Letters to the Editor

Vail Daily letter: Less than world-class

November 23, 2014 — 

I just got pushed out of a local Starbucks.

Now that I’m old and retired, I wanted to sit in the sun for a few minutes — read the papers (I got lucky and found a used New York Times). The staff wanted the blinds closed — “the sunshine hurts my eyes.” So I moved, twice, trying to accommodate them but no success. They pursued and closed the third set of blinds.

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Vail Daily letter: Gluwein memories

November 20, 2014 — 

I like the Gluwein article. The gray on gray in the bland severity of the German winter is oppressive, it seems to never end — so they have a lot of street festivals. But it is not always just about the food or drink.

They serve Gluwein very cheap in a street festival environment — and they play a little game, too. You must put down your glass of it before you finish it and not pay attention to it. If someone else drinks it and you don’t notice, you cant get mad — it’s like a bad omen or bad luck. But if they catch you doing it, you have to get them another glass and drink it with them. It is really great, there are some really smooth wine thieves there — and it’s so much fun! The sugar and the wine make it harder and harder not to laugh your head off when they get mad about someone nabbing their wine. It all makes for heaps of fun.

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Vail Daily letter: Grave danger

November 20, 2014 — 

History certainly does have the nasty habit of repeating itself, and nowhere is this more evident than in the comparison of world events in 1940 with what is happening in the Middle East today.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Hitler’s mob was on the march and this impressive juggernaut appeared unstoppable, with only a badly-battered England standing in the way of the Nazis riding roughshod over all of Western Europe and Russia.

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Vail Daily letter: SANE program needed

November 18, 2014 — 

It is of great concern that the Vail Valley Medical Center lacks the ability to help women involved in a rape crisis. I became aware of the VVMC’s inability to collect forensic data following an attack, after hearing that the woman involved in the alleged rape by an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy had to be taken to Summit County to be seen by a registered SANE nurse.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has been specially educated and trained to provide comprehensive care to adult and child survivors of sexual assault, as well as suspects,and to provide expert testimony in a court of law. A SANE is responsible for the immediate medical care of sexual assault victims and the collection of exquisite forensic evidence, and understands the complexities of sexual victimization. Having a SANE program greatly benefits the community by improving the medical and judicial response to sexual assault victims.

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Vail Daily letter: I live in Avon

November 14, 2014 — 

Recently, the Vail Daily published a letter to the editor that I wrote about the town of Avon’s purchase of the Skier Building. And a Ms. Amy Phillips wants to invalidate my points because she believes that I live in Bachelor Gulch, which I do not. My wife and I live full time, yes, full-time, in Avon. I do not vacation there. I am a past member of the Youth Foundation board and am joining the board of the Walking Mountain Science Center. I’ve danced to raise money for the Youth Foundation’s Star Dancing Gala. My wife and I contribute generously to the Vilar Center. I am helping Foods of Vail move to its new location in Avon. All of this is being done as a full-time Avon resident.

Ms. Phillips, are you aware that everyone in Avon has their mail delivered to a P.O. box? Perhaps you want to have a drink at our home to verify that we actually live in Avon. You might want to check your facts before writing an inaccurate letter to the editor asking them to check their facts!

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Vail Daily letter: Presidential dereliction

November 14, 2014 — 

As a starter, Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution prescribes that the Congress of the United States shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction over the issue of immigration (nationality). The Constitution goes on further to state that the president of the United States is tasked with the responsibility and duty to enforce the immigration laws established by that Congress. Article II does not grant the authority to legislate in the president.

In 1965, Congress enacted the Immigration and Nationality Act, and thereafter revised that legislation in 1986 with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which established a pathway for illegal aliens to procure legal status in the United States. These two laws became the law of the land for immigration purposes, and I note further that the president is tasked with the unequivocal duty to enforce those laws as made and provided — no more and no less!

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Vail Daily letter: Food for thought

November 12, 2014 — 

The post mid-term results resonate more with some than others — east and west as context. It occurred to me where the twain shall meet, should my instincts befit an aging Kiwi conservative with benefits.

• The medical industry applauds future deferral/defeat of the tax on devices, refocusing on R&D for the perfect knee prosthetic.

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Vail Daily letter: Suck it up and get to work

November 11, 2014 — 

Dear President Obama,

After waking up Wednesday morning, I am sure you could be forgiven for thinking that the world had come to an end. Having said this, please bear in mind that those newly elected lawmakers may be thinking quite the contrary. So I guess you could say that as a good starting point, both of you agree on something — that the status quo is in for somewhat of a shakeup.

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Vail Daily letter: Ask for physical addresses

November 10, 2014 — 

Can I ask a favor from you? You receive letters from many people and many points of view and the Vail Daily’s ability to present those various perspectives is appreciated. When you receive letters regarding tax issues and government spending in various districts and municipalities, would you be so kind as to make sure that the author understands what district he or she lives in?

It is common for people to think that because they use an Avon Post Office box they pay property taxes to Avon and they vote in Avon. This is not the case. Eagle-Vail, Beaver Creek, Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch property owners often have an Avon PO box, yet they may be better served concentrating on where their own Metropolitan Districts and HOAs are spending their property tax dollars, not where the Avon Town Council is.

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Vail Daily letter: Market-based solution

November 10, 2014 — 

The elections are over (cue deep sighs of relief); in the new year we’ll be represented in Congress by Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet and Scott Tipton.

My hope for the next Congress is that both parties will spend less time on politics and more on policies that actually solve the big problems before us. Not everything needs to be a partisan issue, where one party feels it has to stake out the opposite stance of the other.

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Vail Daily letter: Great gifts

November 10, 2014 — 

While you’re starting to think about craft fairs and holiday presents, don’t forget to check out the Eagle Visitors Center (on the way to the Fairgrounds). There is a whole room full of Colorado-made items, many from right here in Eagle County. I even found honey from Gypsum, which tastes like the honey of my childhood. Although the historical museum is closed in the winter, the Visitors Center is open year round. All those people passing through on I-70 shouldn’t be the only ones to enjoy the center’s fine crafts and hospitality.

Kay Delanoy

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Vail Daily letter: Get Verizon

November 9, 2014 — 

To Mr. Haims (Letters to the Editor, Sunday):

I have a much easier answer to your cell phone reception issue. Get Verizon service for goodness sakes! For 10 years now I hear my AT&T subscriber friends say the same thing, and I tell them the same thing. I never have dropped calls anywhere in the valley or on the mountains. The few dropped calls I have had are calls from my AT&T friends’ phones.

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Vail Daily letter: Try this app

November 8, 2014 — 

If you have ever wondered why you sometimes have AT&T cell reception in certain areas of the county and at other times don’t, there is no good answer. However, there is an app for that.

After repeatedly calling AT&T about dropped calls and areas of non-cellular coverage, I was recently informed that they have an app that can assist.

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Vail Daily letter: States’ rights

November 8, 2014 — 

The people of Eagle County, in their collective wisdom, have elected James van Beek as their sheriff. With that event consummated, I pose one question to Sheriff van Beek — as we have a federal statute that proscribes the possession, cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana (a schedule I narcotic) as a felony, and as we have a state constitutional amendment that legalizes that activity, where would your responsibility and loyalty lay when those two conflicting jurisdictions call upon you to perform your enforcement duties? Would you enforce the federal statute, even if it means the arrest and conviction of an Eagle County resident, or even worse, his death as a result of resistance? Would you enforce the Constitution of the state of Colorado and the ordinances of this county, if that would mean a physical confrontation with federal authorities?

As a citizen of the state of Colorado and this county, I would ask that you empathize with me as a “citizen” caught in a conundrum between two conflicting jurisdictions and the laws that they prescribe. And I therefore would request that you consider and take the direction toward “states’ rights” in the performance of your duties and oath of office. Your obligation to the people of this county is to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the state of Colorado, and the ordinances of Eagle County — in that order of priority. When you look to the U.S. Constitution for guidance, you will be cognizant of the 10th Amendment and Article I, Section 8 thereof. Nowhere therein can you find any expression relating to marijuana. You only find it buried in the tomes of the United States Code or the CFRs. Article I sets forth the delimited powers of the United States, and Amendment 10 provides that those powers not expressly granted to the U.S. are reserved to the states or to the people, e.g., people of Colorado.

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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

November 8, 2014 — 

I am truly honored and humbled to have received the most votes in the recent election for Avon Town Council. I am extremely grateful for the support from so many different people and communities within Avon. It has been an amazing experience getting to know many of my neighbors over these past few months, and I look forward to representing you through my new role. For the next four years, I will work hard to follow through on my promises of building partnerships, making our local government inclusive and approachable, and focusing on pedestrian, biker and driver safety. Thank you to everyone who engaged in the election process as voters, candidates and supporters. A special thank you to my husband, Tim, for his unwavering belief in me and tireless support through the campaign.

Megan Burch

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Vail Daily letter: Important conversations

November 7, 2014 — 

Amid the outreach hospices are doing in communities across the country this November for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Home Care and Hospice of the Valley is emphasizing the importance of quality of end-of-life care for all Americans, regardless of age, diagnoses or location of care. This includes starting conversations about your end of life wishes.

During the month on November, there will be a couple of opportunities for you to attend a seminar called “The Conversation Project: A Good Death or a Hard One — Let’s Talk!” This is an engagement campaign to get everyone’s end-of-life wishes expressed and respected. These conversations are difficult but necessary. Conversations should not take place only at the end of life but throughout life. Waiting until the end is not productive. It can cause more family dynamics and complicated grief in the end.

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Vail Daily letter: Losing arguments

November 4, 2014 — 

Gerry Spence, the masterful Wyoming trial lawyer who has never lost a criminal case, defines winning an argument as “getting what you want.” Barbara Allen of Edwards seems determined to build a similar reputation as a master of losing arguments. She furthers her battle against her own interests each time she puts her mean-spirited pen to paper. Whether on the marijuana issue or in her open space battles of recent history, she has proven herself incapable of constructing winning arguments.

In her letters of recent years, she’s implied that a county commissioner has a cold heart and mind bent on destroying children. She’s suggested people are criminals. She’s made specious linkages and careless reference to local family tragedies. She fails to realize that the childhood rhyme “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” just isn’t true. Words damage real, living people. Words hurt our friends and neighbors. They raise wounds that do not heal. And they alienate those that might be persuaded by our arguments. We are all called to argue. It is our civic duty in shaping the world we want to live in.

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Vail Daily letter: Ban gay marriage

November 4, 2014 — 

I am writing this letter after giving some thought to all of the silliness found in the local newspaper at times. What caught my attention recently were articles on gay “marriage” and the banning of plastic bags in Vail.

The Vail Valley is full of people so intent on saving the earth that they lose sight of what is truly important in life: God, family and the Green Bay Packers (OK, maybe not so much the last one). The first two are very important, though! That being said, I see this valley (and the country as a whole) going against God’s word. Just read the daily newspaper! The Bible makes it clear that homosexual practices are sinful, that marriage is between a man and a woman and that we should be good stewards of the earth, but we are not to worship it.

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Vail Daily letter: Bettis for coroner

November 3, 2014 — 

Our coroner’s election raises an issue: Whether the selection process should be political or based on expertise. The coroner makes no political decisions and does not depend on any political organization to do the job. This is one of the few elected offices where politics should not be the deciding factor.

But this year’s Eagle County coroner’s election is becoming politicized. It appears important, to some, to fill county positions with officials based upon their association with a political party. When “non-issues” become the focus of attention, we might consider returning to the real issues.

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Vail Daily letter: Asking for your vote

November 3, 2014 — 

To earn the honor of a person’s vote, you must spend time learning about their hopes and concerns while collaborating with them on ideas to lift up our communities. I have spent the past year reaching out to voters in Senate District 5 one-on-one on their porches or over the phone, working with you on a plan to create an economy that works for everyone and not just those at the very top, and that’s what I will continue to do if you elect me as your next state senator.

While my opponent and his allies have been clogging our mailboxes with negative ads straight out of the tea party playbook, I have had the great pleasure of talking to thousands of voters about our vision for our state. I’m so grateful to have the support of not only Democrats, but also Republicans and independents. Our shared values and common goals are stronger than the partisan labels that separate us during an election season.

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Vail Daily letter: Mitsch Bush for state House

November 3, 2014 — 

Diane Mitsch Bush, our representative at the State Capitol, actually gets herself out to see us on a regular basis — even when she’s not campaigning. Wow. And she checks in with us because she wants to know what we think about the issues tugging at our Western Slope. And she wins for us because she doesn’t fight a partisan battle. She works with all sides to make sure that the greater good is achieved for Colorado. That’s why I voted for her. I hope you will, too.

Please walk your ballot in. It’s way too late to mail!

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Vail Daily letter: Great fiasco in Avon

November 3, 2014 — 

I read Mayor Rich Carroll’s Vail Daily column entitled “Great things happening in Avon” and was struck by his upbeat tone on the town’s purchase of the Skier Building. I have performed a reasonable amount of due diligence on this acquisition, and I can say with confidence that by the town purchasing this incomplete building and undertaking the requisite work, it will be the most expensive commercial office building in the valley and far beyond. The town is purchasing a building that lacks parking, has sat vacant for years, and justifies its purchase by stating that the property will provide restrooms to the public and meeting space. The only mention of economics is Carroll’s statement that the town can do this with no increase in tax revenues. That is hardly a justification. The town is using its precious funds to pay interest on debt — funds that could be deployed into projects that actually create revenue for the town rather than simply provide an over-improved set of office space for town employees.

Let’s look at the economics of this purchase — firstly, the acquisition price is $200 per square foot. The town estimates that it will cost another $180 per square foot to finish out the space. Both of these figures were supplied by the town to me. I think we have a right to be skeptical that the town can manage construction projects, as evidenced by the debacle involving Brian Judge and the new amphitheatre. But even if these figures are accurate, there is no commercial office building in the valley that is valued at $380 per square foot. So why should the town set the high water mark on purchasing and building out government office space? Because they can offer bathrooms and meeting space? The town was offered commercial office space to lease at less than $20 per square foot (again, figures supplied by the town). That is a far cry less expensive than this purchase. However, the town did not want to pursue this lease because the landlord only offered a 10-year term. I’m not sure how hard the town negotiated. Rather, I think it simply wanted to build out its own luxurious space.

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Vail Daily letter: Campaign hypocrisy

November 3, 2014 — 

“While my opponent and his allies have been clogging our mailboxes with negative ads straight out of the tea party playbook ... ” — Kerry Donovan, Aspen Times, Nov. 1.

Dear Kerry,

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Vail Daily letter: Integrity and honesty

November 3, 2014 — 

This past summer (2014), we traveled from the Denver area over the Rockies. We stopped for gas as we have done for 20 years, at the West Vail Shell gas station owned by Darin Tucholke. Inadvertently, I left my wallet at the payment counter inside the station. About four hours later, upon realizing the error, I called the station and spoke with Scott Athey, the employee who had my wallet in a safe place. Scott offered to overnight my wallet to the Utah area on his own personal time and inconvenience. It arrived within 24 hours with everything intact. I have always appreciated the friendly service and clean facilities at this service station. It is refreshing to find honesty and integrity on a very high level. My thanks go to Darin and Scott.

Gary Green

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Vail Daily letter: Ban campaign ads

November 2, 2014 — 

Yeah, let’s just start with that: Campaign ads — do they really have any purpose? The system has to change. Now, it is not unusual to wait in line at the local post offices, but today I had to wait in line to distribute the 30 high-gloss political ads directly into the trash/recycle bin without even looking at the work of the graphic artists — toothy grins and promises they may hold. I was not alone in this line; in fact, I think it may have represented a very wide demographic of this area. Everyone, young and old, rich and poor, they all tossed the campaigns valuable messages directly into the bin. They did not discriminate between conservative or liberal. Each was treated to a one-way trip to the landfill.

What a waste, I thought. What a complete waste of everybody’s time and money. The paper and photo processing, not to mention the postage, are a waste. But, let’s concentrate on the TV ads. Nobody likes them; in fact, most people hate them and are quite vocal about it. He said this, she said that, this side says this and the other says that. We as citizens of Colorado go nowhere. We as citizens of this nation spiral downward while we let politicians argue about things that really make no difference in the big picture. That picture is bleak, no doubt, if we allow politicians to sell themselves and their vote to the highest bidder. That wasn’t what I was taught in school about democracy and how our government was supposed to work. But that’s how our government works now. So get out your checkbook or go to the back of the line and realize that your vote doesn’t matter anyway because the ballot box has been purchased already.

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Vail Daily letter: Vote for Donovan, Udall

November 2, 2014 — 

When I came here in 1962, Eagle County was a paradise. The then-little start-up town of Vail gave us a place to live while we hiked, skied, fished and hunted in the hills, forests and high mountain wilderness areas.

We ran into occasional cowboys. We admired them. They were a big part of the traditional West. I discovered later working with the cattlemen that they had learned from several generations of using the land how to take care of it. Their success depends on healthy grazing lands.

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Vail Daily letter: Donovan for state Senate

November 2, 2014 — 

Our disdain for our current political environment is our own fault. Too often we vote along party lines because it is what we know — it’s what we have done over and over again. At some point, all the frustration we convey to our friends and family will lead us to finally vote our convictions at the polls — regardless of party affiliation. When we finally vote for the person who truly represents our beliefs, we may initiate the change we often think so elusive. Take a look at Kerry Donovan. Honesty and integrity run deep here. Not all people that run for political office do so because it’s a calling — Kerry is.

Judd Haims

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Vail Daily letter: McQueeney for commissioner

November 2, 2014 — 

Two words ... Jeanne McQueeney. She has won my vote for Eagle County commissioner, and I hope she gets yours as well. Having served with her on the Eagle County Schools Board of Education I know firsthand that she can tackle difficult decisions and understand what is necessary to do so. She is compassionate and listens to the issues as well as works tirelessly in many different arenas to keep our county a wonderful place to live, work, play and educate our children. We need her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and experience, so please join me in voting for Jeanne McQueeney for Eagle County commissioner.

Connie Kincaid-Strahan

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Vail Daily letter: McQueeney for commissioner

November 1, 2014 — 

This letter is to enthusiastically endorse Jeanne McQueeney for county commissioner. I have had the privilege of knowing Jeanne since she moved to Eagle County 23 years ago. I have partnered with her in community efforts such as Bright Start and Rural Resort Region, benefitted from her expertise through Early Childhood Partners, and taught classes with her at Colorado Mountain College.

As the chairperson of the Eagle County School Board, she stewarded our district through tough economic times and innovative educational direction. She was my son’s preschool teacher and was there again at his high school graduation, handing him his diploma. As a conservative, I value her ability to see both sides and broker consensus between different perspectives so that all are represented and the work moves forward. In all her endeavors, she has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, integrity, honesty and an unparalleled commitment to Eagle County’s families and our way of life. Vote for Jeanne McQueeney — we need her leadership and vision for Eagle County!

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Vail Daily letter: Asking for your vote

November 1, 2014 — 

Eagle County is a special place in a great state. To live here is a gift and a blessing. To be able to serve its people, an honor. When my wife and I decided to make Eagle County our home, we knew it was the right decision. Our three children have flourished in its schools and have brought home friends that reflect just how great our citizens are.

January will mark the beginning of my 19th consecutive year in law enforcement. I have served in many roles over that time: Detective, sergeant, instructor, assessor, lieutenant and commander, to name a few. If you want more specifics I have openly posted and made my resume available on my website and Facebook page (Harveyforsheriff.com). I have tried to be as transparent as possible with all that I have done. You will find that I have always chosen to take on tougher assignments. I’m a firm believer that if we are not getting better at what we do, then we are falling behind. In law enforcement, not pushing ourselves to be better can have tragic consequences for our communities. I have always worked to push the organizations and people I worked with to be better. In helping others reach their potential, I have also pushed myself and continued to improve. My motive has always been simply to help others and make a positive difference for those I serve. A life of service is often a life of sacrifice, which is why you won’t meet any wealthy police officers. Public servants don’t get into the profession for the money.

On Tuesday, Eagle County residents will decide what the future is for the Sheriff’s Office by choosing the person to lead it. The Sheriff’s Office has the capacity to build relationships and provide services that can make all of our lives safer, better. Voters must decide what experience, education and abilities are important to realize this potential. Experience is more than just being in a place, it is what you do while you’re there. Education is merely philosophy unless it is put into practice in the real world. Ability is only potential unless it is tested in the field. The question for voters of who the best candidate will be for sheriff this election is much easier when you consider what I have done with my last 19 years and what that has meant for the law enforcement agencies and communities I’ve served. Looking back at the things a person has accomplished is the best way to know how they will serve the next four years as our sheriff. I hope that you cast your ballot and vote for the best choice for Eagle County sheriff, Daric R. Harvey.

Daric R. Harvey

Gypsum

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