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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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Vail Daily column: Large changes ahead

March 24, 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: Life and the Constitution are in flux

March 24, 2017 — Folk wisdom reminds us that it's impossible to dip our toes twice in the same stream. Even though a river's name remains unchanged and its surface looks the same, currents beneath waves cause flux in the river. It's awash in constant change. The same dynamic […]

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Vail Daily column: Money well spent?

March 22, 2017 — The constant drip, drip, drip of pleas for ever more tax money is burden of citizenship. The average U.S. family will spend $2.5 million on taxes over its lifetime. Much public spending is worthwhile and some is even necessary. But not all. Public spending is […]

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Vail Daily column: White House whopper

March 21, 2017 — In an administration that has a strained relationship with the truth, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney laid out a whopper at a press conference when discussing President Trump's new proposed federal budget. Mulvaney said: "Let's talk about after-school programs, generally. They're supposed […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Is this promotion necessary?

March 21, 2017 — Officials from around Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties gathered last week to kick off what they're calling "REV Up Your Ride," an effort to sell more electric and gas-electric hybrid vehicles in the region. The idea behind the promotion is a good one. Modern electric […]

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Vail Daily column: TrumpCare train starting to roll

March 20, 2017 — Have you read the TrumpCare legislation yet? "No, but I saw it weighs a lot less than ObamaCare." Weight is your barometer for the success or failure of a law? "No, of course not, I'm just saying it doesn't appear to be nearly as complicated." […]

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Vail Daily column: Corruption resides in Aspen’s taxpayer-subsidized housing

March 19, 2017 — There's a crime wave here in Aspen, and local government is an accomplice. I'm not exaggerating. It's rooted in the taxpayer-subsidized housing program. That's the program where locals with incomes up to $186,000 get taxpayer-subsidized housing in Aspen for dimes on the dollar if they […]

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Vail Daily column: Historic opportunity

March 19, 2017 — "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth." — Ronald Reagan President Trump presented his first budget to Congress on Thursday. It […]

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Vail Daily column: Winning at all costs costs

March 18, 2017 — How do you react when a person treats you badly? When someone offends us, it's natural to retaliate. If you get slapped on the cheek, then hit back harder, right? When an enemy hates you, respond by hating him back. Want to win at all […]

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Vail Daily column: They must have it covered

March 17, 2017 — We, as ordinary citizens, often see things that seem to be not right, but are hesitant to speak up, as the involved individuals or organizations have lots of experience, credentials or stature. Hence, they must have "got it covered" as being correct, or if not […]

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Vail Daily column: The creek less traveled

March 16, 2017 — "Again, again!" cried Daniel as he was lifted from the ground and gently placed on the other side of Eby Creek. The makeshift bridge over the water had been washed away by a recent storm, and our merry band of campers had encountered our first […]

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Vail Daily column: Leave pot out of opioid debate

March 16, 2017 — More than 300 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2014 — almost one for every woman, man and child in America. CNBC estimates that Americans consume 80 percent of the world's opioid supply, and according to PBS 12 states had more prescriptions than people […]

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Don’t be fooled by Trump

March 16, 2017 — Don't be fooled by Trump Don't be fooled by President Donald Trump who delivered a speech to the joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. To really understand Trump is to understand the expression "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." […]

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Vail Daily column: Updates from the Treasurer’s Office

March 16, 2017 — It was an exciting day on Nov. 22 when I took the oath of office to become Eagle County's Treasurer and Public Trustee. As you may know, the Treasurer is responsible for issuing, receiving, tracking and distributing property taxes and county revenues. As Public Trustee […]

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Vail Daily column: Dangers of immigration ban’s overkill

March 13, 2017 — What reasonable person uses a shotgun to kill a housefly when a fly swatter will do? The harsh ban on Middle Eastern immigration is as silly as firing buckshot to kill a fly. President Donald Trump's deliberately provocative verbal assault, if compared to an NFL […]

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Vail Daily column: A redirect, by any other name, is still …

March 6, 2017 — The "Art of Deflection" puts the "Art of the Deal" to shame. If our duly elected leader is a master of anything, then he is the Tycoon of Twisting, the Mogul of Misrepresentation, the Baron of Bending and owns the Dominion of Diversion. Nobody deflects […]

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Vail Daily column: I’m not getting over it

March 6, 2017 — It is one thing for crazy relatives to post alt-right propaganda on Facebook, but another issue altogether when unsupported claims and blatant distortions masquerade as truth in our local paper. In a recent Valley Voices submission, Butch Mazzuca claimed that the "mission of the United […]

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Vail Daily column: I-70 plan is worth study

March 6, 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: No simple answers

March 5, 2017 — Ninety percent of Americans say they know someone who is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. At the same time only 16 percent say they personally know someone who is transgender. Considering there isn't an abundance of scientific study on the matter, unless an individual is doing […]

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