Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Let's help each other heal

August 24, 2016 — 

No doubt Summit County and Eagle County are growing. All of Colorado is growing, and as this article (“Along with population, criminal activity also up,” Aug. 9 Vail Daily) clearly states, with population growth comes a growth in crime. More drug use, more DUIs, more everything. But all is not lost; we are a growing community that is strong and especially supportive of both its citizens and visitors. It’s important that we as a community focus our attention to the resources that we pay as taxpayers, in the right way.

In criminal cases, defendants who are found to be guilty pay for surcharges that are intended to aid the community in paying for the cost of rehabilitation. But the question we need to be asking ourselves is: where are our treatment facilities? Where can one go to get a helping hand? What resources do we have for mental health issues?

As a community we owe it to ourselves to help each other in a time of need. We may be a smaller community, but as we pay the same taxes and we pay the same fines and fees to the courts, we deserve to have the same aid provided to our citizens. We need to demand “restorative justice” and use restorative resources. We need to do it for ourselves, for our children and for the people of this amazing community that we all love and cherish. We are not immune from the problems that plague our country; thus we should not be exempt from having the kind of resources that build our community rather than pulling it down with a justice system that is used to enhance the careers of politicians vs. serve our community.

I applaud the Honorable Judge Romeo, Judge Sullivan and Judge Shames who have taken people’s hands and helped them succeed in programs of drug and DUI courts. They have given power back to our community and the people who appear before them. They have shown love, care and respect for the struggles of life. Thank you. Thank you on behalf of myself, my clients, and the community. Let’s lead by example, by developing the appropriate resources to solve our problems vs. simply addressing the symptoms; let’s support restorative justice before it’s too late.

Sanam Mehrnia

Candidate for district attorney

Vail Daily letter: Observe trail etiquette

August 24, 2016 — 

As a grandmother who has been hiking Colorado’s trails for 45 years, I now feel the need to speak out about the declining level of courtesy I have experienced lately while hiking with my grandkids. Unfortunately, I have observed in recent years that more and more trail bikers are completely unaware of prescribed trail etiquette. Many of these bikers obviously are visitors or short-term residents who have come from locations where they didn’t grow up hiking so they are unaware of the “rules” of the trail. Most experienced hikers know that hikers and bikers must yield to horseback riders, but bikers must also yield to hikers. Finally, hikers going downhill should yield to uphill hikers.

For the past few summers, I have felt accosted by rude and dangerous bikers who think they own the trails and come barreling downhill with no regard for hikers on the trail. These bikers expect the hikers to jump out of their way because they are “king of the mountain” in their own minds. While most hikers are willing to step off the trail for a biker if they are able to, hikers don’t expect to be run off the trail and they certainly expect a “thank you” from the bikers when they do yield the trail.

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Vail Daily letter: Better things to worry about

August 22, 2016 — 

You know, the American people kill me. Everything is fine as long as things go our way. Like this Ryan Lochte deal. Here is a guy that worked his ass off for one-third of his life to make this country proud and to show the rest of the world how strong we really are, and just because he allegedly tears down a poster and takes a leak on the grass — 50 dogs probably beat him to it anyway — the media and the American people are ready to throw this poor kid under bus and strip him of all his endorsements, etc.

Come on, guys; he gave his heart and soul for this country. I would like to know how many of you out there did the same sometime in your life. These kids didn’t kill or rape or even get in a fight; they took a leak on the grass. They got a little hammered and went at the wrong spot. I would like to know how many of you can honestly say that you did the same thing some time in the first 30 some years of your life and didn’t get caught.

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Vail Daily letter: Unexpected layover in Vail

August 21, 2016 — 

My wife, Natalie, and I were two of the 43 eastbound Greyhound bus passengers stranded in your town for five hours on Wednesday, and I must say that the experience was a memorable one.

When we pulled into the Vail Village Parking Structure’s lot at mid-morning to pick up some passengers our bus driver, Cynthia, had some bad news for our diverse and travel-worn assembly: our bus was not running properly, and it was doubtful that we could make it to the Eisenhower Tunnel. It seems that the particulate filter on the exhaust was badly clogged.

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Vail Daily letter: A common message

August 19, 2016 — 

Michael Norton’s column (Thursday’s Vail Daily) on love and forgiveness communicates a timeless message which people of all beliefs must necessarily endorse because it just makes sense to love and forgive others who have wronged us. Love and forgiveness really must be “a part of our guiding values” because we human beings function best when we forgive one another. We’re all hardwired to love and forgive because God is a God of love and we’re all made in his image. Christ himself exemplified the ultimate act of forgiveness as he spoke from the cross: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” An atheist friend of mine once told me Christianity’s most important message to him was forgiveness. At least we could share one thing in common.

John Bartholomew

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Vail Daily letter: Hurt their own

August 19, 2016 — 

Butch Mazzuca (Valley Voices, Monday’s Vail Daily) thinks that income inequality is the result of bad choices people make. This is not always the case. I grew up in Ohio where there were manufacturing jobs that disappeared because of advances in automation technology and trade treaties agreed to by both political parties. Many workers across the USA are out of work because of this, not because of “bad choices” they made.

When President Obama inherited the Great Recession in 2009, he was right to bail out the auto industry, which saved thousands of jobs. Democrats since have proposed infrastructure legislation to rebuild our roads, bridges and national parks. This would be paid for by raising taxes and closing tax loopholes on the 1 percent. Republicans continuously vetoed this and money for retraining programs as well. With interest rates near zero this is the time to borrow money for these programs to get our economy producing. It is not a time to be so obsessed with deficit reduction. This is why Trump is the Republican nominee. Congressional Republicans thought they were hurting Obama and Democrats by not passing these programs and instead hurt their own. They deserve exactly what they got.

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Vail Daily letter: Not fit for presidency

August 18, 2016 — 

The letter printed on Aug. 12 (“Liar-in-chief”) is a pathetic commentary on politics and personal integrity, as well as misrepresentation of history. The author asserts that FDR lied about preparing troops for war, and JFK misled about a Cuba invasion, ignores the fact that broadcasting strategy to enemies will increase risk to our military. Bush/Cheney/Congress and the world had reason to believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Hussein failed to live up to the treaty that mandated free and open weapons inspection. He pretended to have these weapons in order to bolster his credibility in the Middle East. The author ignores our concern when ISIS captured a chemical weapons factory in Iraq. Lincoln did not lie about his position on slavery. Lincoln opposed slavery, but gave preservation of the United States greater priority than elimination of slavery. Lincoln was pragmatic in approach and was victorious on both issues.

Hillary Clinton has not lied to benefit our national defense, preservation of the Union, or any other noble goal. Hillary has lied to mask her incompetence. Hillary has lied to win votes. Hillary has lied for self-promotion. Hillary has lied to obscure her contempt for the rule of law. Hillary did not cause the tragedy in Benghazi that resulted in four American deaths, but she lied to a nation and to grieving families about the cause of these deaths. She declared, “What difference does it make?” instead of ordering a root cause analysis to prevent such future catastrophes. For such actions, “When Clinton lies, somebody may die.”

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Vail Daily letter: Act on youthful ideas

August 18, 2016 — 

The town of Vail has acted on an idea that emanated from and reflects our young people, and we should celebrate that. Two years ago Cameron Chaney, then a middle-school student, started talking with Chad Young of the Vail Recreation District about his design for a skatepark. Cameron tirelessly advocated the project and, to the Town Council’s credit, the idea took hold. The fact that the town listened to a local student’s idea is absolutely wonderful.

Today the space between the north and south sides of the Lionshead parking structure is a skate park with beautiful mosaics by Washington, D.C.-based artist Valerie Theberge. What was once an overlooked, under-utilized space is now a special place with an active, dynamic artistic energy. The space has a welcoming feeling that lets kids, adults, girls and boys spend hours skating together. People of all abilities and spectators are welcome. The kids seem to take turns out of some natural awareness for each other, and the skate community has a gentle yet firm way of teaching etiquette. Participants of different ability levels encourage each other and praise progress. Similarly, participants learn skills from other skaters, but always find their own style. The park is a recipe for positive sharing without judgment.

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Vail Daily letter: Consider other candidates

August 17, 2016 — 

My daughter sent me a picture on Facebook of a bumper sticker that said: NeitherOne 2016.com. My comments:

This is a bi-partisan problem. Bernie Sanders supporters and others on the left who can’t stomach Hillary can consider Jill Stein, the Green candidate. On the other side, take a look at Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate.

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Vail Daily letter: Pricey senior facility

August 17, 2016 — 

It is comforting to know that the new Castle Peak senior facility will provide beds for those needing rehabilitation (10). So, if I break my leg, I won’t have to go to Carbondale. That is truly good news for Eagle. However, if I had any idea that I might reside at the facility in my last years, the prices listed in the article (Aug. 11) make it clear that there is no place at Castle Peak for me and most of my friends. Even affordable housing in Eagle is getting extremely hard to find. As I understand it, new construction must provide 10 percent of living space at “affordable” rates. That seems like a small amount to me and, of course, “affordable” is such a subjective word. Please, Eagle, in your desire to take care of the well-to-do, don’t push the rest of us out of this town we love.

Katherine Delanoy

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Vail Daily column: Trump will so make America great again

August 17, 2016 — 

Yes, Donald Trump is a thin-skinned whiny little racist bigot incapable of actual support for anyone not named Trump.

Sure, he’s Sarah Palin with man parts and the two compete weekly for the “Dumbest Tweet of the Week” Award.

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Vail Daily letter: Focus on preventative care

August 15, 2016 — 

Today, 85 percent of the residents of the United States do not get the bare amount of the minimum daily exercise required to stay healthy, and 74 percent of the population is considered to be overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic illnesses, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which cause about 70 percent of deaths in the United States, and they are the most expensive to treat. Additionally, in a futile effort to stave off the inevitable, the last year of an American’s life is the most expensive to treat and provides little value to the patient or the system at large. Source: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Vail Daily letter: Be good to trees

August 12, 2016 — 

Thirty-five years ago next spring, I moved to Booth Creek in Vail and regularly hiked my backyard trail. It started out steep and, in places, it was mostly grass-covered. Proceeding up and north, a hiker would find the trail again. Today, I refer to it as the “interstate of hiking trails,” since the trail is recommended to every hiking guest by every Vail hotel concierge.

Sadly, a few of the thousands who enjoy the beauty of the trail have not been able to refrain from vainly adding their names or initials to virtually every tree along the lane. The carved graffiti will endure for the life of the tree.

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Vail Daily letter: Editorial misses the mark

August 12, 2016 — 

The Vail Daily editorial (Aug. 3) misses the mark by defending Gypsum’s efforts to take away 69 acres of Clearwater Venture’s property by eminent domain.

In short, it stakes out a position that parrots Gypsum’s misplaced thinking, and argues that Gypsum is somehow justified in taking Clearwater Ventures’ private property because the town hasn’t gotten along with the owners.

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Vail Daily letter: Red Ribbon Project support

August 12, 2016 — 

Red Ribbon Project is celebrating 20 years of service this year. Looking forward, even as Red Ribbon Project savors its successes, there is much work to be done. Red Ribbon Project is committed to providing programming for youth throughout Eagle County, and relies on corporate and nonprofit supporters to do so. Red Ribbon Project is thrilled to once again receive funds from Vail Resorts’ Epic Promise program for its impactful Life Works program.

Over the course of the past two decades, Red Ribbon Project has continuously evolved to meet community needs. A key component when working with young people is simple awareness: teaching them to understand their bodies — both the physical and emotional components.

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Vail Daily letter: Liar-in-chief

August 11, 2016 — 

I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. I’m voting for her not in spite of her troubles with the truth. I’m voting for because she is a skilled and seasoned liar. I think having a first-class liar in the White House is an asset. Politicians lie all the time including some of our most esteemed presidents. FDR lied about preparing troops for war. JFK lied about invading Cuba. Reagan lied about Iran Contra. And Lincoln lied about his position on slavery and the fact that he was secretly negotiating with the South to end the Civil War.

The reason politicians lie are obvious. They’re the same reasons you and I lie. It’s often easier to lie than it is to tell the truth. Telling the truth exacts a price. You often don’t get what you want when you tell the truth. If politicians told the public the truth they’d never get elected or re-elected. How well do you think a politician would fare if he or she were forthright with the public and told them that Social Security benefits need to be income indexed, taxes on the middle class will have to go up in order to reduce the deficit, and the age eligibility for Medicare needs to be raised to 70 or older? The public places an inflated value on honesty because they view the election of the president as if they were choosing an intimate partner, maintaining a long-standing friendship or entering into an important business venture. In each of those relationships trust is paramount. I don’t want to be lied to by a spouse, a friend or a business partner. The sense of betrayal runs deep and the damage to the relationship is often irreparable.

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Vail Daily letter: Put down your phone

August 10, 2016 — 

This letter is for a young girl driving a SUV on Charolais Circle Tuesday afternoon. She was driving too fast and apparently texting or playing with her phone and came within inches of killing my wife. To her credit she did stop and apologized; however, the next time someone will die. Don’t drink and drive, and definitely do not text or play Pokemon Go until you stop the car. If you must use your phone, pull over to the side and do it without endangering the lives of others.

Richard Dangler

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

August 10, 2016 — 

A huge thank you to the Eagle County community for your support and attendance at the 2016 National Night Out events last week in Edwards, Gypsum and Basalt!

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to give a very special thank you to the following:

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Vail Daily letter: Create a joint proclamation

August 10, 2016 — 

On Aug. 2, the Vail Town Council officially recognized the upcoming town of Vail’s 50th birthday — in a proclamation where each council member read a portion of the document. It was moving to me and others who have memory of early days of something we called “Vail.” This landmark is an opportunity to reaffirm a close working relationship between the town of Vail, as a municipal government, and Vail Resorts, as operators on the U.S. Forest Service Vail Mountain — noting Vail Resorts celebrated its 50th during the 2012-2013 season.

Hence, why not have a joint town of Vail-Vail Resorts proclamation that will capture a sense of history for an audacious idea of a ski mountain and town in the middle of nowhere? Such a proclamation might include the following points:

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Vail Daily letter: Traffic pattern isn't working

August 10, 2016 — 

I just finished reading the article in (Monday’s) Daily about the new traffic pattern on Beaver Creek Boulevard. I wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily a few weeks ago about my concerns for bikers. I would challenge each council member to bike from the stop sign by City Market on East Beaver Creek Boulevard, through the round about exiting on West Beaver Creek Boulevard past the post office and Comfort Inn to the Nottingham Lake parking lot and back.

The biggest problem is the roundabout (both ways) where the bike lane abruptly ends, making it difficult and dangerous to continue through the round about. I tried it once and will never do it again.

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Vail Daily letter: Parking problems

August 9, 2016 — 

We have been coming to the valley since the early ’80s and spend a good portion of the year here. Being avid skiers, we love the winters as much as the summers. And we spend plenty of money in this valley.

This summer may make us change our minds.

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Vail Daily letter: Generous support

August 9, 2016 — 

The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group has graciously supported Vail Valley Medical Center for 22 years, and their signature event, The Celebration of Life Luncheon, has raised significant funds for the women of Eagle County who are battling breast cancer. Our Sonnenalp Breast Center and Jack’s Place have directly benefited from the group’s fundraising efforts, and thanks to the generous dollars they’ve donated, we’ve been able to purchase new equipment for the Breast Center and offer lodging at Jack’s Place on a pay-what-you-can basis to patients undergoing treatment at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

This year’s Celebration of Life Luncheon was a big success, raising $75,000 with a portion of the net proceeds benefiting Sonnenalp Breast Center and Jack’s Place. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this event possible! Special thanks to the group’s board of directors, co-founder Brenda Himelfarb, Joyce Bradley, Heidi Bricklin, Nicole Denton, Jessica Denton, Tracy McCoy Gillette, Linda Lund, Lori Brown, Frances Karsh, Eric Burgund and member-at-large Mark Bricklin.

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Vail Daily letter: Free market dislocations

August 8, 2016 — 

1. The official town of Vail government position on workforce housing is to put private employee housing providers out of business.

2. As the town expands its involvement in business employee housing, it’s driving the privates out of business.

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Vail Daily letter: Email issues

August 4, 2016 — 

The Disingenuosity Of The Week award goes to Rohn Robbins for his column “Mr. Trump, hacking is a crime” (July 29 Vail Daily). It’s about Donald Trump’s suggestion that the press would thank the Russian government if it could produce the 30,000 emails that were deleted from Hillary Clinton’s personal server.

Robbins started off mentioning the hack of the Democratic National Committee server that is currently in the news. It appears to have happened in the past few months.

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

August 4, 2016 — 

On behalf of the students, staff and executive board at the Family Learning Center in Edwards, we would like to offer a very hearty “thank you” to the donors and participants that made the 14th annual Barbara Treat Memorial Golf Tournament an enormous success.

The Family Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies on monetary contributions from community members, awarded grants, and proceeds from the tournament to keep the lights on and the staff’s positivity flowing. This annual fundraiser goes a long way in supporting our belief that all children deserve access to a great start in learning and in life. Our caring, certified teachers bring experience and passion to each classroom while setting children up for a successful transition from preschool to elementary school.

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Vail Daily letter: Poor idea in Avon

August 4, 2016 — 

I agree with the comments regarding Avon’s recent bike and traffic lane changes along East and West Beaver Creek Boulevard. Did anyone in the town of Avon consider the debacle and congestion this is going to cause at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. everyday during ski season? Obviously not! The lanes to enter the main Avon roundabout from both East and West Beaver Creek Boulevard have been reduced to one. Traffic heading west from City Market or east from the post office is going to be backed up forever trying to enter the roundabout with the endless stream of vehicles traveling to and from Beaver Creek.

The town of Avon is simply clueless on the problems these changes are going to cause in what is already a confusing area to navigate for tourists and locals alike.

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Vail Daily letter: Display flag correctly

August 4, 2016 — 

It’s heart-warming to see how many area residents display the American flag.

Yet, when the flag is hung without a pole, it sometimes is positioned incorrectly and contrary to recognized protocol. The union (where the stars are) always should be to the left of the viewer, not to the viewer’s right.

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Vail Daily letter: Excellent program

August 4, 2016 — 

Two years ago last winter, our family lost our son and brother Tony Seibert in an avalanche in East Vail. The community support we received at that time was incredible; we are all very thankful for that. It’s a big valley, but a very tight community.

Shortly after losing Tony, I participated in the Grief Recovery Outreach Program offered by Celynn McClarrinon. We met once a week for two hours over a nine-week period. During that time, I gave voice to feelings that may have otherwise gone unrecognized and would certainly have had a detrimental effect on my well being. Although the process was painful at times, I truly don’t know where I would be without it.

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Vail Daily letter: Bring solutions to the table

July 29, 2016 — 

Experts locally, nationally and worldwide agree that the earliest years of a child’s development are essential. They tell us that over 80 percent of a child’s neural pathways are established prior to age 5 — before he even enters our public school system!

Experts locally, nationally and worldwide agree that without quality daycare centers and preschools to care for and educate our youngest children, families are plunged into crisis.

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Vail Daily letter: All talk and no action

July 29, 2016 — 

Butch Mazzuca suggests that “serious political figures, i.e. Democrats, gave us a $19 trillion national debt, a worldwide immigrant crisis, the targeting of cops, and the expansion of Islamic terrorism.” Does he think everything began with the Obama Administration? Has he forgotten the origins of the mess were in? Does the name George W. Bush come to mind?

He asks which of Trump’s deeds and actions support the contention that he is bigoted? Has he listened to or read any of Trump’s comments about women, the disabled, Latinos, immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, or anybody who disagrees with him on anything. By definition he is a classic bigot.

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