December 25, 2003
Following are letters from eighth-graders in Nanci Almonte’s class at Eagle Valley Middle School:
Are you alone on the holidays? If you’re not, think of the people who are. Even though you might have family to have holiday meals with, people at homeless shelters do not have anybody. Some don’t even eat.
Imagine all the children who are without parents or relatives to have a Christmas dinner with, or all the elderly people with nobody to eat with for Thanksgiving. If you would like to feel warm inside about what you did these holidays, then eat a holiday meal with a homeless child or elderly person at a local soup kitchen, which is soup kitchen is a place with free food for poor people.
In conclusion, be a good person and citizen and spend a holiday with someone who has no one for the family holidays. Just spending a day with them could make their day better.
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Are you a supporter of child abuse? There are two main facts about child abuse that will blow your mind away! How child abuse starts and how it ends is very traumatic.
First of all, when you are drinking you can get angrier more easily than when you are sober. If you went to a Christmas party and got drunk and you had a little kid there and they were being annoying, then you would get mad and hit them. You would go to jail and/or lose your child forever.
Lastly, doing drugs can hurt your child the most because they have to come home to you and you will not be the most balanced one in the room which can lead to violence. Or when you are smoking, your children can breathe in the smoke. That is called second hand smoking. It has the same effect as smoking first hand.
Obviously, if you suspect child abuse, call the nearest police department. Don’t let any child suffer from child abuse – do something to change their lives. Maybe you could have saved a life.
Price too high
Do you think that if Vail were increasing their parking prices, anyone would go to their skiing resort? First of all, they are trying to get more money by raising the parking price. Secondly, I think that not as many people will park in the parking garage. Finally, the buses will get more money because of the price increase.
Since the prices are going up, not many people will park in Vail’s parking garages. A bad thing is that Vail will get less business and not as many locals will be skiing or snowboarding on the mountain. A worse thing is that with less business, Vail makes less money. With that, Vail won’t be able to make new runs or bowls. The worst thing is that if there are fewer people on the mountain, more people will go to Beaver Creek. That would be bad, since Beaver Creek is Vail’s big rival.
Unless Vail doesn’t lower parking prices, I think that the buses will be more popular with the public. Also, the buses will get more business from driving all these people instead of people parking in the structure. Then, with Vail getting less business and less money, the bus system is getting more money than Vail. The only benefit there will be out of this is the buses will develop more routes and make more buses.
In conclusion, I think that Vail should lower their parking prices for everyone because it will benefit Vail very much. With Vail lowering their prices, they will get more business and more money than the bus system because more people would go to the parking garage. As you can see, I think Vail should lower their parking prices, not just for them, but also to help their customers.
Haven’t you ever wanted to play Mortal Kombat or Skeeball, or any other classic games? You can satisfy your need for these games if Eagle had an arcade. The arcade would help the youth stay out of trouble and if the town ran it, it would make some money for the town.
First, I have been to many arcades. I think that Eagle would be more lively and cool with an arcade. In addition, the new bowling alley will be up soon and both the arcade and bowling alley would be a big hit here. Last, it would help kids stay out of trouble. Instead of walking the streets in search of trouble, they could be in the arcade burning a few bucks.
Finally, I don’t think that Eagle has the most money of some of the towns in the Eagle Valley, so the arcade could help them out. If the town ran the arcade, all the money could go to it and we could buy some new stuff or make some stuff better. Couldn’t the town use the arcade’s revenue?
As you can see, Eagle should have an arcade because the town’s youth would stay out of trouble and the town would make money. Please help the arcade come to life.
Even though in Dotsero people are building houses, they should build a store in Dotsero so that people don’t have to drive to Gypsum.
In Dotsero, some people live so far away they have to drive to Gypsum to get their food at the store. Now they are building houses and all the people will not be happy to drive all over Gypsum. If they are going to build more houses, they need a store.
Because there are too many houses now in Dotsero and too many people living there they should build a store or something so people don’t have to go to Gypsum to get their food.
Tell us more
I believe that many people in this valley would like to hear a little about what is going on in the community. One reason why is that many people in Eagle didn’t know about the Bluffs development until construction started. I also know that many people oppose this development. If people had known what was going to happen, they might have wanted to try to stop it.
For this and other reasons, I believe that at least once a week the Vail Daily should put up a column or article about projects that the county is planning. This way, the people of Eagle County can know what’s going on in the valley.
To begin this process, I believe that the Vail Daily should send a reporter to the county building to find out what’s going on. Then add this information to the newspaper.
You’d only need to do a column on this once a week because there aren’t new projects every day. All we want to know is what the county is planning so that we can support or go against the idea.
Many people like to know what is going on in their community. If they don’t, they may begin to distrust it. I’m sure that the community would enjoy articles that informed them about what’s going on in the valley.
As you can see, it would be a very easy process that could interest the people in Eagle County. All you’d need to do is put a page in your newspaper once every week talking about the projects that we have planned. The more informed the community is, the better the job you’re doing.
As I was writing this letter, I started to wonder, is anybody even going to consider what I’m saying? Honestly, I’m only 14 years old. My life is just beginning and my experience is limited. So is my opinion going to be valued as much as someone who has a few more years than me? Probably not.
While teenagers may be young and less experienced than most, they are a lot more respectable than many give them credit for. We’re smart, funny, and deserve to be seen as equals.
First of all, teenagers are very intelligent. We go to school, we watch the news, and we read books. We’re not living under a rock, you know. You can talk to us about current events and we’ll get it, you can tell about a book you read and we’ll listen and actually care. As much as we might hate to admit it, we like to learn. School may not be our favorite thing, but when we learn something cool and interesting, we’re intrigued. We can teach you things we just learned that you might have never even thought about. Maybe I’m teaching you right now.
Teenagers also do have a sense of humor you can relate to. We CAN understand the sophisticated jokes you tell, the ones you whisper so we don’t hear (we do hear, you just don’t notice). You would know that if you gave us a chance to get it, one time is all it takes. We actually have a very broad range of humor we can appreciate. Sure, the dirty jokes can be funny, but those aren’t the ones that receive genuine laugher. Are you laughing now?
Finally, teenagers should be seen and treated like equals by adults. Age is just a number; it shouldn’t play a part in how anyone is treated.
It’s unfair how adults automatically have our respect, even if they aren’t a righteous person, but teens have to earn their respect from adults. The prejudices people have about age are just as low and dishonorable as prejudices against someone for their race, religion, or ethnic background. Who’s acting their age when judgment is passed based on the age of another? It’s not the teenagers’ fault they’re young, just as it’s not their fault they’re inexperienced. Adults are always looking down on us, always treating us like dirt, but they don’t even know us.
Surely, an understanding person should be able to relate to where I’m coming from. Teenagers are smart, we can laugh at the jokes you tell, and we deserve the right to be treated as equals.
I’m not asking to rule the world or telling you what to think. All I really want is a little respect. Don’t yell at me for something I didn’t do or even something I did.
Talk to me like an adult, like an equal. Take the time to get to know me. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised all the things we can share, discuss, and all the things we can learn from each other.
Smoking is deadly
Have you ever felt sick because of smoke? Smoking is really bad for your lungs and your body as a whole. Smoking kills so even if you do not smoke you could be at risk as well. You could be at risk because of second-hand smoke.
Even though you think that smoking is harmless, you are wrong. People who smoke have a 75 percent chance of getting lung cancer over people who don’t smoke. The nicotine in the cigarettes stimulates the mind and body.
The people of Eagle have a problem that needs to be fixed. Eagle need to not allow smoking in public places. Can fix this problem by not allowing smoker to smoke in public places, such as restaurants, or in the bowling alleys. Eagle County needs to be smoke free.
In conclusion, smoking kills many loved ones every year. Many people believe that smoking is harmless, but it is not. It is deadly.
Jobs for teens
Have you ever heard someone say how irresponsible and lazy teens are these days? Well if companies and stores created more jobs for teens, those days would be over. More jobs would teach teens responsibility, keep them out of trouble, and help them make money for college.
After more teen jobs are created, teens that have jobs will become much more responsible. First, they will have to be responsible with their money. They will need to learn how to spend it, save it, and handle it. Another way jobs will make teens more responsible is that they will have to be at work on time.
Another benefit to teen jobs is that they will keep teens out of trouble in many ways. First, teens wouldn’t have time to get in trouble. For example, work starts at 8, pretty early. There would probably be an hour lunch break, and most teens just want to eat. After work ends at 4, most teens would be exhausted. I’d go home, eat, watch TV, and go to bed. No time to get in trouble. Also, teens wouldn’t take their free time for granted any more. They would use it to do something productive. Finally, teens would be more responsible and wouldn’t want to get in trouble.
Since many teens can’t get a scholarship or afford college, jobs for teens will help with this in a few ways. To start, if teens start working at a young age, they can save enough money for college. Getting into college is a major goal for many other teens and me.
Clearly, there are many things that will benefit from teen jobs, including the community, teens themselves, and the future of the USA. If companies and stores created more jobs for teens, the future would be much brighter for teens and the rest of the community.
Did your family move or plant their roots in Eagle just to see it get developed? I know mine didn’t! Even though many developers think that they are doing good for the people, they didn’t stop and think about what the landowners wanted.
Some problems that many came up with is that the farmers and ranchers had to move, there aren’t enough people to fill the jobs in this valley, and the habitats of the wildlife and livestock are being destroyed.
To start off with, many ranching and farming families and their livestock have to move from the houses that they have lived in for years and years. I know one family that couldn’t stay up in Frost Creek where they were living. This family had to move to Montrose so that they could keep their animals and families happy. The livestock, including hundreds of head of cows, have to cram into the fields that are still owned by the farm or ranch. The Adams Rib Ranch in Brush Creek has many cows and livestock, but the fields that generations before them built are being developed this very day.
Who is moving to the Eagle to fill all the homes and jobs? The developers that think they are doing good actually are ruining new owned businesses. Many new businesses have gone out of business because they have no one to work for them.
The valley has gotten larger with development but not in people and workers. If there are so many new homes, then where do all those people work? So many people have moved into the valley, but not as many companies or jobs.
To end with, the animals’ habitats and their food sources have been destroyed. When the developers go out and dig foundations they probably do not realize that about 1,000 or more different animals homes are being destroyed. The livestock have to cram into a few fields instead of grazing freely as they used to. The farmers and ranchers have been putting up hay in those fields for as long as I have lived. When everything is built over the hay fields then the hay for the livestock to eat is gone.
Truly, the developers should stop and think about what they are doing. The homeowners in Brush Creek have complained about many things. Some of those things are the animal habitats, the empty spaces in the buildings, and how their families and friends have to move very far away.
How would you feel if you killed someone? I believe that you would feel really bad. Although you might feel terrible, I believe that some people don’t feel this way. This is because in the mornings, while kids are going to school, some people drive like they are maniacs. They think that by driving faster they are going to get to work faster. If you are driving a car, please think like an adult.
While kids are getting to school, some people drive their cars too fast. If you are someone who does this every morning, please don’t do it. You can hurt someone’s life, or even hurt a whole family, and would you want to hurt a whole family?
Also, please think that if they go faster they can get to work faster. This is not true because if there is a lot of traffic, even if they try to go faster they are not going to be able to fly above the traffic. Also, if people try to go over the speed limit, the police can stop them. It is not necessary to go over the speed limit.
If you are driving a car, you are probably an adult, so please think like one. Think about what you learned in driving school, and what could happen to you or to someone else.