Hits & Misses | VailDaily.com

Hits & Misses

Vail Daily EditorialVail CO, Colorado

Send your hit or miss to Opinion Editor Tamara Miller at tmiller@vaildaily.com.Hit: To locals like Steve Gordon and Gilda Kaplan, who are just two of 19 citizens who have become citizen responders everyday people who are trained to help other locals during an emergency. Miss: To irresponsible residents who help attract bears to their neighborhoods when they fail to dispose of trash properly or keep food, like hummingbird feeders, outside their homes. Hit: To Vail, Minturn, Avon and Eagle/Gypsum for planning their Fourth of July celebrations on different days. For most locals involved in the service industry, the Fourth means extra shifts, not necessarily time to celebrate. But having three days of fireworks and parades gives everyone an opportunity to pay homage to America the old-fashioned way.Miss: To the wider community for not yet finding a way to keep more workers in Vail. The towns housing lottery is getting tighter every year housing prices continues to outpace wages. Few people are selling their deed-restricted units its too hard to make the jump into a free-market home, the towns housing director suspects. That means there are few units available for the 31 people who are hoping to buy one. Hit: To ski industry representatives, who are calling for more government action in response to climate change. The ski industry should continue to make changes at their own resorts, though. The only way they can really be leaders in this regard is to recognize how ski resorts with profits that rely on tourists and second-homeowners who buy large homes and use jets and cars to get here contribute to the problem.

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