Letters to the Editor
I was hit from behind at Vail today by an out-of-control skier who was going way too fast down Expresso without having the ability to slow down and/or stop. I learned to ski at the Vail ski school during my childhood and have visited this phenomenal mountain for 25 years since, and this is the first collision I’ve ever suffered. The guy who hit me was young, not local, and admittedly fearful and out-of-control. In my opinion, he was skiing beyond his skill level. Fortunately, I have no injuries that require medical attention, but my head is still pounding and my neck, back, and tailbone are going to be sore for a while. It will absolutely put a damper on the last three days of my trip.
I’m writing to offer perspective from a tourist who agrees that snowboarders shouldn’t be scapegoated for a problem that exists for and among all, regardless of equipment of choice.Learn more »
It is to my dismay that yet another letter has been written and published on the topic of “dangerous snowboarders” describing us as “super-charged young adults on flying missiles.”
While I do find this comparison humorous, I think equating us to menacing weapons of destruction is a little off target. While it is very unfortunate that another guest of Vail Resorts was involved in an accident on the mountain and I’m sure these types of accidents are all too common, it is irresponsible to lump all snowboarders into the category of “skier-seeking guided missiles.”Learn more »
Do you wonder why Eagle-Vail property values lag the rest of the Vail Valley? The location is so convenient and we have great open space backing up to the National Forest. It is a “cheap” opportunity (relatively speaking) for new families buying in but hard on long-term owners (we’ve owned for three decades and our property value hasn’t even kept up with inflation). Something is wrong.
Ineffective community management seems to be at the heart of the problem. It is a little disturbing that Eagle-Vail residents must use the Vail Daily to communicate whenever neighborhood problems arise, but we are lucky the local paper helps out. The current Eagle-Vail “leadership” seems to resist free debate and discourse. They canceled last Thursday’s board meeting so that they wouldn’t be confronted with ongoing problems right before an election. One board member aggressively manages a “community” website and purges any dissent immediately.Learn more »
After serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division, I moved to Vail in the fall of 1971. Back then, providing healthcare to our locals and guests was challenging. Interstate 70 was underway, so a trip to Denver meant driving over Loveland Pass and the old Vail Pass. The patients we couldn’t serve in our original small clinic would be transported in an old Chevy station wagon ambulance to Denver. Pregnant women would make the trip to Glenwood or Denver through winding roads days ahead of their due dates to make sure they delivered in a hospital. Occasionally, babies were born on the same table that had just been used to set fractured leg bones. Injured or sick visitors would have to cut their vacations short to return home for more comprehensive care.
Over the years, the Vail Clinic evolved into Vail Valley Medical Center and grew with the community, making life in the mountains a little less challenging.Learn more »
The older I get the more life seems to be a Saturday Night Live parody skit. In Sunday’s Vail Daily, the Rev. Jack Van Ens wrote a column that mightily contributed to that illusion. Had he just written, “Personally, I don’t like Donald Trump,” he could have saved the reader slogging through another 800 words of ad hominem personal attacks. I’ll read his commentary another few times. Perhaps some commentary on policies or ideology may miraculously appear somehow. It seems beyond irony that one could write at such length while displaying the same type of behavior he’s condemning in Mr. Trump. As the classic saying goes, “You can’t make this stuff up”.
The one time when the good reverend does flirt with an issue, immigration, he draws some curious speculation about his own “casual racism” with his remarks that immigrants “perform grunt work beneath the dignity of most.” Conversely, Dr. Martin Luther King opined, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”Learn more »
As Eagle-Vail Property Owners cast their ballots for Property Owners’ Association Board, it is important to consider three candidates who will collectively strive to uphold and protect property values while considering all important fiscal efficiencies.
John “Jake” Jacobson, my longtime neighbor, is retired from a well known local company. Jake knows the issues, can get to the bottom of them, and has the very best interests of the Eagle-Vail owner at heart. He is also concerned with controlling costs while maintaining the value and integrity of our community. Jake can work well on a team and respects all points of view and differing opinions.Learn more »
This is in response to the letters going back and forth between the snowboarders and the skiers.
More than many years ago, my children and I were walking on a sidewalk down in Santa Fe. Someone was coming upon us on a bike and we heard him shout to us, “On your left.” We laughed because it was such a “skier” thing and we were from Eagle County.Learn more »
Not skiers vs. snowboarders
In response to the letter written by M. Kell published on Feb. 1 titled “Dangerous snowboarders” and others like it — you’ve got to be outside of your mind if the issues that you’re detailing are limited exclusively to snowboarders. Going out of your way to identify snowboarders as the lone perpetrators of accidents on the mountain or as a “great menace” almost immediately disqualifies the rest of your point because you’re addressing the issue with a tone and verbiage that skiers cannot be capable of skiing out of control, of colliding with another skier/boarder, of talking at an audible level about marijuana, etc., and your bias against snowboarders becomes embarrassingly obvious. Stop acting like skiing is just “a bunch of the good ol’ boys enjoying themselves on the slopes” and snowboarding is akin to a bunch of druggie-thugs mobbing down the mountain completely out of control with no awareness of their surroundings.Learn more »
“Our World” (Wednesday’s Vail Daily) had a picture of Hillary and a story about her win in Iowa, then at the end of the article a mention of Ted Cruz’s win. I think you need to be fair and balanced. A picture of Ted would have made the article more informative and would not reveal your bias. So tired of this from the press. Guess I am just asking to much for Vail Daily to be a reliable source for world news.
Leigh SudbrinkLearn more »
I have heard that there are factions in the Legislature who want to cut out the Bustang. Speaking as a senior citizen who no longer drives, I see this as one more case of some wanting to push those of us who are less able or less affluent out of the way. We of older ages need to keep our independence as long as possible, and being able to get to Denver on our own is a real plus — museums, ballgames, doctor appointments, the Botanical Gardens, and so much more. I have been able to visit my son in Boulder by making an easy transfer. The Bustang was filled up most of the way to Denver and back. How’s that for keeping cars off the road? This great mode of transportation, with helpful, friendly drivers, even has a restroom! Why in the world would any legislator want to take this away from us?
Kay DelanoyLearn more »
Let me start by saying that I am an unabashed fan of Eagle-Vail. It is the only neighborhood my wife and I have lived in since moving here in 1998. Our kids have grown up here. From 2006-2012 my company had its office in the Eagle-Vail commercial district and I am pleased that after three-plus years away we are moving the office back to the Eagle-Vail commercial district in the next few weeks.
I have been engaged in a variety of governance matters in our community since 2008 and so have seen a good deal of change over that seven-plus-year time span.Learn more »
Property owners in Eagle-Vail have suffered a dues increase from $100 a few years ago to $335 now. These dues are not used for common area maintenance because the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District owns the pool and golf course and Eagle County maintains the roads. I recently learned that the Eagle-Vail Property Owners’ Association board was diverting tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Metro District to balance the budget of that unrelated entity. I don’t know why dues, which are not tax deductible, are being used to maintain a separate government entity’s assets. This appears to be a clear end run around TABOR that limits tax increases without voter approval. It is also unfair because the financial burden on the smaller home owners is greater. This needs to be stopped, but the current board members have refused to re-evaluate this practice. Therefore it is my hope that Eagle-Vail property owners will elect new board members that will work to put a stop to this practice. I encourage property owners to vote for new blood. Vote for Steve Daniels, Jake Jacobson and Judd Watts.
Tom ChastainLearn more »
I recently read the commentary “Dangerous snowboarders” in the Vail Daily. First, I know the commentary wasn’t Vail Daily’s view. The commentary was put in by an upset citizen and approved by Vail Daily. I was pretty upset by this commentary as a snowboarder, but I am hoping my perspective will be given as much attention as this guy’s was. I am writing my own commentary to respond to rude allegations and the generalization of a whole community of snowboarders.
I am a snowboarder and have a lot of friends that are skiers. We get along just fine. I will not generalize the whole skiing community like this guy did to the snowboarding community in his commentary, because I know there are still a lot of awesome and friendly skiers out there. I am just speaking for the whole snowboarding community when I say this whole skiing/snowboarding rivalry is a two-way street. I have been run over a handful of times by skiers and cut off by even more than I can count.Learn more »
We have been property owners in Eagle-Vail for 32 years and, like so many of our good neighbors, love the location and the open space. We are continually frustrated that, on a fairly regular basis, the majority of the property owners have to stand together to stop the “special interest minority” from imposing another of their costly pet projects on the neighborhood.
Most Eagle-Vail homeowners are busy with their families, with work, with outdoor recreation and just enjoying life. They don’t have time to keep a constant watch on the local “governors.” But now they have a chance to protect themselves and their community — three POA board members will be elected by mail-in ballot (due back to Eagle-Vail by Feb. 12). There are five candidates, two “incumbents” (previously appointed by their “insider” buddies, not elected) and three responsible homeowners who are smart, financially experienced and can be trusted to work for the good of the entire community, not special interests or expensive “pet projects.”Learn more »
I am a 61-year-old skier and snowboarder, and in my 46 years on the slopes I have been run into only once, by a skier. You propose designating separate areas for snowboarders (Letters to the Editor, Monday’s Vail Daily). I find it hard to believe that if your best friend was a snowboarder, you would prefer never being on the same run!
It seems to me that the real problem is two-fold and applies to both skiers and snowboarders: One, being out of control and, two, lacking courtesy if there is a collision. The solution may simply be education and Vail Resorts has plenty of signs and controls already in place. Everyone can learn to give others space, to choose appropriate runs for their skill level, and to learn to stop on a dime. And everyone should realize that they are responsible to avoid collisions and to make restitutions if a collision does occur, starting with the simple act of making sure that the other person is OK.Learn more »
In response to the letter regarding collisions on the hill, I personally was hit by a snowboarder at Breckenridge and had to have shoulder surgery with a two-season recovery time. A friend, an ex-patroller, was hit from behind at Vail and is still recovering. In reading the Summit Daily, a woman was hit at Keystone and suffered seven broken ribs and a punctured lung. In these three incidences the offending skiers/boarders left the scene and were not able to be stopped. Just three days ago at Beaver Creek, I stopped behind a yellow “slow” sign with an ambassador present and a skier came down obviously going too fast. The ambassador did nothing. Do they have no power, or do they just stand there with their uniforms on?
What can we really do to stop this?Learn more »
This is in response to the tiresome argument penned by M. Kell in a recent Vail Daily letter stating that snowboarders are a “clear and present danger.” I’m sorry that the author of the letter was hit and injured, but they are not going to get too far in amassing support to “address this danger” by placing blame on only one demographic.
For the record, I am a skier, and quite honestly the times I’ve felt most in danger have been from other skiers who are not in control and going way too fast. Also, I know for a fact that the yellow jackets M. Kell wishes would be more present have a tendency to target snowboarders far more than skiers, everything else being equal.Learn more »
Mark Miscio is running for the Homeowners Association Board in Eagle-Vail. Although I lived in Eagle-Vail from 1978 to 2012, I no longer do and cannot vote there.
However, I want to let you know that Mark has been incredibly generous to Vail Valley Salvation Army since we moved onto Traer Creek in 2012. He has donated snow plowing, as well as weed mitigation, without being asked to do so. He has stopped by on a regular basis to see if there are any other issues with the grounds and building. He is very quiet about all of his contributions, but it wasn’t too hard to find out who our “secret benefactor” was.Learn more »
Dear Eagle-Vail neighbors,
As a 17-year resident of our wonderful community, I feel compelled to write this letter given the upcoming elections for the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association. Avoiding the antagonistic discourse which has been forwarded by a small yet vocal contingent since the recent 5A election, I believe that a very simple, basic and fair question for all community members to ask would be as follows: “Is Eagle-Vail a better place to live today than it was 10 years ago? And if so, why?”Learn more »
This is a response to Monday’s letter about “dangerous snowboarders.” In the article, M. Kell from Vail had a run-in with what was referred to as a “menace on a missile.” While taking a left turn Kell was “slammed” into the ground. And of course as anyone involved in any form of collision or accident injury lawyer will tell you, never claim responsibility, And it seems that’s exactly what Kell has done by blaming Vail Resorts and the “menace on a missile.” It seems that if Kell got their way there would be red light cameras and state police posted at designated areas of the mountain to enforce on mountain speed limits and write out tickets, fining only snowboarders for their “reckless riding.” I think anyone who has ever been on a snowboard knows there are fast skiers that commit these same offenses. It’s outrageous to think that skiers never speed or have never collided with another skier. If you are so against snowboarding or just really can’t turn your head and look before you merge, then there is an excellent resort for people with your same views — it’s called Alta in Utah. They have the same views on snowboarding that you do.
If I got into an accident on I-70 for changing lanes without signaling I would not blame CDOT for not posting officers on the roads to catch the guy who did nothing wrong other than think I would use my turn signal to change lanes. I’m sorry for your injury/pain involved in your accident. I speak for all boarders when I say I’m sorry and we don’t intentionally “target” skiers with our missilesLearn more »
This is in response to M. Kell’s letter regarding those “dangerous snowboarders.”
Come on. I am sorry that you were injured and don’t wish that on anyone and hope you have a speedy recovery. However, it is time to give up this “us vs. them” garbage and always stereotyping snowboarders into categories such as delinquents, unsafe, rude, etc.Learn more »
Eagle-Vail recently hosted a Homeowners Association board member candidate forum where five residents threw their hats in the ring for three upcoming board seats. As a current member of the Eagle-Vail Homeowners Association board, I listened with great interest as I will soon be working with three of them with the collective goal of continuing to steer Eagle-Vail in the right direction. Two of the candidates are seeking re-election, one is a past board member, and two are jumping in for the first time. The residents of Eagle-Vail are now challenged with electing three of the five they think will best serve their needs as regards the near-term future of Eagle-Vail.
As I listened, I heard all five express a sincere love, yes even passion, for where they call home. The sincerity from all was quite evident. Their ideas on how Eagle-Vail needs to move forward are where they differ.Learn more »
And getting even better. When we bought property in Eagle-Vail some 17 years ago, there was little in the way of up-to-date amenities. The pool was rag tag at best and the golf course was in dire need of updating. The pocket parks, tennis courts, pavilion, golf clubhouse and the maintenance facilities were all in need of improvements and/or repairs.
Today, thanks to attentive management and many hard-working resident volunteers, much of the needed work has been completed. Said differently, Eagle-Vail is a much better place to live, work and play today than it was just a few years ago. With the guidance and counsel of our community manager, in the past few years the Board of Governors has successfully guided Eagle-Vail onto sound financial footing.Learn more »
We all know skiing is inherently risky, but within recent years, there has developed a deadly menace around every turn of our beautiful ski runs. The menace, more often than not, is a super-charged young adult on a flying missile — a snowboard.
A few days ago, I had the misfortune of having a close encounter with this menace. While turning to the left on a very wide open run, I heard that dreadful scraping sound. Within seconds I was slammed to the ground, hitting my shoulder and head. The menace continued on his way, never stopping or even looking back. My story is not rare. We have all heard them, and had near misses ourselves. The potential for grave injury and death is all too real. Isn’t it time for Vail Resorts to address this danger before that potential is realized?Learn more »
I am writing to voice my support for Mark Miscio as a candidate for a seat on the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association. Mark has lived in Eagle-Vail for the past 15 years, raising his children in the community and caring deeply for the community. When Mark and his family outgrew their first home in Eagle-Vail, they never considered leaving Eagle-Vail and found another home that met their growing needs after a thorough search.
I am not an Eagle-Vail resident, but I feel compelled to express my support as a result of seeing some unscrupulous comments about him posted online. Mark has the highest integrity and is one of the hardest working people I know. Mark is not a spendthrift and these accusations are ludicrous.Learn more »
The 5A election is over and now the same governing board that floated the $11 million bond issue at an expenditure of nearly $200,000 plus another $200,000 of Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association member dues (loaned to the Metro District and to be returned back to the Property Owners Association after a 5A win) is back with a vengeance.
Caught with their hands in the Property Owners Association cookie jar, the board is now anxiously working to establish a community task force to “help us move forward.” These are the same board members who, confident of a 5A victory, suggested to numerous homeowners concerned about a balance sheet debt of over $33 million including principal and interest that they should possibly consider relocating somewhere other than Eagle-Vail.Learn more »
I usually do not read Richard Carnes as I feel he thinks he knows better than everyone else. His lectures on why the GOP, GOP candidates, Trump, and the rest who do not agree with his PC world, are just not worth reading. Thank God liberals are perfect.
But his article on (Monday) I did read. Well suffered through. He is really an angry man and I really feel bad for him. He has an empty soul that needs to be filled. With that said when I feel troubled, I go to the Bible. I would like to share this with you today.Learn more »
I read your article on Boost (Page A2, Saturday’s Vail Daily) and am dismayed by what appears to be an ad versus a news story. The information that you mention about “there is no medical evidence that Boost works” is absolutely true. Although there may be some anecdotal stories of feeling better after a few minutes on such whiffing, but, indeed, there is no evidence that this non-medical formula does anything but take the consumers’ money.
The public would be better educated if you referred them to Wikipedia for some relatively easily understood info on altitude illness — prevention and treatment — none of which is five minutes of breathing on non-medical oxygen.Learn more »
As a resident of the town of Eagle, I am once again astonished at how ill-advised and uneducated our Eagle mayor, Yuri Kostick, is with how our town government works. And again, our Town Board is showing lack of planning and understanding in hiring for our new town manager. They are paying $5,000 to a consultant for finding our new town manager. If this recruiting and hiring process does proceed it looks like this new town manager may only be employed for possibly a month before being replaced by our newly voted in Town Board. The hired consultant, Chris Moffet, is quoted saying in the Vail Daily article that “she will contact each board member to learn about what characteristics they individually value most in a prospective manager.” With Yuri Kostick and Doug Seabury being on the town manager hiring committee, this is ludicrous to ask these two individuals what they value in character. These two board members have already shown what characteristics they value with taking an all-expense paid trip with a developer to Florida and only repaying for the trip when they were caught. Please Mr. Mayor — do the town of Eagle a favor and show up for meetings well read, pay the town bills, and then ride off into the sunset when we vote you out in April!
Ann WoodworthLearn more »