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Vail Daily column: Trump is not a fictional anti-hero

July 20, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Actor Ewan McGregor was asked the following question in a Reddit interview: "What do you prefer to play, heroes or villains?" To which he responded, "There are no heroes or villains in my book. […]

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Vail Daily column: School board as cornerstone of American society

July 19, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. School boards have their roots in the American democratic process, which dates back more than 200 years to the town meetings of the colonial era. While local governance has evolved significantly since the days […]

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Vail Daily column: National Night Out is Aug. 1

July 19, 2017 — National Night Out is an annual event held on the first Tuesday in August (Florida and Texas schedule theirs in October, due to heat) to celebrate community, safety and service. Neighbors gather to enjoy an evening of good food, music and great conversation with friends […]

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Vail Daily column: The Eagle River Park ain’t all sunshine and rainbows

July 18, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. The recent column on the Eagle River Park ("Eagle River Park is rolling along right on course," Sunday, July 9) would lead us all to believe that everything is going swimmingly with the $5.9 […]

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Vail Daily column: Icing on the Styrofoam cake

July 17, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. There is little more annoying to me than tax dollars being used to teach us idiots how to live. Granted, government-enforced legislation such as mandatory seat-belt laws saves thousands of lives each year, yet […]

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Vail Daily column: Students today, stewards tomorrow

July 16, 2017 — As mountain peaks lose their snowy caps, creeks and rivers rush with whitewater and wildflowers fill meadows and woods with their vibrant color, we are once again embraced by summer as another school year closed its books. Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, the youth programs […]

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Vail Daily column: Is the DMV unable to be reformed?

July 15, 2017 — "Your call is very important to us. A representative will answer as soon as possible." With a few words of petty fraud, organizations steal your time, obstruct your day and perhaps stretch your bladder. My 16-year-old daughter attempted to make an appointment with the Department […]

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Vail Daily column: 45-year fight for fairness

July 15, 2017 — Today marks the 45th anniversary of my ordination to Christian ministry. On this July date in 1972, a colonial Presbyterian church in New Jersey welcomed me as pastor. When revisiting this church, I meander in a colonial graveyard across the street. Presbyterians are buried there […]

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Vail Daily column: There’s more online

July 14, 2017 — A printed newspaper is a wondrous thing. It's infinitely portable, its pages sustaining their text beyond the tentacles of cellphone towers and past the invisible walls of Wi-Fi. You don't have to fear it being dropped or squashed or running out of battery, and when […]

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Vail Daily column: West Vail will benefit from a new master plan

July 14, 2017 — Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is […]

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Vail Daily column: The journey from health insurance to health care

July 14, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. In the health care debate, while each side demonizes the other, Americans continue to suffer in uncertainty. The debate occurring now should have taken place in 2010, when Nancy Pelosi famously said, "We have […]

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Vail Daily column: Something you may not know about Obamacare

July 13, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. My June 23 letter ("Understanding Obamacare") used an acronym to call out eight benefits of Obamacare. The letter implied many politicians from both parties, even today, could only identify and mutter something about a […]

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Vail Daily column: Of the people, by the people and for the people

July 13, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Thanks to "Schoolhouse Rock," I know that our Constitution begins, "We the people …" As a result, I can only quote the preamble with a bit of song in my voice. Building on the […]

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Vail Daily column: Fracking and its implications on Colorado’s waterways

July 12, 2017 — Editor's note: A cited version of this column can be found at http://www.vaildaily.com. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has been widely discussed by the press and is a central focus among conservationists for a myriad of reasons. Fracking is the process of injecting a mixture of […]

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Vail Daily column: How do we measure academic and nonacademic skills?

July 11, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in 2002. Since that time, Colorado has tested students and used the tests and other assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of […]

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Vail Daily column: Be careful whom you call ‘fake’

July 10, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. "MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and the rest of 'em are all fake news!" Oh please, not this trendy nonsense again. "Damn straight. I don't believe anything any of the mainstream media say cuz' all […]

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Vail Daily column: Between two worlds

July 9, 2017 — As a local person — meaning I was born in Vail — I thought I would share some of my cultural experiences growing up between two worlds. Please don't be too sensitive regarding my opinions, as I am sure many of you have formulated your […]

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Vail Daily column: When it comes to socialism, will they ever learn?

July 9, 2017 — Editor's note: Find a cited version of this column at http://www.vaildaily.com. Several weeks ago on ABC's Sunday morning talk show "This Week," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told host George Stephanopoulos, "The democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda. … That's what's […]

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Vail Daily column: Promote productive health care

July 8, 2017 — Most homebuyers refurbish interiors with fresh coats of paint, rather than gut residences. They restore instead of razing homes. Why don't Republicans adopt this residential upgrade strategy regarding health care? Restore rather than replace. Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower used this game plan when he […]

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Vail Daily column: Eagle River Park is rolling along right on course

July 8, 2017 — Like the Eagle River itself, the town of Eagle's forthcoming Eagle River Park has been a fascinating example of evolution. Twists and turns, ebb and flow — they're all part of the process of finding equilibrium. It's been a long, exciting ride already, with highly […]

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