Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Something different

August 31, 2015 — 

Some of you may remember the famous lead-in line from the Monty Python series: ”And now for something completely different.” It seems Hollywood knows more about picking presidential candidates and possibly the presidential winner than all the political talking heads. Consider many believed Donald Trump was a flash in the pan who would never release his financials and would “flame out” following the great Fox News debate. Well if they had taken the time to view the 2007 release film of “Man of the Year,” starring Robin Williams, they might have thought otherwise.

In the film it was “all there”:

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Vail Daily letter: How a duck can save your life

August 27, 2015 — 

The Duck Race marks the end of summer in Vail and, even if you’ve already bought a duck, buy another one. Here’s why.

The money raised through the sale of those rubber ducks helps the local Rotary Club fund a variety of scholarships for young people in the Vail Valley. Skeptics might argue that buying one duck is unlikely to make a difference when the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, and $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, according to the College Board.

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Vail Daily letter: Pleased with outcome

August 27, 2015 — 

Thank you to all who participated in the debate regarding the Vail Valley Foundation’s request of the town of Avon to use the West Avon Preserve for an enduro mountain bike race as part of the GoPro Mountain Games. This parcel of land is protected by a conservation easement held by the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

EVLT did not have a legal basis to deny the request, but as a conservation organization, EVLT is not in favor of organized races and other forms of uses that are not typically considered passive recreational uses. While such uses could be an economic benefit for the community, they are not in keeping with EVLT’s mission to preserve forever our scenic vistas, open space, historic lands, waterways, and wildlife habitats that provide enjoyment, education, and benefit to all who experience this special place.

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Vail Daily letter: Tough rental market

August 26, 2015 — 

I’ve been looking for two months for a place to live. There have been two common problems that have now led me to live with my gracious friends until I find a place — I have a dog and raising prices to an unfair rate. It’s been four years since moving to this valley, and it has gotten worse and worse each year.

My eyes search Craigslist four times a day and the Vail Daily every single day. It has become disheartening to see “NP” or “no pets” in every single ad. I almost want to reach out to every contact on the ad and ask them to just meet my very mild and loving dog, Tiger. Instead of just interviewing me for a property, how about a dog interview, too? Those cold, hard-lined letters or words will make any pet owner feel hopeless in the search for a rental: “NP” or “no pets.”

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks to first responders

August 26, 2015 — 

We wanted to express our sincere thanks to all of the first responders who helped extinguish the fire Sunday evening at our next-door neighbor’s home. Every one of the people we met were kind, professional and concerned for the well being of everyone affected. It was amazing to see the coordinated efforts among all of the various firefighters, paramedics, fire marshals, sheriffs and the Cordillera security team. We know this isn’t an everyday occurrence, but if you had witnessed their efforts you would have thought they do this every day. Their training has certainly paid off. It was particularly comforting when the decision was made to leave a fire truck and team overnight to safeguard against the possibility that the fire could erupt again. The rest of the neighborhood felt that we were being guarded from any further tragedy. In closing, it is a wonderful feeling to know that we are being protected by all of those men and women who put their lives on the line for others. We personally will never meet these responders without a thank you!

Judy and Bobby Shackouls

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Vail Daily letter: Frustration at the P.O.

August 25, 2015 — 

I recently stood in line at the Edwards post office on a Saturday for over half an hour of the two hours it is open for business to try to mail a package .When I arrived the line was already out the door and there was just one attendant at the counter. The other person that I saw was just getting packages for people with pickup slips — those being minority in this case because the line just kept growing. In the time I was there, three people ahead of me gave up and left.

The thing that I noticed most was that most people don’t come into the P.O. ready to do business. Some pack their package at the counter; others don’t have their money or credit card ready; they don’t know the last four digits of the credit card; they don’t know if their package has hazardous, flammable or potentially dangerous materials; they don’t know if they want extra insurance, priority mail or first class, certified or registered mail; or lastly if they want stamps.

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Vail Daily letter: Conservation efforts

August 24, 2015 — 

I’d like to thank Sen. Bennet following his announcement that he’ll be working in the Senate to permanently protect 58,000 acres in the Eagle and Summit counties. In doing so, Sen. Bennet has reaffirmed his commitment, alongside Congressman Polis, to conservation and the protection of our natural environment. As anyone who has visited Colorado knows, we are blessed with a beautiful state and an abundance of recreational opportunities from hunting, hiking, and skiing to mountain biking. I’m especially supportive of this effort because it has been a community-driven process ensuring all existing uses will be permitted when enacted as law.

I encourage the senator to move swiftly as much of Colorado’s pristine wilderness has come under threat from developmental pressures. I applaud Sen. Bennet and Congressman Polis for stepping up as champions of conservation. Their work toward conserving our beautiful state will be a great legacy for all.

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Vail Daily letter: A lifestyle change

August 21, 2015 — 

It was 13 years ago at this time of year that I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease and had quadruple bypass surgery. After my surgery, I became aware of a program developed by a U.S. physician named Dr. Dean Ornish entitled The “Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heat Disease.” I was fortunate in being accepted for the 13-week program consisting of exercise, stress management, group support and a very low fat vegetarian diet.

When I started the program Medicare was seeking several thousand volunteers willing to undergo extensive additional study to see if the Ornish program might be covered by Medicare in the future. I volunteered and I understand Medicare has approved the program, the first ever for a preventive medicine.

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Vail Daily letter: Lemonade out of lemons

August 21, 2015 — 

Bright Future Foundation would like to give a huge thank you to Chris and Brittany from Colorado Meat Co. in Avon. As many are aware by now, they were dealt a huge setback after their first day of business when the compressor for their refrigeration unit was stolen overnight Monday. This resulted in their fledgling business facing the question of what to do with thousands of dollars’ worth of high-quality beef, pork and lamb which could no longer be kept refrigerated and thus could not be sold. Thanks to their industrious nature and a few good friends, they were able to cook up some of the smaller cuts of meat as “free samples” in the parking lot, but they donated several larger cuts of meat to Bright Future Foundation.

For those who are not familiar with Bright Future Foundation, we are a nonprofit organization that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Eagle County. In addition to in-house advocacy, counseling and legal services offered at our offices in Avon, we also operate Freedom Ranch Safe House, which is the local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Because our clients’ lives are already in a state of turmoil and many times they do not have transportation to do their own grocery shopping, we try to stock Freedom Ranch with healthy foods for the families who stay there. Although we do receive food donations periodically from businesses in the community, it is rare that we receive meat/protein donations and especially not of the quality and volume of what was donated by Colorado Meat Co. As such, this meat will help to feed many families in our community who are currently in dire circumstances. It has been lovingly prepared by members of our staff (as well as some Southern relatives who happen to be visiting and were recruited to slow roast a particularly huge pork shoulder), then frozen in individual family-sized portions for easy preparation when needed.

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Arrogant display

August 20, 2015 — 

We were visiting the valley a couple of weeks ago and after going to Costco decided to take a ride up Valley Road, which we’ve always thought was so beautiful. Approaching Valley Road from Cooley Mesa, we were astonished to see the changes that had taken place to the prominently located little Craftsman-style house on the corner. Trees cut down, old fence removed, etc., etc. But what was incredibly distressing was a Confederate flag hanging and the one that had been painted on the front of the new gate. Now I am a firm believer in freedom of speech. But in my opinion, flaunting the symbol of slavery and one of the darkest, most reprehensible periods in American history in the faces of neighbors and visitors (many of whom I hope are equally distressed) is the height of arrogance.

I certainly hope the owners of the home will rethink how their actions are perceived and how they affect others and will remove the Confederate flags.

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for love and support

August 20, 2015 — 

It has been noted countless times before what an incredible place the Vail Valley is to live. Typically, the comment is made in reference to its incredible beauty, perfect weather, abundance of recreational activities, and laid-back, fun-loving, mountain town culture. Today I make this comment, with more strength and conviction than I have ever known, not because of these things, but because of the local community that is the valley’s heart and soul. I say this in the wake of my boyfriend, Will Olson’s, sudden, tragic and unexpected death, which occurred in a mountain bike race in Crested Butte, on Aug. 1.

Will’s family and I cannot thank the Vail community enough for the love and support you showed us, and Will, following his passing.

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Vail Daily letter: Policing yourself

August 20, 2015 — 

Regarding the UN allowing Iran to inspect its own nuclear sites: Since this administration is so supportive of this deal, I expect they will apply similar rules at home. Just think of the increased efficiency and cost savings to be had when we all can audit our own tax returns and people accused of crimes can do their own investigations and handle their own evidence.

Kenneth Wetcher

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Vail Daily letter: Support the team

August 18, 2015 — 

The United States has a brand new ladies’ six-person whitewater rafting team! Team USA! They were formerly the Red Ladies Raft team, but demolishing the competition in the whitewater races in Canon City on the 27th of June this year transformed them into Team USA! Now the men’s team won, too; the new men and women’s Team USA will be competing against the world in Indonesia this November. At least the men’s team will. They have sponsors!

The Red Ladies raft team, now ostensibly Team USA, currently has no sponsorship to pay for travel, lodging, meals, equipment, and other necessities. They have a website introducing each lady, and a site where sponsors may fund them or donations may be taken: http://www.redladyraftracing.com/index.html

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Vail Daily letter: The Vail experience

August 16, 2015 — 

For several years I was privileged to serve on the Vail Economic Advisory Council as one of two “second homeowner” representatives among the representatives of the lodging, restaurant and retail businesses in Vail. The council meets monthly and the agenda is prepared by the town of Vail manager’s office. The agenda consists largely of reports about the progress of major developments (new employee housing, Vail Resorts’ Ever Vail Project, etc.), parking, discussions with CDOT about the frontage road and I-70, monthly tax receipts in each of the various business categories with prior year comparisons, and various other current topics of general interest to the group. There are periodic presentations by representatives of the Vail Valley Medical Center, Bravo, the Vail Valley Foundation, Eagle County airport, the Vail Chamber of Commerce, the Vail Recreation District and an organization which tracks comparative business activity at each of the major Colorado ski resorts.

I found many of the meetings to be very interesting and informative in terms of the information provided on the various aspects of the Vail economy and the ongoing projects. It was interesting to hear the understandable conflicts among the various business group representatives generated by various town of Vail policies, rules or regulations. Each agenda provided for a few minutes of general discussion and a Q&A opportunity.

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Vail Daily letter: Share our neighborhood

August 16, 2015 — 

A great plus to living in Wildridge is seeing wildlife almost everyday. Unfortunately, many of the people that live up here have no regard as to sharing this beautiful area with them. Last week, I was thrilled to see two young does with spots and their mother grazing nearby. This morning as I drove up Metcalf my heart broke as I saw a little spotted doe dead in the ditch. These roads are not speedways. Are you so inconsiderate of your surroundings that you continue to disregard the great possibility that there could be a deer standing at the edge of the road or crossing!? I hope the idiot self-serving speed freak has some kind of conscience for killing this doe. People, please embrace where you live and understand you are privileged to share this area with the wildlife. You killed a beautiful baby for what? To get home five minutes faster than before? Disgraceful.

Jeri Penland

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Vail Daily letter: Here's a ticket

August 16, 2015 — 

Hi Don (Rogers, My View, Friday’s Vail Daily),

I totally agree Megyn Kelly should run for president. May I nominate Dana Perino for vice president?

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Vail Daily letter: The perfect president

August 13, 2015 — 

The noise from Fox News tells us this: There are candidates on the stage who all appear to bring qualifications to the table, one that will ultimately lead to a position dictating world policy for four to eight years. By way of thinning the crowd via attribute-friendly criteria, I decided to point the way toward a livable prospect we all could agree on. (Not likely.)

Foreign policy: A big one for me. The candidate falling into the plus column should have the following attributes:

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Vail Daily letter: Great service

August 13, 2015 — 

I recently ventured to Colorado to take part in the 27th Triple Bypass (bike ride). What a great experience, although the altitude was difficult for a low-lander. OK, I’m not lying, it was arguably the hardest eight hours of my life. I was able to meet up and ride with my old phys ed teacher/coach from high school — whom I hadn’t seen in 28 years. Also, I met a couple new friends along the way. To add to the experience, I stayed with an old college friend that now resides in Edwards (hadn’t seen him in 25 years). It was a blast. Love me some Colorado!

Well, when I was in town I had a bit of an issue with my bike; a snafu if you will. Paul Previtali, owner of High Gear Cyclery in Avon, stepped in (and stepped up), bending over backwards to help me out. I handle PR and customer/technical support for my company and understand all too well the importance of taking care of the customer. Paul at High Gear established a whole new benchmark; his level of support and assistance went well beyond even the high standards I expect from my company and employees.

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Vail Daily letter: Specifics needed

August 11, 2015 — 

In Sunday’s Daily Bill Lindsay makes reference to LCV.org (League Conservation Voters) regarding congressional votes on environmental issues, but fails to give any specifics. Just because an environmental issue comes before politicians for a vote, it’s not axiomatic that the particular policy being voted on actually makes sense or has a provable benefit to society. Suppose a given piece of environmental legislation would cost a nation already $18 trillion in debt, another billion dollars, and is predicated upon an unproven theory — what then? An example of this is occurring in California where environmental impact lawsuits and lobbying by environmental groups is adversely affecting society. Excessive environmental regulation has all but halted new investment in water infrastructure. In fact, the last major investment in water infrastructure in California occurred in the late ’60s. Today California is in the middle of a drought as tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched. I applaud Mr. Lindsay’s concern for the environment and I’m sure some members of Congress are more environmentally aware than others, but without specific details about the issues, the cost, who would be affected, and perhaps most importantly, the potential unintended consequences, a tabulation of “yes” vs. “no” votes is meaningless.

Butch Mazzuca

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Vail Daily letter: Change of opinion not bad

August 11, 2015 — 

I agree with Mr. Carnes (My View, Tuesday’s Vail Daily) about the ridiculousness of the political polarization in our country. I want to add that the other thing the media does is to demonize anyone who changes his opinion.

Changing your opinion as new facts become available is usually a sign of intelligence, not a sign of being a turncoat. Regardless of your party affiliation or your label of liberal or conservative, we should encourage changes of opinion, not make them a reason to vote against somebody.

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Vail Daily letter: Gore Creek threats

August 10, 2015 — 

The Vail Daily recently published a brief summary of questions/concerns raised by the Vail Homeowners Association about the future of Vail. Evidently, my response to those questions was too long to be published, so I have decided to present it in a series of shorter responses. First installment:

Concerning the environment and Gore Creek:

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Vail Daily letter: The court agreed

August 9, 2015 — 

On Aug. 2, my commentary dealt with how severe voter registration laws were biased against citizens who couldn’t afford forms of identity Texas law requires.

Some Texans testily responded to my commentary with letters printed in the Vail Daily. They are convinced one of the toughest registration laws in the nation in the Lone Star state is warranted to control voter fraud.

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Vail Daily letter: Books are cooked

August 9, 2015 — 

When I read the letters from Ms. Perin and Ms. Kennedy (Thursday’s Vail Daily) commenting that abortions comprise only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services, my first reaction was that there must be an acute Kool-Aid shortage in the near future. Three percent! Could anyone believe that? Here are the facts and here is how the books are cooked to come up with that preposterous 3 percent statistic. It is indisputable that Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country, last year performing 327,653 abortions. That is roughly one in every four abortions performed in the U.S. The figures from Planned Parenthood’s annual report list these numbers: Prenatal services, 18,684; adoption referrals, 1,880; abortions, 327,653. Calculating those Planned Parenthood provided numbers, abortions account for 94 percent of those three possible ways to handle a pregnancy. In order to skirt the law prohibiting federal funds being used to pay for abortions, Planned Parenthood adds to those numbers over 1 million pregnancy tests, 4.5 miilion STD screenings, 3-plus million emergency contraception (Plan B) kit distributions, urinary tract infections, ad infinitum until you arrive at the grand sum of 10.5 million “services” provided by Planned Parenthood. If you measure 327,000 abortions against 10 million, you can come up with 3 percent. I want to get them to do my income taxes!

It should be noted that Planned Parenthood does not and cannot provide mammograms. One can only presume that their breast “services” consist of telling a woman she needs to get a mammogram. Mark that down! Count it as a “service”!

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Vail Daily letter: Monumental overgeneralization

August 8, 2015 — 

What remarkable powers of observation that Mr. Castellino might discern the political leanings of a person standing in awe of our wonderful surroundings.

Though I tried, I was unable to see my reflection in Mr. Castellino’s letter titled “Heavy footsteps” in Thursday’s Vail Daily.

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Vail Daily letter: Check the records

August 8, 2015 — 

Sorry, conservation conservatives. Yes, there are a few of you. However, your Republican Party doesn’t seem to have any on the national level. Please go to the website LCV.org and you can see how every member of both parties voted on every environmental issue. The average score for a Republican is 20 on a scale of 1 to 100. The average Democrat scores around 80. Enough said.

Bill Lindsay

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Vail Daily letter: Look at history

August 7, 2015 — 

Ordinarily I try not to pay any attention to the “news” or “editorial opinions” written in the Daily Fish Wrap, aka the Vail Daily. I try to limit my exposure to the drivel they publish by only looking at the movie schedule, or possibly the auto classifieds. But since the letter to editor by Robert Castellino, “Heavy footsteps,” was quoted in bold on the front page, I noticed it.

Apparently, Mr. Castellino is unaware that President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, created five national parks (doubling the previously existing number); signed the landmark Antiquities Act and used its special provisions to unilaterally create 18 national monuments, including the Grand Canyon; set aside 51 federal bird sanctuaries, four national game refuges, and more than 100 million acres’ worth of national forests.

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Vail Daily letter: Clubhouse risks

August 7, 2015 — 

The town of Vail and the Vail Recreation District are not being straightforward with Vail taxpayers about the risks of starting the demolition of the existing golf clubhouse in early September and starting to build the new events center/golf clubhouse as soon as demolition is completed.

The homeowners along the Vail golf course have been in litigation since the town and VRD decided to incorporate an events center into the new clubhouse building. The homeowners have made repeated attempts to alert the Vail Town Council and Vail citizens to the dangers of starting construction before the Colorado Court of Appeals rules on the case. Oral arguments will be heard on Sept. 15 and the decision will follow a few months later.

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Vail Daily letter: Take a stand for something

August 7, 2015 — 

I am writing in direct response to Thursday’s front page quoted letter to the editor by Robert Castellino. Robert, I have to admit this is the first time in my life I have drafted a letter to my local newspaper. Thank you for inspiring me.

Mr. Castellino, I must say it may be time to expand the conversation that you are in the world. Either that or make some new friends. I am a conservative and quite frankly, sir, you do not know me. The fact that you don’t know anything about me or my friends, albeit conservatives, liberals or conservationists for that matter, is quite apparent in the public comments you felt compelled to share on Thursday. I don’t know you ,sir, nor will I pretend that I do. Thus my retort is not personal, rather simply in response to what I feel your inflammatory language represents: No possibility.

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

August 7, 2015 — 

As we gear up for the next Buddy Werner League ski season, we wanted to take a moment to thank Vail Resorts, the Epic Promise Program and Beaver Creek Mountain for its incredible support of our great program. We realize we have a large impact on Beaver Creek Mountain each winter with our 300-plus skiers and we wanted to reach out to say thank you for the amazing support we feel each year. Thank you to everyone involved in making our skiers’ day great, from the lift operators to race crew to ski school ambassadors to Ski Patrol to all food and beverage workers, etc.

We especially would to thank Doug Lovell and his team for his ongoing support of our program and especially for the hospitality they allowed BWL to share with the skiers from Powderhorn and Sunlight who came to the BWL State Race last March. We had so many positive comments and stories from the families and they can’t wait to come back to ski on our great mountain.

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Vail Daily letter: A few responses

August 6, 2015 — 

I was preparing to respond to two letters, one to Jack Van Ens, the second to Fredric Butler. However, since Fredric did such an outstanding job of putting Van Ens in his place, I have only a couple of things to add. Why did Van Ens shorten his first name by three letters and why does he still have a weekly column? Every one is full of mean-spirited, hateful crap; never anything spiritual or uplifting. Anyone with real intuition or empathic ability need only look at his photo and feel the evil in him.

And Fred, if it wasn’t for hunters, there would be no fish and game/Division of Wildlife and many more species would now be extinct. Elk used to be in all but the southern coastal states but were reduced to Canada and the Northwest; none left even in Colorado. These were transplanted here and around the country. Many non-game species were also brought back from the brink from the sale of hunting licenses. And in today’s letters, Robert Castellino: Back off on the weed, dude.

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