsible dog owners. It breaks my heart to see lost dogs and I could never drive by a dog needing help. I live in Wildridge where there are many dogs and most of the people that own dogs up here take care of them. To be a dog in the Vail Valley is priceless ... unless your owner is irresponsible.

There is a beautiful senior Bernese mountain dog that roams freely on occasion in my neighborhood, usually in the morning. I pray every day that he will not be hit by a car or snowplow. I see people drive so fast on these roads with no concern to wildlife or dogs that may be in the road, especially at night.

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Vail Daily letter: Fountain not working

February 12, 2015 — 

What a shame that the town of Vail couldn’t get their Seibert Circle fountain working for the World Ski Championships. When working properly, it is the jewel in the crown of Vail. As it is now, it’s an uncoordinated collection of lights and misdirected water jets. And to have the fire working, that’s almost too much to ask. I laughed when this happened for Vail’s 50th anniversary celebration. This time I just shook my head. Are there no elected officials in Vail who might stroll by and see that something is amiss?

Chris Mech

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Vail Daily letter: Protecting our lands

February 9, 2015 — 

The 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships focuses the world’s eyes on our scenic lands. People can see what a beautiful place we are fortunate to live in. What they don’t see is that we work to protect these lands so that it remains beautiful for the future.

Thanks to many citizens working hard over the past 10 years, the Rocky Mountain Recreation and Wilderness Preservation Act was introduced last Congress by Rep. Jared Polis and aimed to protect 60,000 acres in Summit and eastern Eagle counties. The proposal would add wilderness to the Holy Cross, Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Ridge Wilderness areas, and create new wilderness areas at Williams Fork, Hoosier Ridge and the Tenmile Range. Many of these areas are in the views we see from the tops of Vail and Beaver Creek mountains.

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Vail Daily letter: No conservative myth

February 9, 2015 — 

Sunday’s commentary “‘Self-made person’ myth persists among the GOP” deserves feedback. Like many liberals, Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens fabricates something absurd about conservative beliefs and then treats the fabrication as truth, only to bask in the satisfaction of having defeated the absurdity. Wow, reverend doctor, how quixotic; another day, another windmill defeated!

True, conservatives believe in rugged individualism, hard work, risk management and the free market. But the reverend doctor uses distortion to have the reader understand that conservatives also believe:

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Vail Daily letter: Befuddled, indeed

February 8, 2015 — 

Hats off to Butch Mazzuca (Valley Voices, Jan. 19). He’s acknowledged what many have thought; he’s befuddled. This time it’s over the Obama administration’s admitted blunder of not sending a high ranking official to the spontaneous rally in Paris condemning the newspaper killings. He mentioned that he had written a previous commentary stating “that we cannot win the war against militant Islam until the president of the U.S. combines the words Muslim and terrorist in the same sentence.” He believes that the incident required some kind of response on the order of Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” or Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech. Comparing the content of those speeches to the difficult task of dealing with an ideological, fanatical threat like ISIL is silly. They are not remotely similar to the terrorist threats facing the civilized world. To expect Obama, or any president, to make some blanket statement that just because a person is a Muslim they must be a terrorist shows how truly befuddled Mr.Mazzuca really is.

He’s befuddled because there is a distinction between militant Islam and Muslim and terrorists. To suggest that if a man is a terrorist and the terrorist is a Muslim implies that all Muslims are terrorists is a clumsy syllogism.

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Vail Daily letter: Classless front-page photo

February 8, 2015 — 

To the Vail Daily photography editor : Poor choice on selecting the photo of Bode Miller crashing for your front page. Yes, it’s a dynamic picture. Really classless to post it front page the day after he is in surgery and in the hospital. Raised middle finger.

Michael Smith

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Vail Daily letter: Skiing uncertainties

February 7, 2015 — 

Who cares if I am a Millennial, X or Y generation, or Baby Boomer (“Ski industry experts ponder business uncertainties,” Jan. 29). I am a senior citizen! However, those of us who live in Broomfield, two hours away, and make millions of dollars a year, have no idea what is happening in the real world. When they “brag” about having the highest priced ski ticket in the industry, is it no wonder that there are “uncertainties.” When young children are taking up less costly sports like soccer, karate, etc., is it no wonder there are uncertainties?

When the U.S. government is placing “Robin Hood” taxes on the rich, no wonder there are uncertainties! When a ski instructor gets only $75 out of $850 from an all day private lesson, no wonder there are uncertainties!

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