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Letters: Bears in Miller Ranch?

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Vail CO, Colorado

Money down the drain

So the Vail Town Council has authorized $1.7 million for the Seibert Circle fountain. What? After they bought the Moroles sculpture for $700,000 in 2005 they decided that it wasn’t right for that spot. “If the sculpture doesn’t fit, you must acquit” the council members for their absolute lack of foresight. It’s OJ revisited.

This reminds me of the story of the cowboy who took off all his clothes and jumped into a cactus. Of course he ended up with cuts, bruises, and cactus needles. When his buddy asked him why he did such a stupid thing he said that it seemed like a good idea at the time.

So in 2005 it was a good idea to spend $700,000 for a sculpture that now doesn’t fit. Does any council member have an IQ higher than single digits? And where is the Moroles? The last time I was at Seibert Circle there were a couple of rocks, a couple of trees, grass, and two benches.

Councilmember Mark Gordan says that the new fountain is designed by the company that did the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel water display and “is going to be there forever and it’s going to be one of our landmark icons that people are happy with.” So the $700,000 Moroles sculpture lasts two years and the Bellagio-like fountain is going to last forever? Right. It will last forever unless, of course, a new council is elected that apparently is as dumb as the present members and they decide that we should have a ferris wheel in Seibert Circle. That would last forever or until this circus ends.

Like what is said on those advertisements on TV for the miracle vegematic, “But wait, there’s more.”

How much did the council authorize for the Children’s Fountain next to Pepi’s? I heard it was about a million. If that is true, the town has now spent close to $3 million dollars on these two sites. At least they used the existing statues of the children when the Children’s Fountain was changed and didn’t decide to change it to an adult fountain because the children didn’t fit.

The real question here is, would syou spend your personal funds for this kind of idiocy? Probably not, but whoever voted for these people just did.

Peter Switzer


Bears in Miller Ranch?

It’s 3:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, 2007 in Miller Ranch. I heard a loud crash in the alley behind my house and looked out my bedroom window, thinking those darn dogs were in the trash again, like two days before, at my neighbor’s house. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was looking at a 250- to 400-pound black bear. He was picking through the neighbor’s trash and eating what morsels he chose. I called my sons next door who were slated to come over at 5:30 a.m. and told them to be cautious.

I called 911 and told the dispatcher of the presence of the bear. In minutes, two county Sheriff’s cars arrived. The bear fled down the alley, cut between two houses and around to the bike-trail side of the house across the alley. The police chased him and he circled around the house to his original meal, grabbed what looked like a pork chop and ran down the bike trail. It was sad to see him eating there and comical to see the Keystone Cops act.

I called the dispatcher again to tell the officers that he went the other way. Picking up the trail, they pursued him down the bike trail to the east.

If I had a dog in Miller Ranch, I would keep him safe and on a leash for his own safety as well as that of his neighbors. Ever try to stop a dog chasing a bear or skunk? Good luck.

Tom Counter


Leaders are failing

Blackwater Security, owned and operated by former military and intelligence officers, is another company reaping huge profits in Iraq. When a number of Blackwater employees were ambushed and killed in Fallujah in April 2004, Blackwater immediately hired a Washington lobbying group to influence Congress so they would not lose lucrative government contracts. Blackwater received $221 million in government contracts in 2005.

On Sept. 11 there was a meeting of investors of the Carlyle Group, which included George H. W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden’s brother, in Washington, D.C. The Carlyle Group had invested heavily in military defense and aerospace industries to name a few. One has to wonder if they saw the horror of the terrorist attacks or a big return on their investments.

The al-Saud family, the absolute rulers of Saudi Arabia, has invested $1.4 billion to firms connected with the Bush family, whose connections to both the al-Saud and Bin Laden families goes back to the 1970s. The al-Saud has also supported Islamic fundamentalist schools and charities, many run by the Muslim Brotherhood, with millions of dollars of “charitable” contributions since the 1970s.

The fact that al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, are all offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, or that Osama Bin Laden joined the Brotherhood while a student in Arabia, is rarely mentioned in the media. The real leaders of the Islamic terrorists are also stockholders and investors in the companies making profits off this phony war.

One of Sun Tzu’s basic precepts is “All warfare is based on deception.” Our leaders have chosen to deceive us regarding Sept. 11, the war on terror, and Iraq. “Why We Fight” and “Iraq for Sale” are two excellent documentaries worth seeing, but they won’t be shown on prime time TV, that’s for sure. They show us who’s making the fortunes of war.

Bob Fiske


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