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Cheers

Jim Carstensen

Lady Jade is one of our cats I like to talk to in the morning. Today we were discussing the new “Doggie Happy Hour” at the Gashouse in Edwards.She wasn’t impressed. Coincidently, Jade had just returned from a conference work session at Stanford University where the topic was “Dysfunctional Canine Behavior in American Society.”Drawing on her newfound knowledge, she assured me a couple of drinks in the wrong dog could lead to immediate overzealous “Territorial Prot-ection Tendencies,” “Baring of Teeth Syndrome,” and in the worst case scenario, the dreaded “Dog Brawling Episode.””We’re no strangers to decadent and antisocial behavior ourselves,” Jade added, blaming the great “Cathouse” era of the 1900s for many quirky feline personality behaviors still evident today.Outside of being a little curious, Jade said the cats in the area were not at all bitter about being excluded from the fun at the Gashouse.”We’re just hoping they get thru this,” she purred. “And our canine brothers and sisters can keep their shiny coats and wet noses.”Jim CarstensenLady JadewEdwardsGreat supportOn behalf of The Resource Center/Crisis and Prevention Services, I would like to thank everyone who supported our garage sale at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion on Saturday, June 15.As we are preparing to open our safe house, we have had extraordinary donations in the form of services, man hours and furnishings. The surplus of furnishings and household items collected were sold at the sale, and the monies earned will be used to finish the house.The overwhelming support of donators, volunteers (who are too numerous to list here), and shoppers all contributed to making this fundraising event a resounding success.Thank you to all, and a special thank you to Sylvia Shapiro, who shared the beautiful contents of her house. We feel certain that the loving memories attached to those items will bring our shelter good karma.Peggy NichollsBoard MemberThe Resource Center of Eagle CountyTraffic solutionRE: Traffic Pattern Avon Hurd Lane & Solution:The traffic flow in this area could be improved by the following changes:1. Make Nottingham Station one way with the entrance on the west side and the exit east (this is safer for cars pulling out of parking places) and creates a traffic flow.2. At the stop side from Hurd Lane to Avon Road (w) make it a right turn only (north). Cars wishing to go south would just go around the circle and head south.Brenda LeeEdwardsA jewelAn outstanding ski museum in Vail is a treasure that seems to be undiscovered by many tourists.We spent over two hours viewing the history of skiing in Colorado – educational, interesting and very enjoyable. It is a very well displayed and complete view of skiing even centuries ago – Hannibal’s time in the alpine travelling over the snowThe 10th Mountain Division and its connection with Vail Valley is well documented and its impact on this area is obvious.Abbie AndereggArizonaSeeing the worstHere we go again, the immigrants are coming. Hold your children, put in your earplugs.In response to the letter to the editor from Mr. Acosta, I must say I have some mixed thoughts.I am also of Mexican descent, being Spanish, French and American Indian and nine generations back to California prior to statehood – I guess I am still Mexican.The little Spanish I know comes from school years ago. I was speaking Spanish to one of my workers and he could not understand.Little did I know he didn’t want to. I have gone through many Hispanic workers and will only keep the ones that want to learn English.I always ask “Learn English?” if the response is “I don’t have to, or want to,” they are gone. Your excuse of having to work to support their family members is a cop out. For not trying to learn to speak American oops, English.First of all, I am American. This valley has seen many working aliens, Russian, Polish, South African, Columbian, Australian, etc.You say these Hispanics are the best workers? My vote is for the South Africans.I don’t like to listen to someone else’s taste of music, or have to be faced with or forced to accept someone else’s culture.The Mexican people taking advantage of being ignorant or posing to be non-accepting of our culture is rude.Every so often I see the Hispanic standing at the grocery store, 10 item line with two full baskets. I confront these people and their response is usually “so?” or “no habla.”I can’t accept this. If we were in Mexico we try to go along with the culture and give respect.Of course there are always the few who spoil everything for all.Now I see more Mexican women here. So often these wives will have children here then leave for Mexico. They are the dual citizens and the U.S. is responsible again … up go the taxes.As a veteran, I stand high on the praise of our country and flag. I don’t see Hispanic burning of the flag.I profoundly expect others to feel the same if they wish to live here. I truly believe “it is not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”I once viewed a group of Hispanic men fishing at the Colorado River and Grizzly Creek.I was friendly and asked how their luck was, they said they had about 50. What were they using? I asked. A net was their response.I must say much for their actions are just lack of education. Too bad all olive skinned people suffer from the stereotyping.Hispanic people are not the only ones that need education. More and more I see people in general who misuse our system and ruin things for everyone.The trash in the back country is widespread; misuse of social service is not just Hispanic.I truly believe this all comes down to education, or lack of. I could go on and on.As you said in your article, what do we have to hide? Absolutely nothing.Ben C. Aguilar


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