Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Like a parody skit

February 9, 2016 — 

The older I get the more life seems to be a Saturday Night Live parody skit. In Sunday’s Vail Daily, the Rev. Jack Van Ens wrote a column that mightily contributed to that illusion. Had he just written, “Personally, I don’t like Donald Trump,” he could have saved the reader slogging through another 800 words of ad hominem personal attacks. I’ll read his commentary another few times. Perhaps some commentary on policies or ideology may miraculously appear somehow. It seems beyond irony that one could write at such length while displaying the same type of behavior he’s condemning in Mr. Trump. As the classic saying goes, “You can’t make this stuff up”.

The one time when the good reverend does flirt with an issue, immigration, he draws some curious speculation about his own “casual racism” with his remarks that immigrants “perform grunt work beneath the dignity of most.” Conversely, Dr. Martin Luther King opined, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

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Vail Daily letter: My choices for Eagle-Vail

February 8, 2016 — 

As Eagle-Vail Property Owners cast their ballots for Property Owners’ Association Board, it is important to consider three candidates who will collectively strive to uphold and protect property values while considering all important fiscal efficiencies.

John “Jake” Jacobson, my longtime neighbor, is retired from a well known local company. Jake knows the issues, can get to the bottom of them, and has the very best interests of the Eagle-Vail owner at heart. He is also concerned with controlling costs while maintaining the value and integrity of our community. Jake can work well on a team and respects all points of view and differing opinions.

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Vail Daily letter: 'On your left'

February 8, 2016 — 

This is in response to the letters going back and forth between the snowboarders and the skiers.

More than many years ago, my children and I were walking on a sidewalk down in Santa Fe. Someone was coming upon us on a bike and we heard him shout to us, “On your left.” We laughed because it was such a “skier” thing and we were from Eagle County.

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February 8, 2016 — 

Not skiers vs. snowboarders

In response to the letter written by M. Kell published on Feb. 1 titled “Dangerous snowboarders” and others like it — you’ve got to be outside of your mind if the issues that you’re detailing are limited exclusively to snowboarders. Going out of your way to identify snowboarders as the lone perpetrators of accidents on the mountain or as a “great menace” almost immediately disqualifies the rest of your point because you’re addressing the issue with a tone and verbiage that skiers cannot be capable of skiing out of control, of colliding with another skier/boarder, of talking at an audible level about marijuana, etc., and your bias against snowboarders becomes embarrassingly obvious. Stop acting like skiing is just “a bunch of the good ol’ boys enjoying themselves on the slopes” and snowboarding is akin to a bunch of druggie-thugs mobbing down the mountain completely out of control with no awareness of their surroundings.

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Vail Daily letter: Liberal bias

February 8, 2016 — 

“Our World” (Wednesday’s Vail Daily) had a picture of Hillary and a story about her win in Iowa, then at the end of the article a mention of Ted Cruz’s win. I think you need to be fair and balanced. A picture of Ted would have made the article more informative and would not reveal your bias. So tired of this from the press. Guess I am just asking to much for Vail Daily to be a reliable source for world news.

Leigh Sudbrink

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Vail Daily letter: Save the Bustang

February 7, 2016 — 

I have heard that there are factions in the Legislature who want to cut out the Bustang. Speaking as a senior citizen who no longer drives, I see this as one more case of some wanting to push those of us who are less able or less affluent out of the way. We of older ages need to keep our independence as long as possible, and being able to get to Denver on our own is a real plus — museums, ballgames, doctor appointments, the Botanical Gardens, and so much more. I have been able to visit my son in Boulder by making an easy transfer. The Bustang was filled up most of the way to Denver and back. How’s that for keeping cars off the road? This great mode of transportation, with helpful, friendly drivers, even has a restroom! Why in the world would any legislator want to take this away from us?

Kay Delanoy

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Vail Daily letter: My take on Eagle-Vail elections

February 7, 2016 — 

Let me start by saying that I am an unabashed fan of Eagle-Vail. It is the only neighborhood my wife and I have lived in since moving here in 1998. Our kids have grown up here. From 2006-2012 my company had its office in the Eagle-Vail commercial district and I am pleased that after three-plus years away we are moving the office back to the Eagle-Vail commercial district in the next few weeks.

I have been engaged in a variety of governance matters in our community since 2008 and so have seen a good deal of change over that seven-plus-year time span.

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Vail Daily letter: New blood for Eagle-Vail

February 5, 2016 — 

Property owners in Eagle-Vail have suffered a dues increase from $100 a few years ago to $335 now. These dues are not used for common area maintenance because the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District owns the pool and golf course and Eagle County maintains the roads. I recently learned that the Eagle-Vail Property Owners’ Association board was diverting tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Metro District to balance the budget of that unrelated entity. I don’t know why dues, which are not tax deductible, are being used to maintain a separate government entity’s assets. This appears to be a clear end run around TABOR that limits tax increases without voter approval. It is also unfair because the financial burden on the smaller home owners is greater. This needs to be stopped, but the current board members have refused to re-evaluate this practice. Therefore it is my hope that Eagle-Vail property owners will elect new board members that will work to put a stop to this practice. I encourage property owners to vote for new blood. Vote for Steve Daniels, Jake Jacobson and Judd Watts.

Tom Chastain

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Vail Daily letter: Unfair generalization

February 4, 2016 — 

I recently read the commentary “Dangerous snowboarders” in the Vail Daily. First, I know the commentary wasn’t Vail Daily’s view. The commentary was put in by an upset citizen and approved by Vail Daily. I was pretty upset by this commentary as a snowboarder, but I am hoping my perspective will be given as much attention as this guy’s was. I am writing my own commentary to respond to rude allegations and the generalization of a whole community of snowboarders.

I am a snowboarder and have a lot of friends that are skiers. We get along just fine. I will not generalize the whole skiing community like this guy did to the snowboarding community in his commentary, because I know there are still a lot of awesome and friendly skiers out there. I am just speaking for the whole snowboarding community when I say this whole skiing/snowboarding rivalry is a two-way street. I have been run over a handful of times by skiers and cut off by even more than I can count.

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Vail Daily letter: Fresh leadership needed

February 4, 2016 — 

We have been property owners in Eagle-Vail for 32 years and, like so many of our good neighbors, love the location and the open space. We are continually frustrated that, on a fairly regular basis, the majority of the property owners have to stand together to stop the “special interest minority” from imposing another of their costly pet projects on the neighborhood.

Most Eagle-Vail homeowners are busy with their families, with work, with outdoor recreation and just enjoying life. They don’t have time to keep a constant watch on the local “governors.” But now they have a chance to protect themselves and their community — three POA board members will be elected by mail-in ballot (due back to Eagle-Vail by Feb. 12). There are five candidates, two “incumbents” (previously appointed by their “insider” buddies, not elected) and three responsible homeowners who are smart, financially experienced and can be trusted to work for the good of the entire community, not special interests or expensive “pet projects.”

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Vail Daily letter: Stop dissing snowboarders

February 4, 2016 — 

I am a 61-year-old skier and snowboarder, and in my 46 years on the slopes I have been run into only once, by a skier. You propose designating separate areas for snowboarders (Letters to the Editor, Monday’s Vail Daily). I find it hard to believe that if your best friend was a snowboarder, you would prefer never being on the same run!

It seems to me that the real problem is two-fold and applies to both skiers and snowboarders: One, being out of control and, two, lacking courtesy if there is a collision. The solution may simply be education and Vail Resorts has plenty of signs and controls already in place. Everyone can learn to give others space, to choose appropriate runs for their skill level, and to learn to stop on a dime. And everyone should realize that they are responsible to avoid collisions and to make restitutions if a collision does occur, starting with the simple act of making sure that the other person is OK.

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Vail Daily letter: More enforcement needed

February 4, 2016 — 

In response to the letter regarding collisions on the hill, I personally was hit by a snowboarder at Breckenridge and had to have shoulder surgery with a two-season recovery time. A friend, an ex-patroller, was hit from behind at Vail and is still recovering. In reading the Summit Daily, a woman was hit at Keystone and suffered seven broken ribs and a punctured lung. In these three incidences the offending skiers/boarders left the scene and were not able to be stopped. Just three days ago at Beaver Creek, I stopped behind a yellow “slow” sign with an ambassador present and a skier came down obviously going too fast. The ambassador did nothing. Do they have no power, or do they just stand there with their uniforms on?

What can we really do to stop this?

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February 4, 2016 — 

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Vail Daily letter: Ignoring the bigger picture

February 4, 2016 — 

This is in response to the tiresome argument penned by M. Kell in a recent Vail Daily letter stating that snowboarders are a “clear and present danger.” I’m sorry that the author of the letter was hit and injured, but they are not going to get too far in amassing support to “address this danger” by placing blame on only one demographic.

For the record, I am a skier, and quite honestly the times I’ve felt most in danger have been from other skiers who are not in control and going way too fast. Also, I know for a fact that the yellow jackets M. Kell wishes would be more present have a tendency to target snowboarders far more than skiers, everything else being equal.

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Vail Daily letter: Miscio for Eagle-Vail board

February 3, 2016 — 

Mark Miscio is running for the Homeowners Association Board in Eagle-Vail. Although I lived in Eagle-Vail from 1978 to 2012, I no longer do and cannot vote there.

However, I want to let you know that Mark has been incredibly generous to Vail Valley Salvation Army since we moved onto Traer Creek in 2012. He has donated snow plowing, as well as weed mitigation, without being asked to do so. He has stopped by on a regular basis to see if there are any other issues with the grounds and building. He is very quiet about all of his contributions, but it wasn’t too hard to find out who our “secret benefactor” was.

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Vail Daily letter: Eagle-Vail on a good path

February 3, 2016 — 

Dear Eagle-Vail neighbors,

As a 17-year resident of our wonderful community, I feel compelled to write this letter given the upcoming elections for the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association. Avoiding the antagonistic discourse which has been forwarded by a small yet vocal contingent since the recent 5A election, I believe that a very simple, basic and fair question for all community members to ask would be as follows: “Is Eagle-Vail a better place to live today than it was 10 years ago? And if so, why?”

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Vail Daily letter: Ignorant skiing

February 3, 2016 — 

This is a response to Monday’s letter about “dangerous snowboarders.” In the article, M. Kell from Vail had a run-in with what was referred to as a “menace on a missile.” While taking a left turn Kell was “slammed” into the ground. And of course as anyone involved in any form of collision or accident injury lawyer will tell you, never claim responsibility, And it seems that’s exactly what Kell has done by blaming Vail Resorts and the “menace on a missile.” It seems that if Kell got their way there would be red light cameras and state police posted at designated areas of the mountain to enforce on mountain speed limits and write out tickets, fining only snowboarders for their “reckless riding.” I think anyone who has ever been on a snowboard knows there are fast skiers that commit these same offenses. It’s outrageous to think that skiers never speed or have never collided with another skier. If you are so against snowboarding or just really can’t turn your head and look before you merge, then there is an excellent resort for people with your same views — it’s called Alta in Utah. They have the same views on snowboarding that you do.

If I got into an accident on I-70 for changing lanes without signaling I would not blame CDOT for not posting officers on the roads to catch the guy who did nothing wrong other than think I would use my turn signal to change lanes. I’m sorry for your injury/pain involved in your accident. I speak for all boarders when I say I’m sorry and we don’t intentionally “target” skiers with our missiles

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Vail Daily letter: Stop stereotyping snowboarders

February 3, 2016 — 

This is in response to M. Kell’s letter regarding those “dangerous snowboarders.”

Come on. I am sorry that you were injured and don’t wish that on anyone and hope you have a speedy recovery. However, it is time to give up this “us vs. them” garbage and always stereotyping snowboarders into categories such as delinquents, unsafe, rude, etc.

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Vail Daily letter: The future of Eagle-Vail

February 2, 2016 — 

Eagle-Vail recently hosted a Homeowners Association board member candidate forum where five residents threw their hats in the ring for three upcoming board seats. As a current member of the Eagle-Vail Homeowners Association board, I listened with great interest as I will soon be working with three of them with the collective goal of continuing to steer Eagle-Vail in the right direction. Two of the candidates are seeking re-election, one is a past board member, and two are jumping in for the first time. The residents of Eagle-Vail are now challenged with electing three of the five they think will best serve their needs as regards the near-term future of Eagle-Vail.

As I listened, I heard all five express a sincere love, yes even passion, for where they call home. The sincerity from all was quite evident. Their ideas on how Eagle-Vail needs to move forward are where they differ.

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Vail Daily letter: Eagle-Vail is better than ever

February 2, 2016 — 

And getting even better. When we bought property in Eagle-Vail some 17 years ago, there was little in the way of up-to-date amenities. The pool was rag tag at best and the golf course was in dire need of updating. The pocket parks, tennis courts, pavilion, golf clubhouse and the maintenance facilities were all in need of improvements and/or repairs.

Today, thanks to attentive management and many hard-working resident volunteers, much of the needed work has been completed. Said differently, Eagle-Vail is a much better place to live, work and play today than it was just a few years ago. With the guidance and counsel of our community manager, in the past few years the Board of Governors has successfully guided Eagle-Vail onto sound financial footing.

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Vail Daily letter: Dangerous snowboarders

February 1, 2016 — 

We all know skiing is inherently risky, but within recent years, there has developed a deadly menace around every turn of our beautiful ski runs. The menace, more often than not, is a super-charged young adult on a flying missile — a snowboard.

A few days ago, I had the misfortune of having a close encounter with this menace. While turning to the left on a very wide open run, I heard that dreadful scraping sound. Within seconds I was slammed to the ground, hitting my shoulder and head. The menace continued on his way, never stopping or even looking back. My story is not rare. We have all heard them, and had near misses ourselves. The potential for grave injury and death is all too real. Isn’t it time for Vail Resorts to address this danger before that potential is realized?

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Vail Daily letter: Vote for Miscio

January 29, 2016 — 

I am writing to voice my support for Mark Miscio as a candidate for a seat on the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association. Mark has lived in Eagle-Vail for the past 15 years, raising his children in the community and caring deeply for the community. When Mark and his family outgrew their first home in Eagle-Vail, they never considered leaving Eagle-Vail and found another home that met their growing needs after a thorough search.

I am not an Eagle-Vail resident, but I feel compelled to express my support as a result of seeing some unscrupulous comments about him posted online. Mark has the highest integrity and is one of the hardest working people I know. Mark is not a spendthrift and these accusations are ludicrous.

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Vail Daily letter: Again?

January 28, 2016 — 

The 5A election is over and now the same governing board that floated the $11 million bond issue at an expenditure of nearly $200,000 plus another $200,000 of Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association member dues (loaned to the Metro District and to be returned back to the Property Owners Association after a 5A win) is back with a vengeance.

Caught with their hands in the Property Owners Association cookie jar, the board is now anxiously working to establish a community task force to “help us move forward.” These are the same board members who, confident of a 5A victory, suggested to numerous homeowners concerned about a balance sheet debt of over $33 million including principal and interest that they should possibly consider relocating somewhere other than Eagle-Vail.

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Vail Daily letter: Angry Carnes

January 28, 2016 — 

I usually do not read Richard Carnes as I feel he thinks he knows better than everyone else. His lectures on why the GOP, GOP candidates, Trump, and the rest who do not agree with his PC world, are just not worth reading. Thank God liberals are perfect.

But his article on (Monday) I did read. Well suffered through. He is really an angry man and I really feel bad for him. He has an empty soul that needs to be filled. With that said when I feel troubled, I go to the Bible. I would like to share this with you today.

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Vail Daily letter: No evidence that it works

January 19, 2016 — 

I read your article on Boost (Page A2, Saturday’s Vail Daily) and am dismayed by what appears to be an ad versus a news story. The information that you mention about “there is no medical evidence that Boost works” is absolutely true. Although there may be some anecdotal stories of feeling better after a few minutes on such whiffing, but, indeed, there is no evidence that this non-medical formula does anything but take the consumers’ money.

The public would be better educated if you referred them to Wikipedia for some relatively easily understood info on altitude illness — prevention and treatment — none of which is five minutes of breathing on non-medical oxygen.

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Vail Daily letter: Lack of understanding

January 18, 2016 — 

As a resident of the town of Eagle, I am once again astonished at how ill-advised and uneducated our Eagle mayor, Yuri Kostick, is with how our town government works. And again, our Town Board is showing lack of planning and understanding in hiring for our new town manager. They are paying $5,000 to a consultant for finding our new town manager. If this recruiting and hiring process does proceed it looks like this new town manager may only be employed for possibly a month before being replaced by our newly voted in Town Board. The hired consultant, Chris Moffet, is quoted saying in the Vail Daily article that “she will contact each board member to learn about what characteristics they individually value most in a prospective manager.” With Yuri Kostick and Doug Seabury being on the town manager hiring committee, this is ludicrous to ask these two individuals what they value in character. These two board members have already shown what characteristics they value with taking an all-expense paid trip with a developer to Florida and only repaying for the trip when they were caught. Please Mr. Mayor — do the town of Eagle a favor and show up for meetings well read, pay the town bills, and then ride off into the sunset when we vote you out in April!

Ann Woodworth

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Vail Daily letter: Consider transfer tax relief

January 18, 2016 — 

With all the talk about the employee-housing problems, I felt it appropriate to give my input. It seems the town is basically on the right track with the Chamonix project and the other projects they have done in the recent past; however, there is more that must be done to keep our resort community humming along.

One area of our housing inventory that seems to regularly disappear is the units that are purchased by out-of-towners for their personal use. I feel that an incentive to keep these units in the rental or resident pool could help our local problem. One incentive that might work is using relief of the transfer tax as a means to accomplish this. This won’t solve the problem, but it will help.

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Vail Daily letter: Real and present danger

January 15, 2016 — 

This week’s TEDx Vail event themed “Naturally, Global. Grateful! Sustainable ... Xtreme” had a presentation by a leading authority on global sustainability when Dr. Ira Helfand, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, presented at the event.

With the news of North Korea testing another nuclear weapon, its leadership continues the fallacy of nuclear deterrence promoted by the nuclear powers of the world. This action by North Korea must be condemned just as the continued possession of nuclear weapons by all of the nuclear states. It is against the growing international consensus for a universal treaty banning all nuclear weapons and making their possession illegal just as chemical and biological weapons have been prohibited. The continued existence of nuclear weapons is not sustainable.

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Vail Daily letter: Shatter the glass ceilings

January 14, 2016 — 

Heads up, women: Young and old, shed your burkas, hijabs, head scarves and uncomfortable bras, pantyhose and high heels if you wish; put down that Bible, Koran, prayer-book, or whatever and listen up.

Name a single world religion founded, staffed and organized exclusively for the benefit of women. You can’t? No surprise, for neither can I.

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Vail Daily letter: I don't believe Obama

January 14, 2016 — 

Now I can sleep at night after watching and listening to Mr. Obama’s State of the Union song and dance in the midst of a fawning and genuflecting congress of senators, representatives, justices and other politicos that define the Washington elite and an imperial federal government. From what was said, I now know that the economy is in great condition, unemployment has been resolved to the benefit of the middle class, with poverty and ISIL now contained or subdued — not to worry any longer, one would think.

This privileged class does not live in the world that I frequent, and simply does not represent an America that suffers these fools for want of another remedy to address the miseries and perils that confront us all. To characterize these politicians as “servants of the people” would constitute the greatest delusion of all, for they in the most part seem enrapt or enveloped in their “bubble” of self-interests and self-eulogizing camaraderie. It takes you back to the aristocratic and revolutionary days of Louis XVI (circa 1790s) or that of Czar Nicolas II and his court of 1917. And so, history repeats itself in our times, since we have a government so detached and insulated from the interests of the people that to ignore the tea leaves of what transpired in D.C. on the 12th of this month is to continue on a fool’s errand to build a potentate’s legacy at the expense of Western civilization itself.

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