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Hits & Misses

Vail Daily Editorial BoardVail CO, Colorado

Send your hit or miss to Opinion Editor Tamara Miller at tmiller@vaildaily.com.Hit: To Vail Resorts, for its environmental efforts. The resort company announced last week it would pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification for its West Lionshead village development. Our countys leading private company is trying to be a leading development company, too. Miss: To Marine Gen. Peter Pace, for his comments on homosexuality. Pace, the chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, called homosexuality immoral and likened it to adultery. His comments are a slap in the face to the 65,000 gay and lesbian troops who serve in the armed forces and who are unfairly silenced by the militarys discriminatory dont ask, dont tell policy. Hit: To Eagle County, for switching some of the countys vehicle fleet to Toyota Priuses. Having county employees and the county commissioners in more fuel-efficient cars should save the county and the taxpayer money on gas. Making the countys business more environmentally friendly is a good thing, too. Miss: To the state Legislature for failing to pass a law strong enough to convince truckers that it’s really in their best interests to chain up when conditions call for that. Vail Pass and others will unfortunately continue to be closed too often, and inconsiderate truckers will continue to put too many other motorists at risk thanks to their thoughtlessness and the states failure to hold them more accountable. Hit: To new state Rep. Dan Gibbs, who represents Eagle County, for introducing legislation with more teeth than what the trucker lobby was able to water down, and for getting the discussion going.


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