Letters to the Editor
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 »
The Eagle County Historical Society’s “Fulford Night at the Museum” event was one of our most successful fund-raising efforts. Over 100 people turned out to learn a bit of Eagle County mining history. Actor Randy Olin’s portrayal of the ill-fated miner, Arthur Fulford, added some fun to the evening, as did Bill Lee, who portrayed an 1890s miner and brought along his burro. Author Rich Perske did an excellent job sharing the facts about Fulford.
Special thanks go to our sponsors, including Custom House Construction Corporation, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits, Batson’s Corner (the Eagle Pharmacy), Performance Automotive Center, Everyday Outfitters, John Buchholz, Petals of Provence, Eagle Valley Dental, Beverly and Don Barnes, Castle Peak Veterinarian and Bonfire Brewing. Special thanks also to KZYR radio and the Vail Daily for their generosity in publicizing our event.Learn more »
Several years ago there was a best-selling book entitled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” One of those things learned in kindergarten was “clean up your own mess!” That can apply everywhere: At home, at school, as well as in the environment.
It angered me to hear on the radio news about the “trash dump” discovered in the national forest near Telluride. Seeing the photo in the Vail Daily of the large trash heap was sickening and even more infuriating. What a slob!Learn more »
Kathy Goudy has been a scrapper for all of our Colorado Mountain College students, communities and taxpayers over the last four years and, thank goodness, she is willing to devote another four to improving CMC. Because of Kathy, our in-district tuition was not increased at all in several of the years during her first stint on the board. She promotes the idea that affordability is not comparing CMC to other colleges, but rather, what can our communities afford? I have not met anyone so devoted to making sure that everyone has an opportunity to go to CMC and become who he or she wants to be. Kathy’s family has attended CMC, but she looks at everyone as part of her family and wants the best for all.
Kathy’s devotion for education carries over to those folks in our communities that want to continue to enjoy learning. Kathy has taken dance courses at CMC to expand her own education and Kathy is constantly pushing us to expand our community continuing education offerings.Learn more »
I’d like to express my appreciation to the Vail Recreation District staff and their board for once again putting on an excellent summer trail running series. The VRD staff of Kip Tingle, Beth Pappas, Joel Rabinowitz and others provided well planned and executed events that were a pleasure to participate in for locals and visitors alike.
This year I had several visitors who had run the races for the first time tell me that they enjoyed the well planned events and would make an effort to participate in more runs next year. I know the staff puts in many hours planning the events, doing the timing, planning for prizes and routing the courses. This year’s course routing was more difficult than usual with all the construction on the mountain but the staff managed to create routes that were innovative, interesting and challenging.Learn more »
On Sept. 4, an armed robbery occurred in Gypsum, where one “good Samaritan” was seriously injured, our neighbors working in the store that was robbed were traumatized and victimized, and our community was shaken up.
Within several hours of the call, both suspects in the case were apprehended and are currently in custody, and the “good Samaritan” was being treated and is expected a full recovery.Learn more »
Yes, “it is only a matter of time before the present policy of frontage roads parking results in a significant injury” — quoting a recent Valley Voices column from the Vail Homeowners Association. This Labor Day weekend was the last straw for me — while driving west on the South Frontage Road from the main Vail roundabout, there, standing on a 18-inch median with cars whizzing by on each side, a dad carrying a toddler and a mom with a young child in hand trying to cross south to north!
The town of Vail must now flex its muscle to do something. My suggestion:Learn more »
If a Colorado Latino homeowner does the right things — gets an energy audit/assessment, makes their home more energy efficient, adds solar PV to their rooftop or a solar PV array, and buys an electric car like a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt— after five to seven years they will be saving anywhere from $600 to $800 per month.
Let’s look at the numbers for a moment. 1,106,340 or 21 percent of all Coloradan’s are Hispanic or Latino. There are almost 368,780 Latino households in Colorado. If all Latino households got an energy audit/assessment, switched to solar power and purchased electric cars, in five to seven years they would be saving an average of $650 a month. That’s a collective savings of nearly $239,707,000 per month or $3 billion a year kept in hands of Latinos and even more with business and agriculture involved.Learn more »
I was at the meeting for the Eagle River Corridor Plan last Tuesday and find it amazingly interesting that the article in the Vail Daily (Sept. 4) doesn’t make one mention about the residential component in the ERCP! Wow! Not only is there a residential component, but part of this cluster development and its resulting parking lots is proposed to be at the north end by the water park, quite visible from I-70! As seen in my following comment to the board, I believe that all residential development should be set farther off the highway. Cluster residential is not a “wow factor” from I-70, as stated by an Eagle planner — the rest of it is: “Trails, grassy areas,” parks and the water park! These are very exciting and much needed! We all look forward to this incredible amenity for our lovely town, Eagle!
To the Town Board of Eagle and staff:Learn more »
Dear Vail Valley community,
I would like to take this opportunity to provide a firsthand account on the profound effect that Vail Veterans Program events have on the lives of our wounded soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and their family members.Learn more »
Bright Future Foundation is fortunate to partner with Beaver Creek Resort Co., Chef David Walford, the staff of Splendido and Wine Spectator for one of our largest annual fundraisers. Bright Future was the beneficiary of a successful wine dinner at Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek. The evening was a showcase of fantastic food and wine, and the event sold out in record time this year!
This generous partnership is an opportunity for us to raise funds for our programs to empower Eagle County individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. We would like to thank the generous attendees and contributors of the event, and special thanks to our board of directors, particularly Cindy Engles, and Lissa Tyler and Doe Browning who organized our responsibilities and “mostly silent” auction for the event. Due to the efforts and generosity of these individuals and businesses, Bright Future Foundation surpassed the proceeds of previous years’ events!Learn more »
The following is information concerning a ruling by the Department of Labor that would hurt anyone trading options in a retirement account. That includes very basic strategies such as covered calls or selling cash secured puts. It will limit your ability to make money in your retirement account.
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a rule that it believes will reduce conflicts of interest between financial professionals/firms and retail investors seeking advice in their Individual Retirement Accounts. The rule would establish a strict “best interest” standard for advice relating to IRAs that, among other things, would prohibit the use of options in broker-advised retirement accounts.Learn more »
For the second time in five years, my now husband and I are being forced out of a rental unit because the owners have decided to pull it off the rental market and sell it. In the past 15 years, 50 percent of the places I have lived in are no longer on the rental market. This is quickly becoming the No. 1 problem for Vail. My husband works year-round full-time for Vail Resorts, the largest employer in the valley, but they do not have employee housing available to us.
Local businesses are having problems finding good year-round employees. People no longer want to try to stay here and make a life here because it is too expensive to live. The town is finally revamping Timber Ridge and the development of Middle Creek a few years ago helped the situation, but those types of units attract the seasonal employee or first-year type person. We need to continue to have rental units available for those who are past the dorm-style living stage, but not quite ready to buy. The town’s deed restricted housing purchasing program had more people than ever show up this year, most likely reflecting this problem. There is no longer anywhere for people to rent affordably nor can most people afford to buy on the open market.Learn more »
School is back in session! Many valley residents commute to work by driving a motor vehicle, be it car, truck or motorcycle. Many valley residents’ morning drive takes them by their neighborhood school — at the same time the kids are walking, biking or scootering to that neighborhood school. Please — have patience when the crossing guard stops traffic for 30-45 seconds so the kids can cross the street and arrive safely at school.
Please: Obey the 20 mph speed limit.Learn more »
Regarding recent letters about budgets and spending and deficits by Republican and Democratic presidents, Mark Twain once said, “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” Unfortunately, in our highly partisan environment, everyone uses numbers to make the point they want to make and there are very few truly unbiased sources.
Kenneth WetcherLearn more »
The Claire Noble article (Valley Voices, Thursday’s Vail Daily) in the Vail Daily that declared, “the government is not coming for your guns, but criminals definitely are — lock them up,” is not only a non sequitur as Quinn (Letters to the Editor, Saturday’s Vail Daily) put it, but evidences a profound ignorance of history and a stunning display of naivete — criminals come for your possessions or your life. Throughout history nations and empires have always had criminals within their confines, and the personal possession of dangerous weapons, e.g., spears, clubs, knives and guns, did enhance an individual’s right of self-defense. Ergo, “the poor you will always have with you” (Mark 14:7), so will the criminal always be with you! This is a fact, and the failure of governments throughout the ages to protect all law-abiding citizens from the “slings and arrows” (Hamlet) cast by criminals is also a fact.
So returning to Claire Noble’s solution to eradicate crime and criminals in our society by requiring citizens who are armed to “lock them up” is rather presumptuous and a naive revelation. The National Socialist Party (Nazis) in Germany during the ’30s and ’40s banned guns in the hands of its law-abiding citizens, yet criminals still existed in their midst. In that instance, to name but one, the “government came for their guns” as Ms. Noble may recall. Had the German people not been rendered defenseless against their own government, 6 million Jews may have still existed in the ’50s and ensuing decades. Had the militia, composed of colonial citizens in our revolutionary days, not had their long rifles at the ready, we would still be British subjects today, and without arms. And yes, there were criminals at the time in their midst. Those same colonists were so distrustful of a central government that they inscribed into the Constitution of 1789 the right to bear arms as their last resort against tyranny — meaningful and effective arms, rather than “Noble” ones that are “locked up” pursuant to an order of a tyrant.Learn more »
The last two bullet points addressed by the Vail Homeowners Association in its questions for consideration about the future of Vail had to do with various questions about governance/inclusivity, and community accessibility. Concerning the former, the following questions were raised:
• How to encourage a higher degree of collaboration among various factional interests?Learn more »