Letters to the Editor
I am writing to endorse Jon Warnick in the Nov. 3 election for the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. Jon has a passion for education and has been involved with CMC for the past 15 years. He has served on the CMC Foundation Board as chairman and treasurer. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers and was involved in introducing the four-year bachelor’s program at CMC. He has been a sponsor of CMC’s Scholar’s Program since 2007. He has also been a continuing education student at CMC, having completed 34 classes over the last 15 years.
Jon is a retired executive from IBM with 30 years of business experience. This experience will strongly complement CMC’s focus on affordability through low tuitions and scholarships.Learn more »
On Sept. 25, Eagle County Paramedic Services collaborated with 12 Eagle County medical organizations to bring together a variety of health-related screenings to promote older adult wellness in our community. We would like to thank the following professionals for participating in our 11th annual Senior Health Fair who collectively provided oral, hearing, and vision screenings, medical history, medication documentation and prescription consultation, vital sign monitoring, laboratory test review, foot care exams, balance, skin cancer and vein screening, flu and pneumonia vaccines, cardiac/EKG screening, bladder incontinence counseling and mental well-being assessments.
We could not have done it without their help.Learn more »
Bob Ticer and Kevin Kottenstette are running for seats on the Eagle County School Board. I’m fully supporting Ticer in District D and Kottenstette in District E. Although I’ve recently retired after 35 years of teaching and coaching, and my youngest kid recently graduated from Eagle Valley High School, the future of our local schools still remains a top priority for me. I encourage you to get to know your candidates and get out and vote.
Both Ticer and Kottenstette will bring balance, experience and expertise to our Board of Education. They will also ensure transparency and that their constituents are heard. The No. 1 thing they will both bring to the table is their passion for kids.Learn more »
There is only one contested seat for the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees, and that is in East Garfield County. We, the Eagle County voters, get to cast a ballot for all candidates in the 12,000-square-mile, six-county CMC district. I urge you to support my friend, Jon Warnick, in this election. I have worked with Jon since he became involved with CMC 15 years ago. He joined the CMC Foundation Board in 2008 and became its chair in 2009, while I was chair of the CMC Board of Trustees. From 2009 through 2014, I served as his colleague on the CMC Foundation Board. He brought new purpose and success to the foundation, along with a much stronger organization. His leadership, along with the CMC team and other foundation board members, helped the CMC Foundation raise more and more funds to continue to build new academic facilities and to increase the availability of student scholarships.
Jon’s passion for education is what moves him to seek election as a trustee. Since he retired, he has taken 34 continuing education classes at CMC. His earlier education included earning a BS in engineering and business from the University of Colorado, and then both a law degree and MBA from the University of Denver. He retired from a 30-year career with IBM, leading a customer focus education program for 60,000 IBM employees. He serves on the CMC Board of Overseers, and was involved in CMC’s introduction of five new bachelor’s degree programs. He, as I am, is fully committed to the important role that CMC plays in making high quality, affordable higher education available to those of us who live in Eagle County and five other Western Slope counties. His background of business experience combined with this passion for education will make Jon an excellent CMC Trustee. Please mark your ballot for Jon Warnick for CMC trustee.Learn more »
On the Nov. 3 ballot, voters will be given an opportunity to elect four at-large representatives to the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. All of the candidates for this important four-year position — which sets college goals, approves and manages its budget, and hires/evaluates the president — are running unopposed, with the exception of Jon Warnick, a resident of CMC District 2 (East Garfield County).
I wholeheartedly endorse Jon Warnick for the CMC Board of Trustees. I was honored to work with Jon for seven years during his tenure on the CMC Foundation Board, on which he also served as chairman and treasurer. Jon’s dedication to education, thoughtful leadership, and passion for CMC contributed to seminal developments at the college, including the Isaacson School for New Media, new scholarship programs (Jon’s family sponsors an annual CMC scholarship), and the four-year bachelor’s degree program.Learn more »
We enthusiastically support Mark Christie for Vail Town Council! We have worked closely with Mark for the last five years in the Vail Community Host Program. Mark is in charge of that program and coordinates the approximately 60 volunteers who participate. He is also in charge of operations at the town’s Welcome Centers in Vail Village and Lionshead. Mark has proven many times over that he possesses the necessary skills to administer these programs. More importantly, these positions keep him in touch with the community. He knows the town and the Town Council, our merchants, Vail Resorts and its numerous activities, and most critically, the expectations of our visitors who drive our economy. His knowledge and experience, combined with his understanding, creativity and ability to communicate, will make a very positive impact on Town Council !
Please vote for Mark Christie on Nov. 3!Learn more »
Jon Warnick is an experienced and excellent candidate for Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees. I have served with him on the CMC Foundation Board for four years and can attest to his diligence and passion in working towards an amazing future for the college at an affordable cost to students.
Our work together is evident in the Edwards campus’ creation of four bachelor degree programs in sustainability studies, applied science, business administration and elementary education. These advanced degree programs are exceptional career opportunities for our workforce in the valley.Learn more »
My name is Mark Christie and I am running for a position on the Vail Town Council.
To give you some background on me, I am originally from New Jersey and worked in the reinsurance industry in both New York and Bermuda for over 20 years and was involved with planning, executing and budgeting on a worldwide basis. I came to Vail in the mid-’90s to try mountain biking and immediately fell in love with the town. From the moment I arrived, I felt very much at home. After numerous trips I decided to purchase a condo in East Vail with the thought that I would use it a few times a year. Vail was a special place for me. Eventually, I found myself coming out here every weekend and finally, in 2004, decided to retire early and move here full time.Learn more »
I imagine I must be fortunate to live in here in Eagle County where we have so much tax money to burn. I live in Homestead in Edwards where this week our perfectly smooth and pothole-free streets are being torn up and re-paved. While I love a fresh smooth road as much as the next person, I am at a total loss to see the reason, nor have I been able to find an answer to why this needed to be done. I would think the cost of fixing what is not broken could have been better spent on developing local parks, schools or some other more worthwhile social or infrastructure program.
I would be curious to know what was so wrong with our streets and that they needed to be repaved.Learn more »
Did you know that the average brain is not even fully developed until the age of 25? I currently struggle with and need to be reminded to pay attention to the positive and ignore the attention seeking meltdowns. My friends and I endlessly support each other by being good listeners to the very normal parenting frustrations. In our community many of us truly are raising our children as a collaborative effort, since most of us do not have family nearby. We live by the slogan, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As our children approach their adolescent years, this “village” becomes even more important.
As you know, teens face enormous challenges in decision making and many times can’t rely on their brains to help them make healthy choices. Looking back at my adolescent years, there were topics of discussion that my parents really had stuck in my head. On the list was the use of drugs, alcohol and peer pressure. Rarely was a conversation had about “sex.” As a parent of adolescents, are you having these conversations? I can’t imagine that they are easy.Learn more »
I am writing this letter to support Mark Christie for Vail Town Council. I have known and worked with Mark for the past 10 years and there are not enough superlatives that I can use to describe Mark’s work ethic and commitment to the town of Vail. He has great people skills and has demonstrated, through the years, his willingness to accept new challenges, go the extra mile to help people, and give 100 percent to every task he undertakes. Not only does Mark have a complete knowledge of Vail, but the Community Host Program, which he heads, has garnered praise from the town of Vail, merchants and guests visiting Vail. With his great exposure to so many people, both locals and guests to the resort, he has his finger on the pulse of the wants and needs of the community.
Mark is the complete package, with a business background and 10 years representing the town of Vail, as an integral part of the Vail and Lionshead welcome centers. People depend on Mark because they know if a job needs to be done and done right, he is the “go to” man.Learn more »
In regards to Mr. Hegner’s letter on Wednesday, automobiles are not Constitutionally protected and they kill more people per year than firearms — correction, people driving automobiles kill more people per year than people with firearms (inanimate objects cannot kill people on their own). Thanks for sharing your opinion, though.
Matt SolomonLearn more »
It is now proposed and confirmed that our “commander in chief” (Field Marshal Obama) will immigrate to the United States 85,000 Syrian Muslims in 2016, and another 100,000 of them in 2017. And I would surmise that there would be very few, if any, Christians and Jews in the lot owing to their being “infidels” under the faith of Islam and the historic persecution they have suffered under the Syrian regime. True to form, Obama will vet the sentiments and dangers of these new “invitees” to the homeland like he has for millions of illegal aliens crossing our southern border — absolutely nothing, only another “red line” for the protection of American citizens!
Perhaps a majority of these new refugees will be male of a “fighting” age. Perhaps some or many of them have been programmed to conduct “lone wolf” attacks on American citizens. Perhaps some or many of them will not assimilate into the American society, but will congregate in enclaves, and reject our laws and rules in favor of Sharia law. Perhaps many, if not all, will be a further financial burden to be carried by our citizens, since most will not know our language (Spanish or English), and therefore be inhibited from gainful employment. The term “perhaps” connotes speculation and not assurance or meaningful forethought. However, shall we again rely on our commander in chief’s word or assurances that he will only allow law-abiding and peaceful refugees into our Obamacare society? Ergo, “you can keep your safety,” “you can keep you property” or “you can keep you life”.Learn more »
Doe Browning is the most civic-minded and active citizen I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. During the past 16 years while she’s been a resident of Vail, she’s actively served on the board of six separate public organizations dedicated to improving life for our residents. Doe is definitely not just another pretty face, but a substantial woman who has already accomplished great things for our community. Whether as chairperson of the Art in Public Places committee or on the board of the Youth Foundation where I served with her, her thinking has been original but practical, and she has backed up her ideas with hard work. She would be a great asset to the Town Council, and I have little doubt that we would soon feel the positive effects of her dedicated and intelligent work.
Dick RothkopfLearn more »
I have known Doe Browning for a number of years in our capacity as members of a national organization called Rachel’s Network. One of my philanthropic interests has been in encouraging, promoting and supporting women candidates to elective office from all parties. It is my belief that a more gender equity political system in our country, at all levels, would serve our communities/society well in such complicated and troubled times.
Doe Browning, a lifelong Vail resident, volunteer and philanthropist, has demonstrated her leadership skills throughout her career with both creative and business savvy approaches. She is smart, intuitive, direct and fair. She is an excellent listener, makes decisions based on collected information, and has the organizational skills to manage multiple tasks efficiently. I am delighted that Doe has stepped up to seek an elected position in the town and feel certain that the residents will greatly benefit from her leadership, if they so choose.Learn more »
Is the NRA aware those who operate motor vehicles in Colorado are required by the government to register their automobiles with the state?
It’s an outrage!Learn more »
I would like to thank the Eagle River Youth Coalition for the impact they make on the youth of Eagle County.
I am a member of their Youth Leaders Council and the experience has been invaluable. ERYC tackles substance prevention/use, wellness/mental health promotion and academic achievement. They target issues specifically facing youth in our county, because as a 17-year-old I can tell you that we face unique challenges growing up in a Colorado resort community. Through the Healthy Kids Colorado survey, ERYC can focus on specific prevention efforts and create widespread and productive change throughout our community.Learn more »
Bob Ticer is running for a seat on the Eagle County School Board. As the police chief for the town of Avon, Bob has an eye on excellence, safety and community involvement. He is an outstanding individual, one of the highest integrity, and is one who believes in keeping the lines of communication open.
Bob Ticer succeeds in bringing excellence to the town of Avon. He reaches deep into our Hispanic community to develop relationships. Bob started one program called the “Kids, Cops, and Hoops Community Basketball Program,” participating in regular pick-up basketball games with kids in our community who benefit from his positive role modeling.Learn more »
Kim Langmaid, in addition to having all of the credentials necessary to make an outstanding Vail Town Council member, has proven herself to be unique in terms of her understanding and passion for sustaining Vail as a great place to live and raise a family. As a third-generation Vail resident, Kim is dedicated to the Vail community as a whole and to maintaining its sense of community and quality of life.
After attending elementary and high school in Vail and learning to appreciate all that the town and area have to offer, she took the initiative of establishing the Gore Range Natural Science School to help teach others to understand and protect our local environment. That school has grown into the multi-million dollar Walking Mountains Science Center and now serves over 30,000 people annually with programs at the Vail Nature Center, Vail Mountain, Meadow Mountain and Avon for students and adult residents and visitors.Learn more »
Bright Future Foundation recently celebrated its 16th annual Aces & Eagles Tournament. This year saw an abundance of golf and women’s tennis players, as well as silent auction and event sponsors. Monies raised by this event will fund Bright Future’s programs and services to empower Eagle County families and individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Bright Future is grateful to our sponsors, including Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Cindy Engles, Country Club of the Rockies, Alpine Bank, East West Partners, East West Resorts, Elise and Vic Micati, FirstBank, GE Johnson Construction, Nedbo Construction, Vail Daily, Vail Resorts, Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Brookside Park Signature Lofts, Laine and Merv Lapin, Arrigoni Woods, Beck Building, Cindy V. Callaway Foundation, Horizon Holding, K.H. Webb Design, Vail Summit Orthopaedics, West Vail Liquor Mart and Xssentials.Learn more »
I am Carolyn Knox Keep, longtime Vail Valley local. I am writing to ask for your vote to elect me to Eagle County School Board.
I grew up the Vail Valley and am raising my family here. I was one of the first Red Sandstone Elementary School students and have a special love for Eagle County public schools. I have experienced the amazing growth of our community and am proud to be a member of our exciting history.Learn more »
We wish to endorse Doe Browning for Vail Town Council. She has passion, drive, creativity and intelligence and will move Vail forward as an advocate and leader. We have known Doe for many years through her philanthropy and commitment to the arts and can attest to her ability to problem solve and think out of the box. Her sense of fairness, ability to process information, and sparkling personality are just what Vail needs. Vote for Doe!
Annah Scully and Colin MeiringLearn more »
For much of the summer and especially in Sept. 19 Valley Voices, the Vail Homeowners Association has lamented special events and parking on the frontage road.
The easiest solution to the problem — as the Home Owners Association apparently sees it — is to do away with special events and forget about summer advertising.Learn more »
I am Tessa Kirchner and since 2011, I have had the great honor and stewardship of serving on the Eagle County School Board. I ask for your vote for a second term.
I have a deep belief in public education and its ability to make a great community, nation and society. I have been involved in Eagle County public schools for over a decade and was compellingly drawn to participate on the School Board. Since 2008, I have attended most School Board meetings; for four years as a citizen, and starting in 2011 as an elected board member.Learn more »
It seems as though columnist Richard Carnes (My View, Tuesday’s Vail Daily) has jumped on yet another opportunity to bash religion when he commented on candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s expression of concern in electing a Muslim as president because of Islamic law’s conflict with our Constitution. Carnes agreed with Dr. Carson, and certainly most Americans would, too. Then Carnes goes on to say no religion should be allowed to influence public policy, and this is a confirmation of the separation between church and state. Nothing controversial yet. But Carnes is a controversial kind of guy, and he has his anti-religious agenda to present, so there’s more to come. He tells us that no religious law is consistent with the Constitution, and that’s where I disagree with him. Most Americans who took a history course know our Constitution was greatly influenced by the Judeo-Christian moral law, and we are the better for it.
Even if we concede his point though, it’s only fair to say that no religion means his religion, too. What exactly is his religion? He doesn’t say, but he has one. We all do. From his comments in this and previous commentaries on the subject, he’s a believer in unbelief, an anti-theist. But there is a godless religion, it’s called secular humanism, and Carnes should give it serious consideration because it’s a great fit for him. Author David Noebel tells us about this religion in his book “Understanding the Times,” a recommended read for Mr. Carnes.Learn more »
Thank you so much to Eagle River Fire Department Engines 7, 5 and 15 for all your help at our food drive. Thank you, Sam, Rebecca and Chris and Vail Ski Patrol. Thank you, also, Vail Resorts Epic Promise. Without you, we could have not done it. But a huge thank you to the generosity of everyone in the valley for donating food to our Food for Kids Backpack Program. Thank you, Walmart, for letting us do our sixth annual food drive.
If you would like to find our more about Food for Kids Backpack Program, you can visit our website, foodrescueexpress.orgLearn more »
To be “politically correct” these days is to refrain from any display, verbal or pictorial, that would offend some faction of our society; and it now seems that to display the Confederate flag is offensive to those of a certain descent, because of the civil abuses of the Southern states between 1861 and 1865. Offensive names or phrases such as Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Charleston or Dixie are considered to be in poor taste by those of more refinement or pedigree. So, to be accepted in today’s more progressive society, watch what you say or wave, albeit, flags are a form of rightful expression, and accordingly protected by the First Amendment.
Amache (Colorado), Heart Mountain (Wyoming) or Manzanar (California) and the like also should remind us of our past civil abuses; for those not in the “know,” these were but a few of the Japanese internment camps established between 1941 and 1945 to isolate and relocate those Americans of Japanese descent from the west coast of the United States, albeit their civil rights were supposedly protected by the Constitution. Using the same sentiments and sequitur regarding the Confederate flag, one would think that displaying the American flag (aka Union Jack) would also be offensive to those among us of Japanese ancestry. Where is the hue and cry from those progressives and bleeding hearts to remind us of our sordid history when that flag is displayed on every government edifice, in every military cemetery and on most private lawns during Memorial Day or on the Fourth of July?Learn more »
My name is Felicia Battle and I am running for the school board because I am committed to the success of Eagle County students and care about our valleywide community. I have lived in Eagle County for almost 20 years. My two children attend Eagle Valley Middle School and I currently serve on the Eagle County School District Board of Education.
I directly experience and understand the needs of our students and teachers. As a parent and volunteer, I have served as Brush Creek Elementary School PTA president, Eagle Valley Middle School PTA member, Education Foundation of Eagle County founder and trustee, and I also served on my neighborhood homeowners association board of directors. Through my volunteer and community work, I established relationships with parents, teachers, principals, students and community leaders. I enjoy working in collaborative ways to expand students’ experiences and provide new opportunities for learning.Learn more »
With the Rocky Mountains at peak foliage, Sept. 20 was the perfect day for the seventh annual Hike, Wine & Dine. Over 400 participants gathered to enjoy the scenery of Beaver Creek, delicacies prepared by some of the area’s finest chefs and a brisk hike for a great cause. The event raised over $100,000 with proceeds benefitting Jack’s Place and Shaw Regional Cancer Center, helping offset the operating costs of lodging for our cancer patients and their caregivers on a pay-what-you-can basis. Thanks to dollars raised through events like this, Jack’s Place has provided over 8,250 nights of respite since opening in 2007.
This event has been made possible each year by the tireless leadership of Sue Franciose and the Shaw Outreach Team, our generous sponsors, talented chefs, supportive staff and everyone who makes time to participate in this fun and worthwhile fundraiser. Thank you!Learn more »
I believe in our kids. I believe in excellence, and we have in place people in this community who can move our educational achievements to this level. My name is Robert Ticer, and I am running for Eagle County School Board.
Some formal background in education is useful to serve on a community panel like the School Board, which is why I bring to the table a master’s degree in educational leadership and experience teaching at the university and community college level.Learn more »