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Impeachment call cancels ski trips

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

TELLURIDE ” A backlash quickly emerged after the Telluride Town Council adopted a resolution last week calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

“It’s huge, unbelievable,” said Telluride Mayor John Pryor. “Ski groups are canceling for the winter. Hundreds of people are bailing. The (town) Web site is flooded with people saying they’re canceling their vacations here.”

Pryor called it a “silly initiative.” The council, he told The Telluride Watch, is too busy to weigh in on national global politics.

If this was a silly initiative, why did he vote for it? The answer would seem to lie in the fact that the council routinely adopts resolutions, on matters both big and small, with nary a further word. Further, such a resolution would be hardly controversial in Telluride, where only 17 percent of voters in the 2004 election cast ballots for Bush.

While the council chamber was full, virtually all people were there for resolution of a parking issue. The council had virtually no discussion before adopting the resolution.

But with Internet speed, e-mail protests and cancellations began rolling in, including that of a Florida ski club.

There was also support. “Let ’em go to Vail,” wrote one Texan named Dan Stewart Olney on a newspaper Web site. “I will commit to spend more time and money in Telluride now thanks to the initiative.”

Among the community members endorsing the resolution was Phil Miller, a veteran of World War II who was wounded in the Philippines.

“The people have acquiesced too easily because they don’t know the horror that war unleashes,” Miller said of the Iraq War. “I have seen the brutality of war that turns nice young men into barbarians.”

FRASER VALLEY, Colo. ” Sitting side by side, the towns of Winter Park and Fraser have thought about consolidation for a good many years.

Fraser is the older of the two, but Winter Park nowadays has the better-known name, owing to the ski area within its boundaries.

A recent study finds that if Winter Park annexes Fraser, they’ll gain $786,000 in additional tax revenues, owing to Winter Park’s greater ability to levy sales and real estate taxes.

The greater question, reports the Winter Park Manifest, is what the combined town would be called. No names have been formally proposed, although the newspaper flippantly suggests Fraser Park.

Joyce Burford, a trustee in Fraser, says that her constituents are most interested in the name, suggesting that the consolidation could sink or swim on that basis.

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