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Letter: Regarding ‘Welcome Home’

If you want to encourage second-home owners to spend more time in Vail, the question is simple: Would you rather work at home or work at Vail — where would you rather be?  Would you rather home school at home or home school in Vail — where would you rather be?  It’s a no brainer to me.

Sue Froeschle


Letter: What took so long?

I mailed a letter on Monday June 29 from Vail to someone’s Vail P.O. box. The letter arrived in that box on July 8. It took six business days to deliver a letter from Vail to Vail!

This is awful service.

Fred Pack


Letter: Rest in peace, Tom Stone

My condolences and prayers to Henri and Tom’s kids. Former county commissioner Tom Stone and I fought often over our different political leanings when we sat on the Eagle County Board of Commissioners for six years together, but if it wasn’t for Tom, Miller Ranch, home to thousands over the years, would not have ever happened. Crown Mountain Park would not have been built and most of the improvements at the fairgrounds. Places so many families love to spend time at. I spoke with Henri Stone and we had a good chat about all Tom did. It was great to hear that on the Fourth of July he was out on horses that day with his friends, emergency service providers and veterans celebrating all he loved and was passionate about.A scholarship fund in his name is being set up for kids with the Douglas County Nevada Sheriff’s Mounted Posse for youth.

I’d encourage the current county commissioners to discuss the possibility of naming Eagle River Center after Tom Stone, or to host a memorial. I called Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry and left a message. I haven’t heard back yet. I hope something is done for Tom. I’m sure he would have appreciated it.

Most politicians don’t get things done because they want to be liked. Tom Stone got a lot of things done. Rest in peace, Tom.

Arn Menconi

Former Eagle County Commissioner

Letter: Stand up for the land, say no to Berlaimont

The Eagle Valley is unique. It is a year-round destination, a full-time residence, and a part-time home. The protections needed for its various uses are many, diverse and sometimes conflicting. But the most important protection is the land. Without the skiing, hunting, hiking, river sports and sheer beauty, people won’t come and the economy that keeps us going will disappear.

The Berlaimont development above Edwards is one time when solutions seem to conflict. Isn’t our lifeblood the vacationers and wealthy second-home owners that employ so many of us? Shouldn’t another high-end development bring jobs and security? In this case, the answer is no.

As residents, our first duty is to the land. Without that there is no economy. A recent study by a Denver nonprofit Rocky Mountain Wild explains how herds have dropped by 50% since 1999. The Berlaimont owner wants to begin the development with “a new paved road, 26-feet in width across 4.2 miles of National Forest in the heart of some of Eagle County’s best remaining wildlife habitat…What is now a sanctuary for wintering wildlife will be bisected by a new road and more than 200 vehicle trips per day to service the proposed subdivision.” 

Can anyone tell me why we would build a road through elk breeding ground in national forest where animals are already under stress and declining? And this for a development fraught with problems. There is no water in the Berlaimont inholding. The plan is to truck it in, so Edwards, be ready for an army of water haulers filling at some designated filling station to roar through what is now national forest. With this in mind, will this development even go? Do we, Eagle county citizens, want to build and maintain a road to keep it supplied? Is Edwards willing to supply the watering station for 19 high-end homes?

Did any of our Fourth of July visitors, locals, or second-home owners hike along Berry Creek Road this year? Do those who live and recreate there want to compete with 200 vehicle trips per day? There are many options out there for developers to find land that won’t plow though national forest and an endangered elk herd. Each of you can do your part to develop it with care. You can save our most precious resource, our land and animals. 

Contact the Eagle County Commissioners and encourage them to call the Forest Service to share their constituents’ opposition to the Berlaimont project at 970-328-8605 or via email at eagleadmin@eaglecounty.us. Contact the Forest Service and ask them to prioritize wildlife over speculative development. Contact the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife and ask them to weigh in with comments to the Forest Service by contacting Dan Gibbs, DNR’s executive director (dan.gibbs@state.co.us, 303-866-2211) and JT Romatsky, northwest regional wildlife manager for CPW (jt.romatzke@state.co.us, (970) 255-6100).

You are the steward of this land. 

Cathy Blaser


Letter: Masks are essential to get us back to school

We are weeks away from the start of the school year. I teach sixth-grade science at Berry Creek Middle School and, like many teachers, I am excited and a bit anxious to get back to school. So, to make sure we have a safe beginning to our school year it is important for parents to begin to teach their children to wear masks. Masks will be required as they head back to school this August so don’t wait. Begin now! 

Before school begins make sure your child knows the correct way to wear a mask. The mask should cover both their nose and mouth. Since kids are always watching, I would like to remind parents that they play a huge role in their child’s belief about the importance of wearing a mask. Parents make sure you are setting an example and are wearing a mask, not complaining about it, or saying things that may sound negative about wearing masks. Along with masks, hygiene, like washing hands, is also critical. Make it a routine at home, something expected from them. The more they do it at home, the more they’ll get used to doing it outside the house as well. 

Let’s work together as a school community to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and have a safe 2020-2021 school year. 

Todd Huck


Letter: Support healthy rivers

The impact of COVID-19 on our economy and way of life has been devastating. Who would have thought that the impact would stress our resorts, community and way of life to the degree that it has.

Despite the impact, we have to look toward a recovery and one of the things we can look to is our river basin and the impact it has on our county. Rafting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities are in full swing right now which is great for our local economy. In fact, a new survey commissioned for Business for Water Stewardship looks at the impact our rivers have in our state and region. Across the state, recreation on or near our rivers generates more than $18 billion in revenue for Colorado. Locally, related figures for the Colorado River Basin in which we live show recreation generating $3.8 billion and supporting almost 27,000 jobs annually.

We have a real opportunity here to look at what we can do for conservation and efficiency and what that means for our economy. Our ski resorts store the water as snow all winter and then we get to play in that water in the summer. As a critical component of this valley’s way of life, we must all do what we can to preserve and protect our rivers. The West has been in a drought for almost 20 years and temperatures keep rising, making mitigation a real challenge.

The state has been hard at work trying to fund the Colorado Water Plan, yet despite those efforts, funding to implement the plan is minimal. As state leaders advocate for federal stimulus dollars we need to ensure that some of that funding goes to support healthy rivers and water infrastructure projects that will help many get back to work to maintain our waterways. The Vail Chamber and Business Association supports the preservation of our waterways and hopes that the rest of our community will too. Please visit this link to review the new study and learn more about BWS and how you can help. 

Alison Wadey

Executive Director, Vail Chamber & Business Association

Letter: Comparing FDR to Trump

“It’s gases inside, and read what they say — if it breaks, bring it to your local whatever, have it wrapped, have it this — what are we doing? What are we doing?” — Donald Trump on light bulbs, Baltimore, Sept. 2019.  

“But they’re manufactured tremendous if you’re into this, tremendous fumes. Gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything.” — Donald Trump on windmills, Florida, Dec. 2019

Googling “incomprehensible Trump quotes” will get you a multitude of results, in case you’d like more punishment. Plainly, Butch Mazzuca is correct. The quotes above show Trump is even further gone mentally than FDR ever was physically. And even at the end, FDR was able to express a rational thought in a complete sentence.

If Mr. Mazzuca would check his history, he would know that FDR was fully aware of what Stalin was doing; but Stalin already occupied Eastern Europe, and FDR cared more about the formation of the UN. FDR still had a war to win in the Pacific, and he wanted to get American troops home as soon as possible after the cessation of hostilities.

Debra Dieter


Letter: Simply inexcusable

Susan Thistlethwaite concludes her latest diatribe against President Trump by saying “Americans want the truth for a change.”

Americans wanted the truth throughout the Obama administration. They wanted the truth about “Fast and Furious,” they wanted the truth about Lois Lerner and the IRS‘ efforts to thwart conservative nonprofits, they wanted the truth about Benghazi, they wanted the truth about ISIS, they wanted the truth about the nefarious Iran deal and the billions in cash transported to the mullahs. 

What did truth-seeking Americans get from President Obama and his minions? Lies and spin from the likes of Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes and other Obama apparatchiks.
Perhaps the Rev. Dr. Thistlethwaite is familiar with the Bible adage, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

Gerald Katz


Letter: So much for tickets at Vail Farmers’ Market

I was very impressed when I saw the announcement that admission to the Vail Farmers’ Market on Sunday would be by time-designated tickets, available online at no cost.

I was even more impressed when I read that there was to be a special time for seniors only since I am over 70.

Imagine my disappointment when I arrived on July 5, ticket in hand, and saw that the entrances were wide open — anyone could enter at any time. The whole ticket thing was a fake.

Fred Pack


Letter: Kudos to Vail Recreation District for Hill Climb

I would like to send out a big thank you to the Vail Recreation District for an outstanding job of planning, organizing, and carrying out the Vail Hill Climb on July 4. This year was the 37th year for the event. Even though it was different (and yes longer this year) it was still a very successful event. 

I’m sure everyone at VRD (especially Kip, Beth, Joel, and MIke) spent a lot of time planning and organizing this special event. The circumstances this year were very different and difficult. In spite of all these difficulties, VRD did a commendable job in all areas of the race. Thank you and please know that all your hard work is appreciated.                                                   

Marlin Smickley