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Letters: Dedication to kids needed on school board

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Vail CO, Colorado

Proper is qualified

I am writing in support of Scott Proper for Vail Town Council. The Town of Vail is at a critical moment in time; a passing of the “old guard” is taking place concurrently with an unprecedented amount of redevelopment in Vail. Further, the town currently anticipates a capital budget shortfall of more than $25 million over the next five years.

Local businesses and employees are struggling to find housing solutions that fit the needs of our community. All these complex problems will be best solved by councilors with a high level of sophistication and business savvy. Simply, the town and its citizenry cannot afford to have a leadership gap in the coming years. It is for these very reasons that I, along with a number of local professionals and community leaders, have urged Scott to run for Town Council.

I am a close personal friend of Scott and strongly encouraged him to run despite his reluctance to abandon his position as member of the Town of Vail’s Planning and Environmental Commission. Scott plans to continue through to the end of his term in May of 2008 on the Vail Recreation District Board. Scott’s own reluctance to enter the race is in my mind exactly what makes him a good leader and candidate worth endorsing: Scott is running because he was asked to do so by those that feel he will do a good job, not because he seeks political recognition, not because he seeks to wield power, and not because he’s looking for a way to occupy himself.

That is not to say that Scott’s political credentials are not up to par. Quite the contrary: Scott’s record in public service is far superior to almost all of the other candidates despite his young age. Scott is the chairman of the Vail Recreation District Board, is a member of the Planning and Environmental Commission, is currently president-elect of Rotary, and has been a member of the Vail Design Review Board. In addition, he volunteers countless hours to various charities throughout the valley. As the chairman of the Vail Recreation District Board, Scott led the rehabilitation of an organization on the verge of financial ruin just two years ago. Those close to the near collapse of the organization credit much of the turnaround to Scott’s financial wherewithal, coupled with his ability to forge a strong and healthy relationship between his board and the Vail Town Council. Scott’s peers on the Vail Recreation Board have found, as have I, that Scott combines great intellect with integrity and practicality. Why else would they have given him the reigns to their organization through near failure despite the fact that he is half the age of many of his fellow board members?

I am endorsing Scott for the Town Council because I am certain that he will be a responsible and practical steward of a town I love and my family has lived in for almost 40 years. I strongly encourage the citizens of Vail to support Scott Proper and elect him to the Vail Town Council.

David Viele

Vote for Newbury

I support Kim Newbury for Vail Town Council. I have worked with Kim for six-plus years on a town board, and have found her to be prepared, thoughtful and forward-thinking. She has demonstrated these same traits in her four years on council, and will bring much needed experience to the next council.

For many years Kim has been a strong advocate for affordable housing, and she has more experience and knowledge of this vital issue than any of the other candidates.

Additionally, Kim has shown balanced reasoning and practicality in her council voting record, as well as fiscal restraint in her approach to government spending.

I urge you to vote early, vote often, vote Kim for council.

Steve Lindstrom


Traffic jam in Eagle

Having lived in some awfully busy cities on the East Coast, I’m no stranger to tough traffic, but I was part of an experience this morning that I just couldn’t resist sharing.

I live in Eagle and work up the valley in Avon. Now I know better, but every once in a while, like a moth to the flame, I drive in instead of taking the bus.

This morning, I left home at about 7:45 a.m. After playing chicken in the heavy traffic near the elementary school and making an additional stop to get gas at Corky’s, I entered Highway 6 heading east toward the Eagle interchange; this was at about 10 minutes past 8 a.m. Now, it is about 1.5 miles from Corky’s to the interchange, so how long could it take? Five minutes, maybe 10 minutes? Surely not 10 minutes to go a little over a mile. I knew already how bad it was, but I was curious to see exactly how bad. Before I share with you what time I reached the interchange, I wanted to remind you that there was no construction this morning, no accident, just our regular, little, old commute through Eagle.

I reached the interchange at 8:35; for those keeping score, that’s about 1.3 miles in 25 minutes. I’m just thankful that I only had to travel that short distance; there were folks coming from Gypsum (for the last time I’m sure) that had more like 2-3 miles to get to the freeway. If you do the math, 5 miles on Highway 6 at this pace would take nearly an hour and a half; in other words, the road is basically impassable in the morning. The real catch is that there is no alternative; if you have to get on I-70 in the morning, that’s it.

Now you might imagine that the mayor and council would make this a top priority and would be working feverishly to solve it. After all, you can’t ask the citizens of a town of about 4,000 to face traffic that would make someone from L.A. move back, could you? Well, they have a solution in mind, but it is a very curious one. It seems that their fix will be to annex and develop several hundred more acres in the Brush Creek Valley. For those of you who are not familiar with that valley, because of surrounding mountains, there is no way for these residents to access the freeway other than through Eagle.

So if you’re looking for a good way to pass an hour or two in the morning, come on down to Eagle and give our commute a try, compliments of the mayor and the council. If you feel so inclined, why don’t you pick up the phone or send an e-mail to jon@beckbuilds.com; he’s the mayor and I’m sure he’d welcome some help on this one.

Looking for a little help in Eagle,

Laurie Bowman

Elect McQueeney for school board

With great enthusiasm, I ask you to vote for Jeanne McQueeney for school board.

Jeanne has been a great friend to me for the past 11 years. But that is not why I ask for your vote. I ask for your vote because she will exceed your expectations tenfold.

Jeanne is a great advocate for teachers. Jeanne has been a teacher. Her husband, Harry, is currently a teacher and Jeanne now works teaching adults at Colorado Mountain College.

For children ages 0-18, Jeanne is involved. Jeanne is an active board member of the Eagle River Youth Coalition. This organization brings together the multiple organizations serving youth to address the challenges they face. On this board Jeanne is on the Youth Initiatives Committee, which is doing comprehensive planning regarding suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention.

Jeanne is also a leader on the Bright Start Early Childhood Council; she is the chair of the Early Care and Learning committee. Her leadership has led to the implementation of several new and creative initiatives to improve the quality and affordability of child care.

Jeanne also has a special place in her heart for those facing the greatest educational challenges, children with disabilities. Jeanne has a master’s degree in early childhood special education. Using her special skills and education she has worked throughout our region improving the quality of services to children with disabilities through her former work with the regional Head Start program.

I have seen her work advocating for children with disabilities firsthand. My child had a disability and was at risk of not having access to special-education services. Jeanne held my hand and helped me sift through hundreds of pages of special education law and policy. She helped me prepare and present my case. This was an extremely upsetting and stressful time in my life. Through Jeanne’s help and support, my son was ultimately able to access his services.

Please vote for Jeanne McQueeney. She has the education, experience, connections and passion to make our school district a fantastic place for our children.

Beth Reilly


Voting for 5A anyway

I’m baffled. I’m an Eagle-Vail homeowner who doesn’t use the recreational amenities here, including the pool or the golf course. I’m an Eagle-Vail homeowner who appreciates the green lawn that the golf course offers my neighborhood. I’m an Eagle-Vail homeowner because I’m surrounded by families who are happy because their children swim throughout the summer.

I’ve attended the Eagle-Vail Metro Board meetings: they have studied and reviewed so many options to upgrade our recreational facilities that will, in turn, continue to maintain healthy, strong property values. They have a plan to continue our mill levy rate ” not raise it ” that will give Eagle-Vail’s kids and families a new pool in June of next year; will provide upgrades to the golf course ” maintaining my green space ” and build new tennis courts.

Our taxes are going to increase regardless of 5A! Let’s upgrade what makes Eagle-Vail special and successful by continuing our mill levy. Please vote yes on 5A.

Anne Agneberg

Not as easy as it read

I enjoyed the article in the paper titled “Colorado’s armed are out in the open”.

However Mr. Colson made things seem a little too easy. While we as honest citizens can carry firearm, even a revolver, cowboy-style, there are many things a person must do to even buy a gun. For instance, filling out a federal form 4473 and going through a Colorado Bureau of Investigations background check before you can receive your firearm.

Mr. Colson writes that if you want to carry a pistol in a concealed manner all you have to do is ask. Well, that’s not exactly true. Don’t believe me? Ask the sheriff.

You first must go through a weekend-long class, get finger-printed, get your picture taken, pay fees not just for the class and paperwork, but for the background check as well, go through a background check by the sheriff and CBI and wait, according to the law as much as four months, (I waited almost five months). Then if you’re not a felon, restricted by restraining order or another disqualifying item, you can receive a permit if the sheriff’s office believes you to be an upstanding citizen.

So it’s not as easy as, “just ask.”

I love our freedom to carry and enjoy firearms. I don’t want the healthy image of firearm ownership to be taken out of context or misunderstood is all. Firearm ownership is not for everyone ” felons, those forbidden by law or just those who choose not to for personal reasons. Firearms are used thousands of times a year throughout our nation to defend our homes and families legally and I would much rather have a firearm with me and never need it, than to need it and not have it.

I am grateful we get to choose if we want to own, carry, and use firearms responsibly here in the great state of Colorado.

Greg A. Hall


What would God think?

What is war except a gross demonstration of the death penalty?

A hundred thousand Iraqis and 5,000 Americans have died because Mr. Bush chose to have a war. Some were blatant terrorists, some were innocent bystanders, and some were simply our fellow Americans. Made no difference, on the day that he started this stupid war, lots of people were sentenced to die.

Meanwhile, many of us who generally oppose the death penalty don’t seem to get too upset by the indiscriminate killing that is taking place every day in Iraq! Yet we agonize over the death sentence of a blatant murderer even after a jury has found him guilty. We don’t even consider taking the life of a person who has manufactured or sold drugs and wrecked lives. Then too, we fret about a woman’s right to have an abortion and we outlaw any doctor-assisted suicide.

I for one can’t rationalize any of it, and I believe that if there really is a God, that he can’t either.

David LeVine

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