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A wish list for new year

Kaye Ferry

Well, it’s time for all those New Year’s resolutions. As for me, I quit making those empty promises to myself long ago.

Besides, having all those years of Catholic schools behind me, I know that Lent is just around the corner and you get way more points for keeping those commitments – and they only last until Easter. That’s a far better ROI for a lot less time.

So rather than make a feeble attempt at a resolution list, maybe just a few things on a wish list would make more sense.

Let’s hope no-body is really serious about removing the snow from the streets in a ski resort. At great expense, I might add. Better yet, maybe there’s a way to make some money out of this. There’s a ski resort on the East Coast that actually goes out into the countryside every night and loads a truck up with snow and brings it back into the town so the streets will be covered with the white stuff when the guests arrive in the morning. Maybe they’d like to buy ours so we don’t have to spend this ridiculous amount of money. Did everyone miss all of the comments after our first big snowfall when the village looked so ski resorty?

Could we possibly dare hope that the new Town Council, when it finally gets in place, can start acting like effective leaders? Let’s hope all of those community survey comments are reviewed and reviewed again and then action is taken to make the complaints invalid next year.

An even larger leap of faith would be to ask the county commissioners to start acting like adults. These guys are paid a fair hunk of change to do the job that they’re elected to do. Yet they seem to spend more time pointing fingers at each other and pouting than moving this county along. There’s a lot that needs to be accomplished, but it can’t happen when there’s always one that’s not talking to the other two.

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Is it even safe to mention solving the parking problem?

And is it possible to control the construction season so as not to destroy summer business?

The water and sand project on Hanson Ranch Road this summer is a good example of a well-run schedule that kept the impact to a minimum. Vail Valley Drive and Ski Club Vail were two others that went smoothly, so it can be done.

Is it fair to wish for the fun to come back? Or will we just keep getting older and stodgier? If we’re not careful, they’ll be putting a Sun City exit sign on the interstate. The start of the Spring Back to Vail promotion that was developed by Vail Resorts and The Vail Chamber and Business Association, and produced by Highline Sports last April, was the first really fun new event to happen in years. But we need more of them. It kind of felt like the old days.

According to Colorado Ski Country USA, we’re all – all the major ski resorts – losing the mountain allure and spirit of adventure that brought us and our guests here in the first place. It’s hard for me to figure how escalators fit into that picture. Or streets with no snow, for that matter. Didn’t I say that already? We can’t just look and act like another suburban mall.

While I’m at it – after all, it’s my list and I can wish for whatever I want – I wish that this newspaper would finally have the decency to put an end to the often slanderous and always anonymous mud-slinging and despicable column known as Tipsline.

I will continue to complain about it until the end of time or its elimination, whichever comes sooner. People should have enough courage of their convictions to sign their name to whatever they are espousing. If they don’t, the rest of us should not be subjected to the unsubstantiated BS of anonymous cowards. So there.

On a lighter note, let’s hope we all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We can also add to the wish that in the year 2004 we have more things that join us together than keep us at odds. This is a very educated and talented community. If we could all decide to pull in the same direction, the accomplishments would have no bounds. It’s worth a try.

QUESTION 1 OF THE DAY: What CEO of the valley’s largest employer got his company car towed last Saturday? Seems like the folks at the Eagle County Airport didn’t take to well to the red BMW parked in the handicapped area. Yep! Handicapped.

Poor guy. He’s getting sued upvalley and getting towed downvalley. But not to worry. At least he now knows first hand what a parking problem is. If you still don’t know who it is, I’ll give you a clue. He can afford to pay the fine with that $8 million bonus.

QUESTION 2 OF THE DAY: David O., what’s with the Best Love-Hate Relationship 0f 2003? While I surely don’t hate the guy, the L word certainly has never been operative, either.

QUESTION 3 OF THE DAY: Did I read that right? The reason for Vail to have the highest lift ticket prices in the nation – and I would guess that would also mean the world – is because we were voted No. 1 in Ski magazine?

Better be careful. Could be good enough reason for some folks to lower those rankings.

QUESTION 4 OF THE DAY: There’ll definitely be more time to discuss it, but now we have four candidates to choose from on Jan. 27. Is there really anybody out there that thinks it’s been worth the extra $9,000 just to keep his ex-honor around?

But as I’ve said before, the good news is that it’s almost over, and I really think there’s little chance that he could ever run again. Well, he could run again in four years, but getting elected would be another story.

Happy New Year! Party safely.

Do your part: call them and write them.

To contact the Town Council, call 479-1860, ext. 8, or e-mail towncouncil@vailgov.com. To contact Vail Resorts, call 476-5601 or e-mail vailinfo@vailresorts.com. For past columns, vaildaily.com-search:ferry

Kaye Ferry is a longtime observer of Vail government. She writes a weekly column for the Daily.