Letters to the Editor
My name is Mark Christie and I am running for a position on the Vail Town Council.
To give you some background on me, I am originally from New Jersey and worked in the reinsurance industry in both New York and Bermuda for over 20 years and was involved with planning, executing and budgeting on a worldwide basis. I came to Vail in the mid-’90s to try mountain biking and immediately fell in love with the town. From the moment I arrived, I felt very much at home. After numerous trips I decided to purchase a condo in East Vail with the thought that I would use it a few times a year. Vail was a special place for me. Eventually, I found myself coming out here every weekend and finally, in 2004, decided to retire early and move here full time.Learn more »
I imagine I must be fortunate to live in here in Eagle County where we have so much tax money to burn. I live in Homestead in Edwards where this week our perfectly smooth and pothole-free streets are being torn up and re-paved. While I love a fresh smooth road as much as the next person, I am at a total loss to see the reason, nor have I been able to find an answer to why this needed to be done. I would think the cost of fixing what is not broken could have been better spent on developing local parks, schools or some other more worthwhile social or infrastructure program.
I would be curious to know what was so wrong with our streets and that they needed to be repaved.Learn more »
Did you know that the average brain is not even fully developed until the age of 25? I currently struggle with and need to be reminded to pay attention to the positive and ignore the attention seeking meltdowns. My friends and I endlessly support each other by being good listeners to the very normal parenting frustrations. In our community many of us truly are raising our children as a collaborative effort, since most of us do not have family nearby. We live by the slogan, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As our children approach their adolescent years, this “village” becomes even more important.
As you know, teens face enormous challenges in decision making and many times can’t rely on their brains to help them make healthy choices. Looking back at my adolescent years, there were topics of discussion that my parents really had stuck in my head. On the list was the use of drugs, alcohol and peer pressure. Rarely was a conversation had about “sex.” As a parent of adolescents, are you having these conversations? I can’t imagine that they are easy.Learn more »
I am writing this letter to support Mark Christie for Vail Town Council. I have known and worked with Mark for the past 10 years and there are not enough superlatives that I can use to describe Mark’s work ethic and commitment to the town of Vail. He has great people skills and has demonstrated, through the years, his willingness to accept new challenges, go the extra mile to help people, and give 100 percent to every task he undertakes. Not only does Mark have a complete knowledge of Vail, but the Community Host Program, which he heads, has garnered praise from the town of Vail, merchants and guests visiting Vail. With his great exposure to so many people, both locals and guests to the resort, he has his finger on the pulse of the wants and needs of the community.
Mark is the complete package, with a business background and 10 years representing the town of Vail, as an integral part of the Vail and Lionshead welcome centers. People depend on Mark because they know if a job needs to be done and done right, he is the “go to” man.Learn more »
In regards to Mr. Hegner’s letter on Wednesday, automobiles are not Constitutionally protected and they kill more people per year than firearms — correction, people driving automobiles kill more people per year than people with firearms (inanimate objects cannot kill people on their own). Thanks for sharing your opinion, though.
Matt SolomonLearn more »
It is now proposed and confirmed that our “commander in chief” (Field Marshal Obama) will immigrate to the United States 85,000 Syrian Muslims in 2016, and another 100,000 of them in 2017. And I would surmise that there would be very few, if any, Christians and Jews in the lot owing to their being “infidels” under the faith of Islam and the historic persecution they have suffered under the Syrian regime. True to form, Obama will vet the sentiments and dangers of these new “invitees” to the homeland like he has for millions of illegal aliens crossing our southern border — absolutely nothing, only another “red line” for the protection of American citizens!
Perhaps a majority of these new refugees will be male of a “fighting” age. Perhaps some or many of them have been programmed to conduct “lone wolf” attacks on American citizens. Perhaps some or many of them will not assimilate into the American society, but will congregate in enclaves, and reject our laws and rules in favor of Sharia law. Perhaps many, if not all, will be a further financial burden to be carried by our citizens, since most will not know our language (Spanish or English), and therefore be inhibited from gainful employment. The term “perhaps” connotes speculation and not assurance or meaningful forethought. However, shall we again rely on our commander in chief’s word or assurances that he will only allow law-abiding and peaceful refugees into our Obamacare society? Ergo, “you can keep your safety,” “you can keep you property” or “you can keep you life”.Learn more »
Doe Browning is the most civic-minded and active citizen I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. During the past 16 years while she’s been a resident of Vail, she’s actively served on the board of six separate public organizations dedicated to improving life for our residents. Doe is definitely not just another pretty face, but a substantial woman who has already accomplished great things for our community. Whether as chairperson of the Art in Public Places committee or on the board of the Youth Foundation where I served with her, her thinking has been original but practical, and she has backed up her ideas with hard work. She would be a great asset to the Town Council, and I have little doubt that we would soon feel the positive effects of her dedicated and intelligent work.
Dick RothkopfLearn more »
I have known Doe Browning for a number of years in our capacity as members of a national organization called Rachel’s Network. One of my philanthropic interests has been in encouraging, promoting and supporting women candidates to elective office from all parties. It is my belief that a more gender equity political system in our country, at all levels, would serve our communities/society well in such complicated and troubled times.
Doe Browning, a lifelong Vail resident, volunteer and philanthropist, has demonstrated her leadership skills throughout her career with both creative and business savvy approaches. She is smart, intuitive, direct and fair. She is an excellent listener, makes decisions based on collected information, and has the organizational skills to manage multiple tasks efficiently. I am delighted that Doe has stepped up to seek an elected position in the town and feel certain that the residents will greatly benefit from her leadership, if they so choose.Learn more »
Is the NRA aware those who operate motor vehicles in Colorado are required by the government to register their automobiles with the state?
It’s an outrage!Learn more »
I would like to thank the Eagle River Youth Coalition for the impact they make on the youth of Eagle County.
I am a member of their Youth Leaders Council and the experience has been invaluable. ERYC tackles substance prevention/use, wellness/mental health promotion and academic achievement. They target issues specifically facing youth in our county, because as a 17-year-old I can tell you that we face unique challenges growing up in a Colorado resort community. Through the Healthy Kids Colorado survey, ERYC can focus on specific prevention efforts and create widespread and productive change throughout our community.Learn more »
Bob Ticer is running for a seat on the Eagle County School Board. As the police chief for the town of Avon, Bob has an eye on excellence, safety and community involvement. He is an outstanding individual, one of the highest integrity, and is one who believes in keeping the lines of communication open.
Bob Ticer succeeds in bringing excellence to the town of Avon. He reaches deep into our Hispanic community to develop relationships. Bob started one program called the “Kids, Cops, and Hoops Community Basketball Program,” participating in regular pick-up basketball games with kids in our community who benefit from his positive role modeling.Learn more »
Kim Langmaid, in addition to having all of the credentials necessary to make an outstanding Vail Town Council member, has proven herself to be unique in terms of her understanding and passion for sustaining Vail as a great place to live and raise a family. As a third-generation Vail resident, Kim is dedicated to the Vail community as a whole and to maintaining its sense of community and quality of life.
After attending elementary and high school in Vail and learning to appreciate all that the town and area have to offer, she took the initiative of establishing the Gore Range Natural Science School to help teach others to understand and protect our local environment. That school has grown into the multi-million dollar Walking Mountains Science Center and now serves over 30,000 people annually with programs at the Vail Nature Center, Vail Mountain, Meadow Mountain and Avon for students and adult residents and visitors.Learn more »
Bright Future Foundation recently celebrated its 16th annual Aces & Eagles Tournament. This year saw an abundance of golf and women’s tennis players, as well as silent auction and event sponsors. Monies raised by this event will fund Bright Future’s programs and services to empower Eagle County families and individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Bright Future is grateful to our sponsors, including Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Cindy Engles, Country Club of the Rockies, Alpine Bank, East West Partners, East West Resorts, Elise and Vic Micati, FirstBank, GE Johnson Construction, Nedbo Construction, Vail Daily, Vail Resorts, Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Brookside Park Signature Lofts, Laine and Merv Lapin, Arrigoni Woods, Beck Building, Cindy V. Callaway Foundation, Horizon Holding, K.H. Webb Design, Vail Summit Orthopaedics, West Vail Liquor Mart and Xssentials.Learn more »
I am Carolyn Knox Keep, longtime Vail Valley local. I am writing to ask for your vote to elect me to Eagle County School Board.
I grew up the Vail Valley and am raising my family here. I was one of the first Red Sandstone Elementary School students and have a special love for Eagle County public schools. I have experienced the amazing growth of our community and am proud to be a member of our exciting history.Learn more »
We wish to endorse Doe Browning for Vail Town Council. She has passion, drive, creativity and intelligence and will move Vail forward as an advocate and leader. We have known Doe for many years through her philanthropy and commitment to the arts and can attest to her ability to problem solve and think out of the box. Her sense of fairness, ability to process information, and sparkling personality are just what Vail needs. Vote for Doe!
Annah Scully and Colin MeiringLearn more »
For much of the summer and especially in Sept. 19 Valley Voices, the Vail Homeowners Association has lamented special events and parking on the frontage road.
The easiest solution to the problem — as the Home Owners Association apparently sees it — is to do away with special events and forget about summer advertising.Learn more »
I am Tessa Kirchner and since 2011, I have had the great honor and stewardship of serving on the Eagle County School Board. I ask for your vote for a second term.
I have a deep belief in public education and its ability to make a great community, nation and society. I have been involved in Eagle County public schools for over a decade and was compellingly drawn to participate on the School Board. Since 2008, I have attended most School Board meetings; for four years as a citizen, and starting in 2011 as an elected board member.Learn more »
It seems as though columnist Richard Carnes (My View, Tuesday’s Vail Daily) has jumped on yet another opportunity to bash religion when he commented on candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s expression of concern in electing a Muslim as president because of Islamic law’s conflict with our Constitution. Carnes agreed with Dr. Carson, and certainly most Americans would, too. Then Carnes goes on to say no religion should be allowed to influence public policy, and this is a confirmation of the separation between church and state. Nothing controversial yet. But Carnes is a controversial kind of guy, and he has his anti-religious agenda to present, so there’s more to come. He tells us that no religious law is consistent with the Constitution, and that’s where I disagree with him. Most Americans who took a history course know our Constitution was greatly influenced by the Judeo-Christian moral law, and we are the better for it.
Even if we concede his point though, it’s only fair to say that no religion means his religion, too. What exactly is his religion? He doesn’t say, but he has one. We all do. From his comments in this and previous commentaries on the subject, he’s a believer in unbelief, an anti-theist. But there is a godless religion, it’s called secular humanism, and Carnes should give it serious consideration because it’s a great fit for him. Author David Noebel tells us about this religion in his book “Understanding the Times,” a recommended read for Mr. Carnes.Learn more »
Thank you so much to Eagle River Fire Department Engines 7, 5 and 15 for all your help at our food drive. Thank you, Sam, Rebecca and Chris and Vail Ski Patrol. Thank you, also, Vail Resorts Epic Promise. Without you, we could have not done it. But a huge thank you to the generosity of everyone in the valley for donating food to our Food for Kids Backpack Program. Thank you, Walmart, for letting us do our sixth annual food drive.
If you would like to find our more about Food for Kids Backpack Program, you can visit our website, foodrescueexpress.orgLearn more »
To be “politically correct” these days is to refrain from any display, verbal or pictorial, that would offend some faction of our society; and it now seems that to display the Confederate flag is offensive to those of a certain descent, because of the civil abuses of the Southern states between 1861 and 1865. Offensive names or phrases such as Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Charleston or Dixie are considered to be in poor taste by those of more refinement or pedigree. So, to be accepted in today’s more progressive society, watch what you say or wave, albeit, flags are a form of rightful expression, and accordingly protected by the First Amendment.
Amache (Colorado), Heart Mountain (Wyoming) or Manzanar (California) and the like also should remind us of our past civil abuses; for those not in the “know,” these were but a few of the Japanese internment camps established between 1941 and 1945 to isolate and relocate those Americans of Japanese descent from the west coast of the United States, albeit their civil rights were supposedly protected by the Constitution. Using the same sentiments and sequitur regarding the Confederate flag, one would think that displaying the American flag (aka Union Jack) would also be offensive to those among us of Japanese ancestry. Where is the hue and cry from those progressives and bleeding hearts to remind us of our sordid history when that flag is displayed on every government edifice, in every military cemetery and on most private lawns during Memorial Day or on the Fourth of July?Learn more »
My name is Felicia Battle and I am running for the school board because I am committed to the success of Eagle County students and care about our valleywide community. I have lived in Eagle County for almost 20 years. My two children attend Eagle Valley Middle School and I currently serve on the Eagle County School District Board of Education.
I directly experience and understand the needs of our students and teachers. As a parent and volunteer, I have served as Brush Creek Elementary School PTA president, Eagle Valley Middle School PTA member, Education Foundation of Eagle County founder and trustee, and I also served on my neighborhood homeowners association board of directors. Through my volunteer and community work, I established relationships with parents, teachers, principals, students and community leaders. I enjoy working in collaborative ways to expand students’ experiences and provide new opportunities for learning.Learn more »
With the Rocky Mountains at peak foliage, Sept. 20 was the perfect day for the seventh annual Hike, Wine & Dine. Over 400 participants gathered to enjoy the scenery of Beaver Creek, delicacies prepared by some of the area’s finest chefs and a brisk hike for a great cause. The event raised over $100,000 with proceeds benefitting Jack’s Place and Shaw Regional Cancer Center, helping offset the operating costs of lodging for our cancer patients and their caregivers on a pay-what-you-can basis. Thanks to dollars raised through events like this, Jack’s Place has provided over 8,250 nights of respite since opening in 2007.
This event has been made possible each year by the tireless leadership of Sue Franciose and the Shaw Outreach Team, our generous sponsors, talented chefs, supportive staff and everyone who makes time to participate in this fun and worthwhile fundraiser. Thank you!Learn more »
I believe in our kids. I believe in excellence, and we have in place people in this community who can move our educational achievements to this level. My name is Robert Ticer, and I am running for Eagle County School Board.
Some formal background in education is useful to serve on a community panel like the School Board, which is why I bring to the table a master’s degree in educational leadership and experience teaching at the university and community college level.Learn more »
My name is Kevin Kottenstette and I am running for Eagle County School Board. For those who know me, you know my dedication to our school district and desire to do right by our kids. For those who don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself.
This county has been my home for 33 years. My wife and I have raised two boys and both of our sons are graduates of Eagle Valley High School. My passion for education is lifelong and I have been an educator in the Eagle County school district for over 30 years. My wife has worked in the district for the same amount of time and I am proud to say that my son is now in his fifth year as a teacher in the District. I recently retired from teaching, but realized that I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to the Eagle County community that has given me so much.Learn more »
My name is Ryan Geller and I am running for the District A seat on the Eagle County School District’s board. I am extremely excited to be running for this important position in our community and would like to take a moment of your time to tell you about myself and my platform.
My wife and I moved to Eagle Vail in 2006 because we loved the mountain lifestyle and wanted to raise our son here. Nearly 10 years and another child later, we feel more blessed than ever to live in Eagle County. It is a great community in which to live and raise children. For as long as I can remember, I have been actively involved with my children’s education in a variety of ways including volunteering at their schools, attending charity events, participating in and donating to fundraisers, and coaching their athletic teams. During all of these activities, I have met countless terrific parents and kids who live and learn in our community. It is through these interactions that I realized my interest in becoming more involved in my community, specifically with the Eagle County School Board.Learn more »
The 30th anniversary Sonnenalp Casual Classic Bike ride on Sept. 12 was a fantastic event on a glorious day! The citizen ECO Trails Committee sends a sincere thank you to the Sonnenalp Foundation, Faessler family and all the donors and volunteers that hosted the annual and locally iconic event on a stunning late summer day two weeks ago.
The event was once again well organized, the sponsors and donors more than generous, and the lunch at the end of the ride was exceptional. Thanks to the bike riders who came out to enjoy the event and support our vision to build a trail system to connect the communities of Eagle County!Learn more »
A big thank you to Weston! My friends and I were hiking from Bachelor Gulch to Beaver Creek. We are three “older ladies” who took the wrong turn off the mountain and ended up on a street in Beaver Creek. Weston had just encountered a bear about 250 yards up the road and he stopped to warn us. We became a little nervous since we had just been surprised by an elk coming out of the woods as well! We were so thankful that he picked us up and took us to our destination. What a wonderful guy. We just want to say thank you to Weston! Your mother would be proud.
Lori PatonLearn more »
I just want to know what the town is up to at Timber Ridge Apartments. First, they sell half of it and don’t even keep enough parking so that some of the renters that need two parking spots can have them. I myself had to spend $700 to pay for parking off property last year.
Then, today I come home and see that they have moved the fence and taken three more spaces. They get some more spaces and then they give some of them away. What is it — they don’t want their renters to have any parking? I know that several need at least two spaces and they can’t get them — only one. Yet the new apartments will have 1 to 1 1/2 per apartment. Why is this other than they just don’t care about their people in the apartments that pay rent to the town? Maybe they should check with them to see how they feel about not being able to park at their home and have to pay to park in a different town. The place I used last year is not going to have any parking this year, so where do we park our car that we need? Even with the new spaces, it’s not enough for the people that need two spots.Learn more »
Last Thursday, our son was in a bike accident in Boulder, which damaged two of his teeth.
Thinking we could get this handled down there, I spent hours on the phone Friday morning, in vain, to get a dentist or endodontist to see him. Most don’t work on Friday or “couldn’t possibly get him in.” At wits’ end, I started the search up here with the same results at first.Learn more »
Hi Don (Rogers),
Thank you for your column on Friday. It could not have been better timed. My husband and I celebrated our wedding in Beaver Creek on Sept. 18, the day your column ran. While so much focus has been placed on Kim Davis, little acknowledgment has been given for the many public servants who treat all couples with the dignity and respect. As two future husbands, our experience at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s office was wonderful — friendly and professional.Learn more »