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Letters: Praise for City Market

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Run is ‘greenwash’

We applaud your attention to the Blue Planet Run. While we support the intention of the project ” to raise public awareness of the need for clean water for everyone all over the world ” it is outrageous not to mention that the run is being exploited by Dow Chemical, a company that continues to deny clean water for communities from its headquarters in Midland, Mich. to Bhopal, India. As the run’s $10 million sponsor, Dow is trying once again to “greenwash” its image.

Dow’s chemical plants continue to dump dioxin into our country’s water, from San Francisco Bay to Seadrift, Texas. A few weeks ago Dow went on trial in Los Angeles for sterilizing Nicaraguan banana workers with its pesticide, Nemagon. Dow is the 100 percent owner of Union Carbide, responsible for the worst industrial accident in the history of the world in Bhopal, yet has refused to accept liability for cleanup of the water or taking care of the thousands of surviving victims.

Some of the same executives responsible for the negligence that caused the tragedy are still in power at Dow. They could have spent the many millions they are spending on their “human element” advertising campaign ” a campaign that includes sponsorship of the Run ” on cleaning up their contaminated sites that ring the globe.

But Dow’s approach is to refuse responsibility for human suffering: for Agent Orange, for example, or for its many harmful pesticides including the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos. Rather than seeking “green chemistry” alternatives, it is increasing its destructive production. This spring in Pittsburg, Calif., it completed expansion of the only plant in the world that manufactures the deadly pesticide, Vikane.

The clean drinking water sought by Blue Planet Run will be so much more possible when polluters like Dow Chemical are held accountable for contamination, rather than honored as humanitarians.

Steve Scholl-Buckwald Managing Director

Pesticide Action Network North America

City Market service

We wanted you to know what an exceptional employee the City Market has in the person of Paul Passig. We are part-timers in the valley and recently had need of a prescription that was out of stock. My husband would miss two doses before the prescription would be in on Monday and that was not an option. Paul called every where in the mountains to see if it was available, but to no avail. My husband had decided to drive into Denver to get the prescription.

Paul, above and way beyond the call of duty, offered to pick up the prescription for us as he was going into Denver on his day off and coming right back. Needless to say, we were awed! He met us the next day with the prescription and we were so very thankful for his help. Rarely do you run into someone so helpful.

This type of company service is what will make the City Market successful for many years to come.

Margie and Jorge Morales


Bond/McCoy fire station

(Refer to the letter to the editor titled, “Lederhouse helped Bond/McCoy”.)

As a former board member and training/safety officer of the now-defunct Bond/McCoy Volunteer Fire Department (there never was a district), I feel I must respond to Mr. Anderson’s many erroneous statements of Aug. 9.

As stated by then-county commissioner Mike Gallagher at the public meetings held in McCoy, he had seen dozens of private fire departments fail because they could not survive on grants and donations alone. Instead a tax base was needed for steady income. Therefore, it was necessary for our inclusion into an existing fire district to get the county’s proposed subsidy of $50,000 in matching funds for a firehouse. Hence the reason for a district election.

Eagle River Fire Protection District’s involvement in our department had an earlier history than Anderson implied. Apparently some people just forgot that the truck and equipment we received from them in the beginning became our primary response vehicle.

We copied Eagle River’s training calendar and coordinated with them for years. In the later years, they sent up to McCoy equipment, officers and training personnel at no charge, giving us the same training, advice and help given any fire department in the state as per national fire training codes. The instruction and advice from Mr. Ed O’Brien, Chief Charlie Moore, Lt. Marc Mahoney and staff was invaluable for our little department with no financial resources. Their generous offer to match the county’s $50,000 with an additional $50,000 of their own for a vehicle barn at Bond should the election pass was way above the “call of duty.”

It was unfortunate that when the election occurred, people’s opinions and personalities got in the way of actual community need, and the outcome was not based on common sense and the low tax mill levy. Several letters selectively circulated by Mr. Lederhause strongly opposed the referendum while containing the same false information that I am hearing today about this issue. It was also Lederhause ” not Mr. Hastings ” who helped put up public signs which read “vote no fire department”. It was Lederhause who fought against annexing into the Eagle River Fire District after the Greater Eagle District withdrew its application for an election for inclusion of the Bond/McCoy area.

When the majority of the Bond/McCoy Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors quit and walked out, abandoning the department and the community, we were left with no place to store vehicles and plug them in. We were unable to get the trucks to shelter and as far as the money goes, with annual insurance costing $6,000, it didn’t take long for a department with no resources to run out of money.

Anderson’s letter made the unrealistic and totally ludicrous statement that “All this time Bond/McCoy could have had its own fire station and operational department serving the needs of the community.” But where was the money coming from?

Certainly not from the Greater Eagle District, which withdrew from an inclusion, and the locals had no money to speak of. Only the Eagle River Fire Department stepped forward with an additional $50,000 in matching funds with the county to build a $100,000 station at Bond ” but Lederhause went out of his way to defeat the project. It was Lederhause who led the opposition and scuttled the entire program with the Eagle River Department so the community was left with absolutely nothing!

While most of the fire department board did not agree with Hastings on occasion, it wasn’t ever the entire board, and not one of the remaining volunteers had any disagreement with Hastings that wasn’t eventually worked out.

In fact, if not for his fortitude and knowledge, we would not have been able to continue on as he was our backbone when things got rough. I found that not once throughout our existence did he ever stray from the purpose of providing a viable fire protection service for the entire community.

Hastings has also helped other community organizations we have up here by donating money and valuable “red tape” time to aid such organizations as the McCoy Community Center, youth activities and the Wildcat ball field. I have yet to see Lederhause act in a positive community way since he quit the Bond/McCoy Volunteer Fire Department and refused to turn in his gear. It was Lederhause’s and his followers’ harassment and failure to recognize that community needs far outweighed any personal desires and sweetheart deals of a few individuals that ultimately caused the demise of the department, along with the narrow-minded board that only wanted “right thinking people” on the local board.

I hope that this true account from an actual volunteer and officer should help to clarify the record. Following the disastrous fire at State Bridge, the good citizens of the Bond/McCoy area are saying “We want a firehouse, not Mike Lederhause!”

Kerry Braatz


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