Letters: There’s parking madness in Vail
Vail CO, Colorado
Parking hogs in Vail
As a result of some off-season construction required at The Village Center shops and restaurants commercial parking area, I have had to park in the Vail Village parking structure for several weeks. Over that period of time, during the numerous passes I made looking for spots to park, I encountered on a number of occasions some vehicles parked wildly out of the painted parking lines and other seemingly parked just far enough out of the designated parking spot so as to not allow another vehicle access to that spot, thereby rendering it unusable.
Returning to my vehicle at the end of the day, I have never seen either a warning nor a ticket on any of the violator’s vehicles that were still parked that way.
Is it not absolutely irresponsible for the Town of Vail parking/code enforcement personnel to do nothing about these scofflaws who flagrantly violate both common sense as well as the socially acceptable standard regarding parking anywhere else in the world?
Why are they not ticketed for their abuse of our very limited and direly needed parking spots?
We all know that the town has had, and continues to have, a tremendous parking problem, and that their continued irresponsible response is to do nothing punitive to those who abuse and violate parking in our already over-crowded, insufficient parking structure.
I understand that the solution to Vail’s parking problem isn’t going to be alleviated by ticketing scofflaws, and that’s not what this is about. What I’m talking about is being responsible and doing the right thing as the owners and operators of our public parking structure.
On another note, why doesn’t the town post signs at all of Vail’s roundabouts indicating the proper usage of the various lanes the way Avon and Eagle do? It would at least help to clarify for those not familiar with traffic flow through a roundabout as to where they should be upon entering.
It’s become quite obvious to me from all the years of driving through Vail’s roundabouts, that more often than not, it’s the Vail local driving aggressively and often way too fast in the wrong lane, flipping someone the bird, all the while leaning on their horn, their face in a rage as they wrongly fly by you on the right.
Mayor is proud of Vail
As I reach the end of my term on the Vail Town Council, I reflect upon my public service for the Town of Vail. It has been a privilege to serve on the council for the past eight years; it has been even more of an honor to serve as your mayor for the last four years.
Like everything else in life, business, or public service, you can’t do it by yourself. It takes the support and efforts of the entire council to govern. It takes the efforts of the very fine staff of the Town of Vail, from the town manager to department heads and all the dedicated employees, to provide municipal services and implement the policies of the council.
However, to make anything happen takes the support of the business community and residents. Without a vibrant business sector, Vail could not succeed. We all know the importance of Vail Resorts and the fabulous mountain we and our guests all enjoy. They provide us with a huge economic engine. And what would we be without the great restaurants, bars and retail stores that afford our guests the experiences that make them want to return?
As the saying goes, “it takes a village to educate a child.” It takes a community of residents ” primary and second-home owners ” and a dedicated business community to make Vail a premier resort experience.
I was also fortunate to serve on the Town Council for eight years, seven of those years as mayor. I look back at the progress over all of these years and know we have truly developed into a world-class resort. We have also become a community where second-generation children are becoming today’s leaders, along with many other talented young people who now call Vail home. We should all feel very good that our future will be guided by caring and capable leadership.
I thank you all for your support. I am very proud of Vail and am certain that our No. 1 status will continue into the future. More important is to maintain our strong values and assist and respect our neighbors. Above all, enjoy the beauty and opportunity that is at our fingertips every day. As I always say, “Vail is a great place.”
Athletes as role models
(Refer to “We’re no better than cavemen”)
To me the issue isn’t that society idolizes athletes ” they were idolized even when they did pick up night shifts at factories or fought in coliseums ” the issue is the general character of most athletes. Like you said, it’s human nature to look up to those who are “better” than ourselves, so we’re all normal in that regard. It’s the fabric of many athletes that is disappointing.
I can justify their salaries, as I think you can, too. It’s the marketplace, as you said. Say you play professional baseball and your team is in the National League Championship Series, it’s the bottom of the ninth, tie game, and you hit a home run to win the game and propel your team into the World Series. Based solely on your ability and lifetime of work, the city and team in which you represent will have millions and millions of dollars pouring into it. Money from TV rights, permits, ticket sales, World Series apparel, hotels, restaurants, parking, etc. will be pumped into the local economy and your company (team) all because of you and your home run. It doesn’t make sense to say that you shouldn’t get a cut of that money.
Yes, teachers, firefighters and police officers should be paid far more than what they are making now. But us liking athletes has nothing to do with that. Sports are not public companies. They are private businesses that can pay their employees whatever they like. Money seems like the root of this overall problem, but it’s really not. Fair compensation for those in the public sector is a governmental issue, and unfortunately, it’s much bigger than sports.
Going back to what I was saying, the character of most of these athletes leaves a lot to be desired, and that’s the problem. If more of our “idols” were down-to-earth, better educated, more polite, better spoken, and more socially and politically conscious then the product they represent (children’s games), they wouldn’t seem so “childish.” Bill Gates used computers to eventually help the world, Bono used music … whatever the catapult is doesn’t matter.
Like it or not (and I’m speaking to the athletes right now), you are role models. You are fortunate enough to be in a position to help. Lead by example, donate money, donate more money, and help out local communities in any way you can. Talk to kids about the importance of education. Let them know the realities of life. Teach them that being smart, having good ideas, and growing into a responsible, thoughtful person will lead to a successful life. The world’s stage is more accessible than ever but very few athletes use it wisely.
It’s systemic, it is based on capitalism and commercialism, but in the end it’s the idolization of certain types of athletes, not athletes in general, that is the problem.
Thanks for writing the article; it’s a fascinating topic.
Lots of help for running club
The team would like to thank everyone for their time and donations at our garage sale on Saturday to raise money for our travels to attend the Nike Team Nationals. This fundraiser was a huge success.
Special thanks to Soo Dawson at the Vail Daily for donating the ad and to the Singletree Property Owners Association for donating the Singletree Pavilion for the day. We did not go hungry thanks to Old Forge Pizza for providing us dinner.
Thanks to those for your huge donations, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and Roxy of Vail/Beaver Creek.
Also, thank you to our great community for showing up with items at the last hour and all of those who attended and bought items to support us.
The Battle Mountain Running Club
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