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Letters: Gap between haves, have-nots

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Doesn’t make sense

Just wanted to get something off of my chest that didn’t settle too well with me this weekend reading the Vail Daily. I read Vail Resorts had a profit of $61 million, yet today I read they owe the town of Vail $18 million. I am also sure they make most of their money from real estate sales, but they rent land from the Forest Service at a giveaway price. Do they return any of that profit to the Forest Service?

The other item that came to my mind was they are building all of these new buildings in Vail. Can they be 100 percent sure that the workforce building all of this for the resorts is all legal? It would be my guess 50 percent are illegal, which is why there is not a stronger voice heard on affordable housing for if they were discovered, they would lose their jobs. If the Feds (if they had the manpower) would come in and remove all the illegal aliens, there wouldn’t be enough workforce to build Vail Resorts its huge profits.

I received a floor plan for a 1,100-square-foot affordable housing unit at West End from Don Cohen and I hear how we want professionals to move into the area and live for more than the ski season. You tell me what professional with a family of four would move into a home with no garage and only 1,100 square feet with bedrooms so small that the plans show only a full-size bed in each room because there is not room for a dresser or a night stand, let alone any storage?

I read that it costs $30,000 to $50,000 to train upper-line professionals. You do the math. Each year, someone leaves. Wouldn’t it be smarter to build something a little more appealing to retain these so-called professionals that I hear we all need? Or should we just continue to look the other way and allow the big businesses who really run the Vail Valley tell us what we should live in and how much we should be paid while they laugh all the way to the bank?

Kelly Miller

Got the scoop

Just a quick note to thank you for arranging for Melanie Wong to write an article on the continued need in New Orleans. Her article, which appeared Aug. 26, entitled, “Church shows New Orleans hasn’t been forgotten,” scooped all the other news media, as their articles did not hit the press until Aug. 27.

The article certainly put the information out to all of us in Eagle County, which encouraged people to come to our fundraiser for our partners in mission on Sept. 7. We made more than $20,000, which will be divided between our partners in mission within the U.S., New Orleans, and the Sioux Indian Tribes, international, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and locally, the Samaritan Center, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the Denver Homeless Shelter.

Thank you again for your interest and the Vail Daily’s assistance in our publicity.

Andy Searls

Publicity Chairperson

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