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Great light show

What fun it was to be one of the judges in the Gypsum holiday lighting contest last week. Since I have lived most of my life in the flat Midwest, I especially enjoyed driving through the Red Hill neighborhood and being able to look down and see so many colored lights brightly shining all over the Gypsum community. This neighborhood also provided the winning display created by John and Doris Kirchner. The couple said they began planning their entry last summer and the result is spectacular.

I also took the time to tour other areas of Gypsum just to see the displays and found that all parts of the town offered lights at every turn, created by those who take pleasure in brightening our spirits.

So if you are looking for some holiday cheer, consider a tour of Gypsum’s lights and see for yourself, starting with the Kirchner residence at 871 Sunset Lane as well as the remaining houses on the 2005 winners list: Brian and Stephanie Thomas, 700 Valley Road; Michael and Tammi Boeke, 154 Spring Circle; Chris and Eric Heidemann, 100 Price Place; John Harris, 550 Chatfield Lane; and Ricky and Darlene Juedemann, 110 Ponderosa.

I wish to say thank you to the residents of Gypsum for sharing the holiday spirit in such a wonderful way. Since this contest would not be possible without the help of the holiday sponsors, I would also like to thank the following businesses for their support: Alpine Bank, Beveridge Real Estate, Castle Peak Automotive Center, Columbine Market, Holy Cross Energy and Stop ‘N Save.

Dian Zillner

Gypsum

Readers can post a comment to any article that appears on The Vail Trail website, vailtrail.com. We’ll also run some of those comments in the print version of the paper.

(Refer to HCC-Roger Brown in the Dec. 15 edition of The Vail Trail)

A great story – I hope people will stop and think about what he says.

(Refer to John Hannon’s column in the Dec. 15 edition of The Vail Trail)

As his nephew, my level of respect for Mr. Hannon is deep and unwavering. I must, however, respectfully disagree. The left in this country has a keen way of forgetting that President Clinton was perhaps the best of the best politician we have ever known. His $1,000-a-plate luncheons were legendary. As well, they complain about $60,000 an hour for Air Force One, but will be the first and loudest to yell “why didn’t we do more” if something goes wrong.

Mr. Hannon served his country proudly as a U.S. Marine and when I bend my knees to say my prayers, I thank my (also benevolent) God for men like my uncle … Our troops on the ground in the Gulf know their mission, they believe in their mission, and they support their Commander-in Chief, we here at home should do the same. Don’t forget our own Declaration of Independence stated that those with the ability to make change have the responsibility to make that change. Every soul deserves the right to be free, 25 million Iraqis will be free because of the “stay the course” perseverence of good ‘ol Dubya!

Mr. Hannon is the most interesting, hardest working, honest man I have ever known. But when it comes to politics, we simply disagree, luckily, we do it with mutual admiration and respect, and we do it in a civil manner.

Refer to John Hannon’s column in the Dec. 15 edition of The Vail Trail)

I responded to this story yesterday. I am John Hannon’s nephew, I think I forgot to sign my response, thanks.

James R DeVito

Lynbrook, NY

(Refer to the Letters to the Editor in the Dec. 15 edition of The Vail Trail)

In response to W.L. Emery of Ohio, was there a law on the books that prevented the 70-year-old Florida man from obtaining a shotgun? I assume he owned a legal firearm? Wow, the gun control system works!

To Mr. Zentz of Eagle, as a former police officer you most likely realize that aggravating offenses of criminals (such as possession of an illegal firearm) extend prison sentences already. If we do away with illegal gun possession laws, sentences will be reduced, not increased. The only remedy to this is increasing sentencing for the primary offenses (such as assault with a deadly weapon) by enacting legislation for each type of crime. The only way to repeal gun laws is through legislative action or voter repeal so in essence, we have to spend taxpayer money at LEAST two times over to achieve the same result. Sounds like a waste to me.

As a friend and relative of sportsmen and women, I realize that gun usage and ownership has its place as a hobby and sport. However, having filters in place to ensure, as much as possible, that only responsible individuals own firearms does not seem like bad policy. We have progressive licensing to operate such potentially dangerous machinery as vehicles, don’t we? Would this be different if the Second Amendment gave us the right to drive a horse-less carriage (had they existed)? To my knowledge the first automatic weapon, the Gatling Gun (1862), did not exist 220 years ago when the Second Amendment was penned so should everyone be allowed to own a semi-automatic firearm?


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