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Fairness counts

Alan Kosloff

Perhaps the editorial staff of the Daily should review editorial writing 101. I’m sure the course would stress using the facts and not causing prejudice by using sensational methods to attract or influence readers.

The Daily constantly refers to the “second-home owners” as the only group against the Mt. Bell housing project and that their arguments “add up to hooey.” I attended the last two planning commission meetings and counted in opposition the owners of three of the best hotels in Vail, the most prominent developer, the most prominent doctor, a former mayor, a former councilman and others – all long-term full-time residents.

Why are they opposed to the project – because they think it’s way too big and overshadows the rest of town. They do not think it solves the problem of affordable housing and they should know – they hire the employees! The rents are too expensive and will not fit the needs of seasonal employees. That’s not hooey!

The Daily asserts that if we are against this project we are against employee housing in town. This is not true. We are in favor of sensible and affordable housing projects for employees, and we will support a housing project on the Mountain Bell site if it is downsized, can fill the needs of seasonal employees, and is affordable.

Alan Kosloff

President

Vail Village

Homeowners Association

Editor’s note: We haven’t asserted editorially that the second-home owners are the ONLY group opposing Middle Creek so much as once, never mind “constantly.” We likewise understand the Vail Village Homeowners Association does not oppose the concept of affordable housing and have made no such assertion that they do.

A new challenge

Could it be said that the people who died on Sept. 11 are really heroes who died because of an ideal, a notion that people should live in a free, unoppressed society where all people are created equal regardless of religious affiliation and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Or are they the citizens of an arrogant superpower whose only purpose in life is to be obsessed with personal safety, wracked with fear and belong to the sacred church of the American economy where we give praise to the exalted stock market?

As we become embroiled in lawsuits against the alleged perpetrators and the so-called wars against the perpetrators, we diminish the hero status of those 3,000 people.

As we swat blindly at the ghosts who wronged us, we settle for less freedom at the hands of John Ashcroft and the FBI. We see ourselves as victims and revenge is the order of the day. Imagine meeting Saint Peter at the gates of heaven when he asks the question, “So, what did you do with your life after your wife and uncle were killed on Sept. 11?” How proud would you be to say you spent the time chasing lawsuits and teaching your children and grandchildren how to hate Arabs?

If we attack Iraq, we truly tarnish the memory and hero status of those 3,000 people. We engage in the same tit-for-tat that has killed so many in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, and we escalate a fight that we cannot win unless we kill all the Arabs. I would not feel good about killing the Iraqi people in a feeble attempt to make me feel more secure at the mall.

Is it possible that an ideal is more valuable than the individual person? This seemed very true in World War I and World War II. The very basis of what an American was then was his or her willingness to die for an ideal.

If America can rise to this new challenge of sowing the seeds of compassion and understanding around the world through using its vast wealth to bring the oppressed people of the world to a better standard of living, we would be honoring the people who died on Sept. 11 and we would be adhering to the ideal that once made America great.

This is truly a tall order. As of late America looks pitiful and petty as an uninspired president who lacks leadership skills, and rants and raves about getting revenge. His policies have undoubtedly already recruited more impressionable people to the terrorists’ cause. He has shamefully used the shock and fear created by Sept. 11 to grab power for himself by appealing to the worst qualities of human kind. Revenge is not

noble. America is at a crossroads. Will we move forward in our current “me first”, “I’ll sue your ass,” “get the hell out of my way,” “Prozac is great,” “the economy is god,” “profit before people” American ideal and “shoot first, ask questions later, because that’s how John Wayne would have done it” mode or can we put our overgrown arrogance in a box and bury it forever? We can stop looking inward and feeling sorry for ourselves and start looking outward and join the rest of the world as partners in building a better life. We are not superior to anyone. If you believe we are, just remember the British Empire, the Roman Empire, the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire.

Instead of sending young people with M-16s and Blackhawk helicopters around the world to fight, kill and be killed, let’s spend the money on a new Marshall plan by sending young people around the world with hammers and nails to build an infrastructure for the people who need it, like in Afghanistan. We should have rebuilt that country just after the Russians left in the ’80s. With good leadership we can supply clean drinking water to the entire world. We can pay for it with the money we did not spend on killing Iraqis. After that we could tackle other noble causes. Our allies would support us, don’t you think?

If the events of Sept. 11 inspired this kind of good will toward other people then those 3,000 people who died would indeed be remembered as heroes.

Robert J. Callicrate

Eagle

That’s a great idea

Hail to Mr. Robinson for his thoughtful concept of a place to remember long time residents of the valley who will not be buried here, but wish to be remembered as members of this community!

Bill McCarthy

Gypsum

Many thanks

On behalf of Eagle Valley Library District’s Eagle Public Library, I would like to thank the following individuals who contributed to our children’s programming this past year.

Glenda Wentworth, Eagle County Extension Agent, for offering Babysitters’ Workshops.

Tim Cochrane, for presenting the emergency training portion of the babysitters’ workshop.

Jimmy Gates, high school student, for his volunteer hours at the library.

Dan McAlistair, assistant fire chief in Eagle, for presentations and fire truck rides to our story hour kids during Fire Prevention Week.

Jan Fedrizzi, for her generous contribution towards new children’s books.

Steve Flick, for portraying our Spanish Santa, for his work with children singing at the library’s Bulgarian luncheon, and for sharing his poetry.

Dennis Gibbons, for portraying Santa at our story hours.

Joe Russell, for portraying Santa at our story Holiday Open House.

Gypsum Mayor Steve Carver of Steve’s Towing, for his story hour “tow truck” visits and for providing his barbeque at our Bulgarian luncheon.

Monica Carpentier, for sharing her talents and conducting our musical story hours.

Cici Franklin of Kidtopia Toy Store, for reading at our Dr. Seuss Night.

Chris Mayhew, principal at Brush Creek Elementary, for being a Dr. Seuss reader.

Denny Simonton of Castle Peak Veterinary, for being a Dr. Seuss reader.

Sheila Fritze, Eagle Valley Elementary media specialist, for helping schedule summer reading presentations.

Roxie Carreon, Brush Creek Elementary media specialist, for sharing her library and for scheduling summer reading presentations.

Barb Romershauser, Eagle Valley Middle School media specialist, for sharing her library and for scheduling young adult presentations.

Robyn Bryant

Eagle Public Library


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