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Vail Daily editorial: Memorial Day is a quiet-ish holiday in Vail

May 23, 2017 — For some time now, holidays in the Vail Valley have been jam-packed with events. It's hard to imagine the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or even the Christmas and New Year holidays without more stuff to do than there is time to do it all. […]

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Vail Daily editorial: You can help stop rumor-spreading

May 16, 2017 — There's a long tradition of "barstool tips" in the news business. As the name implies, a barstool tip is often an alcohol-fueled flight of fancy, like giant, mutant marmots living in the bowels of the Eagle Mine between Minturn and Red Cliff. A barstool tip […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Patience is a virtue when hiring top positions

May 9, 2017 — This editorial has been corrected to more accurately reflect how former Eagle Town Manager Jon Stavney left that job. Word came late last week that the Vail Town Council is essentially starting over in its search for a new town manager. Similarly, members of the […]

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Our View: Chamonix neighborhood lottery a milestone for town of Vail

May 3, 2017 — This is a big week for the town of Vail. This evening, the town will hold a drawing to pick the first buyers of 32 townhomes in the new Chamonix neighborhood in West Vail. Lottery night has been a long time coming. The town bought […]

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Summit County reporter: Clearing the air on Colorado ski deaths (column)

April 27, 2017 — On Feb. 29, 2016, an email arrived to my inbox. It was polite, articulate and exceptionally vulnerable. It requested a response at my earliest convenience, but had the pointed approach of basically asking, "Why haven't you already written a story about my dead son?" I'd […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Hanging Lake episode proves some can’t have nice things

April 25, 2017 — It's usually easy to write newspaper pieces without using profanity. That job is more difficult today, given the topic: Last week's news about graffiti vandals on the Hanging Lake trail. By now you've no doubt heard that someone, or more than one someone, recently laid […]

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Vail Daily column: It’s simple: don’t lie

April 22, 2017 — "Young Christians who speak dishonestly sink into shifting sand of telling white lies, fudging on facts and winking at half-truths," my boyhood preacher warned. Half-truths are pernicious because they are somewhat right but don't tell the whole story. My boyhood pastor drilled into us the […]

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Vail Daily column: First do no harm

April 16, 2017 — Recently my 97-year old father-in-law had his hip replaced after a fall at our home. We called 911 and the response was outstanding. The paramedics took him to Vail Valley Medical Center where he had late-night surgery — again, the patient care my father-in-law received […]

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Concerns exist over Golden Peak project

April 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 myopia of the repeat offender

April 10, 2017 — Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, I inherently believe in the promise of our species. Recently accosted by a surly, disgruntled sort who lamented, in great detail, the failings of our culture, I surprised myself with the vehemence with which I defended humanity. Sure, there […]

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Test your survival skills

April 10, 2017 — Long before I retired I had the opportunity to attend a weeklong training seminar at the University of Michigan. During the week we discussed the many aspects of management and leadership (motivating people, team-building, measuring quality, etc.). One particular exercise stood out and has remained […]

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Vail Daily column: Burning science questions answered — sort of

April 7, 2017 — More than ever, people claim to know a lot more than they do. Google has become a verb synonymous with looking up unknown information and Wikipedia is now the encyclopedia of choice for quick research on any given subject. It seems society is no longer […]

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Vail Daily column: Parking remains a problem

April 7, 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 Pence-Graham rule

April 6, 2017 — Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture — though sometimes hypocritically — and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not […]

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Vail Daily editorial: We’re not done yet with winter

April 4, 2017 — Let's see a quick show of hands: Who wore a winter jacket out the door Tuesday morning? Many of us who have spent the past few weeks lubing bike chains and cleaning off golf clubs can be excused for having a serious case of spring […]

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Vail Daily column: Vail Daily column:

April 2, 2017 — Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious and potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event — a serious accident, a terrorist attack, the sudden death of a loved one, combat, a violent personal assault such […]

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Vail Daily column: The politics of health insurance

March 31, 2017 — The future of our health insurance system was recently under intense review by the new administration and the U.S. Congress. Even a Republican majority in Congress and a Republican president were not able to agree on new legislation to replace Obamacare. One major explanation for […]

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Vail Daily column: Stupid people doing stupid things

March 27, 2017 — The proverbial "they" always say bad things "come in threes." A quick reading of local headlines in a 24-hour period last week involved the following: • Two men found dead in El Jebel area; third person taken to hospital. • Attempted robbery at a video […]

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Vail Daily column: Begin with the rule of law

March 26, 2017 — "The Statue of Liberty goes dark — a clear argument against President Donald Trump's travel ban," read the Washington Post headline on March 8 in response to the National Park Service's decision to briefly turn out the lights on the Statue of Liberty in order […]

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Vail Daily column: Unveiling of budget proposal is just an empty ritual

March 24, 2017 — Every society has its rituals. Indeed, while the details vary from place to place and time to time, ritual itself is a human universal, according to anthropologist Donald Brown. I'm a big believer in the importance of rituals. They provide an important conduit for the […]

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