Letters to the Editor
In reference to the proposed “marijuana superstore” for Eagle — really? In Eagle? Really? I would strongly recommend each and every member of the Town Council of Eagle to take a field trip down to Denver.
I’ve lived in Denver and I have to admit that two of the neighborhoods that I would least like to live are Federal Boulevard and South Broadway. Oh, by the way, both of these neighborhoods are home to multiple marijuana dispensaries and are crime-ridden. As you drive past the buildings in these areas you cannot help to notice the lack of pedestrians walking about and the huge safety bars on the windows. Obviously, the Colorado Cannabis Co. chose Eagle because it did not want to infringe on the Vail/Beaver Creek ski connection for negativity purposes.Learn more »
I recently attended the Town Hall meeting in Eagle with Rep. Diane Mitsch-Bush. At this meeting, she made a point to misuse and misrespresent data that she did not fully understand. Unfortunately, she did not stop there. When I tried to communicate how and where the data she presented was wrong, so not only belittled me, as the area expert on the discussed topic, but she continued to argue with me that I was wrong. Since this Town Hall meeting several weeks ago, there have been three newspaper articles in Colorado Springs and Pueblo outlining the points and errors I was trying to address with Rep. Mitsch-Bush. These articles not only point out the flawed information, but they offer a scapegoat to the politicians that have been blindly misrepresenting the data.
I have had two email interactions with Rep. Mitsch-Bush since this recent Town Hall meeting. The first email, she asked a question that showed she wasn’t paying attention to our 20-minute discussion. The second email, I offered her links to the articles outlining the how the data was flawed. Rep. Mitsch-Bush asked for the links, but did not respond with any retraction or apology.Learn more »
Recently at the egg section of City Market where I always select organic eggs, I found this paraphrased notice posted above empty shelves: We are currently experiencing a national shortage of natural, organic eggs due to significant increase in demand for this product. … Producers are working to increase egg production to meet this demand. … This product is on an allocation basis. … This will be occurring through January.Learn more »
I want to wish Dr. Steadman the very best as he enters a different phase in what is a truly anLearn more »
Thank you for everything
As you can tell, I’ve been writing this letter for a long time.Learn more »
Aussie ID not good enough?
We have been coming to Vail with our family most years since 1984 and spend two to three weeks here each January.Learn more »
The Amendment 64 marijuana ballot (probably written by drug czars)contained between 15 and 18 choices. Voters report that they didn’t know what they were voting for.Learn more »
Is anyone else upset with the Vail Daily’s front-page photo last Saturday? It shows one hockey player on hands and knees. Another is assaulting him with a bare fist.
The caption reads, “A small squabble.” It has the makings of an illegal act, if it occurred anywhere else but our Dobson Arena. Even then, it tests the NHL’s “fighting rule” 46 (which is like trying to manage a barroom brawl with Robert’s Rules of Order).Learn more »
As locals that are involved in skiing/riding and working in avalanche terrain, we are concerned about the shortage of avalanche education in Eagle County. We understand that avalanche classes are costly and time consuming. As American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education instructors, we have teamed up with Paragon Guides to offer a subsidized and time sensitive level 1 class.Learn more »
After the recent heavy snowfall, I just want to express my gratitude and admiration to the snow plow operators for helping us to dig out. It was actually getting kind of scary, but I think you guys did an impressive job. Thank you!Learn more »
The 2013 Colorado Assembly session was anything but positive for the residents of Northwest Colorado. We have a single-party government in our state with Democrats controlling the House, Senate and the Governor’s Office. The agenda of the Legislature did not consider rural Colorado nor our House District 26, which includes Routt and Eagle counties. Sadly, the governor has not used his office to stand up for jobs in our area.
The two destructive anti-gun laws passed by the Colorado Assembly in 2013, HB 1224 and HB 1229, did not reflect the views or the values of stakeholders in House District 26 or the Western Slope. Out-of-state hunters are seriously considering a boycott of Colorado for next year’s hunting season because of the Legislature’s new anti-gun attitude. This hurts businesses large and small that employ our residents. Our citizens are not safer because of the new laws and are in fact less safe; there is much credible research to support this. Colorado lost precious jobs because of these ill-conceived laws as evidenced by the January announcement of the departure of gun-part manufacturer Magpul and their 200 employees. Worst yet, the laws were hastily crafted and poorly written.Learn more »
For many years, I have been impressed with the late astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s intellect, scientific knowledge and ability to objectively and accurately sum up the human condition, while making it abundantly clear that our long-term survival as a species is up to us alone.
Unfortunately, organized religion, founded millennia ago on the shaky foundation of superstition, myth, illiteracy and ignorance, to date continues to be headed by wizened old men, modern day shamans, who keep the unquestioning followers in line by the imposition of guilt, fear, punishment, and terror and have maintained quite a large following (about 80 percent or so of those alive today). Educating this great and growing mass of humanity to the reality that there is no deity who will save us from ourselves is proving to be quite a challenge.Learn more »
I am one of the few longtime locals actually born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. First from Breckenridge, then the Vail Valley since 1973 (off and on). Needless to say, I have seen many changes!
I am also a small-business owner in Avon and welcome the changes to the heart of the valley. I say, it is about time!Learn more »
Mazzuca and LeVine parry on the issue of a minimum wage for the “working” American — will raising labor costs for the employer raise the employee’s standard of living, or create more opportunity and jobs in general, a la LeVine, or will raising the income to the employee from market forces create more demand for the products of the employer, a la Mazzuca? Both Mazzuca and LeVine may be consistent on the effect of market forces, but disparate on how to create prosperity from the market.
Fomenting greater costs reduces investment incentive and has a depressive affect on the sale of goods and services. Increasing wages for the working man allows for more expendable income available to the marketplace as long as costs remain the same or are diminished for the manufacturer. Methinks Mazzuca and LeVine can agree on these principles.Learn more »
The day was beautiful in the summer of 1990. Dr. J. Richard Steadman stepped into the operating room to perform his first operation at Vail Valley Medical Center. I recall the day as if it was yesterday. This day marked the beginning of 24 years of consistent and continuous success for The Steadman Clinic and for VVMC. The face of VVMC changed forever. VVMC became less of a seasonal hospital. Consistency in staffing in all areas has made it possible for hospital staff to settle into the community, raise families and purchase homes. Dr. Steadman’s arrival and the growth of The Steadman Clinic provided the medical center the opportunity to grow into a full-service community medical center, offering many services that small, rural hospitals cannot provide, but Eagle County residents appreciate.
The inception of the nonprofit Steadman Sports Medicine Research Foundation in 1988, later to be known as the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, has brought the world to Vail, distinguishing SPRI as a top research facility for sports medicine. SPRI is recognized for its tremendous research efforts and outcomes in the many professional publications revered by orthopedic surgeons worldwide. I believe that sports medicine is forever changed by Dr. Steadman, and the research his team has conducted.Learn more »
I was pleased to see the article about Russell’s Restaurant on Wednesday. I was fortunate to have worked for Ron Riley and Michael Staughton for twenty-two years during my time in Vail. The staff at Russell’s were loyal and cared about the restaurant in every way. No restaurant is successful without an exceptional chef, and Russell’s has had two of the best, Paul Black and Markus Gatter. Together, we all created the kind of environment that made the restaurant special.
Mick WarthLearn more »
Dear town of Eagle,
Please pass this on to the appropriate officials.Learn more »
When I recently told a friend that I was going to announce my candidacy to become an Eagle County commissioner, he asked, “Why?” I’ll tell you the same thing I told him: I like to design things. I’m an architect by training and profession. Over the years I have found great satisfaction in starting with a client’s desires, sketching out an idea and then, through a collaborative effort involving many skilled people, create a finished project.
In my nearly two decades of community volunteering and town council experience, I’ve enjoyed that same challenge of facing a complex issue with the satisfaction of participating in a collaborative solution. I think this makes me uniquely qualified to become one of your next county commissioners.Learn more »
Dear friends of the Vail Valley,
I am getting very excited about the upcoming Vail Vertical Express for Can Do MS on Saturday, Feb. 8, on Vail Mountain. This event was the mechanism that was started 30 years ago to support the organization my late husband, Jimmie Heuga, created and which is now called Can Do Multiple Sclerosis!Learn more »
As everyone is settling back into their winter routine after the holidays, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Vilar Performing Arts Center for allowing Friends of the Dance to use their beautiful venue for this year’s performance of the “Nutcracker.” With dancers from the Vail Youth Ballet Co. and students from the Vail Valley Academy of Dance, the production charmed audiences with three sold-out performances. In fact, this year’s production was the largest ever with over 100 participants! This is truly a community event in that it showcases our local dancers and teachers, allows community members to participate in the adult roles, features guest artists, and most importantly, brings a holiday tradition to our valley. In addition, the generous support that we received from the Community Performance Fund helped us financially bring this production to the stage.
I want to specifically thank Kris Sabel and Gena Buhler of the Vilar Performing Arts Center for their support of the “Nutcracker” production as well as all of the community members who came to see the performances and businesses who supported the event through ad sales and silent auction donations. We look forward to next winter where we will bring a production to stage that will benefit the Community Performance Fund. Until then, continue to support the arts!Learn more »
I read and concur with Rachel Richards’ position on being concerned with the proper management of water in order to “sustain our Colorado way of life”. That makes complete sense. What doesn’t make any sense at all is our local water management’s willingness to accept another EPA edict which demands we reduce nutrients in our perfectly good water by 60 percent for a mere $95 million.
How in the world anyone but an out-of-touch D.C. bureaucrat could justify $95 million to remove 1.5689 parts per billion of nutrients from perfectly good water mystifies me. Or is this just another step in this administration’s systematic attempt to bury us financially?Learn more »
Three weeks ago, the passing of Tony Seibert rocked the Vail Valley. A legacy and friend to all, gone too soon. Taken by Mother Nature, doing the very thing he loved so much. Tony’s passing brought back a lot of similar, visceral emotions I felt when another friend died almost four years ago. On May 7, 2010, Scott Reiter died on the Piedra River in a rafting accident. Scott’s knowledge and respect for the river made the accident more tragic. Scott was only 20 and literally bursting with potential. His smile and laugh were as contagious and warm as Tony’s and their free spirit, light-hearted, brighten-your-day attitudes mirrored each other’s. Scott and Tony were friends growing up in Edwards and Scott and Tony’s sister Anna Seibert were kindergarten crushes. It seems that once again, our small mountain community has suffered a heart-breaking loss.
Why does it seem like it’s always the good ones that go too soon? Their young lives cut short, leaving a gaping hole in the world where their good-hearted dispositions and inspiring ideas should have been. It doesn’t seem fair; it probably never will. However, take comfort in this: Scott and Tony lived every day with intention and passion. They lived with positivity and a desire to be better at that they did. Scott and Tony’s lives had a lot of parallels, and I’m so grateful and honored to have known both of them. Both of these tragic deaths remind us how short life is and the fragility that comes with it. But instead of letting this idea scare us, we can take it and run. If we never know when our last moment may be, why not live every moment with a blazing fire and grin on our face? Scott and Tony lived this way. That’s why in their final moments, I take comfort in knowing the sheer joy they were experiencing in doing what they knew and loved.Learn more »
Congratulations to The Vail Daily for taking a strong proactive stance by your many advertisements/sponsorship for The Starting Hearts second annual fundraiser. For those who don’t know what Stating Hearts is, it is the only organization in Eagle Valley pushing for more external defibrillators throughout the county and making them more visible in hotels, condos, restaurants, shopping areas, schools, sporting events, on the mountains, private and public clubs, etc. Some of the above have purchased external defibrillators from Starting Hearts with staff being trained in their usage, but have not made them visible. In a restaurant, as an example, it would be quicker and easier, in the event of a cardiac arrest, for someone to grab it in a visible place (like the airports do) rather than yell for it, have someone run in the kitchen to find it and get it and waste valuable seconds. Condominiums and hotels, depending on the size, should have one or two on every floor. Starting Hearts has begun making a small dent through contributions donated and defibrillator adoption programs. However, dents are not enough, and more are needed throughout the county.
Again, thank you, Vail Daily, for your proactive support.Learn more »
Dennis Geraghty made a number of foolish remarks in his attack on Butch Mazzuca in the Jan. 27 Daily. I’ll focus on the gun issue he raised. Geraghty had Mazzuca valuing the right to bear arms over the right of children to grow up. That’s what is called a false choice.
Geraghty said “ ... We’re killing our kids for God’s sake.” Speak for yourself, Dennis. I do not include myself in the small group that endangers kids with guns, or with anything else for that matter. I do join with others who see the need for an armed citizenry to help protect against those who would harm us.Learn more »
I’d like to send a heartfelt thank you to the men and women of the Eagle River Fire Protection District. In addition to serving our community and keeping us safe, the members of ERFPD have volunteered their time to support patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
During the month of October ERFPD donned hot pink shirts to raise awareness and sold those shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and Shaw’s Pretty In Pink community-wide initiative.Learn more »
Every time I finish reading a column by Butch Mazzuca I feel like I should leap to my feet, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and lead a cheer culminating in truth, justice, and the American way. Then when I calm down reality sets in and I wonder if he was smoking pot before it was legal. When I read his current piece, “Lessons of History,” Jan. 6, I felt a more appropriate title would have been “The Ends Justify the Means.” His first paragraph informs us that the “founding fathers were exceptionally well-educated men who placed an enormous amount of importance on education, understanding that a system of government they envisioned would flourish only if an educated electorate were involved and informed.” So, you might ask, what did the founding fathers do; take steps to ensure everybody had access to education? Sorry; they eliminated an entire race from the opportunity to gain freedom let alone get educated and while they were at it they saw no reason to enfranchise women. The founding fathers were almost entirely WASPs (white Anglo-Saxon Protestants) who were under no illusions about the “lessons of history.” They were men of position, wealth, education and power. They had already perceived as the 20th century historians Will and Ariel Durant so deftly concluded in a must-read book of short essays on history entitled “The Lessons of History” that freedom and equality cannot exist together because they are diametrically opposed to one another. Let that statement sink in a bit. In addition, consider that the entire history of the world can be summed up in one succinct sentence. Those who have wealth and power want to keep it; those who don’t have wealth and power want to get it. The founding fathers were on the top of the heap in 1776 and they were more concerned with freedoms than equality, and they probably were right in that regard. But it’s not a stretch to suggest that the purposeful exclusion of a race from the benefits of freedom led directly to the Civil War and the loss of close to 700,000 young men fighting to extend slavery or end it. Even after the war was over, it took another century for recalcitrant Southerners to give on some fundamental human rights. In the United States, race has always mattered.
Mr. Mazzuca then praises the virtues of capitalism and there is no question that capitalism has generated the greatest benefits to humans than any other economic system ever devised. But, just think what capitalism could have been if this country hadn’t spent so much time denying opportunities to so many of our people. Adam Smith’s great economic treatise, “The Wealth of Nations,” was published in 1776, interestingly the same year as the Declaration of Independence. Smith did not suffer fools gladly and he cautioned the reader that the acquisition of wealth would lead to abuse of power and regulatory remedies might be necessary. He understood human nature. The 19th-century English historian, politician, and observer of the human condition, Lord Acton, said it best. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Mr. Mazzuca would have you believe that the Great Depression wasn’t caused by reckless capitalists and entrepreneurs. Who else could have possibly caused it — the poor; unions, foreign immigrants, Communists, the tooth fairy? He would have you believe that the economic policies of the Republicans, who were in office for 20 of the 28 years between 1980-2008, were not complicit in the economic disaster that befell this country during those years. He seems not to know that government spending increased in every one of those 20 years and that in the eight years a Democrat was in office the deficit was decreased to the point of leaving a surplus for George W. Bush. Bush then proceeded to engage the U.S. in two wars, cut taxes, increase spending, deregulate, and create the greatest deficit and debt in U.S. history spending at a rate 2 times greater than Obama. Ironically, the Republican Party is the great spender, not the Democratic Party. The focus of the new Republican Party is to regain power, pure and simple.Learn more »
People didn’t know what they were voting for! 15 or more items should have been voted on one at a time!
• Stop the black market.Learn more »
I think the Vail Valley has a cell phone problem:
• We live in Denver, and have had a second home in Edwards (Singletree) for 20 years.Learn more »
I just read the article about vehicle idling and the dangers of having a car stolen. I certainly can sympathize with those who don’t want their cars to cool off in cold weather. However, I wish there had been some mention of fossil fuel waste. Just imagine, if no one idled, except when they really had to, how much of the vehicle emissions would be removed from the air. For most cars, if you idle more than one or two minutes you are using more fuel than if you turned the engine off. Small trucks take a little longer (diesel is something else altogether). Whether or not you are worried about having your car stolen, it makes sense to turn it off.
Katherine DelanoyLearn more »