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Ferry: It’s time Vail was represented

Kaye Ferry
Vail CO, Colorado

It’s really hard to believe that the season’s over. It seems like I just moved my stuff into my locker and now I’m moving it out. And it actually has been short, what with the late arrival of the snow and the earlier than usual closing.

But, am I crazy? Didn’t it seem longer? I’m a huge winter fan, but, and it’s a big but, there has to be some sunshine in the mix.

I remember some year in the early ’90s that we had almost non-stop snow. I don’t recall if there was a lot, but it was constant and gray. And I had a store full of the most grouchy kids working for me. And it didn’t actually take too long before I stopped getting all of those “I’m sick today” calls that just happened to coincide with a huge dump. Everybody just began praying for sun.

That’s how I feel it’s been this year. As hard as we all did the snow dance in November, it seems that’s how much everyone’s been looking for some blue sky since then.

And besides, I like spring skiing. I was with a group of friends the other day and asked if anybody had made one run on corn snow. Apparently there were a few days but I missed them, which I’m sad about because I love those great spring days on Forever. Oh well there’s always next year but what a glorious day for an ending!

And here’s something I’m sure will be music to the ears of most members of the business community. Easter won’t fall this early again until 2160! The early holiday season makes it difficult on the business community and the early closing adds to it. Somebody, with tongue in cheek ” I think ” suggested we petition the Pope to set Easter at a specific time. After reading how ancient calendars control these religious days, there’s no hope of that. But at least it will be a long time before it happens again.

And I can’t help myself. I have to comment on the recent elections. Let’s take Eagle first. At least it’s in alphabetical order. I got an e-mail. It said “1 down, 2 to go!” I’m sure I don’t have to explain the reference and I couldn’t agree more that we’ve made progress in the message that was sent. But this November, we only have a chance to get rid of one more. Besides, I have hope for Sara. I’m willing to believe that she just “fell in with the wrong crowd” and will be a “new person” when the seats change. Or at least I hope so.

Then there’s Minturn. Ya gotta love em. Hawkeye has presided over the Ginn hearings with thoroughness, patience, and fairness. What more could you ask? Good for him that the citizens gave him another term at the helm. In my opinion, he’s earned it.

But the battle isn’t over yet. I personally believe that development is inevitable and think Minturn would be foolish to turn the control of it over to Red Cliff or the geniuses at the county.

And truth be told, Minturn officials struck such a good deal for their citizens that I think even they were a little surprised.

And while I typically stick close to home for topics in this column, as we get closer to November, I’ll be commenting on the Eagle Vounty elections.

I’m essentially an independent with Republican leanings, but it escapes me why we must be controlled by only two political choices in America when neither of them gets it right.

I voted for Ritter last time because of his pro-business stance and because two-way Bob just didn’t cut it. Well Ritter’s promises were bogus and I’ve lived to regret my vote ever since. What that really means is that the governor’s performance combined with what’s gone in Eagle County, it’ll be impossible for me to vote Democratic now and maybe forever.

I also think we have an opportunity to have a Vail resident representing us for a change. With the way the county is cut up, Vail is now represented by someone living in Singletree. And while he’s visited town hall on occasion, it’s been rare.

So with Dick Gustafson running, we have the possibility to have a local Vail resident representing our interests in Eagle and the good news is, he’s a conservative Republican. And I think we should jump at that chance.

We also have Debbie Buckley who has a proven track record of sensibility after eight years on the Avon Town Vouncil. Things could be looking up!

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, go to vaildaily.com and click on “Commentary” or search for keyword “ferry.”

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


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