Hits & Misses: Vail Resorts housing plan gets a thumbs up
Hit: To Vail Resorts for its proposed plan to add 126 beds of employee housing in the North Day Lot area in Lionshead. Not everyones thrilled, but folks, worker housing has to go somewhere.Miss: To those Minturn town councilors who appear to be in a rush to vote on the Ginn Development Co.s annexation request before the April Town Council election. The Ginn Co.s plans to build 1,700 homes, a private ski resort and golf course on Battle Mountain will have a significant impact on Minturn residents. The council instead should educate the public about the project and let Minturn residents determine their own fate by putting the annexation question to a public vote.Hit: To State Rep. Alice Madden for proposing HB 1080, a bill that would prevent religious organizations from discriminatory hiring practices when government funds are in play. If religious groups want taxpayer dollars, they need to play by the rules.Miss: To Gov. Bill Ritters idea to raise auto registration fees an average of $100 per vehicle. Colorados road system needs work, to both maintain what we have and add more capacity in fast-growing parts of the state. But demanding families pay an average of $200 per year voters wont be asked during an economic slowdown seems unwise. In addition, wed like the state government to fully account for all the money from 2004s Referendum C. That ballot measure was supposed to generate roughly $3.7 billion over five years. Current estimates put the total well over $5 billion now. Where, specifically, is that money going?Hit: To Rudy Giuliani for pulling out of the Republican primary race. The former New York City mayors message of Sept. 11-fueled fear thankfully didnt resonate with voters. And even if his ascendancy to the presidency was a long shot, were glad it now no longer exists at all.