Letters to the Editor
Government at all levels derives most of its income by taxing in various ways the endeavors of the productive members of society; and therefore it stands to reason that the healthier the economy, the more people who are working at good-paying jobs, the more money there will be to care for those truly in need, and provide all of the services that governments are now expected to offer the people they serve.
The badly flawed presidency of George W. Bush, particularly his getting the United States embroiled in unwinnable civil/religious wars in the Middle East, virtually assured a reversal in fortunes for the Republican Party in November of 2008; and consequently enough Democrats were swept into office in that year to gain control of the White House and both houses of Congress.Learn more »
On behalf of Vail Pet Partners, I would like to thank the Climb for Literacy for donating a portion of funds raised to our Wagging Tales Reading Program. This program operates in several local schools where young students are partnered with certified “reading dogs” who assist them in improving their reading skills. Conclusive data supports that reading to a dog can build a child’s confidence while reducing stress and thus improving reading fluency. It is an effective, low-tech approach that has found a niche in the classroom.
Local mountaineer Ellen Miller is the creator and founder of the Climb for Literacy which is held annually at the Vail Athletic Club. The event features young climbers dedicating their skills and passion to the advancement of literacy in their community. They are supervised by head coach,Larry Moore and assistant coaches,Courtney Moore, Adam Markert and Justin Miller.Learn more »
Recently, there has been a new rule considered that would allow people to talk on their cell phones in flight. Originally, the rule stated that people only had specific times that they could use their cell phones, and, for those specific times, they weren’t allowed to talk to people or use cellular data. This original rule was adopted because, in case of an emergency, people should not be distracted while in an airplane. The Federal Communications Commission is considering this new rule that allows people to talk on the airplane once above 10,000 feet. On Nov. 21, the FCC considered changing this rule because the rules are outdated.
There are many reasons why people think this is a good idea. People believe that they are able to state where they are and if they are going to be late, but I have many reasons why this is a bad idea. Recently, I was on a flight that was very loud and annoying. The woman next to me had a small child who kept crying, the man in front of me was having a very loud conversation with his friend, and the flight attendants did not have drinks. Imagine all of this and the addition of cell phone use. When people are allowed to speak on the phone during flight, there will always be that really annoying person who talks the entire flight. Chances are that on-flight wifi is not the best when you are trying to get through to another line. This will just cause frustration. If there is a red-eye flight, passengers will try to sleep. If someone is on the phone during this flight, chances are that the other passengers will not be able to sleep and people will be very tired and angry.Learn more »
Ski patrol heroes
It happened a couple of years back. The year we didn’t have any real snow. Then one day we got about 11 inches of fresh and the snow-starved valley people were out in force.Learn more »
For over 25 years we have enjoyed visiting the Vail Valley — this place is truly a gem of the Rockies. What began as an annual visit led to us buying property and coming out with the next generation — our children, ages 2 and 5. As a family, we chose to purchase a home in Beaver Creek because of the small-town community, luxurious dining and shopping, family activities, and quaint European look of the village.
Sadly, in learning of the plans by Vail Associates to build an alpine coaster in Beaver Creek village, we were appalled by these plans. As a businesswoman, I understand the need for Vail Associates to generate revenues, yet believe that there are so many other ways that this enterprise can accomplish their goals. To be frank, we feel that the alpine coaster plans are tacky and will change the face moving forward for Beaver Creek. Rather than being a unique and top-notch resort, the alpine coaster is a move to making Beaver Creek like a dirty amusement park. And most important, it will ruin the beautiful landscape of the village.Learn more »
It never ceases to amaze us how in time of need for one of our own, the valley always responds. All we can do is express our gratitude to the many people and entities that came to the Blue Plate to support Solstice Jensen last Thursday. Through your appetites and generosity, we were able to raise nearly $4,500 in just the three hours of lunch service. We are overwhelmed. This money will go to help Solstice and her family with devastatingly overwhelming medical expenses. We especially would like to thank our staff who donated their time and all of their tips that day as well as the Vail Daily, KZYR, Kate Collins at Write Brain West and Charter Sports for their support and their extraordinary generosity in helping us to get the word out about this incredible young lady and her cause. Lastly, we need to thank all those who asked about making additional donations. We would ask that you feel free to come by The Blue Plate at any time or simply call us at 845-2252 to make arrangements. It’s the people of the valley that make us all so blessed to live here.
Elli and Adam RoustomLearn more »
Vail is said to be “Like Nothing on Earth,” but is that really true if locals have to pay $25 to $30 to park there cars for a day? There are only two parking garages in Vail, and only if they fill up can you park on the frontage road. There should be a designated free parking for locals so that they aren’t paying ridiculous amounts to park at their home resort.
Due to the high cost of parking in Vail, many families travel to other resorts to ski. In Beaver Creek there are two to three big parking lots where there is a free shuttle that takes you to the mountain. Families can save $30 a day by taking their families to Beaver Creek rather than Vail. In Copper there are also two to three free lots with a bus that comes every five minutes that takes you to the base of the resort. If Vail wants to bring more local skiers to their mountain, they need a free parking solution.Learn more »
Vail Daily letter: For the love of moneyNovember 26, 2013 —
With all due respect to the colonel’s published opinions (protected by Amendment One) concerning his view of a “marijuana crisis” in Eagle County, it must be said that prior to the suburban “colonization” here (of which he is a part), there was no crisis.
It may be a “stretch” for some to realize the comparisons which may be drawn in understanding how “colonization” may kill individual and community life.
For “colonization” is a self-serving concept; it “subjugates” a distant population, not one’s own.
It speaks of an “alien” arrival in another’s “native” land with a view to assuming control of it for the express purpose of satisfying one’s own ends through imposition of a greater power against a lesser power.
One, then, is mindful of what French “colonization,” with later American agreement and support, caused in what came to be called the “Paris of the East” and the eventual destruction of that “native” culture which such “colonization” caused, and which brought eventual defeat and disgrace to the “colonizer.”
Prior to the arrival of “colonization” in Eagle County, of which the colonel is a suburban member, there were no “pot shops,” no hospitals with cosmetic surgery departments or abortion clinics, no quasi-churches in which Alcoholics Anonymous meetings outnumber religious services, no illegal immigrant laborers and domestics constructing and maintaining expensive suburban residences, no crime to speak of, no large-staffed police departments dedicated to upper-class interests, no town councils or county commissions comprised of suburban officials, no cancer centers for ill, or dying, persons who properly belonged in the Denver metropolitan area.
The foregoing list, of course, is incomplete in describing all of the problems that suburban “colonization” brought to Eagle County (and the American West) at the invitation of its real estate culture.
And so, it might be wise for those who did not, do not, and never will, belong in the mountain valleys of the American West, to perhaps remain silent as to how life should be pursued here.
For the blame of the undoing of its former peaceful, orderly, and joyful life must be laid at your own doorstep in improperly believing that the construction of your “mountain dream home” bettered community life by your arrival.
For you see, “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10), and nearly all of the evils present here today may be explained by this simple admonition.
And yet, the so-called Christian moral focus here today seems to be: Economic greed is fine, so long as one is opposed to “abortion” or some other (“But, the ‘right to life’ is foundational”) announcement.
Ski academy offers balanceNovember 26, 2013 —
The Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy is a rigorous sporting and education program which provides the students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to train in their desired discipline every morning and attend school in the evening. But why is the academy so much better than attending a school only devoted to education? Take Battle Mountain, for example. Many free-ride and alpine skiers attend Battle Mountain and can ski on their off days. So what is the competitive advantage for the academy? The truth is that everything about the academy gives the athletes attending it a competitive advantage over everyone at Battle Mountain and any public school at that. Waking up every day knowing that you can go skiing and coming home every night knowing that, on that day, you achieved even the slightest thing to push you over the edge is what gives the students at the academy the real advantage. Did I mention that every night the students at the academy work out, they get stronger and achieve the strength needed to pull the turns off in a tight G.S or land their corks off of a jump?
Attending Battle Mountain can be very beneficial to the education aspect of our lives but for the skiing aspect, not so much. In reality, the easiest way to become better at skiing is to put the time in and want to progressively improve your skiing. At Battle Mountain, this just isn’t possible. If you miss school to ski, you lose that time spent in school and fall behind, and if you miss skiing, the same is inevitable. In all honesty, there needs to be a balance in your skiing and education career. This balance is only possible at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.
Vail Daily letter: Condolences to Nicholls familyNovember 26, 2013 —
The Lich family wishes to offer our condolences to Scott Nicholls’ family. We are so saddened by the news of his passing.
Scott was a wonderful man, coach and community member. He made hockey so much fun for our Eagle County children. Many continued on playing ice hockey after having Scott coach them.
Scott, you will never be forgotten and we will miss you tremendously. Those days at Eagle Town Park “Hockey Rink” were so much fun with you.
Brett, Marty, Emily and Woody Lich
Vail Daily letter: Moving onNovember 24, 2013 —
Hello friends and supportive customers,
Ron and I are taking a leap into our next life chapter! As of Nov. 15 our Roxy boutiques in Vail, Beaver Creek, Cherry Creek and Larimer Square have new owners, Julia and Dave Stavnitski. We have thoroughly enjoyed our years in retail, getting to know and helping to dress many of you, your children and grandchildren! We’ve been through a variety of fashion trends together, numerous community events and personal celebrations with locals and friends from near and far. Many of our sales staff have been like family to us and to some of you, too. We cherish these relationships.
We thank you for your support through the years and hope you will extend the same to Julia and Dave! Please stop by so we can introduce you to them at Roxy’s sixth annual “Give the Gift That Gives Twice” holiday event at the Cherry Creek Denver location on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and in Vail at the Lodge Promenade, on Dec. 14 from noon-7 p.m.
We trust the Roxy “look” will be in good hands. We will be around helping out through the ski season, as well as remaining in the community indefinitely.
We are grateful for your kindness, generosity and 22 years of loyalty.
November 24, 2013 —
Let’s do something
Oh, Colorado, keep on fracking and drilling. Think what it’s doing for the economy! Support the XL pipeline and the huge proposed coal terminal on the West Coast designed to send coal overseas. Trouble is, all this fossil fuel is contributing to the slow death of our planet. (I always wonder why the nay-sayers think they know so much more than Earth’s atmospheric scientists.)
If we put even half the effort and subsidies given to the fossil fuel industries into alternative fuels, and encouraged China and India to do the same, we might have a chance to slow climate change. Yeb Sano, the Philippines’ delegate to the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, this week challenged the members to “get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair,” and go see the parts of the world so badly affected by climate change. He added, “You may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.”
I have no way to influence our policy makers. Perhaps, someone reading this does. It would be a comfort to think so.
Vail Daily letter: What about stoned drivers?November 24, 2013 —
Thanks Commissioner Chandler-Henry and Commissioner Ryan. The black market will have a heyday. I understand an ounce of marijuana is $170. Twenty-five percent of that is $42.50. Who is going to pay $42.50 an ounce more if they can “find a guy”?
I wonder how many of the voters in favor of the legalization of marijuana voted for it because they wanted to rid the county of the black market.
On Oct. 29, my letter was printed in the Vail Daily. I read the first paragraph at the Oct. 25 commissioner meeting, which was filmed. It goes,”Kudos to locals who have been using marijuana responsibly, both for recreational and medical reasons. I have been told that I would be quite surprised to find out how many locals use for recreation. Thank you for being so responsible that many residents do not know of the extended use.”
Kudos to Commissioner Sara Fisher. Her suggestion to have recreational marijuana sold only in the two towns which voted for it on Nov. 5 is brilliant. Stay tuned for more brilliance from her. She actually cares about the number of pot shops in Edwards, where there are 11 schools. She actually doesn’t believe a social club with stoned car drivers exiting is a good idea. Consider the drivers from Colorado Mountain Express, which has headquarters in Edwards. There are 90 vans, 42 SUVs, 150 drivers with CME. 4,500 students attend Colorado Mountain College throughout the year. It is my understanding that most of the traffic is caused by Battle Mountain’s 796 students. I don’t want to be right when I express fear about fatalities in Edwards. Put recreational marijuana there plus a social club — are you out of your minds?
This sincere concern for the young in Edwards is a concern many have.
Vail Daily letter: Handled it wrongNovember 24, 2013 —
To the editor and Greg Ziccardi,
You should be ashamed and arrested for walking out on your bill in a restaurant. And the Vail Daily should show some restraint in what they publish! Let us cast a light on the other people in this story, “Lousy service in a service town,” published Nov. 6 in the Vail Daily. The owner of this restaurant lost money on the sale not paid for and he has to restock the items, and if other customers are in the same situation he pays three times (lost future sales). The hostess and bartender most likely lost a percentage of the tip lost when Mr. Ziccardi skipped out on the tab. What did they do to deserve to get stiffed?
You also have done a disservice to future patrons of this establishment by not bringing this matter to the attention of the management or the owner. By not making aware of the bad service of both the kitchen staff cooking your meal and the waitstaff that you dealt with, how is the situation to be corrected?
In places that I have dealt with, the situation would have been corrected immediately and your meal and drinks comped. And most likely, a future meal comped to show that the situation has been corrected.
You showed little backbone by not dealing with the problem in an adult manner in person immediately. If this happened in Vail I hope they come after you!
As for the Vail Daily, I hope that you would think twice about publishing future articles from a confessed thief. And you should hold your paper/employees to a higher standard than Mr Ziccardi showed in his article.
Let me make myself clear, I do not condone the actions of the waitress, the slow service time in receiving the meal from the kitchen, the skipping out on the check, Nor the Gall to publish the story in the paper! The Vail police should at least arrest Mr. Ziccardi for confessed theft of service to set an example. I quote from the article: “And now I am prepared to suffer the consequences and do ‘time’ at the Eagle County facility for ‘walkin’ on my bill.’” I call your bluff! Go do your time.
Vail Daily letter: A common goalNovember 23, 2013 —
For the most part our community exists because of the ski resort, and the ski resort exists because of the community. When I think community, I think of all the unique and amazing people who live, work and ski here. Most of them are here because of the ski resort and the ski resort is successful because of them. Our successes and failures are intimately tied together. That is why it bothers me that the ski corporation would distance itself from the concerns of the community. In this instance the concerns being that of the safety of everyone enjoying the mountain.
When a child (or anyone for that matter) dies in an avalanche on the “front” side of the mountain, I would want to know that the corporation is searching for ways to improve their operations, decreasing the likelihood that this would happen again. I would think this would include adequate avalanche mitigation even in so-called “closed” terrain, especially when that terrain is readily accessible and known to be prone to poachers. Vail Resort should not accuse a guest of intentionally making poor choices in skiing into inadequately marked terrain. When an access gate is left open and that gate has no signage indicating avalanche danger, how is one to determine that it is not advisable to access that run. I believe that it should be made clear that there is no decision or choices to be made; a closed gate and signage indicating no choice, an open gate inviting one in.
I understand that there are risks associated with skiing. Although we cannot expect Vail Resorts to control all conditions, skiing within the boundaries of a ski resort is not the same as skiing in the backcountry. When you ski in the backcountry, you need to be aware, prepared and equipped to deal with avalanches. A majority of people who ski within resorts do not have that kind of knowledge, training or equipment. They should not have to make a decision as to whether terrain “in bounds” is at risk for an avalanche or not.
I found the article in the Nov. 15 Vail Daily distasteful. It is inexcusable, insensitive and resorting to journalistic sensationalism to print a photo from Taft’s GoPro moments before his death. Vail Resorts also uses the paper as a medium to promote inaccurate statements that slander Taft Conlin and his parents. And why the need to cover up inadequate avalanche mitigation on the run where Taft was killed?
I believe that if only Vail Resorts had acted in a manner that respected the community to which it is so closely connected, we might never have gotten to this point. How much more positive to be in a mutually beneficial relationship, where the common goal would be to continually search for and improve the safety and overall experience for the guests, the community and the corporation.
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November 22, 2013 —
All Dems’ fault
In response to the heavy fire the Obama administration is getting for the problematic launch of ObamaCare, the Democrats are trying to blame the Republicans for not offering their own plan and for trying to sabotage ObamaCare. What the Dems have conveniently forgotten is that, when they were writing the almost 11,000 pages of the monster bill, not one Republican was invited to participate. Add to that that ObamaCare is the only act that has ever been passed by Congress with not one opposition “yea” vote and you have the complete and utter ownership of ObamaCare by the Dems. There is no blaming anyone else.
November 22, 2013 —
Thanks to partners
One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, but thanks to the generosity of our community, we’ll more likely catch it early when breast cancer is the most treatable.
Throughout the month of October, 27 different businesses came together to educate, celebrate and raise funds for the Sonnenalp Breast Center in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through this community effort, we were able to educate women to get an annual mammogram beginning at 40 and raise funds to help women get diagnostic tests not normally covered by insurance.
A special thank you to our top fundraising salon/spa, Aria Spa at the Vail Cascade, for raising over $2,300 and our top fundraising business, the Dusty Boot Eagle and the matching funds from Dionysus Hospitality Group for raising over $2,200 at their Pinktober Fest.
Thank you to the following Pretty In Pink participating businesses: A Beautiful You, Azera Salon, Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt, Aria Spa at the Vail Cascade, Bliss Studio, C & C Spa, DJ’s Hair Shoppe, Dragonfly Lounge, Eagle Ice Rink, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Elements A Day Spa, eTown, Fusion Hair Studio, Golden Leaf Spa at The Vail Marriott, High Altitude Spa, Kuttin Korner, Minturn Anglers, Ooh La La Hair Salon, Peridot Hair Design, Posh Salon & Boutique, Sonnenalp Resort Spa, Spa Anjali at The Westin, The Dusty Boot Eagle, The Hair Shoppe, Vail Nails and Salon, W Salon and Z Scene Zumba.
It is the generosity of this community that has helped Shaw Regional Cancer Center become the best cancer center of any mountain community in the world. I am humbled by the community support that has allowed us to be one of the few communities in Colorado outside of Denver to have 3-D mammography and the SonoCine breast ultrasound technology. Community support also gave us Jack’s Place — a cancer caring lodge for our patients, a brand new cutting-edge Linear Accelerating for delivering radiation therapy, an amazing survivorship program funded by Pink Vail and much more.
October truly was a great celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Eagle County. Thank you to everyone involved in Pretty In Pink!
Shaw Regional Cancer Center
November 21, 2013 —
Not about diversity
Vail Resorts is planning to build an alpine slide, ropes course and zipline that they are touting as an amenity to attract a diverse group of families and children to Beaver Creek. That is a great PR line, but hardly one that is attainable given they charge $127 per day for a lift ticket.
For their new adventure park attraction at Lionshead, each person has to pay $27 to ride the gondola to just get to the rides. Then they pay more to ride them. I hardly see how this is going to attract a socioeconomic diverse crowd to a resort that requires you to stop at a security gate to enter. I envision a carload of diverse children pulling up to the gate, only to be drilled by the security guard about where they are going.
Vail Resorts is putting in this attraction to leverage their earnings for shareholders. Plain and simple. Using the diversity card as the selling point is really disingenuous and rather insulting.
Vail Daily letter: It’s your choiceNovember 21, 2013 —
In his “Republic,” Plato justified the conduct of fabrication, misrepresentation or lying by the philosopher kings in order to promote a social/political agenda for the so-called “common good” of society (in his day, the Athenian one). This perverted conduct was sanctioned and promoted by the aristocratic elite (the Academy) in order to maintain and preserve a statis and entrenched government of the privileged few. The art of spin, parsing or prevarication was referred to as the “noble lie,” since it sub-served the purposes of a nobility or imperial class purporting to represent the people (another noble lie). The effect of this noble lie was to delude and deceive the common masses into a state of euphoria and dependency upon the governmental elite to supposedly promote their health, safety and welfare. This system of control worked so long as the people remained subservient, ignorant, slavish and complacent. Its downfall was due to the enlightenment of a minority of the people who were not members of the privileged classes or favored by the philosopher king.
Fast forward to the days of our founding fathers when Jefferson himself endeavored to read Plato’s writings on this subject, but was repulsed by its false premises, its dishonesty and endemic immorality. He rejected this premise off-hand, and for the first time in history formulated the grand experiment we call a “constitutional democracy,” or, ironically, a “republic.” Within the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1789) it was envisioned and proscribed that there would be no nobility, no imperial class, no “academy” of controlling intellectuals, and certainly no “philosopher king.” For the first occasion, since time out of mind, the people were guaranteed their natural rights and freedom from the tyranny of a philosopher king, also known as president. It was further manifested that the laws were to be enacted by representatives of the people, not by an academy, also known as “Congress” of tenured and career senators and representatives. Service on behalf of the people was the touchstone of this enabling charter — not for the establishment of an imperial congress imbued with self-interests and exempt from the laws it writes — law (statutory and common) applied to all, and each individual was subject to the equal application and protection thereunder. All of this sounds inspirational to a free man — only were it to “have legs,” and apply to our times.
In our day, do we see more parallels with Plato’s “Republic” or that of the Constitutional “republic” of Jefferson et al? Perhaps the answer and our enlightenment could be found in the following events and representations from our purported “representatives”:One, if, you the people, will accept the Affordable Care Act as we have enacted on your behalf, then “you can keep your existing policies of coverage.” Two, under the ACA, your premiums would be less if you opted for our federal brand of coverage (say $2,500). Three, you will be able to keep your own doctor under our universal coverage. I submit that these were “noble lies” that were promulgated by our modern day “philosopher king,” our imperial Academy (both forums of Congress), and by the ignorant or indifferent members of the Democratic Party, en masse — remember, not one Republican voted for its enactment, so the Democrats own the ACA. Other than Ms. Pelosi who didn’t read it, those Democratic senators and representatives who touted and subscribed to the enactment of the ACA well knew that these representations were false, were meant to deceive a gullible populous, and were designed to garner more tyrannical control over a free people, all in contravention of the strictures of the Constitution. This ACA had little to do with the health and welfare of the American people. It was designed to impose more tax burdens on them and diminish their privacy and independence.
To now watch and listen to our modern day philosopher king in his endeavors to explain away the lies and obfuscations about the ACA in order to gain the trust of a once gullible and naive public is to revisit and re-read a platonic history lesson. The people are now informed of the “noble lies” and should be chary to believe again in what the king and his noble minions might say hereafter about the “fixes” they intend to promote. The academy of Democrats and their philosopher king can no longer be trusted, their word is now discounted to mere pre-election diatribe, and the ACA has been exposed for what it is — a calculated fraud upon the American people. To remedy this malady, please fast forward to the mid-term elections of 2014 when the electoral process may have its way pursuant to the mandates of the Constitution. Or as an alternative, a new “Declaration of Independence” by the people will appear through the medium of revolution as their God-given right, facilitated pursuant to the patent authority under the 2nd, 10th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Your choice and your vote — either an imperial federal government or a restatement of a Constitutional government by the governed!
Vail Daily letter: Unnecessary and heartlessNovember 20, 2013 —
Wow! While Randy Wyrick’s Nov. 14 article regarding the avalanche that took Taft Conlin’s life was more of the he said/she said, that photo was not necessary to publish. Shame on you! There are many kids and adults in this community that have worked hard to move forward in a life without Taft. Seeing the image from his GoPro was unnecessary and frankly heartless! Has it come to sensational reporting as a lack of anything better to do? Does your paper not know how profoundly this accident has affected our community? I would love to meet the people who decided this photo was appropriate and necessary. Better yet, I’d rather not!
Vail Daily letter: Bees are importantNovember 20, 2013 —
Your article on Anne and Mike Luark (“Eagle County couple are in the bee business,” Nov. 14) caught my attention in a very big way. They are providing an important service. For more information, read the Time article “A World Without Bees.” This is the link: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2149141,00.html
Vail Daily letter: Walk on left sideNovember 20, 2013 —
I see lots of people walking on the right-hand side of roads without sidewalks, especially in Singletree in Edwards. Some are pushing baby strollers. It’s always been my understanding that, for safety, walkers or runners should stay on the left — facing oncoming traffic. That way you can see how close a car is or whether the driver is veering toward you. Also, now that it’s dark earlier, some neon or light-colored clothing is a help to drivers.
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Vail Daily letter: Shaw Outreach Team gives thanksNovember 20, 2013 —
The Shaw Outreach Team (SOT) is a 501c3 volunteer organization that was established shortly after Shaw Regional Cancer Center opened in 2001. As ambassadors of the Shaw, we support the care and comfort of cancer patients and their families. Through the efforts of this team and the local community, $4.7 million was raised to construct, furnish and endow Jack’s Place, a Cancer Caring House in Edwards, and another $2.4 million for the PET/CT Scanner. We are very proud of our history and want to update our sponsors, donors, volunteers and event participants on our success in 2013.
2013 was another busy year. In January, we held a reception thanking those who participated in our feasibility study for a capital campaign for Shaw’s new Linear Accelerator, which began operating in August, on-time and under budget. While our board decided that the timing for a large capital campaign was not propitious, we enthusiastically supported this new technology with a $100,000 lead gift in memory of our former board members, Dale Aden and David Brock, both of whom we lost in 2012.
In June, Pad the Bra celebrated its 10th anniversary. This amazing event again brought the Cordillera Community together and contributed $64,000 toward the new cutting-edge 3D mammography at the Sonnenalp Breast Center. We were pleased to honor the founders, Margie Kyte and Sue Talucci, for their efforts and generosity by dedicating an aspen leaf plaque in the honor walk at Shaw.
In September, our signature event, Hike, Wine & Dine, provided vital financial support for Jack’s Place and Shaw, while raising awareness of Shaw¹s growing survivorship programs. With the help of the Beaver Creek Resort Co., seven of Beaver Creek¹s finest restaurants, our generous sponsors and over 400 participants, this ever-more-popular celebration of fall and survivorship raised $70,000 for needed updates at Jack’s Place! Our thanks to Sue Franciose for her leadership in this event, achieving its best results in 2013.
September also saw the fourth annual “Wheels & Wings” show by Vail Automotive Classic. The growing popularity and broadened geographic appeal of this air and auto show contributed to its success, raising $10,000 for Jack¹s Place.
This year marked the sixth anniversary of Jack’s Place. Since opening in 2007, Jack’s Place has provided over 6,400 guest nights. This year alone, we hosted guests from our community, seven other states and 14 other counties within Colorado. You can learn more about Jack’s Place by visiting www.shawcancercenter.com/jacksplace.
As always, we thank our community for continued interest and generous support! We remain dedicated to assuring the continued excellence of Jack¹s Place and the Shaw! To learn more about the SOT, visit www.shawcancercenter.com/SOT.
Chair, Shaw Outreach Team
Patricia Hardenbergh, MD
Director of radiation oncology, honorary Shaw Outreach Team member
Jack Eck, MD
Shaw Outreach Team board, senior director of development
Vail Daily column: Issues for new Vail councilNovember 18, 2013 —
My letter in the Nov. 2 Vail Daily highlighted certain topics were missing during the October candidates forum. Let me further peel the onion of these topics for the new council now that it has three new faces.
• Working with Vail Resorts: Discussion of town of Vail expanding on the Vail brand was discussed, but without even bringing Vail Resorts and Vail Mountain into the picture — which certainly accounts for half of the brand recognition! The town of Vail and Vail Resorts are really joined at the hip, but they seem to avoid eye contact some of the time! Hence, does the whole process of working together need to be reviewed to maximize synergism?
• Health and wellness: The council previously declared this is the future of Vail in terms of maintaining and expanding our economic base, especially with global warming likely bringing more folks to the mountains. This being the case, how could this topic be left out of any discussion of key issues? The notion of branding Vail as an iconic health and wellness destination characterizes Vail as the place to be for services, products and opportunities focused on the body, mind and soul. These include: Hospital and surgery, recovery and fitness, diet and lifestyle, recreation and entertainment, education and “recharge,” etc. In short, putting flesh on “health and wellness” will require being proactive with adequate funding and some “gear box” mechanism to provide some level of coordination or theme among all the players, including but not limited to: Town of Vail, Vail Recreation District, Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail/Summit Orthopedics, Steadman Clinic, Colorado Mountain Medical, Vail Symposium, Bravo and dance, Vail Athletic Club and Aria, physical therapy operations, restaurants and food stores and retail.
• Listening to the electorate: The candidate forum fleshed out two specific suggestions: One, a shortened version of our Vail Tomorrow effort some years ago and, two, changing the council meeting format where once the staff recommends something, it seems to be a done deal in terms of anyone really interested in what public comments might come up. One suggestion floating around for some time is to create an “expert brain bank” that could selectively be called together in a working group to provide recommendations in areas that the council and staff are lacking expertise or available time.
• The common thread: The notion of “process” is woven through all these topics. My humble view is the rigid, “collared” format of council meetings sometimes is a detriment of having real focus on big issues and outside-the-box thinking. Further constrains come from certain rules regarding council members not allowed to meet outside of the meeting venue. My specific suggestion is more council retreats, properly facilitated by practitioners who are trained in proven methodologies and bringing in more staff and community members (where all participants leave their titles at the door — all voices are equal).
Vail Daily letter: Against marijuanaNovember 14, 2013 —
We all love Eagle Valley. We have learned a lot from Buddy Sims’ research since the Oct. 2 meeting in the commissioners’ room. There, it was proposed by four volunteer land commissioners that we should supply 300,000 guests with marijuana. The four even proposed that there should be more pot shops and social clubs in Edwards, where there are 11 schools.
We have learned that using marijuana under the age of 25 damages the developing brain. We believe responsible users in the valley don’t want this place inundated with probable irresponsible users.
Sara Fisher, at the Oct. 29 commissioners’ meeting, suggested that recreational marijuana only be sold in Eagle and Red Cliff. Please let the commissioners know this is an excellent idea by writing them at Box 850 in Eagle, 81631, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The above will be broadcast on KZYR.
It would be foolish for anyone at this high altitude to think he could compete with marijuana growers around Denver. Twenty-five plants require 40,000 gallons of water. The Eagle River needs water for fishing, rafting and three more developments.
Also, note that if Sara Fisher’s proposal is wisely accepted, there will be less pressure on law enforcement.
Vail Daily letter: Can’t rely on courtsNovember 14, 2013 —
In Friday’s Business article by Chris Romer he inferred to name calling in the most recent Town Council elections. I certainly never noticed this and hope it was not true. In fact, both winners and losers made rather professional acceptance and condolence letters in the Vail Daily in my opinion.
But I find very bewildering however Mr. Romer’s assertion that we can expect the courts to do quite well in making decisions for the town! My gosh, relinquishing good governance and abandoning problem solving only to allow legislation to amble through the various levels of the judicial branch on technicalities and appeals may be lucrative for lawyers but financially draining for the taxpayers. Certainly not the governance we anticipate.
Judges are ruling only on limited legal aspects, not what is in the best interests of those footing the bill. Business interests have testified that they are certainly capable of providing an enhanced customer experience without competing with the town of Vail in this regard.
Vail Daily letter: No need to fearNovember 14, 2013 —
As a local resident of Vail, I have been bombarded with comments and concerns about the recreational use of cannabis. I am a frequent medicinal user and am in favor of Amendment 64. I understand your fear that if cannabis is legalized that your community will be brought down with the rest of the system. I want to voice for my generation (Gen Y) that we do not intend any ill harm by our habits. I will strive continuously to enhance the lives and environment of the valley (using cannabis or any other vice wouldn’t change that). Things may get a little strange at first as we work together to get everything ready for a new vacation guest, but we have hopes that tax profits and exclusivity will help the valley grow. As a front desk agent, I would like to see more guests using cannabis than the guest drinking alcohol and causing problems. If you work after 11 p.m., you know exactly what I’m talking about.
There is no need to fear about the upcoming year. I know that locals (and medicinal users) working with guests will be able to create a safe but “free” space so that everyone has a great time in Colorado. I believe that most of your fears will be put to ease once you see how willing users are to keep Colorado beautiful and serene. I agree the smell may be obnoxious, but so is cleaning up barf from an overly-drunk guest. See my point?
Vail Daily letter: Comment on Land TrustNovember 13, 2013 —
The Eagle Valley Land Trust wants to ensure our work is the strongest and most ethical conservation possible. To further this goal, we were one of the very first land trusts to seek accreditation from our national association, the Land Trust Association, and in 2008 we were awarded accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. This process is very rigorous and demands extensive staff and board time to complete. Accreditation offers important benefits, such as expedited state certification of conservation tax benefits, and ensures that our conservation efforts truly are forever. It is for these reasons we gladly took on this burden in 2008.
Accreditation terms last five years, so we are pleased to announce Eagle Valley Land Trust is applying for renewal of our national accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. We are contacting you as a community leader so that you may take this opportunity to submit any comments relevant to our conservation work.
The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Eagle Valley Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards, see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org or email your comment to email@example.com. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; 518-587-3183 (fax).
Comments on our application will be most useful if received before Jan. 3.
Yours in conservation,
Eagle Valley Land Trust
Vail Daily letter: Thanks for articleNovember 13, 2013 —
Randy (Wyrick), a sincere “thank you” to you for the powerful and meaningful article that you wrote covering a big day in our series of five days of Veterans Day programs for Eagle County. Our community is indeed fortunate to have so many school personnel, parents, PTO members, VFW volunteers, Freedom Park Memorial volunteers, WECMRD staff, families and veterans who put time and energy into these special programs.
We all firmly believe in the power and importance of education and that the future of our great country lies in the hands and minds of our young people. We continue to be appreciative of your community dedication and your strong writing,
Eagle County veteran service officer, Freedom Park Memorial Committee and VFW
Vail Daily letter: The elephant in health careNovember 13, 2013 —
The “elephant in the room” with us that is causing the current crisis in health care insurance is the cost of hospitalization and related items. The Time magazine article “Bitter pill: Why medical bills are killing us” explains this in full detail. I am sure you know this article. The objectives, promises and the goals of The Affordable Care Act cannot be achieved until this issue is fully resolved. Why is this not on every “talk” show and highlighted in the media every day? I will not give my opinion on this question.
I will also not detail the yearly increase in health insurance costs that we, as private individuals, have endured since 2008. Now it becomes unbearable. Cover Colorado is dropping everyone. The “bronze” affordable health care plan in Eagle County will cost an “individual female” of 58 about $1200 per month with about a $5,000 deductible, and there are no doctors available in Eagle County. As we can find, in Denver, the cost of this bronze plan would be about $400 per month. There are at least five other Colorado counties affected in a similar manner. For reference, currently, one of us pays about $500 per month with a $6,000 deductible under Cover Colorado.
What is the basis of this massive inequality for the “Affordable Care Act” health insurance policy across Colorado counties? How many other states/counties are facing this issue? Where is the “risk sharing” promised by the Affordable Care Act? Overall, where is the cost reduction promised? I know that people who can afford more will necessarily have to pay more. However, how can the price of a policy be three times higher in Eagle County compared to Denver? I believe it is very safe to say that most of us who actually reside in Eagle County are not three times richer than those in other counties.
How and where can we start to talk and then quickly understand enough to make the changes needed? Where do individuals find a voice? Again, why do we not hear about this on a daily basis in the media?