Letters to the Editor
So it’s a “gray area,” says the U.S. Forest Service regarding public access along the reaches of the Salt Creek road (south of Eagle). Mr. Bissett of Texas (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6) found this out from this federal agency when he protested a landowner’s sign that declared the road to be “private.”
Here again, when it comes to individual rights, specifically the right to enjoy public lands, a federal agency, rather than acknowledging or researching the truth, evades an issue by asserting that it is murky, “gray” or subject to equivocation.Learn more »
Ballots have been mailed making it appropriate to examine the relevancy of the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the founders’ vision for the great experiment in liberty are rarely part of the public school curriculum today. Upon the occasion these are included, the subject is usually treated as a children’s story or fable. This is not by accident. The government controlling the school system has been subverting the Constitution from inception. For more than 100 years, the progressives’ incrementalism has delegitimized the Constitution in the minds of many. Socialists captured academia generations ago.
“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” — Lenin.Learn more »
With mid-terms upon us, and re-emergence of Mitt Romney, I wanted to share 24-month results Down Under since his look-alike, John Key, was elected there. His platform was decidedly Romney-esque:
• Less government and regulations.Learn more »
A few supporters of James van Beek have insinuated that Daric Harvey insulted Mr. van Beek in a newspaper ad that had a side-by-side comparison of the two sheriff candidates. The ad listed Mr. van Beek’s current job title as “bus driver/dispatcher.” Why are people taking offense to this? Does the ad say that being a bus driver is somehow not admirable? No. The ad merely illustrates the current employment status of each man. The issue goes to qualifications and recent job experience. I cannot see how this can be construed as anything other than what it is — a factual statement which has been supported by Mr. van Beek publicly.
I have been volunteering for Daric Harvey’s campaign for the past several months and I have never heard him make a disparaging remark about his opponent. For one thing, it goes against Daric’s character to do so. He also doesn’t need to stoop to negative campaigning because he has a solid and diverse resume with current, relevant law enforcement experience.Learn more »
After learning that the Denver Post had endorsed Cory Gardner, I felt it was important to learn more about him as a candidate. I thought that maybe, as the Denver Post asserts, it’s time for a change even though Rep. Gardner’s record on women’s rights is abysmal. The conclusion I have come to believe is that Congressman Gardner’s record in Congress is not stellar enough to warrant voting for him to become the new Colorado senator. He would, in fact, be new, but his legislative ideas are certainly not dramatic enough to offset the work that Sen. Udall has already accomplished.
Style and substance are issues in this campaign, and really speak a lot about the choices voters have. Mark Udall is an understated, passionate, career politician with deep family roots in government. Some people think being a career politician is a bad thing, but his record would work against this. Sen. Udall has been able to accomplish much in his years as a representative and senator including eliminating the “don’t ask, don’t tell,” phrase from military policy, serving on the intelligence committee and advocating for citizens’ privacy, and championing legislation regarding energy and natural resources policy.Learn more »
The current coroner has been in office for some time. However, we are supporting Sue Franciose for Eagle County coroner. Sue is a long-term resident of the valley and has an extensive medical and public health background.
Sue is a former Eagle County deputy coroner and is passionate about providing our community with informative programs. For example, organ donation is the responsibility of the Coroner’s Office and needs more attention that it is currently receiving. Sue has served as a registered nurse on harvest and transplant teams. She is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants to donate has the opportunity to do so. This is very important in our community because of the need for tissue and bone donors.Learn more »
The Eagle Valley and surrounding communities recently came together at 4 Eagle Ranch to support the Scott family of Burns who had a huge cattle loss at their ranch. It was an evening filled with smiles, laughter and tears. Families came with the great-grandparents down to newborns, old friends getting re-acquainted after a busy summer, and strangers came and gave with generous hearts.
4 Eagle Ranch opened its doors and hundreds of folks from Fort Collins to Grand Junction to the Yampa Valley filled the ranch’s main hall and spent the evening visiting, dancing and giving of themselves to help this local family. And the food! Two long tables stretched down the room and were filled with treasured family potluck dishes lovingly prepared. It was a sight!Learn more »
Your front page headline “Colorado High School Cycling League draws 613 riders ... ” really caught my attention. The number 613 has great meaning to many Jews as it represent the total number of positive and negative commandments in the Torah (yes, there are more than 10). So the fact that exactly 613 riders are participating makes it a special event.
Kenneth WetcherLearn more »
I have lived here my whole life. I have worked doing everything from plowing streets to maintenance for the town of Vail, and now serve as a supervisor in the public works group. My family originally lived in Gilman before the mine closed down in ’78. I’ve known most of the sheriffs that have come through Eagle County since my time being around.
One thing I think we should have in a sheriff is the ability to be respected and give respect. Daric Harvey is the kind of guy that you can walk up to on the street, and he’ll treat you the same as if he were in uniform as in normal clothes. We’ve worked together over the past three years, and every time you see him talk to anybody, he’s always very open and kind. I would never be worried about talking to Daric about anything I had on my mind for the Sheriff’s Office, whether he was in uniform or not. There’s no caprice there in regard to his office, if you know what I mean.Learn more »
I am writing to express my sincere endorsement of Sue Franciose for Eagle County coroner. It is my belief as a trained mental health counselor that such a position should be held by a person of integrity, wisdom and compassion. This is a position that requires medical intellect, passion for the truth and an ability to hold the ethical and appropriate space within the community. In my years of knowing Sue it has been my pleasure to witness her passion and commitment to the Eagle County community. She is dedicated her time, energy and financial resources to many deserving citizens of this community, from the youth to the elderly, as well as physically ill. I am proud and excited for her current work with organ donation. I wholeheartedly request your consideration of Sue in the upcoming election.
Kerri ThelenLearn more »
I will tell you that politics is not my thing. I am amazed at the harsh things that come out against each other. So, that is why I wanted to write something.
Kerry Donovon has been a major player in my family’s life. I am from Crested Butte. This is where we raised our family. Our son, Aaron Blunck, decided that he wanted to go further with his skiing career. We made the hardest decision we have ever made. We moved Aaron over to Vail, so that he could train and finish high school. Aaron went to Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.Learn more »
Eagle County voters should re-elect Kara Bettis for the office of Eagle County coroner, the clearly superior candidate based on her experience, forensic training, dedication and commendable performance. The county coroner’s tasks must be performed under often arduous and unpleasant circumstances beyond those directly associated with the tragedy itself. Consider the challenges of a single mom with two school-age children at home traveling to the site of a traffic fatality on I-70 at 3 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm. That requires tremendous dedication while performing those tasks with professionalism and compassion for the deceased and their families. I know from my personal acquaintance with Ms. Bettis that she is a thoroughly professional and compassionate person and a reliable and dedicated public servant of the residents of Eagle County.
Joe McHughLearn more »
Dear Angela Moore Maddalone (letter to the editor, Sept. 27),
Obviously, you have not read all of my letters. On Oct. 2, 2013, I did not know anything about either medical or recreational marijuana. There are several experts in Eagle County who have studied the science and have shared with me. Buddy Sims, Bob Ticer, Michelle Stetcher and Shar are four. Bob Doyle from the Front Range is a source. I have tremendous respect for medical marijuana and I have visited with Shar many times. I consider her a friend. You may know that she is a registered nurse and works at Rocky Mountain High in Edwards. She helps many of the cancer patients at Shaw. She intimated to me that she would prefer that recreational marijuana not be sold in Edwards.Learn more »
I recently heard someone say, “Democracy demands attention,” and in these times leading up to the election, it is so true. Voters must listen closely and do some investigating to find out the truth about their candidates and the issues. I encourage voters to do their due diligence to discover each candidate’s skills, experience, priorities and vision. These are the qualities that will make a difference to our county. I hope that you will take the time to get to know me.
I have lived and worked in Eagle County for 23 years. I am married and have raised my two children here. Like many, I enjoy skiing, camping, biking, community service, friends and family. I delight in the wonderful, beautiful qualities of Eagle County.Learn more »
I am writing to express my support of James Van Beek for sheriff. I have known James for over 22 years since meeting him while working at the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. I’ve known James and Carrie before they were married.
James and I worked under the leadership of A.J. Johnson as deputies in the Patrol Division. Having worked with James, I can say with confidence and admiration that he would make an excellent leader as sheriff.Learn more »
In reviewing candidate experience, platforms and debates, I am most impressed with those from Don Suppes, candidate for State Senate District 5. He clearly states his positions on every issue that we face here in Eagle County and most importantly his willingness to fight to keep Western Slope water from being diverted to Denver. This issue is vital to farming, ranching and recreation, which are very important not only here in our county, but throughout this huge district, which is made up of a combined seven counties. I believe Don will be the voice of rural Colorado when he gets to Denver.
Don’s family roots are deep here in Colorado; his family stems back for five generations on the Western Slope. Don himself is a lifelong resident of Delta County, a small business owner, and the twice elected mayor of Orchard City. He is, by far, the most qualified candidate for this position. I urge you to get the facts, ignore the attack adds by those pesky 527 organizations and vote for Don Suppes in the upcoming election.Learn more »
All of us in Colorado Senate District 5 are faced with a real and important choice when our ballots arrive in the next few days. For those of us that affiliate with a party, the choice may seem easier, but I want to encourage my fellow Republicans (I’ve been registered since voting for Jerry Ford in 1976) and any right-leaning independents to think twice before filling in the box based on party.
Full disclosure: Kerry Donovan, the Democratic candidate, is a good friend of mine. I got to know Kerry while we served together on the Vail Town Council. Here’s what I can tell you about my friend Kerry that you won’t get from one of those obnoxious mailers that keep clogging your mailboxLearn more »
I have read several letters relating to the upcoming Eagle County election for sheriff. Evaluating the two candidates, we need to carefully assess who will be best for our community because the position is critical to the direction, effort and attitude our Sheriff’s Office will have.
The November election is just around the corner for Eagle County voters who will select their new Eagle County sheriff. James van Beek, a 25-year Eagle County resident, is clearly the most qualified candidate in the race. He knows our community, is committed to addressing our community concerns as well as focused on maintaining a high-quality law enforcement service for the citizens of Eagle County. James van Beek is enthusiastic, capable of making tough decisions and is a proven leader and law enforcement officer. He has compassion for law enforcement that is crucial for the Sheriff’s Office. He will bring leadership that is necessary for the betterment of the department, as well as the citizens and communities of Eagle County.Learn more »
I am writing to express my support for Jeanne McQueeney and to ask my friends and community members to join me in voting for her in the upcoming election.
Jeanne has been a fearless and effective advocate in support of education and environment, among other issues, for more than two decades. For example, she founded Early Childhood Partners, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing quality preschool education for all children and families in our community.Learn more »
OK, I’m off my couch after reading Kim Andree’s letter supporting James van Beek and knocking Daric Harvey in Eagle County’s sheriff race. For the record, I am not a registered voter in Eagle County (yet) but was a political science major so I’m kind of a geek about this stuff. I’m also not a Democrat or Republican.
I saw the comparison ad that Ms. Andree refers to where Mr. Harvey was clearly illustrating the basic differences between himself and Mr. van Beek. I don’t mean to insult Ms. Andree or any of Mr. van Beek’s other supporters who have reacted so passionately to what, quite honestly, appears to be the truth. I researched both candidates and through Google found Mr. van Beek’s LinkedIn profile which shows his profession as a “driver/dispatcher at Eagle County Government.” So it appears that what Mr. Harvey said is simply a statement of fact regarding current employment. I also read Mr. van Beek’s Blogspot where he fails to mention his current employment. What I did not see in any ad or interview was disparaging remarks by Mr. Harvey against bus drivers or any other profession, seasonal or otherwise. It’s kind of a cheap shot to imply such.Learn more »
Election season is upon us. Almost over may be the more accurate description. Ballots were mailed last week and I have two Eagle County candidates that I am wholeheartedly supporting.
Kathy Chandler Henry is running for re-election as county commish. I’ve known her and worked with her for 20 some years. She was raised in the Eagle Valley and has been a committed educator, business owner, volunteer and trusted elected official. She was my first professor when I returned to college in my late 30s. She was one of the best teachers I would ever have, expecting a tremendous amount from her students and of herself. She is committed to representing the Roaring Fork Valley side of Eagle county and shows up consistently as a RFTA board member and to make sure she is there for the many times we need our voice heard on the other side. I trust and admire her more than any elected official I have ever known.Learn more »
Our Eagle County Board of Commissioners needs leadership that understands our “middle” class and someone who has an expansive understanding of our history with a vision to put unity back in our community. As a native from a multi-generational Eagle County family, Kathy Chandler-Henry is that leader. She understands who we are and the deep need to keep our next generation of Eagle County children living and working in Eagle County, the need to support and sustain our ranch families and support our Hispanic and Latino families raising a fourth or fifth generation in Eagle County today. She will work to prepare our children and families for success, keep our environmental assets strong and move us forward as a community. Let’s put unity back in our community and elect Kathy Chandler-Henry as our next Eagle County commissioner.
Jill E. KovacevichLearn more »
On Oct. 14, Avon Town Council completed its hurry-up approval for the purchase and remodel of the Skier Building for a new town hall. I again voiced my opposition to that purchase, which deserves much more review — especially since only very rough remodel estimates were made available.
My experience as a vice president at multi-billion dollar AutoZone Inc. included completing hundreds of real estate transactions — both new building projects and existing building remodels. I am a watchdog with the right skill set to speak out on this rush-job project.Learn more »
Early this year, my family lost our son and brother Tony. The support we have received since then reminds us that we live in a caring “small town” community. Nowhere was that better demonstrated than by Kara Bettis and her staff. Kara was professional and considerate. As matters came up, she took the time to contact me directly, regardless of the day or time. A vote for Kara is a vote for a job well done and the assurance that our friends and families will receive kind, compassionate treatment at a time when they need it most. Please join me in voting for Kara Bettis for county coroner.
Pete Seibert Jr.Learn more »
Sue Franciose gets my vote for coroner! She is more qualified than the incumbent with a National Level V Medical Investigator certification. She is a nationally certified forensic nurse and a member of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.
Her interest in forensic medicine led to her volunteer with a coroner’s office for a number of years. Sue’s background as an RN in critical care is a solid foundation for working with grieving families, and equally importantly, her interest and dedication has compelled her to continue her education in the field of forensic medicine.Learn more »
Dick Mayne has over 20 years of expertise serving on the Gypsum Town Council and making decisions that have moved the town forward year after year until it has become one of the best-run towns in Eagle County. Dick has shown his expertise in guiding the community to grow wisely, not lamenting the historic past of ranching but embracing planned growth in Gypsum that has provided the most economical housing in the valley while at the same time protecting our river corridors and expanding our water rights. He has helped to make Gypsum a community where young families can afford to live and have outstanding recreational opportunities from ball fields and a golf course to a recreation center and a responsible shooting sports facility.
One of the growing issues facing Eagle County and the Western Slope is water. Dick Mayne has dealt with water all his life and is one of the experts on our council when it comes to water issues. The Colorado Water Plan will affect all of us in Eagle County and I want someone with years of experience on water issues to represent our county for input relevant to this issue.Learn more »
Ballots are showing up in everyone’s mailbox, and I’m asking you to cast your vote for Sue Franciose for Eagle County coroner. I am a former local firefighter, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with Sue on the job when she was an deputy coroner to Donna Barnes. I’ve also known Sue personally for the past decade, watching our daughters grow up together in the valley.
I remember on one dark, long night, this poor soul had died on the highway in a traumatic fashion, and Sue spent the whole night out investigating this person’s death, while her daughter slept in the car, and I remember thinking, what dedication, she could have put us off to wait with the deceased until the morning (firefighters are going to stay there anyway), until someone was there to take care of her daughter and she could have dealt with the situation in the morning. But no, there she was, taking care of business in a professional and understanding way. There were no relatives present for this specific occasion, thankfully as it was quite gruesome, but regardless, the deceased was treated with respect and dignity while still preserving the integrity of the part of I-70 that was a crime scene at the time.Learn more »
I am voting for Jeanne McQueeney for Eagle County commissioner because she is intelligent, fair, caring and dependable. I have worked alongside Jeanne helping children, families and teachers from all backgrounds for over 10 years in Eagle County. She has been responsible for bringing valuable opportunities to our area such as the Incredible Years Parenting program and the Family Leadership Training Institute. I am grateful for how she has shared her vast knowledge and experience with me, my co-workers and the families we help. Jeanne means what she says and says what she means.
Voters should feel very confident that Jeanne will represent them well as an Eagle County commissioner.Learn more »
After the smoke clears, what is the true measure of a law enforcement officer? Is it all about college degrees or political affiliations? I believe the measure comes down to a higher calling, the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. The code identifies a fundamental duty to serve, protect and respect constitutional rights.
There will be many operational and technical issues facing the Sheriff’s Office. Our sheriff will need to rely on expert staff to address these issues. Though we watch the news, it is not these issues that create the most problems — it is a failure to successfully address the fundamental duty. I recently watched the news as citizens in Ferguson, Mo., protested and their chief of police apologized as he tried re-build public trust. I read about the chief’s credentials, having obtained an associate in applied life science, a bachelor in criminal justice management and a certificate in criminal justice education. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and had 30 years of police experience, serving as commander of a drug task force, SWAT supervisor, pilot, undercover detective, and hostage negotiator. What happened?Learn more »
Vail Daily letter: My picks for Avon councilOctober 19, 2014 —
Avon is heading in a superb direction with our new trails, swimming beach, pavilion, town hall and pedestrian mall. Having served the past eight years, I have found that the Avon Town Council works best with people who are thoughtful, respectful, prepared for meetings, and willing and able to engage in debate in a manner that values all opinions.
This election I will be voting for Sarah Smith Hymes, Megan Burch, Matt Gennett and Scott Prince. Their diverse backgrounds are important to serve Avon well. Sarah Smith Hymes’ small-business experience and previous board service to our community is invaluable. Megan Burch is involved with our community on a level few know; her quiet, patient, measured approach will benefit Avon.
Matt Gennett is impressive in his few months on council after filling a vacancy. His land planning background is crucial. When Matt has a different opinion it is listened to and valued as Matt has mastered the art of disagreeing while not being disagreeable. Scott Prince has an extensive business background in finance and relevant experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Sarah, Megan, Matt and Scott will each bring a unique perspective and fresh ideas to the Avon Town Council in a fiscally responsible manner. Each cares deeply for Avon and will conduct the town’s business by listening first, thinking deeply and collaborating with our broader community. Sarah, Megan, Matt and Scott will serve us humbly and well and I encourage Avon voters to cast their four votes for these four candidates.