Daily Editorial: This one’s for the locals
Vail CO, Colorado
The holidays are traditionally a time to be with family, friends and loved ones.
Regardless of your religious persuasion or preference, many of you probably got a little time off from work this week.
For many of us living and working in the Vail Valley, however, the holidays are often spent clocking overtime.
That’s the price many of us pay for living in everyone else’s winter vacation. The “closed for Christmas” sign isn’t acceptable in a community that prides itself in providing a world-class experience, especially during the holidays.
Retail workers must man the shops, and restaurant staff can still expect to serve plenty of customers today.
Those who work on the mountains will be working equally hard ” if not more so ” to make sure that skiers and snowboarders have a memorable Christmas Day.
And then there are those jobs ” here and in the rest of the country ” where someone has to work the shift, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It’s not all work and no play, though.
Making sure that families who spend their time and money on the slopes are having fun can be fun in itself.
Keeping travelers safe, helping the sick get better and repairing the injured is vital.
And making sure that those who are hungry are fed is important, too.
If the holidays really are about giving to others ” and they really are, no matter what the TV commercials say ” then there are plenty of Vail Valley workers who know how to celebrate this time of year right.
So for those of us who were blessed with a little time off this week, be sure to show your appreciation for the worker bees who didn’t.
They are the reason your roads were clear on Christmas Eve, the lifts will be running on Christmas Day and your dinner will be served on New Year’s.
For those of us who do have to work today and later this week, remember you have the power to make the customers you serve and the people you help really relish spending the holidays in Vail.
” Austin Richardson and Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board