Hits & Misses | VailDaily.com

Hits & Misses

Send your hit or miss to Opinion Editor Tamara Miller at tmiller@vaildaily.com.Hit: To the free dental screenings being offered to local children who are denied access to good dental care because they are uninsured or on public health insurance which few local dentists will accept. The screenings begin Monday, June 18 at the Eagle County Edwards Annex. Miss: To the frankly silly battle over barbed wire in Minturn recently. Frustrated with snowmobilers who crossed his property on the way to federal land, Frank Lorenti put up a barbed wire fence. The fence kept trespassers off, but caused many to worry that the fence was a threat to public safety. So the town passed an ordinance that bans barbed wire in Minturn nevermind the fact that the town has barbed wire fences next to its water tanks that it has yet to remove. Shouldnt the rules apply to everyone? Hit: To Stone Creek School parents and officials for raising close to $150,000 in donations that will go toward closing the schools hefty debt. The school still owes $260,000 and aims to have that paid off fully by 2009. Since learning that the school had made several costly financial errors leading to its founder being removed from the schools board of directors supporters have refused to give in. The schools parents should be applauded for their dedication and hard work.Miss: To U.S. Senators for effectively derailing an immigration bill that could have been a huge step toward fixing our countrys failed immigration policies. Those senators who refuse to agree on anything less than a deportation of all illegal immigrants despite the fact that 57 percent of Americans believe immigrants contribute to our country, according to a May 2007 CBS/New York Times poll shows they are out of step with the very people they represent. Hit: To graduation rates in the Eagle County School District. The most recent edition of Education Week (edweek.org) reports that Eagle Countys graduation rate of 83 percent is higher than the state average of 74 percent. The state average, in turn, is higher than the national average. That said, graduation rates for minority students are still pretty poor.

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