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Letters: Enough with wealthy whiners

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Quit whining

Here’s the deal. All you Vail Valley “locals” cry about your supposed important opinions about immigration and who’s working where and what color their skin is; well, where the hell did you grow up?

I’m a latch-key kid from South Lake Tahoe and the way you wannabe yuppies talk about the economy in this twisted drunk Disneyland makes me sick. Unfortunately, I spent three years of high school in Nebraska (not by choice) but you know what my first job was, as an outcast 14-year-old skate-punkrocker? A dishwasher at a Mexican restaurant. How much did I get paid? I got paid $4.25 an hour.



My big question here is how many of you whiners learned any work ethic, and how many of you whiny parents out there would have your 14-year-old kids working at a restaurant as a dishwasher?

Would your standard-issue million dollar home be what it is without the people who work to install the nuts and bolts and provide the foundation for your happy real estate?



Matthew Alton

Vail

We left the light on



We would like to apologize to our Eagle Ranch neighbors for accidentally leaving our porch light on last Saturday night; it was on a timer that died.

However, to our spineless neighbor who cowardly and anonymously placed a pillow case over it we would like to let you know our phone number is 328-6676; please call us next time in the unlikely event we leave it on again, we will happily turn it off. Socially deviant behavior such as yours leads to unnecessary neighbor disputes!

Steve and Roni Sheldon

Eagle

A baseball story

As an avid baseball fan for more than 50 years I’m amazed at some of the stories in the headlines today. Not just the performance-enhancing drugs, but the bending of stats and half truths to make a story better as well. I’ll explain.

I saw an interview on HBO with Bob Costas and a chemist from Balco Labs. Costas fed this fellow question after question about Barry Bonds to make his case. The funny part for me was when he asked “Have you ever met Barry Bonds?” The answer was no.

Another time I was watching ESPN and one of the announcers kept hammering the fact that Bonds was getting booed at visiting ballparks. Are fans dumb enough to think that the major stars are not booed on the road?

I’m not defending the “steroid era” or the “amphetamine era” or any other era. Today, Aug. 13, is the anniversary of the death in 1995 of my childhood hero, Mickey Mantle and I’d like to share some of that story with you.

In 1956 Mantle won the triple crown with 52 home runs, 130 RBIs and a .353 batting average. The next year he hit .365 but had only 34 home runs. Was he on steroids to hit 52 home runs because he only hit 34 the next year?

In 1961, the year Maris hit 61 home runs, do you know how many intentional walks Maris received? Answer: NONE! Mickey Mantle was hitting behind him. Also Mantle was in the race until the end of the year when he had an infection from a flu shot. He missed the World Series as well. By the way, he hit 54 home runs and most believe he would have beat Maris if healthy.

For the last two years of his career in 1967 and 1968 Mantle was moved to first base because of his incredible leg conditions. He wound up playing 18 seasons but only hit 22 and 18 home runs in his last two years, way below his standards. The point is Mantle had 16 good years while Hank Aaron played 24 seasons. Was Hank Aaron the greatest home run hitter of all time? Not to me. If Mantle was healthy for 24 years he would have passed Babe Ruth and Aaron in my opinion. I don’t think he would have a chance against today’s WWF-looking monsters, though!

I wonder what Mickey is thinking as he watches today’s goings on. One thing for sure is if he were here he probably wouldn’t say much. On the other hand, with Billy Martin next to him up there he probably wouldn’t get much of a chance.

Ron Herbinger

Beaver Creek

Cancer survivor’s thoughts

As a one-year survivor of breast cancer, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the organizers of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which took place Friday evening, Aug. 10, at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.

To give you a brief recap of the evening: It started with a Survivor Walk at 6 p.m., followed by a Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m., where more than 1,000 names of friends and loved ones were read as “In honor of,” or “In Memory of.” The relay was an all-night team walk at the pavilion that lasted until six in the morning. Team members were comprised of friends and family. It was a very moving event.

My hopes are that for next year, the event will double in size. We all know someone who is struggling with, or has struggled with cancer. The American Cancer Society is making great strides in prevention and saving lives. You may still contribute to this year’s event until Aug. 31. Please visit the Web site at

http://www.acsevents.org/relay/co/eagle.

My thank you to all of you who participated. My hopes are that more of you will participate next year. This is truly an event not to be missed.

Special thanks to the Shaw Cancer Team. I couldn’t have done it without the care and support from each and every one of you. We are blessed to have this facility in this valley, and all the amazing people who work there!

As a footnote, enough of the whining about waiting an extra 10 minutes on I-70 to get where you are going. You are alive, be thankful for that.

Cathy Roach


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