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Letter: Avon post office is failing miserably

I am sure I am not the only customer at the post office in Avon who is extremely frustrated. Most businesses value their customers. Customer value is what drives most businesses. However, by the nature of the U.S. Postal Service, we are relegated to being a captive customer. The reality is that we need them. They don’t act like they need us.

The responsibility of the postal service, which is run by the local postmaster, is to ensure that their customers receive both efficient and prompt delivery of their mail and packages.

In this regard, the post office in Avon is failing miserably.

My daily wait at the Avon post office is 30 minutes. Waiting in line, while some of us are still masked and social distancing, I try to practice patience. But the 30-minute wait is no longer the exception, it is the daily occurrence.

The postal employees at the front desk (and I hesitate to use the plural, because it is generally one person) goes about his or her business in low gear unconcerned that the line of customers is growing. There has to be another employee or two in the back room who can assist, but rarely is that person called upon. We, the customers, have little choice but to wait it out, detained if you will, until our turn comes up. In defense of the postal clerk, I am generally treated with measured courtesy.

Recently, after advising the postal clerk that a very important document was delivered to the post office on Sept. 24 but not put in my box until Oct. 25, the clerk left her position to inquire about the matter, I assume. She was gone for 4-5 minutes while the customer line was growing behind me. She returned without an answer. I asked her the name of the local postmaster. She didn’t know. I asked who her direct supervisor was — she didn’t know.

Hence this letter to the community. We need to take steps to correct this very important place where so many of us conduct our business. Any establishment that conducts their business like the post office in Avon would soon be out of business.

One final matter: Clean up your place of business. It is an eyesore. It is an unhealthy environment where I spend 30 minutes of my day.

Michael I. Mossman


Letter: Responsible journalism?

Did anyone else find it interesting that the Vail Daily would publish, “No thanks are given that murder is now legal in Wisconsin and this week will probably become legal in Georgia as well.”

That statement appeared in a commentary in the Daily on Nov. 22 and flies in the face of the Constitution of the United States —concepts such as presumption of innocence, due process, trial by jury and proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, while the second part was pure speculation and proven wrong two days after the phrase appeared in the Daily.

Butch Mazzuca


Letter: Grateful this Thanksgiving

Although there is much to be said for brevity, word budgets in newspapers and magazines are often tight chains on a writer’s creativity. So, I find it curious — and sad — that a regular contributor to the Vail Daily would spend 372 out of 569 words (65%) in his recent column on complaints, particularly this year when we would be better served to seek out that which unites us rather than divides us. Perhaps he would be well-served to read the words of John 8:7 and put down the stones.

I wanted to ignore his divisive rhetoric, then I wanted to counter it. But in the end, I decided I would spend 368 words to say a few of the key things I am grateful for.

I am grateful for my good health and the life I have been given in a (still) free country.

I am grateful that every Sunday morning I can sit in a pew in Beaver Creek Chapel and be fed spiritual food by Pastor Ethan Moore of Trinity Baptist Church.

I am grateful that despite a seemingly never-ending plague and government overreach, I can find and buy what I need and even things I just want; so many don’t know the difference between the two, and I am focusing more each day on the former.

I am grateful I was raised by parents and grandparents who knew the pain of sacrifice and suffering due to economic depression and war. They taught me to appreciate the little things in life that so often we overlook.

I am blessed that my gratitude list is long, but most of all I am grateful for my family and friends — particularly my hubby, Dani, who encourages me in my craft each day.

Simply said, I’m just grateful to be alive and to call the Rocky Mountains my home.

I pray this Thursday that when people gather around the table, that rather than discussing politics and pandemic, they will shut out the toxic voices and discuss that which is good in the world. Although there is much suffering, there truly is so much that is great with this country and the life we have been given here. Only through that realization can we overcome those who seek to divide. Finally, I pray that again next year we will still be free when we wish one another a happy Thanksgiving.

Susan Hoffman


Letter: Consider giving back to our rivers and creeks this holiday season

The holidays are a time for reflecting on the year that has passed and giving thanks for what we enjoyed and experienced. This year was a tough one for many of us as we faced uncertainties related to the pandemic, water shortages, landslides and highway closures, and wildfires in our region.

If you are like me, you may have found solace in nature. Watching the seasons change — the return of migrating birds, the blooming of flowers in spring, trees shedding the weight of their dead leaves in fall — reminded me that time marches on and so do we, even as we face daunting and unforeseen changes. Rivers flow, as they always do, toward the sea.

In 2021, I felt more fortunate than ever to live in the mountains and to have access to clean rivers and public lands. If you value the clean water that flows through our communities, sustains us and the ecosystems around us, please consider a donation to Eagle River Watershed Council on Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 7. The staff at ERWC work every day of the year to restore and protect the waterways at the heart of our community. Consider a gift to support them in their important work.

Pete Wadden


Letter: Take action now to get CORE Act passed

After years of hard work and collaboration, it’s time to ensure that the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act passes the U.S. Senate and becomes law. Locally, the benefits of CORE are immediate, adding over 20,000 acres to our three local Wilderness Areas, creating three new local Wildernesses, establishing the Tenmile Recreation Management Area with 10,000 non-Wilderness acres allowing mountain biking, and designating Camp Hale as the first National Historic Landscape, honoring our World War II veterans. Overall, CORE will protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands from development (or just 1.8% of Colorado’s existing public lands).

CORE was passed by the U.S. House as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, and is currently being considered by the Senate. Now our senators must do everything possible to ensure that CORE isn’t stripped out of the NDAA.

We all recognize how essential outdoor recreation is to keeping our mountain economies healthy (not to mention helping us stay healthy and sane). But preserving our natural lands also plays a critical role in combating climate change, and may be the least-expensive tool in our climate-protection arsenal. Climate change is an existential threat to all life on Earth. Even our Defense Department recognizes this threat in the recent Defense Department Climate Risk Analysis, stating that “To keep the nation secure, we must tackle the existential threat of climate change.”

CORE Act lands provide essential environmental services cleaning our air and water, while sequestering over 2.5 tons of carbon/acre/year in conifer forests. A conservative estimate of CORE Act lands puts carbon sequestration benefits alone at 1 million tons per year.

Please contact Sens. Bennet and Hickenlooper today (or your senators if you vote in another state), and urge them to fight tirelessly to ensure the CORE Act is passed this year.

Mike Browning, Chair, Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance


Letter: The jester of Sappy Valley

Richard Carnes, keep your sappy columns coming our way! Your continuing anti-conservative, jabbing viewpoints and opinions based solely on ignorance, cockiness, and cluelessness have become rather (sadly) comical! It’s apparent you are still being fooled by the overpaid cue card readers of mainstream media (all with terrible ratings and dwindling ad revenue). Maybe some day you’ll discover the real truth about what is really happening in today’s America … but until then, keep a lot of us readers laughing as we shake our heads.

Mark O’Sullivan


Letter: Now that Rittenhouse is free

The next step is to sue all those who said reckless things about Kyle Rittenhouse, starting with President Joe Biden.

I am concerned about civil suits by the deceaseds’ relatives. Remember that after his criminal trial, O.J. Simpson got sued by the victims’ survivors, and they were awarded a large money judgment. That case held that O.J. had killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. Some lefty lawyers may take such a case, even though they are not likely to win, just to impoverish Kyle.

I am also concerned that the lefties may try to get a federal case going. That has been held to not be double jeopardy. Recall the Rodney King case of alleged police misconduct in Californiaa. The cops were acquitted in state court, but were charged and convicted in a civil rights case in federal court.

Notice how the lefties harp on the fact that Kyle Rittenhouse crossed a state line, even though the distance traveled was just 21 miles. He lives in Antioch, Illinois, with his mother, and his father, and other relatives live in Kenosha, Wisconsin.This may be their basis for claiming federal jurisdiction.

New York Rep. Jerry Nadler is asking for an inquiry into the possibility of some action in federal court.

Terry Quinn


Letter: Bravo on new sports reporter

Well, the wait is over! The Vail Daily hiring department scored. Ryan Sederquist did a great job of his double debut day articles. He has a good writing style and really touched on the human element aspect of sports and how people do what they do and why. Good luck, Ryan, on covering all the bases! May I introduce you to lacrosse?

Tommy King


Letter: License plates and us

I have lived here in the valley and Colorado for close to 50 years, and we used to make a game of how many out-of-state plates we could count in a day driving on Interstate 70 from Denver to Vail. I remember that over 10 in a day was quite a lot.

Today, this story is quite different. I think sometimes there are more out-of-state plates than Colorado plates. The three states I see the most from are California, Texas and Florida. So, I started to ask the drivers of these plates at gas stations and pickups at schools if they were visiting Colorado, and, to my surprise, most of the people I spoke to said they lived here.

So my follow-up question was: Why then they did not have Colorado license plates? And many times the answer was: It’s cheaper to keep the out-of-state plates than getting Colorado ones. I think this is not quite right.

If you are going to stay here, you should not make Colorado a place of convenience but a place that you are proud of and can call home. So, please spend a few extra bucks; get your Colorado plates; and join the rest of us who are honored and proud to be Coloradans.

Jan E. Helén


Letter: Betrayal on a global scale

More than 5 million people have died from the pandemic, and still, there are some refusing to get vaccines or to wear masks.

Climate change is killing the Earth as we know it, and we know the use of fossil fuels is leading it. And, still, the fossil fuel industry is getting subsidies of $11 million every minute.

As of Wednesday, the Biden administration is offering leases to oil and gas companies on more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico.

After all the hoopla at the climate summit, all the hopes that went with it, we are left with this betrayal.

Where are our senators’ voices opposing this? Please call and ask them. You can call U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office at 202-224-5852 or U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper’s office at 202-224-5941.

We betray ourselves and our communities when we don’t get vaccinated. Please fight against letting our country betray the world.

Katherine Delanoy