Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Fundamental question

September 2, 2014 — 

I took the Vail Daily community survey recently and couldn’t help but think that the one question that wasn’t asked is perhaps the most important question. The real question is: Is it more important to be a community or a destination resort? If it is more important to us to be a community, that means investing in schools and health care and affordable housing. If instead we want to be more of a destination resort, that means investing in golf tournaments and other things designed to bring tourists and put heads in beds. Either priority is fine, and both options have pros and cons. But, you can’t make both the top priority. The money has to go where the priority lies.

Kristen Green

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Vail Daily letter: Enjoying open space

September 2, 2014 — 

Heartfelt thanks are due to Jon Stavney, Jason Denhart, the Eagle County Land Trust, the Homestead and Creamery HOAs, the Scudder-Webster property owners, and all the other people and entities that brought the “L Block” open space above Homestead to fruition, along with the open space agreements for adjoining land. Though this happened a couple of years ago, I think of these determined people often when my wife, dog and I take walks in these areas, which we do frequently. Since this land is directly adjacent to Homestead, it is heavily used by many others also. The open space funds were certainly put to good use. It’s a fine example of good government, and of the good in so many people we are fortunate to have in the county.

Will Darken

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Vail Daily letter: Harvey for sheriff

September 2, 2014 — 

Electing Daric Harvey sheriff is the most productive action our county can take in the best interests of all citizens in our varied communities. Daric’s platform to provide increased and substantive training for all local law enforcement would allow peace officers to meet their own personal goals to excel professionally and better serve our public.

Daric’s extensive experience and knowledge to train and educate law enforcement professionals will bring our peace officers to the sophisticated standards of excellence our valley needs to promise and deliver. Domestic violence cases, marijuana use, and particularly attention to our youth, are complex situations that require a law enforcement community eager to learn and integrate proven best practices the right training will provide.

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August 28, 2014 — 

Nice piece

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Butch Mazzuca on his completely unexpected lapse into the realm of the literary! While we have been graced with Mr. Mazzuca’s regurgitated party line rants for years now, it seems he has taken a new tack and favored us all with a delightful allegory of his experience with an elephant (not coincidentally the symbol for the GOP). Like a good man who is loyal to his party, he tells us how he felt no fear as he was confronted by 12,000 pounds of bull, and it should come as no surprise that the only human the beast tried to communicate with was an aging white male. “Bush is magical” indeed.

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Vail Daily letter: Protect West Meadow Drive

August 28, 2014 — 

It is time for the town of Vail to put the interest of the taxpayers and community ahead of Vail Valley Medical Center’s plan to use West Meadow Drive as access for their development. To comply with the mission of ensuring long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community, Vail must prohibit VVMC from turning West Meadow Drive into its personal construction zone.

As a taxpayer representing the concerns others, I respectfully request that Vail be proactive in managing and planning for the safety and traffic flow on Meadow Drive, particularly during this proposed development.

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Vail Daily letter: Re-elect Mitsch Bush

August 28, 2014 — 

I am writing this letter to ask for support in re-electing our state House representative Diane Mitsch Bush.

In 2014, Diane worked on legislation that resulted in tax incentives for small business investment, job creation and targeted job training; child care tax credits for working families; veterans assistance; disaster relief; funding for creative industries and tourism; advancing the field of renewable energy; energy efficiency; increased funding for preschool, K-12, and higher education; wastewater and drinking water projects; and an overhaul of Colorado driver’s license offices.

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Vail Daily letter: It was a mistake

August 27, 2014 — 

The whole family felt devastated about the loss of Cuhatlique, but one thing that you all haven’t realized is that what Hugo did was a mistake. It was a mistake that anyone of us could have done.

We have known Hugo from the time that he participated in the Power Hours Youth Foundation. He helped us a lot and gave us great encouragement to continue school. It’s four of us, and he helped each and every one of us.

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Vail Daily letter: Recipe for disaster

August 27, 2014 — 

Bravo to Dennis Jones. In his letter to the editor — Page A8 of the paper on Wednesday — he voiced his justifiable outrage over the “inconsiderate and downright foolish” behavior of the pack of cyclists who tore through Singletree on Monday evening. As Mr. Jones points out, the pack paid no attention to stop signs and rode as many as four abreast, arrogantly hogging the road as they headed west along Berry Creek Road.

From Singletree, they proceeded to Cordillera Valley Club. How do I know that? Shortly after I came through the CVC back gate, I encountered the leaders of the pack. They were flying downhill, obviously exceeding the community’s speed limit, taking great joy catching a bit of air on their road bikes as they flew over speed bumps.

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Vail Daily letter: Ban plastic bags

August 27, 2014 — 

I am writing to encourage Eagle County to join numerous cities across the United States in issuing a ban on single-use plastic bags. Single-use plastic bags are one of the major sources of plastic pollution on the planet, contributing to the declines in marine life and seabirds from the California coast to the shorelines of remote Pacific Atolls. It is a waste of energy and source of pollution that has no rationale for existence outside of convenience. In addition, plastic bags are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that keeps us dependent on foreign suppliers. It is time for us to take concrete action. Specifically, I ask that you introduce legislation to the city council calling for such a ban.

Laura Wolfgang

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Vail Daily letter: Vail underpass revisited

August 26, 2014 — 

Per the Aug. 19 Vail town council meeting: Wow, again things going back to square one and what former Mayor Peggy Osterfoss called the “11th-hour brigade.” Once things got back to square one questions, I thought the original objectives and requirements should have been brought out, but they weren’t. Mayor Daly was closest to doing this when he brought up the general word “safety” with the CDOT representative — who at this late date was quoted as saying it was not clear the federal government would approve all this. Listening to the whole presentation, my “reverse engineering” to come up with objectives are:

• Provide 24/7 pedestrian access under I-70 to help prevent our young people from getting killed while crossing the interstate. One preventable loss of human life alone might be the over-riding, single most important objective.

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Vail Daily letter: Share the road

August 26, 2014 — 

To those inconsiderate cyclists riding through Singletree Monday evening:

It is unbelievable to me how some bicyclists can be so incredibly inconsiderate and downright foolish. Monday evening, I left my home in Singletree, driving west on Berry Creek Road. While stopped at the four-way stop at Winslow, a group of perhaps 20 cyclists descending Winslow rounded the corner without stopping and proceeded west, riding as many as four abreast blocking the street. I was stuck behind them and then sandwiched between two groups of riders going at times only 20 mph. Some casually talked as they rode, oblivious to everything but themselves while blowing through the stop sign at Charolais. This total lack of consideration made me angry. And me, a cyclist! This is not the first time I’ve witnessed such arrogance as cyclists block a road riding three to four abreast. I can only imagine the outrage of non-cyclists. It is because of people like you that cyclists like me get run off the road! Please be considerate of those sharing the road and allow space for drivers to pass.

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Vail Daily letter: Won’t ask permission

August 25, 2014 — 

Yes, Kay Cherry, there is no “free lunch”! There is no “Santa Claus” — referring to your comments in the Daily on the 19th regarding mushrooms on lands “owned” by the United States Forest Service. I too was here in the early years (1962), and can remember those days of solitude and freedom spent in sylvan wilds, all the while enjoying and indulging in the fruits of nature without direction, permission or regulation by any governmental authority — now that was “freedom” by any definition; that was personal stewardship of an asset belonging to all; and that was our personal covenant with each other to protect and preserve what we had and would become the inheritance of our children.

When you have such a perishable and ephemeral forest product such as a mere mushroom (edible or otherwise) that needs the oversight of a governmental agency to regulate, you come to realize that the term “freedom” has a much different connotation than what is touted in modern-day class-rooms or other governmental sources and agencies. All of this musing brings me to the conclusion and point that “freedom” today is issued to us all by governmental authority of every stripe by way of permit, license, registration, certification or executive order spawned by an agency such as the USDA. What we once thought were inalienable rights has been morphed into privileges granted by dictatorial decree — not from God, not from our parents, and not from an individual sense of entitlement, but simply from an omnipresent and overbearing government under the guise of protecting us from ourselves.

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Vail Daily letter: Stop Qatar’s terror support

August 24, 2014 — 

President Obama rightfully condemned the ISIS beheading of James Foley. This part of what he said, “One thing we can all agree on is a group like (ISIS) has no place in the 21st century.” This statement could not be truer. However, what are we doing to confront these despicable groups like ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah and Hamas?

You and I cannot militarily “take them out”; that’s a job for the free world’s armies. But we can do far more than “sit it out.” These groups need money to buy armament, to buy safe houses, to buy PR time, and to buy food and other necessities for their fighters. We need to make sure that the sources for their funds are eradicated.

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Vail Daily letter: Strange directions

August 24, 2014 — 

I am so happy for all of the businesses in Vail that were able to benefit from the huge turnout for the bike race on Saturday. Every business but mine, I assume.

Guests with horseback ride reservations at Vail Stables were directed by the state troopers to go the West Vail Exit 173, then up to Vail Pass, where they could turn around at Exit 190, head back to Exit 176, where they could then access Spraddle Creek Road.

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Vail Daily letter: Not a bad person

August 23, 2014 — 

I am devastated at the news regarding the accident involving Hugo Castillo and the death of Cuhatlique. It was a very poor decision that took an innocent life which was completely preventable.

I would like to ask that if there is future publications regarding this tragedy that you also talk about Hugo’s accomplishments and ties within his community. First of all, this is his home, he was brought here when he was 2 months old and has lived with his loving family ever since. Hugo also graduated from Battle Mountain High School and was given multiple awards for his character and accomplishments. He has given back to this community in multiple ways — through SOS, Eagle River Youth Coalition and Youth Leaders Council. While a student at BMHS, he was in STUCCO, LINKCrew, Hispanic Mentors, as well as on the varsity soccer team. He has worked with The Youth Foundation for over six years serving as a mentor, coach and role model to younger children.

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Vail Daily letter: Renters’ rights

August 22, 2014 — 

The apartment building that I have lived in for four years now has recently been sold. The new owners (unknown who they are) have contracted with a professional property management company out of Avon to manage the building. Yesterday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m., I found a notice dated Aug. 12 at said time: 4 p.m., from the property managers wedged in my front door. It is titled “Rental Increase Notification.” It states that as of Sept. 1, rental rates will be increased. This will affect new and renewing leases.

Second page is titled “Final notice for lease renewal” (didn’t get a previous notice of this). It continues to inform me that this is my final reminder that my lease will be expiring. (Very negative contact, I think.)

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Vail Daily letter: In deep trouble

August 22, 2014 — 

History has revealed that dictatorships, oligarchies and plutocracies can exist for only a relatively short period of time before being pulled down by the proletariat, often with the assistance of outside aid. Without exception, the demise of these once high and mighty individuals comes with the same grim consequences. Examples of this are the beheadings of the French Revolution and the violent deaths of the once powerful dictators Mussolini, Qaddafi and Hussein.

Today, the ongoing experiment in governance called the United States of America is threatened by a plutocracy that is characterized by a perverse and unsustainable transfer of the wealth of the nation from the pockets of a once large middle class into the coffers of approximately 1 to 2 percent of the population.

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Vail Daily letter: A great evening

August 22, 2014 — 

“This is the best day of my whole entire summer! First I loved the bungee trampoline the most and then I got to have whipped cream on my dessert!”

Oh, the summer pleasures of childhood! Thank you, Vail Resorts, for your incredible generosity and commitment to helping kids in our community. Seventy Buddies enjoyed a terrific evening at Adventure Ridge last week, compliments of Vail Resorts and the great staff who took care of us all evening.

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Vail Daily letter: Marijuana and public safety

August 22, 2014 — 

Don’t you hate it when elected officials don’t tell the truth? Were you told there would be eight recreational marijuana licenses issued in the county? Now it is 11, and if Minturn doesn’t care about public safety or the kids, it will be 12.

Solution: No recreational marijuana sold in Edwards, the location of 11 schools. Allow four shops in Eagle-Vail instead of five. If the Minturn Town Council shows responsibility for public safety and the brains of the young, there will be eight in the county — four in Eagle-Vail, two in Eagle and two in Basalt would be the promised eight.

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Vail Daily letter: Incompetent leadership

August 21, 2014 — 

Did you see that Nancy Pelosi said that Hamas is a “humanitarian organization”? (She did, I didn’t make it up). Our state department has said that they are a terrorist group but Pelosi must have been at the hairdresser when they made the announcement and she missed it. Could we please have an earthquake split off her district from San Francisco so that it can float out to sea? I realize that she has never been known for well thought out and intelligent statements (we have to pass Obamacare to see what is in it). How can the American people continue to elect dunces to represent them in Congress? Oh, maybe a lot of the American people are dunces. Could that be true? You decide.

And while I am on the subject of idiots, why does Secretary of State Kerry suggest that Hamas by implication are the “good guys” and the Jews are the “bad guys” because Hamas fires a lot of rockets that can’t hit much of anything and the Jews have rockets that hit their targets? Actually, I remember when Kerry testified before Congress that U.S. soldiers were the “bad guys” in the Vietnam War, so he seems to consistently be wrong. Kerry is a perfect example of the Democrat types that we elect. They can solve anything by their government expertise like getting the Arabs to love the Jews and live in peace with them notwithstanding their stated position is that Israel must be destroyed. He’s that good? Our government acts like they can solve anything with the EPA, the IRA, the NSA, the HHS and the PDQ experts. So they say that they can solve global warming; they can get nations and religious groups that have been fighting for centuries and who don’t want to stop fighting to live in peace; they can pass government healthcare that will cost less that turns out really doesn’t; they can get the Sunnis from hating Shias; they can convince Putin that his new idea about mother Russia is not fair or just; they can take care of 60,000 juveniles entering our country illegally; and they can stop Iran’s plans to build a nuke by canceling sanctions, extending deadlines, and releasing funds that have previously been frozen. Hell, our representatives can’t even focus on smaller more easily solved problems like, “OK, where are Lerner’s emails and who took a baseball bat to her hard disk?”; like why didn’t we protect our ambassador from an attack in Benghazi instead of blaming a video (and by the way, what ever happened to the guy that did that video?); like when is Harry Reid going to allow a vote in the Senate on anything; like who should get fired in the VA for covering up long waits for vets for medical treatment; like just who authorized the sale of guns in Fast and Furious; like why don’t we change the laws to treat illegal juveniles from Honduras the same as illegals from Mexico, and the most important problem that could be easily solved is “should the president use an overlapping grip on his golf club or a baseball grip with a strong right hand?”

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Vail Daily letter: Take the challenge

August 21, 2014 — 

The ALS “ ice bucket challenge” is a path to victory over an insidious disease!

After I recovered from the initial head rush from the icy water, it occurred to me that this challenge was symbolic of a win. What happens to the coach of a football team after a significant win?

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Vail Daily column: Lessons for our children and grandchildren

August 21, 2014 — 

If you live in Eagle County, then you’ve heard a lot of people talking about making our community whole through the Castle Peak Senior Care Community. To me, that phrase is about making sure we have a place for older adults to live in Eagle County when they are no longer in their own homes. It’s about how much younger generations can learn from the wisdom, humor and talent of older generations, and about how important it is to keep our older generations close.

The care community will also serve people of all ages through rehabilitation. Keeping recovering residents and older generations in the county helps all of us stay connected and generates more than $43 million a year in our local economy.

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Vail Daily letter: Why permits?

August 19, 2014 — 

Having moved to Vail in 1966, I became quite interested in and well acquainted with edible native plants of the Rocky Mountains, often through two Vail legends, Ella Knox and Barbara Parker. When I forayed for mushrooms on the mountain, I often was the only one. My passion escalated every summer. But, as I observed more and more people taking up my same interest, I would say to myself, please, let me never see the day when a permit is required! Well, that day is here!

Recently, I attended a seminar at the Four Seasons with the knowledgeable Larry Evans, only to be informed this year a permit is required by the Forest Service. Why? And what is the motivation behind this? Is it simply Vail Valley or all of Colorado?

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Vail Daily letter: Why severance?

August 15, 2014 — 

I read both the announcement and the editorial on Keith Montag leaving his post leaving his post in Eagle County after 24 years of solid service. Clearly, Mr Montag has performed admirably over his tenure and I agree with the editorial that he will be missed. He managed this county through some very difficult times and he deserves his time in the sun. But I was confused because in the original announcement it stated that he would receive six months severance pay, which the article indicated was the usual practice. I spent an entire career with big companies and severance pay was used for compensating workers for involuntary job loss to provide a bridge and safety net while seeking their next job. It appeared Mr. Montag resigned voluntarily. Why would he be eligible for severance pay? I hope you can shed some light on this.

Rich Landy

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Vail Daily column: The path to success

August 15, 2014 — 

I cannot call someone a “reverend” who preaches a divisive class warfare and redistribution of wealth by government as the only solution to inequality and equates this with “freedom.”

The successful people you so vilify are not the evil of this world. Many, if not most, are successful because of some special talent we all might hope to replicate. Some have physical skills, others have brilliant minds and ideas and some have just been lucky to be in the right place at the right time (think mineral rights). Many give back to the world via their own ideas of how they can help others the most. Carnegie gave libraries, Gates spends billions on medicine and education, Buffett gives billions more for Gates to spend. None elected to give their excess wealth to Big Government. You demand that Big Government take the gains of the successful and redistribute their wealth to the less well off.

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Vail Daily letter: Freedom before equality

August 15, 2014 — 

Rev. Van Ens’ commentary (Aug. 10) regarding equality and liberty is elusive, quite circuitous and inconsistent with the facts. Interspersing his contrasting views with former classmate David Brat (who upset Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary) was interesting but primarily a distraction.

Rev. Van Ens believes “that the expansion of federal power enhances a free market for all” and “when equality and freedom are joined, the many prosper instead of the elite few.” Really? If this vision were correct why are the following facts about our current big government true? One, the true unemployment rate that considers those who have departed from the workforce and are no longer seeking employment has risen dramatically during the past six years, now estimated at 18 percent by the Department of Labor. This rate may be even worse since many jobs are now “part time” vs. “full time. Two, even with the current focus on income redistribution, the spread in income inequality has widened. This observation is especially true in minority communities. The poverty level has hovered at approximately 15 percent for three years running. Three, in spite of the federal stimulus plans and low interest rates, the median household income level has dropped 8.7% from 2007 to 2012. Four, our society has become progressively more dependent on governmental programs with the rise in disability rates, food stamp programs and Medicaid expansion.

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Vail Daily letter: Marijuana and young people

August 14, 2014 — 

In my letter to the editor which was printed Aug. 7, I referred to two elected females who will allow marijuana to be sold near the young because they said the young are going to use marijuana anyway! One female is at the county level, the other at the town level.

Both are going to be asked to send a message to the young by having the sale of marijuana at a greater distance from their schools. If these two women do the right thing, their names will not be revealed in the paper.

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Vail Daily letter: Respect in danger

August 14, 2014 — 

Quite a few years ago I served on a jury in the federal court in Denver in which a charge known as “violation of civil rights under color of law” was being prosecuted against a correction officer in the supermax in Florence.

The charge arose when officers were clearing prisoners from one cell block to another because of certain security concerns. In one particular cell, a prisoner (a middle-aged black man with a long, relatively nonviolent criminal record) displayed physical resistance and was taken down in his cell by four officers (if memory serves correctly) in order to handcuff his hands behind him.

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Vail Daily letter: Timber Ridge revisited

August 14, 2014 — 

Clearly, the Vail council and town stakeholders are disappointed that the clean contract to redo half of Timber Ridge has stalled, even though the apartments have been vacated and there is great anticipation for the new facility.

The developers are now asking for two new features — an option to buy our land and going out 50 years rather than 35 years before we get the buildings back — both involving unpredictable outcomes.

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Vail Daily letter: Great art tour

August 14, 2014 — 

As a visitor to Vail since 1975, a second home owner since 1993, and a full-time resident since 2000, I’m embarrassed to admit how little I knew about Vail’s public art collection. Along with approximately 50 Vail visitors, I went on the Wednesday Vail Village Art Walk with Molly Eppard as our guide. Molly not only has terrific knowledge of Vail’s history, but you can tell by her enthusiasm how much she enjoys sharing Vail’s amazing public art collection. The art walks continue through Aug. 27 meeting each Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the parking structure. The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of the village, and the importance of site-specific art. The town’s public art collection includes works ranging from paintings, sculptures, murals, playground components, to site-integrated art. The tour lasts approximately one hour, and it’s well worth it!

Sue Froeschle

Vail

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