Cheers to Lushious Living
We come to the valley for a reason, be it to stay or vacation, there is something that draws us here (see “Mothers against extreme drinking” at vailtrail.com, Feb. 3 edition).I believe the majority of us came knowing fairly well what we were getting ourselves into. Still, there always seems to be those few that like to come to an amazing place and find those few things wrong, but no place is perfect. Why is it that mothers of our valley are trying to unite against the lifestyle that has brought most of us here?We are a community that thrives on tourism. Those of us who live here permanently absolutely depend on the revenue created by our beloved tourists. So when they visit and expect to leave their reality and enjoy a carefree week of skiing and socializing, we now say they are taking it too far? This seems contradictive. People don’t want to stay in their rooms; they want to be a part of the lifestyle even for only a week. Frankly I am elated when they do, as it means I might receive a few more dollars in tips as a result of their “Lushious Living,” and at what price?Our children are unconscionably subjected to a few words in an article that they will probably never read. It has been my experience that if we are honest with our children they are not as nave as we think. I truly believe children will be able to see through this glorification of the “party lifestyle” as a waste of potential, or exactly what it is, a few people enjoying their time together in a social setting.As far as the glorification of “extreme sport” that is just crazy talk. The nature of sport is to push the limit; it is exactly what keeps athletics exciting and innovative. If sport never pushed the envelope we would all be snowshoeing down the hill, and as aerobically beneficial as that may be, I would still prefer other manners of getting down. Work hard, play hard, is the motto most of us live by and exactly what keeps people coming back. If you want a quiet lifestyle I hear real estate is quite cheap in Red Cliff.Kit CoffieldEagle-VailThanks for the love storiesDear Caramie and Tom: Thank you so much for putting us on the front page of Vail’s first newspaper, The Vail Trail (See “Love Stories” at vailtrail.com, Feb. 10 edition). Since we knew the Skipper, George Knox, and his family, it meant a lot to us. We never expected to be on the cover and that it would be such a huge picture. It was a nice surprise thank you Matt for taking the picture. We loved the three articles everyone’s stories were so interesting and heartwarming. Good job, Caramie, keep the valley’s human interest stories coming.Vi and Byron BrownVailVail on the vergeGreat article … I hope it is read by the guys who make a difference on this (see “Vail on the verge of colossal errors” at vailtrail.com, Feb. 17 edition).However, I’m convinced that LEED Certification is not always more expensive in dollars spent on a project. Especially when one spreads initial costs over the life of a building, as you point out, it is a good policy to consider. I have been to AIA-sponsored seminars that actually show a savings in operating costs that realize a net building-cost savings. Even bean counters can hang their hats on that, never mind the environment.Thanks for the longer-range thinking. People actually come to see towns that support innovative design, not to mention the free ink they can get.Thomas E. CounterAIA Project ManagerVail
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