Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Too many laws

May 21, 2015 — 

Mr. Kostick’s and Mr. Seabury’s admitted violation of ethics a la Amendment 41 to the Colorado Constitution arouses more sympathy than antipathy. I empathize with both of these public officials in the ignorance they jointly shared regarding the “law of the land.” More than anything else, the unwary pitfall into which these two fell confront every American citizen, and that pitfall is the legion of complex statutes, regulations and executive orders that we are each held to know at all times, in all occasions and places. Herein lays the myth of “ignorance is no defense.” Ergo, the law must be applied and perpetuated on this inane and nonsensical premise, if we are to have what we wistfully call the “rule of law” — how else could government wield its dictatorial authority?

What with all of the federal, state and local statutes, regulations, codes and ordinances that apply in these 50 states and innumerable districts and towns (hundreds of thousands), it is humanly impossible to digest, understand, comprehend and obey them all. Our “rule of law” has become a pitfall or trap for each and every one of us whereby we are relegated to a state of subjugation under the authority of governments at all levels, because of our collective ignorance. This state of affairs renders a “law-abiding citizen” to a dupe or a mark for the prosecuting attorney.

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Vail Daily letter: Terrific trio

May 19, 2015 — 

After so many years of service, I would like to tout the outstanding work of three of the trustees of Colorado Mountain College: Ken Brenner, Dr. Robert “Bob” Taylor and Kathy Goudy. In the history of CMC, I don’t think that there have been three more dynamic and effective trustees at the college. They have been the driving force to create a living, breathing strategic plan, ensure we have outstanding auditors to guide our finances, steer the course of legislative initiatives that benefit the college, ensure community courses are offered and outstandingly enhance the future of our college. They have tirelessly and selflessly driven the college at breakneck speeds into the future, all with the students and communities being the focus and the benefactors of their energy. There are still so many projects that they have initiated such as overhauling our technology and enriched community outreach that will make Colorado Mountain College the envy of the nation. Know that all of our communities and I am so grateful for all you do, Ken Brenner, Bob Taylor and Kathy Goudy.

Mary Ellen Denomy

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Vail Daily letter: Opportunity for nonprofits

May 18, 2015 — 

Since May 2014 I have been involved in the planning process for Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days (MRPD). Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days is a three-day conference this June in Rifle. It presents a unique opportunity for nonprofit individuals to interact and network with other nonprofits, public agencies, community leaders, and funders at a level that will transform their organizational and professional outlook.

A variety of workshops are offered over the course of these three days and cover topics that are integral to a sustainable nonprofit. These topics include developing your board, maximizing social media engagement, understanding a strategic plan, utilizing program evaluation, and so much more.

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Vail Daily letter: Save Red Cliff

May 16, 2015 — 

Does Red Cliff suck? No! Why have I lived here for 35 years? There is a business that wants to move into town that’s going to make everything even better for us. Take an image of a “real” snowmobile/ATV operation (Camp Hale) and picture in the heart of our beloved community of Red Cliff — wall to wall. Maybe in a couple of years we’ll see a parking structure with machines and employee parking three stories tall. Has the humble business that’s been operating in town been a successful experiment? Has the experience improved your quality of life? Enhanced your day to day living, or enriched your property values?

Yeah, Red Cliff really sucks (not). What can we do to make it better? How about doubling the population every weekend (Man of the Cliff)? We need some noise; not a lot, just enough so you feel the comfort of I-70. I love the sound of snowmobile skis on asphalt and in the summer the dust of a thousand camels, except when the road gets tracked up with mud (the town will take care of that). Picking up the mail won’t be a problem; the cop we’ll hire to manage the influx will be paid for by the new tax revenue. (Calm down! A space will open soon.) We’ll show those Vail snobs; we won’t charge for plastic bags. Maybe we can fill balloons with fossil fuel exhaust for the kids. Our property values will bounce back after the deflated residences are sold for pennies and forgotten.

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Vail Daily letter: Good trends in Cordillera

May 15, 2015 — 

I’m writing this to share the positive news that is coming from the Cordillera real estate community.

Buyers are, on a whole, feeling positive. People feel like the economy is stable and that the stock market doing well. They also feel like the Club at Cordillera is doing well, as evidenced by the new memberships that are being sold. Between the stable club and the stable economy and the fact that we have great homes, we’re seeing a lot of positive response on the real estate front.

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Vail Daily letter: A guide to grieving

May 14, 2015 — 

My mother was always there to take care of the family. She cared for us when we were sick. So when she had heart issues and needed surgery, we took care of her. She recovered well, but unfortunately developed an infection in her wound. I still remember the lump in my throat and kicking myself thinking we could have done more for her. Mother went to a nursing facility for a few weeks. Time seemed to stand still. Then when we got her home, we were overwhelmed by the loss of her independence. It was great that we could be there to help but it was unbelievable that this was our Mom. Celine died on a Tuesday Morning. Despite friends that were there to express and provide support, I must say that I have never felt so alone. I must have heard a thousand times from well meaning people that my mom had gone on to a better place and, yes, I was grateful that she was not suffering any more. But the truth was that I wasn’t done sharing my life with my mom.

In the spring of 2011, I received my certification to be a Grief Recovery Specialist. During this workshop, I realized that despite being busy and strong from my family, I still had a huge hole in my heart. It was in this caring environment that I learned to tell the truth. The Grief Recovery Outreach Program is available in our community.

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Vail Daily letter: Not a democracy

May 14, 2015 — 

I respectfully disagree with our local public school superintendent’s description of our country. In a recent column, he erroneously called it “our democracy.”

This is part of the problem with public school education. When our own superintendent can’t properly identify our form of government as a “constitutional republic,” how do we expect our children to learn what we are supposed to be?

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

May 14, 2015 — 

I want to share that I am humbled by the hard work by everyone to make this (Healing Nepal fundraiser, May 3) a reality. The outpouring of compassion and support from the Vail Valley was amazing.

What this initial event sets dZi Foundation up for are follow-up events to come back and report on our work and how the funds were used.

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Vail Daily letter: No event planned

May 14, 2015 — 

Dear editor, we want to thank the Eagle Valley Enterprise and the Vail Daily for covering the Castle Peak Senior Care Community. We are writing about the article in May 7’s paper, “Senior care center eyes June 1 groundbreaking.”

We would like to clarify that June 1 is the target date for completing the paperwork and other steps needed to proceed with the Castle Peak project. Since the headline mentions groundbreaking, we thought it was important to note that no groundbreaking event is being planned for June 1. We continue to make good progress toward our goals.

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Vail Daily letter: Some things never change

May 13, 2015 — 

I enjoy Fredric Butler’s letters quite a bit. I would like to respond to his latest, “Obama, the straw man.” I would like to know if anyone has ever seen a positive story on Iran, ever? One standout is Rick Steves’ television profile of traveling in Iran. Very entertaining and informative; mostly positive. It stands in sharp contrast to corporate media’s bogeyman incarnate representation of Iran. I remember “Nightline’s” coverage during the hostage crisis. Not once do I remember Ted Koppel mentioning the CIA’s overthrow of Iran’s elected leader Mosaddegh in 1950s as the root cause of the hostage crisis. And how there is hardly a family in Iran that did not have a relative disappeared, imprisoned or tortured by the brutal Shah that the CIA installed in Mosaddegh’s place. “Nightline” portrayed America as a victim when it was classic blowback from our covert government’s imperial overseas adventures.

Turning to Israel, they are always portrayed as a loyal ally to the United States. I have a different view. They are no one’s ally; they look out for their own interests and manipulate the United States into fighting proxy wars that further their agenda. Look no further than the enormous lie told and sold about Iraq’s weapons of mass deception, the precursor of our unprovoked attack on them. The Iraq proxy war cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives and left Iraq in chaos and ruin. Meanwhile corporations like Halliburton profited handsomely from the carnage. Most people have no clue that both wars with Iraq used nuclear weapons. The heavy duty use of depleted uranium shells has damaged the planet’s ecosystem for all time and did severe harm to our own troops. And Iran is part of the axis of evil? Who is more evil than us? Nobody, that’s who. Don’t believe me? Go look at the depleted uranium birth defect pictures if you have the guts. If you don’t cry, you are made of stone. That’s coming home to America in the damaged DNA of the returning troops.

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Vail Daily letter: Successful event

May 13, 2015 — 

I wanted to extend our deepest gratitude for helping to spread the word about our fundraiser to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Our Healing Nepal event was a sweet, spiritual, powerful, informative and successful evening that was put together in one week and accomplished in a few hours. It could not have happened without all the direct action that people took, mostly without our having to ask. We simply all showed up and made a beautiful thing happen.

The dZi Foundation was the main beneficiary and will give full disclosure on the amount that they raised with us soon. As you all know in the Vail Valley it is hard to guess how many people will attend any given event. We guessed 150 attendees and 300 showed up. It was nice to have a full house. The evening flowed well and we had some varied and heartfelt speakers. The food was all homemade by Nepalese friends and helpers who poured their heart and soul into the dinner. Dumplings (momos), chicken curry, some pita and salad were served. The guests enjoyed a taste of Nepal. Steve Porter, who owns Nicky’s Quickie Greek Restaurant, brought gyros and baklava and was a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. The auction did well with people leaving happily with a memento of a special experience.

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Vail Daily letter: Successful event

May 13, 2015 — 

Children’s Garden of Learning would like to thank everyone who attended the Derby Party on Saturday. It was a fabulous success! Thank-you to our wonderful sponsors: 10th Mountain Whiskey, Monttauk Seafood, Claggett-Rey Gallery, Vail Brewing Co., URS Energy, Viele and Company Construction, Vail Valley Pharmacy, 10th Mountain Builders, Cozzens Construction, Nichols Interactive, bold and Epic Promise. A special thanks to our event chair, Dana Addis, and her team, Sierra Aldrich, Danielle Siess, Lauren Harris, Lindsey Penny, Sunny Corrigan, Ami Hudgins and Lisa Ludwig, who worked tirelessly to make this a spectacular event. We look forward to next year’s 142nd Running of the Roses derby event.

Kathleen Brendza

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Vail Daily letter: Don't like sculpture

May 12, 2015 — 

My husband and I were horrified driving into Avon yesterday afternoon. What is that thing in the roundabout where the beautiful bronze statuary has always been such a pleasure to our eyes? When is it going to leave? I believe the event is long past. This would never happen in Sedona!

Susan Meyer

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Vail Daily letter: Not sustainable

May 8, 2015 — 

Within the next five years, it is estimated that 3 to 5 billion more people will be added to the Internet; and the corporations making this assertion (Facebook, Google, Amazon) claim that this will produce a dramatic and positive economic outlook for the world’s economy. I strongly disagree.

There are over 7 billion human beings alive today and counting, however it has been estimated that if everyone were to have a decent standard of living comparable to that enjoyed by those in Western Europe, given available resources the Earth would be able to sustain a population of no more than 3 to 4 billion.

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Vail Daily letter: Drunk bus hazards

May 8, 2015 — 

The Vail Transit is one of the best busing companies in the country that delivers free transportation — in-town Vail to East Vail and West Vail. The Vail Transit has around 50 buses to serve the busing services and the cleanest buses I have ever seen. They also run hybrid electric buses in town, which is a plus for fuel pollution but bad that people walking in town who can’t hear them, especially through Solaris Plaza, and someone is going to get hurt if the town board members don’t change the routes soon.

I must say, as a former seasonal town of Vail bus driver, this year I have seen a lot of close calls through in-town driving these hybrid buses.

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Vail Daily letter: The hostel next door

May 7, 2015 — 

Imagine being the owner of a well-maintained townhome in Eagle, in a complex where the front doors are 2 feet apart. Now picture yourself discovering that your next-door neighbor has set up an online profile to rent out a bedroom in their home, on a rotating nightly basis.

A popular website called Airbnb caters specifically to this sort of hostel-type rental, and there is essentially no screening of the individuals who use the site. There is only one party that benefits from a situation like this: The homeowner collecting the money.

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Vail Daily letter: Listen to your gut

May 7, 2015 — 

In my 30s, I would have told you what you needed to do to be a good parent. In my 40s, I would have compared my child to others to make sure she was smart enough, brave enough, kind enough, athletic enough, blah, blah, blah. In my 50s, I realized that I don’t have a clue about parenting and I have to let go of worrying, judging, watching and comparing. All the myths of parenting have proven untrue and I realize it takes guts, calm resolve and a heck of a lot of prayers.

So far, the only thing I know for sure is to stop listening to my head and listen to my gut. I found this to be particularly true when selecting a school for my daughter who was entering kindergarten last fall. Selecting the right school was important to us because we believed it would lay the groundwork for our daughter’s school experience. We’re not naive; kids have good and bad school years, but we hoped the first one would provide a positive experience. Unfortunately, you don’t really know if you made the right decision until your child attends the school.

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Vail Daily letter: Be a responsible pet owner

May 5, 2015 — 

We were involved in the Community Pride Highway Cleanup and worked on the Avon bike path along I-70. We were disappointed in the amount of dog poop left on the grassy side of the path. It was hard to pick up the trash and step around poop. There are two doggy stations available along the path for your convenience. Please be a responsible pet owner.

Dyann Linger

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Vail Daily letter: Cheer on our teams

May 5, 2015 — 

This week, three of the four Eagle County girls’ high school soccer teams have home playoff games. With a small population base and a pool of players locally that are split between four high schools here in the county, this is a pretty big accomplishment. No matter where you live in our valley, your age, your race, creed, if you are a fan, player, coach, alumnus, student, please come on out and support a game or two. You will see a good game and a great group of focused young athletes. CHSAA charges admission to all playoff games, $7 for adults and $5 for kids. We also have a very professional group of local soccer officials. No officials, no game; please treat them well at the game. Go Huskies, Devils and Rangers. 4A schools have an enrollment of up to 1,410 students

Battle Mountain High School Huskies, No. 5-ranked in state at 4A, plays No. 54-ranked Skyview Wednesday at 6 p.m. at BMHS. 4A WSL champs! 12-0 league, 13-2 overall.

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May 1, 2015 — 

Lyme Disease awareness

Have you ever been bit by a tick? Did you know that every tick is a cesspool of bacteria, parasites and viruses? While you might not show immediate signs of infection like a bullseye rash or flu like symptoms, you may have been infected with Lyme Disease or a bunch of other nasty illnesses.

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Vail Daily letter: Lyme Disease awareness

May 1, 2015 — 

Have you ever been bit by a tick? Did you know that every tick is a cesspool of bacteria, parasites and viruses? While you might not show immediate signs of infection like a bull’s-eye rash or flu like symptoms, you may have been infected with Lyme Disease or a bunch of other nasty illnesses.

Most people with Lyme Disease never even remember their tick bite. They never show symptoms, but years or even decades later are crippled with diseases. We now know that Lyme can be transmitted from mother to child in the womb, it may be sexually transmitted and the blood supply is horribly tainted. (I’ve donated gallons over the years not knowing I had Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella.)

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Vail Daily letter: Where to recycle bags?

May 1, 2015 — 

When the plastic bag ban goes into effect in the town of Vail ,where will we be able to recycle plastic bags? It is my understanding that once the ban goes into effect, City Market will no longer offer recycling of bags. I have long since given up the use of the bags personally. But when I do come across them, I’ve been recycling them at the supermarket. It is naive to think a ban here will prevent the bags from entering Vail. So what are we to do with the bags? Will the town of Vail offer a recycling bin for them or will they be tossed in the trash to enter our landfills (unacceptable)?

Leonard Bloom

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Vail Daily letter: Unnecessary signs

April 30, 2015 — 

I had no idea that residents of Eagle-Vail had such a bad sense of direction that they couldn’t remember which way to go to reach the freeway. Apparently we needed some new signs to help us out. Really? I find them quite ridiculous, unnecessary, a waste of money, and visual pollution. The day that I leave my neighborhood and can’t remember how to get to the freeway is the day that I will quit driving!

Ron Davidson

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

April 30, 2015 — 

The Gypsum Fire Department Auxiliary would like to thank the following businesses for their support during our Shred-A-Thon: Paper Wise for donating their truck, giving 100 percent of the proceeds to our fundraising efforts; The Town of Gypsum; Bella’s Market; H&R Block; and the Buffalo Grill. We value your support!

Also, thank you to Consuelo, Carol, and Sam for their hard work and dedication to making the Shred-A-Thon a success.

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Vail Daily letter: Standing tall

April 30, 2015 — 

It is refreshing to read that one of our own is standing up to his grievous actions. Grievous because a life was taken. Few would have the guts, and I mean guts in capital letters, to acknowledge their actions and be willing to shoulder the penalty thereof. My hat is off and I salute Hugo Castillo Marquez.

Let’s assume that Mr. Castillo Marquez receives a four-year prison sentence. Everyone my age can attest as to how four years will go very fast. Moreover, we can assume that Mr. Hugo Castillo Marquez will be incarcerated in a minimum-security facility. So what then? There may be several options.

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Vail Daily letter: Poised for growth

April 29, 2015 — 

Mud season is quickly approaching again and many businesses in the valley will use this slow time to rethink our strategies and plan for the future. While time is short to do house cleaning, many small businesses are feeling the excitement of the improving economy.

Many local businesses have had to fight to stay alive over the past few years; those who survived are relieved to find brighter days on the horizon. High Country Kombucha, a local community-supported probiotic beverage company, also is happy announce growing sales and stability in the new times.

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Vail Daily letter: Getting an early start

April 29, 2015 — 

The Week of the Young Child is April 27-May 1 and is a time to celebrate our youngest community members and their families while recognizing early childhood programs. It is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association.

In Eagle County, the Week of the Young Child reminds us how opportunities for children’s growth and development are a shared responsibility. More than ever before, research strongly shows us the importance of investing in early childhood for lifelong positive outcomes. We can all do our part by supporting efforts to ensure every child experiences an early learning environment — at home, at child care, at school, and in the community — that nourishes healthy development.

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

April 28, 2015 — 

Battle Mountain High School’s parents and students would like to thank ThinkFirst Chapter with the Vail Valley Medical Center, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Paramedic Services, the Vail Police Department and the Eagle River Youth Coalition for conducting the Drivers’ Safety Awareness Initiatives at BMHS last week before prom.

These activities helped promote the importance of safety, making good decisions and stopping distractions while driving.

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Vail Daily letter: Great care

April 21, 2015 — 

I recently had need to spend time in Vail hospital. Thanks to Dr. Guy K. and Dr. Norm Numerof and my beloved nurse Patsy at Doctors on Call for getting me there!

I want to thank everyone involved from the ambulance ride to ER to ICU cardiac.

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Vail Daily letter: Not a win

April 21, 2015 — 

In response to the article regarding the Forest Service OK-ing a motorized trail from Basalt to Gypsum: I feel this article paints this as a “win” for the motorized community, however, my understanding is that all of these trails have historically been open and ridden by motorized users until the 2011 Travel Management Plan was issued. The Forest Service is now legitimizing one of those trails (8.2 miles) and presenting this as a “favor” or “win” for the motorized community. Meanwhile, they are closing 27.4 miles of trails. This is a huge loss to an extremely under-served user group.

In addition, this project is being funded by grant money generated from the sale of annual OHV tags. They are using the motorized users money to close motorized trails.

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